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    EF Gap Year: Short Term 4-Week Programs

    EF Gap Year: Short Term 4-Week Programs


    • Listing Type: Gap Year Programs
    • Destinations: Costa Rica, France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom
    • Program Delivery: Residential
    • Program Length: Four Weeks
    • Start Month: April, July, October
    • Category: Travel/Cultural Immersion
    • Selective: Yes
    • Gender: Coed
    • Ages: 18, 19+, 19
    • Accreditation: Western Association of Schools and Colleges
    • Affiliation: Gap Year Association
    • Financial Aid: Grants/Scholarships, Payment Terms
    • Minimum Cost: $5,000 - $9,999
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    Taking an EF Gap Year Program is not an alternative to college; it’s about preparing yourself to make the most of college—and, in many ways, the rest of your life. Our innovative experiential learning model helps students discover their goals while equipping them with the confidence and skills to get there.

    4 Week Short-Term Programs:

    European Discovery:
    Ignite your passions, add new stamps to your passport, and discover a range of diverse cultures across four major European countries. Develop life skills while learning about global business in London, history in Normandy, art and architecture in Paris, food and agriculture in Florence, and so much more on this crash course in global citizenship. Return home from your program feeling inspired and invigorated for what’s next—whether it’s more travel, continuing your college journey, or heading into your career.

    Upcoming Travel Dates:
    • Spring 2023: Apr. 19 – May 17
    • Summer 2023: Jul. 5 – Aug. 2
    • Fall 2023: Oct. 4 – Nov. 1
    • Summer 2024: Jul. 5 – Aug. 2
    Language & Culture in Spain:
    Level up your language skills, become a more confident traveler, and experience life as a local in Spain's most iconic destinations. Immerse yourself in Spanish culture while exploring Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia, and Malaga—home to EF’s sunny beachside campus where you’ll complete three weeks of expertly-led language classes. On your days off, take a group trip to Seville, the largest city in southern Spain, then enjoy a free weekend to plan your own adventure.
    Upcoming Travel Dates:
    • Spring 2023: Apr. 19 – May 17
    Global Business in London:
    Learn the fundamentals of global business, design thinking, and innovation in the heart of London. Travel to London to begin attending classes at Hult International Business School. Enjoy living in the heart of the city, exploring London during your free time and embarking on a long weekend excursion to Paris midway through your program! Your educational experience abroad culminates with a case study presentation, where you’ll put what you’ve learned into practice with a panel of industry leaders.
    Upcoming Travel Dates:
    • Summer 2023: Jul. 5 – Aug. 2
    • Summer 2024: Jul. 5 – Aug. 2
    Sustainable Development in Costa Rica:
    Set out on a month of pura vida: spend four weeks developing leadership skills and making an impact in the world’s eco-tourism capital. Immerse yourself in Costa Rican culture, contextualizing your travels within local customs and history. Collaborate with locals and NGOs to complete service projects that will benefit the community, working towards conservation, reforestation, and sustainable development. Wrap up your experience with time for reflection at Leadership Academy at the UN’s University for Peace.
    Upcoming Travel Dates:
    • Winter 2023: Jan. 2 – Jan. 30
    • Spring 2023: Apr. 19 – May 17
    • Summer 2023: Jul. 5 – Aug. 2
    • Spring 2024: Jan. 1 – Jan. 30
    • Summer 2024: Jul. 5 – Aug. 2

    Cost and Session Information

    Flights and transportation: Round-trip flights and local transfers to each stop in your itinerary

    Room and board: Your accommodations and some of your meals on the trip

    Activities and service projects: Guided excursions and service opportunities with partner organizations

    EF Global Support Network: One-on-one mentorship and travel support before and during your program