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GAP Year Information & Resources

What is a GAP Year?

A GAP year is time out to travel between life stages. It is also known as a sabbatical, time off, time out and a year out, referring to a period of time (not necessarily 12 months) in which people disengage from curricular education and/or work and undertake activities such as traveling, volunteering or working abroad.

In the field of college applications, a GAP-year is a year taken between high school and college. During this GAP-year, students engage in extra-academic and non-academic courses, language studies, volunteer work, travel, internships, sports and more, all for the purpose of improving themselves and their resumes before going to college. These academic GAP-years are also called Pathways, Prep-Year and Bridge-Year.

A simple google-search will yield more than you ever wanted to know about GAP Year programs, considerations and things to ask.  We recommend doing some research before deciding on the GAP Year option, including reaching out to the college or university you would like to apply to in order to find out what their take is on the GAP Year.

Here are a few resources to get you started: