GAP Year

GAP Year --- "It can be structured or unstructured, and directed toward career, academic or purely personal pursuits. Most fundamentally, it is a time to step back and reflect, to gain perspective on personal values and goals, or to gain needed life experience in a setting separate from and independent of one’s accustomed pressures and expectations."

Time out or Burn out for the Next Generation
By William Fitzsimmons-Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid - Harvard 

Cultural Immersion Programs - The Guide

Remember that taking a Gap Year isn’t for everyone. If you already know exactly what you want to
 major in, and you think that you are mature enough for the intense work that comes along with college, then you probably want to continue on to college right after high school.
Weigh out your options and pick the best decision for you.
If you do decide to take a year off, it is best to apply to college during your senior year of high school. After you receive an acceptance to the college, you can request to have the acceptance deferred for one year. Some colleges will allow you to defer; others will request that you reapply.
Be sure to make a plan and set goals for your gap year. Decide on an activity that will be beneficial for you in the long run, such as volunteering in a foreign country, exploring different career paths, or improving your study skills.
Whatever you decide to do, one thing is for certain: you will enroll in college a changed person. 

Here are just a few programs
American Field Service                           

AmeriCorps (Corporation for National Service)

Amigos de Las Americas                                      

Audubon Expedition Institute                 

Au Sable Institute for Environnemental Studies

British American Education Foundation              

Bridges: Study Abroad                             

Broad Reach                                           

Center for Interim Programs                   



Earth Corp                                             

Earth Watch                                            

Full Sail Center for Recording Arts          

Foundation for Foreign Study                 

Habitat for Humanity                              

High Mountain Institute                                      

ICA Journeys                                          


Global Routes                                         


Interlocken/Windsor Mountain               


Leysin American School-Switzerland       

National Outdoor Leadership School       

NACEL Open Door                                

Outward Bound                                                 

Oxford Advanced Studies Program          

Pacific Village                                         

Peace Corp                                             

Rotary International Exchange                 

Sea Mester                                              

Student Conservation Association            

Studio Art Centers International Florence            

Up With People                                                  

The School for Field Studies                   

TASIS Schools                                        

Where There Be Dragons                        

Youth For Understanding                       




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