Gap year in Europe

Take an an unforgettable gap year in Europe with EF! Our tailor-made programs offer you the chance to dive into unique cultures, learn languages, and gain invaluable real-world skills. We believe in learning through experience, creating moments that inspire growth and spark lifelong memories.

Gap year in Europe

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EF Languages Abroad

EF Languages Abroad

18-25 years
2-24 weeks
Learn a language faster at an accredited EF school. Choose from 10 languages in 50 destinations. Start your course any Monday.
Destination: SpainFranceItalyGermany
EF Languages Abroad

EF Languages Abroad

25+ years
1-24 weeks
Boost your global career with personalised language courses in one of the world´s greatest cities. Designed for Adults and Professionals.
Destination: SpainFranceItalyGermany
EF Languages Abroad

EF Languages Abroad

10-18 years
2-24 weeks
Learn a language abroad in an all-inclusive group led by an EF Leader or on an individual, flexible-length course.
Destination: SpainFranceItalyGermany
EF Language Year Abroad

EF Language Year Abroad

16+ years
6, 9 or 11 months
Combine language and academic studies at a school abroad. Prepare for an official language exam and gain work experience.
Destination: SpainFranceItalyGermany
EF Languages Abroad

EF Languages Abroad

50+ years
2-24 weeks
Take time for yourself with our language courses abroad designed for adults aged 50+. Enjoy varied lessons, and activities specially catered to your interests.
Destination: SpainFranceItalyGermanyUnited KingdomMalta

Embrace cultures during your Gap year in Europe

Step out of your comfort zone and immerse yourself in the mosaic of cultures Europe has to offer. With EF, your gap year isn't just a vacation; it's a journey of discovery. Explore historic cities, taste authentic cuisine, and interact with locals - all while building language proficiency and broadening your global perspective.

Experience learning beyond classrooms

At EF, we emphasize experiential learning. During your gap year in Europe, you'll have opportunities to intern, volunteer, or study in your chosen field. You won't just be learning, you'll be experiencing, making this year not just a break from education, but an enhancement of it.

Frequently asked questions

What countries can I visit during my gap year in Europe?

Our gap year programs cover numerous European countries, from the romantic streets of France to the vibrant nightlife of Spain, the historic landscapes of Italy to the picturesque beauty of Germany. Your European gap year itinerary can be as diverse as Europe itself!

Do I need to speak a foreign language to take a European gap year?

While knowing a foreign language can enhance your experience, it is not a requirement. Our gap year programs are designed to help you learn and improve language skills, regardless of your current level.

What are the acommodation options during my gap year in Europe?

EF provides a variety of accommodation options to suit your preferences, including homestays with local families, student residences, or shared apartments. Our team ensures you have a safe, comfortable, and immersive living experience.

Can EF help with the European gap year visa process?

Yes, we have a team of travel experts who can provide guidance and assistance with the visa process. However, please note that it's ultimately the European Gap year participant's responsibility to understand and fulfill the visa requirements for their chosen countries.

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