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A gap year abroad is a unique opportunity to discover the world and find the right path for your future — at your own pace. Whether you choose to focus your experience on language proficiency, community service, or an internship, all CIEE programs combine classroom academics, cultural activities, and independent travel in many extraordinary destinations around the world. Break free for one semester or a full year — to a single destination or any combination of two! Just think: you’ll return home with great memories, new skills, and a fresh perspective before college.

Three types of gap years abroad are available. Take your pick:

Language & Culture

Immerse yourself in the local scene while improving your fluency in Spanish, French, Mandarin Chinese, German, Italian, Japanese, or Arabic.

Chile China The Dominican Republic France Italy Japan Morocco Spain

Semester / Year

Certificate of Language Learning

Service & Leadership

Work with a community on global issues, such as sustainable development, children’s rights, or education.

Dominican Republic France Ghana

Semester / Year

Certificate of International Community Service

Global Internship

Join an English-speaking organization and get hands-on experience in a career or industry of your interest.

Canada China Germany


Certificate of Internship

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