CIEE logo
  Explore All CIEE Programs

Preparing for a Gap Year

Planning for a gap year is important. While our staff is here to answer any questions you might have, here are some things to consider as you near the end of high school.

Junior Year

  • Decide what you want out of a gap year. It helps to define a goal: do you want to learn a new language? Engage in community service? See the world?
  • Discuss your thoughts/plans/interests with your parents
  • Ask your school counselor about gap year opportunities
  • Determine a budget
  • Research gap year options
  • Determine the logistics and deadlines for applying and going on a gap year

Senior Year

  • Submit college applications
  • Submit applications to gap year organizations
  • Receive acceptance letters from colleges
March–end of April
  • Check colleges’ gap year policies
  • Discuss deferral options with colleges
Note: Confirm if scholarships and/or special program acceptances will be honored
By May 1
  • Send a deposit to your chosen college
  • Make a formal written request for deferment AFTER accepting admission to your chosen college
Note: Explain why you’re deferring, your goals for the gap year, and why you’re asking for your place to be held

Back to top of page