Build Your Own Gap Experience

From 6 weeks to 1 year

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  • Language & Culture

    6 weeks to 1 year

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

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  • Service & Leadership

    6 to 18 weeks

    Work with a community on global issues, such as sustainable development, children’s rights, or education. Come home with the experience and drive to bring change to your own community.

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  • Career Exploration

    6 to 18 weeks

    Discover a field and a career track you’re curious about. Gain insights from professionals and map out your next steps for college and beyond.

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Build your own GAP experience with CIEE. CIEE Gap programs are designed to be 6 weeks to 1 year in length to allow you to mix topics and locations or to dive deep into language study for a full year.

CIEE GAP programs are short, flexible and affordable so you can fit a fun adventure abroad in your pre-college plans and budget. All our programs combine college-level classes you won’t want to miss, with excursions, cultural activities and free time so you can make the most of your time abroad.

Combine one, two or three CIEE blocks in one or several locations to cover more ground and live a fuller experience before college. Return home with lifelong memories and friends, practical experience, focus and motivation.

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(Also includes Semester and Summer programs)

More About Gap Year


CIEE is accredited by the Gap Year Association.  It has demonstrated excellence in the field of gap year education having passed all required standards which are approved by the US Department of Justice.

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