Blaze Your Own Trail

Discover a new pre-college gap experience

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  • Language & Culture

    6-week flexible blocks

    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-week flexible blocks

    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-week flexible blocks

    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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This fall, redefine what a successful pathway to college looks like and design your own gap experience with CIEE. Our new Gap programs are short, flexible and affordable to give you the freedom you need to explore the world and your own interests before you begin college life.

Whether you choose to focus your experience on learning a new language, doing community service, or exploring a career track, all our CIEE programs combine hands-on learning with fun cultural activities and excursions, group workshops and self-reflection, to help you develop a new set of skills and give you the mindset and perspective you need to make the most of your college experience.

Blaze your own trail on a Gap experience that fits your goals and interests. Take off for as little as 6 weeks to a whole semester. Return home with lifelong memories and friends, practical experience, focus and motivation.

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(Also includes Semester and Summer programs)

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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.