Experience The World Before College

From one semester to a year

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

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    Every Gap experience is unique. But our blogs will give you good insights into what yours could look like!

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    It goes without saying, but it doesn't hurt to say it either! Learn more about our health, safety and security protocols and guidelines.

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A gap year only happens once! Students who seize that window of opportunity never regret it. Research consistently shows gap students perform better in college as they come refreshed, more mature and more confident in their choices.

On a Gap experience with CIEE, you'll find a perfect balance between structured and free time to help you make the most of this special time. All our programs combine college-level classes you won’t want to miss, with excursions, cultural activities and personal time.

Combine semesters in one or two locations to build a gap experience that meets your goals, and receive a 10% alumni discount on your second 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.

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