Spread Your Wings on a Gap Year Abroad

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Build Skills for Life & Go Farther with CIEE

Master a language. Decide on your major. Gain confidence, global competence, and lifelong skills. Get solid footing and an undeniable edge before diving head-first into college. Once you get on campus, you’ll be more grounded, mature and better prepared for academic success.

Studies show students who take a gap year perform significantly better academically once they get to college. They have higher GPAs, are more engaged on campus, and are more likely to graduate in four years than their peers.

CIEE Gap Year by the Numbers

  • 94%

    of gap year participants said their gap year helped them learn to interact with people from different cultural backgrounds.

  • 93%

    of gap year participants said their gap year helped develop their communication skills.

  • 97%

    of gap year participants said they became more mature as a result of their gap year.

Featured Programs

  • French Language & Culture

    Study at the world-famous Sorbonne in the City of Light.

  • Global Internship

    Work in a tech and life sciences hub surrounded by white-sand beaches and natural wonders.

  • Service & Leadership

    Help children while exploring the rich culture of Ghana’s capital.

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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. Sign up and stay up to date on latest our gap year options!


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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.