What is considered a gap year?

A gap year is a semester or full year of experiential learning typically taken between high school graduation and college enrollment. Gap years are intended to give students a break from academics to discover themselves and consider what kind of education and career they want to pursue.

Are Gap Years common?

According to a recent survey, up to 40 percent of students nationwide are seriously considering taking a gap year.

How many UK students take a gap year?

How many people take a gap year in the UK? The Department for Education and Skills estimates anywhere between 200,000 – 250,000 young people take a gap year each year.

What is a gap year in Australia?

A gap year is “a period, typically an academic year, taken by a student as a break between school and university or college education.” People travel all over the world for their gap years, some volunteer, some work abroad, some travel – there are many options and the world really is your oyster.

Is a gap year a bad idea?

You might find that not everyone is supportive of you taking a gap year. Your parents might worry that it means you’ll never go to college. The American Gap Association found that 98% of students believed that their gap year helped them grow as a person. And 73% said a gap year helped them prepare better for college.

Is it bad to take 2 gap years?

Gap years are not bad. The number of years you take off is unimportant. Try to do things that are relevant to medicine during those years; that’s all that matters.

How much does it cost to take a gap year in Australia?

The high-budget gap year You could spend 4-12 weeks having adventures on the East Coast of Australia for a starting cost of $3,600.

Is it harder to get into college after a gap year?

As gap years become more popular, and the benefits more widely understood, colleges become more accepting and supportive of the decision to take a year off. A gap year won’t affect your admissions chances if you treat it as an extended part of your education.

What are the cons of a gap year?


  • Fear you’ll “be behind” For many people considering a gap year, the biggest concern is that they’ll feel behind from their peers.
  • Worried you’ll lose momentum. Many students and their families worry that one year off could turn into many more and that students won’t return to college.
  • Cost.

Where did the gap year go this year?

Against all the odds and despite the challenges of covid we have sent hundreds of gappers away this year to Africa and Central America either on leap programs or through our lockdown hero of Leap VIP. How have we done this you might well ask, when the country has been in lock down?

Where can gap year students go for adventure?

Experts in covid responsible travel experiences which combine adventure with planet protecting volunteering projects abroad. Good news Gappers, we are sending gap year students to Central America and Africa through Leap team programs or Leap VIP, our travel resource to help the independent traveller.

How often does a leap year take place?

Evaluation of Leap Year The leap year occurs every 4 years, but there are scenarios where the gap between two leap years was 8 years instead of the regular 4 years. Example: The year 1896 is a leap year. The next leap year comes in 1904 (The year 1900 is not a leap year).

Are there gap year programs in Central America?

Good news Gappers, we are sending gap year students to Central America and Africa through Leap team programs or Leap VIP, our travel resource to help the independent traveller. So dust down your backpack, you’re not trapped at home, get in contact with the experts in travelling through a pandemic.