Gap Year Info



In the professional or career world, a gap year is when one stops his or her formal work life to pursue other interests, generally unrelated to her or his regular line of work or to travel. A gap year refers mostly to a year taken before starting University or College. During this gap year, students engage in advanced academic courses, extra-academic courses and non-academic courses, such as yearlong pre-college math courses, language studies, learning a trade, art studies, volunteer work, travel, internships, sports and more, all for the purpose of improving themselves in knowledge, maturity, decision-making, leadership, independence, self-sufficiency and more, thus improving their resumes before going to college. These gap years are also called pathways, prep-years, bridge-years, and studying abroad.Taking a year out has recently become slightly more common for Americans, with prevailing reasons as a feeling of being burned out of classroom education and a desire to understand oneself better. Some 40,000 Americans participated in 2013 in gap year programs, an increase of almost 20% since 2006, according to statistics compiled by the Association of American Gap Year.
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Links to Gap Year Programs
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