Multiple Locations +8
  • England
    • London
  • France
    • Normandy
    • Paris
  • Switzerland
  • Italy
    • Bologna
    • Florence
    • Rome
  • Costa Rica
  • Spain
    • Madrid
    • Malaga
    • Seville
    • Valencia
    • Barcelona
  • Japan
    • Tokyo
    • Osaka
    • Kyoto
  • South Korea
    • Seoul
    • Busan
2 - 12 weeks

Program Details

City Exploring Hiking
Academic Year Fall Spring Summer Winter
Apartment Hostel Hotel
Age Min.
Age Max


Starting Price
Price Details
Flights and transportation: Round-trip flights and local transfers to each stop in your itinerary
Room and board: Your accommodations and some of your meals on the trip
Activities and service projects: Guided excursions and service opportunities with partner organizations
EF Global Support Network: One-on-one mentorship and travel support before and during your program
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Some Activities Airfare Airport Transfers Some Meals Tour Guide
What's Not Included
Some Activities Some Meals
Sep 06, 2023
Nov 08, 2022
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About Program

EF Gap Year's Short-Term Programs are immersive, four-week experiences built to fit easily into your academic calendar. Choose from a variety of focuses and locations -- whether it's discovering the diverse cultures of four major European countries, exploring Costa Rica's ecosystems and collaborating with NGOs to make a sustainable impact, living like a local and learning the language in Spain or Japan, or exploring the past and present of two countries in East Asia.

Choose one of these programs or stack them onto other adventures, like your EF Gap Year or EF Gap Semester. We have programs running all year round, in the fall, winter, spring, and summer!

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Program Highlights

  • Explore new cities and cultures across Europe, Latin America, and Asia
  • Build lasting relationships with your cohort and tour directors
  • Gain independence, adaptability, and a growth mindset
  • Start dates in fall, winter, spring, and summer
  • Check cities and countries off your bucket list or stay in one location and live like a local

Popular Programs

Rome, Italy

Take four weeks to discover the diverse cultures of four major European countries. You will start off the program in London where you will meet your cohort and learn the fundamentals of global business in the world’s financial hub. Then, head to France to dive into the history of Normandy and explore the art and architecture of Paris. After France, spend a few days in Switzerland where you’ll get to visit the Alps and walk the historic streets of Lucerne. Finally, finish up your program in Italy

Exploring the streets of Tokyo

Live like a local in Tokyo while learning Japanese at EF’s International Language Campus. Travel to the iconic cities of Kyoto and Osaka with your cohort.

Zip Lining in Costa Rica

Set out on a month of pura vida: spend four weeks exploring Costa Rica's diverse ecosystems, developing leadership skills, and working with local NGOs on sustainability projects.

Students looking out over Malaga

Immerse yourself in Spanish culture and take your language skills to the next level while completing three weeks of language classes at EF’s International Language Campus in Barcelona. Go on excursions to Spain’s cities such as Madrid, Seville, and Granada with your cohort. Return home confident in your Spanish skills, savvy in your travel prowess, and bonded with new friends for life.

View of Mount Fiji in Japan

Get out of your comfort zone and discover more about yourself and what you're capable of as you travel through South Korea and Japan; explore the past and present of two countries in East Asia on an epic month-long adventure abroad.


EF Gap Year Awards

EF Gap Year has awards of up to $5,000 for students in their gap year and semester-long programs. Various scholarships are available for leadership, blogging, videography, and photography. Over $50,000 of funding is available every year.


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A wonderful experience!

I would 100% recommend this experience to everyone. I took gap year and wanted to do something outside of my comfort zone that would allow me to go out and see the world and most importantly grow as a person and find myself before going to college. The European Discovery was perfect for this. EF was so helpful the entire time, and the experience was amazing; it was the perfect balance of structure and independence. I met so many wonderful people and am even looking at doing another trip in the spring!

  • Gaining confidence
  • Gaining independence
  • Seeing different cultures and locations
  • Fast paced travel
  • Not enough time in certain locations
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