Gap Year Programs

Gap Year Programs are becoming increasingly popular with high school graduates. A year between high school and college allows students to experience new cultures, travel extensively or volunteer with life-changing organizations. A high school graduate will likely gain a new perspective, allowing them to focus more clearly on career and life goals. This being a scholarship site, however, we do have to give one word of warning. Many scholarships will become void if they are not used the year following graduation.

We will list Gap Year Programs that have been recommended to us. If you’ve experienced a program that you think others should be aware of, email us and we’ll post it for you.

Impact 360. A gap year program with the mission of equipping young adults to become Christ-centered servant leaders. It aims to prepare high school graduates not only for their college experience but for the rest of their lives. The program grants 15 college credit hours and includes one month of international experience. Cost is $24,000. Financial assistance is available. A bonus is that some colleges offer scholarships for having attended Impact 360. Columbia International University offers a $3,000 grant for having attended the year-long program. Located one hour southwest of Atlanta at Pine Mountain, Georgia.

Note: Apologia Mission offers a scholarship for homeschooled students planning to attend Impact 360. Visit our Etc. page for information on this scholarship.

Brown Ledge Gap Year. A fall semester program that uses technological tools–digital video, audio, and photography equipment to help students understand and document the world around them. After a 4-week training session in Vermont, participants travel to different cities where they will live and create a documentary. Cost is $14,500; financial aid available.

Ecola Bible School. Offers a one-year interdenominational Bible certificate program. Courses include Old Testament Survey, New Testament Survey, New Testament Epistles, Christian Doctrine, Apologetics, Practical Theology, Missions and Hermeneutics, taught by guest instructors. Cost is $8,312. Located at Cannon Beach, Oregon.

Global Citizen Year. Works to build a national corps of emerging leaders through a year of real-world experience in the developing world before college.  Following a pre-departure training from experts in education, business, and social entrepreneurship, Fellows engage in long-term, full immersion placements with partners across Asia, Africa, and Latin America.   With ongoing training in the field and upon return, Fellows master a new language, develop deep relationships with their communities, and gain firsthand experience with complex global challenges. Significant aid and full scholarships are available. Apply at

Thinking Beyond Borders. Offers an 8-month international gap year program, consisting of 16 students and three leaders. The curriculum explores the question “How can I be a proactive agent of change?” Students are immersed in cultures and communities through homestays and service learning. Historical and cultural sites are also explored. Cost is $39,000. A limited amount of financial aid is available.

Quest Overseas. Gap year projects and expeditions in Africa and South America. Cost varies.

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