What is it?


gap year - a period, typically an academic year, taken by a student as a break between secondary school and higher education.


The term “gap year” is more commonly applied to students who take a year (or less, rarely more) away from their regular studies, usually between high school (upper secondary school) and college (university). Some students may instead take a gap year before starting the last stage of their secondary education (such as A-levels), or even after graduating from university, to better prepare themselves for entering the workforce. As such, a gap year can be any break taken between life stages, whether that is between school and university, between university and formal work, or when changing careers or going into retirement later on in life.


Why take a Gap Year?reasons

Essentially students take a gap year to take a break off of school. Some build their resumes and work or volunteer. Some travel abroad. Generally students take this time off to become more independent, figure out what they really want to study for in college, or save money up for college. More information on why to take a gap year can be found in the pros section.

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