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American University Gap


“American University Gap offers an academic and internship experience in our nation's capital, providing the perfect springboard to develop a foundation for future academic and career success. The Gap Program is designed for students who are finishing high school early or for those who are taking time or want a different experience before transitioning to college. We based the Gap Program on our hallmark Washington Semester Program - a leader in providing internships for more than 70 years.


Landmark College Bridge Semester


“A Bridge Semester is a short-term option to boost learning strategies, skills, and self-knowledge. While not a program per se, the Bridge Semester has a proven track record as a transformative educational experience for students from other colleges who learn differently.Entering students from other colleges may elect to use Landmark College’s integrated program as a bridge to success at their home college or a transfer institution. Candidates for this short-term option have an interest in understanding their strengths and learning issues; they value the ability to work closely with their professors and other professional staff to hone their skills and learn new strategies; and they are willing to use the many support systems that Landmark College offers. A Landmark College semester can be a valuable stand-alone experience designed to address the many factors that impact academic success. Some of these factors include the ability to comprehend assignments accurately and efficiently, complete work in a timely manner, and create systems for organization and self-management. Some students need to focus primarily on reading comprehension and fluency, while for others, the main issue is distractibility and disorganization.”


City Year


“At City Year, we’re working to bridge the gap in high-poverty communities between the support the students in the communities actually need and what their schools are designed to provide. In doing so , we're helping to increase graduation rates across the country, and making an impact in the lives of the students we serve. 

Our progress can be attributed to a unique, holistic approach, which we call WHOLE SCHOOL WHOLE CHILD. It’s based around a group of carefully selected, highly trained young adults—our AmeriCorps members—who provide individualized support to at-risk students, while also establishing an overall positive learning environment in the schools throughout America that need us the most. Serving as a City Year AmeriCorps member is a complex and challenging, yet rewarding commitment. Your role is designed to help students build the social-emotional and academic skills to achieve their goals. City Year helps students build an ever-expanding sense of who they are, why they matter and who they want to become. You’ll be responsible for supporting students by helping them learn about themselves, what they’re interested in and what they’re capable of doing. You’ll work long days within a complex school system with many partners and stakeholders. You will manage relationships and expectations with teammates, school staff, partner teachers, students, families and the school district. Many of the students you’ll serve live in high-need communities where external factors can make it hard for students to come to school ready to learn every day. All students have the potential to succeed but many face unique obstacles that can make academic and personal growth even more challenging. These obstacles may include food and housing insecurity, trauma, or health or safety issues. As near-peer mentors in schools, City Year AmeriCorps members are uniquely positioned to help students achieve their potential despite these challenges.”



ARCC Gap Year programs offer an educational and cultural bridge between high school and college. They are an opportunity to live, work, learn and explore in some of the greatest classrooms on earth. Designed with a rich educational fabric complementing each and every location, they highlight regional issues that are directly linked to global challenges.

Carpe Diem

Carpe Diem Education offers expertly designed gap year programs to 5 continents and 18 countries around the world.  We provide students an opportunity to explore some of the most fascinating regions on Earth, each offering a unique culturally immersive experience. Through educational curriculum designed to challenge perspectives, enrich cross-cultural understanding, and inspire personal growth, students reignite their passion for learning


CIEE is a nonprofit study abroad and intercultural exchange organization that transforms lives and builds bridges between individuals and nations by sponsoring a wide variety of opportunities for the exchange of ideas and experiences. CIEE helps people develop skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world, and contributes to a more peaceful global community by humanizing international relations.

Verto Education

Verto Education is founded on the premise that not all students need to (or should) take the same linear path to earning their college degree – when the world is your classroom, your growth is limitless. We offer students accredited, globally-focused semesters designed to help students achieve a more rewarding first year of college. Our curriculum is based on the principles of experiential education to help students gain life experience and academic success as they explore the globe.

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