Study and Travel During a Gap Year

If you are fresh out of high school or college and your future is still unclear, studying abroad during your gap year is the perfect way to give your life a new direction! During a gap year, you will get to know a new culture, gain valuable international experience, learn a new language, and expand your worldview. Living and studying abroad will allow you to grow personally (you will become more independent and learn a lot both about yourself and others) as well as gaining valuable academic knowledge in the process! Once the gap year is over, we can safely say that you will have a better sense of who you are and what you want from your life.

While there are many things you could do during your gap year, like backpacking, doing an internship or volunteering, one of the best things you can do is to study abroad for one semester or even a full year. Why? You will…

  • learn new things and discover a study field you are interested in
  • gain credits that you can later include into your degree
  • be able to travel around and do voluntary work on the side
  • do something important while exploring the world – you are not wasting your time!
  • make new friends from all over the world

Why study during your gap year?

Through Beyond Abroad you have the chance to experience some of the most exotic and diverse cultures in the world. The combination of fascinating cultures and amazing landscapes make our destinations highly popular. This means that you will always run into cool things to do, like exploring the unique natural wonders, meeting the locals, and getting to know their culture, as well as meeting other travellers from all over the world.

When you choose to study abroad during your gap year, you will be able to combine academics and earning credits with travel and unforgettable experiences. You will study interesting subjects, you will live your life to the full, and you will learn things about the world and yourself that will unlock countless opportunities for your future. When you are older, you’ll look back and see what a great impact your gap year studies have made on your life, and wonder where you would be if you hadn’t made that choice.

Spending a gap year abroad is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Make the most of it by studying abroad!

Choose your favourite gap year destination in Beyond Abroad and find out more!

Beyond Abroad Destinations

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American College Dublin

Dublin, Ireland
Ireland is an exciting and english speaking environment for international students interested in learning about different cultures. A young city with a large student population, Dublin offers the perfect backdrop to your study experience. Many multinational companies have their European head quarters in Dublin, which gives you great job opportunities for part time and summer jobs after the semester.

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The Latin American University of Science and Technology

San José, Costa Rica
With high-quality education and limitless travel opportunities, this is the ideal destination for both a gap year and a gap year! Study at one of Costa Rica's most prominent private universities alongside local and international students. Combining academic and Spanish instruction with tours of Costa Rica's breathtaking natural marvels is a great combination.

Beyond Abroad’s sister company is Asia Exchange. If you do not wish to study in Europe or America, Asia Exchange offers a variety of Asian destinations from which to pick.

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Bali, Indonesia
Join Bali's cheapest study program with the top student reviews! This very international program is available for one or two semesters. You'll improve your knowledge and abilities in International Business, Economics, Leadership, and Management, as well as a variety of other fascinating and career-enhancing topics. You can choose from a wide range of Bachelor and Master's level courses, as well as cross-select courses from Warmadewa University's Academy.

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Bali, Indonesia
The Bali International Program on Asian Studies (BIPAS) is Udayana University's first truly international study program. Meet people from over 16 nations and broaden your horizons by taking classes in a variety of disciplines. Apply fast and easily, and receive confirmation of your study placement in as little as a day.



Bangkok, Thailand
Experience the student life in vibrant Bangkok in one of the oldest private higher education institutions in Thailand! Live and study Business Administration or Accounting. It is easy to apply, and you will get a confirmation of your study placement even as soon as in one day.

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Seoul, South Korea
Study at Hanyang University's ERICA Campus in Ansan, which is located in the Seoul Capital Area. According to the QS University Rankings, the university is currently placed among the top 150 universities in the world. In addition to the diverse selection and high-level engineering courses, students can study for example Economics, Business Administration and Pharmacy.

Student Experiences

Let the students speak! You can read interviews with our students, see their reports or check out their blogs for helpful tips for your own semester abroad. Below you can also find videos and testimonials.

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