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How Do I Plan My Gap Year?

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Kimberly Manning

Have you been wondering, “How do I plan my gap year?” Gap year programs offer students hands-on learning and immersive education that evokes personal development and growth. Plus, it delivers a brand new perspective that simply can’t be taught in a traditional classroom.  Gap year programs range in length, location, type of study, and more. 

Trekking in the Mekong

Plan My Gap Year in 3 Steps

If you’re looking for the ideal gap year program for yourself, consider asking yourself a few questions about what you are seeking. 

Determine Your Goals and Desired Experiences

Everyone’s goals look different, so it’s important to start with your own personal goals for your gap year program. Do you want to be immersed in a new culture and way of life? Do you want to learn a new language? Do you want to gain a cultural perspective? Where There be Dragons gap year programs offer all of these components and more. 

Gap year programs challenge students to broaden their understanding of the world and their own personal place within it. Expect unparalleled growth and enriching experiences that will be remembered forever.

Budget for Your Gap Year Program and Travel Expenses

It’s important to understand your budget and financial capacity when determining the appropriate gap year program. Consider the cost of travel, airfare, spending money, and any additional travel you plan to do while away. Our tuition is all-inclusive except for airfare and insurance. 

Travel and study abroad programs can be financially restrictive for some, which is why we do what we can to offer financial aid for students in need. To be more accessible to all students, our financial aid option is open for all who are eligible to apply. There are also other options to consider, including external scholarships, private loans, or 529 educational savings funds.

Keep in mind that Where There Be Dragons offers college-level coursework and credits for gap semester programs

Apply for the Program that Suits Your Wants and Needs

Once you’ve chosen a program and destination that matches your goals, it’s time to apply. The enrollment process includes an online application, deposit, and 30-minute interview. During this stage, students answer brief questions about their goals and discuss those in further detail with an Admission Associate to ensure alignment for both parties. Gap year programs are an investment of time, energy, and money, so it’s important to be sure it’s the right fit. 

Once admitted, it’s time to start planning the logistics and details of your travel. Dragons is here to help throughout the process. Learn more about our enrollment process or reach out to us with any questions you have.



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