What is a gap year?

It’s a year out between school or college and higher education or a job. It can offer you an exciting, challenging and valuable opportunity, be it in the UK or overseas.

How you choose to spend your year out is up to you.

What can I do?

It's your choice - and there are plenty of options:

  • be a volunteer in the UK or overseas
  • live abroad on a cultural exchange
  • participate in an expedition
  • join a structured work experience opportunity
  • learn a new skill on a course in the UK or overseas

Where can I go?

Anywhere. It can be in the UK, or almost anywhere in the world. These websites will give you a taste of what is on offer:


Visit the Year Out Group for further Gap Year information.