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Long popular in Europe, the concept of a gap year is only recently catching on in the US. But with this new-to-us concept come questions, fears, and a lot of confusion. We turned to our friends at Global Citizen Year to learn the basics of just what makes a gap year a gap year, plus a starter’s guide to planning ahead in case students want to spend time abroad before starting college.

Click to read “What is a Gap Year?” on globalcitizenyear.org.


Written by Emily Toffelmire
Emily Toffelmire is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions consultants. Prior to joining College Coach, Emily worked as an admissions officer at University of Southern California as well as a college counselor at high schools in the US and Thailand. Visit our website to learn more about Emily Toffelmire.