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Gap Year

Semesters after high school

A gap year is anything but a year off. Deciding to defer university for a semester or a year is often the most important educational decision a student makes, and is supported by top universities. Gap years are formative experiences that encourage personal growth while helping students determine how they want to spend the next four years and beyond.

At Rustic Pathways we have two types of gap year programs:

Our Rustic Gap Year Semesters are more traditional gap year travel programs, focusing on community service and adventure travel. Students spend a semester exploring a region of the world (Latin America, South East Asia, or the South Pacific), experiencing the best of what the region has to offer.

Our Verto Education University Credit Semesters offer students the opportunity to earn university credit during an immersive and educational gap year before continuing their education on campus. The Verto Education programs also include being accepted to one of Verto’s partner universities.

Rustic Gap Year Semesters

Gap Year Scholarships

We offer scholarships to outstanding students from all over the world who demonstrate commitment to success on our gap year programs. These scholarships are awarded to qualified students based on a combination of merit and financial need. They may cover up to 100 percent of the program cost of a gap semester. Visit for more information.