We consider a gap year to be a break students can take between high school and enrolling at Duke. The experiences had during this time can take many different forms, but regardless of how you choose to spend it, a gap year can provide many benefits.
Gap years can include:
- Volunteering and community service
- Internships or paid work
- Military or religious service
- And so much more!
Many students consider a gap year as an opportunity to broaden their horizons. Regardless of what you are involved in, you will have the opportunities to grow and learn more about yourself and the world.
There are some important questions you should ask yourself as you begin to plan your year:
- What do I want to do?
- How do I want to benefit?
- How much will it cost?
- What skills can I acquire?
The Gap Year Association is a great place to get started and can help you realize just how many opportunities are out there!
To hear directly from students, you can read the Duke Gap Year Program blogs or GapYearly, which also has a database of programs to explore.