UnCollege Gap Year

A 12-month skills-building regimen designed to equip young adults to succeed in the 21st century.

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The program is divided into four phases, each lasting two-three months. These include living in a Gap Year House, traveling abroad, working at an internship, and completing a creative project. During this program, you will learn about yourself and the process of learning, make lifelong friends with people from around the world, find mentors, and develop the skills necessary to be successful both personally and professionally.

Born from decades of educational research and engineered in Silicon Valley, the program creates a new category of post-secondary education, blending a structured skill development protocol with the benefits of self-directed learning. You will sharpen the skills you will use every day of your adult lives – effective communication, resourcefulness, negotiation, building social capital – and deepen your sense of autonomy and personal effectiveness.

The goal of the Gap Year Program is to equip you with the skills required for success in a rapidly-changing world.

What Will I Do On My Gap Year?

The Four Phases

What is the Curriculum?

Workshops focus on the habits and practices of successful people - everything from how to evaluate yourself, to how to build social capital, to how to develop relationships with mentors.

Coaching Meetings take place every Monday and give fellows a space to sit down with a Program Specialist to set goals for the week, contextualize what they are working on, and reflect on progress.

Jam Sessions are focused work periods where fellows work together on specific tasks. UnCollege staff circulate and provide feedback.

Guest Speaker Conversations allow Fellows to hear from a variety of successful individuals on a range of topics. We encourage you to take advantage of these conversations by staying engaged and asking intelligent questions.


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What Does it Cost?


A non-refundable deposit of $250 is submitted to hold your spot in the cohort of your choice. The remaining balance of the program fee is due in full 90 days before the program starts. We're happy to work with fellows who would benefit from a flexible payment plan.

After fellows submit their program deposit, we'll set up an initial coaching call with one of our program specialists. This establishing call begins the coaching dynamic that will support each fellow throughout the course of the program.

Following the initial coaching call, we'll be in touch to set up a planning conversation focused on the 8-week Voyage phase that kicks off the Gap Year program. Fellows (and their families) can ask questions about each of our four Voyage destinations as well as the volunteer options available in each country and any other travel-related information. When fellows are ready to register for their Voyage, a Voyage deposit of $1750 is submitted along with necessary registration materials.

For students with financial concerns, UnCollege works with Earnest, which provides flexible terms and low rates for fellows preferring to spread the cost of the program out over multiple months or even years. General information about the flexible financing that Earnest offers to UnCollege Gap Year fellows can be found here.

Another payment plan partner we work with is Pave, a company that provides small loans for alternative education programs. At the moment, Pave is only available to residents of New York state, but they have plans to roll out nationwide in the spring of 2015. For now, if you're a New York resident, you can start the application process here. If you live elsewhere in the U.S. and you're applying for the Summer 2015 or Fall 2015 term, Pave may be an option for you as we get closer to the start of those terms.

If you decide to discontinue the program, tuition is non-refundable. Prices, terms, and conditions are subject to change.

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