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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Academic Calendar

What Does it Cost?


When you register for the program, a non-refundable deposit of $1,000 is due to hold your spot. The remaining balance of tuition is due in full 90 days before the program starts. Fellows interested in a payment plan may work this out with the staff. If you decide to leave the program, tuition is non-refundable. Prices, terms, and conditions are subject to change.

For students with financial concerns, UnCollege works with Pave, a company that provides small loans for alternative education programs. You can start the application process here or email [email protected] with any questions.

Another payment plan partner we work with is 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.

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