If you've just 'escaped' from an intense period of study, you might not immediately be ready to jump back into education.
But a gap-year can be a fantastic opportunity to combine living and studying abroad. You could learn a new skill and gain a qualification; pursue an interest, hobby or passion you haven't had time for before; explore and enrich your knowledge in your own way, rather than following a curriculum; and you could also find you've added a new dimension to your CV. You may also meet some like-minded folk and have a lot of fun.
These are some of the things you could do: learn a language in-country, do a sports instructor course, music or drama summer schools, explore art, music, culture and learn about conservation. If you’re not jaded with study or are at a time of life when a postgraduate qualification would be useful, and a career break possible, you could go for an academic year abroad. Another option for those of you who want to try to earn while you travel is to do a TEFL course.
A good way of getting to know a place and its people in depth is to spend a whole academic year at a foreign school, either in Europe, the USA, or further afield. The options are plenty; and if anything mentioned above appeals to you, type it into the search box below for the people who can point you in the right direction.