How will a gap year help my child?

Gap years foster self-sufficiency, identity, independence, provide insight and confidence when making future educational and career decisions, and help your child acquire life experiences that he or she can’t learn in a typical school setting.

What support services are available to my child?

We have a dedicated staff person working with fellows in an intensive way before and during travel in real time to identify risks and troubleshoot possible problem scenarios. Some fellows also choose to work with third party global service programs, which have the benefit of student support infrastructure.

How will UNC keep up with my child’s gap year experience?

Our full-time staff person holds scheduled monthly meetings via Skype with Fellows and stays in regular contact via Skype, phone, and email.

How much will the gap year cost?

The price will vary, depending on the student’s activities, travel plans, interests, and spending habits. During the proposal stage, we closely work with the fellows to construct realistic budgets.

What if my child doesn’t want to go back to school?

If students do not enter UNC-Chapel Hill after their gap year, they must repay the Fellowship. But please note: whereas traditional first-year students are more likely to burn out, gap year students are often intellectually stimulated by their experiences abroad. They tend to study with increased passion, perspective, and success.