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A Guide to Taking Gap Year Language Courses

We all have that one bilingual friend who sounds so cool when they switch from one language to another. You might speak un poco de español, but you’re nowhere close to ton ami. Monolingualism can be cured—you don’t have to “be born with it,” and it’s never too late to immerse yourself in another language. There is no faster and better way to learn a language than by being immersed in an environment that forces you to speak it. With gap year language programs, you will sound and think like a native in any language you choose, within a year. Pack your suitcase and dictionary, let’s go become wunderbar!

Everything else you need to know about gap year teaching programs

Costs. The beauty of language immersion programs is that there’s one for every age (yes, there are language immersion gap year programs for adults) and every intensity level (A1 to C2). This, combined with the duration of the program and the country of your choosing, will give you different price variations. For basic classes going Monday through Friday, the prices start at $150 per week. If you’re aiming for private or adult immersion programs, you could be paying more than $500 weekly. 

Planning to gap year courses in language for the entire year? We highly recommend that you try our FundMyTravel to fundraise enough money with the help of friends and family. Oh, and keep an eyes out for discounts like long-term, tuition, or early pay. There are enough options to make this happen.

Accommodations. Living with and amongst the locals is an integral part of gap year language programs experience. With accommodation included in the price, you will be placed either with homestay families or live on campus. If your fundraiser campaign goes well, you might be able to afford a hotel room, or share the rent price of an apartment with a friend.

Visas. Depending on the country you want to go (we’re hoping it’s somewhere exciting, YAY!), you will most likely only need a tourist visa. Yes, you’re going there to study the language, but not in the traditional “I need a student visa” kind of way. If there’s anything you’re not clear about, check our embassy directory before you start packing !.

Safety. The security and well-being of the students is of paramount concern to all programs running gap year courses. And, we don’t want to sound like your mom, but, be safe! All programs offer security guidelines with emergency phone numbers, so keep your phone charged and always on. Group trips are supervised, but when you’re out on your own, abide to the country’s safety best practices and avoid getting into trouble.

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Living in a foreign country for a whole year can become overwhelming and we get that. However, make an effort to find the good in everything and make it all an adventure. You don’t want to completely break off from your family and friends back home, but don’t let homesickness keep you from making new friends.

Outside your normal gap year courses, make an effort to interact with as many locals as possible and use as little to no English on a daily basis. Make the most out of your trip in this new world because you never know when you might come back. Or, if you fall in love with it, like so many of us do, this experience will look so great on your CV/resume, that you might be able to find yourself a job there, like teaching English to the local kids.

You can always try to learn a new language on your own, but we all know how hard it is to find self motivation and sit through hour long videos on Youtube. Language immersion programs and gap year courses will take you to the mother country of the language you want to learn, and fluency is *basically* guaranteed. What are you waiting for? Lass uns gehen!

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