Gap Year Programs

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All for less than $3,000 per month

Earn College Credit

All program participants are enrolled in one online college course worth 3 credits. All courses in our catalog are highly transferable general education courses.

Completing your class while living abroad on an Edumadic program will earn you Edumadic’s Certificate in Remote Productivity, which entitles you to a $400 discount on any future Edumadic program, as well as a 10% discount on tuition at Colorado State University Global. 

Coliving Abroad

You will live abroad for 6 weeks in one of our gap year locations with a handpicked group of 10 - 20 other Edumads. 

You will be accompanied by a program team who are available 24/7 for the duration of the program to make sure that the time you spend abroad is as transformative as we know it can be, as well as keep you out of harms way!

Your time on a program is purposefully designed to make sure you have time to study, explore and experience the environment you are living in, form deep bonds with your fellow Edumads, and learn about the local culture.


"This time in a different part of the world was the perfect reset button from my stressful life at home. I loved the activities they suggested, and the foundation of our trip was perfectly curated. I personally felt like my only requirement was to show up."
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“I can say that best case scenario x100 wouldn't do justice to the last three months. I formed lifelong friendships with everyone and I can't imagine not having those crazy, adventurous spirits in my life!”
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“after leaving behind the life I had been leading the past months, I stood in the bathroom and looked at my freckled, lightly sunburned face and realized: I have changed, grown, become ultimately happier, and am slowly becoming the person I always strived to be.”
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“It's safe to say my comfort zone has been well and truly shattered! I met lots of people who opened my eyes to the world that we live in and the opportunities available to me if I had the bravery and curiorisity to seek them out.”
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“I’m glad Edumadic has come in, twisted my lifeline, and showed me what more is out there.”
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“Edumadic gave me the perfect balance of online studies, socialization, independence, and traveling.”
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“I made lifelong friendships with people that helped me grow, we traveled to places that I never even knew existed and I finished my two year degree all in the span of three months.”
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“The Edumadic team were always on hand which was a lifesaver on more than one occasion! It was a hell of a ride and helped me gain some much needed perspective.”
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“when I heard about Edumadic it seemed like the perfect opportunity for me to keep travelling whilst also really figuring out exactly what I wanted to do with my life.”
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“Edumadic was one of the best decisions I could have ever made for myself. Not only am I confident traveling alone now but I finally found my passion in life.”
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“This trip changed my life in too many ways to count. It pushed me to hold myself accountable with my educational pursuits. It also gave me a support system of Program Coordinators and fellow Edumads that I know will become lifelong friends.”
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“Now I can say, Edumadic was one of the best decisions I have made in my life. Traveling has opened my mind to new perspectives and my fellow Edumads have inspired me to reach new levels and find my own way.”
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“The opportunities for growth were endless. I was exposed to different cultures, inspiring travelers, beautiful sites, delectable food, and adventures galore all while keeping myself in check with studies and work.”
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“Edumadic has been a priceless experience and the most smooth sailing trip of my life. More importantly it has encouraged me to grow and learn, to experiment, and to reach out of my comfort zone.“
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“I fell in love with the cultures I was exposed to, and found close friendships in every place we visited. Being surrounded by like-minded people from all over gave me a larger taste of the world, more than I could ever taste at home.”
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“One of the things I like most about Edumadic was the community, all from different countries, with a desire to learn, not only from their course but from other cultures as well.”
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Taylor E

“I felt I needed to further my education, but would rather spend my time travelling. The idea of doing both simultaneously had never occured to me, and this sudden opportunity to do so with a like-minded group of people was incredibly appealing.”
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Erin P

“It taught me that you don’t have to choose between a dream of traveling and an education. I’ll never forget the friends I made”
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Allison C

“Between dizzyingly narrow coastal climbs, regular sunset escapes to the beach, or a good old-fashioned study session at a cute cafe, my Edumadic experience was just like what I dreamed of, and then some.”
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“Many think travelling and studying can't go hand in hand but when you are surrounded by a group of like minded people who all have their own studies to pursue it makes it possible. Through this journey with Edumadic I have made memories and relationships with people that will stay with me forever."
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Caitlin C

“When I first accepted my spot on the trip, I had no idea if I was making the right decision. After what I would consider to be a life changing experience, I have no doubt it was the right choice and I recommend it to anyone who is thinking about spending time abroad.”
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Erin O

“It gave me the perfect safe and supportive learning environment while encouraging me to go off and have incredible adventures with some of the most inspiring and wonderful people I’ve ever met. It was an impulse I couldn’t be more glad I followed through with and would do it again in a heartbeat.”
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Alex D

“Experiencing all these incredible things together like 2 AM hikes up a mountain to catch a sunrise that literally takes your breath away; to just having your morning cup of coffee together at the local cafe while you study, we formed bonds that reach all over the world.”
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“Being able to combine traveling, meeting beautiful souls from all over the world and studying was a life changing experience! I wish I could do it all over again.”
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Cassie F

“I was drawn to Edumadic’s promise of travelling AND studying with a group of people with the same mindset as me. Not only did Edumadic deliver on that promise, they exceeded my already-high expectations and gave me one of the best experiences of my life.”
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Anna J

“The new people, places, and experiences I came across in my three months with Edumadic have opened my eyes to things I never would have experienced had I stayed where I was, and I will be forever grateful for it.”
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"This time in a different part of the world was the perfect reset button from my stressful life at home. I loved the activities they suggested, and the foundation of our trip was perfectly curated. I personally felt like my only requirement was to show up."
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Taylor L

“This is something I would never have done before my time with Edumadic. The whole experience allowed me to reinvent the way I study and rediscover the way I travel.”
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“Could I have done this trip alone? Yes. But after just the first day on my trip I remembered why I didn't. Edumadic is a community. We worked together, ate meals together, and even collaborated on projects.”
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Allison E

“If you’ve come across Edumadic and are looking at the reviews for guidance - do it. Dive in! An Edumadic Program, regardless of location, is going to be so amazingly unique to this particular time in your life and an experience that you’ll never regret. In fact... you’re going to be ready for more in the end, just as I am!”
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“Through Edumadic, I found the confidence to work and study in different parts of the world, and thrive doing so. I fell in love with new cities, and made friends with people full of the same passion to travel, learn, and grow.”
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"The balance of adventure and study was perfect, and I loved having the flexibility to study as much as I wanted.”
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"This program helped me develop the skills needed to further my education and world travel beyond Edumadic. Plus, I have another excuse to travel; to visit my fellow Edumads!”
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“Edumadic helped me to further my international education without the price of overseas tuition. It also helped me create new friendships and memories that I hope to have for a lifetime. Most importantly, Edumadic helped me push myself to try something new, that ultimately became one of the best and most transformational experiences of my life.”
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"Edumadic created an ideal environment to take a few extra courses online while living abroad. Not only were locations hand-picked to best suit the life of a travelling student, but the organization succeeded in bringing together a community of people all committed to pursuing online education."
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The program team will present a number of opportunities to volunteer in the local community throughout the program. Opportunities will vary depending on location and season, but will always fall under one of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. 

Global Citizenship

Participants in our Gap Year programs will be enrolled in our Global Citizenship course.

We know that spending time abroad can totally change how people see themselves, the world, and their place in it. We’ve seen these transformations happen first hand time and time again on our programs over the years. 

Our Certificate in Global Citizenship creates a framework through which we more deliberately encourage those transformations to occur. 

The curriculum is designed to accompany your time abroad and coursework encourages you to reflect on your experience as it develops before, during, and after the program.

Edumads must complete the Global Citizenship course in order to attend programs beyond their first.  

What Else?

24/7 in person support

Our Program Coordinators live alongside participants for the duration of the program. They are available 24 hours a day to assist in any situation.

Beyond the Coordinators themselves, Edumadic has an extensive support network of local suppliers, agents, and advisors in each location, accumulated from both previous time on programs in that region and the personal travel experiences of all Edumadic staff.

Location guides & maps

We provide you with our own personalized maps and location guides with information collated from all our past programs as well as our own personal exploration.

We also provide a briefing on arrival, sharing with you the most important information, particularly around safety and navigating the neighborhood you will be calling home.

Organization of trips and events

The Edumadic team are on hand to organise various trips and events throughout the program.

Typically this means daily activities in the area that we live, weekly day trips to tourist hotspots, and bi-weekly overnight excursions to exciting sights and experiences that are a bit further afield.

International SOS

Every Gap Year participant will have membership to International SOS, The world's leading health & security services company. They have more than 12,000 health, security and logistics experts on standby to provide support and assistance from over 1,000 locations in 90 countries.

They are trusted by over 11,000 clients globally to keep their people safe when traveling abroad.

Six Weeks - One Location


After running programs for four years, we've found that six weeks is the perfect length of time in one location.

Edumads are able (and encouraged!) to join more than one program if they want to explore more of the world.

Our schedule is designed so that Edumads can go from program to program. Most join us for 2 or 3 programs over the course of a year, either split throughout the year or back-to-back.

Fees: $2,000 - $4,500


Program fees vary depending on location. Some are more expensive to run programs in than others.

Your program fees Include:

  • One three credit online college course of your choice
  • Our Global Citizenship course
  • Private room in community accommodation
  • Access to a dedicated study space
  • International SOS membership

Program fees increase as programs draw closer. The sooner you secure your place, the lower your fees!

Other Costs: $900 - $1,600


We will provide an estimate of other costs associated with joining a particular program to applicants.

Our estimate for these other costs include:

  • Food & drink
  • Entertainment, activities, & excursions
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas (where required)

These costs vary depending on location. Some locations are more expensive to live in than others!

Flights to and from the program are not included in this estimate, nor are they covered in the program fees. We can help applicants to estimate the cost of these.

Our Gap Year Locations

Latin America

Latin America

Santa Teresa

Costa Rica

Latin America



Latin America

Puerto Escondido


How to Join

1st: Complete the Application Process

Part 1 - Basic information

A few quick questions about you, where you would like to join us, and when.

Apply to Join

Part 2 - Getting to know you

Longer form questions to measure whether our programs are a good fit for you, and vice versa. The more information you can give in these answers the better evaluation we can make. 2 hours to complete.

A link to Part 2 of the application will be sent upon receipt of part 1.

Part 3 - Final round interview

A 30 minute video call with a member of the team. We will ask questions related to your responses in parts 1 and 2, and you will have the opportunity to ask any final questions about the program.

2nd: Securing your place

A deposit of $600 is required to secure your place on each program you want to attend, and is subtracted from the program fees.

Places are filled on a first come first serve basis, and your place is not guaranteed until your deposit is paid.

3rd: Prepare for your program

We will provide in depth support on what and how you need to prepare for the program in the lead up to its start, including information regarding:

  • Payment of remaining fees (due 9 weeks before departure)
  • Flight booking
  • Visas (if required)
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccinations
  • Location guide
  • Packing lists
  • Meeting the community online

After the program

Alumni of our programs are granted the following benefits: