Information for Gap Year Returnees

For students who have taken gap years, here are some ways to build on those experiences while while at Penn:

Seek out student groups and clubs that relate to your gap year experience. Whether you want to practice your language skills, engage with arts and culture, or continue your engagement with a particular country or region, Penn has student groups for practically everything.

Engage through your coursework. Search for classes through PennInTouch, reach out to faculty whose work aligns with your interests. Attend office hours – even if you're not taking a class with that particular professor!

Contact us to join the Penn Gap Year Returnees listserv. Penn Global hosts events throughout the year for gap year returnees to connect and meet each other.

Contact us to be a Gap Year Ambassador. Ambassadors share their gap year experiences on this website through their bios and our gap year blog. They also chair a panel on taking a gap year for admitted students at Quaker Days.

Travel with Penn! Penn Abroad offers not only traditional semester study abroad options, but also short-term abroad experiences including Penn Global Seminars (courses that integrate a travel component during breaks in the academic year) and the Global Research and Internship Program (8-12 week-long summer internship placements overseas).