Three-month and yearlong Gap Year and Study Abroad programsfocused on community, cultural immersion, service learning, and adventure.
See the world
Our GAP programs open the eyes of young adults and help them learn more about themselves by learning more about the world. Our students come from all backgrounds and have many different reasons for wanting to attend an international study abroad program; however, they have a few very important things in common - they all want to grow and experience the world. We believe that "Passion is a better predictor of success than IQ will ever be" and strive to help each student strengthen their understanding of passionate living.
Earn college credit
Each Carpe Diem student's study abroad volunteer program gives the opportunity for young adults to make a difference in the world in which they live, while also pursuing higher academic opportunities. Through our partnership with Portland State University, we are unique among gap year programs in that we are able to offer college credit with all of our semester abroad programs and over 80% of our attendees return to a four-year university within six months of completing their overseas journey.
"The best experience of my life"
Carpe Diem's study abroad semester programs are designed to safely challenge every student. Through service, travel, community and cultural exchange - our students receive a unique and personal insight into themselves and the cultures they live within while also giving back through service in every country we travel. Our leaders are trained to facilitate personal growth and learning within the structure of an academic semester; this combination has proven the best way to open the eyes of Carpe Diem students to the forgotten side of the developing world. We challenge our students by consciously teaching them how to be better group leaders and better self-leaders - and how to safely travel independently anywhere in the world.
Our students study and volunteer abroad - and through this are challenged to open their minds to different ways that cultures live very similar lives. We all eat, we all sleep, we all want to be happy and we all are searching for meaning. How these things are expressed in different cultures are both more similar and more different than most could ever imagine.