Looking for a gap year program?

You're in the right place! We're all about inspiring growth and transformation in students 17-22 through experiential education, community, and intercultural exchange during gap year travel. We offer a Latitudes Year and semester programs to 18 countries on 5 continents.

To get started, flip through our online catalog below, and then click on the images below the catalog to explore themes and itineraries for each of our gap year travel programs!

Spring 2021 Programs

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We are continuing to accept applications for our Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 semesters and Latitudes Year programs. 

Please visit our COVID-19 Response page to learn more about our proactive approach to student travel during this time, our expanded refund policy for Spring 2021 students and our considerations for a return to international programming. 

We are cautiously optimistic that conditions will improve and that we will be able to offer some international programming in the Spring. There is a massive global investment in developing a vaccine; medical therapies are improving; social distancing and mask wearing are being implemented on a larger scale; testing accuracy and capacity are increasing and some countries such as Ecuador and Thailand are continuing to to slowly lift international travel bans.

We know that many students and families are looking for engaging, educational alternatives to virtual/online learning, and we look forward to working with you! 

Carpe Diem is offering the Latitudes Year program to all Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 students. Spring 2021 students will have the opportunity to complete a Focused Volunteer Placement over the summer. The Latitudes Year offers students the opportunity to engage in a group semester experience during the first semester, with a 10-12 week personalized Focused Volunteer Placement during the following semester. Learn how to become an independent, savvy traveler with the guidance and mentorship of our Overseas Educators, then head out and have your own unique experience in a different country during the second half of your gap year.

Fall 2021 Programs

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Why Choose Carpe Diem?

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1 We offer the most accessible programs to the widest diversity of students.

2 Our programs are immersive, interactive, and culturally authentic.

3 Your health and well-being are our top priority.

4 You can earn up to 18-36 college credits and access financial aid.

5 You’ll become a skilled and confident world traveler.

Click below to download our Program Comparison Chart.

About Our Programs

When participating in a Carpe Diem gap year program, students explore some of the most culturally and geographically diverse (and exciting!) regions of our planet.

Imagine engaging in forest and river conservation efforts in the Amazon Basin; studying indigenous perspectives in the hills of Northern Thailand; living with families and studying Arabic in the capital city of Morocco; scuba diving the coral reefs of Fiji.

Carpe Diem students journey to settings that fuel the imagination, stoke the fires of curiosity, and encourage growth and transformation.


An integral part of the Carpe Diem journey is the experience of community. Traveling with a group of like-minded individuals who share many similar interests and passions, students learn to share perspectives, build friendships, and challenge assumptions.

Living and traveling together has its challenges, and it’s important that each individual arrives with an open mind, ready to push comfort zones and find common ground. A thriving gap program community requires that students develop effective communication skills, practice patience and empathy, and proactively resolve conflict as it arises.

Through sharing experiences and overcoming challenges, students grow individually and collectively while exploring the world together.

Experiential Education

Every day, there will be new experiences and activities that enhance perspectives, inspire curiosity, and promote deeper understanding. Click here to learn more about our innovative approach to experiential education.