Where There Be Dragons

Founded in 1973 and recognized as the leader in cross-cultural education. With operations in seventeen countries, Dragons offers authentic, low-to-the-ground and immersive summer, gap year, and college-accredited experiences. Our programs are built on 9 program components; they are staffed with the industry’s best guides; and we operate in small groups with a high instructor to student ratio – ensuring deep cultural immersion and a holistic travel experience. 




Appalachian Mountain Club College Adventure Program

Outdoor Conservation and Leadership Gap-Year Semester: Sept 9-Nov 17

Want to develop your backcountry leadership skills? Would you like to learn or improve upon trail work skills, community service, and volunteer experiences? Want to go a step further and grow as a leader in the outdoors? This is the perfect program for you. A Leave No Trace Master Educator course and a Wilderness First Responder certification course are part of the curriculum, and will provide you both the experience and the credentials to pursue both careers and advanced personal skills in the outdoors. Wilderness Backpacking and Canoeing skills will be learned, practiced, and mastered. Advanced trail work training and the opportunity to build upon your skills while completing a variety of trail projects are an integral component of this expedition as well. Students will engage in intensive community building through rugged wilderness travel adventures all over the Northeast-from the Maine North Woods, to the Delaware Water Gap.





Tel Aviv University International

Offers exciting gap year programs, high school summer camps, internships, and research opportunities all in English! Explore the country with our social activities and trips while integrating yourself into Israeli society. Tel Aviv is an incredibly vibrant and exciting city that has so much to offer! Whether you are interested in fashion, music, art, or technology, you will feel yourself immersed into the Tel Aviv culture.  With its sunny Mediterranean beaches and vibrant social scene, Tel Aviv provides the ideal setting for an unforgettable abroad experience.



Young Judaea Summer Programs/Israel Programs

Year Course is a 9-month gap year program in Israel for Jewish students where they get the chance to earn up to 30 college credits, enhance their language skills, gain meaningful and unique volunteer opportunities and deepen their curiosity of where and how they want to engage in the world around them. The students that go on Year Course gain a great sense of independence and mature in ways that enable them to truly thrive in college, both socially and academically.



School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)

The Adult Continuing Education (ACE) program in Continuing Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago offers a wide variety of options, including individual courses and certificate programs, designed to accommodate students with diverse interests and backgrounds. Whether you are seeking personal enrichment, professional development, or networking opportunities, our courses and certificate programs provide multiple pathways to help you meet your individual goals.

Our certificate programs were developed to meet the needs of today’s working adults who are interested in exploring new areas of study, refreshing existing skills to meet the needs of today’s workplace, and creating portfolios for a variety of educational and professional purposes. Certificates are offered in the following areas:  Drawing, Fashion, Graphic Design, Studio Art & Design, Interior Design, Painting

Course listings for current and future semesters are available online, as is the Adult Continuing Education Registration Form. Our fall/spring semesters consist of ten-week courses, while we have one-week, five-week, and ten-week courses available during the summer. You can submit your registration by way of fax, email, mail, walk-in, or phone. 


City Year

Founded in 1988 on the belief that young people can change the world. City Year is an education-focused, nonprofit organization that unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service aimed at keeping students in school and on track to graduation. At City Year’s 28 urban locations across the U.S. and two international affiliates, teams of trained young people called AmeriCorps members serve full-time in schools during the academic year as tutors, mentors and role models. By focusing on attendance, behavior and course performance, which identify students who are at risk of not graduating on time, AmeriCorps members are positioned to help students and schools succeed.



United Planet

A Boston-based non profit that offers gap year programs as the U.S. and Canadian member of the International Cultural Youth Exchange (ICYE) Federation. This exchange program has was formed after WWII as a way to build community across differences.  United Planet programs are designed to be immersive, authentic, comprehensive and provide you everything you’ll need to succeed. The program elements allow you to engage fully with a new culture, forge strong relationships, and challenge yourself. Most importantly, we partner with the community to ensure your experience will be important, relevant and helpful to the community you serve.



Youth For Understanding USA

One of the world’s largest and most trusted intercultural exchange organizations with more than 70 partner countries. YFU offers global exchange programs ranging from 2-week group excursions, fall or spring semester programs, summer theme-based cultural and language programs and full year immersion experiences. We also offer Gap Year programs. So whether you’re looking for a summer excursion with your classmates and teacher or a year abroad staying with a host family, YFU makes your exchange dream trip possible. We’re there for you every step of the way to help you select the program and destination that’s perfect from you. See the world up close with YFU!



Rustic Pathways 

Rustic Pathways is the leader in providing superior quality international community service, education, and adventure programs for students. We offer one to three-week spring break and summer experiences, Gap Year programs, and custom group trips. Operating in 18 different countries, our programs cover a range of student interests and activities.  With over 30 years of experience in the field, Rustic Pathways has emerged as the world leader in student travel. What started as one man leading students across the Australian Outback has grown to over 96 programs across 19 countries. Throughout the whole journey, our mission has remained the same: to enrich the lives of our students and staff, benefit the parts of the world we serve, and build cultural bridges that lead to greater global understanding and cooperation. Every summer, thousands of high school students from around the world travel with Rustic Pathways on life changing programs. These students participate in a variety of programs that emphasize community service, education, and adventure. From building a school in an indigenous village in Fiji, to climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, to working in an orphanage in Thailand, Rustic Pathways provides empowering experiences for every student. We believe cultural and international exposure are a critical component of any global education, and we pride ourselves in designing unforgettable programs that are safe, inspiring, and affordable.



Winterline Global Education

Try it all. You'll be in a new place every week, learning a crazy new skill. You will produce a documentary film. Launch a business. Learn to scuba dive. Build a tiny house. Get certified to practice Thai massage. And so much more.  You will learn real-world skills to prepare you for life, college, and career while traveling the world and exploring your passions.

Gap year program: 9-months, 10 countries, 100 skills.

Semester abroad: 12-weeks, 3-5 countries, theme-specific skills.

Summer abroad: 3-8 weeks, 2-6 countries, theme-specific skills.

Are you ready to travel? Gain practical life skills that you didn't get in high school and won't get in college? Develop friendships that will last a lifetime? Join us!




Global Routes

Since 1986 Global Routes has offered Gap Year and college students an unparalleled opportunity to immerse themselves into a small rural community, develop long-lasting cross-cultural relationships, and make positive contributions that will last a lifetime.  Global Routes’ Gap Year Teaching Internship Program provide students with the opportunity to truly make a difference in one community through an 8-10 week teaching internship in a local primary school. This model has earned Global Routes the distinction of being named “One of most respected organizations in the field” by the New York Times.