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Take Time for Your Future

Gap Year Expeditions

You're ready to take the lead and take time for your future. To connect to the outdoors and yourself. To stand out from your peers and make the most of your gap year. 

The extended and immersive lessons of a NOLS gap year are life-changing. Wherever in the world you travel with NOLS, you will emerge with confidence, competence, direction, courage, and perspective.

With the academic credit you’ll receive and opportunities for scholarships and other financial aid, there’s nothing stopping you from stepping forward and taking your education to the next level with NOLS.

Featured Gap Year Course

Summer Semester In Alaska

A semester in Alaska includes everything from forested coastlines to the snow and ice of the high mountain peaks to the tundra and rivers in between. In the long days of the northern summer, you'll have plenty of time to learn about and travel through wild Alaska. Even if you don’t feel outdoorsy now, by the end of your course you’ll have opportunities to try out and hone a variety of wilderness skills.

Backpacking takes you to the North America’s largest assemblage of glaciers and greatest collection of peaks over 16,000 feet in elevation. The mountaineering section travels even deeper into the range, taking you to an ideal training ground for learning to live and climb on snow and ice. Finally, spend over three weeks sea kayaking in Prince William Sound. See glaciers and moose, sea lions and alpine tundra Amid all this activity, expect an extensive environmental studies curriculum that will offer a unique perspective on some of the world's most stunning wilderness.

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Tales from the Trail

In the last video in our Tales from the Trail series, Fatou talks about her first night in the woods. 

“NOLS taught me the secret to great teamwork is great leadership … I learned that leadership isn’t exclusive to those in charge; anybody can demonstrate leadership.”

-Theodore Davidson, NOLS grad