The Five Themes of ARCC Gap:

Environment and conservation; literacy and education, public health, urbanization and the movement of peoples, microfinance and economic growth

ARCC offers eight Gap Semesters throughout the U.S., East Africa, Asia, the Himalayas, South America, Centro-Caribbean, and the Pacific Islands. All of our gap year programs are designed for students who are engaged, motivated and excited for the new experiences that await them. Whether this means living with a family in a homestay, conducting interviews with local villagers, or transitioning and adjusting to cultural norms unfamiliar to them at home, students are often faced with new challenges and opportunities for growth during these semesters. ARCC Gap students should come ready to step outside of their comfort zones and be open to all that lies ahead of them. ARCC goes to great efforts to ensure that our program is the right fit for you. ARCC Gap Semesters are designed for students ages 17 – 20.

ARCC is currently accepting applications for our 2022 Spring and Fall Semesters. Space is limited, we encourage you to begin this process as early as possible.


Submit an Enrollment Application
Fill out the online “Enrollment Application” found by clicking “Enroll Now” at


Secure an Available Spot with an $800 Deposit

Submit an $800 deposit to secure your spot. The deposit can be made online or over the phone with a credit card. Deposits are partially refundable before June 1st for the fall and November 1st for the spring, after which they are nonrefundable. Please note that the deposit is fully refundable in the event that the applicant is not accepted into our program.


Submit the “Detailed ARCC Gap Application” and 2 References

The detailed application will be made available to you once you have completed steps 1 and 2. Included in the application will be two references, one based on character, the other based on academics. Reference forms should be passed on to the designated references and can be emailed to ARCC at or faxed to 415-332-2130.

Please note that additional references may be required by ARCC.


Interview with a Gap Director
Once the application and both references have been received, a Gap Director will contact the applicant to set up the Gap Admissions Interview. The Interview will be done with an ARCC Gap Director in person or via video chat.


Final Decision
Final Decision. ARCC will notify applicant of final acceptance within two weeks of the interview.