A Gap Period: What Is It and How Does It Impact the Chances of Studying Abroad?

    Updated on: 12 Sep 2023 4 min read

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    How to Overcome any Disadvantages of Year Gaps while Planning to Study Abroad?

    There is a silver lining for all those students worried about their chances of studying abroad. As long as you can show that you were not sitting idle, even the best of institutes will not consider the gap period adversely.  So, how do you ensure that all goes well with the visa officer or the admission committee?

    • Give them a valid and legitimate reason. The reason could be medical, family responsibility, preparing for GRE, or gaining knowledge of a new skill or technology. The last one is particularly beneficial if you are going to pursue a Masters. A project, a certification, an online course, or research to keep up to date with trends, all are valid and acceptable reasons for a hiatus. 
    • Prepare your answer well. Always, always be honest about your reason for the break and keep the explanation short. Show achievements, if any, gained during the gap period.

    Genuineness Will See You Through

    A gap period can take any form and any size. For one student, it could be a ten-month gap taken to teach the unprivileged. For another pupil, it could be a two-year break taken to be the caregiver of an ailing family member. How it affects your college application to an international university depends on the reason for the break and the school itself. 
    Over the years, we’ve helped many students with their applications and SOP to correctly explain a gap in education or career. Our one bit of essential advice is if you are still in your gap year, then make the most of it. Also, always check the rules of your preferred college on gap years before applying.

Written by Yogender Panchal

Yogender is a tech enthusiast with specialization in digital marketing. He is currently working at Gyandhan a leading company which provides Education Loan who are studying Abroad. Playing Volleyball, driving a car, traveling, researching new online marketing trends are some of his interest areas that keeps his rejuvenated.

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Aman Jain graduated from IIT Kanpur, and currently functions as the CMO at GyanDhan. He is deeply passionate about creating equality in higher education and has directly interacted with 2 Lakh students in his 8-year-long journey.

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