Here are answers to frequently asked questions
What is a “Gap Year?”
A “gap year” is most commonly known as an extended break before, during or after post-secondary studies during an academic year. There are many reasons for taking a gap year from learning about yourself to travelling to volunteering. Some of the top reasons are listed here.
Do students really benefit from taking a Gap Year?
What is a Catholic Gap Year?
A time spent with a Catholic organization growing in faith and serving others. Ultimately, a time of discovering and becoming a missionary disciple.
What Catholic Gap Year programs are available?
Click here for some examples.
How much will going on a Catholic Gap Year cost?
It all depends. Some programs require quite a bit of funds to cover board and lodging and yet others will offer you a stipend.
When is the application deadline to join a Catholic Gap Year program?
Every organization has a different deadline. It’s best to inquire from the organization directly. Most have deadlines in the spring because most programs begin in the fall.
Can I join a program immediately after high school graduation?
Why, yes! There are some programs where recent high school graduates can join, but many programs take in those with some post-secondary experience. It’s best to speak with each organization regarding their requirements.
Can I defer my acceptance into 1st year?
Many post-secondary institutions have policies around deferment. Please contact your admissions officer or Academic Advisor for details.
What happens to my status if I’m currently enrolled in post-secondary studies?
Please contact your Academic Advisor at your school for more details.
I have some questions. Who can I talk about this?
- For program information, please contact the Catholic organization offering the program.
- For post-secondary status, please contact your intended or current institution.
- For bursary or other inquiries related to the Catholic Gap Year, please contact Gerard Garcia at 604-683-0281 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Contact each organization as they can help you with specific questions about their program, application and other inquiries.