Anybody who enters University today knows the thrill of the first day of class.  Freshman experience a new environment, new freedoms, and what feels like the beginning of a new life.  But talk with Sophomores, and you get a very different story.

Something happens between the Freshman and Sophomore year with many students today.  They find the University to be mundane, almost job like.  Unsure of where they’re going or what they want to do with their lives, they simply check the boxes on the degree requirement sheet and put life on cruise control.

But what if you had the chance to explore new stories, develop new experiences, and share in a new global education platform?

Today, the University uses the word “STUDY ABROAD.”  Most Study Abroad programs have a little class time, a little travel time, but also have little intentional programming.  What if there was a place where you could actually engage in an intentional program driven to help you discover experience while helping you focus your future?

Ten years ago, I founded a company called THE KIVU GAP YEAR.

The Gap Year began to answer a few questions plaguing formal education today:

  • What do you want to do, and how do you get there?
  • How do you translate formal information regurgitation to actual experiential learning?
  • Why do most students graduate with a mountain of debt?
  • Why are so many graduates unhappy with their career path?
  • How can we help to encourage and support students to be successful in life?

For the last ten years we have developed a proof of concept into a vibrant place where students can take a break from formal education.  They can learn new cultures, experience new places, and live with people who think different, talk different, and see the world in an entirely new way.

As these students go back to engage in University life (and 100% of our graduates go back to  University) they have a wealth of experience to add to the knowledge in the classroom.

Imagine what it’s like to travel the world, intern in a variety of vocational choice, meet leaders from around the world who have been successful in their field of study.

The KIVU Gap Year provides a platform for students to take a break.

So if you’re looking for a way to take a break from University next semester, we have several intentional programs for you.  Check out our website at, and we can help you put together a semester you’ll never forget.

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