fbpx Skip to main content

How to Gap Year: The Ultimate Guide

By February 1, 2021February 26th, 2021No Comments

Do you have your sights set on uni but would also like a year off to travel/have fun/save money? The Gap Year Guide is your one stop resource to successfully navigating your way through a Gap Year while not losing sight of your goals.


The Gap Year Guide was developed to assist rural and regional students taking a year (or more) off between high school and further studies. The guide is free to use for students, their families and anyone helping students through the process of deciding whether to gap year and how to gap year.

Each month new topics are covered with videos and podcasts featuring real life stories as well as interactive decision making tools and checklists.


A 2017 report from the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE) shows over 40% of regional students with an ATAR over 75 aren’t going to university straight after high school. We also know the longer a student puts off study after high school, the less likely they are to take up tertiary education. In fact, as few as 5-6% of students who take a gap year transition to university.

The Gap Year Guide project has come from a collaboration of CEF and three leading Australian universities – the University of Sydney, University of Canberra and University of Wollongong.

CEF’s involvement and support in this project is crucial to ensuring rural and regional students and parents have better access to ‘real’ information about their post school options and university.


There are heaps of different pathways to university and a lot of information about gap years. So whether you’re considering your gap year and uni options, tracking your current gap year or just want to support someone with their decision, it’s important to be informed. The Gap Year Guide pulls together everything we know to help you make a decision that’s right for you.

We want to know what you think

This fantastic resource is free and available to everyone; but, this resource is something new…so we are keen to know what people think about it and to ensure the resource is useful!

If you’d like to have your say, participate now.


Author Emma

CEF Students & Education Partnerships

More posts by Emma

Leave a Reply