Gap Year Program

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Gap Year with Barry

Take Your Gap Year with Barry University

Explore your interests, serve your community, and prepare forcollege with Barry’s Gap-Year Program.

Barry University Gap Year ProgramAugust 2021

An educational, and service-oriented program for college-bound high school graduates

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    Contact Us

    For questions regarding the Gap Year Program, contact us at ce@barry.edu.

About the Program

Designed exclusively for high school graduates who want to delay their college entry, Barry University's Gap Year Program offers the freedom to grow self-confidence and explore career pathways through structured learning and service opportunities.

Barry's program emphasizes self-discovery, mentorship, and exploration in the European tradition of the educational and service-oriented gap year. We combine topical workshops with one-on-one mentorship and community engagement. As students prepare for a more focused and successful college career, they spend time getting to know themselves and their unique interests.

Why Take a Gap Year with Barry?

Many students can benefit from taking a gap year. In fact, those who do report positive effects on their self-esteem, global awareness, and communication skills. Studies show that gap year takers outperform their peers academically once they start college. Most attribute this success to the maturity and greater sense of self they gained through service, personal reflection, and career exploration.

Barry provides a gap year experience that encourages growth and discovery while also establishing clear benchmarks for success. Our 16-week program includes focused workshops, pre-college practicums, cultural experiences, mentoring sessions, and service-learning projects that create a framework for individual advancement. Participants also tailor their experience to their specific area of interest by choosing a certificate tract in Technology, Health, Business, or Leadership.

 

In recent years, pass rates for the FELE have ranged between 56% and 63%. Investing in test preparation increases your chance of success on this rigorous exam!

How Is Barry’s Gap Year Program Structured?

Our Gap Year is 16 weeks. Throughout the program, participants will engage in structured learning and service opportunities and exploratory activities.

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    Service Learning

    Projects Focused on Social Issues

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    Career Workshops

    With Barry’s Career Services Team

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    Workshops Dedicated

    To Social Justice Issues

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    Mentoring Sessions

    With Guided Reflection

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    Career Workshops

    With Barry’s Career Services Team

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    Workshops Dedicated

    To Social Justice Issues

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    Coordinated Cultural Activities

    Designed To Immerse Participants In Miami’s Art And Design Scene

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    Pre-college Practicum

    Including Writing, Math, And Student Success

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    Certificate Tract

    In Technology, Health, Business, Or Leadership.

Who Do You Want to Become?

Knowing your personal interests, skills, and values is an essential first step in identifying and pursuing your ideal academic and career path. That’s why Barry’s Gap Year Program does both!

Exploration

  • Self-assessment activities
  • Career-services guidance
  • Personal mentorship

Discovery

  • Researching academic majors and careers
  • Gaining practical experience
  • Networking activities and informational interviews

FAQs

  • The Gap Year Program is $2,999 for 16 weeks of structured experiential and service- learning.

  • High school grads choose to take a gap year for many reasons. Some want more time to get to know themselves and plan for their futures, while others want to serve their communities and learn about other cultures before jumping into their college careers. In 2020, many are deciding to delay their start to college, electing to spend their gap year in programs like ours at Barry University.

    No matter your motivations, a gap year program provides a framework designed to empower you to identify and focus on pursuing your ambitions at the collegiate level. If you’ve considered taking time off before college to learn, grow, or serve, or if you want to position yourself to make the most of your college experience, Barry’s Gap Year Program might be right for you!

  • The global pandemic has impacted everyone, particularly students who plan on entering college. Some have even chosen to delay college in favor of a gap year with Barry! The purpose of our Gap Year Program is to make your time before college as productive and meaningful as possible and help you move forward despite Covid-19 related closures and obstacles. That’s why we’ve designed our program to be flexible and adaptable to the virtual learning and communication that is essential during this unprecedented moment.

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