Europe Gap Year

Europe is a historic continent to visit on a gap year and every country offers something different. We help thousands of people plan gap years in Europe every year and there are so many different ideas, adventures and gap year programs available. Gap year jobs in Europe are very popular but there are lots of structured experiences and trips. The hard part is deciding where to go. 


Gap Year Jobs, Trips & Programs in Europe

Europe gap year work and travel

Plan a Gap Year to Europe

Looking for the best things to do on a gap year in Europe? The following pages will help you book the ultimate experience:


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Europe gap year

Guide to Taking a Gap Year in Europe

There are no specific reasons why you should take a gap year to Europe, you could be finishing school or university and not sure what to do after? Maybe you just want to do something different and travel? You could be stuck in a dead-end situation and need a fresh challenge? On One World 365 you can find gap year programs in most European countries. Where you go really comes down to personal choice, most programs can be joined from 1 week, whilst some can last over a year. 

There is a real difference between booking a week’s break somewhere in Europe and soaking up the place and it’s culture, and going somewhere for several months with a purpose; getting into the way of life and its people. Participating on a gap year program in Europe isn’t about doing the wildest things you can possibly think of all day for a year. Many opportunities require that you work on a designated project for a period of time, giving you some ownership in tasks and requiring you to mix with locals. All of this is good for jolting you out of a rut, if you’re stuck, or growing your confidence if these are you first steps in to a bigger world.

If you decide to take a gap year in a European country, at your doorstep is a multitude of cultures easily accessible by budget flights, buses and trains. Not only that, but pricewise, accommodation is on the low end when compared to some other continents. Whether going for a weeks or longer, it has been made so easy to do. With such a variety of history and entertainment, there is no shortage of places to go and things to do. Meaning it makes little difference whether your trip is with friends, a partner or by yourself. Unsure quite where and when to go? There are so many different experiences available in countries throughout the continent.

After a gap year in Europe you will be able to impress your parents and friends with new - found culinary skills, tales of all the challenges that you overcame – home sickness being one of them, and oh so important map - reading skills. Seeing Europe first hand gives you unparalleled knowledge about other cultures, religions and mainly about people. This is a great opportunity to become attuned to how other countries live and it is undoubtedly a culturally rich experience to visit different countries across the globe. 

Our programs are open to UK/EU citizens whilst we also process enquiries from people from Australia, New Zealand, USA, South Africa, Canada and other worldwide destinations. If you need any help or advice about a gap year in Europe contact us today.


Gap Year Programs Europe

Top Rated Gap Year Programs in Europe

  • If you would like to travel overland then we highly recommend buying an interrail pass which allows you to travel by train throughout the continent
  • Gapforce offer a highly rated 25 day overland tour of Europe where you will take in 
  • If you would like to travel and party then Contiki offer incredible European trips for 18-35's
  • PGL offer seasonal positions throughout Europe to anyone aged 16+ where you can work as a summer activity instuctor, winter ski instructor, a tour guide or administrator


Gap Year Jobs Europe

Gap Year Jobs in Europe

If you would like to spend your gap year working in Europe you can search lots of positions on our directory. From short term summer jobs to fixed long term placements you have a lot of choice depends on your skills. Where you go and what you do really depends on your own interests, you might like to view our featured jobs above to get started. 



Gap Year Travel Europe

Best Places to Visit on a Gap Year in Europe

If you are keen to spend your gap year discovering the highlights of Europe then you have a lot of choice, here are some of our top recommendations:

  • Explore Barcelona in summer where you can walk around the city or just head to the beach
  • Alps for winter sports like skiing and trekking / walking holidays in summer
  • See the famous Louvre and going up the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France
  • Visit Venice nowhere in the world compares
  • Watch New Years celebrations in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Experience the magic of Venice, nowhere in the world compares
  • Seeing the Northern Lights in Scandinavia, simply spectacular
  • Relaxing on beaches in Greece,a  great value for money holiday destination
  • Going sailing in Croatia, the coast is beautiful
  • See a live sporting event like a football game, this is a real passion in most countries
  • Watch winter sports like ski jumping in the Alps
  • See a summer music festival, there are so many to choose from including Glastonbury in England and Benicassim in Spain
  • Take part in Octoberfest, Germany
  • Explore Rome - one of the most beautiful cities in the world



Europe gap year travel packages

Europe Gap Year Tips, Advice & Reviews

If you would like to share your experience, review a company or program to help future travellers please get in touch.

"I joined a Contiki tour of Europe it was beyond amazing - so many places, laughs and friends made along the way." - Liz, Australia

"I went to work a summer job in Greece. The wages were pretty low but the experience was the best." - Luke, New Zealand

"If you are going to spend a gap year traveling make sure you have enough more, this continent is more expensive than you think when you add everything up. Or apply for a work visa before departing. I would recommend working in London as even though this city is hellishly expensive you can get to see the rest of Europe fairly cheaply." - Dirk, South Africa

"Is it traveling in Europe on your mind? Going where you want, when you want. Not having an exact plan of what to do because you don’t like doing the typical tourist stuff… Just you and some old, or new, friends in a car on a foreign mission of exploration in a country stranger than Narnia. With purple pygmies making mini snow angels in the desert. Yes, foreign soil can be stranger than fiction. With different languages flying over various lips. But that, is what every traveller should go in search of. New experiences, exciting scenery, adventurous conversations or just the content feeling of sitting on a cliff, staring quietly out onto some strange European country. 

Spontaneous decisions should be the heart of any itinerary. To have a basic route is good and is necessary. Yet having the option of altering and spicing up your initial plan should be possible. Maybe you met Mr Ian, a long haired strange talking guy, smiling from ear to ear on a deserted beach in Wilderness and ended up having dinner at his fascinating house. Get out there. Do wilder things. Be smart about it and make sure you have the freedom to enjoy the most unique and special things a new country has to offer… now go explore Europe!" - Tom, UK