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A Gap Year can be a life-changing adventure – exploring the world, learning a foreign language, and becoming a purposeful, resourceful, mature individual – but it's not for everyone. Our advice is this: a Gap Year is a great idea if you are bright and ambitious, and if you have clear plans about how to make your Gap Year extraordinary. The John Locke Institute can help.


The Gap Year course profoundly impacted the way I think and argue today. I can wholeheartedly say that my time with the John Locke Institute was both intellectually demanding and rewarding.

– Samantha Hawes

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Seminars in political economy, legal history, and international relations with professors from Georgetown and George Mason. Public policy briefings at think tanks across the political spectrum. Foreign policy and defence briefings at the Pentagon and the CIA. ‘Chatham House Rules’ with senators, congressmen, and political staffers.

Washington DC


January - February, 2024

Applications close on 
Wednesday 7 December

Six-week liberal arts programme at Michael Polanyi College, the flagship academic incubator at UFM. Partner with local undergraduates to investigate a social, economic, or environmental problem, and design and implement a solution. Teaching is in English, but Spanish language lessons are available at all levels.


Choose your own combination of philosophy, politics, economics, history, psychology, law and theology, to study in small precepts and tutorial pairs with Oxford academics. This programme is particularly suited to students preparing an application to Oxford, Cambridge or American colleges.

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& Interns

Our Gap Year courses attract some of the brightest young minds in the world, who all come together to collaborate on a journey of intellectual humility. Together, you’ll get to explore the exciting and vibrant cities of Oxford, Princeton, and Washington D.C. 



We can introduce you to other opportunities to make the rest of your Gap Year extraordinary, after you finish our programme. Previous students have moved on to a wide range of exciting activities. One went on to do economic research for an operation set up by the University of Oxford; another researched and wrote an academic article for the magazine Economic Affairs; several have spent the remainder of their Gap Year working for British, American and Swiss investment banks and hedge funds. We have organised invitations for internships in New York, Washington D.C., London, Milan and Nairobi. Our own internship programme runs from January to June each year.


Your connection with the John Locke Institute doesn't come to a close when you head off to university. We organise alumni events and reunions in New York, Chicago, Boston, London and Oxford from time to time, and we count it as a point of pride that so many of our students stay in touch for many years after finishing. 

Apply Gap Year


We are accepting applications for our 2023 gap year courses. Click below to apply now!

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