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 


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.

Under the supervision of two or three professors from Princeton university, write an interdisciplinary thesis you will be proud to publish. For those who are making applications to American or British universities there will be bespoke admissions support. New York City is on our doorstep.



January 2 - February 26, 2022

Eight-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.


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.



24 April - 18 June, 2022

This exploration of Britain’s cultural heritage includes UK politics, British history and English literature. Learn with Oxford political scientists, historians, authors, and literary experts, and enjoy day trips to London, Stratford-upon-Avon, and the Cotswolds.


& 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. 

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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. 



We are now accepting applications for our 2021 and 2022 gap year courses. Click below to apply now!