Gap Year Research

In 2009-2010, nearly 1 in 4 young Australians took a gap year.

Remarkably, this figure is more than double what it was just 10 years prior, and is six times what it was in the mid-1970’s. The number of students taking a gap year continues to explode, and for good reason. Study after study reports that gap year students have greater clarity and motivation in pursuing further academic study, benefit from increased employability and better career satisfaction, as well as gain a broader perspective on life through diverse social and cultural experiences that non-gap-year students typically miss out on.

Don’t take our word for it though!

A number of government and educational institutions have done their own research into gap years, some of which can be found below. Their findings might surprise you!

Read an article published by Harvard University, who have been advocating the benefits of a gap year for nearly 40 years, titled “Time Out or Burn Out for the Next Generation” (2011) [click here]

A recent article by Open Colleges, based on the National Centre for Vocational Education Research’s 2012 survey, finds that students who take a gap year are more likely to show a greater interest in further study than those who don’t (2013) [click here]

Check out some research from Sydney University, which found gap-year students were more motivated and better adapted to university life (2010) [click here

Take a look at some comprehensive data that outlines the astonishing growth in structured gap years around the world, as well as the academic and personal benefits to students who take them [click here]

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, there is now proof that taking a gap year translates into better marks at university (2013) [click here]

To take a year out to make sure that you are grounded in your faith before moving onto university or work, is an absolutely fantastic idea, and Year 13 is the best way to do it. Owen Silvester, 2010