Definition of a Gap Year
A gap year is an optional period stretching over at most one university year during which the student, registered in a higher education training course, suspends it temporarily in order to earn a personal experience, whether autonomously, or within a host organisation or a higher education institution in France or abroad.
The minimal duration of a gap year is of one university semester, that is to say an indivisible period of 6 months which must begin at the same time than a university semester. A gap year can last maximum 1 university year. Students can take several gap years during their studies subject to the provisions of the institution.
The Types of Gap Years
Training in a field other than education
Internship lasting 1 university semester
Employment on a fixed-term contract
European Voluntary Service
Voluntary or solidarity work
Carrying out an entrepreneurial project under student status
Volunteering in an administration or company
All students in full-time education, who studied at least one semester at the University of Orléans during the year before their gap year request.
Exceptions: Students in 1st year of BUT or professional degree, students registered in a University Diploma (DU), international students welcomed in the framework of a university exchange, students selected for an international mobility exchange, students in apprenticeship.
You will find more useful information on gap years at the university below:
- Gap years at the UO;
- Gap year calendar 2022;
- Internal regulations of the University of Orléans;
- Listen to the replay of the special show on Gap Year on Radio Campus.
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