Bringing together international experiential learning with a program of self-inquiry, LeapYear creates a "bridge year" to support students’ conscious transition from high school to college and development from adolescence into adulthood.
LeapYear combines international travel, experiential learning, and rigorous self-inquiry in a “bridge year” to university readiness and adulthood. Students participate in LeapYear as an alternative university first, second, and/or gap year study abroad experience.
LeapYear brings together the best of international experiential learning with a contemplative education framework to prepare students for their future college careers.
"From LeapYear I have gained a powerful foundation for a life of growth, meaning, clarity, and integrity. With the tools LeapYear has given me, I discover more each day what it means to live a life of learning, loving and ever-returning to myself and my path."
Two semesters (Fall-Spring or Spring-Summer) of transformative learning experiences including:
During the first semester of a LeapYear, students travel in groups of 8–12 with two experienced adult leaders. Students have a choice of traveling to India or Latin America.
The emphasis is on breadth of experience—immersion in the language, sampling of diverse short-term internships, social service work, trekking, work with endangered animals or on behalf of the environment, and completion of short-term yoga or meditation retreats. During these group travel months, students learn the skills they will need to live, travel and work independently during the individual internship in the second half of the year.
First Semester (15 credits)
LCOR110 Practice & Community (3 credits)
Nepal/India Group Travel
LCOR120 Cultural Immersion: Nepal/India (6 credits)
LCOR125 Wisdom Traditions of Nepal/India (6 credits)
Latin America Group Travel
LCOR121 Spanish Language Immersion (6 credits)
LCOR126 Cultural Immersion: Latin America (6 credits)
Second Semester (15 credits)
COR150 Diversity Seminar (3 credits)
LCOR140 The Whole Human Being (6 credits)
LCOR155 The World as Classroom (4 credits)
LCOR160 Being the Change (2 credits)
The Fall 2018 cohort runs September 2018 through May 2019. Note: we are no longer accepting applications for Fall 2018.
The Spring 2019 cohort runs February through August 2019. Note: we are no longer accepting applications for Spring 2019.
The Fall 2019 cohort runs September 2019 through May 2020. Apply today!