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 8–15 with two experienced leaders. Students have a choice of traveling to Nepal and India or Latin America (Guatemala and Costa Rica).
The emphasis is on breadth of experience—immersion in the language, sampling of diverse short-term internships, human service work, trekking, work 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.
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)
September 20-28: First retreat @ YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park CO
September 28 - December 13: Group travel (Nepal/India or Latin America)
December 14-21: Second retreat @ Peaceful Meadow, Boulder CO
December 21, 2019 - January 22, 2020: Return home; curriculum continues
January 23 - April 12: Individual intership
April 13-20: Third retreat @ Peaceful Meadow, Boulder CO
April 19-20: Rite of passage with family