The Best Reasons to Do a Gap Year in Asia – Results From Our Survey

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A gap year abroad teaches new skills and brightens the future.

You might have missed your dream study degree by a single point. You might want to take a break from your studies or your job. Maybe you want to explore the world and get to know the globe and yourself better. The reasons to spend a gap year study abroad program are as unique as fingerprints. That’s what we found out in our survey conducted in 2016, which we sent to all of our students who have spent a year participating in one of our study abroad programs.

If the motivations to spend a gap year in Asia are highly individual and unique, so are the actual rewards of doing so.

For some, it could be about getting an education abroad or a cultural experience. For others, it’s about gaining inspiration for future studies, becoming more independent, or just trying something new.

“I got the idea from my father. He showed me videos of exchange programs and suggested keeping my mind open. Asia Exchange stuck to my head, and Asia sounded like an interesting option”, recalls one respondent.

Taking a gap year can be beneficial in more ways than one.

Gaining direction for life and career

Another respondent had been interested in studying tourism and wanted to find out if that would be a suitable career choice in the future.

The gap year confirmed her intentions, not only for studying and for her future career.

“Studying abroad in Asia gave me a hint of everything: study, life, experience, culture, and responsibility,” she said.

Another student found her passion during her gap year by meeting another student.

“I met someone very interested in natural health. I also got into it, and I’m now a health coach student, “she replied.

One respondent decided to travel around the world after her first gap year.

“I realized that I was in no hurry to study something for the sake of it. I delayed my application to a university until I was completely sure which field I wanted to study. I’m more than happy with my choice”, she confirmed.

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Learning languages, becoming more independent, and learning to adapt to a new environment.

For most people, learning languages, diving into a whole new culture, and learning a great deal about oneself have been the major lessons of the gap year.

Some are happy to improve their English skills, while others take on the challenge of learning more exotic languages, such as Bahasa Indonesia.

“Education-wise, the best part was to learn a new language and culture. I gained the courage to try and go for things”, said one student during her gap year in Bali.

Another emphasized her vastly improved English skills.

“Studying in a foreign language was a beneficial experience. It helped me a lot in my studies afterward, “she cafterwardommented.

In the past, a gap year was an option mainly for students who had just graduated from high school. These days it’s not about age anymore, as more and more people choose to have a break from working-working lifelife as well.

Those who take a gap year after high school value the opportunity of experiencing new things in a foreign environment on their own.

“It was the first time I went abroad completely on my own. A gap year abroad taught me a lot about myself and how to adapt to a new culture and country”, one respondent emphasized.

Many students talked about their growing interest in travel and foreign cultures after their gap year abroad.

“I am more eager to move abroad again or do another semester abroad. I have grown a strong interest in Asia, especially China, and would love to spend more time living there.”

Read more about all gap year programs of Asia Exchange and Beyond Abroad.

“It was the best thing to do, super smooth.”

All the respondents of the survey did their gap year in Asia via Asia Exchange. They all confirmed everything was made effortless for them.

“It was the best thing to do, super smooth. I just applied, paid, and that was it! , They had everything set for us”, one respondent said.

Are you interested in doing a gap year yourself?

If you felt inspired by the stories and feel the pull to do a gap year in Asia yourself, we can help you complete a gap year both in Asia and New Zealand

Whether it’s Bali in Indonesia, Phuket or Bangkok in Thailand, Shanghai in China, or Palmerston North in New Zealand, spending a gap year studying abroad will do you good. Like one of the survey respondents put it:

“Everyone should do a gap year abroad!”

Find out more about study abroad opportunities for your gap year

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