I always wanted to do a gap year and i certainly don't regret my decision. I'm yet another going to UCL in September.
Most unis look 'favourably' on people taking a gap year and say that people who take them tend to compare well to school leavers. It does give you an opportunity to get some more work experience in too, although I have heard from some people that there isn't much point in going overboard as it will (hopefully) be what you are going to do for the rest of your life. Regarding the ‘volunteer abroad in an Indian hospital’ type gap year placements, I can't see the point. Granted you would get to see more and it may be interesting to get some idea of what healthcare is like outside the context of the NHS, but you will pay a lot for the privilege. I looked into it but decided I may as well stay in England where at least I speak the language so can to talk to the patients and ask them if they want another cup of tea.
Work for at least part of the year and get precious monies for when you go to uni! I'm only going away for a month because its not only the actual expense of travelling, but also the lost income while away. Say (hypothetically) you earn £1000/ month and you spend £1000/ month on your gap year travels, over a one month holiday you would be down £2000 compared to working or £8000 for a 4 month gap year. Quite a difference, and when on a 6yr course (at london prices!) i cant justify the extra cost. I really would LOVE to go away for a long time tho.
Just tick the 'deferred entry' box on the UCAS form.
(Original post by HeRaT)
and also is it easy to apply for a gap year?
Last edited by davidthegreat; 22-02-2008 at 18:16.