Innovative gap year programs

Carpe Diem Education offers expertly designed gap year programs
5 continents and 18 countries around the world.

We provide students an opportunity to explore some of the most fascinating regions on Earth, each offering a unique culturally immersive experience. Through educational curriculum designed to challenge perspectives, enrich cross-cultural understanding, and inspire personal growth, students reignite their passion for learning. Take a look at our online program catalog below!

Our Semester Programs

Immersive 3 month group semester programs.

Our Latitudes Year Program

An immersive 3 month group semester followed
by an in-depth individual Focused Volunteer Placement.


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The Carpe Diem Experience

Carpe Diem inspires growth and transformation through culturally immersive gap year experiences. Our programs include: 

Experiential Education

Develop real-world knowledge and skills through active, hands-on learning and taking time for reflection. 

Community Engagement

Grow as an individual and as a community by living and learning with others. 

Intercultural Exchange

Expand your perspective and enrich your world view by engaging with different cultures.

Our Program Components

All of our gap year programs include the following components:

Community Engagement:

Connect with others through shared goals and common purpose

Cultural Immersion:

Be informed by new and unique perspectives

Service Learning:

Collaborate with community partners to do meaningful hands-on work.

Language Study:

Develop your language skills through instruction from native speakers


Build community and discover new ways of living

Student-Directed Travel:

Practice your skills as you grow into a savvy international traveler

Reflection Retreat:

Take time to integrate and contextualize all that you have experienced

Outdoor Adventure:

Get off the beaten path and discover some of the most beautiful places on earth

Environmental Conservation:

Engage in efforts to promote the well-being of the planet.

What Makes Us Unique

Our gap semester and Latitudes year programs combine hands-on learning, thematic studies, personal development, and reflective activities to diversify perspectives and inspire growth and transformation.

College Credit

In partnership with Portland State University, students can earn college credit while participating in a Carpe Diem program. Learn more about earning college credit.

Our Scholarships

We are committed to making the gap year experience accessible to more students and families by providing three Carpe Diem scholarships. Learn more about our scholarships here. 

Diversity & Inclusion

We believe that diversity, equity, and inclusivity are the foundations of a thriving community. Learn about our diversity and inclusion efforts here.


"I can say with confidence that my gap year has been the best year of my life."

CDE Student

"Hands down the most meaningful and powerful journey I’ve ever been on."

- Cooper,
CDE Student

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