Gap Semester Advising


Trying to choose your path?


You have a partner for the gap semester

From the summer after you make your deposit through all two years of the CGS program, you’ll have an academic advisor to help you plan.


Read advice from our CGS academic advisors

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Setting short- and long-term goals for the gap semester

Set goals to make the most of your gap semester, and start practicing a skill that will keep you on track at BU and throughout the rest of your career. Here’s a blueprint for weekly goal setting.


Learning for personal growth and enrichment

You don’t have to take a class for college credit during the gap semester. You can learn in other ways, too: build life skills, take a free or an online course, learn on your own time, read more, or push yourself in non-academic ways.


Make work count during the gap semester

Working during the gap semester? You can learn a lot from working in customer service or retail jobs–how to conduct yourself professionally, how to handle difficult situations with poise, and how to work with different kinds of people.

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Six ongoing to-dos for the gap semester

Here are six things you can do regularly during the gap semester to stay in touch with BU and to make sure you’re on target for a smooth start to the semester in January.


Build a bucket list based on your strengths

During the gap semester, we encourage you to tackle challenges, strengthen abilities, try something new, and cross a few things off your bucket list! Find your strengths, and then build on them.

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Taking a college class for academic credit

One option for your gap semester– take a college class for credit. Check out these guidelines to decide what type of class to take and to make sure you get academic credit for your course.