Understanding the gap year correctly
According to the Cambridge English Dictionary, a gap year is the time lapse between high school and college levels of education. A gap year also includes leaving school halfway through the year without completing a specific program of study.
Origin and positive meaning of a gap year
In Western countries, especially in the United States, the Gap year is an option for many students, stemming from the excitement and anxiety of the pre-college years. This is because it is difficult for them to know exactly what to study in this day and age and which degree is the foundation for a long-term career. Technology can eliminate many jobs, and advanced automation has the potential to make many industries disappear. At the same time, paying for a bachelor’s degree can require a six-figure budget.
Alternatively, young people may choose to take a gap year to learn more about the world and discover and get to know more about themselves in order to make the best choices for the future.
Disadvantages and risks of a gap year
There is no denying that there are positive aspects to a Gap year, but for Vietnamese students, the Gap year is also associated with many aspects of the study abroad process. Not fully understanding the Gap year, not knowing the school’s admission requirements, visa criteria, and not being prepared for the Gap year can lead to unintended consequences and risks.
For some Asian countries, such as Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines… Except for some special circumstances, a gap year may not have much impact on the study abroad process.

If there is a suitable and legitimate reason for the gap year, or in case of force majeure, such as natural disasters, epidemics, illness, etc., it can be demonstrated that it does not affect the ability to study and usually has little impact on the student’s ability to study. Admissions and visa applications. However, there are cases of Gap year because students get bored with studying and drop out midway to go to work; or Gap year because many people do not have a clear direction – they choose “college” immediately after high school, but get bored in the middle, have no proper reason to take some time off and then quit. If you don’t do anything to develop any useful knowledge or skills for yourself, it will be evaluated differently.
This is because schools and consulates may suspect that students are not serious about their academic abilities and the purpose of their schooling. In addition to affecting visa opportunities, it may also be more difficult to apply for scholarships with Gap year students, and some schools even deny scholarships to Gap year students without a valid reason.
For students who are not mentally prepared to study after 1 year or even longer than their peers, a Gap year can significantly affect the psychology of studying. In fact, in some cases, students delay entering colleges and universities to practice English, but due to poor academic performance, the gap year is prolonged and does not take just 1 year, but up to 2-3 years. The longer the gap, the harder it is to convince you to take your studies and burden your knowledge seriously.
You may find that your break is too enjoyable and end up not wanting to return to your formal academic journey.

The ability to gain knowledge and learn skills may be reduced, making it difficult for you to adjust and adapt to the learning environment.
If you don’t know how to manage spending, or don’t have a sense of using money wisely to build up for a long-term study plan, it can deplete your budget.
Think and consider carefully before choosing a Gap year
A gap year is not entirely harmful, but it can slow down your study plan and potentially put your study plan and visa opportunities at unnecessary risk. Many people have failed to obtain a visa, or worse, due to a gap year being too long or without a compelling reason. Therefore, you should consider and think carefully before choosing a gap year.
If you want to know about Gap year, choose a reputable, professional and experienced advisor and receive enthusiastic and focused advice on creating a suitable study plan. For students in countries affected by Covid-19 with late admissions for 2020, contact INEC for advice and guidance on studying abroad in 2021 to avoid the risk of a Gap year extension.
*Currently, in the complex situation of the Covid-19 outbreak, all INEC’s counseling channels are ready to receive questions and concerns in order to support your study abroad needs in a timely and optimal manner. Questions and answers that provide accurate, up-to-date and fastest information through.

Independence while studying abroad

  1. Cooking practice
    You don’t have to be too picky, but you should know how to cook simple dishes to take care of your health when you leave home with unfamiliar food. Besides, it is cheaper and more economical to know how to cook than to eat out.
  2. Have a multi-purpose pot ready
    A rice cooker can not only cook rice, but also soup. These foods can keep you from cluttering up pots and pans, give you more space in an unfortunately not spacious room, and importantly, save a lot of time. You see, it’s inconvenient to cook a dozen types of food in one pot. That’s what Darren Fangkit, 22, of the University of New South Wales in Sydney, shares for those planning to study abroad.
  3. Get a part-time job
    Money is always a concern for international students, so getting a part-time job is a way to partially solve the burden on yourself and your family. Of course, this also depends a lot on whether the school conditions allow it and whether you know how to “get around”.
  4. Be prepared with clothes and food
    Shrimp noodles are very important to consume homesickness and at the same time to temper your stomach when you are unfortunately not used to unfamiliar foods and drinks.
    The weather abroad is different from that at home, so you need to prepare a warm jacket. Hot ones can be easily solved, but cold ones are a little more difficult.
  5. Finding accommodation near the university
    Lyn, a 20-year-old student at Kyung Hee University in Seoul (South Korea), shared. By living near the school, you will save a lot, from transportation costs, time, while dealing with the harsh winter on the road, everything will be easier.
  6. Make friends widely, openly and friendly
    Friends are people who know where you are and what you are doing so that you can inform your family if there is an emergency. There should not be just one kingdom, which is quite dangerous when you are in a foreign country.
  7. Know how to focus on your studies
    What you have to accept is that in the past when you were alone at home you could do whatever you wanted to do, now a room to be shared with many people will no longer feel comfortable. Therefore, if you don’t know how to focus on your studies, you may face a lot of difficulties. The solution here is to know how to ignore and disregard the many odd jobs and focus on your studies.
  8. know how to download free software to call from abroad
    21-year-old Lim, a student at the University of Queensland, says Skype software can save a lot of money for making phone calls abroad. Pay attention and listen to as much information as possible to get domestic calls as cheaply as possible.
  9. Research the school you want to study at carefully
    Before applying to the school of your choice, in addition to the diversity of majors, you need to find out what the environment around the school is like, the study conditions, facilities, dormitories, social activities, and what happens to the school’s students after they graduate. This is very important. Research carefully and you will not regret your choice of school.