The Year Out Group is an association of leading gap year companies that exists to promote the concept and benefits of structured year out programs, models of good practice and to help young people and their advisers select suitable and worthwhile programs abroad.
We are a founding member of the organisation, having been assessed and accredited since the Year Out Group's inception in 1998. Their website, yearoutgroup.org, is a total reference and resource for all you need to make the most of your year out.
The American Gap Association is an accreditation and standards-setting organisation for gap years, recognized by the US Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission. Their main focus is on accreditation, so that students signing on with an AGA-accredited organisation will have the best and safest experience possible.
In 2014 The Leap became the very first UK company to gain full AGA accreditation. US-based students looking for a resource on gap year programs, the college process and financial aid should check out americangap.org.
The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office's 'Know Before You Go' campaign was launched in 2001 to provide essential information on travelling abroad for citizens of the UK, in an attempt to minimise emergency situations on foreign soil. It's an ongoing initiative with over 300 industry partners across the UK, including hotel websites, airports, booking agencies and travel companies.
The Leap is one such industry partner, promoting the campaign's common sense principles to anyone travelling with us. We also work closely with the FCO in our risk assessments to ensure your safety whilst travelling overseas. For more information, check out gov.uk/knowbeforeyougo.
The University and Colleges Admissions Service is the UK's central organisation through which applications are processed for entry to higher education.They exist to help students make informed choices that are right for them, guiding them, as well as their parents and advisers, through the entire higher education application process.
In recent years The Leap has worked closely with UCAS to provide sixth form students with gap year advice and support during the university application process, as well as speaking at UCAS conventions and at numerous schools and colleges. For more information, go to ucas.com.
STA Travel is the world’s largest youth travel company. STA is a bonded member of the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA 99209), the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and holds a Civil Aviation Authority's ATOL License (3206).
We use STA to book and coordinate your flights, as they provide an excellent service and offer flexible, extendable tickets. You can learn all about STA Travel by going to statravel.co.uk.org.
It is absolutely vital that you have sufficient travel insurance for your entire time abroad. If you're a UK citizen, we are happy to introduce you to a travel insurance product designed for us by Global Travel Insurance - for whom The Leap acts as an Introducer Appointed Representative.
If you want to purchase their policy (we highly recommend it), then please go to our page on globaltravelinsurance.co.uk and complete the policy application. Any questions, call Global Travel Insurance (GTI) on 01903 235 042 and quote 'The Leap'.