A recent survey by ResearchNed, on behalf of Nuffic (the Dutch Organization for the Promotion of Higher Education Abroad) shows that drop out rates among gap year students is far lower than among students that went straight to university.
Good news for students whose parents are not enthusiastic about their travel plans.
The most prominent effect of the gap year is that students are more secure about their choices. Having travelled prior to entering university significantly reduces the drop-out rate in the first year compared to students who went straight to university after secondary school. Strangely enough, this effect was not seen among students at universities of applied sciences (vocational universities or universities of professional education).
Nearly half of all students who have had a gap year indicate that they are more internationally oriented. Additionally, they are more inclined to go abroad during their studies.
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