20 August 2010

Australian gap year numbers to increase as students miss out on university

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The gap year industry is predicting a boom as thousands of A-level students miss out on a university place and look to volunteering, travel, or working holidays.

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Gap year numbers are expected to be high this year, as record-numbers of students miss out on university places.

STA Travel is predicting a 150 per cent increase in booking for the year once students who are not accepted into university decide to look for other experiences.

Many gappers choose to take an Australian working holiday as part of a world trip, as the working holiday visa allows them to work while in Australia to further their travels. The most popular route for gappers, according to STA Travel, is a round trip taking in Bangkok, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, and an overland journey from San Francisco to New York before returning home.
Group managing director at STA Travel, John Constable, said: “In the early part of 2010, STA Travel has seen a 50 per cent year on year rise to the gap year section of the website and a significant increase in the number of gap related enquires in-store”.

The student travel agency has seen a growing trend for students to take gap year before university study, with bookings during the summer up 350 per cent compared to other times of the year.

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