UBF Gap Year Program

Have you thought about taking a break to find the purpose or to reset the direction of your life?
Have you considered going to another country to explore a different culture?
Have you wished to encounter God personally and find his calling?
We offer you such an opportunity through UBF Gap Year Program.

Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
(Isaiah 40:30-31)

Explore God

Sometimes it is necessary to travel far away from home to meet God personally.
UBF Gap Year Program enables you to explore God and his calling while living abroad.
You will be able to see the work of God through UBF missionaries and shepherds.
You will also participate in the local ministries, Bible studies, and fellowships.
Seek God and you will find Him!

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
I will be found by you”, declares the Lord.
(Jeremiah 29:13-14a)

Explore World

UBF has chapters all over the world.
You can explore different continents and different countries through our network.
We are an international church and most of our members are laymen ministers.
They are all professionals working in different fields. They are also local experts.
You will be able to explore the world under their guidance.

Explore Culture

Living in another country for 6 months or a year at the age of 18-25 will be an invaluable experience.
You can interact with people on the other side of the globe and learn their language and culture.
It may help you really appreciate the things you have taken for granted in your own country.
It may also open up a new opportunity for your future. Don't just think; go and explore!

Watch our introduction video



The 'Exploration' track is for applicants
who have not met Jesus yet but
wish to meet Him personally.


The 'Mission' track is for applicants
who have received Jesus personally and
want to experience short-term missions.


Overseas life experience

  • Learn to live independently in a foreign country away from home (under the guidance of the hosting chapter leader).
  • Learn local languages and experience culture by interacting with locals.
  • Register and complete local language training courses or other educational courses.
  • Short trips whenever possible.
  • Network with the 2nd gens and young people.
  • Opportunities to pursue undergrad and grad education if participants learn the language during their gap year.
  • Opportunities to those who can teach Korean language and culture.

Spiritual growth

  • Seek to encounter God and find his calling. Daily Bread or diary/vlog.
  • Participate in the local chapter ministry: worship, Bible study, testimony sharing, conferences, etc.
  • Study local Christian history and UBF history. Interview local chapter leaders and create video clips. Visit nearby UBF chapters.
  • Team meeting with HQ staff and other Gap Year Program participants. Read recommended books and discuss together.

Service and dedication

  • Use your talents/abilities to serve the hosting chapter's needs (e.g. music, language, IT/SNS).
  • Participate in campus outreach.
  • Bible house cleaning, chores.

Post Gap Year Program

  • Present Gap Year testimony. Participants will receive a certificate.
  • Participate in Gap Year promotion activities.
  • Gap Year Applicant mentoring.
  • Continue spiritual growth and participate at home chapter ministry.
  • Discipleship training (8 weeks course, optional).



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