The objectives of the GAP Semester are:

  1. Provide greater breadth in the academic and non-academic curricula for students, hence  making meaningful use of the time freed up in the Integrated Programme;
  2. Enable all students to benefit from a broad-based and all-rounded educational experience;
  3. Provide the differentiation and flexibility necessary to cater to the needs of a diverse group of highly-able and talented students;
  4. Create a dynamic and vibrant learning environment for students through the diversity of opportunities offered.

The Gap Semester programme in Mongolia provides an opportunity for interested and selected students to embark on an 18-day trekking journey in the Gorkhi-Terelj National Park in Mongolia on foot, with the support of pack horses to carry loads.


Mongolia is a country of rich historical and cultural heritage, with a unique geographical situation (landlocked between China and Russia), as well as a diverse natural ecosystem. The country is also home to one of the few remaining nomadic cultures. Students will be equipped with essential outdoor skills such as trip planning, tent pitching and navigation. They will also have the unique opportunity of staying with nomadic families in Mongolian gers (traditional felt-lined tents). Embarking on a journey in and through the Mongolia landscape will provide many opportunities for students to immerse themselves in the environment and engage in experiential learning, as well as discussions on inter-disciplinary subjects such as Science, Geography, History and Cross-Cultural studies.