A gap year is a year-long break that typically is taken before or after college/university during which students engage in various educational and developmental activities, such as travel or some type of regular work. By taking a gap year students achieve growth in maturity and are better prepared to benefit from higher education or decide the form of education they wish to pursue. Some of the courses that student take include math or language studies, learn a trade, study art, volunteer, travel, take an internship, play sports or get involved in cultural exchanges. Typically this last at least a year but Australians and New Zealanders will remain overseas for longer, many working short-term in service industry jobs to fund their travels. Europe and Asia are popular destinations for Gap Year travels.