GAP YEAR COSTS

COSTS OF EQUILIBRIA’S GAP YEAR

(Potchefstroom, South Africa)

Total costs of the course in South African Rand:

The total cost of Equilibria’s Gap Year amounts to R42 750 (VAT inclusive). The course fees are to a large extend all-inclusive and cover all study materials, study guides, CD’s, excursions, the most practical materials, camps, career guidance, fitness monitoring and wellness counselling. This amount is divided into two parts:

  • A registration fee of R12 000: The registration fee is non-refundable and must be fully paid by 31 October.
  • Tuition fees of R30 750: Payable over 10 months from February to November. The monthly amount is R3075.

What is included in the fees?

Tuition: Top quality tuition in a wide spectrum of areas by leading experts in each field (32 short courses, camps and activity weeks).

Camps: all meals, accommodation, recreation and travelling expenses of the camps.

Theoretical course materials: all the theoretical course materials such as study guides, books, CDs and handouts.

Practical course materials: most practical course materials such as most of the foods, wine, first aid, herbs, safety and self-defence equipment.

Fitness support and monitoring: we keep track of students’ participation and progress in the Fitness Programme and arrange expert intervention when needed.

One-on-one wellness counselling: regular one-on-one sessions to monitor well-being, course participation and self-management.

Individual career guidance and psychometric tests: regular one-to-one career guidance and a wide range of scientifically endorsed psychometric tests to determine student’s unique aptitudes, personalities, values and interests.

What is not included in the fees?

Boarding:  Boarding fees are payable for 12 months from January to December. Boarding fees vary between R2450 -2850 per month, depending on the size of the room. Electricity usually costs about R200 – R250 per month.

Meals: Equilibria offers healthy, nutritious lunches on a pre-paid system at the school. Meals cost R63 and include a meat dish, a starch dish, vegetables, salads, fruits and dessert once weekly.

Virgin Active Gym membership: Equilibria’s Fitness Programme requires that students should obtain membership at the Virgin Active Gym. Equilibria works together with Virgin Active to coach students and to provide individual attention where needed.

European tour: The optional tour to Europe is made as affordable as possible to enable students to experience this unforgettable opportunity. The costs of the 2017 tour amounted to R21 182 and included flights, the bus tour that includes entrance to the best of European destinations, travel insurance and most meals. Pocket money and visa costs are excluded.

COSTS OF THE E-QUIP GAP YEAR

(Selected cities)

Total costs of the course in South African Rand:

The total costs of’ the E-Quip Gap Year amount to R19 750 (VAT inclusive). The course fees cover all printed study guides and workbooks, career guidance, fitness monitoring and wellness counselling.

This amount is divided into two parts:

  • A registration fee of R10 000: The registration fee is non-refundable and must be fully paid by 31 October.
  • Tuition fees of R9750: Payable over 10 months from February to November. The monthly amount is R975.

What is included in the fees?

Online tuition: Top quality tuition in a wide spectrum of areas by leading experts in each field (32 short courses).

Theoretical course materials: All the theoretical course materials such as study guides, workbooks, CDs and handouts.

One-on-one wellness counselling: Regular one-on-one sessions to monitor well-being, course participation and self-management.

Fitness support and monitoring: We keep track of students’ participation and progress in the Fitness Programme and arrange expert intervention when needed.

What is not included in the fees? 

Gym membership: The Fitness Programme requires that students should obtain membership at a nearby gym (preferably the Virgin Active Gym). We work together with the gym to coach students and to provide individual attention where needed.

Some practical materials: E-quip students may be requested to obtain some inexpensive practical materials to do projects or exercises at home.

Internet data: E-Quip students need to budget for the cost of data usage to complete the online courses of the programme.

Career consultations (optional): E-Quip students who feel the need to schedule a telephonic or skype career consultation with Equilibria’s career coach, can do so at R275 per session.

Camps (optional): E-Quip students may opt to attend Equilibria’s camps at Thabela Thabeng Mountain Resort, North West Province, South Africa. The camps usually cost between R500 – R700.

European tour (optional): The optional tour to Europe is made as affordable as possible to enable students to experience this unforgettable opportunity. The costs of the 2017 tour amounted to R21 182 and included flights, the bus tour that includes entrance to the best of European destinations, travel insurance and most meals. Pocket money and visa costs are excluded.

Keep in mind

Equilibria’s course fees are more or less the same as most entry-level tertiary study programmes. Yet, many pay for an extra year at university or college, due to the high drop-out numbers at tertiary institutions. A lack of coping skills, emotional immaturity and wrong career choices commonly cause students to repeat subjects, change courses or drop out. Such a ‘wasted’ year often results in feelings of failure, confusion and guilt.

It makes more sense to prevent the possibility of wasting a year and invest in a gap year to make sure about your career decision and learn how to excel in tertiary studies and adult life.

Application closes 31 October.

Only a limited number of students are admitted to the gap year.