Frequently asked questions relating to the radical gap year

General Questions

Gap Year is a 9-month program designed to assist high school graduates in becoming fully engaged disciples of Jesus Christ who will leverage all areas of their lives for the sake of God’s glory among all nations. To reach this goal, the program will focus on equipping students in all areas of life; including godly living, intellectual development, and daily responsibilities and life skills.
Gap Year is run by Radical in partnership with McLean Bible Church . There are both Radical and McLean Bible Church staff who will oversee and implement various aspects of the program. More questions? Contact: [email protected]
Gap Year 2021/22 is being hosted by McLean Bible Church at their main campus located in Vienna, Virginia, just 17 miles from the nation’s capital in Washington, DC. Weekly program activities, outreach and discipleship will be in and around this greater metropolitan area.
The program will begin on Tuesday, September 8th. Students should plan to move into housing on Saturday, September 6th. A student/parent orientation lunch will be held on Sunday, September 7th at McLean Bible Church. The program will end on Friday, May 15th, and students must be moved out of housing by Sunday, May 17th.
This program is specifically for students who will graduate from high school in the spring of the program enrollment year. The 2021/22 Gap Year is specifically designed for students who’re 2021 high school graduates (or equivalent).
Students applying should be in a committed and growing relationship with Jesus Christ, members of a local church, teachable and willing to be fully engaged (mentally, physically, spiritually) in every activity in the program, a high school graduate or equivalent, a US citizen, have a 2.80 GPA or higher, and have test scores of at least 20 on the ACT, 1050 on the SAT, or 72 on the CLT.
Yes. The program includes a 4-5 week mission in South Asia.
While we hope to offer college credit upon completion of the Gap Year fellowship in the future, we cannot offer credit for the 2021/22 program year.

Housing, Logistics & Health

Gap Year students will be housed near the McLean Bible Church Tysons Campus (Vienna, VA). Students will be housed by gender, with 4-6 students of the same gender in a two- or three-bedroom apartment. Program supervisors will live nearby and will disciple, care for, and supervise students.
A typical schedule will include weekly individual Bible study/prayer time, physical training, chores (housing), peer discipling community, lectures and course work, group debrief and prayer/journaling, weekly church worship at McLean Bible Church, and more. Students will have a day of personal rest included each week.
Yes, there will be a Christmas Break. The cost of travel to/from the program during break is not included in the program cost, and each student is responsible to plan their travel.
While in the United States, students are responsible for and have the freedom to control their own food-related restrictions. During the international mission if students have a medical dietary restriction (due to allergies or illness), we will do our best to accommodate as able. However, please note: if a student has a dietary "preference" (i.e. not medically necessary), due to the nature of international travel, they must be willing to put aside personal preferences in order to grow spiritually and serve most effectively.
There is always an inherent risk in any type of travel, whether that be national or international. Our intention is to mitigate risk and engage missions with wisdom. Radical and McLean Bible Church take the safety and security of students and staff seriously. In preparing for any international trip, program staff will continually consult three sources; ministry partner(s) in-country, The State Department, and the Travel Insurance Agency. Should a situation arise that potentially compromises the ability to travel to a destination, options and alternatives would be considered.


The 9-month program has a total cost of $16,700* and is not tax-deductible. Below is a breakdown of that cost.

The program cost includes:

  • Housing with furniture ($9,125*)
  • Some travel within the city ($1,575*)
  • 4 week International mission trip ($6,000*)

The program cost does not include:

  • Food costs (est. $4,200*)
  • Some travel within the city (est. $1575*)
  • Travel to/from the program (start/end)
  • Travel from/to program during Christmas Break
  • Health Insurance
  • Bedding for housing, personal care items, clothing + accessories etc.
  • Travel Immunizations
  • Passport Fees

* Amounts listed are not exact quotes and are subject to change.

Yes, applicants will have an opportunity to apply for financial aid, and scholarship recipients will be notified before they complete their enrollment into the program.

Discover the purpose, objectives and outcomes of the fellowship and what to expect from your time on the Radical Gap Year.