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hiatus (noun) gap; break.
A break or an interruption is a hiatus. A pause is a hiatus. 'After a hiatus of two years the US resumed space flights.' This means, the interval between the earlier space flight and the next space flight was two years. If there is a hiatus in your studies for a year, there is a break for a year in your studies.
- Their fates brought them together after a hiatus of a year during which he went to study medicine, and she went abroad to collect material for her research project. Before the one-year gap they worked together for a company.
- The cricket test matches and one day matches between India and Pakistan were resumed after a hiatus of ten years. During this gap, cricket lovers in both the countries missed a lot of excitement that these matches usually generate.