ESL Club 50, Practical information
ESL Club 50

Practical information

Language courses abroad for the over-50s: Practical information


ELVIA travel insurance (Switzerland)
This insurance covers cancellation fees and guarantees medical care throughout your stay. For longer trips of 6 months or more, we recommend the annual insurance. If you already have travel insurance, please inform us when booking.

GLOBE PARTNER (travel) health insurance (European Union)
For European Union residents, we recommend "GLOBE PARTNER" medical coverage. This insurance covers medical expenses, medical care and private and personal liability in the case of accidents. Contact us for more information.


Within Europe, visas are not usually necessary for European citizens, but different rules apply elsewhere. We will let you know if a visa is necessary for your chosen destination. The visa request and fees are at your expense. For language study stays of more than 3 months, a visa is generally required. 

Flights and trains

We can book your flights or trains at a very competitive price. We will make you an offer quickly and without obligation.


Whichever destination you choose, we can organise an airport or railway station transfer to your accommodation. This option can be a nice way to arrive, especially after a long journey. Of course, you can also get to your accommodation independently by taxi, train or bus. These independent solutions are generally less expensive than the transfers organised by our partner schools. The prices indicated on our website are calculated on the basis of a one-way journey.

First day

When you arrive at the school, you will sit a test to evaluate your language level, so that our partner school may place you in a corresponding class. You will also receive useful information regarding the building, your classes and the activities programme, before visiting the school premises in the company of a member of the school. And then it’s time to join your class! 

Language level

For the Club 50 programme, the majority of schools do not accept absolute beginners, so you should have at least the very basics of the language. Once you are there, you will join a class which corresponds to your language level, which will allow you to easily participate in the classes and make fast progress.

Local and national holidays

There is no teaching on national holidays. The lessons missed are sometimes made up by our partner schools; if this is not the case, they are not refunded. 

50+ class / nationalities

As much as possible, our partner schools form classes with the participants in the Club 50 programme, but sometimes the classes will have a wider variety of ages. This ensures that everyone in the group has a similar language level, which makes the teaching more appropriate. The classes are also structured to ensure a wide range of nationalities. In all cases, the afternoons and weekends are reserved for activities and visits included in the programme and exclusively reserved for participants in Club 50+. 


Course materials are generally included in the price. Additional books may also be bought through the school. You should consider bringing a dictionary or installing a dictionary app on your phone.


At the end of the programme, the school will present you with a certificate to confirm your language level, where you studied and the duration of your language course.


The Club 50 programmes take place 2 to 4 times per year for each destination, on fixed dates. The courses typically last two weeks. If you wish to study longer or on other dates, check out our range of courses for adults. Our team are here to help you find the perfect programme.


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    ESL – Language studies abroad won Star Agency Western Europe for the fifth time at the 2016 ST Star Awards. 


    If you find our programmes cheaper with another language travel agency, you will be refunded 100% of the price difference.


    We offer you free and personal advice before, during and after your language course abroad.


    In 2016, 97% of our students would recommend ESL – Language studies abroad to their friends and relatives. 


    ESL – Language studies abroad is accredited by quality control bodies in the tourism and education industries.  


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Carlos Alonso Rodríguez

Galway was one of the best experiences of my life. It’s a small but incredibly lively city, and it’s impossible to get bored there. It has all the atmosphere of a university town, and every night, there’s something to do, like the salsa nights on Wednesdays at Monroe’s and Fridays at The Front Door. The people there are really friendly and try to help you as much as they can. I stayed with a host family, and they treated me as if I were their own son.

I would also like to mention the Atlantic language school. I had an incredible 8 months there, and every week you have the chance to meet new people. I made lifelong friends, and today I’m still in touch with people from Brazil, Italy and South Korea, to name a few.

If I had the opportunity to go back, I wouldn’t hesitate for a second.

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My one-to-one language stay at Mr & Mrs Smith’s home in Worthing was very good. The couple is very nice and helpful. From Monday to Friday, in the morning I had a 3-hour lesson (often more than 3 hours) with few breaks, and in the evening I had to do some homework in my bedroom (I requested it!). In the afternoon, Tony and his wife Anne would have me visit the surroundings and keep me busy. They are very nice and they welcomed me into their family life as if I were a real member. Their home is simple but comfortable: I had my own big room (around 15m2) facing the garden, and it was very quiet. Tony and Anne were very careful with the food quality (they like organic products), so I ate very well the whole time; Anne likes to cook for her guests and tries to satisfy everyone’s taste.

In a nutshell, I am very happy about this experience: I improved my English in the best conditions and discovered the surrounding region.

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Carmen María Pons Salvador

My stay in Exeter was a beautiful experience both on the personal level as well as on the language learning level.

At ESL, they advised me very well in Valencia. With highly personal service and great organisation, they were always making sure that my trip met my expectations. Both my host family and the GLOBE school were of the highest quality.

Of course, I would go back to ESL again for its amazing service and professionalism.

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