Language studies abroad, Gap Year
Beyond fluency Gap Year

Life in a new language

Language courses of 12 weeks and upwards are your chance to achieve fluency. Nothing is more effective than time spent in immersion, and our Gap Year programmes offer you exactly that. Yet they also go way beyond language learning. Options include internships, official language certificates, volunteering programmes and access courses for higher education, or you can simply enjoy a longer stay surrounded by a different language and culture.
 
With ESL’s Best Price Guarantee and additional discounts for longer stays, these courses offer exceptional value and a real chance to immerse yourself in another way of life.  
 

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Gap Year benefits

  • After giving your career an immediate boost, the soft skills and cultural awareness that come with a longer stay abroad will last a lifetime. Employers and universities value the language and personal skills that come with spending time abroad, but perhaps the most important gains you will make are the personal ones: learn to see life from a new perspective. Dedicate your time to exploring the world and you will be richly rewarded.
     
    Your Gap Year programme will be designed according to your personal requirements. Let us know what matters to you and we can make it happen, together. 

ESL quality

With 20 years' experience in international education, ESL is one of the world’s leading study abroad providers. Each year, we help thousands of people like you to find the perfect destination and course for a gap year abroad.
 
  • Best Price Guarantee
  • Free flights and free goodies
  • Special offers on long-term language stays (>> link to special offers page)
  • Exceptional choice of destinations and renowned schools
  • Free enrolment & administration
  • Free exam cancellation insurance or “second chance” guarantee
  • Award-winning personalised service 

No two individuals are the same and our goal is to help you find the right programme for your personal priorities. Get in touch with our team to arrange a free, no-obligation appointment.

Lowest prices guaranteed

ESL guarantees you the most attractive prices on the market! If you find any price difference, you will be entirely refunded.

5 REASONS TO CHOOSE ESL – LANGUAGE STUDIES ABROAD

  1. Star Agency Europe
  2. ESL – LANGUAGE STUDIES ABROAD IS EUROPE’S STAR AGENCY  

    ESL – Language studies abroad won Star Agency Western Europe for the third time at the 2014 STM Star Awards. 

  3. BEST PRICE GUARANTEE 

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

  4. FREE AND PERSONALISED SERVICE 

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

  5. CUSTOMER SATISFACTION 

    In 2014, 97% of our students would recommend ESL – Language studies abroad to their friends and relatives. 

  6. CERTIFIED QUALITY 

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

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TESTIMONIALS

I chose Freiburg as I wished to stay in a small town close to Switzerland. From Freiburg, it is easy to get backhome if needed. I have also heard that Freiburg is a nice and vivid city. Looking back I can say that I’m happy with my choose. The enrolment went quiet easy. I had a contact person at the agency who knew an answer to all my questions. I received fast answers and we mostly talked over the phone. I like Freiburg and it was what I wished for. The classes are good to get used to the language and to repeat some things. It is great that classes are held in German only – this is how you learn most vocabulary. It is also interesting and challenging to talk to students in German, even if they do have the same mother tongue. It’s a great feeling if it’s working! In the 2 weeks I spent in Freiburg I have learnt a lot. I enjoyed the activities as well. I went to Mundenhof and Heidelberg. It was nice to visit another town. The movie night was also good to make use of German. This afternoon I will also go to the activity “Bouldern”. Living in the host family was a great experience. I wanted to stay in a family with children and no other students which was very good. The family lives in a quiet location, lika a small village. That was nice. I have talked a lot with the family, also with the children. If I do have the time, I would possibly take another trip to Freiburg again.

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New Zealand is the perfect opposite country from Switzerland (on the planet) and I heard the landscape and beaches were amazing. When I arrived I felt very quickly well integrated and the atmosphere in the class was really nice. When I arrived in NZ I could not speak any English as I haven`t learnt at school. I started at Elementary level and I am now in Intermediate which is a good achievement for me. Now I feel more comfortable to speak in the city, ask things in shops and understand when local people talk to me. The teachers, they are amazing. They helped me to reach my target. I lived in Berlin before, so you can imagine that it was easy to adapt in such a small city as Auckland. I went to the Museum to discover about the Maori culture, I took the ferry a few times to visit Devonport, Waiheke Island. I think it is a nice city, the way of living is very nice and people are easy going and easy to approach. Now I am heading up North, in Waipu, for 2 weeks as I found a job as a technical carpenter, which is matching with my diploma and my work in Switzerland. It is so exciting to do this here in NZ as I will be able to put this down on my CV. After that I am planning on buying a Campervan and travel around NZ for 2 weeks. Then I will head to Tasmania for a week and travel around Australia for a month, before heading back home in May as I have to go back to work at some stage.

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It’s a beautiful town with a lot of friendly people. Not too dangerous, this town is crowded of students and it’s really nice to live here ! An advice to give : be careful of the seagulls ! The school is really good, all the people who work there are really nice. The courses are interesting and I learned a lot ! Thank you British Study Centres ! I also met a lot of great students from different countries and I intend to keep in touch with them ! I think it’s not enough to come here less than 3 months ; in 2-3 weeks or 1 month, you can’t learn a lot… I think it’s an amazing experience of life, and this allows to meet new people, to learn a language that most of the world knows. Brighton is a town of students and I hope it will stay like this !

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