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.


  1. Star Agency Europe

    ESL – Language studies abroad won Star Agency Western Europe for the third time at the 2014 STM 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 2014, 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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At the beginning of my stay I was a little bit home sick- it was difficult to get used to so many changes! Luckily I could quickly socialize and made good friends with some students from Ticino, it´s good so we speak in German together. Also in the host family at the beginning everything was new for me, there has been some contrasts, but we could deal with them, we needed some time to get to know each other! Now it´s fantastict! We really get along very well with each other and also with the other students in the house the athmosphere is great! The city of Freiburg is very likable, it´s small but there is everything we need to make the stay very enjoyable, especially the pubs are great! I am very lucky to have a perfect teacher, so that I can benefit as much as I can from my courses. The time went by so fast - I am sad to leave soon, I will really miss all this!

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The school is located in a good location. The hours at class are convenient. The school is very good at accommodating all levels and worked to ensure that I got the attention I needed in order to improve. As a first time learner of French, they made the lessons easy to understand and were very patient with me. I felt very supported and feel more comfortable in speaking French than when I started. The excursions were also interesting and at a good price. The housing accommodation was clean and in a good location.

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I chose Whistler because I wanted to ski and learn English. I like that the campus is close to everything; the bus stop, dinner places and only 50m from the ski lifts. There’s also a ski locker where I can store my gear. All the teachers are nice and there are dogs to pat between classes, it’s nice to have them around. My homestay family is fantastic. I always eat good food. I would recommend IH Whistler to people wanting to learn English and enjoy the mountain life.

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