ESL advantages

ESL advantages

Free and personalised advice

A language study stay must be well-organised and must precisely meet your expectations, your objectives and your personal wishes. For this reason, the advice of professionals may be decisive. Do not hesitate to call us for telephone advice or to make an appointment in order to come to discuss your project. We make additional documentation available to you, we explain the differences between the schools which interest you, we answer all of your questions and we calculate the prices of the options you have chosen. Please note: these appointments are free and imply no obligation on your behalf.

Possibility to pay in foreign currency

As we exclusively propose the original prices of our partners, we offer you the possibility to pay in foreign currency. Otherwise, we invoice in Swiss Francs (or in Euro), according to the current exchange rate.

Personalised price offers in CHF or in Euros

In order to give you a precise idea of the cost your language study stay represents and in order to give you the opportunity to compare different destinations, we send you free personalised and detailed price offers in CHF or in Euros. In this way, you will be able to think things over at home, at your leisure, whilst having all the necessary elements at hand to make your decision.

Booking your accommodation (various options)

ESL offers you a multitude of accommodation options, including the best host families, selected with care and benefitting from regular inspections, student residences or shared apartments. Acoding to the destinations, you will have the choice between solutions going from the comfort of a hotel to the freedom of a studio. Something for all tastes and all budgets.

Travel organization

ESL - Study Abroad works with the main airlines and can make a booking for you for anywhere in the world at competitive prices. Please do no hesitate to ask us for a free price quote. If you mention it on your enrolment form, we will send you a quote for a good value flight, for information purposes only.

Documents for obtaining a visa

Do I need a visa? What is the procedure? Where must I make the visa request? ESL will guide you during your administrative steps and will provide you will the documents necessary for obtaining your visa.

Free evaluation of your language level

The basic academic service we propose consists of integrating a class which corresponds to the level of language knowledge of each participant. This is vital in order to feel at ease and to progress in a consistent manner. It is also what will make the course effective and interesting. Consequently, all of the schools offer an evaluation test during the first day. ESL also proposes this service during a consultancy interview, if you so wish. It is very useful when you wish to take a certificate preparation course for which it is necessary to have a specified minimum level.

Free flights & special offers

Thanks to the professional relationships we maintain within the travel industry, we regularly offer free flights to some locations. At any time of the year, book a 12-, 24- or 36-week language course in a number of destinations in Europe and the USA, and get free return flights offered by ESL. New special offers are added to our website throughout the year so visit regularly and contact us to find out more.

Free exam cancellation insurance

Ideally and for practical reasons, it is necessary to enrol for a language study stay in advance (flight, visa, accommodation). Numerous students find themselves held up, whilst awaiting exam results, in carrying out the steps in time. Conscious of this situation, we offer a cancellation insurance free of charge which allows you to put your plans in place without worrying about the consequences in case of failure. In other words, you can enrol without risk for a language study stay and if, unfortunately, you are no longer in a position to travel abroad because of your studies (failure of exams), we retain no fees.
For more information: see our terms and conditions.

Family / group savings

ESL offers you a special discount for each participant ! To benefit from this offer, you don't have to book the same accommodation or even the same destination / school, you just need to make the bookings at the same time and to ask for the discount at the time of registration.
  • from 3 to 5 weeks: CHF 50 / EUR 30
  • from 6 to 8 weeks: CHF 75 / EUR 50
  • from 9 to 12 weeks: CHF 100 / EUR 75
  • from 13 to 23 weeks: CHF 150 / EUR 100
  • more than 24 weeks: on demand
We also offer the above reductions for groups of three or more. For groups of 10 students or more, we offer language courses at very competitive rates.
Please contact us for more information.


  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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