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Gap Year (2+ months)

Learn a language, live new experiences & change your life forever

Gap Year course: Take the time to learn a language

Our long-term courses are as varied as they are efficient in providing rapid learning progress! Living and learning a language for an extended period of time in a different country to your own opens the door to a plethora of new experiences and expands your comfort zone. Ready to start your adventure?

Long-term language courses

We’re proud to partner with first-class language schools offering a wide range of courses. Whatever your age, goals and level, we have a course for you!

Our Gap Year destinations

Choose the destination that suits you best. From amazing beaches in Australia to beautiful mountains in Canada – we have it all

ESL gap year courses

Taking a gap year with ESL means making time from your studies or work to spend from a few months to a year abroad, improving your language skills and exploring a new country. While it is a “gap” in your studies or career, it certainly won't be a missing space in your CV! You’ll return home with a new set of language skills and life experience that will help you for years to come. 


Benefits of a gap year language program

Making the time for a long term course is not always simple, but it certainly pays off in the long run! Here’s just a little of what to expect from your gap year abroad: 


  • Increased career prospects
  • Educational growth 
  • Incredible boost to your language skills
  • Unforgettable experiences and memories
  • A deeper cultural understanding and worldview
  • Increased career prospects
  • Personal growth 


Why you should choose ESL for your year abroad 

A lot of planning goes into a language course, that’s why it’s important to choose the right company to help you navigate it! With more than 25 years of experience and a 97% recommendation rate from our customers, booking your year abroad with ESL means leaving your trip in the right hands. Here are just some of the ways we’ll help you have the journey of a lifetime: 


  • You will have access to our portfolio of only the best language schools across the world, with guidance from our team as to which will best fit your goals

  • Our expert advisors will guide you through every single possibility of your trip – forget about browsing through endless options and comparing dozens of websites
  • Aside from your lessons, we’ll make sure you have every aspect of your gap year planned to perfection, from your accommodation to your trips and activities.
  • We will be by your side every step of the way: before, during and after your gap year. 
  • You’ll have access to exclusive discounts and offers to help you make the most of your travel budget. 

Our students often ask:

If I need a visa for my year course, will ESL handle it?

ESL can help you with the process of obtaining a visa, as this will depend on the country you plan on visiting and the length of your stay. For example, if you hold an EU passport you will not need a visa to study in the EU, and most countries – excluding Russia, Egypt and China – allow for stays of up to 12 weeks as a tourist. However, you will be responsible for paying any visa fees.

How long will I spend abroad on a long-term course with ESL?

In a long-term language course, you’ll immerse yourself in language learning every day, as you adapt to living in a new country. Our courses can be personalized according to your preference, so you can spend as little as three months or as long as one year studying abroad.

How many people will be in my language course with me?

Typically, language classes will not include more than 15 students – the average is 8 to 12. In these classes, you’ll benefit from some personalized help from the teacher and get to practice your skills in smaller groups.

Do you have further questions about studying abroad with ESL?

Why choose your next journey with ESL

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Top-rated and award-winning agency

Our free and personalised services are consistently top-rated on Google, and 97% of our clients recommend us to their friends and relatives. In addition, ESL is a Lifetime Award winner after being voted Best Agency in Europe 5 times at the ST Star Awards.  

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Best price guarantee

Get the price difference refunded if you find a better deal for the same programme with another agency or directly with the school.
Free counselling and A-Z services

Our teams are experts in language travel and their experience in the industry is both professional and personal. Our free and personalised services go beyond the pre-departure stage – our counsellors will be at your disposal before, during and after your stay. 

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Quality control

We select partner language schools according to strict criteria – high-quality facilities, small class sizes at a range of levels, great location, first-class teaching and an exciting activities programme, among other aspects. We regularly visit partner schools as it is very important for us to maintain a strong relationship with our partners and to keep up with local developments.   

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Thousands of student reviews

We systematically gather opinions and reviews from thousands of students who chose ESL to go abroad. All reviews are thoroughly checked to ensure authenticity and are added to our school pages so as to provide future students with first-hand details and facts.  

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A wide range of quality accommodation options

Our portfolio also includes a large variety of accommodation types, so we can offer each one of our students the most suitable option. From homestays and student residences to private and shared apartments, all our accommodation types are carefully selected for a comfortable and convenient experience abroad.   

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