About ESL, About us
About ESL

About us

About us

About ESL – Language Studies Abroad

Offering tailor-made educational programs in more than two hundred destinations internationally, ESL is one of the world’s leading study abroad providers. We are passionate about languages and travel; our expert language travel consultants are here before, during and after your stay to ensure you have the experience of a lifetime.

ESL – Language studies abroad is part of the independent international group ESL – Education, find out more here.

Our philosophy

Communication, education and cultural interchange are at the heart of ESL. As passionate language learners and travellers, we believe that seeing new places, meeting new people and speaking new languages are among the most enjoyable and important experiences one can have. Through our knowledge and professionalism, we help each individual get the most from their own journey. As a business, we believe in offering an exceptional level of service and beneficial terms to our students, partner schools, suppliers and staff.

Our story

We started ESL with a vision of providing study abroad trips to the widest range of destinations around the world, while giving each student complete support throughout their trip.

Our roots are in Switzerland, where four official languages are spoken on a daily basis and a high standard of service is culturally ingrained. ESL stood out because we offered a wide range of non-traditional destinations alongside the classics, all with transparent pricing: we charge students no fee or commission for booking a course.

From the start, we have recruited staff from a wide variety of backgrounds who have experienced study abroad first-hand. This basic formula has remained since we started in 1996 and has helped us grow from our origins in Montreux to have more than 40 offices around the world, in Europe and Latin America.

Our services

We view each student as an individual, with their own needs and wishes. Through strong relationships with our partner schools around the world, we can ensure that ESL students, whether taking a full academic year abroad or a two-week summer course, are treated like the VIPs that they are to us. We have repeatedly been voted Europe’s Star study abroad agency but believe that the satisfaction of our students is the real benchmark of success: more than half of our new learners come to us through a recommendation from a former ESL student.

Why choose ESL for your study trip?
More about ESL’s official accreditations and services


  1. Star Agency Europe

    ESL – Language studies abroad won Star Agency Western Europe for the fourth time at the 2015 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 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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I’m Rocío and I travelled to Liverpool this July. At first, I started by looking for information about the different agencies, asking for quotes, reading about the different cities, etc. Then, after a lot of research, I chose ESL – a great choice, for sure! As soon as I can, I will repeat the experience, but I want to stay longer next time, as I was only there for 2 weeks, which passed really quickly.

At the beginning, everything is new: the family, the city… and you wonder how it’s going to go. However, as days go by, you start meeting people and even make a group of friends.

I’m really glad I had an experience like this one. I’d like to thank ESL, the family and the school for making it so easy and for being so kind. I recommend this experience to all the brave ones out there who want to see something different, discover new places and learn at the same time.

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I definitely made the right choice when I decided to study at Wimbledon School of English for a month. ESL gave me all the information I needed to in order to organise a tailor-made programme. In my case, my goal was to get the CAE certificate and attend 4 weeks of intensive course before sitting the test.

The teachers and the rest of the staff at the school were always ready to help out if you have questions of any kind. The level and the pace of the classes were high, but the teaching was dynamic, which made them more enjoyable. Besides the courses, the school offered a large variety of cultural and social activities, creating a very good atmosphere. It was a very enriching experience and was absolutely worth it.

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I couldn’t be more grateful to ESL for treating me so well. They provided a fast and efficient service, managing to adapt the programme to my personal needs in a record time… 3 weeks after contacting them, I was traveling to Boston. It was the best choice ever! Boston has a great student atmosphere, as two of its universities – Harvard and MIT – are amongst the most prestigious in the world. It’s easy to move around the city, which has one of the oldest downtowns in the US. I lived on campus, where there were tons of activities every day to help students know each other. I felt at home from the very fist day; everyone was really friendly and made you feel like you belonged. I made great friends from different countries, which really enriched my stay. Good memories!

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