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 fifth time at the 2016 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 2016, 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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Verónica Obrero Campos

Last month in May I decided to go study English in Malta in St Julian’s, at the EC School. I booked the school through ESL and my experience was great. They answer all your questions and give you all the information you need right away. I really improved my English level. The school and the teaching methodology are really good in my opinion, getting you to speak with your classmates and explaining everything you don’t understand as many times as necessary, which was perfect for me. I met people of many different nationalities from whom I learned a lot about their cultures. The experience was so great that in February of next year, I’m going back.

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Maxime V.

My language stay in Bristol was one of the best experiences in my life. I took a course at EC and I improved my English a lot, thanks to friendly and experienced teachers. I met many people coming from different countries and all of them were really nice. I stayed in a host family; my hosts were very nice and caring, and they made me feel at home. This trip was very enriching, on both a personal and educational level. I would like to thank ESL for their help and efficiency when I had problems or doubts. I recommend them with no hesitation. My trip to Bristol will stay in my memory forever. I’ll always have Bristol!

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Paula Morcillo Martín-Romo

I decided to go abroad by myself to travel and improve my English. I went all in on an adventure without knowing what awaited me, and I returned with the idea that it had been the best experience of my life. I decided to go to Cork, a city in Ireland which in my opinion is really beautiful, and the amount of people from other cultures you find there that you meet in experiences like these is incredible. Ireland is a beautiful country where in less than a month you can visit some of its most important cities. I returned to Spain with the desire to go back, and I hope I can count on help from ESL again!

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