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 García González

This was without a doubt the best trip of my life!

The residence has the perfect location, modern facilities and the best above all were the people and the sunsets – I’ve never seen anything like it…

I’ll definitely go back, and in fact, I’ll try to find a job there.

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Mónica Piña López

My experience in Dublin was fantastic! I took a course at the Atlantic Language school and it couldn’t have gone better. I chose the intensive option since I was going for a short amount of time and I wanted to take advantage of my time to the fullest. I took part in the 30+ programme and, even though it was really well organised, finally I ended up mixing with students of all ages. I stayed with a host family, and although I recognise this was what I was most afraid of, the experience was really great. My host mother, Pamela, or Pam like I called her, is an amazing host and we still keep in touch!

Thanks to the professionalism and personal attention of ESL – Language Travel, all of this was possible, so I hope to be able to repeat the experience again soon, and without a doubt I’m counting on them!

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Iñigo Torres Zubiri

This has been an incredibly satisfying experience – I’ve learned so much during these four weeks. The residence was really nice, I liked the school and the teachers were very professional, always trying to make the experience as comfortable and fun as possible, especially the afternoon classes.

Dublin, although it’s a very expensive city, is really pretty and the people are very friendly. They never hesitate to help if you need it.

What’s more, they arranged for a taxi to take me from the airport to the residence, and even though it might have been cheaper to do it myself, it’s really nice as the first day can be complicated anyway.

I definitely recommend taking this course – it’s a great opportunity to improve your English level and learn more about another culture.

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