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?
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5 REASONS TO CHOOSE ESL – LANGUAGE STUDIES ABROAD

  1. Star Agency Europe
  2. ESL – LANGUAGE STUDIES ABROAD IS EUROPE’S STAR AGENCY  

    ESL – Language studies abroad won Star Agency Western Europe for the fourth time at the 2015 ST Star Awards. 

  3. BEST PRICE GUARANTEE 

    If you find our programmes cheaper with another language travel agency, you will be refunded 100% of the price difference.

  4. FREE AND PERSONALISED SERVICE 

    We offer you free and personal advice before, during and after your language course abroad.

  5. CUSTOMER SATISFACTION 

    In 2015, 97% of our students would recommend ESL – Language studies abroad to their friends and relatives. 

  6. CERTIFIED QUALITY 

    ESL – Language studies abroad is accredited by quality control bodies in the tourism and education industries.  

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TESTIMONIALS

Dorian Fleury

My stay in Denver was really exceptional! My host family was really like a second family to me, always ready to listen to me and open to the activities I suggested. Their house was very nice, I had a very decent room. As I stayed in Colorado, I attended the Bridge-Linguatec school located in Denver, an excellent school to make progress in English, my level actually improved a lot during the six months I stayed there. One of the best things that I experienced is without a doubt the amount of friends you meet, it s a real life experience, I only want to go back. The city of Denver is absolutely beautiful, not too big, you can enjoy the activities that a city has to offer with the proximity of the rocky mountains on top. I strongly recommend it to all those who want to get away from the big metropolis. Long live America! ☺

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Nolwen Guilbaud

I stayed at the EC school in Cambridge, which is a really good school. Located in a brand new building, the classrooms are all equipped with multimedia boards and a presenter. The lessons are playful and interesting, they will definitely allow you to make progress in English. Moreover, the welcoming staff as well as the teachers are really nice and will do everything to help you if you are facing any kind of problem. Which is really good. I was won over by this work method, which allows you to participate with all the students and even the teachers. There is a very good atmosphere in the classroom, which allows you to connect with the other students. This method allows you to make progress in the way you express yourself in English, in your understanding but also in your writing. I personally think I made progress in all these areas.

I am also very satisfied with the organization of ESL and with the staff who knows how to listen to you and does whatever is necessary to answer all your questions.

I personally loved my stay.

I only have one thing to say, thanks for this beautiful experience!

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Sarah Assier

I spent three weeks at the Atlantic school in Galway, Ireland. The school is very well located and parts of the premises have been recently refurbished, which allows you to work in good conditions. There is a big hallway with a cafeteria and a terrace to relax during the break!

The teachers were very accessible and we worked on our oral, written and listening skills. That was great because there was always a good dynamics during the classes! Depending on the subjects dealt with, everyone explained the specificities of their countries! That was greatly enriching.

As far as the accommodation was concerned, my host family was great!! I will never forget the three months I spent at their place! I had my super comfortable room and I had all my meals with them in the evening, as for lunch I ate at the school. There was a good atmosphere at home and I quickly felt at ease. I was very warmly welcomed (with a good tea of course!) and I shed a few tears when I left! Today, I am still in contact with them and I am planning to go back to Ireland to settle there!

I recommend traveling with ESL because I was very well assisted during my project and when I called several times to have information, I was always well guided and advised!

Go and live an unforgettable experience in Ireland without any further delay!

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