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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Valentín Alarcón Albert

LSI New York has some excellent teachers, whose main characteristics are warmth and motivation.

The atmosphere, being serious and professional, brings the best out in students.

The facilities are incredibly comfortable and their students are very friendly.

To sum up, in addition to all this, the course was in New York; so what more could you ask for?

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I booked two weeks in Heidelberg, but in the end I liked it so much that I stayed for three. I stayed with a delightful family, and the mother would take me on Sunday outings, once to a nearby village called Landenburg and another time to some palace gardens. The school was 20-25 minutes from my home and I could go by bus or tram. I met some amazing people and some of the excursions were really great. We even went to Frankfurt.

The classes were highly interactive and the teacher was very cheerful and friendly. Listening to German all day long really allows you to learn a lot.

Heidelberg is a very quiet city but it has some places that are really worth visiting. I loved it. It was one of the best experiences of my life.

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I’m so happy to have gone on this trip. Not only did I come back with really great memories of places I’d been to, but I was also able to learn a lot more about the Japanese language and culture than I expected, all thanks to the super friendly people I was with and the wonderful family that hosted me. Without a doubt, I would recommend this experience, and I hope to do it again when I have the chance.

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