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 fifth time at the 2016 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 2016, 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

Andrea Quattrone

I decided to go on a language trip to Newcastle upon Tyne with ESL and now I can say that it was one of the best choices I have ever made. I learned about ESL online; at first, I was very impressed by their website’s precision, and then, by the staff’s availability and professionalism. They were all extremely helpful and precise in clarifying all my doubts!

In the beginning, I went on this trip just to improve my English knowledge and skills, but it soon became one of the best ways to strengthen incredible relationships. I am still very close to some of the people I met during my stay and I really would like to develop these friendships in the future and take them as good excuses to travel more.

Anyone can say that England is a truly unique country, but going there is the only way to deeply understand this statement. The habits, the breakfast, the buildings… there are so many things to discover. And British people are so enthusiastic that they make you feel warm even in a place that isn’t!

The weekend excursions were my favourite thing! Edinburgh, the Lake District, Alnwick Castle (Harry Potter’s one!)… The moments I spent in these places were truly unforgettable!

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María Bautista Villaverde

Learning French at the Institut Européen de Français was a great experience. I refreshed my French and got ready for my third Erasmus term. Classes are interactive and practical. Life in Montpellier is quiet, but – as it’s a student town – there is always something to do.

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Ana Briones Gallego

In October, I took an English course in Byron Bay, a small city in Australia, in the region of New South Wales. This experience was absolutely incredible. Byron is a very special place; the pace of life is relaxed, people are really nice and the surroundings are amazing. I spent most of my free time at the beach, where I could see dolphins and whales, only a few meters away from the coast. The main sport here is surf, so even if you’ve never tried, you have to give it a go. At night, there are many bars with live music. The school is very welcoming and all teachers are always helpful. I recommend Byron Bay as a destination, as it’s really similar to paradise! You will learn English whilst feeling constantly on holiday!

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