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ESL Language Travel Awards

ESL Language Travel Awards

​ESL Language Travel Awards

The ESL Language Travel Awards recognise schools that have performed exceptionally during the preceding year.
More than 400 ESL partner schools around the world are eligible for an award.

Decided according to more than 7400 client reviews combined with feedback from more than 180 ESL team members from our 50 sales offices, the ESL Languge Travel Awards offer a fair and objective view of which schools have really excelled.

The 2016 winners are:

School of the year (English)

  • School of the year (other languages)

  • School group of the year

    School facilities of the year

  • Accommodation of the year

  • Leisure programme of the year

  • CSR Champion of the year

    Congratulations to all of the winners!

    ​How the Awards are decided

    Awards are based on the feedback we receive from our students and staff.

    When students return from their study abroad stay, we ask them to rate all aspects of their experience, including facilities, teaching quality, accommodation and leisure. Behind these questions are more specific ones in each category (for example location, common areas, classrooms and infrastructure all fall under 'facilities').

    In most categories, the top ten schools are first ranked by student feedback, and then all ESL team members who work directly with schools rate them based on their own experiences. The scores are then combined to find a winner. (The questions we ask our team really boil down to “how does working with this school make it easier for you to serve clients?”)

    Our team work daily with students and schools. The relationship involves not only product knowledge and know-how, but also logistics, availabilities and dealing with special requests. As well as caring for the needs of students and listening carefully to each customer’s goals, our team regularly visit schools, enabling them to give comprehensive feedback. All of this work allows us and our partner schools to deliver a personalised experience to each student.

    The CSR Champion category is based on schools’ use of our CSR Self-Assessment tool. This online questionnaire allows partner schools to self-assess the degree of achievement in their CSR strategies. With our commitment to sharing CSR best practice in the field, we are uniquely placed to give this award. Schools which are members of groups are measured as a whole, as opposed to individual schools.

    In some categories, only student feedback counts. For example, Teaching Programme of the Year and Leisure Programme of the Year. These are directly linked to students’ on-site experience.

    Winning isn't everything...
    But it matters. The awards are an opportunity to reward excellence and encourage all of our partner schools to keep pushing to provide the very best student experience. To see the top ten lists of runner-ups for each category, check out this blog post.

    Winners of these awards can be proud of the fact they have been elected by the people who matter most of all. 

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    TESTIMONIALS

    Hannelore V.

    Bournemouth is a pleasant city with a nice beach, lots of sports facilities and beautiful gardens. My two-weeks stay was a great experience. I took classes at Kings. This school has a very good reputation and its teaching staff is very professional and friendly. Here I was able to practise my English with native speakers. I find it important to use my English in real-life situations since the language is becoming increasingly important internationally and in interdisciplinary contexts. I stayed with a British host family, something I really recommend. In retrospect, I would even recommend attending a summer school at a younger age, for instance, during one's last high-school year. ESL really helped me along in my decision-making and I gained great confidence in this organization. I had a most unforgettable experience and would not hesitate repeating it!

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    Aitziber Leatxe Álvarez de Eulate

    My time at Shafston College has been wonderful. The school is like a family - it is small and comfortable. Meeting students from other countries has been very enjoyable - learning their customs and sometimes their languages. The teachers take care of the students - I would not have passed my Cambridge course without their support and extra help. The administration staff were amazing and I have had a great time and learnt a lot on the Gold Coast.

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    To perfect my French language skills I contacted ESL, who quickly helped me figure out the best options. A friend of mine had shared with me her own experiences with ESL, which made me decide to contact this organisation as well. First I visited their website which is very well organised and where you can actually find all the essential information you are looking for. Then I called them for an appointment and agreed on meeting them in their Antwerp office. Everything went pretty smoothly and we were immediately given all necessary details and explanations. Once in Tours it all started! I can really recommend the "Institut de Touraine"! The teachers are very enthusiastic and its location is excellent. I myself started at a very low level, but after three months I had acquired a very considerable knowledge of the French language. To conclude, I would like to say a few words about Tours itself, which is also very important. It is a historic town situated quite nicely between the Loire and Cher rivers. I really enjoyed the many castles and beautiful scenery alongside these two rivers. My French host family was incredibly friendly / helpful and provided everything else I needed. In short, an unforgettable experience!

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