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ESL Star Agency Western Europe

ESL Star Agency Western Europe

STM Awards 2014

For the 3rd year, ESL – Language studies abroad was voted Europe’s Star Agency at the STM Awards 2014, which took place on 30th August 2014. This award recognises excellent services provided by professionals in the study abroad industry. This is the result of a poll carried out by British publisher Hothouse Media. Several thousand accredited language schools from all over the world were asked for their opinion and recognised that ESL is still one of the best agencies in Europe. We are very happy about our long-standing relationships with our partner schools and will meet you next year for the award ceremony.

ESL, winner in 2010, 2011 and... 2014!

After being voted Europe’s STAR Agency in 2010 and 2011, this vote strengthens ESL’s position as one of the industry leaders. Like an Oscar for the language travel industry, this award recognises the quality work of ESL’s staff.
“For nearly 2 decades, we have been committed to providing the best services to both our partner schools and the people who travel with us. This award, for the third time, is a recognition of our long-standing and enduring work and we are very honoured to have won it”, Head of Products & Partnerships Krister Weidenhielm declared with delight.

Photo of the awards in 2014

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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 third time at the 2014 STM 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 2014, 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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More than anything, I enjoyed my time in Torbay. It’s a kind of small town on the cost. I would said that it’s better than a big city… clearly there is fewer attractions or big shops but you need to jump inside the language. You just can’t find any French, german, spanish … etc speaker when you are out from the school. That’s Why I choose Torbay.
Oh ! I must talk about the school a little bit … I went there for improving my english before the EPFL and I wasn’t disappointed. I filled the gaps I had by practising all day my english and the lessons was really well given. I mean I had incredible teachers.
The school also offers execution, some are really worth others not, but all helps you to simply visit the area and jump deeper in Devon. Torbay is divided in three towns : Torquay for shopping and going out to disco, Paignton for enjoying your time and Brixham for visiting a traditional fishing town. Torbay is not far from London so you can easily plan a weekend.
I spent twelve weeks in two blocs and It’s was a great time, I tried the host family the first time. The second time I tried the residence, Hunter’s Lodge, and this one was just fantastic, like a family… we visited everything together, we cooked and shared meals, Now I’m invited to Brazil, Germany, South Korea, Saudi Arabia and most important to Swiss-German part.

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My stay in Freiburg is really good. I really like the courses and the fact that we have different teachers during the week. Also the excursions that the school offers are really interesting! At the beginning it was difficult to get integrated in the class, since most of the students were already here and knew eachother. But then, when the new students come every week it is very easy, we always go talk to them, ask them where they are from and form a new group of friends! There are many French speakers here, so sometimes you are quite tempted to talk in French! Freiburg is a big city for me, since I come from a smaller town. But it´s perfect, there is everything we need and a lot of things to do! My host family is great, we have a good relationship. They are very nice and we do things together such as going for a walk or hiking. I was worried at the beginning that the food wouldn´t be good, but it´s really delicious and there is always a lot to eat!

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I chose Freiburg as I wished to stay in a small town close to Switzerland. From Freiburg, it is easy to get backhome if needed. I have also heard that Freiburg is a nice and vivid city. Looking back I can say that I’m happy with my choose. The enrolment went quiet easy. I had a contact person at the agency who knew an answer to all my questions. I received fast answers and we mostly talked over the phone. I like Freiburg and it was what I wished for. The classes are good to get used to the language and to repeat some things. It is great that classes are held in German only – this is how you learn most vocabulary. It is also interesting and challenging to talk to students in German, even if they do have the same mother tongue. It’s a great feeling if it’s working! In the 2 weeks I spent in Freiburg I have learnt a lot. I enjoyed the activities as well. I went to Mundenhof and Heidelberg. It was nice to visit another town. The movie night was also good to make use of German. This afternoon I will also go to the activity “Bouldern”. Living in the host family was a great experience. I wanted to stay in a family with children and no other students which was very good. The family lives in a quiet location, lika a small village. That was nice. I have talked a lot with the family, also with the children. If I do have the time, I would possibly take another trip to Freiburg again.

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