About ESL, Why choose ESL?
About ESL

Why choose ESL?

Why choose ESL?

Lowest prices guaranteed

We offer the lowest prices on all adult courses and will refund 100% of any price difference if you find the same programme cheaper with another agency or directly with the school.

Exceptionally high client satisfaction

Last year, 97% of our students claimed they would recommend ESL. The majority of our new students contact us after a recommendation.

A-Z service & full support

Our experienced, multilingual team are here for you before, during and after your stay to ensure you have the experience of a lifetime. You can always rely on our support in the unlikely event that anything should go wrong during your time away.

Free administration and inscription

Unlike some other agencies, we organise all of the administrative steps of inscription completely free of charge. This includes study, accommodation, transfers, visas and any further communication with the school or destination.

Award-winning agency

ESL – Language studies abroad won Star Agency Western Europe for the fifth time at the 2016 STM Star Awards
 

Certified quality

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

100% Security

ESL is a member of the Swiss travel industry’s travel guarantee fund. It reimburses the all-inclusive amounts of your language study stay, in the unlikely event of bankruptcy or insolvency of the service provider before or after your departure.

Over 20 years’ experience

With over 20 years' experience organising language studies abroad, we have placed thousands of students all over the world, creating strong local relationships. Our influence with partner schools means more security for you.

Ratings & reviews

We publish tens of thousands of unedited student reviews on our websites. This information is there to help you choose the school and destination that is right for you.

A sustainable organisation

ESL – Education believes passionately in sustainable development and every decision taken within our organisation is considered in terms of its global impact.

A worldwide organisation

With offices around the world and staff that speak dozens of languages, ESL – Language studies abroad is a truly international organisation.

Quality control

We regularly visit partner schools. It is very important for us to have a strong relationship with our partners and to keep up with local developments. This enables our team to give you the best advice.

Unique and innovative programmes

We work with trusted partners to develop original programmes based on the needs and feedback of our students.

Academic excellence

Our background in education ensures that we thoroughly understand language learning and keep up to date with the latest developments in teaching.

The best language schools

We select partner language schools according to demanding criteria. As well as academic excellence, a partner school must provide high quality facilities, a welcoming environment, appropriate accommodation, small class sizes at a range of levels, great location, first-class teaching and an exciting activities programme (and much more besides). Our partners are established, internationally recognised and accredited by reputed national and international bodies.

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

Sara Mateos Arévalo

My name is Sara and I decided to take a course in Lyon to improve my level of French. I had started to take French classes again in Barcelona and I thought it would be a good idea to give them a boost.

I wasn’t very clear on my destination, but I finally chose Lyon because it’s a city that has everything but it’s not as big as Paris. And, as the language travel advisor that I am, and knowing the academic quality of the Alpadia school, I thought it would be a good option.

After having been there, I can say that Lyon is an ideal destination for linguistic immersion. As a city, it has everything: shops, good public transport, restaurants, bars, tourism, parks, etc. What’s more, you’re constantly surrounded by events, culture and French cuisine, and it’s a city where a lot of French natives live. That’s why you can also learn about its customs and lifestyle in addition to the language.

The first day when I arrived to my host family’s home, it was a little difficult for me to speak even though I understood Sylvie (the woman who was hosting me) very well. In the mornings, she was already working, but I enjoyed waking up and having a leisurely breakfast. In the afternoons after the activities, I went home and she was preparing dinner. I sat in the kitchen with her while she taught me French recipes. Every night we cooked a different dish, and she even taught me how to make French crêpes! I stayed in her daughter’s room who was studying in Toulouse. To this day, we still write to each other.

With regard to the school, the first day they had me arrive half an hour early to show us new students the school, city, etc. and introduce us to each other. We had 4 and a half hours of class, but the time flew by, as the teaching method that they use is very dynamic and you have two different teachers. My morning teacher made the classes very exciting and helped us improve our weaknesses. The afternoon teacher, on the other hand, gave us a topic to debate and she made us talk a lot while she provided us with useful, daily vocabulary.

There were only 6 students in class, perfect for learning more easily. At school there was a great atmosphere with a good group of students open to meeting new people and making plans after class. I felt like a part of the group from day one. The mix of nationalities was very good with few Spanish-speaking students. In the whole school, there were only two Spanish and two Mexican students, although we weren’t in the same class. Almost all of them were Swiss (from different regions), and there were students of all ages (18-22, 25-28 and 40+).

Every afternoon, the school offered an activity for whoever wanted to participate (movie, visits around Lyon, wine tasting, etc.). At the beginning of the week, they posted a schedule of the week’s activities on the bulletin board. You just needed to sign up and show up at the meeting point at the time specified (even though almost all of us went there together directly from school). The activity I liked the most was wine tasting because we went to a really authentic wine cellar where they gave us different wines and cheeses. For me, this was a very French experience!

To sum up, I’d like to say that for me, it was a great decision to take an intensive course and stay with a host family, since I learned a ton and at the end of my stay, I noticed that I really improved my fluency when speaking French. The truth is that I had a great experience and I would have liked to be able to stay for another week.

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Victoria Eugenia Gómez Álvarez

The teachers were a 10. They were all really nice and friendly, they learned your name after just one class with them and they developed a close relationship with us. They helped and advised you with the day-to-day in France. I only have good things to say about everyone who taught me.

The classes were fun and entertaining and above all, very intensive. We covered a ton of material, and now, comparing it to a Spanish academy, I value it so much more. I think it was the equivalent of a year-long intensive course in Spain, among other reasons because there when you go out, you have to practise everything you’ve been learning, so you could better consolidate your knowledge.

The school was very dynamic. Every day they organised activities and excursions where besides practising your French, you could get to know the region’s customs and places and socialise with students from all over the world: England, Japan, New Zealand, Canada, etc. We liked it so much that we lengthened our stay by a week.

The city was young and very culturally attractive. Just like in the rest of the region, it has plenty of historical monuments to visit. If you like history, this is the perfect place. The same goes for nature lovers: the beach and mountains are both just a stone’s throw away. There’s only one but: don’t bring your car because it’s very expensive to park and parking on the street is impossible. Also, the restaurants in the city centre are pretty expensive, and it’s very hot in August.

Communication with ESL was great. They answered all our questions, advised us and got in touch with us whenever we needed until we decided upon a destination.

Without a doubt, I would do it all over again.

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Beatriz Salcedo Gorostieta

In addition to the spectacular city of Edinburgh and the wide range of everything it has to offer, I want to highlight my stay and what I learned at school. There was a great atmosphere in the classes and at the school in general. I’ll miss Susan’s classes – we learned a lot from and with her!

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