News, ESL Company News

ESL Company News

ESL Company News

Check out all the latest news from ESL Education group: new offices, awards, international contests… don’t miss any of our milestones!

ESL - ESL Company News
ESL Workshop and ESL Language Travel Awards
This year, the 4th edition of the ESL Workshop was held in beautiful Barcelona. What’s more, this was the second year for the ESL Language Travel Awards, a glamorous gala night celebrating our partner schools where awards are based on student feedback from the previous year. See the winners here.
Read more
ESL - ESL Company News
Supporting women in leadership: ESL + Lead5050
ESL is excited to announce the sponsorship of the 2017 Enlightened Employer Award at the Women in Education Awards. Organised by Lead5050, a non-profit group that supports women in the industry of international education and their promotion into leadership roles, the awards ceremony is an event we’re happy to take part in!
Read more
ESL - ESL Company News
ESL announces its new executive director
ESL – Language Studies Abroad has announced the selection of its new executive director, Anke Menkhorst, who will be responsible for helping the company reach its ambitious growth objectives. Patrick Siegenthaler, her predecessor and co-founder of ESL, will assume the role of Chairman of the Board.
With more than 20 years of experience in the sectors of business and marketing, Anke Menkhorst has been at the head of many important international businesses throughout her professional career. 
Read more
ESL - ESL Company News
9 new ESL offices in 2017
For the past 20 years, ESL’s main aim has been to be close to you to offer the most high-quality, personalised assessment for your language course. This year alone, we’ll be opening 9 new offices in Europe.

Will one of them be in your city? Find out in this video!

> Play the video
Read more
ESL - ESL Company News
ESL Language Travel Awards and Certificates of Excellence 2016
Coinciding with its 20th anniversary, ESL launched the brand new ESL Language Travel Awards. This recognition, whose finalists and winners were announced during the gala night of the ESL International Workshop in Montreux, rewards those schools that had an outstanding performance during the previous year.

ESL also launched the new ESL Certificates of Excellence, which were assigned to schools based solely on the ratings and reviews received by students in 2016. The Certificate of Excellence badge will be posted on the page of the awarded schools for the entire year.
Read more
ESL - ESL Company News - générique
ESL, awarded for the 5th time!
For the 5th time, ESL won the title of “Star Agency Western Europe” at the Study Travel Star Awards, which took place on 3rd September 2016 in London.

This new prize allows ESL to be included among the prestigious agencies in the educational tourism industry having received the “Lifetime Award” which recognises the excellent service provided by professionals in the language travel sector.
Read more
ESL - ESL Company News
ESL nominated for the 11th time in a row
For the 11th time in a row, ESL has been nominated by language schools as one of the five leading language travel agencies in Europe at the annual STM Star Awards. It has been more than a decade of great success!

These awards, like the Oscars of the study abroad industry, are recognition of the hard work and the commitment of everyone working in this industry.

The winners will be chosen by hundreds of language schools from around the world and will be announced on September.
Read more


  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 2017, 96% 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.  


Test your language level in a few minutes.


After spending 3 months of pure happiness, it’s sad that I have to leave this incredible place with the head full of good memories and magical experiences like Niagara Falls, basketball game, visits in downtown, ice skating and celebrations far from our families like Christmas organized by the school. In addition to that I enjoyed participating in the after school clubs allowing me to learn even more and have a great time. Thanks to this experience I met incredible people (Brazilians, Asians, Russians, Mexicans, etc.) from all over the world that I want and will visit. The supervisors are excellent and always listen to my requests. I definitely recommend to everybody to live the same experience as me but all good things have an end and now it’s my time.

Read more
Sirine Tounsi

In October 2017, I decided to go to Toronto for 2 months. I had just finished my studies, and I had always dreamt about going to Canada. I wanted to improve my English, so I decided to take an 8-week intensive course at OHC – a school I highly recommend. I became friend with students from all over the world and with very nice teachers. I was surprised to see how fast I improved; I passed 2 levels in 8 weeks! In order to be in total immersion, I chose to live with a host family. If you don’t like rules, I suggest staying in a student residence – you’ll have more freedom. I loved the style of the city (I’m Parisian, so everything looked very different). Toronto has the advantage of being close to French-speaking Québec and to the US – you should visit New York, as I did! If I could do it all over again, I would! Thank you ESL for making my dream come true in a few days only.

Read more
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.

Read more


Check out our blogs, social network pages and various online platforms to read travel stories, articles and reviews from our students on language courses abroad.