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05/12/2017
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.
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14/09/2017
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!
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01/07/2017
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. 
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25/04/2017
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!

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01/01/2017
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.
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04/09/2016
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.
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ESL - ESL Company News
27/07/2016
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.
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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

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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