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Budget tips

Budget tips

Low-cost language courses

Learning a language cheap is possible. Here is how you can do it…
Don’t let uncertainties in the economy limit your ambitions: studying abroad is an investment in yourself. Learning a language in cultural immersion is both the most efficient and most enjoyable way to study. The skills you gain will stay with you for life.
All of our programmes have been carefully selected for the needs of our students, but there can be a noticeable difference in price. With this in mind, here are some ways to save when booking a low-cost language course.

1. Special offers
2. Travel as a pair (or in a group)
3. Low-cost destinations
4. Choose your dates
5. Are you planning to travel next year?
6. Gap year – long term programmes, internships and volunteer work abroad
7. Earn money with a job while you study
8. Combine destinations/schools of the same group
9. Choose the most affordable accommodation option
10. Journey
11. Funding support
12. Competitions
13. Get in touch with us

1. Special offers

Check our special offers regularly and take advantage of them. Find out about our offers of the month and ongoing offers, discounts on courses or accommodation, free flights or excursions, and other types of discounts on language courses abroad.

2. Travel as a pair (or in a group)

ESL offers you a special reduction for each participant. In order to benefit, all you have to do is enrol at the same time and ask for the discount when you make the booking. There is no need to book the same accommodation or to choose the same destination/school.

3. Low-cost destinations

Among the hundreds of destinations available for a language course abroad, some have a much more attractive cost of living than others. For instance, you will pay a lower rent in Lyon than in Paris and your meals will be cheaper in Berlin than in Munich. ESL offers a wide choice of destinations to suit all budgets. Our team are here to give you the latest info.

Contact us to find out more about our low-cost destinations throughout the world.

4. Choose your dates

Depending on your availability, you will save money by studying outside of the high season.

For example :
2 weeks of courses + accommodation in Berlin in May or September EUR 745
2 weeks of courses + accommodation in Berlin in July-August EUR 812

Travel prices are also more favourable outside of high season.

5. Book early and save

Book more than three months before you travel and take advantage our First Minute special offer. Throughout the year, this discount is bigger for longer courses.

In addition, our Early Bird special offer lets you pay this year’s prices, next year. Book before 1st November to make this saving.

By booking in advance, you can also take advantage of competitive prices on your flight or train ticket. 

6. Gap Year - long term programmes, internships and volunteer work

The longer you stay, the more favourable the prices are. The original prices of the schools are based on a “sliding scale”, which allows you to take advantage of special prices depending on the duration of your stay. Following your language course, you can also extend your studies in the field, as an intern or as a volunteer worker. ESL – Language studies abroad organises work placements and volunteering programmes to extend your stay at the lowest cost after completion of your language course.

Join a local company or get involved in a project that will benefit the local community. Immersing yourself in a work environment is very rewarding on a personal level and will really make your résumé stand out.

7. Earn money with a job while you study

Opt for destinations/schools which offer a Job Club. This meeting space offers a free interface between the local job market and the student community. It is an effective exchange platform which, thanks to the advice of professionals, the help of the school and experience of former students, will allow you to find a job which is compatible with your studies and your availability (in this case, the standard course will be the best suited to you). It is also a good opportunity to extend your stay following your academic course.

For students with a Working Holiday Visa (WHV), our  “course + paid job” programmes in Australia and New Zealand represent an excellent way to provide for your needs while continuing your language learning experience in full immersion.

8. Combine destinations/schools of the same group

You can combine 2 or 3 destinations or schools during the same language study trip for a price based on the total duration. For example, it is possible to divide a stay of 8 weeks between 2 destinations whilst paying the fees for 8 weeks, which is cheaper than paying for 2 stays of 4 weeks. This option is generally possible with schools of the same group.

In addition, depending on the duration and destinations, ESL could pay for your connecting flight (or train journey) between two cities.

Check out the flight/train special offers
See our blog post on duo destinations
 

9. Choose the most affordable accommodation option

ESL – Language studies abroad offers many different accommodation options. Our team can help you find your perfect option, depending on your needs and lifestyle.

For example, self-catering accommodation is the cheapest option, as you can prepare your own meals according to your budget. Staying with a host family with half board included, on the other hand, helps you to calculate your accommodation and food budget for the whole duration of your stay.

Some schools let you stay in a shared room with another student, even if you are travelling on your own – this can be another budget-friendly option. In this case, we endeavour to make sure that it is with someone of another mother tongue. 

10. Journey

Choose destinations served by low-cost airline companies. Don’t forget to compare prices with rail transport companies, which also have special offers throughout the year.

11. Funding support

People working for companies or administrative bodies often don't know that funding and support for training are available to them. According to your country of residence, these may be economic or political measures, which are offered as part of a training plan for adults. Take advantage of this great opportunity to take a language training course abroad. Have you already discussed it with your employer?

Consult our training programmes designed for professionals.

12. Competitions

ESL – Language studies abroad organises numerous competitions to win language courses abroad throughout the year. You have to be in it to win it!

13. Get in touch with us

Visit an ESL drop-in office and discuss your language project with us. We have plenty of budget tips, expert advice and experience to share with you. Local support can make a big difference!

Our consultants are there to assist you and they will be happy to talk you through the destinations and schools available for a low-cost language course abroad. Contact us

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    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

Florian D.

I spent 24 weeks at EC in Malta, for an intensive course. It was one of the best experiences of my life and I don’t regret it at all! In 6 months, my English level improved a lot. Malta is a beautiful island full of places to visit – I spent 6 months there and I wasn’t even able to see everything!

If you’re still unsure about a language stay, stop doubting and go! It will be the best experience of your life.

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Héloïse E.

My stay at Kings in Boston was very successful. I loved the idea of travelling far away on my own. When I arrived at the airport, the adventure started. Kings Boston is located in a natural, beautiful setting, far from the noise of the city. Classes are provided by motivated, native teachers, and this makes the learning process faster. I improved a lot! Also, during classes we talked about interesting topics, and what’s cool is that we watched many videos, news reports and movies. I find this teaching method very practical; it’s different from the traditional ones that I experienced at school or uni. Another thing I liked a lot was that my afternoons were free, so I could explore Boston from 12:30pm until late at night. Kings gives you a lot of independence and freedom. If you want to burn off the greasy and boring food of the cafeteria, the school organises many sport activities every day, and there is also a gym (open until late). All the other activities are as cool as the sports ones: you’ll be able to spend a day in an amusement park, a weekend in Washington or New York, a night on a boat or a day at the beach (but be careful, as some activities can be very expensive, from 25 to 300 dollars).

Rooms are not luxurious – they’re basic and not great, but at least they’re big enough for two people.

In general, I spent 3 unforgettable weeks at Kings. Boston has thousands of things to offer, and if I can give you a piece of advice, travelling alone is even better, as on site you’ll meet so many people from around the world!

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Alexandra I.

On 15th May 2017 I packed and went to Ireland. I was supposed to stay for 2 months and travel by myself for the first time! The transfer from the airport to my host family went well (a member of the school staff took care of it). This is where I realised that my English was pretty bad and that my very French accent was a big barrier.

My host family was adorable and gave me a city map, explaining which buses I had to take and where the school was.

The first day was frightening. Luckily, the school organised some group activities every day (which allowed me to make new friends) and excursions every weekend. In addition, the teachers did their best to help us integrate.

Ireland (despite some negative aspects, such as the rain, greasy food and some dirty streets in the capital) is a marvellous country with incredible landscapes and a warm and open-minded population.

After my first month with a host family, I decided to move to a student residence. ESL and ISI were super quick and effective with this change.

At the end of my trip, I had improved my English a lot (B1 > B2), and I can say that in Dublin, I had one of the most enriching experiences of my entire life.

A couple of tips: try to avoid people who speak your native language; if you can, stay in the country for more than a month (you need at least 1 week just to get used to the new place and 1 month to feel at home); visit as many places as possible and don’t skip your classes!

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