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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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TESTIMONIALS

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.

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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.

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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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