Gap Year, Courses
Gap Year

Courses

Long term study in immersion: Courses

Whatever the duration of your stay abroad, all of our GAP YEAR programmes begin with a language course. This academic part may be the aim of a language study trip or the necessary step in order to complete the experience in immersion with an internship, a paid job or professional/university studies. It is therefore important to choose the right course for you, depending on your needs, goals and priorities.

In order to help you make the right choice, here is an overview of the main course options offered by our partner schools:

General course (standard or intensive)

As part of a long-term study stay abroad, a general language course over several weeks or several months will give you the means to consolidate your new knowledge and achieve ambitious objectives in the long run.

The general course aims to develop general language skills required for oral and written communication. The lessons combine theoretical elements with thematic debates (history, current events, politics, economics, etc.) allowing students to put the newly acquired knowledge into practice on the spot.

The standard option and the intensive option differ mostly in the frequency of the lessons.

Standard course

The standard course takes place in the morning and is suitable for students wishing to make the most of their free time to visit the country, meet the locals and practise the language outside of class. This option is ideal for those who want to find a job or an internship on the side.

Intensive course

In addition to the standard course, students enrolled for the intensive option will attend additional classes in the afternoon, allowing them to go deeper into some topics or focus on a specific area of their choice (eg. exam preparation). With an emphasis on communication, the intensive course guaranties quick and long-lasting progress.

Exam preparation course

A long-term stay offers ideal conditions to achieve an advanced level and take official language exams to support it. An exam preparation course prepares you effectively for the specificities of the exam you wish to take. Once you have your official certificate under your belt, you can attest your language skills all around the world: a great asset for your professional future!

Course combined with an internship

As part of an academic trimester, semester or year abroad, you have the possibility of carrying out an internship adapted to your level and field of activity. The internship follows a general language course, designed to help you acquire a good command of the language and make the most of your immersion in the working world. An enriching experience from a professional and cultural point of view!

Course combined with volunteer work

A long-term course abroad represents a unique opportunity to take part in a volunteering project to help the local community. According to their background and level, participants may choose from a range of projects in sectors as varied as education, sustainable development, tourism or healthcare. Following your general language course, this programme gives you the opportunity to get involved in local life and immerse yourself in the culture of your host country.

Courses PLUS

A language is the reflection of a culture. Our Language PLUS culture programmes offer you the chance to further explore local culture by combining language learning with cultural discoveries through elective classes (eg. sustainable development, art history, gastronomy, music and dance, cinema, etc.).

For sports fans, we also offer Course PLUS Sport programmes which allow you to improve your command of the language while practising your favourite sport: take advantage of our language PLUS skiing, snowboarding, surfing, diving, golf and tennis programmes to visit the four corners of the world.

Higher Education

Over several months or years, our higher education programmes are the ideal solution for those who wish to start or continue a university path abroad while getting specialist knowledge in a specific professional field. Classes are usually held in English which is why it is required to have a good language level prior to the training. Please refer to the “Higher Education” section of our website to find out more.

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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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