Gap Year, Courses
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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

Carlos Alonso Rodríguez

Galway was one of the best experiences of my life. It’s a small but incredibly lively city, and it’s impossible to get bored there. It has all the atmosphere of a university town, and every night, there’s something to do, like the salsa nights on Wednesdays at Monroe’s and Fridays at The Front Door. The people there are really friendly and try to help you as much as they can. I stayed with a host family, and they treated me as if I were their own son.

I would also like to mention the Atlantic language school. I had an incredible 8 months there, and every week you have the chance to meet new people. I made lifelong friends, and today I’m still in touch with people from Brazil, Italy and South Korea, to name a few.

If I had the opportunity to go back, I wouldn’t hesitate for a second.

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My one-to-one language stay at Mr & Mrs Smith’s home in Worthing was very good. The couple is very nice and helpful. From Monday to Friday, in the morning I had a 3-hour lesson (often more than 3 hours) with few breaks, and in the evening I had to do some homework in my bedroom (I requested it!). In the afternoon, Tony and his wife Anne would have me visit the surroundings and keep me busy. They are very nice and they welcomed me into their family life as if I were a real member. Their home is simple but comfortable: I had my own big room (around 15m2) facing the garden, and it was very quiet. Tony and Anne were very careful with the food quality (they like organic products), so I ate very well the whole time; Anne likes to cook for her guests and tries to satisfy everyone’s taste.

In a nutshell, I am very happy about this experience: I improved my English in the best conditions and discovered the surrounding region.

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Carmen María Pons Salvador

My stay in Exeter was a beautiful experience both on the personal level as well as on the language learning level.

At ESL, they advised me very well in Valencia. With highly personal service and great organisation, they were always making sure that my trip met my expectations. Both my host family and the GLOBE school were of the highest quality.

Of course, I would go back to ESL again for its amazing service and professionalism.

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