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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Hannelore V.

Bournemouth is a pleasant city with a nice beach, lots of sports facilities and beautiful gardens. My two-weeks stay was a great experience. I took classes at Kings. This school has a very good reputation and its teaching staff is very professional and friendly. Here I was able to practise my English with native speakers. I find it important to use my English in real-life situations since the language is becoming increasingly important internationally and in interdisciplinary contexts. I stayed with a British host family, something I really recommend. In retrospect, I would even recommend attending a summer school at a younger age, for instance, during one's last high-school year. ESL really helped me along in my decision-making and I gained great confidence in this organization. I had a most unforgettable experience and would not hesitate repeating it!

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Aitziber Leatxe Álvarez de Eulate

My time at Shafston College has been wonderful. The school is like a family - it is small and comfortable. Meeting students from other countries has been very enjoyable - learning their customs and sometimes their languages. The teachers take care of the students - I would not have passed my Cambridge course without their support and extra help. The administration staff were amazing and I have had a great time and learnt a lot on the Gold Coast.

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To perfect my French language skills I contacted ESL, who quickly helped me figure out the best options. A friend of mine had shared with me her own experiences with ESL, which made me decide to contact this organisation as well. First I visited their website which is very well organised and where you can actually find all the essential information you are looking for. Then I called them for an appointment and agreed on meeting them in their Antwerp office. Everything went pretty smoothly and we were immediately given all necessary details and explanations. Once in Tours it all started! I can really recommend the "Institut de Touraine"! The teachers are very enthusiastic and its location is excellent. I myself started at a very low level, but after three months I had acquired a very considerable knowledge of the French language. To conclude, I would like to say a few words about Tours itself, which is also very important. It is a historic town situated quite nicely between the Loire and Cher rivers. I really enjoyed the many castles and beautiful scenery alongside these two rivers. My French host family was incredibly friendly / helpful and provided everything else I needed. In short, an unforgettable experience!

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