Gap Year, Leisure activities
Gap Year

Leisure activities

Long term study in immersion: Leisure activities

One of the interests of learning a language abroad resides in the immediate practice of the studied subject. The extra-curricular activities proposed by the schools offer a relaxed and motivating climate which favours exchanges and contacts. For this reason, the schools propose to you, beside quality courses which have made their reputation, attractive cultural and sports activities. According to the destination, in this way, you will be able to discover diving in Australia, tear down the slopes in Canada, strut about Berlin, visit the Alhambra in Granada, go shopping in Milnan or go out with friends to a London pub. The various activities are partially included in the price of the courses. The excursions are at an extra charge when they involve a journey (train, bus) or entrance fees (show, theatre,...)

100% sport

During your trip, you can combine language study with your favourite sports. Enjoy a football match in Barcelona's Camp Nou Stadium or join a game on the beach in Salvador da Bahia. Chill out at a surfing competition in Biarritz or strap in for the Grand Prix in Belgium. Catch an ice hockey match in Québec, Canada, or get your cowbells out for FIS World Cup skiing events in the Swiss Alps. Explore the turquoise waters in Fort-de-France or Bocas del Toro, try your hand at eusko pilota in San Sebastián... you are spoilt for choice!

100% culture

From the misty vestiges of Machu Picchu in Peru to the heights of Tapei 101 in Taiwan, from the Mayan temples of Mexico to the shopping temples of Tokyo, from the collections of the Musée du Louvre in Paris to the open-air East Side Gallery in Berlin, from the Rio de Janeiro Carnival to the Street Parade in Zurich, the world is a wonderful place.
 
For some, walking the Great Wall of China is a spiritual experience. For others, savouring a delicious dish of fresh pasta in a charming wine-growing village in Italy has the same effect. Chill out in a traditional coffee shop in Vienna or explore Costa Rica’s coffee bean plantations. One thing is for sure: immersing yourself in the culture of the country you’re visiting will help you understand other essential dimensions of the language you’re studying.

100% adventure

Travelling abroad and sharing this experience with other students from throughout the world is a unique life experience that will stay with you forever. Explore a different country, get beneath the surface of its culture and meet tons of new people of all ages and nationalities.
 
Nothing is more rewarding than getting out there and striking a conversation with locals, hearing them talk and listening to their stories. Or making friends with international students and exploring one of the world’s most exciting cities together. This is the fastest way to improve your language skills and live your trip to the full. After your language course in Paris, Berlin, Madrid or Florence, you will return home with friends from the four corners of the globe.

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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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