Gap Year, Sabbaticals
Gap Year

Sabbaticals

Long term study in immersion: Sabbaticals

Take a sabbatical and learn a language

Who hasn’t dreamt of taking some time off work and exploring the world? Learning a language while on sabbatical means that you will come back not only refreshed but with new skills that are beneficial for you and your employer.

An active pause

As you settle into a career, it can be harder to find the time needed to develop new skills. Language learning, in particular, requires an investment of time. Studying in immersion, you will make the fastest possible progress while having an unforgettable experience living in another culture.

You are much more likely to get approval for your sabbatical plans if you have a clear structure in mind, with specific goals. One major advantage of studying while on your break is that you can clearly demonstrate the benefits that you will bring back with you. Employers value language skills highly, not to mention the numerous soft skills that come with living in a different culture.

​Tailor-made programmes

Your sabbatical course will be tailored to your individual needs. Want to study one language in multiple destinations? No problem. Different languages in different locations? Easy. Combine a course with your favourite sport or hobby? We have a wide range of options, also including internships and local community projects.

Our programmes provide you with a certificate confirming your progress and achievements, and you can also prepare official exams.

Return on investment

Whether you want to make language learning the focus of your sabbatical or you want to develop language skills as part of a larger project, a career break is a one-off opportunity. You will come home with a fresh outlook, increased motivation and the kind of experience that has no price tag. Simply put, you will stand out in the workplace.

If you are ready for a break with lifelong benefits, let’s make it happen together.

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    ESL – Language studies abroad won Star Agency Western Europe for the fifth time at the 2016 ST Star Awards. 

  3. BEST PRICE GUARANTEE 

    If you find our programmes cheaper with another language travel agency, you will be refunded 100% of the price difference.

  4. FREE AND PERSONALISED SERVICE 

    We offer you free and personal advice before, during and after your language course abroad.

  5. CUSTOMER SATISFACTION 

    In 2016, 97% of our students would recommend ESL – Language studies abroad to their friends and relatives. 

  6. CERTIFIED QUALITY 

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TESTIMONIALS

A two-month language learning trip to sunny Spain, with accommodation in a host family and a content-rich course at a real Spanish school. That is what ESL offered me, all of this well-organized, completely hassle-free without any problems. The school welcomed me very warmly, with many different nationalities represented. The only pity was that during my study period (in the fall) there were fewer students of my own age, so Nerja is especially recommendable during the summer months for people in their twenties and thirties!. My host family was very open-minded, clean and sympathetic, I could not have wished for a better stay. One thing is for sure: I will definitely go back to Nerja!

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Marie Fugier

Last summer I spent 5 weeks in Vancouver to improve my English and it was an incredible experience.
Apart from the fact that the country is truly amazing, EC Vancouver welcomed me in the best possible way.
Upon arrival, all the new people went to have dinner together and visit the city, which means that you’re not alone for long; in my case, I met a group of 10 people that day, and we spent the whole stay together! (and we are still in touch!). The nationality mix and the learning method gave me a lot, and the school staff recommended us the best excursions in British Columbia (Victoria, Rockies Mountains and much more). So many good memories; I want to go back!

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At the beginning of November, I went to Australia for a 7-week course, but then I saw that I was progressing so fast that I decided to stay 5 weeks longer; so in the end, I spent 3 months there. It was an incredibly rich experience, thanks to my English improvement but also to the people I met there, coming from Colombia, Brazil, Spain, South Korea, Japan, Chile and more. The school is in Brisbane’s city centre and has a nice view on King George Square. My teachers were really good, the environment was pleasant and I really started to love the language. I was lucky because I was the only French in my class, so I could speak English all the time. This is definitely one of the best schools in Brisbane if you want to improve your English while enjoying the good weather every day.

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