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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  2. ESL – LANGUAGE STUDIES ABROAD IS EUROPE’S STAR AGENCY  

    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 

    ESL – Language studies abroad is accredited by quality control bodies in the tourism and education industries.  

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TESTIMONIALS

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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