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

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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