Gap Year, Your advantages
Gap Year

Your advantages

Long term study in immersion: Your advantages

Our benefits:

  • Large choice of destinations & renowned schools
  • Competent and personalised advice service
  • Original prices & guaranteed low prices
  • Free enrolment & administration
  • Possibility to pay in foreign currency
  • Free flights
  • Free exam cancellation insurance
  • Free personalised price offers in CHF or Euro
  • ESL bonus – free Cambridge course
  • Family/group reductions
  • Booking of accommodation (various options)
  • Organisation of the journey
  • Cancellation insurance and travel insurance
  • Documents for obtaining visas
  • Free evaluation of your language level
  • 10 years' experience

Large choice of destinations & renowned schools

Learning a language will be even more enriching if you do it in a place which attracts you, where you feel at ease. For this reason, ESL proposes a range of the most beautiful destinations throughout the world to you, including large cities, medium-sized cities, small towns, sea, mountains, in all climates, for all tastes...The common point of our partners resides in the quality of our services. All of our schools benefit from official international recognitions and are visited regularly by members of our team.
Additionally, all of the schools proposed on our GAP YEAR website have also been selected according to their favourable long-term prices, to their academic structure (which guarantees courses for all levels according the individual development of each student, throughout the year), to their programmes (which offer the opportunity to give you a follow-up to the language courses, including work experience placements, voluntary work, paid jobs, professional/university diplomas, etc.)

Booking of accommodation (various options)

ESL proposes a multitude of accommodation options to you, including the best host family, carefully selected and who benefit from regular inspections, student residences or shared apartments. According to the destinations, you will have the choice among solutions going from the comfort of an hotel to the freedom of a studio, for all tastes and for all budgets.

Competent and personalised advice service

The members of our team all have a background in the tourism domain or in the domain of language teaching. We visit the cities/towns and schools we propose. We are at your service for what we are passionate about: your plan to discover the world and to learn foreign languages.

Original prices & guaranteed low prices

With ESL, you pay the same price as by contacting the school directly because we work exclusively with the original prices of our partner schools. If, for the same course, the same school and the same conditions, you find cheaper elsewhere, we refund the difference!

Free enrolment & administration

We organise all of the steps of enrolment, booking and communication with the school and the place where you will study without any additional fees.

Possibility to pay in foreign currency

Proposing exclusively the original prices of our partners, we offer you the possibility to pay in foreign currency. Otherwise, we invoice in Swiss francs (or in euros), according to the day's exchange rate.

Free flights

Depending on the school, destination and course duration booked, ESL may offer you a free flight (taxes included, valid for flights departing from major European airports, up to GBP 250 for Europe and GBP 750 for overseas). The programme must be booked no later than 6 weeks prior to the course start. The flight can only be booked by ESL. These offers are not retroactive and do not apply when the course duration is extended on site. Should the participant make any changes to the course duration, school or destination, before or after departure, the offer shall become void and the price of the flight shall be charged to the participant.These offers may be stopped or modified by ESL at any time during the year, without prior notice. Find out more about the conditions and special offers specific to each school on the school's profile page on our website.

Free exam cancellation insurance

Ideally and for good reason, it is necessary to enrol for a language study trip in advance (flight, visa, accommodation...). Numerous students find themselves blocked, whilst awaiting exam results, in carrying out the steps in time. Conscious of this situation, we offer a free cancellation insurance which allows you to put in place your plans without worrying about the consequences if they fail. In other words, you can enrol without risk for a language study trip and if, unfortunately, you are no longer in a position to travel abroad because of your studies (failing of exams), we will not retain any fees.

Free personalised price offers in CHF or Euro

In order to give you a precise idea of what your language study trip represents financially and to give you the opportunity to compare various destinations, we send you free personalised and detailed price offers in CHF or in Euros. In this way, you will be able to take the time at home to think about it, having all of the necessary elements at hand in order to make your decision.

ESL-Bonus: Free Cambridge course

With ESL, the best students are always rewarded. If you pass the Cambridge First (FCE) or Advanced (CAE) exam with an A grade, we offer you the preparation course for the following level (without accommodation/journey) for free. This offer is valid in Australia, in Perth.

Reduction for family, spouse, friends or group

Friends and family
Enjoy excellent discount when booking a language study stay at the same time as friends or family. You don’t even have to study together, just make your booking at the same time!

Discount per person:
 
  • Courses of 12 to 16 weeks: 180 € off
  • Courses from 17 weeks: 225 € off

Groups
For groups of 10 people and more, we develop tailor-made language studies with very interesting conditions for the students and their accompanying adults. Contact us for further information.

Organisation of the journey

Along with the best airline companies, ESL-Language studies abroad also proposes the booking of flights for all destinations to you, at very competitive prices. Please do not hesitate to contact us for an offer without obligation. If you mention it on your enrolment form, we will send you a purely informative price offer for a favourable flight.

Cancellation insurance and travel insurance

Proposed during the conclusion of the details your language study trip, cancellation insurance allows you, in the case of a major unforeseen difficulty (accident or illness) prior to your departure, to cancel the language study trip abroad and to get back a large part of the amount paid initially, with the exception of the plane ticket. Travel insurance allows you to cover yourself against any inconvenience which may occur during a stay abroad, including loss of luggage, medical or hospitalisation fees, legal protection or a compensation for a second exam (for students), you won't have anything to fear!

Documents for obtaining visas

What is the procedure? Where do I have to make my visa request? ESL will guide you during the adminstrative steps and will provide you with the necesssary documents for obtaining the visa.

Free evaluation of your language level

The basic academic service which we propose consists of integrating a class which corresponds to the level of language knowledge of each participant. This is vital in order to feel at ease and to progress in a regular manner. It is also what will make the course effective and interesting. Consequently, all of the schools offer an evaluation test during the first day. ESL also proposes this service during a consultancy appointment, if you wish. It is very useful when you wish to take a preparation course for a certificate for which it is necessary to have a defined minimum level.

20 years' experience

With 20 years' experience in the organisation of language studies abroad, we have placed thousands of students throughout the world and have built up strong links with our partner schools. We are proud to note that the majority of our clients contact us on the recommendation of a friend or relative having benefitted from our services, in this was bearing witness to the quality of our services.

5 REASONS TO CHOOSE ESL – LANGUAGE STUDIES ABROAD

  1. Star Agency Europe
  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

Florian D.

I spent 24 weeks at EC in Malta, for an intensive course. It was one of the best experiences of my life and I don’t regret it at all! In 6 months, my English level improved a lot. Malta is a beautiful island full of places to visit – I spent 6 months there and I wasn’t even able to see everything!

If you’re still unsure about a language stay, stop doubting and go! It will be the best experience of your life.

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Héloïse E.

My stay at Kings in Boston was very successful. I loved the idea of travelling far away on my own. When I arrived at the airport, the adventure started. Kings Boston is located in a natural, beautiful setting, far from the noise of the city. Classes are provided by motivated, native teachers, and this makes the learning process faster. I improved a lot! Also, during classes we talked about interesting topics, and what’s cool is that we watched many videos, news reports and movies. I find this teaching method very practical; it’s different from the traditional ones that I experienced at school or uni. Another thing I liked a lot was that my afternoons were free, so I could explore Boston from 12:30pm until late at night. Kings gives you a lot of independence and freedom. If you want to burn off the greasy and boring food of the cafeteria, the school organises many sport activities every day, and there is also a gym (open until late). All the other activities are as cool as the sports ones: you’ll be able to spend a day in an amusement park, a weekend in Washington or New York, a night on a boat or a day at the beach (but be careful, as some activities can be very expensive, from 25 to 300 dollars).

Rooms are not luxurious – they’re basic and not great, but at least they’re big enough for two people.

In general, I spent 3 unforgettable weeks at Kings. Boston has thousands of things to offer, and if I can give you a piece of advice, travelling alone is even better, as on site you’ll meet so many people from around the world!

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Alexandra I.

On 15th May 2017 I packed and went to Ireland. I was supposed to stay for 2 months and travel by myself for the first time! The transfer from the airport to my host family went well (a member of the school staff took care of it). This is where I realised that my English was pretty bad and that my very French accent was a big barrier.

My host family was adorable and gave me a city map, explaining which buses I had to take and where the school was.

The first day was frightening. Luckily, the school organised some group activities every day (which allowed me to make new friends) and excursions every weekend. In addition, the teachers did their best to help us integrate.

Ireland (despite some negative aspects, such as the rain, greasy food and some dirty streets in the capital) is a marvellous country with incredible landscapes and a warm and open-minded population.

After my first month with a host family, I decided to move to a student residence. ESL and ISI were super quick and effective with this change.

At the end of my trip, I had improved my English a lot (B1 > B2), and I can say that in Dublin, I had one of the most enriching experiences of my entire life.

A couple of tips: try to avoid people who speak your native language; if you can, stay in the country for more than a month (you need at least 1 week just to get used to the new place and 1 month to feel at home); visit as many places as possible and don’t skip your classes!

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