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

Pablo Montilla

Thanks to the assessment from ESL, I decided to travel abroad to improve my English for my future job. I decided on Toronto (Canada), because I wanted to get to know North America, and from there I could travel to other large cities thanks to the excursions with the school. From day one, ESL was always available to me and continually checked in with me. The school also helped me to integrate with the rest of my classmates and were also attentive to make sure that everything went perfectly. Without a doubt it was a unique experience that I’ll do again in order to continue learning in other parts of the world and meet more incredible people from every corner of the planet.

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Javier Fernández Azpicueta

Meeting people from all over the world, travelling, getting to know another culture, learning English… these are some of the thousands of positive things that I remember from my experience in Canada. My stay there was totally unforgettable. From the moment I first set foot in the country, I felt like I was home. I was living at a student house with two students from the school with whom I’ve kept up a good friendship. The OHC School makes you feel like one of them from day one. Daily activities to get to know the other students, high quality teachers, great facilities… Without a doubt, I can only say great things about my stay there. I would do it all over again a thousand times. Cheers.

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José Manuel Trejo

I spent a week at the ISI Dublin school. From the first moment, they encourage interaction between students and offer a wide range of activities to take part in beyond the classes, which of course added to my satisfaction with the stay in addition to having such friendly staff. The residence was just a few minutes away on foot, resulting in a pleasant stroll through one of the prettiest parts of Dublin full of traditional Irish buildings including the school itself. This, in addition to the dynamic nature of the classes, allows you to immerse yourself in the language and daily life. It was without a doubt a great experience that left me wanting more.

P.S. Their coffee works wonders!

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