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 a 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 administrative steps and will provide you with the necessary 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 2017, 96% 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

After spending 3 months of pure happiness, it’s sad that I have to leave this incredible place with the head full of good memories and magical experiences like Niagara Falls, basketball game, visits in downtown, ice skating and celebrations far from our families like Christmas organized by the school. In addition to that I enjoyed participating in the after school clubs allowing me to learn even more and have a great time. Thanks to this experience I met incredible people (Brazilians, Asians, Russians, Mexicans, etc.) from all over the world that I want and will visit. The supervisors are excellent and always listen to my requests. I definitely recommend to everybody to live the same experience as me but all good things have an end and now it’s my time.

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Sirine Tounsi

In October 2017, I decided to go to Toronto for 2 months. I had just finished my studies, and I had always dreamt about going to Canada. I wanted to improve my English, so I decided to take an 8-week intensive course at OHC – a school I highly recommend. I became friend with students from all over the world and with very nice teachers. I was surprised to see how fast I improved; I passed 2 levels in 8 weeks! In order to be in total immersion, I chose to live with a host family. If you don’t like rules, I suggest staying in a student residence – you’ll have more freedom. I loved the style of the city (I’m Parisian, so everything looked very different). Toronto has the advantage of being close to French-speaking Québec and to the US – you should visit New York, as I did! If I could do it all over again, I would! Thank you ESL for making my dream come true in a few days only.

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Sara Mateos Arévalo

My name is Sara and I decided to take a course in Lyon to improve my level of French. I had started to take French classes again in Barcelona and I thought it would be a good idea to give them a boost.

I wasn’t very clear on my destination, but I finally chose Lyon because it’s a city that has everything but it’s not as big as Paris. And, as the language travel advisor that I am, and knowing the academic quality of the Alpadia school, I thought it would be a good option.

After having been there, I can say that Lyon is an ideal destination for linguistic immersion. As a city, it has everything: shops, good public transport, restaurants, bars, tourism, parks, etc. What’s more, you’re constantly surrounded by events, culture and French cuisine, and it’s a city where a lot of French natives live. That’s why you can also learn about its customs and lifestyle in addition to the language.

The first day when I arrived to my host family’s home, it was a little difficult for me to speak even though I understood Sylvie (the woman who was hosting me) very well. In the mornings, she was already working, but I enjoyed waking up and having a leisurely breakfast. In the afternoons after the activities, I went home and she was preparing dinner. I sat in the kitchen with her while she taught me French recipes. Every night we cooked a different dish, and she even taught me how to make French crêpes! I stayed in her daughter’s room who was studying in Toulouse. To this day, we still write to each other.

With regard to the school, the first day they had me arrive half an hour early to show us new students the school, city, etc. and introduce us to each other. We had 4 and a half hours of class, but the time flew by, as the teaching method that they use is very dynamic and you have two different teachers. My morning teacher made the classes very exciting and helped us improve our weaknesses. The afternoon teacher, on the other hand, gave us a topic to debate and she made us talk a lot while she provided us with useful, daily vocabulary.

There were only 6 students in class, perfect for learning more easily. At school there was a great atmosphere with a good group of students open to meeting new people and making plans after class. I felt like a part of the group from day one. The mix of nationalities was very good with few Spanish-speaking students. In the whole school, there were only two Spanish and two Mexican students, although we weren’t in the same class. Almost all of them were Swiss (from different regions), and there were students of all ages (18-22, 25-28 and 40+).

Every afternoon, the school offered an activity for whoever wanted to participate (movie, visits around Lyon, wine tasting, etc.). At the beginning of the week, they posted a schedule of the week’s activities on the bulletin board. You just needed to sign up and show up at the meeting point at the time specified (even though almost all of us went there together directly from school). The activity I liked the most was wine tasting because we went to a really authentic wine cellar where they gave us different wines and cheeses. For me, this was a very French experience!

To sum up, I’d like to say that for me, it was a great decision to take an intensive course and stay with a host family, since I learned a ton and at the end of my stay, I noticed that I really improved my fluency when speaking French. The truth is that I had a great experience and I would have liked to be able to stay for another week.

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