• Life in a new language Gap Year

    Life in a new language

    Extend your immersion in another culture: our Gap Year programmes offer you the most efficient route to fluency, with discounts for longer stays. Whether you are looking for internships, work and study, access courses for higher education, official language certificates, volunteering programmes, or simply a longer course, a gap year course is your chance.

    Gap Year benefits

    • Language skills and international experience give your CV an international dimension, and a gap year is the ideal moment for this kind of project. After immediately improving your prospects with employers and universities, for example with a language certificate, you will enjoy lifelong soft skills and cultural awareness that can only come with a longer stay abroad.

    • Choose ESL for your gap year and you will enjoy a programme that has been designed according to your personal needs, aims and desires. You can, for example, extend your stay and use language skills in a working environment. Do something productive, learn to see life from a new perspective and have a great time living abroad.

    ESL quality

    We help thousands of people each year to find the perfect study destination(s) and course for a gap year abroad. Why do so many people choose ESL?
     
    • Best Price Guarantee
    • Great deals on long-term language stays
    • Free flights, iPads, etc.
    • Fantastic destinations and reputable schools
    • Free enrolment & administration
    • Free “second chance” guarantee and exam cancellation insurance
    • Award-winning personalised service
    No two individuals are the same and our goal is to find you the right programme for your personal priorities. Get in touch with our team to arrange a free, no-obligation appointment. 

    Lowest prices guaranteed

    ESL guarantees you the most attractive prices on the market in the UK! If you find any price difference, you will be entirely refunded.

    Information days

    ESL – Language Travel will be out and about in London. Come and meet us at one of our information days in your area.

    5 REASONS TO CHOOSE ESL – LANGUAGE TRAVEL

    1. Star Agency Europe
    2. ESL – LANGUAGE TRAVEL IS EUROPE’S STAR AGENCY  

      ESL – Language Travel 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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