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Gap Experience

Take a break from your studies or your job and enjoy a fully customised long-term language course abroad by combining it with work experience, exam preparation and so much more!

Long-term language stays abroad

Our Gap Year courses provide a unique opportunity to take time off while investing in your future – and therefore, take a truly productive break. Speaking a second (or third or fourth!) language will undoubtedly boost your career enormously, but that’s not all: the experiences you will live during a long-term language programme will help you decide on how your future is to be shaped.
In total language immersion over a long period of time – from 12 weeks to over a year –, you will learn to live through your target language by using it on a daily basis in different contexts. Aside from attending actual language lessons, you can also choose to gather work experience through an internship, a job placement or a volunteer programme. What’s more, you will be able to personalise your language course and go for official exam preparation, for instance. One thing is for sure, though: through your GAP Year course you will largely advance your career, make friends for life and change your mindset forever!

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Job placement in France

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English courses

Early Bird offer – save up to ‎£410

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GAP Year benefits
As a long-term language experience, a GAP Year course abroad offers a wide range of possibilities that other short-term or non-immersive options simply can’t:
  • Choose between a standard language course or work experienceor combine both!
  • Make another language your own and become fluent by using it and living through it on a daily basis
  • Find an internship, a paid job or a volunteering programme that fits your interests and develop both professional and language skills through hands-on experience
  • Develop deep cultural awareness and other soft skills by learning to live in (and enjoy!) a culture different to your own
  • Watch your social skills grow while you meet other international students and workers, who will become life-long friends
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With a team made up of language travel enthusiasts with ample experience studying abroad and helping others do the same, our aim is to provide you with a truly tailor-made GAP Year course and take you through every step of the way.
  • Thanks to over 20 years’ experience organising customised language courses, our expert advisors will offer you personalised advice for your GAP Year course… for free!
  • Our team will take you through all the different choices available on our ample portfolio in a wide range of destinations: from top-notch language schools and specific courses to various accommodation and travel options
  • ESL’s Best Price Guarantee will allow you to book an experience at the very best rate – if you find better prices, we will reimburse you with the difference
  • You will enjoy special discounts for long-term stays, as well as free enrolment and exam cancellation insurance
At ESL we believe in creating unique language stays that will help shape our students’ future through invaluable experiences. So, get in touch and tell us all about your goals – remember it’s free and you’ll be under no obligation to book until we’ve found the perfect GAP Year course for you!