About ESL, Why choose ESL?
About ESL

Why choose ESL?

Why choose ESL?

Best price guaranteed

We guarantee the lowest prices on all adult courses. If you find the same programme cheaper directly with the school or with another agency, we'll refund 100% of the difference.

Client satisfaction

More than half of our new students contact us after a recommendation from a friend or relative. Last year, 97% of our students claimed they would recommend ESL.

A-Z support service

Before, during and after your stay, our multilingual team are here to ensure you have a memorable experience. In the unlikely event that anything should go wrong during your time away, we're here for you.

Free administration and registration

Unlike some other agencies, our service is completely free of charge and includes organising your course plan, accommodation, transfers, visas and any further communication with the school or destination.

Multiple award-winning agency

At the Study Star Travel Awards, ESL - Language Travel has been voted "Star Agency Western Europe" 5 times, entitling us to the “Lifetime Award”, which recognises excellent service provided by professionals in the language travel industry. ESL is the only travel abroad agency in the UK to have received this prestigious award.

Certified quality

ESL – Language Travel is accredited by quality control organisations in the tourism and education industries.

Travel with 100% security

ESL participates in the Swiss travel industry’s travel guarantee fund, which promises to reimburse you in the unlikely event of your service provider going bankrupt or entering insolvency after you depart.

Over 20 years’ experience

ESL’s influence with partner schools means increased security for you. We have organised language studies abroad for over 20 years, placing thousands of students all over the world and creating strong local relationships in the process.

Ratings & reviews published online

Browse through tens of thousands of real student reviews on our websites. With this information at hand, we help you choose the school and destination that fits you best.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Every decision taken within ESL is considered in terms of sustainability because ESL – Education believes passionately in sustainable development.

One-to-one service in our local offices

Meet the team in our London office for a free consultation with no obligation to buy. Alternatively, come and meet us at a language or education fair near you or at one of the various conferences we hold all across the country.

Quality control and up-to-date information

You can trust our team to have the latest information. Maintaining a strong relationship with our partners through regular visits enables us to keep up with local developments. What’s more, many members of our ESL team take language courses at our partner schools themselves!

Unique programmes

Using feedback from students, and based on our educational background, we can offer you innovative and unique programmes.

Academic excellence guaranteed

With decades of academic experience, we understand the changing needs of language learners.

Only the best language schools worldwide

As well as academic excellence and a positive environment, a partner school must provide small class sizes at a range of levels, a great location, modern facilities and accommodation, first-class teaching and an exciting activities programme (and much more). All of our partners are accredited by reputed national and international bodies

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.


  1. Star Agency Europe

    ESL – Language Travel won Star Agency Western Europe for the fifth time at the 2016 ST Star Awards. 


    If you find our programmes cheaper with another language travel agency, you will be refunded 100% of the price difference.


    We offer you free and personal advice before, during and after your language course abroad.


    In 2017, 96% of our students would recommend ESL – Language studies abroad to their friends and relatives. 


    ESL – Language studies abroad is accredited by quality control bodies in the tourism and education industries.  


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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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