Adults, Practical information

Practical information

Practical information

We’re proud that our students’ high satisfaction rate confirms the quality of our service. What’s the best indicator of this? Most students come to us via word of mouth, having been recommended ESL by a friend or acquaintance.

Course dates & start dates

General language courses typically start every Monday. Some schools offer beginners courses on more limited fixed start dates. Official exam preparation courses (e.g. DELE, DELF) are offered 2 to 3 times per year on fixed dates. 

Enrolment deadline

If you've made up your mind to travel abroad, don't delay your enrolment. By enrolling early, you benefit from more attractive prices on your flight and have more time to complete the necessary administrative steps (visa request, extension of your health insurance, informing your job of your departure, etc.). In addition, your accommodation preferences will be more easily fulfilled if we receive your booking well in advance. We recommend booking at least a couple of months in advance to ensure you get the course and accommodation you want, especially if you’re traveling during the busiest time of year, from June until August.

How to enrol

You have three options:

1. Fill out the enrolment form that you can find at the back of our brochure and send it to us.
2. Complete the online enrolment form on our website.
3. Call us to set up a time for us to meet and help you fill out your form or complete the enrolment over the phone.

We'll confirm the enrolment within seven days of receipt of your enrolment form. This confirmation has all the details of your course, accommodation and transfer (if booked). A deposit is then to be paid within 10 days.

If you request it on the enrolment form, we will put you in contact with our trusted flights partner.

We will send you the final invoice 5/6 weeks before your departure. You must pay the outstanding amount, in pounds sterling or another currency before your departure.


ESL - Language Travel can refer you to a good quality travel agent who can find flights to all destinations at very competitive prices. Do not hesitate to ask us for more information. If you mention it on the enrolment form, we will put you in touch with our trusted flights partner.


Depending on the destination and duration of your stay, you may need a student visa. We'll be able to advise you on the application procedure and obtain the necessary documents for your visa request. You will be responsible for paying any visa fees. The formalities as far as visas are concerned are generally the same for people coming from EU countries. If you have an EU passport, you will not need a visa to study within the EU. The majority of the other countries, apart from Russia, Egypt or China, allow you to study for up to 12 weeks as a tourist. For stays of more than 3 months, a student visa is sometimes required.


Travel insurance with Mind The Gap Year
We ask you to make sure you have Travel Insurance in place before your trip with us. At the time of your reservation, we introduce to you Mind The Gap Year: they provide cover for travellers going overseas for longer durations, studying, working and volunteering. Make sure you have cover for Emergency Medical Expenses - which includes repatriation, and Personal liability. You may also want to consider cover for cancellation & curtailment, personal effects, legal expenses, bereavement etc.

Last minute

Do you wish to travel abroad in the next few days? If circumstances don't permit you to book in advance, we'll do our very best to organise your language study trip in the space of a few days but no later than the Wednesday prior to your planned departure date.

Arrival / Departure

  • Europe
    The arrival day is Sunday, and the departure takes place on a Saturday. It's possible to arrive before the weekend on request. In this case, any additional nights will be invoiced.
  • Worldwide
    The same goes for the majority of schools overseas. Nevertheless, due to the time difference and the long journey, we recommend that students travel during the week before the course starts. In this case, additional nights can be booked.

Travel documents

All of your travel documents will be sent to you approximately 10 days prior to your departure. They include a travel guide and a detailed description of your accommodation, as well as general information about the school and your destination. In addition, we'll provide you with documentation on your chosen country that is as complete as possible. 

Bank holidays

Teaching does not take place on bank holidays (national holidays, etc.). If the classes missed are not made up by our partner schools, the missed hours are not refunded. Our website contains details of when our partner schools are closed for public holidays.

Size of schools

Small schools (S)
Studying in a school with 30 to 70 participants has many advantages: a relaxed friendly environment, engaging teachers and small classes. However, the full range of levels and course types is not always available during quiet times of year.

Medium-sized schools (M)
With 70 to 150 students, these schools combine the advantages of small and large schools: good technical equipment, a wide range of activities, many levels, personal contact and good flexibility. On the other hand, not all exams are always offered.

Large schools (L)
Schools with 150 to 350 students offer courses for almost every level, an excellent technical infrastructure and a wide range of activities.

Very large schools (XL)
Schools with over 350 participants offer the same advantages as large schools, although it will be very difficult for you to meet all the other students! On the other hand, there will be a broad range of nationalities and a wide selection of courses.

Travelling next year

Course dates and fees as featured online are valid for the current year. If you're planning your language course for next year, you can use this information as an indication. Prices and dates for next year are usually available from July on. Don’t hesitate to call us for up-to-date information on dates and prices before their publication (end of September). We receive many enrolments several months in advance so that we can guarantee popular courses or accommodation or satisfy your specific wishes. By enrolling before November, for the following year, you will usually pay the same price as for the current year. Don’t hesitate to get in touch for more info.

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.  


Test your language level in a few minutes.


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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more


Check out our blogs, social network pages and various online platforms to read travel stories, articles and reviews from our students on language courses abroad.