The best prices, Budget tips
The best prices

Budget tips

The best prices - Budget tips

Low-cost language courses

Learning a language shouldn’t cost too much! Follow our advice:
Despite the existing economic problems, do not give up on your language trip! Learning a language is a personal investment that will boost your career. Immerse yourself in the linguistic and cultural environment of your destination and you will realise how efficient and fun the whole learning process can be! The skills you will acquire are a great asset for your future.
Our students make the most out of our learning programmes, which are carefully adapted to their personalities and needs. However, there may be significant price differences from one programme to another. Find out how to save money by choosing a cheaper programme.

1. Special offers
2. Travel as a pair or in a group 
3. Choose a destination with an affordable cost of living 
4. Choose the best dates
5. Early booking and “Early Bird” discounts
6. Gap Year programmes, internships and volunteer work 
7. Earn pocket money with a student job 
8. Combine 2 (or more) destinations and schools of the same group 
9. Choose the cheapest accommodation option 
10. Perfect trip organization 
11. Financial support
12. Contests
13. Contact us! 

1. Special offers

On this page, you will find all our special offers, which we publish regularly. Take advantage of these opportunities! In addition to the offer of the month, you will find discounts on language courses and accommodations, as well as free excursions and flights… and many other ways to save money! 

2. Travel as a pair or in a group

With this option, all participants get a special discount. You don’t have to choose the same accommodation, destination or school as your friends; the only condition is that all participants book at the same time and ask for the discount when they enrol for their language stay. 

3. Choose a destination with an attractive cost of living

Among the hundreds of destinations offered by ESL, some have a cheaper cost of living. For example, an accommodation in Málaga is more affordable than in Madrid, and eating in Berlin is definitely cheaper than in Munich. ESL – Language Travel offers a wide choice of destinations, so that you can find the one that suits your budget best.
Would you like more information about the most affordable destinations all over the world? Contact us!

4. Choose the best dates

If possible, you should avoid the high season. 

For example :
2 weeks of courses + accommodation in Berlin in May or September EUR 745
2 weeks of courses + accommodation in Berlin in July EUR 975

Train tickets and flights are also cheaper during the low season. 

5. Plan next year’s trip…

…and benefit from our Early Bird offer: if you enrol before 1st  November, you pay the price of the current year for a trip that will take place the following year!
Early flight and train bookings also entitle you to remarkable discounts.

6. Gap Year’s long term programmes, internships and volunteer work

Your language trip’s price decreases proportionally to the duration of the stay. Our partner schools apply a digressive system that allows you to pay a reduced price for longer stays. After your language course, you will also be able to extend your stay with an internship or a volunteer work experience, within the "internships" or "Volunteer Work Abroad" programmes. This way, you can keep learning the language at no extra costs, after the end of your course.
Work in a company or join a volunteer project within the local community! It will be humanly rewarding and the experience will look great on your CV.

7. Earn some pocket money with a small job on site

Some schools offer a “Job Club”, a service that puts you in touch with the local job market. This platform is very efficient as it provides the students with professionals’ advice, the support of the school and the experience of old students. With the help of this service, you may get a temporary job that is compatible with your availability and with your language level. For this option, a standard course is the most suitable thing.
Also, a paid job will allow you to extend your stay after the end of your language course.

8. Visit more destinations / schools of the same group

If you combine 2 or 3 destinations or schools of the same group during your language stay, you will benefit from the price of the total duration of your stay. This way, for an 8-week stay in 2 different destinations you will pay the total price for 8 weeks (instead of 2 x 4 weeks, which would be more expensive).
Depending on the duration of your stay, ESL gives you a free flight (or train ticket) to link the 2 destinations.

Special offer “Free flight or train ticket” 
Our “Pack duo destinations” blog

9. Choose the cheapest accommodation option

For your language stay, ESL offers a wide choice of accommodation options. Contact us; we will help you find the best one for you and your budget. To do so, you need to tell us about your usual lifestyle. For example, we will suggest an accommodation that doesn’t include meals – which is the cheapest option – provided that you can find affordable food outside. If you choose to stay within a host family, you will know in advance all the real costs for accommodation and meals.
You should also choose a school that offers accommodation in twin rooms, so that you can share the room with another student of your same gender, even if you travel alone. In this case, we will find a roommate of a different mother tongue.
The following schools offer this opportunity:
List of schools with twin room accommodation

10. Plan your trip

Choose a destination served by low-cost airlines. Compare the price of a flight with that of a train, as the latter offer multiple discounts all year round. 

11. Financial support

Too often, company’s employees or managers don’t know about the possibility of funding a language stay. Some countries took economic or political arrangements to promote adults’ training. Learn more about the existing possibilities in your country and discuss them with your employer.
Check out our training programmes designed for professionals.

12. Contests

ESL – Language Travel regularly organises contests, through which you may win a free language stay. These contests are open to everyone – you just need to participate!

13. Contact us

Meet our teams in one of our agencies and tell us about your language project! We will discuss the available options with you, give you some good advice and share our experience. ESL – Language Travel cares about its clients; our advisors will help you organise the perfect language stay. Destinations and schools at fair costs – we are the experts!
Contact us!

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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