Language Study

Grasp a language faster through total immersion.

Feel more at home in the world by learning a language at one of EF's fully-accredited schools abroad.

  • Proven method, proven results

    You could advance one level every six weeks thanks to EF’s innovative and personalized learning method that blends classroom lessons, interactive tools, and cultural immersion.

  • Live like a local

    Experience maximum cultural exchange by living with native speakers. Gain insight into local culture, pick up expressions with greater ease and return home with a more authentic accent.


You’re heading to a new country to steep yourself in another language and culture. We’re not surprised you have a few questions.

Do I need to speak the language already?

Any level of language proficiency is welcome, as we have classes to accommodate all levels. Whether you want to finally pronounce “ciao” with confidence or you’re looking to test into an even higher college language course, you’ll be a perfect fit at any EF International Language Campus.

How demanding are language classes?

This completely immersive language experience can be challenging, but it’s worth it. EF Gap Year students usually advance one official language level during a six-week module. Students on our semester program also see significant progress during their shorter, four-week stay.

This total immersion experience includes teacher-led instruction in the classroom, educational excursions around town, vocabulary-building in our learning lab, and additional self-directed exercises online at any time of day.

Does the school organize activities?

Yes! What those activities looks like depends on your school, but when lessons are over for the day, there’s a full program of activities, events, sports matches, and outings at school or around the city.

On the weekends, you’ll be invited to join optional excursions to other vibrant cities in your host country and beyond.

What are the accommodations like?

You’ll live in a shared room homestay with a local host, which is ideal for perfecting your accent.

Your food situation will depend on your location and accommodation type, but a typical plan with a host includes breakfast and dinner provided on weekdays and all meals provided on weekends. 

You also have the option of living in an international student residence near your school at a supplemental price—subject to availability. 


Every EF Language School focuses on the language spoken by the people in that city. Think about which language you'd like to learn better and which city you can imagine yourself in.

Japan Japan
Tokyo, Japan

This Pacific Rim capital is an eclectic mix of the traditional and the ultramodern.

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Spain Spain
Barcelona, Spain

This seaside city will delight everyone from the outdoorsy to the epicurious.

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Spain Spain
Malaga, Spain

Tucked along the southern coast of Spain, Malaga is a seaside gem that packs a cultural punch.

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France France
Paris, France

This iconic city is rich with Renaissance architecture, artistic giants, and buttery pastries.

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Italy Italy
Rome, Italy

Italy’s mesmerizing capital city teems with historical ruins, mega-famous art, and bustling street life.

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France France
Nice, France

This sun-soaked, cultural gem of the French Riviera combines old-world grandeur and lively street life.

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Germany Germany
Berlin, Germany

Lose yourself in the culture and art of this trendy, diverse European capital city.

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South Korea South Korea
Seoul, South Korea

This technology and fashion-forward city cherishes tradition as much as innovation.

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