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.
You’re heading to a new country to steep yourself in another language and culture. We’re not surprised you have a few questions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ashley Y., Illinois EF Gap Year Class of 2020
I’m really proud of my language study module in Seoul. I didn’t really know the language when I got to Korea, but throughout my stay I saw a lot of improvement. I didn’t miss school once and really pushed myself to learn Korean and meet people. Now, I’m confident that if I go back to Korea, I can get around by myself, ask questions if needed, and do things I couldn’t have done when I first got there.
Annabel H., EF Gap Year Class of 2019 Boston University
My biggest goal on this gap year was to learn more about the Spanish language and the Spanish culture in general. I chose all Spanish speaking destinations because the only way I was taught to learn a new language was to fully immerse yourself in it. Being in all new places for that same language, where that language was being spoken to me, was the best way to learn the language and I have improved SO much.
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.
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