Total immersion language study at its best
EF’s proven method
Thanks to expert teachers, the latest in language-learning technology, and interaction with the local culture, gap year students usually advance one official language level during their six week module. Students on our semester program will also see significant progress during their shorter, four-week stay. At the end of your course, you receive an official certificate of completion and a language assessment of your current level.
We offer a total immersion experience, including 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. Once you become more fluent, you can begin adding special interest lessons to your weekly schedule in topics such as business, art, music, popular culture, and current affairs.
Activities and excursions
When lessons are over for the day, there’s a full program of activities, events, sports matches, and outings at school or around town. On the weekends, you can also join optional excursions to other exciting cities in your host country and beyond.
Standard accommodation is a shared room in a homestay with a local host family—ideal for perfecting your accent. (You also have the option of living in an international student residence near your school at a supplemental price—subject to availability.) Meals vary by location and accommodation type, but a typical plan with a host family includes breakfast and dinner weekdays and all meals on weekends.
Explore our schools
Spanish in Madrid, Spain
Our state-of-the-art school is ideally located in the Salamanca district, within easy reach of Madrid's famed museums, shopping districts, and nightspots. It boasts stylish, tech-equipped classrooms and a large outdoor urban garden featuring ping pong, foosball, and mini golf.
Italian in Rome, Italy
Our school in the heart of Rome’s historic district is within easy reach of icon monuments like the Colosseum and Trevi Fountain. The neighborhood is also full of lively caffes, pizzerias, and shops. Educational facilities include spacious classrooms, a library, and student lounge.
Mandarin in Shanghai, China
Our thoroughly modern school, equipped to the latest standards, is right off People’s Square in the heart of this historic city. You’re a five-minute walk to public transportation, giving you easy access to the city’s best shopping and entertainment districts. (Additional fees and date restrictions apply.)