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Language study

Learn a language faster with total immersion language study at one of our fully accredited schools abroad. In addition to studying with other EF gappers, you will also learn alongside new classmates from 100 countries. We offer all the world’s most widely spoken languages: Spanish, French, German, Italian, Mandarin, Japanese and Korean.

Total immersion language study at its best

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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.

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Round-the-clock learning

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.

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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.

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Accommodation options

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

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French in Paris, France

Our stately school is located in the heart of the 9th arrondissement—one of the city’s hippest quarters. From here you’re walking distance to the grand boulevards, iconic department stores, and candlelit bistros of the Marais.

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Spanish in Barcelona, Spain

Our stylishly modern school is located in the lively Eixample district, surrounded by the city's best restaurants and nightspots. The school boasts state-of-the-art educational facilities and an outdoor terrace popular with students between classes.

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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.

Portuguese / Lisbon

Portuguese in Lisbon, Portugal

Located in the Principe Real area, the city's trendiest neighborhood, our campus is right next to the Botanical Garden and a short walk from shops, restaurants, and cafés.

French / Nice

French in Nice, France

Nice is a relaxed French Riviera resort town famous for its sunny skies, azure sea, elegant boutiques and Mediterranean cuisine. Our newly-renovated school features the latest learning technology, and is a 5-minute walk from Nice’s famous beach


Spanish in Malaga, Spain

Malaga is the birthplace of Pablo Picasso, and its Mediterranean beaches and palm-lined boulevards make an inspiring backdrop for Spanish studies. Our campus is in the postcard-perfect area of Pedregalejo, steps from the sea in Spain’s Costa Del Sol.

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Spanish in Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Playa Tamarindo is one of the world's top eco-tourism destinations. Our classic colonial-style school borders a lush forest teeming with exotic wildlife. The on-campus residence features an outdoor pool and sundeck.

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German in Berlin, Germany

Behind the historic facade of our school located near Potsdammer Platz you’ll find stylishly modern classrooms equipped with the latest learning technology. From here you’re an easy walk to the city’s trendiest cafés, restaurants, theaters, and nightlife.

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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.

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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.)

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Korean in Seoul, South Korea

Our centrally located school is in the very heart of the South Korean capital, within easy reach of restaurants, cafés, and trendy retail shops. School facilities include tech-equipped classrooms and a spacious student lounge. (Additional fees apply.)

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Japanese in Tokyo, Japan

Enjoy breathtaking views of the Tokyo skyline from our modern school located in the Shibuya area—popular for its restaurants, teashops, and karaoke bars. In addition to language lessons, take classes in Japanese culture, history, and manga. (Additional fees apply.)

Questions? Speak with an EF Gap Year Consultant.


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