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EF's mission: Opening the world through education

In 1965, Bertil Hult launched the world’s largest educational company with a relatively simple idea: some people learn better through hands-on experience. His company, EF, was one of the pioneers of the experiential learning movement in the 1960s and 1970s. And learning by doing remains at the heart of every EF program today.

Over 50 years later, Bertil and his family still lead the company and the EF story continues with dozens of experiential learning programs. We have now helped millions of people and have grown to become the world leader in international education. Yet we have always focused on one global mission: Opening the World Through Education. 


EF’s global reach spans more than 100 countries in 6 continents. We understand the world because we live and work in more than half of it.


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EF in the World

EF is committed to making a positive contribution to the global community—through key partnerships, support for good causes and cutting-edge research into improving the way people learn. 

EF Global Classroom Foundation

Following the devastating earthquake that hit Nepal in April 2015, EF rebuilt Jalapa Devi Higher Secondary School—a public school located in one of the hardest hit areas.

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The Hult Prize

Founded in 2009 and sponsored by Hult International Business School, the Hult Prize awards $1 million USD annually to young people working to solve the world’s toughest social issues.

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EF and the Olympics

EF is proud to have been appointed as the trusted supplier of language and education to seven Olympic Games.

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The Nobel Museum

In 2017, EF launched an educational partnership with the Nobel Museum, sharing the stories of Nobel Laureates who dreamed big and inspiring future leaders to do the same.

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