EF & the Olympics

Creating a more peaceful, connected world through language & education services for the Olympic Games

At EF Education First, we love friendly competition almost as much as we love fostering understanding and breaking down barriers. What better way to bring these values to life on a worldwide scale than through our ongoing partnership with the Olympic and Paralympic Games?

Friendship. Excellence. Respect. These are core tenets of the Olympic Movement. For more than 30 years, EF has proudly supported the global organization’s mission (“to contribute to building a peaceful and better world by educating youth through sport”) by providing innovative educational tools and programs for Olympic hosts, staff, and volunteers. Looking ahead to the Beijing 2022 Winter Games, we’re excited to continue our legacy with the Olympic Games as we work together to reach broader, more diverse populations and create experiences that can truly open the world for all.

Setting the gold standard for intercultural learning

Since 1988, we’ve been proud to work with the Olympic Games and its local organizing committees to design and deliver a range of educational solutions that promote understanding and connectedness at the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

EF has provided online language testing for volunteers; designed digital curricula for students around sports and the critical role that host countries play; and taught professional language skills to hundreds of thousands of judges, volunteers, athletes, dignitaries, and members of the organizing committees. We’re honored to be appointed the trusted supplier of language and education training to Olympic Games, past and future.

Our appointments
  • Official Language Training Services Exclusive Supplier of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics

  • Official Language Training Services Partner of Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics

  • Official Education Services Sponsor of PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics

  • Official Language Training Supplier of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics

  • Official Supplier of Language Programs of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics

  • Official Language Training Services Supplier of the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics

  • Official Language School of the Seoul 1988 Summer Olympics

Uniting youth through education & sport

As the result of our longstanding partnership with the Olympic and Paralympic Games, we’re expanding our reach by supporting additional sporting initiatives that bring young athletes of diverse backgrounds and experiences together to push their limits and celebrate cultural understanding.

2021 Chengdu Summer World University Games

Led by the International University Sports Federation, the Summer World University Games (formerly Universiade) are a celebration of international sports and culture that draw student-athletes together to compete in high-performance sports competitions. EF was named Official Language Services Provider for the 2021 event and will provide a series of language training services, including customized online courses, volunteer training, and online assessments.

Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019

Our vision for a better, more inclusive world led us to become an official supplier and the exclusive training provider for the volunteers who dedicated their time and efforts for the Special Olympic World Games Abu Dhabi 2019. It was the world’s largest humanitarian and multisport event in 2019, with an estimated 7,500 athletes, 3,000 coaches and 20,000 volunteers.

PyeongChang 2018 Legacy Foundation

EF was appointed the Official Education Services Partner for the PyeongChang 2018 Legacy Foundation, which focuses on sports-related activities for young people and the development of winter sport, as well as managing select venues used during the Games.