Cultural Exchange.

Our mission

Opening the world through education

EF provides life-changing education for global citizens. For over 50 years, our mission has been to give confidence and freedom to people of all ages, nationalities and backgrounds.

With the desire to define your own path in life, and a little courage, EF opens up a world of possibilities.

Our programs

What we do

We transform dreams into international opportunities

We combine language training with cultural exchange, academic achievement and educational travel to deliver courses and programs that transform dreams into international opportunities.

Learn a language

The future belongs to those who speak multiple languages

At home Abroad Online

An EF language course can help you talk to the world, in English or in 8 other widely spoken languages. We have fully accredited schools in 50 of the world’s most exciting cities, as well as English Live – the world’s largest online English school.


Educational travel

Turning the world into a classroom by experiencing its many wonders

At home Abroad

EF leads professionally guided tours to the world’s greatest sights and landscapes. Itineraries can be tailored to the needs of teachers and students at any level: elementary, high school, or university. We also handcraft adventures and active vacations for American adults of all ages and interests.


Academic study

International careers await with a globally recognized degree

At home Abroad

We offer degree programs at secondary, university, and post-graduate levels. Students who attend our schools graduate with preferred admission to the world’s best universities. We are also associated with Hult International Business School, renowned for its top-ranked MBA and bachelor programs.


Cultural Exchange

Living the American Dream with an exchange year in the US


Our exchange programs give young adults the chance to experience America as a native, rather than a tourist. Host families provide safe and secure homes in typical US communities for our high school students choosing to study for a year abroad.

Corporate information

& figures



in Lund, Sweden



North and South America, Europe and Asia

Offices and schools


Headquarters: Lucerne, Switzerland



Across all continents

Our divisions
and business units

EF Language & Schools

  • EF EdTech
  • EF English Live
  • EF Local English Language Centers
  • EF Local English Language Centers for Kids
  • EF International Language Campuses
  • EF Corporate Solutions
  • EF Academy – International Boarding Schools

EF Cultural Exchange

  • EF High School Exchange Year

EF Real Estate Holdings

  • EF Campus and School Properties
  • EF Office Properties
  • EF Hotel and Residential Properties

EF Educational Travel

  • EF Gap Year
  • EF Tours for Girls Scouts
  • EF Explore America
  • EF Educational Tours
  • EF College Study Tours
  • EF Ultimate Break
  • EF Go Ahead Tours

Associated organizations

  • Hult International Business School, Graduate School
  • Hult International Business School, Undergraduate School
  • Hult International Business School, Ashridge Executive Education

EF employees are a reflection of our customers: Global citizens excited by education & travel

Corporate Responsibility

Outreach & Impact

Making a positive contribution...

We're 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 research

We are constantly striving to improve the way people learn with ground-breaking research.

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The Hult Prize

EF founder Bertil Hult funds this student movement for social change in partnership with the annual Clinton Global Initiative.

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EF & the Olympics

Since 1988 EF has provided language and education services to six Olympic Games

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EF & Nobel Museum

A new educational partnership brings students together on a Nobel journey.

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