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Learn a foreign language abroad

Learn a new language and treat yourself to unforgettable experiences. By taking advantage of our intensive language courses abroad, you gain a truly useful skill while immersing yourself in a exciting new culture. Our language schools give you the opportunity to connect with a diverse set of individuals, so take the leap and sign up for a language study abroad today.

Learn a foreign language abroad

EF Language Year Abroad

16 + years
6, 9 or 11 months
Abroad
Combine language and academic studies abroad at an accredited EF school to prepare for an international career or degree.
Destination: KoreaFranceSpainCosta RicaItalyGermanyChinaJapanU.A.E.

EF Languages Abroad

10 - 14 years
2-24 weeks
Learn a language abroad on an individual, flexible-length course or in an all-inclusive group led by an EF Leader.
Destination: SpainGermany

EF Languages Abroad

14 - 25 years
2-24 weeks
Abroad
Learn a language faster at an accredited EF school. Choose from 10 languages in 50 destinations. Start your course any Monday.
Destination: KoreaFranceSpainCosta RicaItalyGermanyChinaJapanU.A.E.

EF Languages Abroad

25 + years
1-24 weeks
Abroad
Boost your global career with personalised language courses in one of the world´s greatest cities. Designed for Adults and Professionals.
Destination: KoreaFranceSpainCosta RicaItalyGermanyChinaJapan

Why learn a language abroad?

It is easier to study a language when you are abroad. You will be surrounded by the language 24/7 and you will learn words and expressions in a practical setting, which allows a long-lasting knowledge of the language.

The memorization that feels tedious at home will come naturally when you're living in an immersive environment and attending our EF language school. The words you need will come up again and again, so you remember them without trying.

Your accent will become more intelligible as you hear native speakers and imitate them. It's never too late to learn a foreign language abroad, and our languages courses start year-round so there's no reason to wait another day. Study a language abroad is tough, but EF makes its a bit easier.

Language courses abroad for all ages and levels

Whatever your age or language level, you’ll advance one level every six weeks – thanks to our innovative and personalized learning method that blends language courses abroad, interactive tools and cultural immersion. Our innovative Efekta™ Learning System combines quality instruction with advanced technology and cultural immersion for maximum results. We develop our own course curricula, instructional methods, course books and digital learning materials and provide different course types:

Language course type Intensity What will I learn?
EF Intensive language courses abroad 32 lessons per week Learn all aspects of a new language as quickly as possible for academic or professional reasons
EF General language courses abroad 26 lessons per week Gain sound understanding of a foreign language through a well-rounded course
EF Basic Language courses abroad 20 lessons per week Focus on how to communicate in the target language and enjoy lots of free time

Special interest classes: from creative writing to exam preparation

In addition, you have the opportunity to customize your language course abroad with the so-called SPINs (Special Interest Lessons) to suit your interests. These include creative writing, exam preparation, art and culture, career development, and sector and industry-oriented courses.

Frequently asked questions

What are the benefits of learning a language abroad?

Learning a new language brings advantages in your academic life and the professional one. You will be able to explore more options for your future, from job opportunities to attend a school or a university abroad. Moreover, studying a language abroad allows you to explore a new culture and a new country, make new friends and live an unforgettable experience that will make you resilient, confident, and empathetic. 

Some of the many benefit to study a language abroad are:

  • enhance your resume
  • build your academic profile
  • live a holiday abroad while you are improving yourself
  • become confident and resilient
  • discover a new culture and become open to a world of new opportunities
  • travel the world
  • meet new people from all over the world

Where can I study a language abroad?

 EF has language schools on 4 continents and more than 50 different cities. Depending on the language you would like to learn, you can have many options of language schools abroad. 

Some of the most popular destinations to learn a language abroad are in Europe. You can learn French in Paris, or learn Italian in Rome. Another popular option is to learn German in Berlin or learn Spanish in Barcelona. If you prefer to explore one of the Asian languages you can also learn Chinese in China or learn Japanese in Japan and even learn Korean in Korea.

Why attending a language school abroad is more than just learning a new language?

Learning a foreign language abroad is more than just discovering a new way to say something; it's discovering a new way to see the world. Every language is unique and there's no better place to start understanding another culture than by tackling its language.

When you attend a language school abroad, you are investing time and energy in one of the best ways to connect with the world around you, wherever you live. Learning a language abroad is a long process, but right from the start, you'll be rewarded with new possibilities, cultural revelations, and a clearer sense of the wider world. Open up your mind and attend a foreign language school this year!

What do language schools abroad offer?

EF language schools abroad are designed to provide spaces suitable for learning and others for having fun. In the EF language schools, you will have a complete language study experience, including free-time activities and excursions to fully support your learning trajectory. Not only you will have modern classrooms and labs, but also student lounges, a cafeteria, garden, and game rooms. EF language schools also provide full support for accommodation and 24/7 contact with the staff for any need or emergency.

Furthermore, EF schools are globally accredited meeting the highest standards of excellence set by organizations respected around the globe, such as the British Council, Independent Schools Inspectorate, ACCET, and Equals. Finally, EF is also one of the few language schools to offer university-certified courses.

What are the costs of studying a language abroad?

The cost of learning a language abroad can vary on different elements, such as the duration of your course, the destination, the accommodation you choose, the type of language course you pick, and extra activities. When you choose to study a language abroad with EF you will have access to a full range of services all included in the cost of your language course abroad. With EF prices include: - language course - study materials - accommodation (and meals plan depending on the type of accommodation) - digital learning media - placement and progress tests - language certificate upon course completion - many school activities

How long does it take to learn a language abroad?

The time it takes to learn a language abroad depends on how receptive the student is, how intensive the language course attended, and the initial level of language knowledge. Generally, to achieve full fluency, it takes several months and, for some complicated languages, even years. EF learning method is based on a practical curriculum so that students can make progress fast; you will be able to advance one language level every six weeks.