Study abroad

Study abroad
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Studying abroad is the right choice if you want to invest in your academic and professional future. Study abroad programs not only lead to significantly better career opportunities, but they also guarantee an unforgettable international and cultural experience: you can prepare for your bachelor's degree, become an exchange student or learn a foreign language.

Programs for

EF Languages Abroad

EF Languages Abroad

10-14 years
2-8 weeks
Learn a language abroad in an all-inclusive group led by an EF Leader or on an individual, flexible-length course.
Destination: SpainFranceKoreaJapanGermanyItalySingapore
EF Languages Abroad

EF Languages Abroad

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

EF Languages Abroad

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

EF Languages Abroad

50+ years
2-24 weeks
Take time for yourself with our language courses abroad designed for adults aged 50+. Enjoy varied lessons, and activities specially catered to your interests.
Destination: SpainFranceKoreaCosta RicaGermanyItalySingaporeUSAUnited Kingdom
EF Language Year Abroad

EF Language Year Abroad

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


14-19 years
1-4 years
Private day and boarding school
Study and live with students from 75 nationalities. Gain an internationally recognized diploma and access to a top university.
Destination: USAUnited Kingdom
Hult International Business School

Hult International Business School

18+ years
Bachelor's, master's, MBAs
Earn a business degree at Hult, an independent award-winning business school with campuses around the world.
Destination: USAUnited KingdomU.A.E.
EF Gap Year

EF Gap Year

18-22 years
Semester or academic year
See the world and gain a global edge with travel, language study, service learning, internship, and leadership.

Why study abroad?

The fastest, most natural way to learn a new language is by taking part in a study abroad program. Whether you want to immerse yourself in Spanish on the beaches of Barcelona or advance your career prospects by learning Korean is Seoul, we have the best study abroad programs to get you there fast.

Our schools are in the vibrant neighborhoods in the world’s most exciting cities. Join us and study abroad with motivated students from a variety of different countries. You’ll make fascinating friends, discover amazing places, and have so much fun that you’ll hardly be able to call it work at all.

What are the benefits of studying abroad?

In today's world, language and intercultural skills are key to success. Discovering new places, immersing yourself in a new culture and making new friends from all over the world are proven factors for long-term success.

For us, progress isn’t just a possibility; it’s a promise. Studying abroad has challenges and rewards, and we support you every step of the way so you know your investment will pay off. The learning doesn’t stop when you return home: you’ll stay connected to your study abroad program through online learning tools and student communities.

What’s more, you go home with documented proof of your language proficiency if you've studied in a non-English speaking country: an academic portfolio of certifications and exam results that are recognized by employers, universities and governments around the world. You won’t find a more reliable, more experienced study abroad program anywhere. Other benefits of studying abroad are:

  • Learn a new language
  • Discover a new culture
  • Meet new people from all over the world
  • Gain valuable experiences, both personally and professionally

Explore our study abroad programs:

When it comes to study abroad programs, EF stands as a global leader, offering a wide range of transformative experiences for students of all ages. Our comprehensive programs are designed to enhance language proficiency, prepare for exams, provide internship or volunteer opportunities, and even pave the way for university education abroad. Discover the remarkable EF programs that can shape your study abroad journey:

  1. EF Language Programs: Immerse yourself in a linguistic adventure with EF's language courses offered in over 50 destinations worldwide. With programs available in 20 different countries and 10 languages, international students of all ages and proficiency levels can find the perfect fit.
  2. EF Exam Preparation Programs: Achieve your best performance on official language exams such as Cambridge English, TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC, and more with EF's expert guidance. We also offer exam preparation for Spanish, French, Italian, German, Chinese, and Japanese, ensuring comprehensive support for your language goals.
  3. EF Internship or Volunteer Abroad Programs: Boost your CV and enhance your language skills in a professional setting through EF's internship or volunteer programs. Gain invaluable hands-on experience while immersing yourself in a new culture and language.
  4. EF University Foundation Year: Prepare for your bachelor's degree abroad with EF's University Foundation Year program. Acquire essential skills and knowledge necessary for academic success, and upon completion, enjoy guaranteed admission to one of our esteemed partner institutions worldwide.
  5. EF Advanced Diploma Programs: Take your language skills to new heights by combining intensive English classes with a subject of your choice. This unique program offers an ideal pathway for further study, equipping you with advanced language proficiency and specialized knowledge.
  6. EF Multi-Language Year: Embark on an extraordinary journey as you travel the world and become fluent in two to three languages across different countries. Immerse yourself in diverse linguistic and cultural experiences, expanding your horizons in unparalleled ways.

Where to study abroad? Choose between over 50 destinations.

There's no better way to become fluent in a language than by studying it in an immersion environment. Enrolling in a study abroad programme will improve your foreign language skills: a major asset to your future academic studies and career. So what are the most popular destinations for international studies abroad?

ProgramLanguage CourseEF Destinations
Study abroad in FranceFrench (all levels)Paris, Nice
Study abroad in SpainSpanish (all levels)Barcelona, Malaga
Study abroad in Costa RicaSpanish (all levels)Playa Tamarindo
Study abroad in KoreaKorean (all levels)Seoul
Study abroad in JapanJapanese (all levels)Tokyo
Study abroad in ItalyItalian (all levels)Rome
Study abroad in GermanyGerman (all levels)Berlin, Munich

How do I prepare for studying abroad?

Whether you're going to a holiday paradise with family and friends or deciding to study abroad: good preparation is half of success. Start in advance with all the preparations so you won't be faced with any surprises. To study abroad for a few weeks, months or a year, or to follow a semester abroad, you must make some choices. Use the list below to know exactly what is expected of you, and what you can expect from us.

  • Language course - Would you like to study abroad for several weeks? For a three months internship? Or stay abroad for a whole year? It is important to know exactly what you want. Depending on your dreams and ambitions, you can study abroad for 2 weeks, 1 month, 6 months or 1 year. It's totally up to you!
  • Destination - Studying in Europe brings different experiences than studying in Asia. We have language schools in all corners of the world. The most popular countries are America, England, Canada, Australia, France, Spain and Malta.
  • Accommodation - With homestay, you'll fully immerse yourself. If you’d prefer a bit more independence as you study overseas, you can stay in a student residence with fellow classmates from around the world.
  • Visa & Insurance - In most cases you do need a visa to study abroad. Our study abroad agency will guide and advise you during the visa application process. A basic and travel insurance is also necessary to study abroad.
  • Flights - Our EF staff is responsible for booking both outbound and inbound flights. For some destinations you'll need a return ticket to your home country for a successful visa application.

Once you know which course you want to take, for how long and where you want to study abroad - then it's time to start with the language preparation. You don't need any prior knowledge of the chosen language, but it's always good to start practising: listen to Spanish music, download an English language learning app or watch a French series on Netflix. The more familiar you are with the language you want to study abroad, the better and more effective your study abroad will be.

Why choose our study abroad programs?

Since 1965, EF has helped people of all ages and nationalities become citizens of the world. Together, we are breaking down barriers of language, culture and geography. One passport. One discovery. One dream at a time.

Our high-quality educational study abroad programs have earned us accreditation by prestigious monitoring bodies and organisations, including ACCET in the Unites States. For nearly 50 years, EF has set the international standard as a pioneer in language learning. To date, EF has helped millions of people to learn a new language, discover the world, or earn an academic degree.

EF collaborates with the most prestigious universities worldwide – including the University of Cambridge – to define the future of language learning. Together this collective of the world’s leading linguists, scientists and language experts are pioneering initiatives in language acquisition, teaching technology and progress assessment.

Want to become a student abroad? Start living the language!

If you're looking to break out of your routine and study abroad with EF, just submit the form to request a free brochure, or call or text our study abroad agency to learn more!

Frequently asked questions

Is it safe to study abroad?

The health and safety of our students and staff has always been, and will always be, our number one priority. That's why we guarantee that we will find a safe learning solution for you. Whether it's face-to-face lessons in masked, socially distanced classrooms, comprehensive online sessions or re-routing to a new dream destination, we're here to help during your study abroad.

What is the minimum language level needed to study abroad?

Once you know which course you want to take, for how long and where you want to study abroad - then it's time to start with the language preparation. You don't need any prior knowledge of the chosen language, but it's always good to start practising: listen to Spanish music, download an English language learning app or watch a French series on Netflix. The more familiar you are with the language you want to study abroad, the better and more effective your study abroad will be.

How much does it cost to study abroad?

EF offers many different program types and options, so the price of studying abroad varies depending on your needs and wishes. To receive a complete and personalized offer, please request a brochure via our study abroad office. Of course, you'll also need to consider the quality of your lessons as well as the extra activities. At EF we guarantee the best quality, both inside and outside the campus. Tuition, accommodation and meals are included in the offer.

What accommodation options do I have while I study abroad?

Studying abroad gives you many customised options, including where you’ll live for the duration of your language immersion programme. You can opt to live with other international students in a student residence, or choose a home stay instead.

With home stay, you’ll join your host family for breakfast and dinner, and then during the day you’ll be in classes at our language school, university or college, or out and about exploring. This is a great way to experience the way of life in the city or country that you're visiting and reinforce your new skills. If you’d prefer a bit more independence as you study abroad, you can stay in a student residence with fellow international students from around the world.

What are the requirements for studying abroad?

The conditions for studying abroad vary depending on the study, exchange program or language course you choose. In general, the conditions include good (certified) English language skills, a valid visa and travel insurance for the entire study period. When you decide to study overseas, please consider that achieving your learning goals depends on several factors:

  • Study abroad takes time - Depending on your level of knowledge, you will choose a language course that is fully tailored to your needs and wishes in order to reach the desired level.
  • Study abroad requires practice - Of course, there is no better way to learn to speak a language fluently when you are in the company of native speakers. As a result, you do not only practice during lessons, but also in everyday situations. Practice makes perfect, whenever and wherever you can.
  • Study abroad requires commitment and dedication - Where we can, we help you achieve your learning goals, but the more committed you are, the greater the chance of success.

Study abroad is a challenge, but the rewards are amazing. Don't worry, with every step you take, we'll stand beside you. And your language journey doesn't stop when you return home - improving your language skills is an ongoing process.

Why EF?


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