About us

EF’s mission is to open the world through education. Since 1965, our educational programs have helped over 15 million people of all ages and nationalities become citizens of the world. Today, we operate 540 schools and offices in 54 countries and have a network of 46,500 teachers and staff who strive to provide the highest quality educational experience.

The world leader in international education

EF has developed its own innovative teaching method, the EF Efekta Learning System, based on rapid progress through personalized study. EF guarantees that students will advance one language level every six weeks thanks to our blend of classrooms lessons, interactive tools and cultural immersions. Our high standards for education are recognized worldwide with accreditations from organizations including the British Council, EAQUALS and ACCET.

Our research network

EF collaborates with top universities to fundamentally improve the way students learn languages. Network scholars explore advances in linguistics, teaching, technology, testing and cultural immersion. Together, we are committed to research and innovation that will shape the future of the language learning.

Members of the EF Research Network include :

  • University of Cambridge

  • Peking University

  • Harvard University

  • University of Tokyo

  • EF learning labs

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EF and the Olympics

EF has been appointed the Official Education Services Sponsor of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. The appointment represents the fifth occasion that EF has teamed up with The Olympics following the Games in Seoul, Beijing, Sochi and Rio de Janeiro. EF will help Pyeongchang welcome the world by providing our innovative Winter Games Curriculum to over 200,000 students and teachers across South Korea. EF has also been named the Official Partner for Language Training Services at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

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"Both organizations are trying to break down cultural barriers, and through my work with EF, I have seen just how powerful learning a language and sport are bringing people together."

DeeDee Trotter

EF Olympic Ambassador and 3 x Olympian