Community Choice Awards 2019: Language Schools

Learning another language is an incredibly powerful experience. In addition to offering you better social and professional opportunities, speaking multiple languages will allow you to better understand the differences in culture and lifestyle across the globe. To meet this need, language schools offer a variety of courses for students at every level -- across every language.

While the language schools on Go Overseas cover almost every language on earth, and offer language learning opportunities to students at every level, there are some factors we look for when trying to highlight the best language schools in the world. In addition to their overall ratings, we ask reviewers on Go Overseas to consider five categories when reviewing their language learning experience: Instruction, Support, Fun, Housing, and Value. Read on to learn about the top language schools from 2019.

Learn more about how we scored programs for this year's awards by clicking here.

Overall Top Language Schools

Language learning is a complex process, and different for every language learner. Some students want to gain fluency, whereas others are looking for enough to get by on their next trip. As such, Language Schools need to meet a variety of student needs, and it can be difficult to do a great job for everyone. In looking at the scores the following providers received, we found that these language schools met student needs and provided a stellar experience across the board:

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Silk Mandarin - Language Training Institute

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"I’ve been studying at Silk for over a year now and I’m on my way to finishing HSK 4!" -Aina, 24

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RISH Chinese Learning Center

Review Highlight:

"I wanted to thank RISH counsellor team for making such an amazing experience for my daughter and myself." -Amy, 44

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Instituto Estelar Bilingüe

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"I am absolutely loving the experience and the school." -Dayana, 40

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Top Language Schools: Support

Support is a critical part of the language learning experience. Without it, many people would struggle to meet their language goals. We ask reviewers to rate the assistance from the course and language school staff. The following providers had top scores in the Support category:

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The Excellence Center

Review Highlight:

"The Excellence Center is not only a great educational program, it is a great community leader and facilitator of civic relationships." -Chris, 52

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Mind Your Language School

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"I have just completed Level 2 with Jom in Samui and I truly enjoyed the experience." -Serge

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GoGlobal

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"From the staff, volunteers, students, and program managers everyone was so wonderful and genuinely excited to be a part of the program." -Elina, 22

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Top Language Schools: Fun

We obviously think that learning a language abroad should be a fun experience -- in fact, we ask every reviewer to tell us how much fun they had overseas, for almost every program they rate on our site. For language schools, we ask reviewers to rate the social scene of their language school. The following providers had the top scores in the Fun category:

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Spanish in Nature

Review Highlight:

"Spanish in Nature offers an incredible linguistic and cultural immersion in a unique family setting." -Yves, 70

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The Excellence Center

Review Highlight:

"The Excellence Center is not only a great educational program, it is a great community leader and facilitator of civic relationships." -Chris, 52

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Academia Latino Americana de Espanol - Latino Schools

Review Highlight:

"Not only did my comprehension and usage of the Spanish language improve exponentially, but I also had the best 4 months of my entire life." -Warren

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Top Language Schools: Housing

Not all language schools offer housing or housing assistance, but some have homestay or dorm options for students. We ask reviewers to rate the quality of their housing and living standards. The following providers had top scores in the Housing category:

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Casco Antiguo Spanish School

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"We planned on taking Spanish lessons at this Spanish language school for one week, but ended up staying three weeks because we liked the school, teachers and lessons so much." -Laura

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Instituto Hemingway

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"The school administration did an excellent job in organising housing and allowing me to stay one week longer." -Frank, 37

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LITA

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"I've had the privilege of participating in four international summer camps, and I can say that LITA was, without question, the best in all senses." -David, 17

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Top Language Schools: Value

Learning a language is an investment of both time and money. It's important that the investment you make seems worthwhile when you finish your language study. We ask language learners to review the value, affordability, and cost of their course. The following providers had top scores in the Value category:

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Spanish in Nature

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"Can’t recommend Spanish in Nature enough!" -Catherine, 51

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EDUCA Russian Language School

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"It is a great center for learning Russian language and experiencing Russian culture." -Shiloh

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Culture Yard

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"This school will teach you things you need in your daily life, and that was a lifesaver for me!" -Purnima

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Top Language Schools: Instruction

Language instruction can take many forms, from drills and practice tests to language immersion and conversational exams. We ask language learners to review the quality of instruction they received from their language school, in whatever form it was taught. The following providers had top scores in the Instruction category:

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Mind Your Language School

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"The lessons are interesting, engaging and never boring. I am learning Thai quickly and almost without realizing it." -Mauro, 37

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AIP Language Institute

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"I recommend AIP because for me it was the perfect combination of professional Spanish classes, organization and a really nice and familiar setting." -Michael, 18

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Agualivar Spanish School

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"Everyone is very patient and supportive. They are passionate about teaching their language to others." -Savannah, 25

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