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The 2018 Go Overseas Community Choice Awards: Language Schools

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Go Overseas Community Choice Awards - 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 2018.

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:

1st

Instituto Estelar Bilingüe


Review Highlight:
"The staff is warm and friendly, and teach in a way that is practical and easy to understand." -- Theresa, 36

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2nd (tie)

Tico Lingo


Review Highlight:
"I had a wonderful time with Tico Lingo. I spent three weeks studying with the school while living in Heredia with a host family they organized for me." -- Jacob, 26

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2nd (tie)

Instituto Hemingway


Review Highlight:
"Studying at Instituto Hemingway was a great experience. The class sizes were small and the teachers were all very encouraging and friendly." -- Alexandra, 22

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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:

1st

Hokkaido Japanese Language School


Review Highlight:
"The lessons at the school were excellent, the learning materials are good and the teachers are very helpful."
-- Tom, 28

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2nd

Silk Mandarin


Review Highlight:
"All materials used are perfectly coordinated and allow each student to deepen their knowledge after class easily." -- Felix, 31

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3rd

Russian Studies in Real Russia


Review Highlight:
"The teachers are super nice and available 24h a day, they trasmit the passion for their work and really help you during the classes." -- Annalisa, 22

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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:

1st

Linguaschools


Review Highlight:
"The program is very organized and the teachers are very competent and fun." -- Amy

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2nd (tie)

Hutong School


Review Highlight:
"From my first to my last day I could rely on them supporting me and properly preparing me for the international Chinese exam." -- Gabriel, 19

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2nd (tie)

Na'atik Language and Culture Institute


Review Highlight:
"The staff was very supportive, and my teacher (Edwin) tailored my lessons to fit my level." -- Holly, 44

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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:

1st

Spanish in Nature


Review Highlight:
"t offers a wonderful balance of language instruction, cultural immersion, and fun activities with host families." -- Victoria

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2nd

Native Language College


Review Highlight:
"My instructor is EXTREMELY patient with us and always makes the class fun." -- Mariana

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3rd

CLA - Culture and Language Abroad


Review Highlight:
"This program has been awesome for me! The perfect balance of freedom and security, fun and learning." -- Esther, 25

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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:

1st (tie)

Moroccan Center for Arabic Studies


Review Highlight:
"They took care of everything at the house for us and provided us with such in depth education of the culture and languages of Morocco." -- Natasha, 22

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1st (tie)

waveChinese


Review Highlight:
"My teacher had been incredibly supportive and encouraging for the past 18 months as I have been working from a very basic level towards fluency." -- Annandale

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3rd

Hokkaido Japanese Language School


Review Highlight:
"I was very happy with the share house as well, it was clean and sociable with a mixture of JaLS students and Japanese people living there." -- Tom, 28

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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:

1st

Hokkaido Japanese Language School


Review Highlight:
"It's more expensive than some other language schools in Sapporo, but the classes are guaranteed to be small so it's worth the cost." -- Lara, 30

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2nd (tie)

Moroccan Center for Arabic Studies


Review Highlight:
"The teaching was very professional and the management was flexible with my academic needs" -- Mohammad, 28

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2nd (tie)

waveChinese


Review Highlight:
" I am sure this is the most effective, best value, and most convenient way to study chinese." -- Daniel, 28

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How We Scored Programs for the 2018 Go Overseas Community Choice Awards

To find the best language schools on Go Overseas, we looked at every review left on the site between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018. Any provider who received three or more reviews was considered.

To choose the Overall Best Language Schools we looked at the average scores each provider received across all of their programs and the factors we ask students to rate. We averaged each provider's scores and weighted the score based on the number of reviews they received.

To find the best providers in each category, we averaged all review scores for each provider on just that factor. The best programs in each factor won the awards. Providers who won in the Overall Best category were not eligible to win another award in these categories.

Questions about these awards? Email us.