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EF International Language Campuses

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The world is waiting. Learn a language abroad.

See the world, experience a new culture, and make friends from around the world as you prepare for your global future. EF's fun and interactive classes help you learn faster while living the language first hand. Earn college credit, participate in an internship, and explore your dream destination abroad. Start any Monday and study from two weeks and up, or join us for a semester or year abroad. We also offer University Preparation courses for students looking to attend college in France or Germany.

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www.ef.edu
Founded
1965
Headquarters

Two Education Circle
Cambridge, MA 02141
United States

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Reviews

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Monkeria
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I enjoyed every waking moment at EF Seoul. It was the best trip I decided to take and I wish I could go back already. I learned so much in my time and I didn’t expect to learn as much as I did in such little time. The teachers are very patient, understanding, and hilarious. The experience as a whole was just outstanding from the food, all the way to the cultural experience and location. TAKE THIS TRIP! Don’t wait. Whether you choose a host family or stay in the residence, you will enjoy it either way. The residence has 4 convenience store and countless restraints in walking distance, not to mention a stove and fridge in your room. The bus stop and train station is no more than a 5 min walk away, so when you travel you don’t have to walk too far to get to a station!

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Edrica
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I would have to say this was quite frankly one of the best traveling experiences I’ve had. It was my first time traveling alone and going all the way to Seoul, across the world, was a HUGE step but everything turned out great! The campus is fun, the teachers are great and very accommodating, the activities are always amazing, etc. The classes are quite interesting and always educational. I also had the honor of staying in a host family and they were super nice and friendly. I made new friends and new memories. A very great place if interested in night time photography as all the lights and streets (popular ones anyways) are bright and alive. The food is amazing! I got to try many of the foods I only ever dreamt of eating. Not only that but the teachers and advisors are so helpful when looking for good, affordable food. Never be afraid to ask for help and recommendations. Overall an A+ of a trip :D.

What would you improve about this program?
One thing I would improve about this program would probably be the timing for activities in regards to classes. I was sometimes saddened by the occasional clash of my class schedule and an activity I would have enjoyed, but it isn’t a super big deal as I got to partake in many other activities.
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Helen
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I had spent 5 weeks in Paris during my winter break and I had an absolute blast. Yes there was mishaps and ups & downs, but I made the most of it with the time and money I was given. I had planned and paid for this entire trip myself and it was really up to me on what i did. I made friends the very first day and we are still in touch even months later! Exploring the city every night after class and creating unforgettable moments was definitely my favorite part. My french had improved greatly and I really took away a lot with the language and culture once I came back home. Thankfully I had an amazing host family who were caring and welcomed me with opened arms. EF provided me with my first study abroad experience and I can’t wait for many more!

What would you improve about this program?
Setting up classes and creating a timetable appropriately.
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Maile
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

It was actually the best experience of my life, because i met incredible people and of course because i learned French. Also if you have any problem, there's people that will always try to help you no matter what (Activity staff). Paris it's beautiful city where you never going to find yourself bored, you can find amazing restaurants, museums, clubs, parks and monuments. One of the things i liked the most and at the beginning i wasn't expecting is that there's a powerful mix of cultures, what i mean is that you will meet people from different countries and that will open your mind and teach a lot of things.
I recommend this program to people that want to do a real change in life, not only to learn or progress in the language, but also to know yourself more and live the most beautiful experience in your life.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Come! You will never regret it! You're going to love the experience.
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Kevin
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I studied at EF Tokyo over the summer for three weeks. Compared to other language schools in Tokyo, EF is egregiously overpriced. For the price you pay for a month at EF, you could get 2-3 months at another school of equal or better quality.

Riisa-sensei, my teacher for two weeks, was fantastic. Some other teachers seemed inexperienced, but teaching quality for the most part was good. My class moved through material at an extremely slow pace, however, so don't come to EF if your goal is to learn as much Japanese as you can.

Activities were alright. Most of them are not free. You pay for them using "activity credits" that you purchase. These activities range from museum visits to weekend trips, and are usually quite pricey.

I stayed in the "EF Residence" in Tama-plaza. Please be aware that EF does not own this building -- it's a share-house with rooms that can be rented by anyone. The quality of the accommodation was quite poor. I stayed in a bunk bed room that only had one tiny desk and one dresser for both my roommate and I. When I arrived, my bed was dirty and had food scraps on it. Thankfully, I didn't spend much time in my room.

The best part of EF was the people I met -- I made great friends with like-minded people from all over the world, some of which I still keep in contact with. With the friends I made from EF, I went on a weekend trip to Kyoto and climbed Mt. Fuji. I will forever cherish the memories I made in Tokyo last summer.

Despite its shortcomings, EF Tokyo is a good way to get your first taste of Japan. However, I would look at other programs with better value is the cost is too high.

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Alumni Interviews

Alumni interviews are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Tanya Villafuerte

Tanya is a Mexican college student who is pursuing a degree in Fashion Marketing. She is devoted to loving food.

Why did you choose this program?

I choose this program because I go to art school and I have always loved art. Rome, having being the home to multiple artists, not only allowed to me to get to learn a new language and meet new people, but also to dig closer into the fascinating pieces it holds in all the museums and national sites. It also has great food.

What did your program provider assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

I won this trip as a part of a giveaway, so EF practically arranged everything for me. The housing, the flights and the program itself was carefully taken care by the team, which made it super easy, stress-free and enjoyable overall. And Fiona was super sweet and easy to reach; she also gave me all the info I needed to chose a course and everything.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

I would say just go, even if you don't know anything about the language, the food, the metro or whatever is holding you. You will eventually find out - it is just way easier than expected, and you will find people around the path that will gladly show you and teach you all you may need to know. Also, I would recommend staying at a host family; this way you get more involved.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

An average day to me would have been going to class in the morning from 8am till like 2pm, and then I would probably grab lunch somewhere new, and then wander around the shops, the streets or the free museums. At night, I would maybe go out or hangout with my roommate. Gelate was always the way to end my day.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

My biggest fear was the homestay and getting around.

In my previous travels with EF, I always stayed at their residences, which made it super easy to get around, while this time I had to take the metro and the bus to get to the school, and having no knowledge on the language scared me because I thought I was going to be lost all the time.

What is close to Rome to visit on a Day trip?

Any weekend you can take a bus, a train or a flight to other cool cities like Venice, Florence, Naples, Milan, among other cool trips outside of Italy for a weekend getaway. It's easy to book and cheap, especially if you book with friends to keep you company.

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Staff Interviews

Staff interviews are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Matar Seck

Job Title
Activities Coordinator
Matar has been working for EF for almost 10 years as an activities coordinator,
he likes to travel and to meet new people.

What is your favorite travel memory?

EF Language Center students and staff

My favorite travel memory is from when I was in Tokyo, I was so amazed by the culture, traditions, and the kindness of the Japanese people.

One of great memory was when I went to karaoke with some locals. I experienced one of the most simple Japanese activities, that they do only to have fun and relax. For me it was unforgettable, it really allowed me to experience the Japanese culture.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

I think I have grown in my role as an activity coordinator. I have been in the same position since starting with EF, however I have developed as a leader, and am more confident in my decision making, as well as more organized.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

The best story I've heard from a return student is about a girl who married a boy she met in France during one of our French courses.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

I would choose EF International Language schools to learn a new language.

Since I'm always in contact with students, I can see how people from all over the world are able to stay in touch and share experiences in another country. I would enjoy meeting people from all over the world in one of our international language courses.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

I think the fact that we can help people learn a new language, and at the same time meet people from all over the world is a unique experience. I'm still in contact with students that I met 9 years ago.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

I think the biggest factor in being a successful company is making the most fair and correct decisions for the company, employees, and students.

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