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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
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Two Education Circle
Cambridge, MA 02141
United States

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Connie
10/10

I have always been interested in Japan, both in the language and its culture. I discovered anime in elementary school and have been hooked ever since and I was able to take Japanese classes for four years at my highschool but I wanted to become fluent so I convinced my parents to let me study abraod in Japan in the summer of my Junior year. It was honestly the best summer of my life. I met so many people from all over the world who shared the same interest as me and I became so close with my roommate and a few other guys in the program and the four of us went around Tokyo together for the time we were there. The experience of being alone in a foreign country may be a bit scary and too much but it is honestly great once you get used to it. I went with knowledge on the language but my roommate and my other friends went with absolutely no knowledge, maybe a couple of words from anime but that's all and they were able to adapt just fine. This program also set me up with an extremely nice and welcoming family just outside of the city and I had an amazing experience there. The best part about Japan is the food, it was just amazing. Where I'm from, 7-11 is a cheap snack store that's usually always empty but in Japan, it is totally different. The 7-11s there have so much variety in their foods, they have boxed lunches that taste great and onigiri in so many different flavors and so many different types of ramen. I go to a 7-11 near my host family every morning to grab breakfast which usually consists of a bottled milk tea and one or two onigiris, usually salmon. I would often go to the Family Mart (another convenience store) for lunch at the EF campus. Restaurants in Japan are also so cool, there are conveyor belt sushis and it is super delicious and affordable. Japan also have amazing places filled with trendy fashion stores and sweets like Harajuku. It was amazingly crowded I literally got pushed around the street because the crowd was moving me forward. It was a very different but fun experience. Beware though, the trains during rush hour in the morning and in the evenings are crazy, I honestly was squished from all sides every morning when I go to class and every evening when I go home. This program is definitely worth it if you want to learn a language in a country you've never been to before.

How can this program be improved?
I feel like it would be better if students were able to choose their host family or at least the location of their host family because I got placed in a place an hour away from the campus. I'm not complaining because the family was great and super nice compared to stories I've heard from my friends but it would just be nice to have a bit more knowledge and a little choice.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Valentina
10/10

My experience with EF Paris was really amazing and fun. Through this course I was able to meet amazing people from all around the world, and make great experiences and memories. The school is located in the center of Paris rihght next to the Galeries Lafayette; which is one of France's biggest shopping center with te most famous brands which is perfect for shopping. If shopping isn't an interest for you, EF offers you a lot of activities for the week as well as the weekends whre you can discover and learn more about Paris and contries that are close to France, like the Netherlands, Belgium, etc.
This program really helped me develope my comunication skills because before coming to Paris I was really shy when it came to speking french, and now I feel that's easier for me to comunicate with anyone in french without a problem. Something that really helped me learn more vocabulary was watching movies and tv shows in french with english subtitles and speaking with the staff at EF all the time in french.

How can this program be improved?
I think this program could be imroved by giving students more information about the host families before coming to the program.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Tanya
10/10

This year I went to Rome and it was my third time traveling with EF. As always it was great meeting all the new people and discovering a new place. I for the first time stayed with a host family and the lady was amazing and super considerate even tho she only spoke Italian which made it easier to familiarize with the language and much more memorable experience. The food in the location was amazing and being so close to the Vatican and other cultural sites as well as nightlife and other types of activities created the perfect combo for summer. Also this location allowed for some great day trips like Napoli, Venezia, Firenze and Milano which are a must see when you are in Italy. The school is really comfortable and small with really personalized teaching techniques and with really caring professors

How can this program be improved?
More activities outside of the school would be cool to interact with more people that are native in the language.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Anette
10/10

I feel like I can speak for a majority of individuals who have travelled abroad and say that, travelling to a foreign country to learn a language is by far, one of the best investments you can make for yourself. Taking this trip to Paris was unbelieveably unforgettable, and choosing EF was a great decision on my part; as they not only helped me arrange my trip, but they managed to find the perfect host family not far from the heart and center of Paris and the EF language school. I truly enjoyed every second of my time spent in class since it offered a good amount of flexibility for my time at school and my time exploring Paris. The staff there was so helpful and inviting that speaking French was so smooth and I did not feel embarassed nor shy when I spoke. Additionally, I became aware of how well I was able to speak and improve my French during my three week stay in Paris. Lastly, the friendships I made were unforgettable and beyond what I was expecting!

How can this program be improved?
The EF program could improve perhaps its staff availability. For my case, if I had an urgent question or concern about something, I'd have to wait various hours to contact an EF staff member since the headquarters are located in the East coast of the U.S, while I live in the West coast.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Nicole
10/10

Over the summer, I studied abroad with EF in Shanghai, China. I lived with a host family who was very nice and welcoming. Everyone at the EF school helped me settle in and feel at home in Shanghai. My Chinese Mandarin improved tremendously over the course of three weeks and I enjoyed the language classes very much. Living with a host family was great because I was able to practice at home all the new vocabulary words that I had learned in my classes or throughout the day. Additionally, EF offered fun activities for students to do every day, this was very helpful for meeting other students and making friends during my trip. I would definitely recommend this program to other students looking to improve their language skills or participate in a fun summer program. The study abroad trip with EF has been one of the best experiences in my life!

Yes, I recommend this program

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