EF International Language Campuses

Program Reviews

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Zoe
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best Semester Ever

EF Barcelona is truly the best language school if you want to learn Spanish. The teachers, Alba, Miguel, Natalia, are all so caring and truly want you to succeed. They want you to learn what you want to learn and are constantly adapting the class to fit your needs. Outside of class, the activities are always great and you get to truly explore Barcelona. The best way to learn is talking to the teachers who know so much about the city and showed me so many hidden gems across the city. I highly recommend!

Pros
  • Good food
  • Amazing friend
  • Great learning
Cons
  • Online classes
  • Cold weather
  • Small activity sizes (hard to get into some)
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Carrie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Parent Approved!

Our daughter began her EF adventure with absolutely no travel experience & now she is enrolling for a third 12 week course. From enrollment to the return home, the EF staff is responsive, patient, and knowledgeable. The language program and educators are exceptional and they go above and beyond to make sure students receive the information according to their learning styles. I highly recommend the host family experience for first time visitors. EF matched our daughter with the perfect family based on her requests and they have become a great support system and family away from home. We are so glad we decided to take the leap of faith with this program. If you are a parent, this is a legitimate, safe, and truly educational program that you can enroll your child in with confidence.

Pros
  • Easily accessible assistance from staff
  • Safety
  • Quality of education
Cons
  • Student Visa is not applicable
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Gen
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

An unforgettable and life-changing experience

I had an absolutely incredible time in the EF program in Seoul, South Korea. My teachers were kind, funny, supportive, and extremely passionate about their students and teaching in general. The classes were fun, engaging, and effective -- my Korean improved immensely over the eight weeks that I was in the course, and I learned a lot about Korean culture and history. I also happened to meet some of the most amazing people I've ever known during my time there, and made friendships that I know will last a lifetime. I will forever be grateful to EF for my amazing experience in Seoul!

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Gopchang -- beef intestines! My plan going into the program was to try every traditional or popular dish that I could, so when a friend asked if I wanted to try gopchang I immediately agreed. I actually really enjoyed it!
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Deli
1/10
No, I don't recommend this program

Run away from EF Exchange programs

Please, please pay attention to people saying to run away from RF language exchange programs. They are just trying to make a buck. If you think they will deal with you as a real business with respect for customers, you are mistaken. If you are used to dealing with great companies with great customer service and return policies that are reasonable, you will be surprised to learn that EF doesn't care about you as a customer. There is always one idiot out there. Worst customer support ever. Shady business. Research on trustpilot and other places.

Response from EF International Language Campuses

Dear Deli,

I'm sorry to hear you are not happy with your experience with EF Language Campuses. Our goal is to always provide stellar customer service and support to all our students and their families, so I'm sorry that we seem to have missed the mark in your case. We also seek to be 100% transparent about our policies, which is why our full terms and conditions for enrollment are available on our website, our brochure and our enrollment form. Additionally we offer our Peace of Mind Policy which allows for free rebookings for any reason as well as refunds for cancellations due to border restrictions and/or personal illness.

We really do not want you to be left unsatisfied so please reach out to us at ils@ef.com so we can find a solution. Thank you! - Will at EF Language Campuses

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Karla
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

An American in Paris

Spent almost 2 months in Paris with EF and it was a time well spent during my Gap Year! Made friends from all over the globe that taught me their countries traditions and such. The staff were so friendly and after the first day I felt so comfortable with the school. Everyone there was so nice and we all became close very quickly. My French prior to arriving was so basic and I knew almost nothing. At the end, I left Paris being able to have a full convo with any French local. Its a great opportunity to go if you have the chance! I came back with more knowledge than just the French language.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Literally, I left abroad not knowing anyone or anything and came back home wanting to go back! I strongly advice you to not let fear get in the way, take opportunities with programs like EF that allow you to have these once in a lifetime experiences. Remember everyone there is going for the same reason as you. Everyone at EF is there to help you!!
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Katlyn
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

One week in EF Costa Rica

I had a great week in Costa Rica! Due to travel restrictions, I had to change my original plan and only stayed for a week. While it was hard to get support from the staff at first, Alexis from the EF team reached out and was a huge help! And, everything at the school was excellent. I had a wonderful homestay and Miquel was an awesome Spanish teacher. The city was beautiful and it was great to meet people from all wound the world. Plus, for those with more time to stay, the school arranges many fun activities in Tamarindo and around Costa Rica.

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Christy
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

EF is amazing and would recommend to everyone

Sent our daughter with EF to Seoul, South Korea for a 3 month program. She traveled when she was 16 and turned 17 while there. Excellent language instruction, excellent home stay, great pre and during information and contact. Even during COVID the program felt extremely safe and well supported. Any concerns or questions we had were answered to our satisfaction in a timely manner. We would 100% recommend EF to everyone and will use them in the future for another trip or with our other children. Thank you EF staff!!!

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Andrea
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A Really Great Time

I went with EF for 6 months to Tokyo in Japan and I had a great time. Japan is an interesting country with many beautiful sites to see with a beautiful language and culture to learn about. Since I was there when Corona broke out, I did not go to all the places I wanted and many things did change/happen, but the school can't be blamed for that.
Overall, even with Corona, I had a very smooth trip.

School:
The teachers at the school are very good at what they do. The classes are immersion style classes so the class is conducted fully in Japanese which can take some time getting used to if you are an absolute beginner, but the teachers, staff and the other students are extremely helpful and friendly if you need help. The teachers also make an effort to plan activities that are more interactive so you do not just have to sit and listen for an extended amount of time (but there are some days where that is the case). The other school staff also are very friendly and can all speak English so if you are having a hard time or something is bothering you, you are able to speak to them comfortably.

Accommodation:
I personally decided to live at the Residence instead of a host family. The residence is not owned by EF instead EF works with the residence to reserve rooms for EF students. Due to this, you get to meet many different people if you live there as other foreigners live there as well as native Japanese. I found the residence to be a lot of fun as you are surrounded by your friends and you have as much freedom as you want. The RAs are very helpful if you have any issues regarding residency. The downside, however, is that you do everything by yourself like buy or cook your own meals, buy your own bath products, clean up after yourself, etc so I would recommend the residence for those that are able to take care of themselves. Another thing to note is that it is sometimes to connect with the native Japanese that live there due to language and culture barrier, but eventually they warm up to you if you keep trying.

Activities:
Tokyo is a busy and exciting city so there was always somewhere to go, something new to see, or something new to try. The school also has activities planned everyday and those range from TeamLabs museum to visiting the shrine from "Your Name" so I would recommend trying to go to those if you are interested. Outside of those, the upper class men usually can recommend places to go to or you can just grab your friends and go spontaneously.

People:
All the students and school staff are so open and friendly. It is very easy to make friends with others even if you are more introverted. Also most students are from different countries around the world so you are able to learn a lot about different cultures along with Japanese culture. Japanese people can be a bit cold and standoffish which is just how their culture is sometimes, but mostly they will be nice to you.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
1. Don't be afraid to be friendly. All the students there are in the same boat as you; they are in a foreign country where they probably don't know anyone. Due to this, all the students are willing to be your friend if you are simply just go up to them and talk. Most students speak English so that is not an issue most of the time.
2. Accept the culture. Japanese culture is very different from Western culture and many western people I knew struggled to adjust to the difference. In my experience, I think if you are just open minded and more easy going when it comes to accepting cultural differences then your trip becomes more fun.
3. Don't be afraid to try new things, New country, new people, new activities so don't be scared to try new things whether that be skiing in Nagano or trying natto.
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Cheyden
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

5 Months in Malaga

My time in EF was very unique, as I stayed there in the middle of a worldwide pandemic that hit Spain pretty hard at the beginning. My first month and a half was the normal EF experience, and it was wonderful. The classes were of great quality, and EF was always very helpful with anything I needed. Then the pandemic arrived and most of the students left, however I stayed and was able to still have a good experience first in the Residence, and then later in a host family. We had online classes the rest of my time, and they worked very well. I ended up graduating from EF with a C1 in Spanish!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
My advice to future travelers is that it's okay if you're not sure exactly what to expect, go in with an open mind and they will be very accommodating and helpful when you do arrive.
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Esther
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My Malaga experience

I went to Malaga for a month through EF, and it was an incredible time! The teachers were all amazing, and very kind! EF definitely is a lot about making money, but that didn’t effect my trip as much as others. Overall it was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had in my life. I had a host family, and they were incredibly sweet and accommodating. I am very happy I chose the host family because it definitely helped me learn much faster since I was much more immersed in the culture and language.