ESL Education


  • 11.07.2019 - ESL Education is acquired by Kaplan International

    ESL Education is acquired by Kaplan International, one of the largest English language trainers in the world. ESL will continue to operate under its long-established brand and as an independent agency, offering a wide portfolio including all the Kaplan schools.

  • 12.03.2019 - ESL Junior students can now study Japanese and Korean

    ESL is glad to announce that its partner school Lexis will now offer Japanese and Korean courses to Junior students. These summer courses will allow students to approach these fascinating languages whilst exploring two beautiful Asian destinations: Kobe, in Japan, and Seoul, in South Korea.

  • 05.02.2019 - ESL rated best language travel agency in Germany

    For the second time in a row, ESL placed 1st in the “quality test of the best services and offer of language travel agencies in Germany”, organised by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Verbraucherstudien mbH.

  • 16.11.2018 - ESL Language Travel Awards 2018

    The winners of the ESL Language Travel Awards were announced yesterday night during the gala dinner of the annual ESL International Workshop. The finalists are the schools with the highest rankings, obtained by combining student reviews of the last 12 months and feedback from our staff on best B2B practices.

  • 14.11.2018 - ESL Workshop #5

    Education industry leaders from all over the world attended the 5th edition of the ESL International Workshop in the lovely seaside town of Sitges, south of Barcelona. Every year, the ESL workshop welcomes a selection of key partner schools who meet with ESL managers from all markets and departments.

  • 14.11.2017 - ESL opens 9 new drop-in offices in Europe

    As part of its expansion strategy, ESL opened 9 new drop-in offices throughout 2017 in France, Germany, Italy and Switzerland. The new drop-in offices are located in the cities of Bordeaux, Toulouse, Leipzig, Stuttgart, Florence, Monza, Neuchâtel, Sion and Chiasso, bringing the company closer to more of its ever-growing client base. 

  • 01.07.2017 - Anke Menkhorst appointed as CEO of ESL

    ESL Education announced the appointment of its new Chief Executive Officer. Anke Menkhorst will take over the role from Patrick Siegenthaler, co-founder of ESL.

    With over 20 years experience, Anke Menkhorst has led multiple international businesses and consistently delivered excellent results combining strong business acumen and team building skills.

    Patrick Siegenthaler, co-founder of ESL comments: “After joining ESL in 2015 in the role of COO, Anke Menkhorst has proven to be an ambitious leader that can inspire the ESL team and lead the organisation towards its ambitious growth objectives. In 2017 alone we have opened 9 new offices in Europe, which brings the total number to 58 ESL offices around the world.”

    Patrick Siegenthaler will assume the role of Chairman of the Board for ESL and in this capacity will continue to shape the company’s long-term vision and expansion plans.

  • 12.01.2017 - Certificates of Excellence

    To start the new year, ESL announces which partner schools have been awarded with a Certificate of Excellence. This recognition is exclusively based on the feedback and ratings provided by our students, thus guaranteeing a first-class experience.

  • 06.10.2016 - ESL Workshop and ESL Language Travel Awards

    After two successful editions, the third ESL International Workshop took place in Montreux. ESL took the opportunity of having so many of its partners and key members in the same location to announce the finalists – and winners – of the brand new ESL Language Travel Awards, which recognise the schools that have had an outstanding performance during the previous year.

  • 04.09.2016 - ESL: Star Agency in Europe for the 5th time

    ESL was voted “Star Agency in Europe” for the 5th time, thus receiving a “Lifetime Award”, which recognises the excellent quality of its services. After winning in 2010, 2011, 2014 and 2015, this new award confirms our position as an industry leader.

  • 21.08.2016 - 20 years of ESL

    ESL reaches a new milestone in 2016, as the company celebrates two decades of success in the language travel industry. Since 1996, thousands of students have travelled to hundreds of destinations all around the world with ESL. To celebrate this coming of age, our team and partners will take part in the several parties and events that we will hold in our offices across Europe and Latin America.

    We look forward to sharing 20 more years of People, Places and Languages with you!

  • 01.05.2016 - ESL continues to grow its presence in Switzerland

    ESL – Education opens its 15th drop-in office in Switzerland in Chur.

  • 28.10.2015 - ESL International Workshop in Barcelona

    Following the success of our first workshop, ESL organised its second edition in Barcelona, bringing together leaders of the education industry from all over the world and all ESL’s managers from more than 40 ESL offices.

    Read more about the event here.

  • 03.09.2015 - ESL: Star Agency in Europe

    For the forth time, ESL was voted Star Agency Western Europe at the ST Awards in London.

    The awards take place each year and are based on votes from thousands of language schools from all over the world.


    ESL ­– Education keeps on expanding its network of drop-in offices in 2015 with the opening of Bari (Italy), Sevilla (Spain) and Fribourg (Switzerland).

  • 01.12.2014 - ESL strengthens its network of offices in Europe

    In 2014, ESL ­continued its development with the opening of 6 new drop-in offices in Europe: Aarau (Switzerland), Turin (Italy), Bilbao (Spain), Lille (France), Frankfurt and Freiburg (Germany). This brings the total number of ESL drop-in offices around the world to 44, including 42 in Europe and 2 in Latin America.

  • 24.10.2014 - Opening of Shared Service Center in Barcelona

    ESL is proud to announce the opening of its brand new office in Barcelona.

  • 15.10.2014 - ESL’s brand new visual identity

    ESL has just launched its new website and fresh brand identity.

    Our design may have changed, but our goal remains the same: give learners the experience of a lifetime!

    Check out all of the key facts about our new visual identity here.

  • 08.10.2014 - ESL International Workshop in Montreux

    ESL organised its first international workshop in Montreux, bringing together leaders of the education industry from all over the world.

    Read more about the event here.

  • 01.09.2014 - ESL: Star Agency in Europe

    ESL was voted Star Agency Western Europe at the STM Awards in London. This is the third time we have won this prestigious award, which rewards professionals for the excellent quality of their services.
    British publisher Hothouse Media presents the awards each year based on votes from thousands of language schools from all over the world.

  • 26.06.2013 - A 23rd language in the ESL portfolio: Korean

    Providing the widest range of language study programmes abroad, industry leader ESL now offers courses in an increasingly important language: Korean.


    A country with a booming economy, South Korea has imposed its language on the international scene, notably in the cultural and economic worlds. Our partner school located at the heart of the famous Gangnam area in Seoul offers innovative Korean courses and high-level academic standards.

  • 22.04.2013 - ESL-Switzerland partners up with swiss champion Lara Gut!

    Swiss alpine skiing champion Lara Gut already speaks 5 languages, so it comes as no surprise that ESL decided to partner up with her for the 2013/2014 season.

    ESL offers a range of 20 foreign languages, which means she still has 15 more to learn! She might want to study Russian to prepare for the forthcoming Sotchi Olympic Games. For now, ESL wishes her a lot of success in her career.

  • 14.12.2012 - ESL and English Attack! launch their free Video English Channel

    ESL and English Attack! partner up to help you boost your English! With the Travel Channel, a channel exclusively designed for ESL’s customers, you will improve your English with the help of videos and photos about travel. As a complement to your English language course abroad, the English Attack! method allows you to strengthen your skills in a fun, easy and effective way. It takes only a few clicks to register and discover a different destination each month.

    In addition, if you wish to gain full access to English Attack!’s contents, you can benefit from discounts of up to 50%.  

    Access the Channel

  • 15.05.2012 - ESL supports Guillaume Burger for the Olympic Games

    ESL-Language Travel supports kayaker Guillaume Burger. The young Frenchman has already taken part in many competitions and won many titles in the Junior category, including the title of European Champion.

    At the age of 23, Guillaume Burger is now looking to the Olympic Games and hopes to be able to compete for the French team in Rio in 2016.

    ESL is proud to support this young athlete in its Olympic project and invites you to discover his profile on his website.

  • 14.03.2012 - En route to the 2012 Olympic games with ESL!

    ESL supports the SUI7 project. Two young Swiss navigators are getting ready to take part in the 2012 London Olympic Games. After a successful career as junior navigators, Olivier and Adrien Gremaud, two brothers from Morges, have set themselves the challenge of participating in the Olympics Games in the category “470 - Men's Two-Person Dinghy”. “Olivier and Adrien have a fantastic project that will see them travel the world in order to achieve their dream. We are proud to be able to support them in their project and wish them all the best in taking up the challenges set before them” explains Gautier Oudot, Regional manager of ESL – Language Studies Abroad for the French-speaking part of Switzerland. Click here to read the article (in French)

  • 02.01.2012 - ESL strengthens its network of offices in Europe

    The year got off to a great start for ESL – Language Studies Abroad, which opened 5 new branch offices at the beginning of 2012. After Milan, Rome and Bologna, its fourth office in Italy opened in Verona. In Spain, Valencia comes in addition to the Barcelona and Madrid offices. In Switzerland, the Winterthur opening brings the total number of Swiss drop-in offices to 13. Besides, the Geneva office moves to new premises, doubling its welcoming capacity to meet a constantly increasing demand. In Belgium, a new drop-in office opens in Antwerp, confirming ESL-language Studies Abroad’s wish to be present in the two language areas of the country. ESL-Language Studies Abroad also expands its presence in Europe by opening two new branch offices in two new markets. With the recent opening of the Amsterdam office, the Netherlands now counts among the countries where the organisation is present physically. ESL chose London, of course, as the location for its first branch office in Great Britain. Thus, since the beginning of the year, ESL - Language Studies Abroad has 37 branch offices, 35 of which in Europe and 2 of which in Latin America.

  • 28.12.2011 - ESL engages in favour of sustainable development!

    To encourage our partner schools to strengthen their commitment to sustainable development, we have put in place a tool for self assessment of their actions regarding social and environmental responsibility.

    Discover on our site the actions taken by each school, thus permitting you to take a decision based on criteria that are important to you.

    More information

  • 30.11.2011 - New branch office in Nouméa

    ESL – Language Studies Abroad is happy to announce the opening of its first overseas office in Nouméa. The agency is located in Faubourg Blanchot (4, rue Charbonneaux), a stone’s throw away from the N’Géa commercial centre.

    Our office in Nouméa

  • 01.04.2011 - New agency in Bogota

    ESL strengthens its presence in Latin America by opening of a new branch office in Colombia. The new office, located in the heart of Bogota, will enable the organisation to meet the increasing demand in the region and to be even closer to the people who wish to go abroad to learn or practice a language.

    Our office in Bogota

  • 31.03.2011 - Inauguration of our Berlin office

    ESL-Language studies abroad invites you to celebrate the first steps of its new office in Berlin at 115, Friedrichstraße, on 31st March from 5.00 p.m. More information on facebook

  • 01.03.2011 - Relocation of the Zurich office

    Established in Zurich since 2006, ESL-Language Studies Abroad moves to new, larger and even more central premises. In Bahnhofplatz 4, outside Zurich main station, Andrea Kutsche and the travel consultants of ESL-Language Studies Abroad are looking forward to welcoming you for a free and personalised interview.

    Our office in Zurich

  • 25.02.2011 - Inauguration of our Barcelona office

    Come and celebrate with us the first month anniversary of our new office in the heart of the Catalan city. Friday 25th February, at 44, Carrer Roger de Llúria, 1r – 4a, from 5.00 p.m.

  • 16.12.2010 - ESL in the 250 managers that shape Romandy (Switzerland)

    "Proposing language courses abroad in more than 40 countries and 22 languages, ESL Education has established itself as the European leader in the sector”. The Swiss benchmark journal “PME Magazine” devotes a whole page to the ESL success story in its special issue “The 250 managers that shape Romandy (Switzerland)".

    Read the online article
    Read the PDF

  • 15.12.2010 - Two new ESL agencies in Barcelona and Berlin !

    2011 gets off to a great start with the opening of two new offices in Europe. Berlin will come in addition to the two ESL – Language Studies Abroad German offices and Barcelona will join Madrid in Spain. With these two openings, the agency’s division of the ESL group now includes 30 branch offices.

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