About us

Experience, quality and innovation since 1965. For over 50 years, EF has been driven by a mission to open the world through education; a mission more relevant now than ever. As the world's largest private education company, our flexible programs transform students' language skills, self-confidence, and cultural awareness, making their dreams a reality.

Opening the world through education

The EF Method is based on a simple principle: The more we personalize your program around your unique goals and needs, the faster you learn. With the EF Method, lasting language skills are guaranteed – no matter your starting level or native language. Thanks to the EF Method's combination of experienced teachers, interactive class time, technology-assisted practice, skill-boosting Project Sessions and real-life immersion, you’ll make maximum progress during your time abroad. Our high standards for education are recognized worldwide with accreditations from organizations including the British Council, EAQUALS and ACCET.

Our research network

EF collaborates with top universities to fundamentally improve the way students learn languages. Network scholars explore advances in linguistics, teaching, technology, testing and cultural immersion. Together, we are committed to research and innovation that will shape the future of the language learning.

Members of the EF research network include:

  • University of Cambridge

  • Peking University

  • EF EdTech

EF study abroad

EF offers a broad range of study abroad programs from group travel and flexible length language courses to academic long-term programs to achieve fluency. Learn a language abroad in an all-inclusive group led by an EF Leader or on an individual language course abroad. Make lifelong memories with new friends from around the world as you learn a language and discover a new culture with EF.

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EF Pro Cycling

In 2018, EF entered the realm of professional cycling by acquiring our UCI WorldTour team – uniting 30 EF riders representing 15 nationalities. In 2022, in addition to our men’s team, EF will become the title sponsor of the longest running professional women’s cycling team in North America. Our women's team will be named EF Education-TIBCO-SVB. Most importantly, we’re helping set the standard for pay on the women’s side of the sport by paying every one of our full-time women riders the same minimum salary of a top-level, WorldTour professional man.

EF and the Olympics

Friendship. Excellence. Respect. These are core values of the Olympic Movement. Since Baron Pierre de Coubertin founded the modern Olympic Games, the International Olympic Committee has encouraged youth and adults to work toward a better, more peaceful world. This is a mission we understand well at EF. Since 1988, EF has worked with the Olympics to design and deliver a range of educational solutions that promote understanding and connectedness at the Olympic and Paralympic Games. We have provided online language testing for volunteers, designed digital curricula on sports and Olympic hosting for students, and taught professional language skills to the Organizing Committees.

Our appointments

We’re honored to be appointed the trusted supplier of language and education training to Olympic Games, past and future.

  • Tokyo 2020 Official Partner for Language Training Services

  • Official Education Services Sponsor to the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games

  • Official Language Services Supplier to the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Summer Games

  • Official Supplier of Language Programs of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games

  • Official Language Training Services Supplier of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games

  • Official Language School of the Seoul 1988 Summer Olympics