Renamed in 2014, ALPADIA benefits from the heritage of ESL Language Schools’ two decades of experience in language education. ALPADIA offers all year round schools for adults and summer camp junior programs in Switzerland, France, Germany and England.
Each year, our schools welcome more than 6,000 students from all over the world.

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Why choose ESL?

Our priority: the quality of your stay

ESL is the right choice for you. With professional teaching provided by qualified teachers; lively, dynamic and effective courses, a range of carefully chosen accommodation options, exciting activities and personalised support, we offer you the best so you will get the most out of your time with us.

Our accreditations

The excellent quality of our services is recognized by various official Swiss, French, German and international organisations specialised in the sector of education and educational tourism. When you choose an ESL school, you are choosing one of the most-respected language schools around.

An enthusiastic team

Our schools’ reputation owes a lot to the quality of our teaching staff and administrative team. ESL team members are dynamic, come from various backgrounds, have rich and varied experiences behind them and are enthusiastic about cultural diversity. We are already looking forward to welcoming you.

Unique locations

Our schools are ideally located so that you can take advantage of the full range of entertainment opportunities on offer in the city of your stay. Close to our course centres, you will find transport links, great shopping streets, lively nightlife areas with a range of bars, restaurants, cafés and nightclubs, as well as green areas and beautiful places by the water to relax and practice sports. Besides, the cities’ main cultural attractions are located a short distance from our schools, whether on foot or by public transport.

An international atmosphere

ESL students come from all over the world, including Europe, America, Asia and the Middle East. This is a unique opportunity for you to meet students from various backgrounds and share different points of view. All ESL students have the same goal: to immerse themselves in the language and culture of the country. The variety in ages and professional/student expectations means that you will find a group of friends with the same interests as you and when you get home from your language course, your address book will be filled with contacts from around the world!

Excellent value for money

Our Swiss quality standards, which we carefully apply to our centres in France and Germany as well, make all the difference. Besides, Lyon, Freiburg and Berlin enjoy a particularly advantageous cost of living, which enhances the excellent quality-price ratio offered by ESL programmes.

Three countries, four destinations

At ESL, you can learn French in Montreux or Lyon, two very attractive cities, both offering a unique setting. If you wish to learn German, two tempting locations are available: laid-back Freiburg, on the edge of the Black Forest, and Berlin, Germany’s vibrant capital. Our destinations offer something for all tastes. And if you are having trouble choosing your course location, ESL offers you the chance to combine more than one destination!

Do you want to learn French AND German? No problem! With ESL, opt for a multilingual study stay and extend your language course in Germany with French training in Switzerland or France. Or vice versa, as all ESL programmes have the same structure in all of our schools.

Internationally recognised certificates

Taking an exam has never been easier: study French or German at ESL and come back home with a recognised certificate.

At ESL, you will enjoy great flexibility. According to your level, availability and goals, choose from the DELF/DALF or TCF exams for French, and the Goethe Zertifikat, TestDaF or TELC Deutsch exams for German. And because each exam has its own requirements, ESL offers you specific preparation courses, in order for you to be fully ready for exam d-day.

In ESL schools, you can prepare for and sit most official exams at several dates throughout the year. You will have no trouble finding the right place and date to complete your course with an internationally recognised exam. For some certificates, our schools are accredited as official exam centres.

Delivered by official institutions in France and Germany, these diplomas are recognised throughout the world and validate your language level in a precise manner, in accordance with the CEFR standards. Add an international dimension to your CV and make French or German a great asset for your future.

A range of accommodation options

As accommodation is an essential part of a language study stay, ESL takes special care in choosing various accommodation options, including host families, student apartments or residences, self-catering homestay, hotels or B&Bs. Whether you wish to be in direct contact with the locals, live with other international students or be fully independent during your stay, we have the accommodation option to best meet your needs and expectations.

Attractive activities programmes

In order to make the most of your free time, ESL offers an exciting range of activities every week. A relaxed and friendly environment encourages conversation and the forming of friendships. The activities provide a chance for you to get to know the people in your class and to practise your newly acquired language knowledge outside the classroom. Using the language in a sporting or social context is a great way to consolidate the skills that you develop in class. You will make great progress without even realising it.

Free Wi-Fi access

Stay connected during your trip. ESL schools have computer rooms with free, unlimited internet access. For your convenience, all of our schools and student apartments are also fitted with wireless internet connections.

Assistance 24/7

From the moment you arrive to the moment you leave, we offer you personalised assistance. Our team is always available to answer your questions and help you during your language course. An emergency number is also available to use around the clock.

Organising your stay from A to Z

From accommodation booking to assistance with administrative procedures; help in obtaining your visa and travel insurance to the personalised follow-up of your progress, ESL does everything to help you prepare for your language study stay abroad. Please don’t hesitate to ask us for advice so you can set off with peace of mind. If you so wish, ESL can also organise your transfer from the airport to your accommodation, perfect for a smooth landing!
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