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For over 50 years we've been
OPENING THE WORLD THROUGH EDUCATION

EF Education First is the world's largest private educational institution. Founded in 1965, EF offers a range of educational programmes, from language training and educational travel to academic degrees and cultural exchange. With more than 450 offices in 50 countries, and a mission to break down barriers in language, culture, and geography, EF has helped millions of people of all ages and nationalities become citizens of the world. Since 1979, EF High School Exchange Year has connected thousands of international students with caring host families across the United Kingdom.

 

The EF Difference


We are proud to be the leader in high school exchange. For more than 30 years, our offices all over the world and our dedicated staff have provided outreach, screening and support to students, host families and schools. We're there for all our program participants 24 hours a day, every day of the year. From the day you decide to host a foreign exchange student, until your student's last memorable days in the UK, EF is with you every step of the way. 

Host Families


Our host family application and screening process goes beyond the national requirements. We know our host families are caring, reliable, exceptionally prepared and excited to host their exchange students!

Students


We have incredible students! Each goes through a rigorous application process before acceptance, inculding an interview, acadedmic transcripts, letters of recommendation and a health screening.

Local Support


Throughout the year, host families and students can count on 24/7 support from EF. Full time staff are available throughout the UK; wherever you might be there is always EF staff members there for you.

Travel Support


Our Travel Support Team is here 24/7 to make sure our students' arrivals in the UK and end-of-the-year departures are safe and stress-free. We take care of every detail!

Discovery Tours


EF exchange students can explore more of Ireland and the UK on our incredible EF Discovery Tours! We have trips to Northern Ireland, Oxford, Edinburgh, London and more.

Preparation Camp


EF exchange students are thoroughly prepared upon their arrival to the UK. Preparation Camp gives them a fun way to adjust to the UK before they head across the country to their host families.

 

Meet EF Staff


From our offices all over the world to EF’s main headquarters in London, our dedicated staff provides outreach, screening and support to students, host families and schools. We’re there for all our program participants 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

Programme Director

Sandra | London, UK

Sandra has been with EF since 2004. Working with the EF team in London and across the country and the world, Sandra has helped provide hundreds of students and host families with the life-changing experience of high school exchange.

Programme Manager

Adam | London, UK

As Programme Manager, we want to make sure that each year, our students are able to experience the British culture with their host family and in their school.

EF Student Admissions

Bastian | Berlin, Germany

Our teams in the students' home countries evaluate their English level and prepare them for the year ahead. During the exchange, EF staff abroad are also the point of contact for the students' own parents back home.

Regional Manager

Lisa | London, UK

As Regional Managers, we are always there to support our students, host families and schools. And we mean always - that's 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

 
The World of EF

Cultural Exchange


EF High School Exchange Year runs programs in the U.S., UK and Ireland.

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Language Courses


Students can take EF language courses online or in the classroom, whether for school, work, or personal growth.

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Educational Travel


Student groups and adults discover the world on guided tours across North America and around the globe.

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Academic Programs


From International Baccalaureate diplomas to university prep classes to MBA programs, we prepare students of all ages for success in our globally connected world.

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