EF's mission is to break down the barriers of language, culture and geography that divide us.

EF in Brief

EF stands for "Education First". Founded in 1965 by entrepreneur Bertil Hult, EF is a privately-held company with 16 divisions that offer a range of educational programs from language training, educational travel, and academic degrees to cultural exchanges. With a mission to break down barriers in language, culture and geography, EF has helped people of all ages and nationalities become citizens of the world.

From Berlin to Beijing, Moscow to Mexico City, Dubai to Denver, EF operates 400 schools and offices in over 50 countries. EF's global network includes 9,000 staff and 25,000 teachers and guides. To date, EF has helped over 15 million people to learn a new language, discover the world, or earn an academic degree.

"Education First" is more than our company name. It is our corporate passion.

Where we are

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Since 1965 EF has opened a school or an office in more than 50 countries across the globe and the expansion continues every year.

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Our History

Our History

For over 40 years, EF has been in the business of helping the world to learn. Learn more about our history through the decades.

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