It started more than 50 years ago
It was 1960 and Swedish student Bertil Hult had spent years struggling with dyslexia. Unsure of his future, he moved to London for work. After only a few short months, he was fluent in English—a feat he never thought possible.
That discovery inspired Bertil to launch EF Education First in 1965—a company built on experiential learning, cultural immersion and authentic connections. This experience is at the core of our educational philosophy.
One global mission
As we celebrate our 50th anniversary, Bertil and his family continue to lead EF. Through the years we have helped millions of people and become the world leader in international education by focusing on one global mission: Opening the World Through Education.
Three pillars of learning
People everywhere can participate in our mission through our three pillars of learning:
EF educational travel and cultural exchange programs provide international and domestic travel experiences, hands-on learning and lasting cultural connections for both students and adults.
Students learn new languages for school, work and personal growth, online and in EF classrooms around the world. Study abroad programs allow them to practice and improve where the language and culture come to life.
Fully accredited EF schools offer International Baccalaureate diplomas and university preparatory classes —all of which emphasize experiential learning. In addition, we are associated with Hult International Business School where students can earn both a bachelors degree and an MBA.
A commitment to 21st century learning
As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, global education is more important than ever. Together with educators worldwide, we provide experiences that teach critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration and global competence.
Most importantly, at EF Explore America we're dedicated to making these experiences accessible to as many students as possible. That's why our all-inclusive tours cover everything—from round-trip transportation to safe, quality hotels—at a more affordable price.