It started more than 50 years ago

Our story begins with a single teenager who discovered first-hand the power of experiential learning. It opened his eyes and changed his life.

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.