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.

Global citizenship through study abroad

Study abroad is essential to every student and institution in higher education—regardless of academic concentration. It fosters cross-cultural competency required in an increasingly interconnected world, and produces students who are more knowledgeable, reflective and aware.

Our role is to help you shape the next generation of global citizens. Because when educators frame their curriculum around the curiosity, humility and discovery of an international experience, powerful learning moments happen.