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EF Education First Overview

Website www.ef.edu
Headquarters Lucerne, Switzerland
Size 10000+ Employees
Founded 1965
Type Company - Private
Industry Education
EF Education First is an international education company that combines language training with cultural exchange, academic achievement and educational travel to deliver courses and programs that transform dreams into international opportunities.

Mission: Opening the world through education

Company Updates

  • EF is celebrating 50 years of opening the world through education. Check out the fascinating story of how it all began: http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vI1xR.

  • EF research shows that countries with better English innovate more. Read about this finding in the Harvard Business Review: http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vI1OB

EF Education First – Why Work For Us?

EF Education First is the world leader in international education.  EF’s mission is simple: opening the world through education.  With more than 500 schools and offices in 53 countries, EF's language learning, educational travel, academic degree and cultural exchange programs have helped people of all ages and nationalities become citizens of the world.

Headquartered in Lucerne with major hubs in Boston, London, Shanghai, Zurich and Sao Paolo – and offices and schools worldwide – working with us can be a global journey. A career with EF combines the support and opportunity of a large organization with the spirit and energy of a small company. We look for thinkers and doers – creative, collaborative and motivated people who are excited by education, language and travel.

EF Education First has Four Divisions Comprised of 16 Businesses


  • EF Learning Labs
  • EF Englishtown
  • EF Local English Language Centers
  • EF Local English Language Centers for Kids
  • EF International Language Centers
  • EF Corporate Solutions
  • EF Academy - International Boarding Schools


  • EF High School Exchange Year
  • Cultural Care Au Pair


  • EF Explore America
  • EF Educational Tours
  • EF College Study Tours
  • Go Ahead Tours


  • Hult International Business School, Graduate School
  • Hult International Business School, Undergraduate School
  • Hult International Business School, Executive Education


At EF, our work changes lives for the better – our products give confidence and freedom to people across the globe. This "for profit, for good" ethos is what motivates our teams to do better work every day and drives our business to grow year on year.  EF employees are a reflection of our customers: global citizens who are passionate about education and travel. 

We recognize that smart, driven and passionate people don't always follow a linear career path. At EF, staff are expected to make noise, reach for new opportunities and take responsibility for moving the business forward. EF staff are experts in:

  • sales and marketing
  • operations
  • creative roles
  • technology and innovation
  • teaching
  • finance
  • management 

Whether they want to transfer to another global office, propose new products, or create their own positions, EF is dedicated to growing its team into the professionals they want to be.


Staying Small While Growing Big

Our company culture is one of our most important assets. When we were founded 50 years ago, we were small and flexible.  We didn’t have any patents or special sauce—we just had to rely on our smarts, drive and creativity to succeed.

This “EFness”—so difficult to describe—is our culture and our secret weapon.  As we grow, we focus on remaining small.  Small companies are smart.  Small companies are agile.  And small companies are fun to work at.  Long live smallness!

No matter where on the globe you find one of our offices or schools, you’ll meet staff and educators who are passionate, innovative, entrepreneurial and intrepid. 

Our offices and schools are a reflection of our culture: they are light, open, minimal, elegant, fun and happy.  They’re designed to facilitate collaboration, creativity, teamwork, and fun.




Changing Lives through Technology, Education and Design

We're committed to making a positive contribution to the global community through key partnerships, support for good causes and cutting-edge research into improving the way people learn.  Here are just a few examples of how we’re paving new roads for learning using technology, education and design:


EFSET is the world’s first free online standardized English test. In less than 50 minutes, users get a detailed analysis of their reading and listening skills. Results are calculated immediately and shared only with the user.


The EF English Proficiency Index (EF EPI) is the world’s largest ranking of countries by adult English skills.  Hailed as the world’s most comprehensive benchmark of English proficiency, the EF EPI sparks debate around the world about the best ways to improve a country’s English level. The EF EPI is often cited by researchers, educators, governments, policy makers, and opinion leaders.

Hult Prize

In partnership with President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative and the Hult International Business School, the Hult Prize encourages university students from around the globe to solve the world’s biggest challenges with innovative ideas. The winning team is able to implement their concept with US$1,000,000 in startup funding and mentorship from the international business community.

Rio Olympics 2016 & EF

We are the Official Language Training supplier of the RIO 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Over the course of the next months, more than one million people will learn English with us – and be part of the world’s largest language training program in progress.


Join our Community of Global Educators, Innovators, Travelers and Doers

David Ogilvy, the advertising pioneer, said, “If each of us hires people who are smaller than we are, we shall become a company of dwarfs. But if each of us hires people who are bigger than we are, we shall become a company of giants.” That’s the key to success in business. If you hire great people, all other problems disappear. Unfortunately, a lot of people feel a bit threatened by people who are better. That’s why we always say that no one ever lost their job because they’ve hired someone who was too good. 

To continue to grow our culture of innovation, we're adding more entrepreneurial thinkers and passionate doers to make an impact, build great things, collaborate, travel the world, and pave a dynamic career path.

Find the opportunity that best suits your strengths and expertise at careers.ef.com.


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    While EF is a large company, it operates like a much smaller one. EF is very entrepreneurial and empowers employees at all levels. Compared to other companies EF has a very flat organizational structure. EF has a very strong culture and people are extremely passionate about working here. Humility goes a long way at EF. While some folks do leave after a few years at the entry level, there are a lot of managers and above who have grown up at EF and had very interesting careers in many different businesses and/or locations. I have seen many examples where EF values strong people as individuals and finds the right opportunities for them.


    EF is the perfect place for self starters but the flip side is it's not a great place for people who need heavier detailed direction on a daily basis.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to invest in growing the business - there are a lot of great opportunities to pursue!

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    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at EF Education First.


    - First round on campus. With head recruiter at the school. - Second round back-to-back with 4-5 executive level people. You get exposure to managers from different products, who don't expect you to know much about them. They ask overlapping questions about the challenges you've faced, team projects, etc. - Third round back-to-back with 4 executive level people. You meet with more managers who ask what your dream job is, what type of project you would like at EF, etc.

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