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EF Education First Overview
Lucerne (Switzerland)
10000+ employees
Company - Private
Unknown / Non-Applicable
About EF Education First
We’re 46,500 small. We’re teachers and students, creatives and analysts, visionaries and doers. We are 120 nationalities—and counting. Together, we break down barriers of language, culture and geography and we do ... Read more

Mission: Opening the world through education

Company Updates

  • Check out some of the events EF has had throughout the years. We're getting excited for some more EF summer fun!

    Highlights of EF Education First in the Greater Boston Community

    Later today, EF's Olympics Ambassador Deedee Trotter will join hundreds of Bostonians for a fun, free community workout on the Common. Deedee has been traveling the world, visiting schools and EF offices in the lead-up to the 2018 Winter Olympics to talk about EF's role as the official language sponsor for every Olympic Games hosted in a non-English speaking country since Seoul in 1988.

  • Educators light up the world, so to say thank you, we're lighting up the NYC sky! On Friday, May 12, the Empire State Building will shine EF's signature pink to honor Teacher Appreciation Week.

    Lighting the Empire State Building for Teacher Appreciation Week

    We're honored to partner with incredible teachers like you to create educational tours that open your students' minds and broaden their horizons. And, while these travel experiences are truly life-changing, we know they're only one of the many ways you give your students the world.

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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 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
  • College Break


  • 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

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EF Education First CEO Eddie Hult
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    Current Employee - Compliance Manager in Cambridge, MA
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    I have been working at EF Education First full-time (More than a year)


    I genuinely enjoy my colleagues that I work with, and am passionate about the mission of the product and company. My coworkers and I hang out often outside of work, and EF always has other things to get involved with. I've had paid travel opportunities presented on a regular basis. EF has a great benefits package, time off policy, and culture. Office is gorgeous and has both amazing views and natural light.


    Very high amount of turnover, which senior management admits is a part of their business model. Generally low salaries for the amount of time spent in the office. Professional development programs are lacking. The open office plan is very loud and can be distracting.

    Advice to Management

    Find amazing people, and fight to retain them. So many hours and resources are spent training new staff that could instead be invested into increasing salaries and professional growth opportunities.

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EF Education First Photos

EF Education First photo of: The EF Hiking Club spent Earth Day hiking Mt. Pemigewasset in Lincoln, New Hampshire
EF Education First photo of: EF Boston workout with Olympian DeeDee Trotter in the Boston Common!
EF Education First photo of: Day 2 of Wellness Week! Our CEO Eddie Hult led a bootcamp session in North Point Park!
EF Education First photo of: View from Charlestown Footbridge
EF Education First photo of: North American Headquarters
EF Education First photo of: Like and Escher Drawing
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EF Education First Interviews



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    ESL Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Kalamazoo, MI
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview


    I applied online. I interviewed at EF Education First (Kalamazoo, MI).


    Quick and easy, a bit awkward for second interview. I ended up not applying because of family matters. I am thinking of reapplying though. It was quick and simple. The reason why the second interview was awkward was because it was on Skype and the gentleman I was interviewing with didn't have the video set-up for himself but mine was. I felt more vulnerable to this than other Skype interviews.

    Interview Questions

    • Why do you want to teach in China?   1 Answer
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EF Education First Awards & Accolades

  • 10 Companies That Make Work Inspiring, The Muse, 2016

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