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EF Education First Overview
Cambridge, MA
10000+ employees
Company - Private
Education Training Services
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

  • Say hello to Ian ��, Director of Sales for EF Educational Tours in Toronto:

    “[Before coming to EF, as a field operations manager for Voyager Airways,] I moved to six different countries in Africa, living in each for about three to six months at a time, and spent a year in Afghanistan as well. When I decided it was time to come home, I aimed to find an organization that embraced making a difference in the world.”

    Learn how Ian applied his experience working in problem-solving and logistics for a privately owned aviation company�� to his roles at EF. This is his EF journey. >>>

    Helping students learn about the world: Ian's EF journey - EF Blog

    Say hello to Ian, Director of Sales for EF Educational Tours in Toronto. Learn how Ian applied his experience working in problem-solving and logistics for a privately owned aviation company to his roles at EF. This is his EF journey.

  • What happens when you join EF? You begin a new professional journey.
    Interested in opening the world with us? Take a look at where EF could take you. >>>

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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 English Live
  • EF Local English Language Centers
  • EF Local English Language Centers for Kids
  • EF International Language Campuses
  • 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
  • EF Go Ahead Tours
  • EF Ultimate Break


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

At EF, our work changes lives for the better – our products give confidence and freedom to people across the globe. EF employees are a reflection of our customers: global citizens who are passionate about education and travel. 

Career Development

At EF, entrepreneurial spirit permeates everything we do, including our philosophy around career development.  We recognize that smart, driven and passionate people don't always follow a linear career path. That’s why our leaders empower our people to take their careers into their own hands by following their passions to a variety of EF businesses across functions and around the globe. Our people embrace this philosophy and our Employee Development Team invests in supporting it:  every week, an average of three employees from our Boston office are promoted, change products or functions, or move abroad.


Your training and development starts on day one, when you enter our 90-day comprehensive onboarding program.  It continues throughout your career as you direct your training and development by choosing from a menu that includes monthly TED-Talk-style trainings led by EF executives from around the world, dozens of hard and soft skills trainings offered each year, and our robust management training series, which kicks off with a two-day intensive New Manager Training.

Benefits & Perks

We believe that happy people are productive people.  Here are just a few of the benefits and perks that make our people happy:

  • Heavily-subsidized, market-leading health insurance
  • 25% match on employees’ 401k contributions
  • Three weeks paid vacation in your first year; four weeks in your second
  • Free language classes, taught in-house
  • Free fitness classes held in our exercise studio on campus
  • Disco Lunch!
  • Discounts on EF’s travel products
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Generous paid parental leave

Our EF core values

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. We put it all down on paper, and even FastCompany had good things to say about our "Very Blue Book."

Entrepreneurial spirit
At EF, we take ownership of our ideas and run with them. We don't hope things will happen. We make things happen.

We must deliver a great product every time, every day. No excuses. Our products should be the best value in the market and be better than advertised.

At work or at play, our passion brings out the best in us. Loving what we do is a way to find balance.

Nothing is impossible
We channel our superhero energy every day. We embrace challenges and rarely take no for an answer. We believe there's a creative way around almost any obstacle.

Attention to detail
Our business is built on details. If we don't know a detail, we don't just guess. We say, "I'll find out and get back to you."

Innovation involves change, which isn't always easy. It's not just the responsibility of those who work with technology. It's all of our responsibility to embrace new ways of working and improving what we do.

Not the same as cutting costs. It's about spending smart. Whenever we're budgeting, we ask ourselves: "Is this nice or necessary?" We don't often need nice. Another good question: "Is this really an investment, or is this just an expense?"

Our people

Our people are some of the best in the world, and it's what we hear all the time from current employees: "I love coming to work because I love the people I work with." 

Learn more about our staff on the EF blog, We are EF.

Our offices

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.

EF & the Olympics
As the Official Education Services Sponsor of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics, EF will train over 200,000 students and teachers across South Korea and create Olympic-themed academic content, such as videos and lesson plans to provide key information about the winter sporting events and the Olympics and Paralympics. To further engage citizens and volunteers, EF has built a digital education platform for the general public. The PyeongChang 2018 Games represent EF’s fifth Olympic appointment following Seoul (1988), Beijing (2008), Sochi (2014) and Rio (2016).

Team EF Pro Cycling
EF is the naming sponsor of Team EF Education First-Drapac powered by Cannondale, a professional UCI World Tour team that placed second in the
Tour de France 2017. Professional cycling unites people of diverse backgrounds in a peaceful, fun, and friendly way to achieve extraordinary athletic feats. It aligns perfectly with EF’s mission of opening the world through education and our commitment to bringing different cultures together. 

EF & the Nobel Museum
In 2016, EF launched an educational partnership with the Nobel Museum in Stockholm. United by our common belief that, in order to change the world, you need to experience it, we set out to create a program that inspires students to take risks, set bold goals, and dare to think differently, using the prestigious achievements of Nobel laureates as inspiration.


At EF, the key to our growth has been simple: our people. Behind each of our successes, there lies a story linked to an enterprising EF person who had a clever idea, led a strong team, or found an innovative solution.  It’s how we grew from a small Swedish company into the world’s largest private education company, and they’re the reason EF continues to be a dynamic and fun place to work.

We seek adventurers and entrepreneurs at all stages of their careers.  If that sounds like you, grab your passport, pack your bags and join us as we open the world through education.

Start Your Career at EF

Launch your career at a company where challenges, ownership, opportunities and development begin on day one. These are a few of the exciting opportunities available to recent graduates:

EF 360 Global Management Trainee Program
This highly selective one-year management trainee program is open to recent graduates with 360 degrees of talent and vision. It’s as much a mission as it is a job. As an EF360 management trainee, you’ll assist an EF President who will act as your mentor, your supervisor, and your friend.  You could be asked to produce a flash mob for a viral marketing campaign, an ideate and develop app to enhance learning on tour, or develop an innovative new product to capture a new segment of our customer market.   No assignment is too big or small. You could be based in Boston, London, Lucerne, Zurich, Hong Kong, Shanghai, or one of EF’s other major offices. And no matter where you are, be prepared to travel.

EF Educational Tours Entrepreneurial Sales Development Program
The Entrepreneurial Sales Development Program is our multi-year development program within EF Educational Tours that is designed to transform you into a fearless business owner..  We focus on cultivating your sales technique, entrepreneurial spirit and professional skillset while giving you ownership over a geographic territory in North America. Through our consultant-based solution selling, you will connect schools, teachers and students with international opportunities.

EF 360 Tech Trainee Program
If you’re passionate about technology and innovation and are to get hands-on, professional experience in product, mobile & web development, collaborative software, and integrated design, look no further: this 12-month program could be for you!  You’ll work with some of our top executives, technical architects, and visionaries across the globe in an environment that is fast, flat and flexible.

EF Finance Development Program
The EF Finance Development Program jumpstarts your international career. Tailor-made to give broad exposure to EF’s finance world and senior management team, this 24-month rotational program places you in four different roles across several finance and accounting functions in our U.S. and Toronto offices.

Grow Your Career at EF

To keep up with our worldwide growth, we’re looking to hire more global entrepreneurs and leaders who want to drive business, break new ground and impact the lives of learners around the world. We’re more interested in what you’re passionate about and what you’re capable of more than what you’ve already done. If you want to apply your skills and experience and do good while doing well, check out our opportunities at

EF Education First Reviews

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    "Inspiring mission, incredible opportunities to see the world while developing your skills"

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    Current Employee - Director in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Director in Cambridge, MA
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    I have been working at EF Education First full-time (More than 5 years)


    - Everything we do at EF is about helping people build bridges across borders and cultures, spark mutual understanding, and create new opportunities. It's a mission that feels incredibly relevant right now.
    - Travel opportunities: I spent more than 3 months traveling abroad last year to some of the most amazing places including Spain, Sweden, UK, France, and Germany. Everyone travels once a year, most travel far more than that.
    - The people. EF people make coming into work every day energizing and fun.
    - The benefits. Probably among the best on offer in Greater Boston.


    - EF isn't for everyone; and in particular, folks who are looking for lots of structure and a clear path to promotion on an annual or semi-annual basis. People who aren't a good EF fit probably won't be happy here.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up! Staff events and professional development opportunities were fantastic in 2018. Not surprising that EF consistently ranks in the top 2 on the Globe's Top Places to Work list.

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    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at EF Education First (Cambridge, MA) in December 2017.


    I felt so welcomed by the team during my nearly three-hour interview. The time flew by as we got to know each other and I learned more about this company.

    Interview Questions

    • I was asked a variety of questions that allowed the team to assess not only my skills, but my personality. It was clear they wanted to learn what I could add to this company, but also what I could add to this company's culture.   3 Answers
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EF Education First Awards & Accolades

  • 10 Companies That Make Work Inspiring, The Muse, 2016
  • BostInno Coolest Company, BostInno, 2017
  • MassTLC Building a Better Workforce, MassTLC, 2017
  • 50 on Fire Finalist, BostInno 50 on Fire, 2017
  • Most Nationalities in an online Video Album of People Performing a Choreographed Dance, Guinness World Records, 2015
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