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More Information about EF



As of 2016, EF Education First has a total of 43,500 employees. These comprise of office, faculty and teaching staff.

The Company

EF Education First is an international education company focusing on language, academics and cultural experience. With a mission to open the world through education, EF was founded in 1965 and is organized into three divisions: EF Language and Schools, EF Cultural Exchange, and EF Educational Travel. Each division has several different businesses. EF is also affiliated with an independent, non-profit business school, Hult International Business School, and an independent non-profit exchange program, EF Foundation, as well as an insurance company, Erika Insurance.

Founded by Bertil Hult in Sweden, the company remains a privately held company by the Hult family and now has its headquarters in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Schools and Offices

EF now has over 500 schools and offices across 54 countries:


Algeria 2012
Argentina 1979
Australia 1987
Austria 1970
Azerbaijan 1999
Belgium 1976
Brazil 1987
Canada 1985
Chile* 1992
China* 1997
Colombia 1985
Costa Rica 2005
Czech Republic 2006
Denmark 1968
Ecuador 1991
Finland 1967
France 1967
Germany 1969
India 2002
Indonesia* 1986
Ireland 2001
Italy 1974
Japan 1972
Kazakhstan 2004
Libya 2010
Luxemburg 1998
Malta 1994
Mexico 1979
Netherlands 1970
New Zealand 2002
Norway 1967
Panama 2008
Peru 2008
Poland 1997
Portugal 1991
Russia* 1995
Saudi Arabia* 2001
Singapore 2008
South Africa 2004
South Korea 1988
Spain 1974
Sweden 1965
Switzerland 1969
Taiwan 1989
Thailand 1996
Turkey 1991
Tunisia 2014
UAE 2008
United Kingdom 1965
USA 1979
Uruguay 2011
Venezuela 2000
Vietnam 2001


* EF franchise schools also operate in these countries.


EF is proud to have an established relationship with the Olympic Games, recently being announced as the official education services sponsor of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeong Chang, Korea.

  • Official Education Services Sponsor of Pyeong Chang 2018 Winter Olympics.
  • Official Language Training Supplier of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics.
  • Official Supplier of Language Programs of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
  • Official Language Training Services Supplier of the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics.
  • Official Language School of the Seoul 1988 Summer Olympics.



The Company

EF English First is a part of the EF Language and Schools division of the parent company EF Education First.  We specialize in the provision of English language education at our local schools across China, Russia and Indonesia. EF China was established in 1997. As of now, we have expanded to over 60 cities and 300 schools as well as into Russia and Indonesia. These schools comprise of three types – Kids and Teens, Adults and Online which are described below and include curriculums based on our EFEKTA system – “Learn, Try, Apply”.

Kids and Teens

Our Kids and Teens schools teach students from ages 3-18 and are broken down into 4 main products: Small Stars (3-6 years old), High Flyers (6-10 years old), Trailblazers (10-14 years old) and Front Runners (14-18 years old).   All of our products integrate the use of IWBs, iPads and online study along with classroom activities including games and songs. Our courses focus on whole child development that, along with language development, include motor, creativity, problem-solving, exam and soft skills development depending on the age group as well as introducing children to cultural aspects of English. The course covers content from levels A1 to C1.2 on the CEFR.


Our adult schools provide a blended learning syllabus set in a social environment creating a space where students can communicate in English in a realistic manner without leaving their country.  Students learn online with EF Englishtown and then take corresponding in-centre classes to practice what they have learnt.  One of the most enjoyable parts of the curriculum for both students and teachers are the Life Club classes and events where activities ranging from debating to cooking are conducted in English to provide further opportunities for authentic English use. Classes are available from complete beginner to upper advanced levels and students range from university undergraduates to professionals to retirees creating a varied and interesting atmosphere.


Our Online Teaching Centre in Shanghai, China employs around 100 international teachers who provide live online lessons to our adult students around the country. These lessons, taught in online virtual classrooms include 20-minute ‘checkpoint’ lessons which tie into the unit the student is studying online, 40-minute group lessons with a maximum of 8 students, 45 minute private one to one lessons and online written correction of student’s assignments. Students can select their teachers, private lesson topics and lesson times between 8am and midnight.

Teacher Development

We have an outstanding continuous professional development program consisting of weekly training workshops as well as distance learning courses with topics ranging from Teaching Grammar to Introduction to Management available to all of our teachers.  We are also proud to be providers of the Cambridge TKT exams, Trinity College CertTESOL and DipTESOL qualifications as well as the International Diploma in Language Teaching Management (IDLTM) in partnership with the University of Queensland.



Teaching positions

We have teaching jobs available year-round so a candidate can be referred at any time. Our contracts are one year full time (40 hours a week, 20-25 of which are classroom hours depending on the product) and include the following benefits:

  • 12,000 – 15,000 RMB monthly salary, based on school type, qualifications etc.
  • 8,000 RMB annual flight allowance
  • 12,000 RMB salary advance available
  • Sponsored legal work Z-visa
  • Health insurance
  • 10 paid annual leave days
  • 11 national holidays
  • Free hotel accommodation for your first two weeks
  • ESL certification programs including Cambridge TKT, Trinity CertTESOL, Trinity DipTESOL and Cambridge IDLTM
  • Weekly EF sponsored social events
  • Teacher advantages discount scheme
  • Job rotation scheme
  • Free Mandarin Chinese lessons
  • Arrival support including free airport pick-up, hotel stay, city & company orientation, & on-site training


Marketing Materials

Our marketing team will be happy to provide you with up to date information for your websites, newsletters or EDMs etc.  We will endeavour to provide what best suits your needs whether that’s a poster for your training centre or some specifically designed content for your website.  In addition to this, our UK-based staff can be a point of contact for queries and where possible will be happy to speak to your trainees during courses in person or by setting up a webinar.

Tracking and Reports

To make sure the process is as labour free for you as possible we will provide a unique URL with your organisation’s name in combination with EF to track your applicants. Any applicants applying through this URL will be tracked at each stage of the recruitment process allowing us to generate regular reports to keep you up to date on your candidate’s progress. This will allow you to see when your candidate has applied, passed their interview, accepted our offer, applied for their visa and ultimately arrived. We have a dedicated recruitment team that take the responsibility for the hiring process from beginning to end meaning that as a partner all you need to do is refer your interested trainees and alumni to your URL.

Referral Fees

Once you see that your candidate has reached the ‘arrived’ stage on your report, simply send us an invoice and we’ll process our referral fee payment as a final thank you.