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EF EDUCATION FIRST (abbreviated as EF) is an international education company that specializes in language training, educational travel, academic degree programs, and cultural exchange. The company was founded in 1965 by Bertil Hult in the Swedish university town of Lund . The company is privately held by the Hult family and is headquartered in Lucerne , Switzerland
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EF has approximately 43,500 staff and 500 offices and schools located in more than 50 countries. EF celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015.

CONTENTS

* 1 History * 2 Leadership

* 3 Company overview

* 3.1 Divisions and business units

* 3.1.1 EF Language and Schools division * 3.1.2 EF Educational Travel division

* 3.2 Associated organizations * 3.3 Notable projects and partnerships

* 4 References * 5 External links

HISTORY

Bertil Hult launched EF in 1965 from the basement of his university dormitory. Bertil’s childhood struggles with dyslexia served as his inspiration for EF. After dropping out of school, due in part to his inability to learn English, Bertil took a job as an errand boy for a Swedish bank. His supervisors quickly recognized his work ethic and sent him to London on work exchange as a reward. Only a few months after relocating, Bertil could speak English. His time in the U.K. taught Bertil that “learning by doing” could have an equal, if not greater, impact on educational outcomes as traditional classroom methods.

LEADERSHIP

Philip Hult and Alex Hult are the company’s co-chairmen overseeing EF’s day-to-day operation as well as its language and academic businesses. Dr. Edward Hult is CEO, North America, overseeing EF’s educational travel and cultural exchange divisions.

COMPANY OVERVIEW

DIVISIONS AND BUSINESS UNITS

EF Education
Education
First is organized in two separate divisions: EF Language and Schools and EF Educational Travel. Specific business units within these two main divisions include:

EF Language And Schools Division

* EF International Language Centers * EF Local English Language Centers for Adults * EF Local English Language Centers for Kids and Teens * EF English Live * EF Corporate Solutions * EF Learning Labs

EF Educational Travel Division

* EF Explore America * EF Educational Tours * EF College Study Tours * EF College Break * EF Go Ahead Tours * EF Education
Education
First Worldwide * EF College Visit Tours

ASSOCIATED ORGANIZATIONS

EF is also associat