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To ensure a high quality of learning programs we offer to our customers, each language school partner is selected carefully and on an individual basis.

Apart from our own criteria, membership and participation in a relevant education / travel association or work group is a further quality mark. You will find an overview and brief description of the most popular quality marks / seals of quality of those associations below. All our language school partners bear one or more of these. 

International quality marks

The list below shows international quality marks which are not related to a particular language:
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CSN logo

CSN  (Centrala studiestödsnämnden). CSN approves and sends out Swedish financial aid for studies, which includes both grants and loans to students in Sweden and abroad. . CSN awards a total of approximately 23 billion Swedish kronor a year to almost 900,000 students.

Equals logo EAQUALS (The European Association of Quality Language Services). A pan-European Association of schools and organizations concerned with language teaching and learning. To get an admission, a prospect member must undergo an inspection to verify that the criteria, established by EQUALS, are met. The process is repeated every 3 years thereafter. EAQUALS also has Associate Members, who agree to abide by a separate charter (set of criteria). These include organizations such as the British Council , the Goethe Institut , Instituto Cervantes ,...
Ecis logo

ECIS (European Council of International Schools). This council is a collaborative network promoting the ideals and best practice of international education. ECIS leads in addressing significant current and future educational and global issues in support of its membership in Europe and worldwide. 

Fixto Logo

FIYTO (Federation of International Youth Travel Organizations).  In 2006 FIYTO and the International Student Travel Confederation (ISTC) merged to form the World Youth Student and Educational Travel Confederation (WYSE).

Forem Logo FOREM The Belgium employment bureau accredits selected courses to be supported by the bureaus funding. 

GWEA (Global Work Experience Association)  The GWEA was founded in 2002 as an initiative of the Federation of International Youth Travel Organizations (FIYTO) and as thus has evolved as well into the WYSE confederation under the WYSE Work Abroad program

Hoegskoleverket Logo

Högskoleverket (Swedish National Agency for Higher Education) The Högskoleverket was established in 1995 and is the public authority that oversees higher education institutions (HEIs) in Sweden. One of the tasks is the recognition of qualifications from abroad.


IALC (International Association of Language Centers) A network of high-quality, independent language schools teaching their native language to international students. All accredited language schools provide effective language courses and cultural immersion for all ages, needs and interests.  !!! With effect of August 2009,StudyGlobal has become an official partner agency!!!

ISO Logo IQ Net (International Certification Network) Established in 1990, IQNet is the largest provider of management system certification in the world. IQNet is involved in international standardization, certification and accreditation organizations. By certifying for the IQNet Management System and meeting the ISO 9001 standard, customers can be assured that best business practices are in place to ensure professional operation standards of participating companies (language schools).
Nafsa Logo NAFSA Founded in 1948 as the National Association of Foreign Student Advisers. The name was changed in 1990 to NAFSA: Association of International Educators and is headquartered in Washington, DC. This non-profit organization promotes the exchange of students and scholars between universities worldwide. Members are also encouraged to enhance the international perspective in all curricula.
Tandem Logo TANDEM International was founded in order to accredit and represent private, independent language schools in Europe and overseas. There are many varied TANDEM schools all over the world. TANDEM International sets the Quality Standards for its member language schools and ensures that these standards are met. All schools are regularly inspected and continuously monitored. TANDEM International is a member of WYSETC and ALTO.
 WYSETC logo  WYSETC (World Youth Student & Educational Travel Confederation) emerged from the joint venture of FIYTO and ISTC in 2009 to a 550+ member organization representing the global community of youth travel, student travel, cultural exchange and international education specialists. The Confederation's mission is "to increase international understanding through the promotion of travel and educational opportunities for students and youth”.
 Wyse work abroad Logo  WYSETC Work Abroad is the world’s leading trade association that represents trusted organisations specialising in work abroad and volunteer programmes. WYSE Work Abroad has more than 150 member organisations active in over 40 countries worldwide. WYSE Work Abroad members agree to its Code of Conduct, which signifies competence, integrity, and fair business practices.

Worldwide English quality marks

The below list, shows general English quality marks NOT related to a country.
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 Cambridge Logo Cambridge ESOL (ESOL = English for speakers of other language) offers a range of English certificates (including IELTS , FCE, CAE, CPE,  BEC ) which are recognized worldwide and are taken by over 3 million people in 130 countries each year. They help people gain entrance to university or college, improve job prospects or measure progress in English. More than 8,500 employers, universities and government bodies around the world recognize Cambridge ESOL qualifications. More on Cambridge exams.
 ETS Logo

ETS (Educational Testing Service) was found in 1947 when the American Council on Education, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and the College Entrance Examination Board contributed their testing programs, a portion of their assets, and key employees to form an independent, non-profit organization. At present ETS administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually - including the TOEFL®  andTOEIC®  tests, - in more than 180 countries, and at over 9,000 locations worldwide.

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Quality English is a quality brand which is committed to promoting high quality English language schools and their courses to international students. The schools which make up Quality English are independent and of the highest quality. QE schools deliver first class training to English language learners, QE schools are carefully selected for their quality and reputation, and offer a choice of general and specialized courses in contrasting locations.

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TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages). This private and global association for English language teaching professionals is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, USA. TESOL encompasses a network of approximately 60,000 educators worldwide, consisting of more than 14,000 individual members and an additional 45,000 educators within the 100 plus TESOL affiliate associations. It sets about some of the highest quality standards for teaching English as a foreign language. 


Local English quality marks

The below list, shows English quality marks related to specific countries or regions.
Australia | Canada | Great Britain | Ireland | Malta | New Zealand | South Africa | USA
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 English Australia Logo English Australia - Formerly known as ELICOS Association of Australia, is an industry association of English language schools for students from overseas studying in Australia. It is Australia’s national peak body and professional association for the ELICOS sector of international education - providers offering “English Language Intensive Courses to Overseas Students”. EA relates more to colleges than to classical language schools.
 Neas Logo  NEAS - (National ELT* Accreditation Scheme) is Australia's national accreditation scheme for English Language Teaching centers. The broad aim of NEAS Australia is to establish and uphold high standards of service provision in English language teaching in Australia. NEAS maintains close liaison with Commonwealth and State government authorities, with frequent formal and informal consultations on matters affecting the quality of English Language Teaching in Australia. (* ELT = English Language Testing)
 ACPET logo ACPET is the Australian Council for Private Education and Training - the national industry association for independent providers of post-compulsory education and training, for Australian and international students, including Higher Education, Vocational Education and Training, English Language Courses, Senior Secondary Studies and Foundation Studies. The ACPET Mission is to enhance quality, choice, innovation and diversity in Australian education and training for individual, national and global development.
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Languages Canada Logo Languages Canada is Canada's premier language organization representing both of Canada's official languages: English and French. The organization was founded in 2007 as a result of merger between  CLC (Canada Language Council) and CAPLS (Canadian Association of Private Language Schools). The internationally recognized quality assurance accreditation scheme is comprehensive, and rigorously covers all areas of operations including curriculum, teacher qualifications, student services, student admissions, marketing, promotion, facilities and administration.


EQA is Canada's first and only provincial brand of quality for post-secondary education. It is a government system which gives a stamp of approval to designated institutions in the province of British Columbia, and is administered by the BC Council for International Education. EQA provides one standard provincial seal that can be recognized globally as a symbol of quality education and consumer protection. It identifies and promotes public and private post-secondary institutions that have met or exceeded government recognized quality assurance standards and offer consumer protection mechanisms.

Great Britain
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British Council Logo

The British Council is the UK’s international organization for cultural relations and educational opportunities. For 75 years it has been building engagement and trust for the UK through the exchange of knowledge and ideas between people worldwide.

 English UK Logo English UK - is the national association of accredited English language centers in the UK. Formed in 2004 from two previous associations (the Association of Recognized English Language Services and the British Association of State English Language Teaching), the association comprises 400 member centers in private schools, educational trusts and charities, further education colleges and universities. All members are accredited under the Accreditation UK scheme, which is run in partnership between the British Council and English UK. English UK has established itself as the voice of the UK English language teaching sector and now works with a wide range of partners and stakeholders worldwide to represent the interests of the English language profession.
English UK North logo
 English UK North was the first regional special interest group linked to English UK. The majority of members of English UK in the North of England are members of English UK North. The group, which was originally known as English in the North, was established in 1994. The objectives of English UK North are to raise the profile of the region as a destination for English language teaching and learning,  and to increase the numbers of students from those markets to Northern England.
English UK Business Logo

Business English UK is a special interest group within English UK, which consists of leading English language centres specialising in English for business and professional purposes.
Schools carrying this logo have a strong focus on business english and as such are monitored closely by this division of English UK to meet the highest standards to deliver excelent teaching.

London Chamber of Commerce Logo  London Chamber of Commerce & Industry - This Chamber accredits selected schools (in and outside the UK), to grant certificates on business English qualifications abiding to an own quality scheme.
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ACELS Logo ACELS (The Advisory Council for English Language Schools) was established in 1969 under the auspices of the Irish Department of Education & Science to control standards in language schools through an inspection/recognition scheme. ACELS administers the scheme which leads to school recognition by the Department of Education & Science. The list of recognized ELT organizations is published on an annual basis.
 Mei Relsa Logo MEI (Formerly known as MEI-RELSA) was formed in January 2000 as a merger of MEI(Marketing English in Ireland) and RELSA (Recognized English Language Schools Association) which was established in 1969. It is an association of recognized English Language Schools in Ireland which offers a high level of service and quality and a wide range of English language programs to almost 200,000 students from all over the world each year. Quality is central to MEI's mission. All MEI schools are recognized by the Irish Department of Education through an inspection scheme administrated by ACELS. In addition MEI members adhere to the association's rules, regulations and standards.
Discover Ireland Logo Discover Ireland - Is the official Tourist information website for Ireland. Selected language schools are recognized by Discover Ireland as a tourist partner abiding to tour standards.
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 Feltom (Federation of English Language Teaching Organizations in Malta) is a self-regulating association of the major language schools in Malta and Gozo. Since its foundation in 1989 it has been at the forefront of establishing quality standards in all aspects of English language stays on the islands on behalf of the Maltese government. The Federation is officially recognized by the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Tourism and holds consultative status with the Malta Tourism Authority.
New Zealand
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English New Zealand Logo English New Zealand is a group of well-established, quality English language schools located across New Zealand. English New Zealand is a registered society that incorporates the long-standing organization known as FIELSNZ (Federation of Independent English Language Schools of New Zealand), which was set up in 1986. All member schools are approved by the NZQA (New Zealand Qualifications Authority) and are signatories to the New Zealand Ministry of Education Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students.

The NZQA (New Zealand Qualifications Authority) is the government authority on quality regulations all over New Zealand for various subjects. Our New Zealand partner school, operating in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland is accredited by NZQA with their "Young Learner Programmes" which cater for learners between 11 – 17 years (taking place in Auckland and Christchurch). The NZQA audit is repeated on an annual basis.

South Africa
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Edusa Logo ELTASA (English Language Travel Association of South Africa) is committed to developing and guiding the growth of the English language travel industry in South Africa and ensuring that its members meet or exceed guaranteed minimum standards of professionalism and quality. ELTSA will be replaced by EduSA (Education South Africa) within 2010.
Cape Town Tourism Logo Tourism Cape Town The offical Website of the Cape Town & Cape Region tourism agency CTRU (Cape Town Routes Unlimited) was created in 2004 and tasked to promote Cape Town and the Western Cape as a premier leisure, events and business tourism destination, and to ensure that visitors so greatly enjoy their stay that they've planned their return trip before leaving our pristine shores. Accredited partners abide to a set rule of standards in terms of operation and accommodation. 
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AAIEP Logo AAIEP (American Association of Intensive English Programs) – Sets high quality standards in language schools in the USA which are all accredited by the ACCET , CEA , or operate under the governance of regionally accredited colleges or universities. For English in the USA, an AAIEP language program is the way to go
ACCET Logo ACCET (Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training) is officially recognized by the U.S. Department of Education since 1978 as a “reliable authority as to the quality of education or training provided by the institutions of higher education and the programs they accredit." ACCET accredits institutions providing no collegiate continuing education and training programs.
CATESOL Logo Catesol (California Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, English as a Second Language) is a local organization in California and Nevada, overlooking the quality of language schools in the according states.
Go Hawaii Logo Go Hawaii The Hawaii Visitor and Convention Bureau is the official marketing and tourism agency belonging to the state government. The Bureau is cooperating with various tour operators and other service companies, to bring the best experience forward to the visitors of all Hawaiian islands.
MATSOL Logo Matsol (Massachusetts Association of Teachers of Speakers of Other Languages) This local organization is overlooking the quality of language schools in Massachusetts, as such also in Boston.
NYCGO Logo NYC & Co. (nycgo) is New York City’s official marketing, tourism and partnership organization. Companies which become partner with nycgo commit to deliver outstanding tourism service to all visitors.
NYESA Logo NYESA (New York English Schools' Association) is an association of schools that teach English as Second Language in New York State. All members are regulated by the New York State Department of Education. New York is the only state in the USA that requires English schools to be licensed. Further most members are authorized by the Immigration and Naturalization Service of the United States to enroll foreign, non-immigrant students.

French quality marks

The below list, shows French quality marks related to specific countries or regions.
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FLE Logo The quality mark Qualité français langue étrangère is the result of a process aiming at ensuring quality initiated by the French ministries of Higher Education & Research, of Culture & Communication and of European & Foreign Affairs. Created in 2007 by a Ministerial Order, this quality mark gives to the general public and prescribers (linguistic cooperation actors, education agents and managers, etc.) the guarantee to find in France a centre offering quality French language courses and welcome services.
Maison France Logo Maison de la France is an official french government organization which is part of the Ministry of Tourism in charge of promoting France abroad. Accredited members abide to a set of standards to ensure defined a quality level by the ageny.
French Ministry Logo The Ministère de l'Education Nationale is the French government ministry in charge of education in France comprising school education as well as higher education and educational research. Several of our French partner schools are registered as a private institution of higher education by the Ministry of French education.
French Ministry Logo The Ministère français du Travail, des Relations sociales, de la Famille, de la Solidarité et de la Ville is the French government ministry in charge of work-related and social topics and issues and the relations to social partners such as labour unions. It covers the general politics of social action, national solidarity and city politics. Several of our French partner schools are registered as a professional continuing education institutuion by the French Ministry of Labor.
Souffle Logo Souffle is an independent group of 19 language centers in France, teaching French as a second language and committing to an own common Charter of Quality. Regular inspections guarantee the best quality instruction of French as a Foreign Language (FLE), whether for beginners, intermediate or advanced students, teachers, or juniors.

Italian quality marks

The below list, shows Italioan quality marks, some related to specific regions of Italy.

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ASILS Logo  ASILS (Associazione delle Scuole di Italiano come Lingua Seconda) The Association of Schools of Italian as a Second Language is designed to guarantee the quality of instruction and professional level of services offered to students. Member schools are required to adhere to strict didactic and professional requirements with a permanent study center where Italian language courses are held. All instructors, chosen for their professional and personal skills, hold university degrees and have experience in teaching Italian to foreigners.
 Ministry of Education Itaky Logo  Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca - The Italian Ministry of Education is in charge of authorizing language schools to teach Italian language and culture to foreign students.
Tuscany Logo Regione Toscana - The regional office of Tuscany has its own certification sheme in order to accredit vocational training institutions, specialized in teaching Italian for specific job or activity skills.

Spanish quality marks

The below list, shows Spanish quality marks related to specific countries or regions.
Mexico | Spain 
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SEA Logo The Association of Language Centers, or SEA, was founded in 1993 in the Adrogué province of Buenos Aires, Argentina. SEA began as an English Language Association, and now encompasses all languages occurring within the province of Buenos Aires including Portuguese, German, French, Italian, and Spanish for foreigners, All language centers associated with SEA work to maintain and guarantee a level of excellence in quality and progress in language instruction.
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SEP Logo SEP (La Secretaría de Educación Pública) the Mexican office for public education has started the initiative ECEST (Espacio Común de la Educación Superior Tecnológica ) to improve the learning circumstances of general universities as well as privately run universities (and language schools).
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AEEA Logo  AEEA (Association Español en Andalucía) This is a joint association of language schools in the region of Andalusia, which assures that all associated school maintain a high standard in terms of teaching and accommodation.
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ASEPROCE (Asociación Española de Promotores de Cursos en el Extranjero) The Spainsh association of language course operators assures that all accredited members abide to a high standard in order to assure a high quality level for the customer.


CEELE (Calidad en la Enseñanza del Español como Lengua Extranjera) is a proof of high quality education of Spanish as a foreign language. It is granted by the University of Alcalá de Henares and the “Association to develop Spanish as an economic factor”. CEELE assures that Spanish language schools abide to international quality criteria. After an inspection by an Expert of the University, which is paying close attention to 11 aspects of teaching, the seal needs to be renewed every 2 years.

Fedele Logo

FEDELE (Federación Española de Asociaciones de Escuelas de Español para Extranjeros) has a federal structure and is made up of six Associations of Spanish Schools for Foreigners. Each of these associations has its own legal characteristics, although there are common guidelines, a code of ethics for daily operations and monitored quality standards that apply to all. There are currently 75 language schools under the FEDELE umbrella, whose primary task is teaching Spanish for foreigners.

 Cervantes Logo

Instituto Cervantes was set up by Spain in 1991 to promote and teach Spanish and to spread the culture of Spain and Spanish-speaking countries.
It is based in Madrid and in Alcalá de Henares (in Madrid province), the city where the writer Miguel de Cervantes was born. Instituto Cervantes centers are spread across five continents. The institute also conducts the DELE (Diploma in Spanish as a Foreign Language) test to determine one’s proficiency in Spanish.

Portuguese quality marks

The below list, shows Portuguese quality marks related to specific countries or regions.
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AEPLE Logo AEPLE is the Associação de Escolas de Português Língua Estrangeira which teach Portuguese as a foreign language. It was founded in October 1996 and is a member of the European Federation ELITE, which consists of similar associations whose member schools teach the Language of their respective countries. The main objective is to ensure that the associates respect European standards in the quality of their teaching and accommodation and provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
Ministerio da Educaçao  The ministry of education in Portugal (Ministério da Educação) ensures the promotion of equality and opportunity in access to education and knowledge and progress of the Portuguese education system to ensure everyone a quality education.

German quality marks

The below list shows German quality marks.
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ÖSD logo

ÖSD (Österreichisches Sprachdiplom Deutsch) was developed in 1994 with the initiative of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Culture. The exams are oriented around catalogues developed especially for the ÖSD of vocabulary, themes, structures and level descriptions of the “Common European Framework of Reference for Languages” (CEFR) and “Profile deutsch”. Today the ÖSD offers nine different exams on six levels. World-wide, over 40,000 candidates annually pass an ÖSD examination at one of the approximately 200 licensed Institutes.

Campus Austria logo

Campus Austria is an association of Austrian language schools fully endorsed by the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Culture and the National Austrian Tourist Board. This association requires a high level of quality, which is ensured by a frequent inspection schedule for every school. Campus Austria comprises 16 language schools offering “German as a Foreign Language” committed to providing state-of-the-art-teaching methods to a limited number of course participants. 

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GfdS logo

Gesellschaft für deutsche Sprache (German Language Society) As a politically independent organization responsible for the preservation and linguistic research of German language, the GfdS has a high reputation at home and abroad. Founded in 1947 and supported by the federal government, the GfdS is responsible for critically observing the German language and for giving recommendations for the linguistic usage in general based on scientific research.

TestDaf logo

TestDaF (Test für Deutsch als Fremdsprache) TestDaF is a language examination at an advanced level which was developed by the Society for Academic Study Preparation and Test Development. The results are expressed in three TestDaF levels (TDN), 3, 4 and 5, which describe what skills you are expected to possess with regard to reading, writing, listening and speaking. The certificate is valid as a language qualification for admission to any university in Germany. 

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