About European School Service

Who is the European School Service? Your label of quality
ESS, the European School Service, is a non-profit making association.

The ESS was founded in 1967, primarily to support efforts to maintain high standards in language courses offered by institutions located in areas where the target language is spoken. Your label of control!

ESS regularly asks independent language course consultants to inspect the language schools represented by its Members in Europa. Your label of quality!

The ESS Members are language Tour operators and school agencies in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Switzerland. Your international-mix guarantee!

Membership is open exclusively to organizations which represent, among others, European language schools other than their own. Your objectivity guarantee!

To have more information about the ESS-Member in your country, go back to the page ESS Members and click on the selected country/organization. GED graduates, or students getting ready for the GED exam, are welcome to enroll as well in our language courses.

On a scale from 0 to 10, the average result of the 7 schools inspected in England in Summer was 8.44. points, between “good” and “very good”. Quote from the independent inspector: “All the schools this year were reasonably good and some were exceptional”.

Agents, Tour Operators: Would you like to become a member of the ESS?

If you collaborate with language schools in Europe, the ESS can be of great use to you. In fact, our Association has been founded to support efforts to maintain high standards in language courses in the major European countries.

In order to pursue this aim, the ESS laid down a Code of Practice and Guidelines regarding the conduct, assessment, and publication of language courses and language tours.

Language schools and courses in Europe which are represented by ESS members are being inspected regularly. In addition to the Association fosters the exchange of professional experience and ideas among its Members.

Membership is open to organizations which represent, among others, European language schools other than their own, and whose main purpose consists in effecting enrollments for such or other schools.

Applicants will receive a copy of the Articles of Association and the Code of Practice and Guidelines.
The European School Service is a non-profit-making Association.

The contribution by its Members – Swiss Francs 1100.- per year – is intended to cover the administration expenses and the cost of the inspections or any other marketing tool (Website…)
You will find more information about the ESS-Members on this website. Interested? Please contact us.