EF Education First was founded in 1965 by a man with a vision, Bertil Hult, who still heads the company today. His dream was to create an educational experience for students unlike any other. Focusing on language training, travel and above all, fun, EF has since grown into a successful company with over 40,000 employees, 500 schools and offices, and locations in 107 countries. EF English First, a division of EF Education First, started in China in 1997, back when ESL was gaining traction in the Middle Kingdom after the opening up and reform policies of the 1980’s. Because of our early start, we became a trendsetter of teaching English in China.