The ESU around the world

Our International ESUs help to deliver our educational programmes and organise community events across the globe, encouraging international understanding and cultural exchange through the use of the English language.

Many of our International ESUs run programmes in their own communities, including public speaking and debating academies in Malta, English language summer schools in Romania, and English language support for refugees in the US.

The ESU is increasing its focus on its international work to encourage international understanding and cultural exchange through the use of English, and recognises its international branches, of which there are are over 60, as key tools through which this can be achieved.

To find out more about your International ESU, or if you are interested in starting one in your local area, please contact us at membership@esu.org

Albania
Argentina
Australia
Bangladesh
Belarus
Belgium
Bermuda
Brazil
Bulgaria
Canada
Chile
China
Cyprus
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France

Georgia
Germany
Hong Kong
Hungary
Iceland
India
Italy
Japan
Korea, Republic of
Latvia
Lebanon
Lithuania
Malaysia
Malta
Mauritius
Mexico
Moldova
Mongolia

Morocco
New Zealand
Nepal
Norway
Pakistan
Philippines
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Russia
Scotland
Serbia
Spain
Sri Lanka
Thailand
Turkey
Ukraine
United States of America
Yemen

From Wednesday 27th to Saturday 30th September, delegates and guests from ESUs around the world attended our annual International Council meeting, this year held in Lisbon, Portugal.

In the run-up to the ESU's centenary anniversary, the week was filled with discussions about the ESU’s role in oracy education and how to ensure it remains relevant for the next 100 years.

Read more about the Council meeting here.

After the Council met, our Director of Education Duncan Partridge also shared his thoughts on the different perspectives on oracy from around the room. You can read the blog here.

The ESU International Public Speaking Competition (IPSC) is the largest and oldest programme of its kind. Each year, we welcome winners of national public speaking competitions from all over the world to take part in a series of cultural, social, and competitive events in London.

The participants, aged 16-20, have the opportunity to share ideas and make friends with people from all over the world and, of course, compete to be named the best young speaker in the world.

Find out about what happened in this year's competition in our news article here.

40,000

International Students participated in our International Public Speaking Competition in 2015

World Schools Debating Championships

The ESU is proud to manage Team England and Team Wales in the World Schools Debating Championships (WSDC), the most respected international English-language debating competition for students aged 14-19.

Founded in 1988, this two week tournament provides an opportunity to showcase the highest standard of secondary school debating across the globe.

Find out more about WSDC