Belfast

Strongest Points

  • The school is situated in the heart of the University City
  • The school is of a Victorian style 

English school in Belfast

The school is located in the heart of the university town, a short walk from Belfast Botanic Garden. This area is full of bars, restaurants and shops that meet the needs of the large student population and is just a 10 minute walk from the center of Belfast. 

The school is located in an impressive Victorian building. Recently renovated, the building retains its original characteristic features such as stained glass windows and impressive works of carved wood and plaster. 

 School Facilities 

  • Twelve large classrooms
  • A study room with computers for students 
  • A kitchen 
  • A dining room
  • Small garden

Characteristics

  • Internet doesn´t have  Internet
  • Library doesn´t have  Library
  • Computer room doesn´t have  Computer room
  • Cafe doesn´t have  Cafe
  • Tea or coffee machine doesn´t have  Tea or coffee machine
  • Garden doesn´t have  Garden
  • Wifi doesn´t have  Wifi
  • Student lounge doesn´t have  Student lounge
  • Prayer room doesn´t have  Prayer room
  • Kitchenette doesn´t have  Kitchenette
  • Support deparment for the students doesn´t have  Support deparment for the students

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Holidays

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Accreditations

The school is accredited by:

BRITISH COUNCIL

ENGLISH UK


The city of Belfast

Belfast, capital of Northern Ireland, is the second largest city in Ireland after Dublin. When the Good Friday Agreement in April 1998 was signed, it finally ended decades of sectarian tensions. Since then, Belfast with a population of about 275,000 inhabitants has become one of the most dynamic cities in Europe. Rich in history, as evidenced by its wonderful Victorian and Edwardian heritage, Belfast is ideal for those who want to understand the history of Ireland destination. The city today has nothing to do with that of 50 years ago. Peace brought peace, prosperity and substantial foreign investment, allowing you to regain your charm and true condition of hidden treasure of Ireland. The people of Belfast are famous for their open, welcoming nature and sympathy, so that visitors from other countries are always welcome.

Moving around the city

Belfast is a very accessible city. Most of Belfast city center is pedestrianized and it can take about an hour to cover the entire city on foot.

Belfast has metro and bus.

  • Metro: The metro includes a night service, but the connections between the neighborhoods of the periphery are not perfect.
  • Bus: Citybus (red buses) travels across town and you can buy tickets from Monday to Friday at the box Citybus in Donegall Square.

Interests

Northern Ireland has been designated as a destination to visit in 2007 by Lonely Planet

In Belfast over 6000 people built the legendary TITANIC.

The city is flanked by a series of hills, one of which is known as Cavenhill, which inspired Jonathan Swift in his novel Gulliver's Travels by having the shape of a lying giant.

Apart from Jonathan Swift, the city was also home to famous authors like Louis MacNeice, Seamus Heaney and CS Lewis author of The Chronicles of Narnia

East Belfast was also the birthplace of singer Van Morrison. The house is in its infancy Hyndford Street.

Even today you can see the traces of the last outbreaks of violence in the city, such as brick and concrete walls erected to separate Catholics from Protestants neighborhoods to avoid confrontations.

Attractions in Belfast

City Hall-City Hall: Renaissance is in the heart of the city
Lagan River: docks on the river can contemplate the curious statue of a huge fish, Big Fish.
Queens University: 1849 in Tudor style
Murals of West: In Belfast walls speak and truth. One of the undeniable attractions is to visit Belfast political murals on Shankill Road, there are over 700 and reflect the hard times in the history of the city
Cathedral Quarter: is well known because here the Cathedral of Santa Ana is located in this neighborhood are some beautiful examples of Victorian buildings and Art Deco architecture, in addition to several art galleries, places dedicated to the iconic performing arts, pubs and excellent restaurants
The Belfast Botanic Gardens dates from 1828, but not opened to the public until 1898. Globally known, is famous for its large greenhouses, its beautiful corridors and herbaceous beds and shrubs
Ulster Museum. This fascinating Museum, founded in 1821, is a treasure that contains several exhibitions, including the Irish and local history are included as well as a fine collection of art.
Belfast Zoo: Belfast Zoo is filled with animals from all over the world, an exhibition of reptiles, birds of prey and breeding projects and conservation of species.
Saint George's Market: Built between 1890 and 1896, Saint George's Market is one of the oldest attractions, and the last Victorian covered market in the region.
Castle Belfast: Belfast Castle is a magnificent Scottish baronial castle sandstone located in the hillside Cave Hill.
Stormont: the building which houses the Parliament of Northern Ireland, designed by Sir Arnold Thornley in the Greek classical style. Built with Portland stone, was inaugurated in November 1932.

And at night?

The nightlife in Belfast is rich, lively and full of energy. Choose from a multitude of traditional Irish pubs to enjoy a Guinness, eat fish & chips and listen to live Irish music.

Leisure in Belfast revolves around the Theatre and Music. The evening begins in the University Quarter, although pubs are scattered throughout the city. The most traditional are in the pedestrian area of ​​High Street and are open at weekends until 02.00 am.

Theatre: The Grand Opera House is the most famous theatre in Northern Ireland and has a programme featuring the best in live theatre, in order to satisfy the greatest number of tastes and ages. It attracts reputable companies in England who tour with ex-West End productions, also the musicals, ballet companies worldwide and native opera companies. The Irish, classical and contemporary drama is incorporated in a season full of excitement

If the theatre is not your thing, you can try a truly homelike atmosphere in The Garrick Chichester Street. The bar retains the traditional Victorian flavour with dark wood ceilings, reserved its classic leather sofas covered with buttons and copper faucets.

Other places where you can hear live music are the pubs, which often have intimate concerts of pop, rock and folk. Local environments are the best: The Empire, The Rotterdam and The Limelight

The West Belfast Festival which takes place annually in August, celebrates the Irish nationalist culture of the city. The Belfast Queens Festival, which takes place in November each year, is truly an international arts festival that attracts people from around the world and is second only to Edinburgh Festival in importance.

 

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Standard course

The general English course has a minimum duration of 1 week and 20 lessons per week, from Monday to Friday

Class timetable: from 9:00 to 13:00, with 15-20 minute break

Perfect for

Ideal for those who want to have enough time for their studies and enjoying their free time by visiting the city and sightseeing.

Additional information

A wide range of materials will be used to make the classes interesting and enjoyable. The objective is to improve grammar skills, vocabulary and develop communication skills.

Characteristics

  • Course duration from 1 week
  • Lecciones per Week  20
  • Duration of Classes  45 Minutes
  • Timetables Mornings
  • Level test  Yes
  • Accredited Diploma  Yes
  • Level  A2, B1, B2, C1, C2.
  • Maximum students per class in summer  12
  • Average during the rest of year  10
  • Minimum age  16

Combined course

This is a course which combines the standard course with individual classes in English about a specific field:

  • Journalism
  • Medicine
  • Envionment
  • Content and language for teachers
  • Business English
  • Writing Practice
  • Fluency Practice 
  • Professional English 

Your teacher will create a programme that best suits your learning style and focuses on areas that need developing the most. 

Perfect for

Ideal for those who want to learn English, adapting to the specific field that they like.

Additional information

The lessons for specific areas will be 5 times a week and individually.

Characteristics

  • Course duration from 1 week
  • Lecciones per Week  25
  • Duration of Classes  45 Minutes
  • Timetables Morning and afternoon
  • Level test  Yes
  • Accredited Diploma  Yes
  • Level  A2, B1, B2, C1, C2.
  • Maximum students per class in summer  12
  • Average during the rest of year  10
  • Minimum age  16

Preparation course for IELTS

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is a well known qualification around the world. It is essential if you want to study in a university in the UK. The structure of the course is the same as the standard course (20 lessons) + 5 lessons of exam preparation

Duration of the courses: 4-8-12 weeks 

The course starts every Monday.

Perfect for

Ideal for students that need to improve their level to pass IELTS

Additional information

The objective of the course is to practice the 4 competencies that are required to pass IELTS: listening, reading, writing and speaking, as well as learning specific strategies to practice exam questions and do simulation tasks.

Characteristics

  • Course duration from 4 weeks
  • Lecciones per Week  25
  • Duration of Classes  45 Minutes
  • Timetables Morning and afternoon
  • Level test  Yes
  • Accredited Diploma  Yes
  • Level  B1, B2, C1.
  • Maximum students per class in summer  12
  • Average during the rest of year  10
  • Minimum age  16

Preparation course for Cambridge FCE and CAE

20 hours of a general course + 5 hours of specific test preparation 

Course Length: 4, 8, 12 weeks 


Exam Dates 2016:

  • FCE: 4th June, 18th August, 10th December
  • CAE: 4th June, 19th August, 10th December
  • CPE: 9th June and 1st December 

Perfect for

Ideal for those who want to obtain a Cambridge level certificate.

Additional information

The objective of the course is to practice the 4 competencies that are required to pass the Cambridge exams: listening, reading, writing and speaking, as well as learning specific strategies to practice exam questions and do simulation tasks.

Characteristics

  • Course duration from 4 weeks
  • Lecciones per Week  25
  • Duration of Classes  45 Minutes
  • Timetables Morning and afternoon
  • Level test  Yes
  • Accredited Diploma  Yes
  • Level  B1, B2, C1, C2.
  • Maximum students per class in summer  12
  • Average during the rest of year  10
  • Minimum age  16

Executives course

Class schedule: from 09.00 to 17.30 
Course duration: 5 days 

Individual class or groups of two. 

The program includes: 

  • Working lunch with the teachers every day 
  • Individual project supervised work (students work in the computer lab under the supervision of a teacher) 
  • Use updated materials
  • Optional visits to local companies 
  • Two dinners with teachers during the course 
  • Optional Cultural program in the evenings (to be agreed)

Perfect for

Ideal for those who want to advance their English in the area of work that interests them most.

Additional information

There is the possibility of giving classes for couples who possess similar linguistic needs.

Characteristics

  • Course duration from 1 week
  • Lecciones per Week  30
  • Duration of Classes  45 Minutes
  • Timetables Afternoon
  • Level test  Yes
  • Accredited Diploma  Yes
  • Level  A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2.
  • Maximum students per class in summer  2
  • Average during the rest of year  2
  • Minimum age  20

Preparation course for the CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults)

The Certificate of teaching English for adults (CELTA) is the title of teacher training most widely respected and known worldwide. The language schools of highest reputation in the world make it a requirement for everyone working with them. 

Perfect for

For anyone who wants to get the TEFL (Teaching Engilsh as a Foreign Language), CELTA is essential.

Additional information

The course covers the techniques, analysis of language and knowledge of linguistic skills, planning, resource asignation and teaching practice.

Characteristics

  • Course duration 4 weeks
  • Lecciones per Week  30
  • Duration of Classes  45 Minutes
  • Timetables Morning and afternoon
  • Level test  Yes
  • Accredited Diploma  Yes
  • Level  C1, C2.
  • Maximum students per class in summer  12
  • Average during the rest of year  10
  • Minimum age  18

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Extra-curricular Activities

Extra Academic Activities 

The school organises an interesting and varied programme of social activities including welcome parties at school, guided visits to places of interest in town and trips out of town for weekend visits. The school will guide you free of charge, transportation and tickets to venues will cost (where applicable). 

This list is just an example: 

  • Visits to museums and sites of interest 
  • Sightseeing tours 
  • City Walks 
  • Movie Nights 
  • Club nights and discos 
  • Sports activities in and around Belfast.
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Accommodation

Family

(with or without food) It is ideal for students who want to immerse themselves in a different culture. All families have been selected personally, taking both the cleaning, the treatment and interest in the students into account, so they will be willing to help and advise at any time. You can choose to live in a family with half board, cooking for yourself, or without food (the family gives you the kitchen and you buy your food and cooking to your taste).

Availability: All year

Room Type: Single bedroom

School distance: You will need to catch public transport to get to the school

Check-in: Sunday

Check-out: Saturday

Characteristics

  • Internet doesn´t have  Internet
  • Private bathroom it has Private bathroom
  • Laundry facilities it has Laundry facilities
  • Cleaning service doesn´t have  Cleaning service
  • Wifi doesn´t have  Wifi
  • Kitchen it has Kitchen
  • Kithchen Utensils it has Kithchen Utensils
  • Security service doesn´t have  Security service
  • Bed-linen it has Bed-linen
  • Towels doesn´t have  Towels
  • Breakfast it has Breakfast
  • Half Board it has Half Board
  • Full Board doesn´t have  Full Board

Private apartment

This option is perfect for students looking for privacy and autonomy. 
The apartments are in a brand new block located right next to the school and close to the university city, full of shops, bars, clubs and restaurants; 5 minutes walk from the city center and close to the main train and bus stations. 
All apartments are new, high quality and fully equipped. You can choose from apartments with one or two single rooms. Some rooms are equipped with double beds and are available for couples. Each apartment has a living room, kitchen and bathroom. Availability of Internet, laundry and TV. 


Bath: Private or shared (max 2 people) 

Check In: ​​Sunday 24 hours 
Time of Departure: Saturday before 12:00 


Number of people who share the kitchen: Max 2 


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Availability: All year

Room Type: Single or double room (only available for couples)

School distance: 2 minute walk

Check-in: Sunday 24 hours

Check-out: Saturday before 12:00

Characteristics

  • Internet it has Internet
  • Private bathroom it has Private bathroom
  • Laundry facilities it has Laundry facilities
  • Cleaning service doesn´t have  Cleaning service
  • Wifi it has Wifi
  • Kitchen it has Kitchen
  • Kithchen Utensils it has Kithchen Utensils
  • Security service it has Security service
  • Bed-linen it has Bed-linen
  • Towels doesn´t have  Towels
  • Breakfast doesn´t have  Breakfast
  • Half Board doesn´t have  Half Board
  • Full Board doesn´t have  Full Board

University residence

The residence is located in a nice park in a quiet residential area on the south side of town. The residence is very near Lisburn Street, a busy street with shops, cafes and restaurants. 
The residence has a student lounge where you can relax, chat and make new friends and a fully equipped kitchen, shared between 10 to 11 students. 

 


Check In: ​​Sunday 24 hours 
Time of Departure: Saturday before 12:00 
Number of people who share the kitchen 10-11

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Availability: July and August

Room Type: Single bedroom

Facilities: living room

School distance: 15-20 minute walk

Check-in: Sunday

Check-out: Saturday

Characteristics

  • Internet it has Internet
  • Private bathroom it has Private bathroom
  • Laundry facilities it has Laundry facilities
  • Cleaning service it has Cleaning service
  • Wifi it has Wifi
  • Kitchen it has Kitchen
  • Kithchen Utensils it has Kithchen Utensils
  • Security service it has Security service
  • Bed-linen it has Bed-linen
  • Towels it has Towels
  • Breakfast doesn´t have  Breakfast
  • Half Board doesn´t have  Half Board
  • Full Board doesn´t have  Full Board

How to get there

Getting to Belfast 

There are two airports near Belfast city: 

Belfast International Airport and Dublin Airport. 

From Belfast Airport: 

Airport Express: has a bus service 24 hours a day between the airport to the city center of Belfast. Buses run every 10 minutes throughout the day. The bus stop is located in front of the exit of the terminal. 

From Dublin Airport: 

Aircoach: There is a frequent inexpensive coach and from Dublin airport to the center of Belfast. More information en www.aircoach.ie




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