Galway

English school in Galway

Opened in 1993, the school is located in the heart of the city just two minutes from Eyre Square, next to busy streets full of cafes, bars and restaurants. It is located on the top floor of a contemporary and modern glass building. It has a wonderful garden, from which the entire city and the bay can be seen. It has excellent connections, in front of the bus station and near to the train station. 

You will make friends from around the world! 

Accreditation: The school is accredited by the Department of Education and Science of Ireland and ACELS (Advisory Council for Inglés Language Schools). 

School Facilities 

  • A terrace on the roof of the school from where you can enjoy magnificent views of the city.
  • 27 large and equipped classrooms in the main building and 14 classrooms in the other school located just in front. 
  • Interactive technology
  • Computer room and wifi connection available for all students
  • Cafe
  • Study room, ideal to study or read after class

Mix of nationalities

The school environment is very international. Every year students from around the world choose Galway school to learn and improve their English. 

Spanish 26%, Swiss 14%, Italian 13%, German 9%, French 9%, Arabic 7, Brazilian 6%, Russian 2%, Others 14%


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

  • 17/03/2017
  • 14/04/2017
  • 17/04/2017
  • 01/05/2017
  • 05/06/2017
  • 07/08/2017
  • 30/10/2017
  • 25/12/2017
  • 26/12/2017
  • 27/12/2017
  • 28/12/2017
  • 29/12/2017
  • 01/01/2018
  • 02/01/2018
  • 03/01/2018
  • 04/01/2018
  • 05/01/2018




Accreditations

The school is accredited by:

Quality english

ACELS

ALTO

EAQUALS


Strongest Points

  • The school is in the city centre
  • The apartments are less than a 10 minute walk from the school
  • There are a great variety of courses for students, professionals, teachers and families 

The city of Galway

Galway, founded in the thirteenth century, is a quiet little town that retains the charm of the Middle Ages. It is set in the not too distant privileged strategic area of ​​the famous Cliffs of Moher.
In Galway you can discover sumptuous castles, carved stone streets with a curious mixture of styles, new buildings and waterways; all of this gives the city an unusual harmony.

It is a young, dynamic and university city. Many of its 70,000 residents are students from one of the two universities.
Galway has all the amenities of a modern city, yet is quiet, safe and has a friendly environment. Its casual atmosphere, festivals, pubs, traditional Irish music and the generous hospitality of its inhabitants makes the city a popular destination.

 

Moving around the city

Galway is a small medieval town. The easiest way to get around in the city is on foot.

  • Bus: Bus Eireann connects various parts of the city of Galway. There are several types of bus tickets for students. Daily tickets, round-trip or weekly. If you present your student card, you can benefit from discounted ticket prices. Price: Normal ticket: € 1.20; Weekly € 12; Monthly € 42
  • Bicycle: students often move around by bike that they buy, second hand, from other students who have completed their studies and leave the country. They can also be rented for a small fee.

Interests

  • It is the commercial and cultural capital of the west coast of Ireland. The main economic drivers are the universities in Galway, tourism and industry
  • Galway has 13,000 students that contribute greatly to the youthful feeling of the city.
  • It is known as "the bilingual capital of Ireland" - Although most of the population speak English, you can still hear people speaking Irish Gaelic
  • For many centuries it was the common destination of the Spanish galleons travelling to the port to trade with the Irish; The Scottish traveler Robert Graham wrote, "everything in this town has an air of Spain".
  • The base population is just over 70,000 inhabitants, but during the spring and summer this increases due to the many visitors for various music festivals, the International Festival of Literature, the Galway Arts Festival (the largest in Ireland) Oyster Festival and Galway Races.

What to see in Galway

  • Galway City Museum: Exhibit artifacts related to the fishing industry. Galway's medieval heritage is also represented in the medieval section
  • Galway Cathedral: One of the largest and most impressive buildings in the city. The cathedral reflects different architectural influences
  • Lynch's Castle: one of the finest surviving castles in Ireland.
  • Galway Arts Centre many years ago this building was the offices of the city government. It is now an arts center, which offers an excellent programme of concerts, lectures, and exhibitions of Irish and international artists
  • Cruise on the River Corrib: 90 minute trips by boat gives us the pleasure of travelling through the river Corrib and Galway, and getting to know Inchagoill Island or Cong in County Mayo.
  • The Spanish Arch: This arch is located on the banks of the River Corrib
  • Galway Panoramic offers us a panoramic view of Galway.
  • Cregg Castle: It was built in 1648 and is the last fortified castle.

And at night?

At night, the streets of Galway are filled with young people and Irish music, one of the great pleasures of visiting this city.
Among the most famous music pubs are: The Quays, (for impromptu performances of Irish music), The Front Door, and Busker Browne's "The Skeff". You can also find traditional Irish music in Taaffe's, Taylor's and Tigh Neachtain. The latter is housed in the former home of a local politician. It has a gazebo and a medieval fireplace.
In pubs and bars in Galway, all musical tastes are met, but there are many that simply enjoy the tranquility of a drink. If you are looking for a truly local beer, try a Galway Hooker.

Useful Links

Website Galway
Galway Airport
Galway.net


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Standard course

Class Schedule: 09:00 am to 12:30 pm

Perfect for

Ideal to combine studying and holidays since you will have lots of free time in the afternoons.

Additional information

The course is designed for students that want to improve their English level in a friendly and relaxed environment. Every week, the basic skills are practiced: speaking, listening, reading and writing. Every week, normally Fridays, there are exams to evaluate the students progress.

Characteristics

  • Course duration from 2 weeks
  • Lecciones per Week  20
  • Duration of Classes  45 Minutes
  • Timetables Morning from 09:00-12:30 with 30 minute break
  • Level test  Yes
  • Accredited Diploma  Yes
  • Level  A1, A2, B1, B2, C1.
  • Maximum students per class in summer  14
  • Average during the rest of year  10
  • Minimum age  18

Intensive course

Class schedule: 09:00 to 12:30 

Afternoon: 13:30 to 15:0

Perfect for

Ideal for those that want to progress quicker

Additional information

The basis of the course are the same as the standard course, having a wider timetable allows more dedication to oral practice and consolidating language aspects.

Characteristics

  • Course duration from 2 weeks
  • Lecciones per Week  30
  • Duration of Classes  45 Minutes
  • Timetables Morning, 09:00-12:30, Afternoon 13:30-15:00
  • Level test  Yes
  • Accredited Diploma  Yes
  • Level  A1, A2, B1, B2, C1.
  • Maximum students per class in summer  14
  • Average during the rest of year  10
  • Minimum age  18

Combined course

20 morning lessons + 5 hours of individual lessons. 

Class schedule: 09:00 to 12:30 in the morning

Perfect for

Ideal for students that want to combine group classes with individual classes with a teacher

Additional information

This course is a combination between the standard course + 5 private classes per week. This way, you can benefit from the group environment but also reinforce and consolidate things in a more personalised manner in individual classes.

Characteristics

  • Course duration from 2 weeks
  • Lecciones per Week  25
  • Duration of Classes  45 Minutes
  • Timetables 09:00-12:30
  • Level test  Yes
  • Accredited Diploma  Yes
  • Level  A1, A2, B1, B2, C1.
  • Maximum students per class in summer  14
  • Average during the rest of year  10
  • Minimum age  18

Standard course (+30 years old)

Perfect for

Ideal for students older than 30 that love to travel and socialise, but don´t want to be in the same class as 20 year old students.

Additional information

The basis of the course is the same as the standard course. The course is designed for students that want to improve their English level in a friendly and relaxed context. Every week, the basic language skills are practiced: speaking, listening, reading and writing. Every week, normally Fridays, there are exams to evaluate the students progress.

Characteristics

  • Course duration from 2 weeks
  • Lecciones per Week  20
  • Duration of Classes  45 minutos Minutes
  • Timetables 09:00-12:30
  • Level test  No
  • Accredited Diploma  No
  • Level  B1, B2.
  • Maximum students per class in summer  14
  • Average during the rest of year  10
  • Minimum age  30

Intensive course (+30 years old)

Perfect for

Students older than 30 years old

Additional information

The basis of the course are the same as the standard course. Having a wider timetable allows better dedication to oral practice and to consolidate other language aspects.

Characteristics

  • Course duration from 2 weeks
  • Lecciones per Week  30
  • Duration of Classes  45 minutos Minutes
  • Timetables 09:00-12:30 & 13:30-15:00
  • Level test  Yes
  • Accredited Diploma  Yes
  • Level  B1, B2.
  • Maximum students per class in summer  14
  • Average during the rest of year  0
  • Minimum age  30

Business English course

Standard English 20 lessons + 10 lessons of Business English 

Having language skills is fundamental for those that want to have success in their professional life.

Hours: 09:00 to 12:30
Afternoon: from 13:30 to 15:00 - Business English

Perfect for

Ideal for students or professionals who need to improve their business language skills

Additional information

It is a combination between a standard course (in the mornings) and specialised business course (in the afternoons). Certified BULATS tests are carried out. This is an evaluation tool to measure the language level in the work place.

Characteristics

  • Course duration from 2 weeks
  • Lecciones per Week  30
  • Duration of Classes  45 Minutes
  • Timetables Standard course from 09:00-12:30 & Business english 13:30-15:00
  • Level test  Yes
  • Accredited Diploma  Yes
  • Level  B1, B2, C1.
  • Maximum students per class in summer  14
  • Average during the rest of year  10
  • Minimum age  18

Preparation course for Cambridge FCE and CAE

The school is an accredited centre for Cambridge exams

 

Class schedule: Morning: 09:00 to 12:30 

Course duration: 13 weeks

Perfect for

Ideal for students that want or need to certify their English level, upper intermediate (B2) or advanced (C1)

Additional information

The course is designed to prepare students for the specific Cambridge exams. During the course, they will work on the necessary competencies to pass the exam successfully.

Characteristics

  • Course duration 10-13 weeks
  • Lecciones per Week  20
  • Duration of Classes  45 Minutes
  • Timetables 09:00-12:30
  • Level test  Yes
  • Accredited Diploma  Yes
  • Level  B1, B2, C1.
  • Maximum students per class in summer  14
  • Average during the rest of year  10
  • Minimum age  18

Preparation course for Cambridge FCE and CAE intensive

The school is an accredited centre for Cambridge exams 

 

Course duration: 4 weeks 

Hours: 9:00 to 12:30 & 13:30 to 15:00

Perfect for

Ideal for students that want or need to certify their level of English, upper intermediate (B2) or advanced (C1) and only have a short amount of time to do it.

Additional information

The course is designed to prepare the students for the specific Cambridge exams. During the course, they will work on all the necessary competencies to pass the exam successfully.

Characteristics

  • Course duration 4 weeks
  • Lecciones per Week  30
  • Duration of Classes  45 Minutes
  • Timetables 09:00-12:30 & 13:30-15:00
  • Level test  Yes
  • Accredited Diploma  Yes
  • Level  B2, C1.
  • Maximum students per class in summer  14
  • Average during the rest of year  10
  • Minimum age  18

Course for primary school teachers (English as a second language)

The programme includes social activities in the afternoons

Course starting dates for 2016:

  • 1 week: 1/02, 21/03, 17/10
  • 2 weeks: 11/07, 25/07, 8/08

Perfect for

Ideal for primary school English teachers

Additional information

This course is designed for primary teachers. The objective is to improve knowledge of the language whilst learning new teaching techniques, The course combines general classes to develop language skills of the participants with modules focused on effective methods for teaching young students. The programme also includes the opportunity to practice with Irish teachers

Characteristics

  • Course duration 2 weeks
  • Horas per Week  18
  • Duration of Classes  60 minutos Minutes
  • Timetables 
  • Level test  Yes
  • Accredited Diploma  Yes
  • Level  C1, C2.
  • Maximum students per class in summer  14
  • Average during the rest of year  0
  • Minimum age  18

Preparation course for IELTS

Class schedule: Morning: 09:00 to 12:30

Perfect for

Ideal for students that need to certify their English level to get into a university or other institutions in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.

Additional information

The IELTS exam is valid for 2 years, and offers a total score according to the English knowledge of the candidate.

Characteristics

  • Course duration from 2 weeks
  • Lecciones per Week  20
  • Duration of Classes  45 Minutes
  • Timetables 09:00-12:30
  • Level test  Yes
  • Accredited Diploma  Yes
  • Level  B1, B2, C1.
  • Maximum students per class in summer  14
  • Average during the rest of year  10
  • Minimum age  0

Course for teachers of primary and secondary education (English as a 2nd language) Teacher Training

The programme includes social activities in the afternoons

Course starting dates 2016:

  • 1 week: 1/02, 21/03, 17/10
  • 2 weeks: 11/07, 25/07, 8/08

Perfect for

Ideal for secondary school teachers and adults (English as a second language)

Additional information

Objective: the objective of the course is to learn resources, strategies, methodologies (TEFL), developing language skills and professional skills for non native English teachers. The participants will learn new methodologies and teaching techniques, whilst consolidating their English skills.

Characteristics

  • Course duration 2 weeks
  • Horas per Week  18
  • Duration of Classes  60 minutos Minutes
  • Timetables 09:00-17:30
  • Level test  Yes
  • Accredited Diploma  Yes
  • Level  C1, C2.
  • Maximum students per class in summer  14
  • Average during the rest of year  10
  • Minimum age  18

CLIL Course for secondary teachers and adults

CLIC stands for English in Content and Language Integrate Learning. This means the study of literature, history or sciences, for example, in English.

The programme includes activites in the afternoons

Course starting dates 2016:

  • 1 week: 1/02, 21/03, 17/10
  • 2 weeks: 1/07, 25/07, 8/08

Perfect for

Ideal for teachers (who are NOT already English teachers) that want to learn how to give classes of their subjects in English

Additional information

The CLIL course is designed for secondary teachers and for educating adults that want to teach their subjects in English. The teachers will be familiarised with technical aspects of the CLIL methodology, and will participate as students in classes that use the AICLE techniques. They will learn how to incorporate the CLIL methods in their lessons and will widen their knowledge through experience and ideas from other teachers.

Characteristics

  • Course duration 1 week
  • Horas per Week  20
  • Duration of Classes  60 minutos Minutes
  • Timetables 09:00-17:30
  • Level test  No
  • Accredited Diploma  No
  • Level  C1, C2.
  • Maximum students per class in summer  14
  • Average during the rest of year  0
  • Minimum age  0

Refresher course for secondary teachers and adults (English as 2nd language)

The programme includes activities in the afternoons

Course starting dates 2016:

  • 1 week: 1/02, 21/03, 17/10
  • 2 weeks: 11/07, 25/07, 8/08

Perfect for

Ideal teachers of English as a second language

Additional information

The course is designed for non native English teachers that want to boost their teaching with some new techniques. The course will explore modern and interactive methods.

Characteristics

  • Course duration 1 week
  • Horas per Week  18
  • Duration of Classes  60 minutos Minutes
  • Timetables 09:00-17:30
  • Level test  Yes
  • Accredited Diploma  Yes
  • Level  C1, C2.
  • Maximum students per class in summer  14
  • Average during the rest of year  0
  • Minimum age  18

Extra-curricular Activities

Extra Academic Activities 

The school organises a full and varied social and cultural programme. Participating in activities is a perfect way to practice your English and make new friends. Social activities could include the following: 

  • Guided walk through the city on the first Monday for all new students at the school
  • Visit the Cliffs of Moher, The Burren (16€), Aran Islands (25€), Connemara (16€), Bunratty Castle. 
  • Free Gaelic Classes and Irish culture. 
  • Free classes Gaelic football and hurling, exclusive Irish sport.
  • Free vocabulary lessons. 
  • Watching movies in English. 
  • Out at night, traditional Irish music, jazz, rock and roll. 
  • Out to the movies.
  • Kayak classes (15€)
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Accommodation

Standard apartments

This type of accommodation provides an excellent opportunity for students to practice their English in an international environment with students of different nationalities. 
They consist of 2, 3 bedrooms. The bathroom and kitchen are shared among roommates. In all apartments there is cable TV. The apartments can be reserved from Saturday to Saturday. 

NB Summer apartments are larger and can have up to 7 bedrooms. 

Check in: Saturday from 14:00 
Check Out: Saturday before 10:00 

Number of people who share the kitchen: 3 to 5

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Availability: all year

Room Type: double room (for students that travel togethe) or single rooms

Facilities: Wifi, cable TV

School distance: 5 to 30 minute walk

Check-in: Saturday from 14:00

Check-out: Saturday before 10:00

Deposit fee: 150€

Characteristics

  • Internet it has Internet
  • Private bathroom doesn´t have  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 doesn´t have  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

Family

Living with a family is ideal for students that want to submerge themselves in a different culture. Sharing meals with your hosts every day will allow you to live and get to know the family better, sharing and enjoying relaxed situations with them, in which you will feel confident in practicing the language. 

It offers half board on weekdays which includes breakfast / dinner and full board during the weekend. All families have been carefully selected and visited. The families usually live in residential neighbourhoods of the city. To get to the school, you will need to use public transport however the majority of the bus stops are less than a 5 minute walk from the school. 

Homestay accommodation is reserved from Saturday to Saturday or Sunday to Sunday. You can also reserve extra nights.

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Characteristics

  • Internet it has Internet
  • Private bathroom doesn´t have  Private bathroom
  • Laundry facilities doesn´t have  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 doesn´t have  Bed-linen
  • Towels it has Towels
  • Breakfast it has Breakfast
  • Half Board it has Half Board
  • Full Board doesn´t have  Full Board

How to get there

Getting to Galway

The airlines that fly to Galway from Spain are:

  •   Aerlingus
  •   Ryanair
  •   Iberia
  •   lufthansa

Galway Airport is located only 6 km from the center and has flights to Dublin, Luton in London, Manchester, Edinburgh and Lorient.

Most connections with Spain are from Dublin Airport or from Shannon Airport.

Approx journey time between Dublin and Galway is 4 hours. There are connections by bus and train:

Train service to Galway

Irish Rail (Iranrod Eireann): From Dublin to Galway, there is a regular train service from Heuston Station in Dublin city center. There is a direct bus service every half hour between Heuston Station and Dublin Airport. The train journey between Dublin and Galway is approximately 2 ½ hours.

Bus service to Galway

Direct bus service from Dublin Airport or Shannon to Galway city center Citylink / Gobus provides a bus service between Dublin and Galway or Shannon and Galway. Approx journey time between Dublin and Galway is 4 hours; Shannon to Galway is 1 hour and a half.
Dublin Buses depart every hour throughout the day from the bus parking at Dublin Airport (near the arrivals area) to the center of Galway and from Galway to Shannon airport quite often.

From the center of Dublin to Galway

Bus Eireann runs a regular bus service to the center of Galway from Dublin city center. Buses depart at different times of day and night from the bus station "Bus Aras" near Connolly train station and from Shannon Airport.



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