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).
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%
The school is accredited by:
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.
Galway is a small medieval town. The easiest way to get around in the city is on foot.
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.
Class Schedule: 09:00 am to 12:30 pm
Ideal to combine studying and holidays since you will have lots of free time in the afternoons.
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.
Class schedule: 09:00 to 12:30
Afternoon: 13:30 to 15:0
Ideal for those that want to progress quicker
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.
20 morning lessons + 5 hours of individual lessons.
Class schedule: 09:00 to 12:30 in the morning
Ideal for students that want to combine group classes with individual classes with a teacher
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.
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.
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.
Students older than 30 years old
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.
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
Ideal for students or professionals who need to improve their business language skills
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.
The school is an accredited centre for Cambridge exams
Course duration: 4 weeks
Hours: 9:00 to 12:30 & 13:30 to 15:00
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.
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.
Class schedule: Morning: 09:00 to 12:30
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.
The IELTS exam is valid for 2 years, and offers a total score according to the English knowledge of the candidate.
The programme includes social activities in the afternoons
Course starting dates 2016:
Ideal for secondary school teachers and adults (English as a second language)
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.
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:
Ideal for teachers (who are NOT already English teachers) that want to learn how to give classes of their subjects in English
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.
The programme includes activities in the afternoons
Course starting dates 2016:
Ideal teachers of English as a second language
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.
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:
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
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€
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.
The airlines that fly to Galway from Spain are:
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:
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.
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.
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.
En ningún momento tuve un problema, y la atención y resolución de las dudas fue muy buena.
Se conoce a mucha gente, de nacionalidades diferentes, hay un intercambio, que me parece muy enrriquecedor y finalmente la práctica del idioma en congreto.
Destacar el buen profesorado especialmente Simón y Donald. Muy buen ambiente en la escuela y actividades variadas e interesantes. También me ha gustado la diversidad de estudiantes con gran variedad de edades. La ciudad muy acogedora.
Si no te importa compartir habitación con 3 personas yo recomendaría sin duda Snoozles Hostel que es donde yo estuve. Primero porque es muy limpio,casi como un hotel; y porque estás a tan solo 2 minutos de la escuela andando y de la estación de bus y a 6 minutos del centro. Además tienes una cocina muy bien equipada para prepararte lo que quieras y hay buen ambiente. Irlanda es un ciudad muy personal y me ha encantado descubrir un poco de ella.
Galway es una ciudad pequeña y acogedora. Si te gusta la tranquilidad es la mejor opción. Tienes al lado los Acantilados de Moher, Connemara y las islas de Arann.