Why study in Ireland?
Boasting an inherent passion for the written and spoken word, Ireland has found itself a favorite destination amongst those looking to improve their English language skills!
- General English for Adults
- English for Business Executives
- English for Special Purposes
- English for teenagers and children
- Activity language courses
- University Foundation Programs
- Work/study English
From business executives looking to brush up on their linguistic skills, adults broadening their knowledge of English; professionals needing English for Special Purposes; teachers hoping to pass on a love of the language and further develop their own skills; teenagers studying while they having plenty of fun; and summer-time exchange students enjoying the best of Irish host-family hospitality - Ireland can cater for everyone's English needs.Back to top
General English for Adults
For adult learners, General English courses are the most popular in Ireland, and these are held throughout the year. Usually, adult students attend around 15-20 hours tuition every week in classes of up to 15 students. Depending on the program and length of the course selected, students will be prepared for a number of different level examinations.Back to top
English for Business Executives
As English is the widely accepted world language of business, proficiency in English is critical to success in the global economy. Ireland has one of the strongest and fastest growing economies in Europe, which is why multinationals, such as Dell, Microsoft and Intel have chosen Ireland as their European base. To coincide with the international interest in the Irish economy, specialized English courses have been introduced to cater specifically for the needs of business people and executives from all across the globe. These courses are more tailored to the student's needs and can be in small groups or even on a one-to-one basis.Back to top
English for Special Purposes
If your specialist subject requires a good knowledge of industry language, you'll be pleased to know that selected Irish schools have designed courses to meet your needs. A vast array of Special Purpose English courses are on offer, ranging from Law, Medicine, Finance, Management, Marketing and Economics through to Tourism, Agriculture and Engineering. And each is designed to ensure that your grasp of the English language translates smoothly into career success.Back to top
English for teenagers and children
There are a wide variety of options available for teenagers and children. Summer Package Courses offer top quality language classes over a period of two to four weeks, and include cultural and sporting activities. Accommodation is arranged in carefully selected host families or in campus-style residential accommodation. The courses are generally all-inclusive and students can arrive as part of a group or individually.
Winter and Spring School Group Packages are normally run over a one or two week period, and include cultural and sporting activities. Usually, students arrive in closed groups and are accompanied by their teachers. Ireland's reputation for excellence in education is growing internationally, which has led to an increased demand for placements in Irish High Schools. Some language schools now offer preparation courses, High School Placement services and a full follow-up High School Guardianship service.
While some students come to Ireland for just one term, others stay for much longer periods and even stay on to graduate from Irish High School. From this, students generally progress to the Irish Leaving Certificate and move into third level Irish University programs.Back to top
Activity language courses
Outside the traditional classroom focus, Ireland offers students the opportunity to enjoy a multitude of fun activities and sports while they learn English. Familiar sports, such as football and swimming are often combined with more unusual activities, such as horse-riding, windsurfing, sailing or even mountain-hiking! At weekends, students can join cultural and historical tours or join in organized discos and parties, where they can socialise with like-minded students conversing in one common language - English!Back to top
University Foundation Programs
The Irish third level sector has developed an international reputation for excellence and high standards and, over the last few years, students from all over the world have been coming to Ireland to attend Irish universities. In response, colleges around the country have implemented an entry requirement for those seeking college places, so that prospective students can practice a sufficient level of English in their studies. The colleges require specific scores from a number of different courses, such as Cambridge, TOEFL, TOEIC or IELTS. To improve a student's chance of achieving the desired college place, many language schools in Ireland offer Foundation Programs to prepare for these exams. The schools can also offer advice on suitable courses and will assist in preparation of applications for college places.Back to top
If you're motivated by the prospect of learning English, gaining an internationally recognized qualification and working part-time to improve your communication skills, then many language schools in Ireland have introduced Academic Year Programs, which last from six to 12 months.
Generally, students follow a long-terms study plan focused on one of a number of exams, with either a paid or unpaid work experience component provided to offer students the chance to practice their skills in the real world. If work experience is not provided, students often decide to find their own part-time employment in bars, restaurants and cafes, so they can practice English and earn some extra cash at the same time!Back to top