English course in Galway
Study and enjoy on the Atlantic edge of Europe!
Information on the English School in Galway
Galway, located on the Atlantic edge of Europe, is one of Ireland’s greatest treasures and excels at reaching out to the world. It is Ireland’s most international city, and combines the energy of a young and diverse population with the authenticity of a place that is steeped in history and tradition.
Students feel more than welcome here, and the city has been voted one of the top 6 friendliest cities in the world, an English Course in Galway can be the perfect choice for many! This won’t come as a surprise to many, given the thousands that are attracted to its world-renowned festivals and famous artists that call this place home.
Students will be charmed by its medieval streets and jaw-dropping countryside, and in recognition of its love of culture, Galway has been designated the European Culture Capital for 2020.
Renowned for being safe, young and student-friendly, it is Ireland’s fastest growing city and while it is big enough to have all the services you could possibly need, Galway is small enough to feel intimate.
The Galway English School overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and the beach and is just 10 minutes away from the city centre. The premises boasts 30 bright, modern classrooms complete with all the contemporary teaching materials and equipment students will need to gain the most from their language learning experience here.
Choosing an English Course in Galway guarantees a pleasant and vibrant atmosphere, a well-structured learning path and constant support from the teachers and staff.
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General or Intensive English Course in Galway
[+] This English course teaches students practical English through thematic, interactive and engaging lessons. The program covers all four communication skills: reading, writing, oral expression and comprehension. Included in the course price is also a variety of useful and fun extra-curricular activities and workshops, an ideal way to socialize with classmates and practice your English in Galway and other nearby destinations! >> Read more
One to One Lessons in Galway
[+] To make the most of your studying in Galway you can integrate some individual English lessons with your group course. Thanks to individually tailored lessons, you will have a double advantage: you can interact with other students in the morning classes, then focus on your individual improvement in the afternoon. Having a tutor at your disposal is very useful. You can focus on your weaknesses (comprehension, speaking, writing, reading, etc.) or develop target vocabulary. >> Read more
Certify your study stay in Galway
What certificates can you get?
At the end of your English language course you will receive a certificate of participation stating the dates, the type of course and the language level you have achieved. This certificate of partecipation is a nice addition to your CV. Remember that to get your level certified and recognised internationally, you will have to take a test like the IELTS or TOEFL, for example. You can apply for your examination directly at school, there are normally 2 sessions every month.
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Tips, tricks and links - Independent accommodation
[+] No matter why you're after an independent accommodation, maybe that was your first choice anyway, or you simply couldn't find anything available through the school... When the time to find a private accommodation comes, there are some tips and tricks that might come in handy. Find out more about the ... >> Read more
[+] This is the perfect solution for students wishing to be in close proximity to other students studying at the school. The apartments are the most cost-effective solution in comparison to renting your own apartment or a hotel. You will find them equipped with everything – kitchen, bathrooms, laundry ... >> Read more
[+] Staying with a host family offers you a unique and unforgettable experience – a cultural exchange which will leave you with lasting memories. You’ll be staying at the home of a local family, where you’ll have your own room (single or twin on request) in a sociable and hospitable environment. T ... >> Read more
Extra activities, learn while having fun!
What extra activities are available for the students in Galway
Each English Course includes a variety of educational and social activities for free, which are specifically designed to promote linguistic practice and socializing. Activities are ongoing and differ from week to week, involving teachers and participating adult students that come from all around the world. There are also varied activities such as concerts and movie nights that can be purchased directly at the school, so make sure you inquire! Among the free activities, you'll find:
- Pronunciation Classes;
- Arts and Food Cultural Evenings;
- Sports, Walking and Hiking;
- Guided Tours of surrounding areas and local markets;
- Focus Groups for conversation practice;
Why study English in Galway
Find out why this destination may be the right choice for you!
With a population of 100,000, the city of Galway is among the most populous in Ireland and is the gateway to the Atlantic Ocean. It is a perfect destination for international students, especially for those looking for a small, safe and enjoyable city experience – both day and night!
Every day you can do something new and exciting in Galway, the city is rich in history and entwined with the ocean and nature … there is really a lot to explore! You can lose yourself in art galleries and museums, enjoy the sea breeze in Salthill, relax in Eyre Square, the wonderful cafes in the centre or in one of the historic pubs, or arrange a waterfront picnic with your new friends and … observe the world from another perspective!
In Galway, as well as in other Irish cities, it’s relatively easy to find a temporary job, even for short periods, the fast growing economy sees the launch of new businesses every day. It’s rather easy to find part-time jobs in the catering and tourism industries.
Statistics, some interesting numbers
Does this English course meet what someone of your age and nationality needs? Check it out by comparing the facts.
- WESTERN EUROPE55 % 55 %
- CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE7 % 7 %
- ASIA AND FAR EAST15 % 15 %
- CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA13 % 13 %
- MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA10% 10%
Here the age groups at the English school in Galway:
- 18-2975 % 75 %
- 30+ 40+ 50+25% 25%
Structure and timetable of English course in Galway
First day in Galway
The first day begins at 08:30 with reception, registration and a short language test. The test is nothing to worry about, it’s specifically designed to put you in a class with other students of a similar level to yours. The test will be followed by a session / welcome speech, the handing out of the teaching calendar and other activities, and possibly lessons.
Welcome Package Tipically, on your first day of English course in Galway students get a welcome package, including a manual with information about Galway, the schedule of classes, some detailed information about your English course in Galway, suggestions for free time activities, a list of extra learning activities, the school regulations and some important contact information including the emergency telephone number of the school (which you can contact 24 hours a day during your entire stay).
Welcome Event On the first day of your course you are invited to a welcome event. This is an excellent opportunity for you to meet other students on your English course and from the school.
As of your second day, you will start with the regular timetable. For courses of 20 lessons/week, it typically starts at about 09:00 am up until 12:30, with a coffee break in the middle. For courses of 30 lessons/week, the timetable also includes an afternoon session, typically from 13:30 up to 15:00.
NOTE: At certain times (often in the High Season), the school opts for a “Double Banking” time table, this means that your lessons will be held in the morning one day, and in the afternoon the day after. Naturally, the overall amount of lessons you booked will be completed.
Useful information about Galway
Not to be missed!
- The Wild Atlantic Way
- The Cliffs of Moher
- The Burren
- Connemara & Clifden
- The Aran Islands
- Leenane & Westport
How to get around Galway
The best way to travel lightweight and securely, is to use your mobile and Google Maps to organize your commutes, you probably use it already, but just in case… try it out here: Google maps. Also, in most English speaking countries worldwide you can use private transport services such as Uber and Bolt. Please try them out, you will find the Apps on your mobile App store, most students use these services to commute from and to school, sharing the rides with their class mates.
Cost of living, some examples
- Big Mac Combo Meal 6.50€
- Coca Cola da 2 litri 1.70€
- Cappuccino 2.00€
- 1 litre of milk 1.10€
- Bread (loaf) 1.20€
- Lunch + drink Take Away 5-7€
- Sim card 10-15€ (2-6GB of data)
- Cinema 9€ – 11€
- Pint of beer 4.50€
Visas and travel documents
What requirements are there to study in Galway
Identity documents, medical care, and more. Before you start your course, make sure to read the information on the page: requirements.