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English in Dublin - ELI

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Why study English at ELI Dublin?

  • Ages 16+
  • From 1 week sessions
  • School on the banks of the Grand Canal
  • Standard and general English
  • Trinity ISE, Cambridge and IELTS exam preparation
  • Free language workshops led by experts from Google Europe
  • Homestay or residence accommodation



As the capital city of one of the most dynamic members of the EU, Dublin offers an exciting and enriching backdrop in which to improve your English. The Irish National Museum and the Irish National Gallery offer fascinating glimpses into the long history of the island from the Bronze Age through the Celts, up to modern times, and the world famous illuminated medieval Book of Kells can be viewed at Trinity College.

Dublin is also a wonderful base from which to discover the rest of Ireland, as almost all the roads and railways in the country lead to this central hub.

Dublin also has a large cultural scene, with numerous theatres, its literary tradition (James Joyce, Oscar Wilde etc) and music. There are plenty of entertainment venues, like the Temple Bar district which is home to many of the famous pubs and restaurants.

ELI Dublin

Our partner school, EC is located on the banks of the Grand Canal, only 15 minutes on foot away from Dublin's main attractions and is easily accessible by public transport.

ELI Dublin is accredited by: ALTO

School facilities include:

  • 11 classrooms
  • Computer area
  • Free WiFi
  • Café
  • Front garden

Activities and events during your stay

As an ELI student, you will enjoy a calendar of various social and leisurely activities in the afternoons/evenings every week. These activities are optional and some may require a fee. All activities are subject to change and vary depending on the time of year.

Some of the many activities may include:

  • Welcome Event
  • Walking tour, museum outings, Guinness Storehouse, ...
  • Pub outings
  • Excursions to Galway, Belfast, Moher Cliffs, Game of Thrones Tours, ...


English language courses: the basics

  • Lesson length: 60 minutes
  • Class size: maximum 15 students
  • Schedule: morning and/or afternoon lessons
  • Course duration: 1 to 24 weeks
  • Placement test: first day of lessons
  • Certificate of completion at the end of your stay
  • Regular progress tests (oral test every week, written test every 6 weeks)
  • CELTA-qualified native English teachers
  • High quality materials and suitable use of technology

Courses on offer

  • Standard English: 15 lessons per week

    This programme focuses on the four main skills reading, writing, speaking and listening. Lessons are taught using a task-based method involving topics and themes for everyday life. Suitable for any student who wants to improve their English in a less intensive way, allowing them more time to explore and enjoy Dublin. Lessons are being held in the mornings (9 am to 12.15 pm) or in the afternoons (1.30 pm to 4.45 pm).

    Language level: beginner to advanced

  • Intensive English: 20 lessons per week

    This programme allows students to supplement the 15-hour programme with 5 specialised elective lessons each week. Suitable for students who want more intensive lessons and to focus in key areas. Elective options will vary throughout the year. Lessons are being held in the mornings (9 am to 1.25 pm) or in the afternoons (12.25 pm to 4.45 pm).

    Elective options include:

    • Pronunciation
    • Grammatical structure
    • Reading and Listening
    • Conversation skills
    • Grammar and writing
    • Examination preparation (FCE, CAE, IELTS)

    Language level: beginner to advanced

  • Trinity ISE, Cambridge et IELTS exam preparation

    Exam preparation courses are offered throughout the year. Students can choose from two study options:

    • 5 hours of preparation courses per week as part of the General English 20-hour course (see the above programme)
    • A full time 15-hour per week programme which focuses exclusively on exam preparation

    Language level: beginner to advanced

Free workshops led by teachers or outside experts are also open to all. The topics covered vary throughout the year but can include:

  • Job clinic: in this session, students will be provided with advice on how to structure their CV and how to find and apply for a job. Experts from Google Europe (located 100 m from the school) are regularly invited to deliver this workshop.

  • Drama and Improvisation: improve your speaking fluency while gaining confidence and having fun.

  • Individual assessment: the teaching staff share their experience in other areas through interesting lectures and presentations.

  • Culture Club: learn more about Irish and international cultures through presentations and demonstrations.

  • Movie Club: enjoy watching a movie in English with an added group discussion with a staff member.



Shared room, shared bathroom, half-board during the week, full-board over the week-end

Travel time to school/city centre: : +/- 40 minutes by public transport

Practical information:

  • Bed linen provided
  • WiFi connection available (in most cases)
  • Laundry: your host family will let you use their laundry facilities once a week or let you know their laundry day

Optional extra: single room

YWCA Student residence


  • Houses up to 40 students (Irish and international)
  • Shared or single room
  • Half board, in the residence canteen
  • Travel time to school: 5 minutes on foot
  • Travel time to the city centre: 15-20 minutes on foot
  • Location: Lower Baggot Street

Services and facilities available

  • Bed linen provided on arrival
  • Free WiFi access
  • TV room
  • Shared kitchen
  • Study room
  • Garden
  • Coin operated washing machine in available 8:30 am - 10 pm
  • 24 hour security

Dates & Prices 2019

Dates 2019

Course start dates: Most courses start every Monday year-round (exceptions are outlined below.) On Bank Holiday Mondays, lessons start on Tuesdays.

Bank holidays and holidays (No lessons will take place on these dates and they will not be rescheduled or refunded): 01/01, 18/03, 19/04, 22/04, 06/05, 03/06, 05/08, 28/10, 25/12, 26/12

Prices 2019

This programme contains classes Accommodation included Meal included24h support
Booking prices -

Including lessons, accommodation, meals as described, all taxes and enrolment fees

Course & accommodation in a host family, shared room, half board
1 week460490505550
2 weeks795860890980
3 weeks1105120012451380
4 weeks1400153015901770
6 weeks1920209521852425
8 weeks2530276528853205
12 weeks3645395541254555
16 weeks4815523054556030
18 weeks5400587061206770
20 weeks5985650567857505
24 weeks7160778581208985
32 weeks9505103351078511935
36 weeks10675116101211513410
Extra week295320335370
Optional extras - Per week
Host family - single room25
Host family - Peak season (from 01/07 to 30/09)25
Residence - shared room, half board110
Residence - single room, half board145
Transfers from/to Dublin Airport*
One-way trip80
Round trip130

* Mandatory for under 18s

Prices include:

  • Your chosen course
  • Your chosen accommodation
  • Course materials
  • Limitless WiFi access
  • Activities and language workshops
  • Welcome activity
  • All taxes and enrolment fees

Prices do not include:

  • Travel to Dublin
  • Airport transfers
  • Meals not included in your chosen accommodation
  • Emergency travel insurance
  • Activities and outings organised by the school
  • Optional insurances

Practical Information


Arrivals: Saturday or Sunday

Departures: Saturday or Sunday

  • Arrival airports:

  • Dublin (DUB)

Airport transfers available on request (fees apply, see price list)

Please note: Do not make travel arrangements until we have confirmed your enrolment in your chosen course.

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