Quality Standards



We believe that quality is the most important factor in your education.

Galway Cultural Institute is accredited by QQI/ ACELS, the Irish Department of Education, IALC (International Association of Language Colleges), EAQUALS (Evaluation and Accreditation of Quality Language Services), ACELS (Accreditation and Coordination of English Language Services), IELTS (The International English Language Testing System), Cambridge English and is a member of Marketing English in Ireland, ALTO (Association of Language Travel Organisations) and the Galway Chamber of Commerce.


GCI has been recognised since our foundation by QQI / ACELS; the Irish Department of Education and Science as a school for the teaching of English as a foreign language.


140 English Language schools and centres of excellence around the world are members of the IALC, the International Association of Language Centres. To join IALC, a school must pass the IALC accreditation scheme. Membership of IALC is the highest level of recognition, in the language-learning sector, of quality service provision.


EAQUALS is a pan-European association of language training providers. It is international association of language schools and has a formal inspection scheme to verify the quality offered by its accredited members.


GCI is a founding member of MEI, Marketing English in Ireland, the government-approved body for standards in the English as a Foreign Language industry in Ireland. Our Managing Director, Celestine Rowland, is currently on the board of directors.


GCI is a Cambridge English language testing centre and we run several Cambridge exams throughout the year, such as B1 Preliminary (PET), B2 First (FCE) and C1 Advanced (CAE). Our teachers have put together this guide for a better understanding of Cambridge examinations. 

 We also run regular BULATS tests. BULATS is a flexible online tool that assesses English language skills for business, industry and commerce so it is ideal for business professionals. 


We offer several IELTS exam preparation courses throughout the year in GCI. IELTS exam can be taken in Galway. This article will offer more insights into the variety of IELTS exam preparation courses that we offer. 

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