Quality Standards

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Accreditations and Memberships

Accreditations and Memberships

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 the Galway Chamber of Commerce.

Galway Cultural Institute was inspected by Eaquals in 2022 and met the high standards required for Eaquals accreditation. The teaching, the course programmes, as well as the course organisation, the learning resources, testing and evaluation were all judged to be of high quality. It was found that the institution takes great care to protect the welfare of its clients and staff, and all publicity materials produced by the institution are accurate and truthful.

Leadership at Galway Cultural Institute is outstanding and there is a strong sense of purpose, shared vision and belonging at every level of the centre. There is a strong sense of social and corporate responsibility and ethical approach to business and the environment, evidenced through their involvement in the ELE Ireland SPS scheme in particular. Innovation is part of the school’s strategy document and is well planned and effective.

Academic Resources
Teachers at Galway Cultural Institute have access to reference material on methodology, professional journals and a wide range of online resources in the staff room to promote their professional knowledge development. For learners there is a wide range of well-designed self-study resources related to content, which foster learner independence.

Student Services
The range and quality of advice and information available to students and their parents or guardians at Galway Cultural Institute is exceptional, including both paper and online documentation. Exceptional attention is paid to students’ safety and welfare to ensure they are safeguarded at all times. There is an outstandingly good range of leisure events and activities designed to stimulate interest in the target culture. There is an exceptional level of focus on providing a comfortable and positive student experience in a culture of customer care.

Learning Environment
The learning environment at Galway Cultural Institute is exceptionally attractive, comfortable and well-designed and includes many up-to-date facilities which enhance course delivery and opportunities for learning. Learning platforms are user-friendly and operate reliably on all devices the students might be expected to use.

Eaquals Inspection Endorsement, November 2022

ELE Ireland 

GCI is a founding member of ELE Ireland established in 2021 to offer risk free benefits to learners and agents in relation to Protection for Enrolled Learners and protection and transparency in payments and refunds.


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.

In the event of a dispute, GCI / GBS will endeavour to resolve the issues in a fair and ethical manner. Once this process has been exhausted, GCI / GBS will follow the Dispute Resolution Procedure/Complaints Procedure of IALC/EAQUALS, and the complaint will be referred to the appropriate Ombudsman. 


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.

Eaquals is an association whose primary aim is to promote and develop high quality in language teaching and language training services, and all Eaquals members undergo rigorous and regular inspection to ensure that they abide by the Eaquals Charters.

Eaquals Guarantee for Language Centres


Eaquals Guarantee to Students



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 as there are two IELTS exam venues in the city. This blog article will offer more insights into the variety of IELTS exam preparation courses available in our school.


Galway Cultural Institute language school has been working with Bildungsurlaub Approval for a number of years. English language courses from our school are recognized as educational leave in the following federal states.

Find out more here.

· Baden-Württemberg
· Berlin
· Brandenburg
· Bremen
· Hamburg

· Hessen
· Niedersachsen
· Rheinland-Pfalz
· Saarland
· Schleswig-Holstein

Protection for enrolled learners

Galway Cultural Institute is part of a unique group of schools which provides protection for enrolled learners which has ILEP approval. In the unlikely event that, through the fault of ALL, you are unable to complete your programme with us, you will be able to complete your course without any additional cost at another ACELS recognised designated school.

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