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 the full suite of exams at least ten times per year.


GCI is an IELTS venue and we run exams nearly every month in the school with our partner MTS .

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