Become Part of a Family
Living, eating, sleeping and generally losing yourself in an Irish family’s way of life is the perfect way to really immerse yourself and soak up all those tiny language details. It can be hugely helpful for your English language development - you will be surrounded by native speakers from the moment you wake!
At Galway Cultural Institute (GCI) we understand the importance of a safe and comfortable ‘home away from home’ when you come to study with us, so we provide Homestay Accommodation for overseas students. This is a scheme where international learners who are on a course at GCI are placed with a suitable local household, and where you will be welcomed as part of the family - you will live with them and you can help out with day-to-day activities such as preparing meals, which can be as sociable as sitting down to eat together.
This means you will be able to listen to their conversations, join in with their jokes and slang and frequently hilarious stories, and further develop your English language skills. At Galway Cultural Institute, 80% of our students choose to use Homestay Accommodation and many will keep in touch with their host family - even returning to Ireland to visit them after their course has finished!
Create Your Own ‘Family’
If Homestay Accommodation doesn’t appeal to you and you’d prefer to strike out on your own and stay with fellow students, we still want you to feel at home while you’re studying with us. This is where our Residential Accommodation can help: it provides you with a taste of independence, yet even though you will be away from family you will still be surrounded by your fellow students - your very own ‘Galway family’.
As a ‘family’ of housemates sharing accommodation carefully selected by Galway Cultural Institute, it gives you the perfect opportunity to learn English with friends, practise your language with like-minded overseas students, share your life experiences with them, teach them about your culture, cuisine, background and real family back home - and you can learn about theirs. You can eat, study and socialise together while running the house as a team. It all adds to the rich experience of living in a different country and will help enormously with your English skills, while also broadening your knowledge of other countries and their people.
Study with Us!
We have a wide range of English courses at Galway Cultural Institute at Galway Cultural Institute, from short term to long term core General English programmes to evening Online English classes, so studying with us means you have an excellent chance of really improving your level of English fluency.
Longer stays are always available too, such as our Summer English courses where we offer General English programmes with a choice of 20, 26 or 30 lessons per week, as well as Cambridge and IELTS exam preparation modules. An English summer course in Ireland is the ideal option to gain fluency fast and improve your communication skills.
For an even longer stay, our Study English Abroad Year course is a programme aimed at students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who want to improve their General English on a long-stay immersive English course in Ireland. All students on the programme complete their course by taking an internationally recognised English exam such as Cambridge PET, FCE or CAE or IELTS. This is a fantastic way to reach fluency because you will live and breathe English for an entire year!
At Galway Cultural Institute we have been providing tuition to thousands of overseas students since 1989, so our experience will prove invaluable to your English language learning journey. Our school in Galway’s Salthill is bright, modern and well-equipped, and our teaching staff are committed to providing education of the highest standard.