My journey coming to Galway was remarkable. Firstly, I was really worried about going through immigration and speaking English with native speakers, considering that I usually use my native language every single day. GCI have supported me from when I was still in my country, they always answered all my questions via e-mail in short time, so I felt that they really care about their students, probably I wouldn’t be here without all their support.
Not only is the school amazing, but so is Galway, the people are lovely and friendly here. Even on my first day, while I was carrying 3 heavy suitcases with me, some people helped me to call a taxi, gave me the directions to my street and even helped me to open the door of my apartment’s floor.
Amazing Galway, the best city in Ireland
I have studied English in Galway for 4 weeks in total, but you can choose to study an English course from one week to 25 weeks. As a Brazilian, if you book a long stay course such as 25 weeks one, you are also allowed to work part-time which is great. I have booked my accommodation with the school and I lived in a school residence with 3 more female students. The apartment is located in the city centre, where you can find everything you need. Even the supermarket is just 10 minutes’ walk away.
The most important thing is that the school is only 15 minutes away by foot and you can also go there by bus, the bus stop is just 5 minutes away. I’ve chosen to book a shared room in order to practice English beyond school hours. I share my room with a girl from Germany, so we always need to talk in English and this helps me to improve my English.
My roommate and flatmates are very nice, friendly and talkative. On my first day, my roommate showed me how to use all the equipment in the apartment which helped me a lot, since the equipment in Brazil is different.