Work and Study English Abroad in Ireland

What is Study Abroad Year?

Prepare to be amazed as you learn English in Ireland, the emerald island. Thanks to iconic scenery and world famous Irish symbols (Guinness, St Patrick's Day, U2),  there’s no other country that feels more familiar even if you've never been here before!

The Study Abroad Year course is a work and study English abroad programmes. You'll get the opportunity to explore all Ireland has to offer over the long stay English language course.

Study Abroad English programme is the ideal way to immerse yourself in another language while also having the chance to work and study in Ireland. 

Galway Cultural Institute’s Academic Year Programmes are General English courses which run for a total of 33 weeks and include 20 lessons of English with the option of studying either in the mornings or afternoons. The Study Abroad programme is comprised of 25 weeks of English classes and 8 weeks of holidays.

Study Abroad Year

Study Abroad Year

The Study Abroad Year Programme is specifically designed for students from outside the EEA who wish to develop English language while living and working like a local. The programmes consist of 25 weeks tuition and 8 weeks holidays so if you have always dreamed of visiting Europe - book today!

From €2,975

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Business English and ICT Skills

Business English and ICT Skills

Our SAY Business English and ICT skills courses are specifically designed to help you develop your career in the business field. Find out more about studying and working in Ireland.

From €4,250

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Business English Communications

Business English Communications


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The Study Abroad English programme is specifically designed for non-EEA students.  These are long stay General English programmes and the course seeks to develop your skills and fluency in English while enjoying a unique experience of living and studying in Galway. 

On this programme students who require a visa have the option of working, which reinforces the language encountered in class. It is one of the most popular choices for work and study English in Ireland. 

Why should I study English in Ireland?

Can you imagine going to school during the week and exploring a whole new country on the weekend? That could be your next lifetime experience should you choose to study English abroad in Ireland.

Ireland has quickly gained popularity as a great study abroad destination. This tiny Island of ours is renowned for the friendliness of locals and for the amazing beautiful backdrop waiting to be explored.

Home to a wonderful literary history (think Bram Stoker and James Joyce for starters) and a traditional music scene that is second to none, those interested in the arts will never be at a loss for things to do during their study abroad experience.

A foreign language that cannot be ignored, English is the first international working language.  Studying English abroad is not only a great way to see the world but a great chance to enhance your employment prospects in your home country.

Choosing to study English in Ireland may bring many benefits to you as an individual both academically and professionally.

When you study English abroad, you are able to: 

  • Improve and perfect your English language skills
  • Return home with language credentials (Exam Preparation)
  • Learn to appreciate other cultures and foster intercultural understanding  
  • Advance academically
  • Make friends form around the world
  • Embracing a new culture and a new way of life 
  • Work and study in Ireland

Independent research measuring the impact of studying abroad (you can read more here) shows students who study abroad are more likely to excel academically, broaden their world views, and prepare for an impactful career.

Studying abroad is a unique and transformational learning experience. Students who have studied abroad are better able to work with people from other countries, understand the complexity of global issues, and have greater intercultural learning.

Galway is the cultural capital of Ireland and the ideal destination for students looking for a fun, small and safe city. A lively, student-oriented town on Ireland’s west coast, Galway's magical combination of ancient history and contemporary culture makes it a great location for international students.

You can learn more by exploring our Galway Guide, but here are some highlights for you to consider during your English study abroad experience in Ireland. 

  • Enjoy summer festivals, especially the Galway Film Fleadh, Ireland’s most prestigious film festival, and the Galway Arts Festival, one of the most vibrant celebrations of music, theatre and performance in Europe
  • Join in the social activity programme with weekend trips that include the ancient Aran Islands and the rugged mountain landscapes of Connemara
  • Explore Galway on foot, the cultural capitals of Europe in 2020, and take the Ed Sheeran walking tour organised by GCI staff

Study Abroad English Programme Options

The Study Abroad English Programme is available in two different options:

Study Abroad English AM 20 lessons

Study Abroad English PM 20 lessons

Study Abroad English Business and ICT Skills

Study Abroad Business English Communications 

The Academic Year Programmes follow the same structured approach and methodology as our General English Programmes. Dependant on duration of stay and ability, students should progress through several Common European Framework Levels and leave GCI with an obviously more proficient ability in English.

These courses are designed for students who want to reap the benefits of spending a longer period in a total immersion environment. This extra time provides GCI students with the opportunity to follow a range of courses including Examination Preparation and Business English all of which combine to improve fluency, accuracy and confidence.

An international education enhances your academic performance by supplementing coursework and textbooks with hands-on experiences.

The immigration permission to attend a 25-week English-language course is for 8 months.

You can read more information about visa and other similar topics in our Student Guide

Study English Abroad + Cambridge or IELTS Exam Preparation

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How will studying English abroad help me? 

Learning a language comes naturally when you study abroad. Not only will you become fluent faster, you will also have memories to last a lifetime! If you are reading this, you are probably the type of person who wants to travel the world and have new adventures. 

Study English abroad is often a game changer for many individuals and quite often you will hear students say it’s the best decision of their life. Studying abroad is one of the most powerful ways of advancing academically and develops your personality further. 

Our student testimonials stand as evidence to the above.

Working and Studying in Ireland: General Information

At Galway Cultural Institute, we recognize the importance of finding a job for our students, especially our long stay students that are studying English with us on a Study Abroad Year course. This programme is specifically designed for students outside the EEA area, allowing them to study and work at the same time, giving them the possibility to have a part-time job during their studies.  

The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service outline the conditions for working during/after your studies.

Supporting our students to find a job in Galway is one of the key things our dedicated staff at Galway Cultural Institute and Galway Business School do.  It can take many job applications before getting your first interview so we are here to help.

Finding a Job in Galway

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Frequently asked questions

What is the timetable for SAY courses?

We offer two SAY course options, one for AM and one for PM classes, so students choose which one they want to study. The AM course is delivered during the mornings from 9.00 until 12.30 with breaks, while the PM course is delivered from 13.30 until 16.45 in the afternoon with a small break of 15 minutes in between.

Should students pay the international exam fee before departure? Or they choose what the exam they want to have and pay for it when arrival?

International exam fee must be paid before arrival as it is part of the visa regulations. Typically, students choose PET (Preliminary) Cambridge at the beginning if they are not sure of their English level or have never studied English before. Students can also change their international exam at the school and pay the difference in prices if applicable.

Will the course include learner protection?

There are no additional fees for learner protection, GCI is part of the ELE Ireland group and we have Escrow learner protection in place for our students.