Business English Communications Course in Galway, Ireland

What is a Study Abroad Year programme?

A Study Abroad Year (SAY) programme provides you with an exciting opportunity to live and work in a foreign country while you take a course of study to learn English.

These types of courses allow you to immerse yourself in the local customs and culture, meaning you will learn the language far more quickly. Lots of University students opt to fit in a year of studying or work experience abroad around their degree course.

At Galway Cultural Institute we recognise that these types of courses are increasingly popular, with languages now the most common subject for taking a year abroad – 33% of undergraduates choose this option. And Ireland has so much to offer the people that come here – from iconic scenery, world-famous heritage sites, and vibrant, modern cities such as Galway where you will be spoiled for choice with things to see and do.

Who is this SAY Business English Communications Course for?

Students who wish to enrol on Galway Cultural Institute’s Business English Communications course will need to possess a B1+ level of English ability on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) scale. This is an intermediate skill level, and shows that you are competent enough to:

  • converse in English with ease and clarity
  • join in conversations about everyday subjects such as sport or culture, or talk about your personal interests and hobbies in an engaging, informative way
  • have a firm grasp of standard English vocabulary and grammar, and be able to express yourself clearly and concisely
  • read, absorb and be able to understand and talk about most written texts
  • produce written English work that is legible, understandable and informative
  • understand the majority of radio or TV shows, covering subjects such as current affairs, news, the arts and sports events

Objectives of our SAY Business English Communications Course

Our Business English Communications course is designed to give you every tool you need to prosper in the workplace. From the basics of communicating in English while at the office to the art of giving professional presentations, Galway Cultural Institute’s SAY programme is ideal if you wish to get ahead in your career. We will:

  • develop your Business English core skills
  • focus on the communication aspect – presentations, meetings, correspondence, negotiations, report writing and even office small talk
  • ensure your interpersonal skills are improved by creating group activities in class
  • allow you to study with other, like-minded international students who also want to get ahead in the world of business
  • help you learn key information computer technology skills (ICT)
  • improve your confidence when delivering speeches or presentations

The Programme

This Study Abroad Year course offers a combination of programmes shared between our two sister schools, Galway Cultural Institute (GCI) and Galway Business School (GBS). You will study General English classes in the mornings at GCI with other international students at your ability level, then in the afternoon you'll study business topics at GBS for approximately 4 hours per week.

The morning part of your course will focus on improving your English conversation and grammar skills for the entire length of your stay. Afternoon input will comprise Business Communications or Learn to Learn and will significantly improve your business English communication abilities but also introduce you to the practice of studying in a higher education setting.

  • Minimum Course Length

    25 weeks
    + 8 weeks holidays

  • Lessons a Week

    20 lessons General English
    + 4 business lectures in Galway Business School

  • Minimum English Level


  • Cost

    €195 Cambridge International Exam (FCE or CAE)

  • Start Dates

    Any Monday in January 2024
    Any Monday in September 2024

  • Maximum Class Size

    14 for English classes
    50 for business lectures

  • Minimum Age


  • Lesson times

    English lessons: morning time 09.00 -12.30
    Business Lectures: afternoon from 13.00 - 17.30 depending on module

English Courses in Ireland for Business

Our choice of business English programmes consists of Business English Communication and Business English and ICT SkillsBoth options are Study Abroad Year courses and designed to provide international students with an in-depth yet flexible learning experience, where you can study, work and enjoy a fully immersive year in the beautiful Galway region and where your English language abilities will receive a huge boost. Ireland, being the largest native English speaking country in the EU, offers a wonderful opportunity to submerge yourself in the life and language.

The courses combine intensive General English classes with business lectures in our sister school, Galway Business School. The business modules – be it for Business English Communication or Business English & ICT Skills – are delivered by Galway Business School and are approximately 12 weeks long, with around 4 hours of input per week.

Why Study Abroad in Galway, Ireland?

Galway Cultural Institute’s Study English Abroad (SAY) courses are offered to students who are looking to improve their English skills and fluency. They also provide the opportunity to find employment in Galway, which will only increase your immersion in the local culture as you will be working alongside native speakers, picking up a huge range of vocabulary, and enjoying the local sights and sounds while you are here.

Ireland is a warm, welcoming, friendly place, and at Galway Cultural Institute we like to think we are exactly the same. We are one of the leading independent third-level colleges in Ireland. Located at the midpoint of the Wild Atlantic Way, on Ireland’s west coast, Galway is the perfect place to learn English and experience the best that Ireland has to offer.

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