Study Abroad Programme SAY20

The programme

The Study Abroad Year programme is aimed at students from outside the EEA area who need to improve their General English.  All students on the Study Abroad Year programme complete their course by taking an internationally recognised English exam such as Cambridge PET, FCE or CAE or IELTS. 

  • Minimum Course Length

    25 weeks tuition
    + 8 weeks holidays

  • Lessons a Week

    20 lessons per week
    45 minutes per lesson

  • Minimum English Level

    Beginner - A1 -
    Advanced C2

  • Cost

    €195 - Cambridge EXAM

  • Start Dates

    Any Monday
    (on bank holidays, courses start on Tuesdays)

  • Maximum Class Size

    12 in low season
    14 in high season

  • Minimum Age


  • Lesson times

    Low Season: Mon - Fri: 09.00 - 12.30
    High Season: Mon - Fri: 14.45 - 18.00

Who is the course for?

The Study Abroad 20 Year (SAY) programme is specifically designed for students from outside the EEA who wish to develop their skills and fluency in English with the option of working part-time in Galway.  You will enjoy a unique experience of living, working and studying on the west coast of Ireland. You will have 25 weeks tuition of 20 lessons per week and 8 weeks holidays.  It's a great choice if you love to travel and would like to explore Ireland and perhaps some European cities.

Classes run in the mornings during the low season and in the afternoons during the high season which brings variety to your study year.

By far the biggest advantage of the SAY programme is that it is an extended course and you will be able to dedicate lots of time to really improving and enjoying life in a new city, Galway, and in a new country, Ireland.  

If you decide to enroll on the Study Abroad programme, you can get a part-time job (20 hours per week)  if you wish to work while you study. This means that you can experience Galway like a local and be involved in real life learning situations in the workplace.  

Course objectives

When enrolling in this course, you will embark on a long-term learning journey and become completely immersed in the Irish and European way of life. The objectives of this course are:

  1. To learn real English in a multicultural environment using c the latest technologies.
  2. To improve your English language skills and your accuracy and fluency.
  3. To learn everyday communication during your Galway experience.
  4. To provide you with feedback on your progress and help you to address any areas of specific difficulty.  
  5. To improve your confidence in using English.

Course content

Your Study Abroad 20 lesson course focus on student interaction.  The lessons use a combination of individual, pair and group work.  Your 20 lessons will help you with vocabulary, grammar and English language knowledge in a balanced and logical programme.

GCI students take a review test every Friday morning to ensure you are making good progress and to see if you need more help in any particular areas. You receive regular feedback from your teachers who will discuss and analyse your study pathway with you. 

We choose our coursebooks, materials and digital resources that are the best, and are based on the  latest research into English language as it is used in the modern world as well as in everyday situations.

Our Study Abroad Year programme follows weekly Syllabus Guides for 12 weeks at each level. The syllabi are designed to deliver learner outcomes based on the Common European Framework (CEFR) ‘Can Do Statements’ as well as the needs and requirements of our students. These weekly Syllabus Guides are based on core course books and supplementary material developed by the teaching team at GCI.

Visa Process

Our Study Abroad Programme is only available to students who are outside of the European Economic Area. If your home country is outside of the EEA, you have to apply for a visa while here. Getting a visa to Ireland shouldn't be difficult as it is an easy country to gain access to.

To get your visa successfully, and in advance of arrival you must:

  • Book and pay for the full course before departure for Ireland.
  • Must have a minimum of 4 weeks accommodation organised in advance.  We can help you with accommodation
  • Must have medical insurance organised in advance. You can book your medical insurance with us.
  • Book and pay for your preferred international English language exam and exam books
  • When you arrive at the airport, Immigration usually stamp your passport with a visa for one month.

To validate your visa after arrival in Ireland, you need to:

  • Open a bank account and deposit €3,000 in that bank account (we help you with the procedures)
  • Schedule your eight weeks holidays
  • Decide which exam your are going to take and ensure that you are at the correct level
  • Get letters from the bank, the school and proof of medical insurance
  • Go to Immigration (GNIB) with your passport and all the necessary documents (we help you with the procedures.
  • The visa / Irish Residence Permit (IRP)card costs €300.

By enrolling on a SAY 20 programme you are committing to following the rules and regulations of the visa policy which includes rules around attendance (minimum 85% of all classes) and taking an international English language examination during or at the end of your 25 week programme.

See visa process for more information on the visa process in Ireland!

Important Information

Study Abroad Year Programmes may be subject to change as a result of updates to the current Immigration Guidelines and Procedures.