Study Abroad Programme SAY26

The programme

Our Study Abroad Year course is specifically tailored for students outside the EEA (European Economic Area) that are looking to study English full time with the possibility to engage in part-time employment during their study break.

  • Minimum Course Length

    25 weeks tuition
    + 8 weeks holidays

  • Lessons a Week

    26 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 9.00 - 12.30 and Mon, Tue & Thu 13.30 - 15.00
    High Season: Mon - Fri 14.45 - 18.00 and Mon, Tue & Thu 13.00 - 14.45

Who is the course for?

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. SAY programmes consist of 25 weeks tuition and 8 weeks holidays so if you have always dreamed of visiting Europe - book today!

All SAY students have classes in the mornings during low season and classes in the afternoons during high season.

On the SAY programme students are entitled to 8 weeks of holidays during the 33 weeks that they are here in Galway. In this time, you are entitled to work full-time or leave the country if you wish. Many of our SAY students take the opportunity to travel around Ireland or even take short trips to other wonderful places around Europe. Book with us today for a great way to combine study and a truly Irish experience!

Course objectives

The objectives of this course are:

  1. To learn real English in a multicultural setting with other international learners.
  2. To build your confidence, accuracy and fluency in English.
  3. To gain practical experience using the English language in everyday life.
  4. To give you regular feedback and monitor your progress. 
  5. To enhance your feeling of confidence when using English.

Course content

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 of our students.

If you book today, you can expect your 26 lessons each week to help you to develop your English skills: speaking, reading, writing and listening, grammar, vocabulary and communication. Your course books, materials and digital resources are chosen in line with the  latest research into English language. There will be lots of opportunities to use and practise English in your classes with new people from all over the world!

The classes in our Study Abroad 26 course has lots of student interaction and varied lesson materials which help you build up useful vocabulary and grammar; all with a focus on real-life communication.

Your progress will be monitored to identify your strengths and weaknesses and you have a review test every Friday morning to help this monitoring process. There are plenty of options for those who wish to do extra self-study in the afternoons in the library or in the evenings in the school.

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.

In advance of arrival you must:

  • To get your visa successfully, you will need to book and pay for the full course before departure for Ireland.
  • Students must have a minimum of 4 weeks accommodation organised in advance.
  • Students must have medical insurance organised in advance. You can book your medical insurance with us.
  • 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)
  • 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 / IRP card costs €300.

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.