Study Abroad Programme SAY26

The programme

The perfect option for students wishing to study and work in Ireland at the same time. This course is for students outside the EEA

  • 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


  • 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 - Wed 9.00 - 12.30 & Thursday & Friday 9.00 - 15.00
    High Season: Mon - Wed 13.00 - 18.15 & Thursday & Friday 15.00 - 18.15

Who is the course for?

The SAY programme is specifically designed for students from outside the EEA who wish to develop their skills and fluency in English and enjoy a unique experience of living and studying in Galway. SAY programmes consist of 25 weeks tuition and 8 weeks holidays which gives students the opportunity to work part-time while studying.

All SAY students as well as students on discounted general English courses will have classes in the mornings during low season and / or will have classes in the afternoons during high season as outlined above.

Like many of our SAY students, you may decide to get a part-time job while you are here. This means that you can really experience all that Ireland and Irish culture has to offer. Should you opt to work while you are here, you will be able to practise your English in real-life learning situations in the workplace.

By far the biggest advantage of the SAY programme is that it is an extended course - you will be able to dedicate lots of time to really improving and enjoying life in a new country! Being in Ireland for a longer period, you will have plenty of time for study, a little work, and of course travel! On the SAY programme students are entitled to 8 weeks of holidays during the 33 weeks that they are here. 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 an Irish experience!

Course objectives

The objectives of this course are:

  1. To learn real English in a multicultural environment using the latest resources and technologies.
  2. To focus on improving your accuracy, fluency and confidence in English.
  3. To experience the practical aspect of your language and facilitate your everyday communication during your English experience.
  4. To maximise your learning by receiving regular feedback from your teachers. They will monitor your progress and help you to use new language.
  5. To improve your confidence in 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 a course that will 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 based on the latest research into English language. There will be lots of opportunities to use and practice English in your classes with new people from all over the world!

The classes in our Study Abroad 26 course have a focus on student interaction. They are a combination of individual, pair as well as group work. We also have an emphasis on debates, presentations, listening exercises, teacher-led discussions, written tasks and reading.

In GCI there is a test every Friday morning to monitor your progress and to see if there is a need to reappraise your level. You receive regular feedback from your teacher to discuss and analyse your progress. Homework is part of your learning journey and there are plenty of options for those who wish to do extra self-study..

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 / GNIB card costs €300.

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