Study Abroad Programme SAY30

The Programme

Students enrolled in the Study Abroad Year Programme 30 lessons will avail of our intensive course plan in order to gain a firm grounding in general English skills. During their stay, students can enroll in our examination preparation programmes, as non-EEA students are required to take one of the internationally recognised English language examinations such as Cambridge or IELTS.

  • Minimum Course Length

    25 weeks tuition
    + 8 weeks holidays

  • Lessons a Week

    30 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 - 15.00
    High Season: Mon - Fri: 13.00 - 18.00

Who is the course for?

The Study Abroad Programme (SAY programme) has been specifically created for students from outside the EEA wishing to develop their English skills  while enjoying the new and exciting experience of living and studying in the west of Ireland! This SAY programme consists of 25 weeks tuition and gives you the opportunity to study and work part-itme with 8 weeks holidays.  There is plenty of time to relax, travel around Ireland or venture further on trips to Europe - flights are very affordable if you plan in advance

Classes for all SAY students, as well as students on discounted general English courses, are held in the mornings during the low season and in the afternoons in the high season.

One great  advantage of the SAY programme is that you will be here long enough to really enjoy your time - study, work a little, and of course travel around Ireland or as many of our students do take short trips to other wonderful places around Europe.

Course objectives

When you enroll on this course, you will begin your learning adventure. The objectives of this course are:

  1. To develop your English language skills in a class in the beautiful surroundings of Galway.
  2. To focus on improving your accuracy, fluency and confidence in English.
  3. To gain practical experience in using the English language and facilitate your everyday communication during your English experience.
  4. To maximise your learning by monitoring your progress and helping you to find the best ways to experience success!
  5. To ensure your confidence grows 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.

These weekly Syllabus Guides are based on core course books and supplementary material developed by the teaching team at GCI.

Your 30 lessons will provide you with a balanced programme of skills work, vocabulary building, grammatical study lessons, maintaining a strong communication focus by using a combination of individual work, pair and group work.  In the afternoons, there is more emphasis on debates, presentations, discussions, and developing writing skills.  These classes really help to improve your fluency and confidence outside the classroom.

The classes in our Study Abroad 30 course have a focus on communication and student interaction using a combination of individual work, pair work & group work.

Here in GCI our students take a test every Friday morning to monitor progress. You receive regular feedback from your teacher on your progress. You will be given home study tasks and self study options are available in our library should you need them.  The librarian can also give you guidance and help with your homework.

Students are entitled to 8 weeks of holidays during the 33 weeks that they are here. In this time, they are entitled to work full-time or leave the country if they wish. You must declare your holiday hours prior to your arrival.

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 either both before your arrival or while here in Ireland. See Irish Immigration website for more details whether you are from a visa waiver country (if you need to process your visa in advance or arrival or not). 

Getting a visa to Ireland shouldn't be difficult as it is an easy country to gain access to.  Please see visa process for more information on the visa process in Ireland.  These give you full information on the steps you need to take before and after your arrival 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.