Study Abroad Programme SAY30

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

    30 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 - Fri: 09.00 - 15.00
    High Season: Mon - Fri: 13.00 - 18.15

Who is the course for?

The Study Abroad Programme (SAY programme) is specifically designed for students from outside the EEA wishing to develop their English skills and spoken and written fluency 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 8 weeks holidays, giving students the opportunity both to study and work part-time and.

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.

Having the opportunity to get a part-time job means that you can truly experience all that Ireland has to offer - like a local! You will really immerse yourself in the language and the culture of this wonderful city - Galway! Of course, this will impact very positively on your level of English. You will develop your English skills, vocabulary and grammar every day at school and also have time to use it in a real English-speaking work environment. The big 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 learn real English in a multicultural environment using the most up to date 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.

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

When you start your course you will receive your own course book. We choose our coursebooks, materials and digital resources based on the latest research into English language and how it is used in the modern world as well as in everyday situations.

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. We also have an emphasis on debates, presentations, discussions, and developing writing skills.

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.

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 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!