Business English and ICT Skills Study Abroad Year Programme in Ireland

What is a Study Abroad Year programme?

In simple terms, a Study Abroad Year Programme is when you spend a year in a foreign country studying a subject of your choice. Many people choose to spend a year of their University degree studying or undertaking work experience abroad.

These programmes are very popular – according to a 2019 University UK report, 8% of UK undergraduates alone take a year abroad to study. The most common subject for taking a year abroad is Languages (33%).

Who is this SAY Business English and ICT Skills Course for?

English is the lingua franca of the business world, and many of the world’s largest corporations have mandated English as their official language. Even companies such as Japan’s massive Rakuten has used English for all documents and all meetings including those attended only by Japanese employees since 2012.

It is vitally important for any prospective businessperson to obtain a good level of English ability, coupled with an understanding of how to use the language in a work environment or business setting.

If you are looking to enter the global workforce or have plans to set up a business that will deal with multinational companies, our SAY Business English and ICT Skills Course is the ideal choice for you. Our programme is carefully designed to cater for your personal learning needs, and your specially tailored course will provide a real boost to your budding career or give you the perfect stepping stone to our higher education business courses at Galway Business School.

Minimum English language requirements

To be eligible to enrol on our Business English and ICT Skills Study Abroad Year programme, you must have a minimum CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference) level of B1+. This is the Council of Europe’s officially recognised assessment for students learning the English language.

A B1+ level means that you possess an ‘intermediate’ level of English ability, as with B1, but will be even more proficient with the language. At CEFR B1 level you will be able to:

  • communicate efficiently in English
  • enter spur-of-the-moment conversations on familiar topics, or that or of personal interest to you or part of your everyday life (e.g. work, travel, hobbies, family)
  • understand the majority of lots of TV or radio programmes covering current affairs or topics you personally find interesting, as long as the voices are slow and clear
  • express yourself clearly and concisely on relatively complex issues using standard vocabulary
  • write appropriately in everyday working situations, where you can communicate information underlying importance and explaining reasons
  • read most texts and understand much of the detail often by inferring ideas based on key elements in the text

Objectives of our SAY Business English and ICT Skills Course

At Galway Cultural Institute we provide a comprehensive yet flexible programme for international students, designed to equip you with all the skills you will need to flourish in your chosen profession. Our SAY Business English and ICT Skills Course will:

  • develop your communication skills specifically for the business world and for the modern international workplace
  • allow you to study with other, like-minded international students who also want to get ahead in the world of business and ICT studies
  • develop your Business English skills
  • let you participate in class activities to develop confidence in using Business English
  • give you opportunities to use English in a business environment 
  • help you learn key information computer technology skills (ICT)
  • improve your confidence when delivering speeches or presentations

The programme

Learn business English communications skills with our tailored Study Abroad Year program specifically designed for long stay students. The SAY programmes can be structured to suit everyone’s requirements and a suitable study path is designed for the student based on the starting level, academic needs and learning objectives. 

Our Study Abroad Business English courses are specifically designed to help you develop your career in the business field or progress onto higher education programmes at our sister school, GBS. English is recognised as the most dominant language in the business world. Even if you have a good level of English, learning business English will give you the chance to demonstrate a wider professional vocabulary which can result in new opportunities in your career.

  • Minimum Course Length

    25 weeks
    + 8 weeks holidays

  • Lessons a Week

    20 lessons General English
    + 4 business lectures in Galway Business School

  • Minimum English Level


  • Cost

    €195 Cambridge International Exam (FCE or CAE)

  • Start Dates

    Any Monday in January 2024
    Any Monday in September 2024

  • Maximum Class Size

    14 for English classes
    50 for business lectures

  • Minimum Age


  • Lesson times

    English lessons: morning time 09.00 -12.30
    Business Lectures: afternoon from 13.00 - 17.30 depending on module

English Courses in Ireland for Business

Our business English study abroad courses combine intensive General English classes with business lectures in our sister school, Galway Business School. 

This is a perfect English course for business as you'll explore business concepts and you'll learn to apply new English skills to team projects and case studies in key business areas. During the course you will improve your business English communication skills and learn business English skills.

The business modules are delivered by Galway Business School and are approximately 12 weeks long. Students receive ECTS credits and GBS Certificate upon completion and are exempt from these modules if continuing pathway to GBS.

English is now the main language of entertainment, culture and business globally, which means that being able to understand and speak the language gives you an advantage in your personal and professional life. Ireland, being the largest native English speaking country in the EU offers a wonderful opportunity to study, work and live your life through English.

Why Study Abroad in Galway, Ireland?

At Galway Cultural Institute  (GCI) we offer you the chance to travel to and stay in the beautiful city of Galway, embarking on a long-term learning journey where you will become completely immersed in the customs and cultures of Ireland and Europe.

Our Study Abroad Year course at Galway Cultural Institute (GCI) takes place over twenty-five weeks during a full academic year, and is specifically designed for students from outside the European Economic Area who wish to develop their Business English and ICT skills. 

Fully immersing yourself in the English language, at both GCI during your SAY programme and in real life situations around the city of Galway, will provide a rewarding, unique experience.

This SAY Business English and ICT Skills course in Ireland will mean you have an entire year to enjoy the social and cultural activities here at the Galway Cultural Institute (GCI) and to explore our lovely city of Galway. We are one of the leading independent third-level colleges in Ireland. Located at the midpoint of the Wild Atlantic Way, on Ireland’s west coast, Galway is the perfect place to learn English and experience the best that Ireland has to offer.

If you would love to live, work and study an English course, Ireland and the GCI will improve your Business English language abilities at an impressive pace.

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