Key Facts

First Day

You will have your orientation on your first day which gives you important information about Galway Cultural Institute and Galway and helps you settle in. You will also have your oral test, a short interview with one of our teachers and then be placed in your class. Your ID card will be processed and this gives you access to GCI / GBS facilities, discounts in Ozone café, on excursions and in shops and restaurants. We ask you to come to school between 8.30 and 8.45 on your first Monday (between 8.00 and 8.15 in the high season). Our staff will welcome you at reception and introduce you to the school. 

Please remember to complete your level-placement test online two weeks before arrival!

Classes

All courses start any Monday except Exam Prep, Foundation, Pre-Masters, 50+, Teacher Training and Group Programmes (except bank holidays when courses start on Tuesday). All prices are per week except for Foundation and Exam Preparation programmes.

Classes start at 9.00 in low season and 8.30, in high season. During the high season, classes operate on a double schedule and you will be allocated your schedule on the first day depending on your course booking – i.e. certain courses are automatically timetabled in the afternoon sessions.

All lessons are 45 minutes long.

Max group class size is 12 in low season and 14 in high season except for Exam Prep, Foundation, Teacher Training, 50+, Specialist and Group Programmes which are 14 all year round. General English for Professionals is max 6 and requires B1 level of English. Minimum numbers, minimum level and minimum age are required for some courses. Minimum age is 17 during low season and 16 in high season.

Classes missed due to Public Holidays will not be made up except for individual / One-to-One components.

Students may not change from group to private tuition or opt for less intensive courses, or shorten their course regardless of the reason.

Class attendance is obligatory.

Levels

Levels are from A1-C2, Beginner to Proficiency.

Books and materials are charged separately (€55.00). There is an additional charge for a new book of €35.00+ when you change level. We have a second-hand book scheme in operation for books in good condition for students who move level.

Placement Test

Online Test

To place you in the correct level, you do a level test before you arrive at GCI. It is important that you complete this online before you come to Galway. The online test consists of a grammar and vocabulary tests and must be completed a minimum of two weeks prior to your arrival. If you have not completed your online test yet, please follow this link.

Oral Test

All students will have to complete an oral examination immediately after orientation. This doesn't last very long and is quite informal. There is no need to be shy!

Failure to do the test may mean that you cannot attend class on your first day, especially during peak season.

Insurance

Insurance is obligatory for non-EEA students and must be issued by a body regulated by the Irish authorities. We offer medical insurance to students and the cost is €150. We recommend our prospective students to take out an insurance policy with us.

Exams

GCI is a Cambridge and IELTS exam testing centre / venue. This makes it very easy for students enrolled in an exam course to sit the exam in the school. Many other English language schools don't offer this as an option for their exam preparation courses.The majority of written exams take place on Saturday. Exam dates are correct at the time that this was written, but are subject to change. 

Exam fees and exam books are charged separately and late exam fees apply. It is the student's responsibility to book their homeward flight after their exam date. GCI will not be responsible for this.

Students under 18 years of age

a) Are required to provide a Signed Parental Guarantee and to carry this with them at all times whilst travelling to Ireland. GCI will provide this at the time of booking.

b) A Meet & Greet Service is obligatory for all under 18 year olds on arrival. This means that the students will be met by a GCI representative at the airport and accompanied to the bus departing for Galway. At the Galway Coach Station, our designated taxi driver will meet the student and drive him/her to the selected accommodation.

c) Under 18 year old students must abide by the rules and regulations and behave as adults.

Books and Materials

Books and materials are charged separately (€55.00). There is an additional charge for a new book of €35.00+ if you are to change level. We have a second-hand book scheme in operation for books in good condition for students who move level.

English Only Policy

GCI / GBS have an English only policy and failure to speak English may result in a student being asked to leave the school on a temporary or permanent basis. We believe that this will help you to progress your learning quickly.

We have a strict no-smoking policy in the building as it is against the law here in Ireland. We also forbid anyone under the age of 16 to smoke at all.

Respect for property, people, other nationalities and customs must be shown at all times.

Emergency

We have a 24/7 Emergency Number that you can call outside of office hours if you have any difficulty during your stay with us +353 87 2478128. 

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