Nestled between Dublin and Belfast, located less than an hour from the capital and home to 50,000 people, Drogheda retains a lovely small-town atmosphere yet it’s packed with things to see and do. Drogheda is a city that develops fast due to the fact that global companies such as Coca Cola and E-Bay recently decided to make it their home. It is packed with everything you can find in any major city: shopping centres, cinemas, traditional pubs, restaurants, cafés or Ireland’s largest theme park… Drogheda also boasts a rich history: the 5000-year-old world famous Newgrange passage tomb is located only 8 km away, while 18th-century Oldbridge House is nowadays the visitor centre for the Battle of the Boyne. A modern, traditional and historic town, Drogheda has something for everyone. Nestled in the beautiful Boyne Valley, Drogheda is the perfect destination for students of all ages.

Our partner school ELI is located in a beautiful old warehouse building on the waterfront just 5 minutes-walk from the main shopping and cultural areas.

ELI Drogheda is accredited by: ALTO

School facilities include:

  • 25 bright, large, comfortable classrooms
  • Computer area
  • Free WiFi
  • Café and student lounge with games area
  • Self-access library

English language courses: the basics

  • Lesson length: 60 minutes
  • Class size: maximum 15 students
  • Schedule: morning and/or afternoon lessons
  • Course duration: 1 to 24 weeks
  • Placement test (oral): first day of lessons
  • Certificate of completion at the end of your stay
  • Regular progress tests (oral test every week, written test every 6 weeks)
  • CELTA-qualified native English teachers
  • High quality materials and suitable use of technology

15 lessons per week

This programme focuses on the four main skills reading, writing, speaking and listening. Lessons are taught using a task-based method involving topics and themes for everyday life. Suitable for any student who wants to improve their English in a less intensive way, allowing them more time to explore and enjoy Dublin. Lessons are being held in the mornings (9 am to 12.15 pm) or in the afternoons (1.30 pm to 4.45 pm).

Language level: beginner to advanced

20 lessons per week

This programme allows students to supplement the 15-hour programme with 5 specialised elective lessons each week. Suitable for students who want more intensive lessons and to focus in key areas. Elective options will vary throughout the year. Lessons are being held in the mornings (9 am to 1.25 pm) or in the afternoons (12.25 pm to 4.45 pm).

Elective options include:

  • Pronunciation
  • Grammatical structure
  • Reading and Listening
  • Conversation skills
  • Grammar and writing
  • Examination preparation (FCE, CAE, IELTS)

Language level: beginner to advanced

Open to all. The topics covered vary throughout the year but can include:

  • Job clinic: in this session, students will be provided with advice on how to structure their CV and how to find and apply for a job.
  • Drama and Improvisation: improve your speaking fluency while gaining confidence and having fun.
  • Individual assessment: the teaching staff share their experience in other areas through interesting lectures and presentations.
  • Culture Club: learn more about Irish and international cultures through presentations and demonstrations.
  • Movie Club: enjoy watching a movie in English with an added group discussion with a staff member.

As an ELI student, you will enjoy a calendar of various social and leisurely activities in the afternoons/evenings every week. These activities are optional and some may require a fee. All activities are subject to change and vary depending on the time of year.

Some of the many activities may include:

  • Welcome Event
  • Walking tour, museum outings, Guinness Storehouse, …
  • Pub outings
  • Excursions to Dublin, Galway, Belfast, Moher Cliffs, Game of Thrones Tours, …

Shared room, shared bathroom, half-board during the week, full-board over the week-end

Travel time to school/city centre: : +/- 15 minutes by public transport

Practical information:

  • Bed linen provided
  • WiFi connection available (in most cases)
  • Laundry: your host family will let you use their laundry facilities once a week or let you know their laundry day

Optional extra: single room

shared room, shared bathroom, self-catering

Travel time to school: 15 minutes on foot


  • Large house with garden accommodating up to 10 students
  • Single or shared rooms available
  • Shared bathrooms
  • Common lounge and equipped kitchen
  • Bed linen provided
  • Laudry accessible
  • WiFi connection
  • House manager living on site


Arrivals: Saturday or Sunday

Departures: Saturday or Sunday

  • Arrival airports:
  • Dublin (DUB)

Airport transfers available on request (fees apply, see price list)

Please note: Do not make travel arrangements until we have confirmed your enrolment in your chosen course.

Dates & Prices 2021

Dates 2021

Course start dates: Most courses start every Monday year-round (exceptions are outlined below.) On Bank Holiday Mondays, lessons start on Tuesdays.

Bank holidays and holidays (No lessons will take place on these dates and they will not be rescheduled or refunded): 1/01, 17/03, 02/04, 05/04, 03/05, 07/06, 02/08, 25/10

Christmas holidays: from 18/12/2021 to 03/01/2022

Prices 2021

Including lessons, accommodation, meals as described, all taxes and enrolment fees

WPCS 42.0.3
Lessons & homestay accommodation, shared room, half board OR Student House, shared room, self catering
Duration15 L afternoon15 L morning20 L afternoon20 L morning
1 week 550 570#REF! 625
2 weeks 915 955#REF! 1.065
3 weeks 1.260 1.320#REF! 1.485
4 weeks 1.575 1.655#REF! 1.875
6 weeks 2.175 2.295#REF! 2.625
8 weeks 2.855 3.015#REF! 3.455
12 weeks 4.035 4.215#REF! 4.815
16 weeks 5.335 5.575#REF! 6.375
20 weeks 6.635 6.935#REF! 7.935
24 weeks 7.935 8.295#REF! 9.495
Accommodation supplements - Per week
Family single room 30
Transfers from / to Dublin International Airport * 40
One way ticket 80
Round trip 130

Prices include:

  • Your chosen course
  • Your chosen accommodation
  • Course materials
  • Limitless WiFi access
  • Activities and language workshops
  • Welcome activity
  • All taxes and enrolment fees

Prices do not include:

  • Travel to Ireland
  • Airport transfers
  • Meals not included in your chosen accommodation
  • Emergency travel insurance
  • Activities and outings organised by the school
  • Optional insurances