As the capital city of one of the most dynamic members of the EU, Dublin offers an exciting and enriching backdrop in which to improve your English. The Irish National Museum and the Irish National Gallery offer fascinating glimpses into the long history of the island from the Bronze Age through the Celts, up to modern times, and the world famous illuminated medieval Book of Kells can be viewed at Trinity College.

Dublin is also a wonderful base from which to discover the rest of Ireland, as almost all the roads and railways in the country lead to this central hub.

Dublin also has a large cultural scene, with numerous theatres, its literary tradition (James Joyce, Oscar Wilde etc) and music. There are plenty of entertainment venues, like the Temple Bar district which is home to many of the famous pubs and restaurants.

Our partner school, EC is located on the banks of the Grand Canal, only 15 minutes on foot away from Dublin’s main attractions and is easily accessible by public transport.

ELI Dublin is accredited by: ALTO

School facilities include:

  • 11 classrooms
  • Computer area
  • Free WiFi
  • Café
  • Front garden

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: 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

Exam preparation courses are offered throughout the year. Students can choose from two study options:

  • 5 hours of preparation courses per week as part of the General English 20-hour course (see the above programme)
  • A full time 15-hour per week programme which focuses exclusively on exam preparation

Language level: beginner to advanced

Free workshops led by teachers or outside experts are also 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. Experts from Google Europe (located 100 m from the school) are regularly invited to deliver this workshop.
  • 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 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: : +/- 40 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


  • Houses up to 40 students (Irish and international)
  • Shared or single room
  • Half board, in the residence canteen
  • Travel time to school: 5 minutes on foot
  • Travel time to the city centre: 15-20 minutes on foot
  • Location: Lower Baggot Street

Services and facilities available

  • Bed linen provided on arrival
  • Free WiFi access
  • TV room
  • Shared kitchen
  • Study room
  • Garden
  • Coin operated washing machine in available 8:30 am – 10 pm
  • 24 hour security


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 2020

Dates 2020

Beginning of the sessions: The majority of courses start every Monday, throughout the year, unless otherwise stated below. If Monday is a public holiday, classes start on Tuesday.

Public holidays (no lessons will be given on these dates, nor made up later; no compensation will be granted): 01/01, 17/03, 10/04, 13/04, 04/05, 01/06, 03/08, 26/10

Christmas holidays: 18/12 to 01/01/21

Tarifs 2020

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

WPCS 42.0.1
Course & accommodation in a host family, shared room, half board
1 week 460 490 505 550
2 weeks 795 860 890 980
3 weeks 1.105 1.200 1.245 1.380
4 weeks 1.400 1.530 1.590 1.770
6 weeks 1.920 2.095 2.185 2.425
8 weeks 2.530 2.765 2.885 3.205
12 weeks 3.645 3.955 4.125 4.555
16 weeks 4.815 5.230 5.455 6.030
18 weeks 5.400 5.870 6.120 6.770
20 weeks 5.985 6.505 6.785 7.505
24 weeks 7.160 7.785 8.120 8.985
32 weeks 9.505 10.335 10.785 11.935
36 weeks 10.675 11.610 12.115 13.410
Extra week 295 320 335 370
Optional extras - Per week
Host family - single room 25
Host family - Peak season (from 01/07 to 30/09) 25
Residence - shared room, half board 110
Residence - single room, half board 145
Transfers from/to Dublin Airport*
One-way trip 80
Round trip 130

* Mandatory for under 18s

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