FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions
No classes will be held on national bank holidays. Instead, activites or a day-trip will be scheduled on a bank holiday. Please refer to the Irish holidays here.
All English language books as well as all class material needed during the course are provided free of charge.
A certificate of attendance is given to all students at the end of the English course with us. The certificate will indicate the results and the knowledge level achieved in the English language course.
The best time to contact your children, relatives or friends during their English course in Ireland is either at lunch time (1-2pm) or at dinner time (around 6:30pm). Approximately two weeks prior to the beginning of the language course, all students will receive detailed information about the course itself. This information is also included in the mobile app.
All students are expected to participate fully and to their best ability in their English course. Thus, a certain amount of homework might be obligatory in all English classes and levels. Homework might be given involving preparation before, and revision work after the day's lessons.
We distinguish between the levels according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Our school´s own students' books are set up according to the Common European Framework as well.
The use of a washing machine is of the discretion of the host family and an arrangement can be made with the host family directly.
The duration of a regular lesson is 45 minutes. There are generally 20 lessons (totalling 15 hours) of English language tuition per week (General English and Junior lessons).
Throughout the course we use a number of meeting points around Kilkenny. It is advisable to always check your itinerary as to where the meeting point is on any particular day.
Every student attending one of our English courses sits a thorough placement test to determine his or her English language level. Ideally, this test should be completed online - the unique link for your personal placement test will be sent to you via email.
A detailed itinerary for your course will be provided prior to your arrival to Ireland and is also part of the mobile app for students. The itinerary is subject to change and we reseve the right to make changes to the schedule at any time.
Living in a foreign country can sometimes cause problems of medical, emotional or psychological nature. This is a normal part of learning to live away from home for some time. However, our experienced staff will offer everyone support in these cases, and all such matters will be treated as strictly confidential.
One aspect of our comprehensive services are the airport transfers at arrival/departure. Arrival/departure transfers from/to Dublin International Airport (DUB) are usually on the Sunday before/after the course. Once we have confirmed your booking, please let us know your flight details and we will then arrange your airport transfer to/from Kilkenny. A member of staff will wait for you in the arrival´s hall of Dublin airport upon arrival. Please look out for a big sign with your name on it. At departure, we will accompany you to check-in and bag-drop and say 'Good Bye' to you at the security check.
We advise you to take out a travel health insurance during your stay with us in Ireland. The travel health insurance covers all kinds of medical treatment by a doctor or in a hospital which becomes necessary during your time abroad.
Please contact an Irish Embassy or Consulate to inquire whether you need a visa or not.