About English study trips at International House

María Cobo Higuera
María Cobo Higuera
International House, Dublin
Duration: 4 weeks

My stay in Dublin was 6 weeks long, and they flew by. I took a CAE exam preparation course at the International House Dublin. The course was fantastic: small groups, with classmates of different nationalities and with excellent teachers. The school’s leisure programme offered us free daily activities to get to know more about Irish culture. What’s more, I had the opportunity to visit impressive natural sites like the Giant Causeway in Northern Ireland, for a modest price. At the end of the course, I took the CAE exam, and against all odds, I passed it :)

I stayed in a single apartment in Archway Court. It consisted of a kitchen and a small living and dining area, and a bedroom and bathroom completely adapted for wheelchair users, which is my case :) It’s about 20 minutes “rolling” to the school. Other students of different nationalities also lived in the apartment complex and the atmosphere was unbeatable. I made some good friends who I’m still in touch with today.

On the other hand, Dublin is a small but vibrant city. The lively pubs, live music, great cuisine, friendly people… and Guinness beer! I highly recommend it.

With respect to the planning by ESL, I can only say that both Inés and her co-workers from the post-sales team went out of their way to guarantee that I had the perfect stay, which wasn’t an easy task given my needs. They took care of my accommodation, the school and the airport transfers. I have nothing but my utmost gratitude for everything.

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Sarah Coronado Torrente
Sarah Coronado Torrente
International House, Dublin
Duration: 24 weeks

Dublin is a charming city; there are many young people, and it’s joyful and festive. I really liked the fact that the city is not too small and not too big either. I felt safe there. Public transports go everywhere and are easily accessible.

I am very happy about my progress: when I started, I had an intermediate level, while today I am upper-intermediate. Classes are very active and teachers are good at balancing normal lessons and games… students make incredible progress without even realizing! It’s quite clear that they love their job, because games are fun but at the same time make us practise the language and learn a lot.

I made lots of new friends with whom I am still in touch through social medias. As for the teachers, I really liked their methods, because it’s never boring. The teaching programme is good, as well as the activity one, which is fun and allows students to meet new people. The residences are also very good; you can meet lots of people and spend some good times with your flatmates.

In the beginning I stayed with a host family, but then I decided to change and go to a student residence. I had to walk 15 minutes to reach the school, it was very easy. What I liked about the Archway apartments is that they were close to the city centre and surrounded by restaurants, pubs and shops.

All the people I met, including the school staff, became really good friends – always lovely and helpful.

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Héloïse Fortunet
Héloïse Fortunet
International House, Dublin
Duration: 4 weeks

I was charmed by the International House school, where everything is organised to make all new students feel welcome since their very first day. After a grammar, comprehension and one-to-one speaking test with a teacher, students are divided into different levels and placed in modern classrooms near Grafton Street (which is THE street, with plenty of shops, restaurants and shopping centres). Every 2 hours, the teacher would change and the activities as well (games, discussions, grammar, videos, local newspapers, reading, pronunciation…). Their smile and energy gave me the motivation to keep learning and improving. A “social programme” is organised each week to make you discover Dublin and its surroundings (museums, pubs, walks in the nature…), and you can also attend additional lessons if you want to improve your pronunciation or learn how to find a job in Dublin. It’s a really good school, where students can progress at their won pace, in a friendly atmosphere.

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Florian Oudot
Florian Oudot
International House, Dublin
Duration: 4 weeks

I chose the 4-week programme “IELTS preparation” at International House Dublin. I had English classes in the morning (9:00-11:00 and 11:30-13:30) and exam preparation in the afternoon (14:30-16:30), Monday to Friday. It was pretty intense, but the afternoon classes were very useful and on the exam day I was quite confident. The school is divided in multiple adjacent buildings. I had 5 different teachers in the morning and as much in the afternoon. They were all very good and the fact of being in small groups (maximum 12 people per class) is perfect to practise the language.

As for the accommodation, I asked to share a flat in Blackhall Place. Luckily, I found two Italian flatmates, so I could speak English with them after class. The flat was very functional and well equipped; it was located a 40-minute walk from the school and a 20-minute walk from Temple Bar. This was very convenient in the morning and also at night, when I wanted to go out.

Dublin is a very interesting and festive city! Unfortunately I couldn’t participate in the afternoon activities because of my IELTS preparation course. However, Irish people are very welcoming and warm. When you go to the pub, interacting with them is very easy; and if you are lucky, they’ll buy you a pint of Guinness! I would love to go back to Dublin to find out more about the city and Ireland in general.

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Florence
Florence
International House, Dublin
Duration: 6 months

As part of my law studies, I had to do an internship; I chose to do it abroad, to make it even more useful. I started by taking a course to pass the FCE (Cambridge First). During the course, I had a few interviews with different law firms that were looking for interns. The first one worked and I spent 3 months in that firm, improving my language skills and discovering the world of work.

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Fabrice Faure
Fabrice Faure
International HouseDublin
Duration: 3 weeks

I've studied in English before with the agency ESL, so I wished to renew this experience in Ireland. I felt like discovering Dublin after receiving information about this city. I have choose to stay in a host family in order to practice english as often as possible. My family was very hospitable and friendly. I've made a lot of progress in speaking thanks to competent and very nice teachers! Moreover, Dublin is a very pleasant and nice city where everything is feasible! You can meet many young people form different countries. So, this experience will be unforgettable for me!

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Celia García Vazquez
Celia García Vazquez
International House, Dublin
Duration: 3 weeks

Thanks to the scholarship I obtained from the Spanish Government, I got the opportunity to spend 3 weeks in Ireland. Everything was simply perfect: the residences, the English school… and it was extremely well organised! The city of Dublin is beautiful. When you go out, it’s kind of hard to find Irish people; you have to look for them at pubs (a tip: O’Sullivan!). If I can, I’ll definitely go back. Important: make sure you don’t forget your umbrella – even if go in summer! Have fun!

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Roxane Le Meur
Roxane Le Meur
International House, Dublin
Duration: 12 weeks

Studying at International House Dublin is very interesting if you want to improve your level of English.  Every day, there is a lively social and cultural programme.  The school is located near the city centre and the people are friendly and out-going.  I love my classroom and my teachers because they always find a way to interest me.  I have made lots of new friends from different countries who I talk to and go out with in the evenings.

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