Exam Preparation


FCE and CAE 15 hours per week (afternoon)
We help you to focus on the grammar and vocabulary you need for your exam.  Practise listening, speaking, reading and writing skills at exam level. Develop exam techniques to help you complete the exam effectively. You will do part and complete practice tests during your course. As these lessons are in the afternoon, you can also take General English lessons in the morning.

FCE and CAE 30 hours per week (summer, morning and afternoon)
Prepare for your exam in 4 weeks in July and August.  With lessons in the morning and afternoon, this intensive course helps you to focus on the grammar and vocabulary you need for your exam. Practise the skills you need for your exam: listening, speaking, reading and writing.  Develop exam techniques to help you perform effectively in your exam. There will be part and complete practice tests during the course.


IELTS 15 hours per week (afternoon)
We help you to develop the academic language you need for this exam. Focus on the four areas of the exam: listening, speaking, reading and writing, with an academic focus. Develop exam techniques and strategies to help you complete the exam more effectively. As this course is in the afternoon, you can also take General English lessons in the morning.

Individual Exam Preparation 5 hours per week 
Combine your group lessons with customised one to one lessons, which help you to focus on your specific exam preparation needs.

Personalised Study Programme: PSP  
We direct you to practice materials for specific areas of the exam. This extra programme is offered free to all our students!


  • Anood Al-Ali

    UAE student from 2015

    “Galway wasn't an ordinary place, it had people that cared for our being, and helped improve our skills either it be in speaking or writing. It was our great pleasure to be there.”

  • Shaima Yaaqoub Alhammadi ‬‬‬‬

    UAE student from 2015

    "It was a satisfying advantageous trip. Worth every second of our lives. A full of benefits programme. I’m so glad I experienced it."

  • Safa Alhosani

    UAE student from 2015

    “This summer was an adventure for all of us.  It was something new too. It helped us improve our selves in many ways, like: how to communi-cate with people, how to make new friends and how to be brave and have fun.  We are thankful for this opportunity and all thanks goes to our beloved father Mohammed bin Zayed and thank you all who helped us to live and be in this one of a kind adventure.”

  • Eleonora Esposito

    CELTA Course Participant

    "I embarked in a CELTA course at IH Galway with a background as an academic researcher in Linguistics. For me, English has always been something abstract, to be discussed in papers rather than taught in class. I can honestly say that the CELTA has revolutionized my approach to English in only 4 weeks! Thanks to our experienced tutors, the course has been a fantastic month to exchange ideas, share knowledge and actually practise the hard work of teaching! Much to my surprise, I was able to secure a teaching job even before the completion of the course! As a start, I will be teaching a pre-sessional EAP course at Lancaster University. I am convinced that the CELTA was the best thing that could happen to my CV!"

  • Silvia Vicente

    Lawyer, Valencia, Spain

    "I want to give you my thanks for your help in order to improve my English.
    I feel very lucky for taking part in your classes, I think the teachers are excellent, they have a very good skills for teaching with motivation, passion and energy! I had enjoyed your classes!! Thank you for all!"

  • Mary O’Connell

    Distance DELTA Orientation Course Participant

    "The DELTA is the only NFQ Level 9 qualification I considered. The course gave me the chance to re-examine my approach to teaching in a challenging and structured way.  The tutors were excellent and the sense of a learning community in our small group was wonderful."

  • Louise Griffin

    Distance DELTA Orientation Course Participant

    "The DELTA makes you examine yourself as a teacher and gives you the skills needed to bridge the gap between what you already do well and what you could be doing better"

  • Marian Murray

    CELTA Course Participant

    "I found the CELTA course intensive, stressful, fascinating and really rewarding. The tutors were very thorough but above all encouraging."

  • Eric Hanley

    CELTA Course Participant

    "The content and structure were comprehensive. Our tutors were great for many reasons but especially how they were approachable and objective. The input sessions fly by so fast, you don’t notice the morning going. Thank you for an enjoyable and rewarding experience."

  • Natalia Navarro

    Head of Consolidation, Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy, Madrid

    "It was a fun and efficient way to learn English, with personalised lessons. The teacher was fantastic – I learned a lot of vocabulary, most of my grammatical mistakes disappeared and she helped me to gain confidence and become more fluent."

  • David Chen

    Senior Partner, Jade and Fountain Lawyers, Shanghai

    “I had a great time with IH Galway last summer. The training there is different and interesting and is really a good choice for people like me who is of a certain age but would like to improve their English. I chose all the lessons on my own. You know what, I even showed a couple of my friends around London and can be their local tour guide and translator after completing the 15-day’s training with IH Galway. I will definitely choose IH Galway again when I come to Ireland next time.”

  • Alexander Linarez


    "The course was marvellous because teachers were really good and the students could notice that they are really prepared to teach in order to give knowledge. The dynamics in the course was like a training, the teachers were synchronized to start and to finish every class on time. They really helped me improve more my pronunciation and my listening skill. "