Vacation Programme for younger teens

summerIH Galway summer residential courses for teens from 12-19 offer students the opportunity to have an experience which is both educational and fun. Our courses are at the National University of Ireland Galway, the alma mater of President Michael D Higgins and the film actor Martin Sheen.

Summer courses by design for 12-15 year-olds

The IH Galway summer course combines an interactive and engaging English language learning programme with sports, activities and visits to places of interest in Ireland’s most authentic and spectacular western region. Our programme is based on project work, combining lesson content, activities and excursions. Our lessons help students to practise their English in a more natural and integrated way, encouraging team work. Afternoon and evening activities help our students practise their English further and weekly excursions allow them to discover the most interesting areas of Ireland.
Sports and Activities include tennis, swimming, dance, art and photography.


• IH Galway summer course for teens general information

• Sample time-table junior programme IH Galway


Pre-university by design for 16-19 year-olds

This programme is different from other summer programmes as we help students prepare for studying at university level.  Our learners practise aspects of Academic English and skills they will need at university, such as effective note taking in a lecture, project work, organization of files and becoming independent learners.

• IH Galway summer pre-university course

• IH Galway summer course for teens general information

• Sample time-table pre-university programme IH Galway


National University of Ireland Galway

NUIG-QuadThe National University of Ireland Galway was founded in 1845 and is the alma mater of Irish president Michael D Higgins. NUI Galway is a university that is engaged with the rich cultural heritage of its region. It was awarded five stars by the influential QS 2012 World Rankings service in 2012 and it provides Galway with its 20% student population.

Its small size and academic surroundings of old quadrangles and green fields makes it the perfect study location for younger and pre-university teens.


  • 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. "