Groups by Design

Building on our excellent qualifications and many years of experience in the design and delivery of courses to professionals from all over the world, we offer high impact English language programmes to clients with particular needs and little time. Each programme is specifically designed to suit your needs and level and we help you to achieve your language objectives so that you can work in English with confidence. As part of the programme, you can select from a bank of activities to pursue your interests and maximise your stay in Ireland. You can sign up alone or with a small group of friends or colleagues.

Our clients come from industries such as oil and gas, engineering, diplomacy, education, law, tourism, aviation, accountancy and banking.

We offer training in key business skills with English language to help you build on your existing knowledge:  presentations, telephoning, meetings, business writing, social English

Course options:

  • Individual programme by design

This is an excellent way to learn English quickly and is designed specifically for you, our client.  Our starting point is your particular needs, such as presentations, meetings, projects, proposals, telephoning, emails or social English.

  • Small group by design (maximum 5)

We offer specialised small group courses which are designed to suit the specific needs of your company, using materials based on your particular field and focusing on the language you need to work effectively in English.

Courses above can begin any day of the week and can be as long as you need.

  • Short stay English by design (maximum 5)

Combine tourism with some English language training.  Based on your interests, we design your short stay in Ireland and your personal tutor will accompany you on your visits, helping you to develop key communication skills in English.

  • English plus by design

Combine your English course with a sport such as golf, horse riding or tennis or with courses on history of art, culture, history and literature.


We offer the following options:

  • 4 or 5-star partner hotels all over Ireland, from city hotels to castles in the country.  Courses can be offered at your hotel
  • Serviced apartments in Galway
  • Executive homestay in Galway
  • Apartment at National University of Ireland, Galway

Course fees include: 

  • pre-course meetings and detailed needs analysis which we discuss with you
  • pre-course level test, which includes speaking, listening, reading, writing, grammar and vocabulary tests
  • in-course and post-course evaluation to allow you to see the effectiveness of your course
  • course materials specially designed by us based on your specific needs and interests, and on our suggestions
  • end of course certificate
  • post-course follow-up with you with recommendations for further study
  • refreshments throughout the day
  • planning of free time activities
  • help with requests, for example taxi bookings, car hire, trips to other locations, hotel bookings

Other optional services we offer (not included in fees):

  • Lunch and dinner with trainer
  • Visits to companies
  • Weekend trips


  • 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. "