Want to improve your English and boost your CV at the same time?

English+ Work

Do you want to gain an advantage in the job market? Are you up for a new challenge? Our English+ Work programme may be your next step! This programme is especially designed for EU students and is suitable for people aged 18 and over who have tested at a minimum English level of B1.

*Courses starting every Monday

8-week programme

AM Lessons


PM Lessons


16-week programme

AM Lessons


PM Lessons


Pay less for more! This programme provides you with everything you need to get settled in Galway and stay as long as you like while you learn English and gain exciting work and / or volunteer experience, it can be a real life changing experience and it’s cheaper than our regular courses. 

This Programme Includes:

Booking fee

8 or 16-week course

15hrs per week

Materials for your first course

Possibility of booking your accommodation with us

Opportunity to take the IELTS for €100 extra

Support before travelling

Access to our Job Club including CV writing, advice regarding interview etiquette and essential work documents, update on new vacancies in the area and recommendations to local businesses and employers

Social Programme including Irish dancing lessons, conversation club, movie club, pub nights and more

Work and Volunteering Opportunities

In addition to the information on working and volunteering you will receive on your induction day, you will also have the opportunity to attend IH Galway’s Job Club which offers students CV writing advice and other useful information, like where and how to apply for different types of work. The Job Club will also introduce you to important volunteer organisations and opportunities that can help you boost your CV even further.

Your chances of finding a job in Galway are very high

There are always advertisements for vacant positions posted in shop windows and online at websites like the Galway Advertiser (Jobs) and Indeed. Students have previously found work in a variety of industries, including hospitality, customer service, IT, architecture and the food industry. 

The minimum wage in Ireland is currently €10.50 per hour (as of January 1st, 2022). The good news is that, as an EU student, there is no limit to the amount of hours you can work in Ireland while you study!

This Programme allows you to:

Study English

with experienced teachers in a supportive and friendly environment

Acquire language skills for life!

Work and / or volunteer

in an English-speaking country

Make an impressive contribution to your CV

Meet and make friends

with people from all over the world

Increase your professional network of contacts

Learn all about the fascinating culture of Ireland

Live in one of the most beautiful countries in the world!

Get access to discounts

using your IH Galway student card

Make new friends from all over the world

Stay in Ireland after your finishing your programme

for as long as you want

Build your life in a new country close to your home

This is a fantastic opportunity for you to improve your English fast with experienced teachers and gain important work and/or volunteer experience at the same time.

The programme normally lasts 8 weeks or more and is based at our school in the beautiful and charming city of Galway in the west of Ireland. So if study and work opportunities aren’t enough to motivate you, know that during your stay you’ll also have the chance to explore many of Ireland’s most stunning sights. Over the years, we have hosted students from virtually every country in Europe, from Italy to France, from Finland to Ukraine (and more!), and they have all fallen in love with the magic of Galway!

Our City: Galway

Céad mile fáilte go Gaillimh! Welcome to Galway, the European capital of culture 2020! Located in the West of Ireland and at the halfway point of the ‘Wild Atlantic Way’, the spectacular coastal route on the west of Ireland. You’ll be sure to fall in love with this place! Our school, a beautiful 18th-century building (pictured), is located just at the corner of Eyre Square which is right in the heart of the city so you are close to the bus and train stations, shops – everything!

Why Galway?

Galway is a city that is rich in culture, history and opportunity. Although it has medieval roots, Galway is a modern and vibrant city home to incredible restaurants and pubs, thriving businesses, a world-class university and a population of kind and welcoming people. Located on Ireland’s West Coast, Galway is also surrounded by some of Ireland’s most iconic landscapes, including Connemara, The Cliffs of Moher and The Burren.

How To Get Here?

It’s easy! Once you arrive in Dublin Airport you can get a bus directly to Galway City. The bus journey takes no more than three hours. Popular bus companies include City Link and GoBus. Our school is less than five minute walk from the Galway Coach Station and a two minute walk from the Galway Bus Station. Let us know what time you are arriving and we can arrange for someone to meet you at the station upon arrival!

Listen to what Oscar has to say about his experience at IH Galway:

Are you thinking of studying English abroad but worried about feeling lonely or homesick, thinking about how you will fit into a new place? Then Galway is the place for you!

Your Classes

During the first week of your course you will have an induction day which will allow you to learn vital information, like how to get a PPS number (social security), how to register for a Revenue account (taxes) and how to apply for jobs and volunteer positions in Galway. Our staff will be on hand to help make your transition as easy and comfortable as possible.

Your week will consist of 15 hours of classes per week from Monday to Friday. The size of classes will vary, but you’re sure to meet a wide range of interesting people with whom you share common ambitions and goals. At IH Galway we pride ourselves on creating a family environment which allows students to make friends fast. After all, classes are always more fun when you have a friend to share them with!

As regards your lessons, you can trust our experienced teachers to equip you with the skills and language you need – fast! Unlike other language schools that focus heavily on grammar, at IH Galway our lessons are very interactive and aim to help students communicate effectively. Friday lessons are very important for student evaluations. You will either have to complete a test on what you’ve learned previously on the course, or you will give a presentation on a topic of the teacher’s choice. The tests and presentations allow you to assess how much you have learned and give you a great opportunity to put new grammar and vocabulary into practice. 


IH Galway has a range of accommodation options to choose from, such as residential accommodation and homestays. Alternatively, you can find your own accommodation; however, students are advised to start looking early as accommodation in Galway is very difficult to find these days. More information about accommodation can be found on our accommodation webpage.

Book your place today!

This is a study-work opportunity that will stay with you forever. Our English+ Work programme will open an endless amount of doors in terms of your future work and study opportunities in Ireland and abroad. It’s also a fascinating cultural exchange that allows you to live and explore Ireland in all its glory. Don’t waste another day at home. Get in contact with us today to book your place with us!

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