All the skills you need in one effective course

General English

Our General English courses help you to develop essential language skills for work or study. Our lessons focus on the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, and we place a strong emphasis particularly on essential speaking skills. You will also practise essential areas of grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation to help you develop confidence in your use of English. Our lesson content is engaging and fun and our students quickly become confident and participate actively in the lessons.

*Prices from €155 per week

Course options

10hrs per week

15hrs per week

19hrs per week

25hrs per week

Minimum level: A1

Start date: Any Monday

Course length: Minimum 1 week

Maximum class size: 15

Minimum age: 16

Nationality mix 2022

Argentinian, Belorussian, Bolivian, Brazilian, Chilean, Chinese, Colombian, Costa Rican, Cuban, Czech, Dutch, Egyptian, French, Italian, Japanese, Kazakh, Mexican, Mongolian, Omani, Panamanian, Peruvian, Polish, Russian, Salvadoran, Saudi Arabian, Spanish, Turkish, Ukrainian, Uruguayan, Venezuelan


Monday to Thursday or Monday to Friday


09 to 11.00 and 11.30 to 13.20hrs


13.30 to 15.00 and 15.30 to 17.00hrs

Learn English at IH Galway

We know that everyone has different goals, budgets and time limitations. That’s why we’ve worked hard to design a range of courses that are guaranteed to meet everyone’s individual needs. Whether you’re here for a short language holiday or a long-term learning experience, we have the right course for you.

Our General English programme focuses on the language and skills you need to communicate effectively, whether it’s for work, study, travel or social communication purposes. We follow The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), an international standard for describing language ability. 

IH Galway Levels

Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)

The English course you need to succeed

On your English course, you will practise and develop the key communication skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing, as well as the key language skills of vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation. We focus on helping you to develop effective and natural communication and communicative ability in the shortest time possible. You will follow a course book and a course programme, including authentic materials and project based work. We offer courses from Beginner (A1) to Advanced (C1) levels and we will also help you to reach your individual learning objectives. 

On your course at IH Galway...

You will develop your

grammar, vocabulary, reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.

We focus on

effective and natural communication.

We develop

our students’ communicative ability in the shortest time possible.

We help you

become confident in your English language ability.

You will also

have the opportunity to explore aspects of Irish culture, such as music, art, history and culture.

Feedback from our students

is very positive - many of them have commented that the personal attention is better and that they can concentrate more on their work.

A Week in the Life of an IH Galway Student

There’s no typical day at IH Galway, but one thing is for sure: our ambitious and proactive students maximize every opportunity they have at IH Galway. See a sample calendar of activities for a sense of what daily life is like at Galway when studying with us.

Social Events

On a face to face course with us in Galway, you will have the opportunity to visit places of cultural and historical interest in Galway, and at the weekend, we offer visits to the most beautiful parts of Galway, such as the world-famous Cliffs of Moher and the Aran Islands. Activities such as Irish dancing are also arranged. Some of these events are free.

So you’re thinking about coming to study and live in Galway?

We understand that this is a big decision to make. You probably have a lot of questions you want answers to: “Will I feel comfortable in this new place?” “Will I be able to live so far away from home?” “Will I be able to communicate in this new language?” Moving to a new country is never an easy task – there’s a lot to prepare for. Add learning a new language into the mix and you might think things become even more complicated, but in actual fact, studying with us can take away many of the worries and concerns that come with this exciting challenge. We provide you with all the materials and care you need to succeed. We also provide you with a ready-made social life in the form of social events and class trips which will help you adjust to your new life in Galway.


Anxious about taking that final step? We’re here to address your biggest fears about studying English abroad and explain why you don’t need to worry about them.

One of the biggest fears that students have about studying abroad is the language barrier. We know how strange it can be to arrive in a place where everyone is speaking a completely different language. But don’t worry – feeling this way in the beginning is a natural part of your journey. All this newness can also be an incredibly exciting thing, especially when you realise that the only way is up from here! “What does this menu say?” “How can I ask for the directions I need?” “How should I speak to my new boss?” These are exactly the kinds of skills you learn on our General English course. 

It’s a well-known fact that the best way to learn a language is to immerse yourself in it. IH Galway is the perfect school to help you do this because we are an authentic language school located in the heart of Galway City with teachers and staff from the local area. We are also the only country in the EU with English as its first language. You won’t find another school in the EU with such a unique blend of great location, outstanding service and top-class instruction for your studies. As soon as you arrive here, you will know that you chose the right school for your English language experience.  Over time feelings of anxiety will slowly turn into excitement and confidence. There’s no better feeling than finally understanding or using a new expression in a conversation with a local, or realising that maybe you’re pretty good at this English thing after all!

You may also be worried about the Irish accent, but the good news is that many of our teachers are from Galway and the surrounding areas, so you can practise listening to the Irish accent in the classroom and learn common phrases directly from a local. By the way, did you know that the Irish accent was recently  voted “the sexiest accent in the world”? Don’t believe us? Find out more in The Irish Post News section online.

“But how much will I understand when I’m at work or outside the classroom?” This is when being in Galway is a big advantage. The community here is really patient and friendly with non-native speakers. They want to have a conversation with you and are more than happy to help you understand what they’re saying. In fact the biggest problem might be getting them to stop talking because they always love a good chat. Galway has been recognised as the friendliest and most charming city in Europe recently and this is why! Read more here.

Loneliness and feeling homesick are a natural part of moving away from home. We all love our families and miss the comforts of home when we’re away. At IH Galway we create an open and welcoming environment where students find a new sense of community and belonging. Our breakroom is the place where students go between classes to exchange plans and invitations to parties, the cinema, the pub or whatever fun event is happening that week. You’ll also have the opportunity to sign up for the school’s social events like our conversation club and pub nights, so you can get to know other students (and your teachers!) even better.

But don’t worry – you don’t have to leave your loved ones behind. They can always visit you and have an amazing holiday in Ireland. Just imagine being able to show your favourite people around your new home and introduce them to all the new people you’ve met. There’s nothing better than joining two worlds you love together!

Once you arrive in Ireland you will immediately notice the differences between your home country and this one. The times we eat may be different. The way we eat may be different. We may celebrate different holidays and do things that seem incredibly strange. It’s okay to be confused at times! This is all part of the learning process.

Culture and language learning go hand in hand. The best way to adapt to your new home is to get involved! The streets and pubs of Galway have never been more diverse. People from all over the world have become part of this wonderful city – and it’s surprisingly easy! All you have to do is find what you love. If you love food, go to your local restaurant or café. Ask the people there about what they do. Ask for recommendations on the next place to try. If you love music, go to one of Galway’s traditional pubs and settle into the infectious atmosphere. Here at IH Galway we support you every step on the way.

We want you to know that your fears are valid, but it’s also important to face them but you don’t have to face them alone, we are here to help. The challenges are part of the rewards. No matter where you come from, you will find your place here in IH Galway!

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