Gain International Job Experience
Would you like to come to Galway to study at IH for 6 months and work at the same time? This programme, which is unique to Ireland, allows you to study English at IH Galway and work at the same time! You can study and work in Galway for 6 months and take an examination such as IELTS or Cambridge First of Advanced at the end of your course, then work in Galway for 2 more months.
*Courses starting every Monday
* Limited Capacity - Study/Work bookings sent after the 6th of April will need to have a start date of September 2022 at the earliest.
Welcome to International House Galway
International House Galway, founded in 2015, is a boutique language and teacher training centre in the heart of the city of Galway. Here at IH Galway, we pride ourselves on fostering a family atmosphere in which we prioritize getting to know our students in order to help them realise their true potential. We provide a friendly and supportive environment which is based on mutual respect, inclusivity and empowerment. We’re sure you’ll feel right at home in our school!
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!
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!
Study & Work
This Programme Allows You To:
Study and work
in Galway for 6 months and take an examination such as TIE, IELTS or Cambridge First / Advanced at the end of your course, then work in Galway for 2 more months
Take English lessons
in the morning or in the afternoon while working part-time (up to 20 hours per week) or full-time (up to 40 hours per week).
Renew your visa
two times in addition to your original visa: original visa + two additional visas. Allowing you to stay up to 2 years in Ireland.
TIE, IELTS, Cambridge First or Cambridge Advanced:
Which exam is right for you?
Choosing the correct exam for your study-work programme will depend on your English level and your motivation for studying. The cost of each exam is included in your study-work package. A short description of each exam can be found below.
TIE (Test of Interactive English)
is a task based exam consisting of a Speaking and Writing section. Normally recommended for students at a B1 level or below, in preparation for their test day students must complete three projects. They are asked to:
- complete a short project on a subject that interests them
- read a book of their choice in English graded for their language level -follow a news story in the newspapers, on TV or on the radio
-follow a news story in the newspapers, on TV or on the radio
TIE is an excellent way for students to measure their English progress.
IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is an exam done in four parts: Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking. Normally recommended for students at a B2 level or above, IELTS is an internationally recognised English exam and is accepted by companies and universities worldwide as proof of language proficiency.
At IH Galway we offer IELTS preparation courses instructed by qualified and experienced IELTS examiners. We are also an IELTS testing facility, so you will feel comfortable and supported throughout your IELTS experience, right up to testing day.
Cambridge First and Cambridge Advanced are two separate exams aimed at B2 level students (First) and C1 level students (Advanced). Like the IELTS, these exams are done in four parts: Reading and Use of English, Writing, Listening and Speaking. They are also internationally recognised and can be used as proof of language proficiency for university and job applications.
At IH Galway we offer preparation courses for Cambridge exams, which are instructed by qualified and experienced teachers.
IELTS vs Cambridge: what’s the difference?
In short, should you be successful, both exams will give you the proof of language proficiency required to apply for English speaking university programmes. They will also increase your job opportunities and boost the credibility of your CV.
One of the main differences between IELTS and Cambridge is the grading system of each exam. IELTS is graded on a band score system from 1-9, whereas the Cambridge exams are graded on the Cambridge scale from 80 - 230. As a result, your required grade for university language requirements may vary depending on the exam you take. In addition, the IELTS is considered to be a more academic exam, whereas the Cambridge First and Advanced exams are considered more accessible for general English learners.
Regardless of the exam you choose, our teachers will be there to help you prepare and give you essential advice on how to approach your exam of choice.
Applying for your VISA:
Depending on your nationality, you may be required to apply for an entry visa prior to your departure. Some nationalities are not required to apply for an entry visa. To find out if you need to apply for an entry visa, check the link below from the Irish Department of Justice. All work-study students must enrol and pay for their courses in full before they arrive in Ireland. Once you start your studies, you will then be required to attend a face-to-face appointment with an immigration officer at Galway’s Immigration Bureau. To ensure there are no delays with your documents, these appointments should be booked 5-10 weeks prior to your arrival.
Step Two: Arriving in Ireland
At the airport you will be asked to present the following:
- your passport
- your letter of enrollment to IH Galway
- proof of medical insurance
An officer will then apply a landing stamp to your passport. This landing stamp gives you permission to stay in Ireland until the date stated (normally for a period of 90 days). Your face-to-face appointment with an immigration officer must be completed before this date expires.
Step Three: Registration
At the Immigration Bureau you will be asked to present
● your passport
● your original letter of acceptance from IH Galway (provided once you begin your studies)
● your medical insurance policy (if organised by the school, provided upon arrival)
● proof that you have direct access to at least €3,000 (for non-visa students)
Registration costs €300 per person and can be paid by cash or credit/debit card. If approved, the immigration officer will then add an additional permission stamp to your passport and issue you an Irish Residency Permit (IRP). The permit should arrive two or three days later to the address stated on your letter of enrollment.
All work-study students with a Stamp 2 on their passport must meet the following requirements during their stay:
● Maintain an attendance of 85% or higher on their course programme
● Register for their end-of-course exam before they finish their course of study
● Ensure that their end-of-course exam is associated with the school they have booked their work-study programme with
● Take the specific exam linked to their course (TIE, IELTS, Cambridge First / Advanced, etc.)
Cost of Living
Galway vs Dublin
• Consumer Prices in Galway are 4.30% lower than in Dublin
• Restaurant Prices in Galway are 2.78% lower than in Dublin
• Rent Prices in Galway are 40.13% lower than in Dublin
• Groceries Prices are 2.74% lower than in Dublin
1 Litre Milk
Loaf of White Bread
1.5 Litre Bottle Water
Domestic Beer 0.5l
Imported Beer 0.5l
One bedroom Apartment per month in City Centre
One bedroom Apartment per month outside City Centre
*Please note these prices are based on averages and subject to change
**Figures taken from Numbeo.com
Finding a Job in Galway
The “work” part of your Study/Work Programme will allow you to gain valuable experience in a wide variety of job sectors, including hospitality, manufacturing, food preparation and customer service. Studying with us will give you the tools you need to improve your employability. Once you find a job, you can then start putting your English knowledge into real practice. As your English improves, so will your employment and job opportunities.
Job Opportunities for students in Galway
Ireland’s study-work programme offers you the incredible opportunity to gain valuable work experience while you study English. Working while studying allows you to fully immerse yourself in the English language and use it in a practical (and profitable) way. The type of work available will depend on your English first and other skills second. The best opportunities will be offered to the students with the best English skills, and those who display the most commitment to their English learning by attending classes and dedicating time to self-study. However, no matter your level, you will have no problems finding work once you arrive. Galway is a city with enough opportunities for everyone who chooses to make it their home, regardless of the length of their stay.
What Jobs are Available?
If you are Non-EU student and taking part in a work-study programme you are only permitted to work part-time, meaning you can work up to 20 hours per week (or 40 hours during holiday periods). Employers are aware of this arrangement and are generally quite accommodating towards work-study students. The type of work available to students varies. Most of the work opportunities are in the hospitality area with many students finding work in restaurants, hotels, bars and cafes. Recent work-study students have found work as chefs, waitresses, night porters, bartenders, accommodation assistants, cleaners and delivery personnel, to name just a few positions. Further employment opportunities will become available once you progress with your English level. Some students have even found work relevant to their university degrees. Galway is also home to several multinational companies such as Boston Scientific, EA Games, SAP and Medtronic, which may be able to offer employment or work experience upon application.
Where and How to Apply
In many ways, Ireland is still quite traditional when it comes to how employers advertise vacant positions. Advertisements can be found posted in shop windows around the city or in local newspapers. You are advised to apply in-person to shops with advertisements in the window (unless they are directed otherwise). The Galway Advertiser is a free newspaper which publishes job advertisements on a weekly basis and is often delivered free of charge to addresses across the city. For advertisements which appear in a newspaper, applicants are usually given a phone number to call or an email address to send their CV and/or a cover letter to. There are also a number of Facebook groups where you can find details of job vacancies or even post their own availability for employers to see. Indeed.ie and IrishJobs.ie are national job databases that can be used to apply directly to companies using a CV and/or cover letter. Of course, LinkedIn is also an option for students to advertise themselves or reach out to companies directly. For extra opportunities, you should also keep up-to-date with the different festivals and events happening in the city which often hire temporary staff to service their events.
How to Get the Job
Ireland, like any country, has customs and codes of behaviour in the workplace. These codes and customs are important to know both before you apply and during the application process. For example, when applying in-person, you should make sure to dress their best and be prepared for an on-the-spot interview. It is not uncommon for the person at the front desk to be the manager or owner of the establishment. You should be friendly in these situations and may need to make polite small talk. Social skills are important for most roles within the hospitality sector, so it’s a good idea to showcase these abilities right away. In addition, the Irish are very sociable people who value individuals they can have a decent conversation with. The most popular topic for small talk in Ireland is the weather. When in doubt, one can always comment on the rain or the welcome appearance of the sun.
If you are expecting to find a job quickly, you should invest in a black shirt, black pants and a pair of comfortable black shoes. This is recommended as the dress code for most jobs (especially in the hospitality sector) is all black. If applying in-person, you should be aware that weekends are extremely busy for places like hotels, bars and restaurants. As a result, it is advisable for applicants to apply on a weekday when they will have a better chance to speak to the manager or person in charge.
Lastly, you should respect the formality of the workplace, especially during the application process. During an interview you should speak respectfully and politely. Similarly, when writing an email to a potential employer, you should use formal language with appropriate greetings and sign-offs. However, on the other hand, once you have started you new job they shouldn’t be too surprised to hear employees referring to their boss by their first name. Once a relationship has been established in the workplace, this kind of address is perfectly normal.
IH Galway - Job Club
If that wasn’t enough, IH Galway also runs a Job Club that will help you finding work in the city. The Job Club includes a number of useful services, including CV writing workshops, and can offer students advice regarding interview etiquette and understanding essential work documents, such as payslips. We will also update you regularly on new vacancies in the area and recommend you to local businesses and employers. We know that starting a new job in a strange country can be difficult, which is why we are always on hand to help you with whatever questions and doubts they may have.
Ready To Work!
With the right information at your disposal you should have no problems finding the perfect job to suit your work-study needs. Galway is always welcoming to students of different nationalities who want to achieve their goals. With the right attitude and a good work ethic, you can earn while they learn.
Galway’s job market is ever expanding and could be the place where you finally find your dream job. Several multinational companies are based in the city, including Boston Scientific, Medtronic, EA Games, SAP and Wayfair. Galway also hosts an annual jobs expo where you can meet company representatives directly and explore future employment options.
In addition to a wide variety of job opportunities, Galway is also an amazing place to study. NUI Galway has consistently been ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide and offers renowned Master’s and PhD programmes. GMIT, GTI and the Galway Business School also offer some fantastic opportunities for further academic development.
For more information related to Galway’s university and third level colleges, visit their websites:
25 weeks General English Course
15hrs per week
Materials for your first course
Guidance when looking for accommodation
TIE Exam (IELTS or Cambridge exam cost €100 extra)
Support before travelling
Documentation for VISA
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