Reviews of Alpha College of English, Dublin, Ireland

Total No. of Reviews: 207
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Alpha College of English, Dublin, Ireland
4.2/5.0 
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City 4.3/5.0 
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Course Quality / Progress in language 4.4/5.0 
Value for money 3.5/5.0 
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Shared flat (apartment) 3.9/5.0 
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Individual Reviews
29. Sep. 2014
1. (55 years)  - 
1. General English Super Intensive - GE03 - 2 weeks

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reception, coffee
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high risk of finding Italians
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working in the Irish spirit of kindness and hospitality
9. Sep. 2014
2. (21 years)  - 
2. General English - GE01 - 3 weeks

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9. Sep. 2014
3. (26 years)  - 
3. General English Intensive - GE02 - 10 weeks

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the dynamism of teachers
3. Sep. 2014
4. (24 years)  - 
4. General English Intensive - GE02 - 6 weeks

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the social activities, meeting people from all around the world
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Don't go to Dublin in summertime if you like the sunny summer of Italy, France, Spain... Dublin is cold and it rains every day.However, dubliners are very kind and sociable. Guinness and pubs are amazing.Pay attention close to the college because the area is not so safe, there are a lot of skangers/knackers!!
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I stayed 6 weeks and I think I've learned more English from my host family than from the college. I would have changed class-level after 3 weeks but teachers change very frequently during the summertime . My first teacher told me that I could have change but on monday there was a new one that didn't know my English level so I couldn't ever change. The international air that you can breathe in the college is fantastic. Everybody's kind, happy and funny.
26. Aug. 2014
5. (24 years)  - 
5. General English Intensive - GE02 - 3 weeks

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The welcoming from the staff
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There are some families that are located more than one hour from the school and the public transports are quite expensive
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Give the family a letter to get the bus / tram / train subscription
22. Aug. 2014
6. Miguel Angel (48 years)  - 
6. General English - GE01 - 1 week

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20. Aug. 2014
7. (26 years)  - 
7. General English Intensive - GE02 - 2 weeks

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The quality of teachers and excursions.
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Next time you go to Dublin, book a dorm because these are more central and you do not have to rely on public transport, which incidentally is quite expensive. Despite that, my landlady was great.
20. Aug. 2014
8. (38 years)  - 
8. General English - GE01 - 3 weeks

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Teachers. The ability to change to another level.
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Everything's OK.
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Everything's OK.
17. Aug. 2014
9. (16 years)  - 
9. General English Intensive - GE02 - 4 weeks

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7. Jul. 2014
10. (17 years)  - 
10. General English - GE01 - 4 weeks

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13. Jun. 2014
11. (24 years)  - 
11. General English Intensive - GE02 - 4 weeks

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The teachers, friendly, funny and skilled at the same time
10. Jun. 2014
12. (43 years)  - 
12. General English Intensive - GE02 - 4 weeks

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Good teaching methods. Courtesy and availability of the teachers. High quality courses.
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This schools is too big, but it is only my own opinion. The school offers a lot of interesting activities to discover the country.
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Very good school, to recommend.
18. May. 2014
13. (35 years)  - 
13. General English - GE01 - 4 weeks

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Don't bring with you during the daily travel all your money but leave the most at home, in the unfortunate case of a theft. And bring with you the school booklet
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Maximum availability from the Staff of the Alpha College
24. Mar. 2014
14. (36 years)  -  Spain
14. General English - GE01 - 1 week

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The school organises various activities to do with other students... Very interesting... And you have more opportunities to improve your English and get to know more people...
3. Mar. 2014
15. (35 years)  - 
15. General English - GE01 - 2 weeks

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The teachers were very helpful and kind.
10. Feb. 2014
16. (27 years)  -  Spain
16. General English Super Intensive - GE03 - 3 weeks

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30. Dec. 2013
17. (38 years)  - 
17. General English Intensive - GE02 - 4 weeks

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teaching method, highly effective
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Visit the town which is lovely. Visit Howth (peninsula island 20 minutes from Dublin) and ginessstore house.
2. Dec. 2013
18. (27 years)  - 
18. General English + General Business English - GBE02 - 2 weeks

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I loved the overall atmosphere in the school: a large number of students from all the world, excellent teachers. Individual approach to every student.
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During the study period - November to March, it is cold in classrooms and in homes! because heating is very expensive. That's why it is necessary to take warm clothes) Russian-speaking students, be aware that there is not many russian speaking students in this school, that's why you will need to constantly practice English - and it is excellent)
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I have only positive reviews and impressions about this school, students, teachers, family and, of course, Dublin. I advise everyone to go and learn) ... at least 2-3 weeks, but for real results - for 2-3 months!
10. Sep. 2013
19. (43 years)  - 
19. General English Intensive - GE02 - 3 weeks

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The teachers.
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Try to speak as much as possible.
26. Aug. 2013
20. Eleonora (25 years)  -  Italy
20. General English Super Intensive - GE03 - 2 weeks

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26. Aug. 2013
21. (19 years)  - 
21. General English - GE01 - 2 weeks

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The classrooms were not overcrowded
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you can go to the next level of English in a short time
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there was a nice and comfortable atmosphere
19. Aug. 2013
22. (42 years)  -  Spain
22. General English Intensive - GE02 - 1 week

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Good class organization Perfect social activities variety Fantastic Good roll!
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Umbrella Camera good shoes
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Very short time between morning classes end (13:00) and evening classes or social activities start! (14:00)
29. Jul. 2013
23. (18 years)  - 
23. General English - GE01 - 3 weeks

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the teachers are highly trained and with thousands of suggestions for the students! the school is in the center and the structure is very beautiful and comfortable!
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You go to school to learn then you have fun outside. if you keep this clear in your mind then you will learn English and you will enjoy a lot! otherwise this is not the school for you.
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I love this place! teachers, coordinators and lessons! all fantastic. I would like to return one day, maybe on the other side of the bench.
17. Jun. 2013
24. (34 years)  - 
24. General English Super Intensive - GE03 - 1 week

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Being informed in advance regarding the accommodation cleanliness.
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Excellent school, definitely an experience to be repeated
4. Mar. 2013
25. Roberto (20 years)  -  Italy
25. Cambridge First (FCE) - 2 weeks

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11. Feb. 2013
26. (31 years)  - 
26. General English - 11 weeks

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Teachers and students make an amazing environment.
22. Jan. 2013
27. (22 years)  - 
27. General English - 9 weeks

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Availability of teachers.
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public transport are a bit 'expensive but efficient.
25. Dec. 2012
28. (65 years)  - 
28. General English - 10 weeks

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Better to have an initial level of English.
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It is a good center for learning English.
6. Nov. 2012
29. Anika (30 years)  - 
29. General English - 2 weeks

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19. Sep. 2012
30. (17 years)  - 
30. General English Super Intensive - 4 weeks

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to budgeted costs at the the beginning you must add the very high cost of the subscription to public transport (it would be better if the school could also make it pay a little bit more, but would include in the enrollment costs also the ones for bus pass) .
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Improve the content of the certification of the level of language knowledge with more specific guidance on progress in the different skills in order to make it more usable the certificate.
19. Sep. 2012
31. (21 years)  -  Spain
31. General English - 3 weeks

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I liked that the teachers were worried about my progress and tried to solve whatever complain that I had.
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If you choose a host-family, distances between the school and the accommodation are 20 minutes by bus. Moreover, it is interesting to go out and enjoy visiting the different pubs in order to meet people with whom to speak English.
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They practise too much grammar and only a bit of pronuntiation.
11. Sep. 2012
32. (32 years)  -  Spain
32. General English - 2 weeks

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The atmosphere and the methodology. The classes are very dynamic.
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Regarding the school, everything was great. But I have to complain about the residence. really low cleaning standards. the kitchen was never cleaned and it is all greasy. i think you don't get what you pay for. The weekly cleaning of the room could be improved.
4. Sep. 2012
33. (20 years)  -  Spain
33. General English - 3 weeks

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The variety of activities, as we used to change teachers and topics very quickly.
27. Aug. 2012
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34. General English - 2 weeks

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22. Aug. 2012
35. (17 years)  - 
35. General English - 3 weeks

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the cozy atmosphere of the teachers, the cohesion among students, the comparison always open and very interesting between different cultures and the educational program.
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In my opinon everyone should come with the idea that the study is not a punishment, or even worse, with the belief that since they have paid they can afford to do anything; you can have fun anyway, attending the school and the friends. And remember do not create a unique group with your own countrymen, in order to make interesting encounters and to exercise 100% your English.
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I would recommend to improve the cafeteria that sometimes, due to the high inflow of students, is poor.
11. Aug. 2012
36. (23 years)  -  Spain
36. General English - 4 weeks

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The teachers and the atmosphere in the class are fine.
8. Aug. 2012
37. (27 years)  - 
37. General English + General Business English - 1 week

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31. Jul. 2012
38. (36 years)  -  Spain
38. General English - 4 weeks

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The pace of the class and the teachers.
10. Jul. 2012
39. (19 years)  - 
39. General English 20 - 8 weeks

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Gemma, the cafeteria bartender ;)
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An unforgettable experience, wonderful
11. Jun. 2012
40. (48 years)  - 
40. General English - 3 weeks

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The organization regardig the sorting in the classes, due to your own level of language proficiency, and the professionalism of the teachers.
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All in all, for what has been my personal experience and the length of my stay, I would have chosen differently my accommodation, if I had known that the current prices of the B&B located around the center of Dublin ranging from 30 to 40 EUR per day.
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The amount of educational material and readings made ​​available to the students during their stay, in my opinion could be improved.
16. Apr. 2012
41. (22 years)  - 
41. General English Intensive - 4 weeks

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the professionalism and the extracurricular proposals
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Dublin is a city of medium size, you can easily settle down. The Irish are very friendly.
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it is a really well-organized school where you can meet guys from all over the world (not many Italians!)
25. Oct. 2011
42. (33 years)  -  Spain
42. General English - 4 weeks

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Affectionate treatment of teachers, the quality of teaching and socializing with students of different cultures.
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Study a little every day during the course. Smokers take stuff from home, a pack costs about 9€ in Dublin. Enjoy Temple Bar and its people.
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In Diceys Garden €2 pints on Tuesdays. Amazing to visit: Galway, Gigant's Causeway and Cliffs of Moher.
25. Oct. 2011
43. (35 years)  - 
43. General English Super Intensive - 1 week

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Rotation of the teacher
11. Oct. 2011
44. (19 years)  -  Spain
44. General English - 3 weeks

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The teachers. And, generally all the staff.
12. Sep. 2011
45. (19 years)  -  Spain
45. General English - 3 weeks

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Multicultural school with many activities in the afternoons.
30. Aug. 2011
46. (26 years)  -  Spain
46. General English - 4 weeks

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The teachers and the staff are the best part of the school.
25. Jul. 2011
47. (55 years)  -  Spain
47. General English + General Business English - 3 weeks

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The teachers are the best, location and the staff, and of course the cantina..that the building is a bit "historic" means old, and please take the extra lessons because they are cheap and useful.
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An umbrella because it is never summer, it is cloudy. Don't drive, there are a lot of free museums (except churches: 6€).
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The taxis are expensive, 25€ from the airport to the accommodation. Buses and trains stop at 23:00.. the beer is 5 € and the fish and chips is 8€, but a regular meal is 20€..
26. Jun. 2011
48. (20 years)  - 
48. General English Intensive - 2 weeks

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The courses atmosphere and planed excursions, meetings with people from different countries.
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excursions organized by the school
11. Apr. 2011
49. (58 years)  - 
49. General English + General Business English - 2 weeks

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Friendly, very good organization, intense effort to satisfy customers
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Hop-and-stop bus from Dublin Bus
14. Feb. 2011
50. Renzzo Manuel (33 years)  - 
50. General English Intensive - 4 weeks

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