Reviews of Alpha College of English, Dublin, Ireland - Page 2

Total No. of Reviews: 233
NOTE: All evaluations are authentic. Only former participants who have booked a course with us at the school can publish evaluations after the end of the course. Schools could therefore not manipulate evaluations and you can trust in all published evaluations.

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Alpha College of English, Dublin, Ireland
4.2/5.0 
(233 reviews)
City 4.3/5.0 
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Facilities 3.8/5.0 
Social activities 4.0/5.0 
Course Quality / Progress in language 4.4/5.0 
Value for money 3.6/5.0 
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Shared Flat 3.9/5.0 
other 3.8/5.0 
Individual Reviews
4. Mar. 2013
51. Roberto (20 years)  -  Italy
51. Cambridge First (FCE) - 2 weeks

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11. Feb. 2013
52. (31 years)  - 
52. General English - 11 weeks

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Teachers and students make an amazing environment.
22. Jan. 2013
53. (22 years)  - 
53. General English - 9 weeks

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public transport are a bit 'expensive but efficient.
25. Dec. 2012
54. (65 years)  - 
54. 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
55. Anika (30 years)  - 
55. General English - 2 weeks

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19. Sep. 2012
56. (17 years)  - 
56. 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
57. (21 years)  -  Spain
57. 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
58. (32 years)  -  Spain
58. 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
59. (20 years)  -  Spain
59. 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
60.  - 
60. General English - 2 weeks

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22. Aug. 2012
61. (17 years)  - 
61. 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
62. (23 years)  -  Spain
62. General English - 4 weeks

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The teachers and the atmosphere in the class are fine.
8. Aug. 2012
63. (27 years)  - 
63. General English + General Business English - 1 week

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31. Jul. 2012
64. (36 years)  -  Spain
64. General English - 4 weeks

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The pace of the class and the teachers.
10. Jul. 2012
65. (19 years)  - 
65. General English 20 - 8 weeks

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Gemma, the cafeteria bartender ;)
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An unforgettable experience, wonderful
11. Jun. 2012
66. (48 years)  - 
66. 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
67. (22 years)  - 
67. 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
68. (33 years)  -  Spain
68. 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
69. (35 years)  - 
69. General English Super Intensive - 1 week

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Rotation of the teacher
11. Oct. 2011
70. (19 years)  -  Spain
70. General English - 3 weeks

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The teachers. And, generally all the staff.
12. Sep. 2011
71. (19 years)  -  Spain
71. General English - 3 weeks

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Multicultural school with many activities in the afternoons.
30. Aug. 2011
72. (26 years)  -  Spain
72. General English - 4 weeks

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The teachers and the staff are the best part of the school.
25. Jul. 2011
73. (55 years)  -  Spain
73. 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.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
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
74. (20 years)  - 
74. 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
75. (58 years)  - 
75. 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
76. Renzzo Manuel (33 years)  - 
76. General English Intensive - 4 weeks

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6. Oct. 2010
77. (22 years)  - 
77. General English + General Business English - 1 week

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It's an excellent school, close to the center and comfortable. It has also an internal canteen that serves sandwiches.
14. Sep. 2010
78. (56 years)  - 
78. General English Super Intensive - 2 weeks

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Change of teachers every 2 hours. Because of this no frustration if you didn't get along with one teacher.
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The afternoon classes were better - more intensive - friendlier.
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I took me a week to get into a deeper level. Level 3 to 2. Even though I explained that I started learning English only eight months ago. The teachers were all nice - and friendly - but in my age group there were no students. That's why making contacts during school and after school was actually very difficult. I would have liked a little more clarification. E.g. a later date because then some participants would have been older. So during the first week I had the feeling I'm going through hell! After a week one says - you do not belong into this course, get out, Level 2 is your thing. I was devastated. 1 week of continous stress and no one was listening to my objections and then you should change course, it's hard. Because I knew it before. Since I teach occasionally in our company at least now I know what I have to do better. The more beautiful was the second week. The students were also young but the contact was better because the level fit. Despite all it helped me, I recommend this school and would even come again.
7. Sep. 2010
79. (40 years)  - 
79. General English - 3 weeks

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The quality of teaching - the interesting excursions organized - the school location.
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The visit of National Museum - pubs
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Friendly staff - interesting courses and excursions - competent teachers.
31. Aug. 2010
80. (24 years)  - 
80. General English Intensive - 2 weeks

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The teachers' sympathy
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There's no cleaning service in the residence's bathroom
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The food in Ireland is awful
24. Aug. 2010
81. (34 years)  - 
81. General and Business English Combination - 2 weeks

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The opportunity to interact with guys from other nationalities.
23. Aug. 2010
82. (25 years)  - 
82. General English + General Business English - 2 weeks

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Teachers and school staff are very friendly and helpful.
8. Aug. 2010
83. (17 years)  -  Germany
83. General English Intensive - 2 weeks

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Meeting people from around the world
29. Jan. 2010
84. (40 years)  - 
84. General English - 1 week

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The way to teach the classes, experience and professionalism of teachers. Excellent.
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Do not speak in the mother tongue.
30. Nov. 2009
85. (29 years)  - 
85. General English Standard - 2 weeks

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English is very important
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everything was perfect
5. Nov. 2009
86. (36 years)  - 
86. General English - 4 weeks

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teachers, classroom
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For the school to organize more events, with Irish students.
13. Oct. 2009
87. (25 years)  - 
87. General English - 3 weeks

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11. Oct. 2009
88. (32 years)  - 
88. General English - 2 weeks

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the level of professionalism of the teacher
10. Sep. 2009
89. Edoardo (17 years)  - 
89. General English Intensive - 2 weeks

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20. Aug. 2009
90.  - 
90. General English - 3 weeks

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The teachers were so nice
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Tesco is the best supermarket
18. Aug. 2009
91. Carmen (33 years)  - 
91. General English Super Intensive - 3 weeks

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17. Aug. 2009
92. (34 years)  - 
92. General English Super Intensive - 4 weeks

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friendly people, good teachers
30. Jun. 2009
93. (45 years)  -  Germany
93. General English - 1 week

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international composition of the group
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additional activities on the weekend
27. May. 2009
94. (27 years)  - 
94. General English - 4 weeks

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teachers were very nice and dynamic and very good atmosphere in class.
29. Apr. 2009
95. (27 years)  - 
95. General English - 2 weeks

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the possibility of getting to know other people, the excursion, the teacher and disponibility of staff
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this is a good school, but a little expensive. For a person that arrives alone it's a good start.
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each Friday there is a film with subtitles and each Saturday there is an excursion.
15. Apr. 2009
96. (20 years)  - 
96. General English Intensive - 2 weeks

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The teachers really tried to get across the subject matter in a funny, entertaining and casual way.
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I can really recommend the Temple Bar Food Market. Also very recommandable is Bewley's Oriental Cafe which serves delicious breakfast like porridges and Full Irish Brakefast. Also don't miss Howth on a Sunday when the market takes place. Enjoy the seaside atmosphere and have a bowl of fish soup at Ivan's or an Irish coffee at Abbey Tavern.
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I guess the best teachers were Liam and Mick. They were always very funny and adapted their lessons according the student's interests and questions.
14. Apr. 2009
97. (26 years)  - 
97. General English Super Intensive - 2 weeks

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Everything was perfect.
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Dublin is very beautiful, irish people are more friendly and the school Alpha College has a great organization.
18. Feb. 2009
98. (29 years)  - 
98. General English - 2 weeks

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People, teachers, classmates.
10. Dec. 2008
99. Amelia (58 years)  - 
99. General English Intensive - 1 week

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15. Nov. 2008
100. Silvia (30 years)  - 
100. General English - 2 weeks

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