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

Total number of reviews: 244
NOTE: All reviews are authentic. Only students who booked their course through us can publish evaluations here, and only after the end of their programme. These evaluations then are not manipulated in any way, neither by us nor by the school, and can be trusted as honest opinions about personal experiences with the school.

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Alpha College of English, Dublin, Ireland
4.2/5.0 
(244 reviews)
City 4.3/5.0 
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Facilities 3.9/5.0 
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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Individual Reviews
24. Mar. 2014
51. (36 years)  -  Spain
51. 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
52. (35 years)  - 
52. General English - GE01 - 2 weeks

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The teachers were very helpful and kind.
10. Feb. 2014
53. (27 years)  -  Spain
53. General English Super Intensive - GE03 - 3 weeks

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30. Dec. 2013
54. (38 years)  - 
54. 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
55. (27 years)  - 
55. 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
56. (43 years)  - 
56. 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
57. Eleonora (25 years)  -  Italy
57. General English Super Intensive - GE03 - 2 weeks

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26. Aug. 2013
58. (19 years)  - 
58. 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
59. (42 years)  -  Spain
59. 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
60. (18 years)  - 
60. 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
61. (34 years)  - 
61. 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
62. Roberto (20 years)  -  Italy
62. Cambridge First (FCE) - 2 weeks

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11. Feb. 2013
63. (31 years)  - 
63. General English - 11 weeks

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Teachers and students make an amazing environment.
22. Jan. 2013
64. (22 years)  - 
64. 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
65. (65 years)  - 
65. 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
66. Anika (30 years)  - 
66. General English - 2 weeks

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19. Sep. 2012
67. (17 years)  - 
67. 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
68. (21 years)  -  Spain
68. 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
69. (32 years)  -  Spain
69. 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
70. (20 years)  -  Spain
70. 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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71. General English - 2 weeks

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Teachers' preparation
22. Aug. 2012
72. (17 years)  - 
72. 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
73. (23 years)  -  Spain
73. General English - 4 weeks

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The teachers and the atmosphere in the class are fine.
8. Aug. 2012
74. (27 years)  - 
74. General English + General Business English - 1 week

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31. Jul. 2012
75. (36 years)  -  Spain
75. General English - 4 weeks

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The pace of the class and the teachers.
10. Jul. 2012
76. (19 years)  - 
76. General English 20 - 8 weeks

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Gemma, the cafeteria bartender ;)
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An unforgettable experience, wonderful
11. Jun. 2012
77. (48 years)  - 
77. 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
78. (22 years)  - 
78. 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
79. (33 years)  -  Spain
79. 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
80. (35 years)  - 
80. General English Super Intensive - 1 week

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Rotation of the teacher
11. Oct. 2011
81. (19 years)  -  Spain
81. General English - 3 weeks

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The teachers. And, generally all the staff.
12. Sep. 2011
82. (19 years)  -  Spain
82. General English - 3 weeks

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Multicultural school with many activities in the afternoons.
30. Aug. 2011
83. (26 years)  -  Spain
83. General English - 4 weeks

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The teachers and the staff are the best part of the school.
25. Jul. 2011
84. (55 years)  -  Spain
84. 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
85. (20 years)  - 
85. 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
86. (58 years)  - 
86. 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
87. Renzzo Manuel (33 years)  - 
87. General English Intensive - 4 weeks

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6. Oct. 2010
88. (22 years)  - 
88. General English + General Business English - 1 week

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The teachers and the friendly environmnent
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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
89. (56 years)  - 
89. 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
90. (40 years)  - 
90. 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
91. (24 years)  - 
91. 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
92. (34 years)  - 
92. General and Business English Combination - 2 weeks

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The opportunity to interact with guys from other nationalities.
23. Aug. 2010
93. (25 years)  - 
93. General English + General Business English - 2 weeks

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Teachers and school staff are very friendly and helpful.
8. Aug. 2010
94. (17 years)  -  Germany
94. General English Intensive - 2 weeks

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Meeting people from around the world
29. Jan. 2010
95. (40 years)  - 
95. 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
96. (29 years)  - 
96. General English Standard - 2 weeks

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English is very important
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everything was perfect
5. Nov. 2009
97. (36 years)  - 
97. 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
98. (25 years)  - 
98. General English - 3 weeks

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11. Oct. 2009
99. (32 years)  - 
99. General English - 2 weeks

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

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