Reviews of Centre of English Studies (CES), Dublin, Ireland

Total No. of Reviews: 137
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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Centre of English Studies (CES), Dublin, Ireland
4.2/5.0 
(137 reviews)
City 4.3/5.0 
Organisation 4.1/5.0 
Facilities 3.8/5.0 
Social activities 4.0/5.0 
Course Quality / Progress in language 4.2/5.0 
Value for money 3.5/5.0 
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Shared flat (apartment) 3.8/5.0 
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Individual Reviews
4. Nov. 2014
1. (30 years)  - 
1. Special IELTS Preparation (20hrs) - 7 weeks

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2. Oct. 2014
2. Raffaela (16 years)  - 
2. Intensive General English - 2 weeks

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17. Sep. 2014
3. (16 years)  -  Portugal
3. Intensive General English - 2 weeks

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15. Sep. 2014
4. (20 years)  -  Switzerland
4. Intensive General English - 3 weeks

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Auburn House Residence
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8. Sep. 2014
5. Chiara (23 years)  - 
5. Special IELTS Preparation (20hrs) - 4 weeks

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Trinity College - University Residential Accommodation
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25. Aug. 2014
6. (15 years)  -  Slovenia
6. Junior English & Activity Programme (14-17 years) - 2 weeks

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5. Aug. 2014
7. (31 years)  - 
7. Intensive General English - 2 weeks

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the classrooms were often noisy and the lack of air.
4. Aug. 2014
8. Jorge (29 years)  -  Spain
8. Standard General English - 8 weeks

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21. May. 2014
9. (24 years)  - 
9. Intensive General English - 4 weeks

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Teachers Brain, Andy and Jenny
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Provide information on the cost of public transport in advance
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I would like to have less games in the classroom!
6. May. 2014
10. (45 years)  - 
10. Standard General English - 14 weeks

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Griffith College Student Residence
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Dublin is a very safe city
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Good
2. Apr. 2014
11. (34 years)  - 
11. 4 weeks

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18. Nov. 2013
12. (32 years)  - 
12. Combination Course (20 group + 5 individual) - 2 weeks

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Crestfield School Residence
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Communication with teachers and students. All are focused on results and at the same time are all very friendly and open. Also at the private lessons teacher takes into account all interests and wishes of the student.
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Do not be afraid to communicate in English, forget for a while about your native language and live and think only in a foreign language.
16. Sep. 2013
13. (19 years)  - 
13. IELTS Preparation (26 hrs) - 2 weeks

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Games with yellow T-shirt
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city ​​tour, Pub night, Moher cliffs
3. Sep. 2013
14. (41 years)  - 
14. Intensive General English - 2 weeks

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Meet people from different countries
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the way the lessons are structured
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Excellent experience
27. Aug. 2013
15. (24 years)  - 
15. General English + Business - 3 weeks

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The classes. Very practical, focused especially on speaking, listenning and vocabulary. Very enjoyable lessons, especially Gaven's.
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The business classes in the afternoon were not really competitive. Slow pace, no much vocabulary and Academic oriented.
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I would definetely come back to this school, just not taking the business classes in the afternoon.
27. Aug. 2013
16. (30 years)  - 
16. Standard General English - 8 weeks

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Really helpful, whatever it is that you need (schoiol-related, places to visit, tips, etc.)
8. Aug. 2013
17. Davide (20 years)  -  Italy
17. Special IELTS Preparation (20hrs) - 4 weeks

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The family was quite good but when I got sick and I told them I had to go to the hospital they made me go there by bus. It was very rude since I really felt unwell and I had a temperature of 38 degrees. In addition, the food they provided me with was just sufficient for covering my daily need. Moreover, there was no flexibility as far as dinner was concerned. I was not allowed to have dinner after 7 o clock (as a consequence I had to buy my dinner in the city) and when I was invited to a picnic I was not allowed to bring any sandwiches from home. I was told to buy something in the city centre, even if those sandwiches were meant to replace the dinner ( which I had paid for) and were not an extra cost for them. Sometimes i really felt like they did not want us students to interfere with their daily life. In fact, they did not want me to read in the living room and I was told to do my homeworks in my room (very tiny and with a very small trembling table). The reason was because they did not want students demanding their attention all time. I can understand that sometimes they wanted to be alone, but common spaces in the house are meant to be used by everyone living there and if they did not want students going around in their house they should not have asked for them.
8. Aug. 2013
18. (64 years)  - 
18. Special IELTS Preparation (20hrs) - 1 week

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Maybe announce the contents of the following day, not specific content. Just enough to help us prepare everything in advance. Only attending the lessons without participating is not enough.
9. Nov. 2012
19. (38 years)  - 
19. Intensive - 2 weeks

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Having two different teachers in the mornings makes it easier to follow. The social activities are really well organised.
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I opted for an intensive course but it really isn't necessary. The morning classes are really good and in the afternoon you can practice English as they organise socialactivities.
22. Oct. 2012
20. (39 years)  - 
20. Intensive - 4 weeks

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Crestfield School Residence
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the teachers ad the method
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the accommodations are decentralized
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wonderful experience
25. Sep. 2012
21. (19 years)  - 
21. Intensive - 4 weeks

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Everything
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A trip to Belfast, but you should organise it yourself - the trip with the school was not very convincing.
14. Sep. 2012
22. (20 years)  - 
22. Intensive - 2 weeks

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Organization, hospitality and availability.
11. Sep. 2012
23. Roberta (26 years)  -  Italy
23. General + Business English - 2 weeks

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4. Sep. 2012
24. Sara (27 years)  - 
24. Intensive - 2 weeks

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28. Aug. 2012
25. (26 years)  -  Spain
25. Paquete MEC 1 (20 lecciones/semana + Casa de familia) - 3 weeks

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Dublin, in general.
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Good staff and teaching.
21. Aug. 2012
26. (23 years)  -  Italy
26. Intensive - 2 weeks

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The friendly yellow shirts.
30. Jul. 2012
27. (21 years)  -  Spain
27. Standard Course - 5 weeks

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23. Jul. 2012
28. Maksim (30 years)  -  Russian Federation
28. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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Shanowen Square
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5. Mar. 2012
29. (17 years)  - 
29. Intensive - 2 weeks

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Social program, course structure
13. Feb. 2012
30. (45 years)  - 
30. Standard Course - 1 week

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Very good teachers
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Very good teachers
12. Sep. 2011
31. Dario (29 years)  - 
31. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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Shanowen Square
31. Aug. 2011
32. (37 years)  - 
32. Intensive - 2 weeks

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The teachers are very good, eclectic and culturally rich.
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I don't agree with the decision to have classes that span such a large age-group. In my class there were kids aged 16 along with people 40 years old .. I think it would be useful to diversify.
20. Aug. 2011
33. Elia (17 years)  - 
33. Junior English & Activity (14-17 years) - 3 weeks

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12. Aug. 2011
34. Maria Del Carmen (18 years)  -  Spain
34. Standard Course - 3 weeks

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5. Jul. 2011
35. (32 years)  - 
35. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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Teachers are all very helpful and kind, leisure activities were absolutely great (e.g. Friday or Saturday excursions to party in a pub, museum visits), director welcomed the new students personally with an instruction, upgrading or downgrading of courses is possible at any time
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But: class-rooms can not be ventilated because of air conditioning. And it stinks therefore in the rooms (very sticky)
25. Oct. 2010
36. (24 years)  - 
36. Intensive - 3 weeks

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Kind teachers.
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Pay attention in class and make the most of their stay.
27. Sep. 2010
37. Michela (22 years)  - 
37. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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23. Sep. 2010
38. Ignacio Aitor (22 years)  - 
38. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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Crestfield School Residence
14. Sep. 2010
39. (35 years)  - 
39. Standard Course - 3 weeks

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Shanowen Square
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The classmates.
13. Sep. 2010
40. Chiara (24 years)  - 
40. Standard Course - 3 weeks

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31. Aug. 2010
41. (24 years)  - 
41. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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Everything! A very professional team, friendly and pleasant.Well-organized activities that helped you to socialize more with your classmates, and very good English classes.
31. Aug. 2010
42. (23 years)  - 
42. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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The teachers were very good and helpful. Lessons are very enjoyable and pleasant.
21. Aug. 2010
43. (16 years)  - 
43. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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Conviviality
9. Aug. 2010
44. (21 years)  - 
44. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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Do not be shy to talk to people, it is as more is learned
3. Aug. 2010
45. Sandra (17 years)  - 
45. Standard Course - 3 weeks

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3. Aug. 2010
46. (16 years)  - 
46. Standard Course - 3 weeks

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Tachers we nice and caring.
9. Jun. 2010
47. (64 years)  - 
47. Standard Course - 1 week

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competence of teachers, their availability, friendliness, multi-ethnic environment.
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They can't make miracles, but a responsable effort it's required to obtain significant results
31. May. 2010
48. (20 years)  - 
48. Intensive - 2 weeks

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Very good teachers, being in small numbers, easy to change the course level, pleasant cafeteria, access to computers and Internet self-service ...
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Take time to discover this beautiful city is Dublin
30. Nov. 2009
49. (26 years)  - 
49. Standard Course - 3 weeks

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THE LOCATION, THE FACULTY ...
1. Oct. 2009
50. (23 years)  - 
50. General + Business English - 3 weeks

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Good teachers, friendly environment

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