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

Total number of reviews: 148
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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Centre of English Studies (CES), Dublin, Ireland
4.2/5.0 
(148 reviews)
City 4.4/5.0 
Organisation 4.2/5.0 
Facilities 3.9/5.0 
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 4.0/5.0 
other 3.9/5.0 
Individual Reviews
25. Sep. 2016
1. (25 years)  - 
1. Standard General English - 4 weeks

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16. Aug. 2016
2. Stefano (35 years)  -  Italy
2. Intensive General English - 1 week

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15. Aug. 2016
3. Marco (31 years)  - 
3. General English + Business - 4 weeks

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24. Jul. 2016
4. (18 years)  - 
4. Special IELTS Preparation (20hrs) - 3 weeks

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19. Jul. 2016
5. Elena (18 years)  - 
5. Special IELTS Preparation (20hrs) - 2 weeks

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28. Dec. 2015
6. Pietro (28 years)  - 
6. Standard General English - 3 weeks

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28. Dec. 2015
7. (25 years)  - 
7. Intensive General English - 4 weeks

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Yes, everything was really cool. I was only a month there, everything had gone in high gear. I was met heartily and seen off too. You should better take the intensive course, as I do not understand what to do if the classes will end at 12. It's exactly 4 o'clock after the intensive course, it's time to go for additional training to the Temple Bar Street :D
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I hope to come back here again.
16. Nov. 2015
8. Marco (30 years)  - 
8. Standard General English - 4 weeks

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2. Sep. 2015
9. (36 years)  - 
9. Teacher Training Course - 1 week

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The attitude and desire to impart from the teachers and their know-how, as well as the materials shown and provided.
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The course is scheduled for two weeks and it is worth to complete it, otherwise it falls short.
22. Aug. 2015
10. (17 years)  - 
10. Standard General English - 1 week

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the teachers' competence and friendliness, classes with few students, a lots of activities and spaces for students
21. Apr. 2015
11. (40 years)  - 
11. Intensive General English - 3 weeks

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4. Nov. 2014
12. (30 years)  - 
12. Special IELTS Preparation (20hrs) - 7 weeks

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The teaching staff:-) The teaching methods. The school´s location.
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Opinions differ but my experience was overwhelmingly positive.
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I will continue improving my English in this school.
2. Oct. 2014
13. Raffaela (16 years)  - 
13. Intensive General English - 2 weeks

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17. Sep. 2014
14. (16 years)  -  Portugal
14. Intensive General English - 2 weeks

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The school is right in the center of the city; Good teachers and very helpful staff. friendly classroom.
15. Sep. 2014
15. (20 years)  -  Switzerland
15. Intensive General English - 3 weeks

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Auburn House Residence
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Amazing teachers
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Enjoy the social program !
8. Sep. 2014
16. Chiara (23 years)  - 
16. Special IELTS Preparation (20hrs) - 4 weeks

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25. Aug. 2014
17. (15 years)  -  Slovenia
17. Junior English & Activity Programme (14-17 years) - 2 weeks

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5. Aug. 2014
18. (31 years)  - 
18. Intensive General English - 2 weeks

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

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21. May. 2014
20. (24 years)  - 
20. 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
21. (45 years)  - 
21. Standard General English - 14 weeks

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Griffith College Student Residence
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The dynamism of teachers
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Dublin is a very safe city
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Good
2. Apr. 2014
22. (34 years)  - 
22. 4 weeks

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Most importantly, teaching, and how friendly everyone is.
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Try to speak English with everybody, even Spanish speakers.
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It is very well located.
18. Nov. 2013
23. (32 years)  - 
23. Combination Course (20 group + 5 individual) - 2 weeks

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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
24. (19 years)  - 
24. 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
25. (41 years)  - 
25. 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
26. (24 years)  - 
26. 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
27. (30 years)  - 
27. 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
28. Davide (20 years)  -  Italy
28. 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
29. (64 years)  - 
29. 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
30. (38 years)  - 
30. 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
31. (39 years)  - 
31. Intensive - 4 weeks

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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
32. (19 years)  - 
32. 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
33. (20 years)  - 
33. Intensive - 2 weeks

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

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

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28. Aug. 2012
36. (26 years)  -  Spain
36. 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
37. (23 years)  -  Italy
37. Intensive - 2 weeks

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The friendly yellow shirts.
30. Jul. 2012
38. (21 years)  -  Spain
38. Standard Course - 5 weeks

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

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Shanowen Square
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5. Mar. 2012
40. (17 years)  - 
40. Intensive - 2 weeks

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Social program, course structure
13. Feb. 2012
41. (45 years)  - 
41. Standard Course - 1 week

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

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Shanowen Square
31. Aug. 2011
43. (37 years)  - 
43. 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
44. Elia (17 years)  - 
44. Junior English & Activity (14-17 years) - 3 weeks

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

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5. Jul. 2011
46. (32 years)  - 
46. 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
47. (24 years)  - 
47. 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
48. Michela (22 years)  - 
48. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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

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Crestfield School Residence
14. Sep. 2010
50. (35 years)  - 
50. Standard Course - 3 weeks

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The classmates.

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