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English school in Dublin: Alpha College of English

Among the Top 20% most popular English schools in Ireland in the last 12 monthsOrganized social activities were rated by students as the best or among the top 20% of all schools in IrelandAverage student rating for this school was the best or in the top 20% among all schools in Ireland

What we like about the school

  • Hotel / Hostel accommodation very close to school

Alpha College of English

The language school Alpha College of English was founded in Dublin, Ireland in 1989. Alpha College is located in a fully-equipped Georgian building in the heart of the city, two minutes on foot from the main street, O'Connell Street and the Spire which is regarded as the centre of the city. Shops, cinemas, theatres, restaurants and local bus stops are all within very easy walking distance from the school.

The school address is: 4 North Great George\'s St., 1 - Dublin (Ireland).

Accreditations and Quality seals

School Size:

Facilities

  • Cafeteria

  • Computer lab

  • Library

  • Movie rental

  • Free after-class access to language learning software

  • Movie room

  • Lounge

  • Student support desk

  • Copy machine

  • Free WIFI

Classroom equipment

  • TV in all classrooms

  • Electronic whiteboard in all classrooms

  • Heating in all classrooms

  • Ample natural light in all classrooms

Number of classrooms:

19

Number of public PC workstations:

8

Prices include

  • Organized activities
  • Internet access and use of school computers
  • Wireless LAN zone at school
  • Free certificate of course attendance
  • Free airport pickup for all junior courses (both ways)
  • Language level placement test at first day of classes
  • For junior courses: every afternoon free organized leisure program
  • For adult courses: a minimum of one free organized leisure activity per week
  • Free consultation about suitable college/university programs by qualified consultant
  • Free assistance in applying to college/university programs by qualified consultant
  • Free assistance in finding flats for long-term students

Course material:

Generally course material is distributed free to students but has to be returned to the school at end of course.

Average number of students

  • Adult courses in summer: 250
  • Adult courses throughout the year: 110
  • Junior courses in summer: 160

Average age of students

Average number of levels

  • Adult courses in summer: 7
  • Adult courses throughout the year: 6
  • Junior courses in summer: 6

Minimum age of students

  • 16 years
  • 11 years for specific Junior courses

English teacher qualifications

  • 100 % hold a university degree
  • 100 % hold a recognised language teaching qualification

Languages spoken by school staff (cannot be guaranteed by school):

6
4
19
3
1
1
3
19
5
7
5
8
2
1

Airport transfer

Best arrival airport is Dublin International (DUB). It takes 25 minutes by bus  to school.

Language school closed

In 2017 (including national and regional bank holidays): 01.Jan.2017, 02.Jan.2017, 17.Mar.2017, 17.Apr.2017, 01.May.2017, 05.Jun.2017, 07.Aug.2017, 30.Oct.2017, 25.Dec.2017 - 31.Dec.2017

If a bank holiday falls on a weekday there is no refund nor are classes recuperated. This is the case for the majority of language schools.

English Courses

All prices in € (convert currency). Below the original school prices are displayed.
Weeks12346810122425Additional Week
Price in €30028560057090085511401083171016252080197626002470294027935520524457505463245233
General English course + 2 afternoon sessions focusing on fluency development.
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
5 daily lessons of 55 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 9:00 - 13:00
Afternoon: 14:00 - 16:05
Required minimum language level
Lower intermediate (B1) or higher
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Weeks12346810122425Additional Week
Price in €245233490466735699940893141013401680159621001995234022234320410445004275195186
This course is always available except at beginner and proficiency levels which have specific start dates Beginner: 03/01, 10/04, 08/05, 03/07, 04/09, Proficiency: 10/07
Starting dates
Every Monday .
Fully booked on: 21.Aug.2017 - 25.Aug.2017
General course schedule
4 daily lessons of 55 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 9:00 - 13:00
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Weeks12346810122425Additional Week
Price in €3553387106751065101213401273201019102480235631002945354033636720638470006650295281
General English course + 5 afternoon lessons focusing on fluency development + 5 afternoon lessons focusing on Business English
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
6 daily lessons of 55 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 9:00 - 13:00
Afternoon: 14:00 - 16:05
Required minimum language level
Lower intermediate (B1) or higher
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Price in €--143514002152209928702799--------------
Course price includes accommodation
Homestay, Double room, Breakfast & lunch & dinnerProgramme is held in St. Tiernan's Community School, Balally, Dublin 16, 20 mins from the city centre.
Price also includes: laundry, course materials, end-of-course certificate and report, activities, excursions and bus passes if the student’s host family is not within walking distance of the school.

Intensive Option (25 lessons/week) also available. Prices:
2 weeks=1550€
3 weeks=2315€
4 weeks=2980€ Price includes
Airport transfer (return trip)This course takes place in a different location than main address of the school:
St Tiernan\'s College, Dundrum, Dublin
Starting dates
2017: 24.Jun.2017 - 30.Jul.2017.
General course schedule
4 daily lessons of 55 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 9:30 - 13:30
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Price in €--168016382520245733603276--------------
Course price includes accommodation
Apartment - shared / Residence, Shared room (multiple beds), Breakfast & lunch & dinnerProgramme is held at the King's Hospital College, Palmerstown, Dublin 20, 20 mins from the city centre.
Price also includes: laundry, course materials, end-of-course certificate and report, activities, excursions and discos.
Residence rooms have 4-6 beds and ensuite.Price includes
Supervision 24/7, Airport transfer (return trip)This course takes place in a different location than main address of the school:
Dublin
Starting dates
2017: 24.Jun.2017 - 30.Jul.2017.
General course schedule
4 daily lessons of 55 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 9:30 - 13:30
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Price in €360342690656------------------
It is a language and cultural activities course exclusively for the over 50 age group. The programme is customised to meet the demands of this group and combines enjoyable language practice with varied opportunities to explore Ireland’s unique cultural heritage.This course takes place in a different location than main address of the school:
Dublin
Starting dates
2017: 12.Jun.2017, 04.Sep.2017.
General course schedule
3 daily lessons of 55 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 9:30 - 12:30
Required minimum language level
Lower intermediate (B1) or higher
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Weeks1234568101224Additional Week
Price in €30028560057090085511401083142513541710162520801976260024702940279355205244245233
Beginner level classes are ONLY offered in the mornings. There are no afternoon classes available at this level so the only option at Beginner level is GE01
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
5 daily lessons of 55 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 9:00 - 13:00
Afternoon: 14:00 - 16:05
Required minimum language level
Lower intermediate (B1) or higher
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Price in €195018533900370558505558----------------
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
6 daily lessons of 55 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 9:00 - 13:00
Afternoon: 14:00 - 16:00
Required minimum language level
Elementary (A2) or higher
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Price in €400380750713------------------
OTC01: General Methodology (2 weeks) - B2/C1 - July 3rd
OTC02: Literature (2 weeks) - B2/C1 - July 17th
OTC03: CLIL (2 weeks) - B1/B2 - August 14th, October 16th
OTC04: Technology (2 weeks) - min. B1 - April 10th, July 31st, October 16th
OTC04A: Technology (1 week) - min. B1 - February 27th, June 19th, August 28th
OTC06: PE Teachers (1 week) - B1 - August 21th
OTC07: General English + for Teachers of Technical Subjects (2 weeks) - A2/B1 - July 3rd, August 7th
OTC08: Project Based Learning (1 week) - min. B1 - July 17th, August 28th
OTC09: Using Drama in the Classroom (1 week) - min. B1 - July 3rd
Extra groups by arrangement
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
4 daily lessons of 55 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 9:00 - 13:00
Afternoon: 14:00 - 16:00
Required minimum language level
Advanced (C1) or higher
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Weeks1234568101224Additional Week
Price in €245233490466735699940893117511171410134016801596210019952340222343204104195186
Usually a combination of students taking the exam and those who are not. A mock speaking exam is scheduled near the exam date. Students are encouraged to submit written tasks for assessment outside of class.
Starting dates
2017: 03.Jan.2017, 13.Mar.2017, 12.Jun.2017, 04.Sep.2017.
General course schedule
4 daily lessons of 55 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 9:00 - 13:00
Required minimum language level
Upper intermediate (B2) or higher
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Weeks1234568101224Additional Week
Price in €245233490466735699940893117511171410134016801596210019952340222343204104195186
Usually a combination of students taking the exam and those who are not. A mock speaking exam is scheduled near the exam date. Students are encouraged to submit written tasks for assessment outside of class.
Starting dates
2017: 03.Jan.2017, 13.Mar.2017, 12.Jun.2017, 04.Sep.2017.
General course schedule
4 daily lessons of 55 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 9:00 - 13:00
Required minimum language level
Advanced (C1) or higher
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Note: All courses offered by Alpha College of English, Dublin can be reserved online with LanguageCourse.Net. In case a course is not listed above, just mention the course description in the comment field of the online registration form.
Lesson duration: 55 minutes
School's administrative fee: 75.00 €
Individual classesSingle individual lessons of tuition can be reserved at 65 €. The combination of group and individual lessons is highly recommended. Individual lessons will encourage you to actively speak the foreign language and will offer you the opportunity to discuss individual problems and weaknesses.
Comments about courses:Classes commence on Mondays unless there is a public holiday in which case an excursion is provided.

Also available:
Work Experience Programme (available to EU nationals only)

Classes of 2 weeks duration for students at Proficiency level start on 10/07/17;
In summer months we aim to place students aged 30+ at A2-B2 levels, according to level, in group classes with other students of the same age.

In July and for the first 2 weeks of August students aged 16-19 at A2-B1 levels can also be placed in classes with their age group. For this age group, there are special evening activities, accompanied by an Alpha teacher.

Accommodation

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Price in €180360540720180
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Sunday
Price per person
Price extra night:
26 € (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
29 minutes by public transport (average reported by our former students)
Includes:
Towels, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to Wifi in building (free WIFI), Heating, Half board on weekdays, Full board on weekends, Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 16
Dates
High season dates 25.Jun.2017 - 02.Sep.2017
High season
High season supplement per week: 10 €
weeks1234Additional Week
Price in €150300450600150
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Sunday
Price per person
Price extra night:
22 € (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Double room (only for 2 people travelling together).
Distance from school:
27 minutes by public transport (average reported by our former students)
Includes:
Towels, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to Wifi in building (free WIFI), Heating, Half board on weekdays, Full board on weekends, Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 16
Dates
High season dates 25.Jun.2017 - 02.Sep.2017
High season
High season supplement per week: 10 €
weeks1234Additional WeekDeposit (refundable)*
Price in €210420630840210100
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
No extra nights bookable.
Room Occupancy:
Double room (only for 2 people travelling together).
Includes:
TV, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (free WIFI), No meals, Private bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 18
Dates
Fully booked on: 02.Jul.2017 - 29.Jul.2017, 28.Aug.2017 - 31.Dec.2017
weeks1234Additional WeekDeposit (refundable)*
Price in €2705408101080270100
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
No extra nights bookable.
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
10 minutes walking
Includes:
TV, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (free WIFI), No meals, Private bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 18
Dates
Fully booked on: 02.Jul.2017 - 29.Jul.2017, 28.Aug.2017 - 31.Dec.2017
  • Individual or Group transfers can be arranged in July and August for students staying in our residential accommodation.
  • Max. 1 student of each nationality possible?yes
  • Single room: always
  • Optional airport transfer
    Dublin Airport:for 70 €(one way);for 140 €(return trip)

Leisure activities

activity possibledistance from school
Dancing 
Diving4 km
Golf3 km
Horse riding4 km
Mountainbiking7 km
Music2 km
Sailing4 km
Squash6 km
Swimming1.5 km
Tennis3 km
Windsurfing4 km
Yoga2 km
Other leisure options: Archery, Go Karting, Poker

Reviews

City
4.3/5.0 
Organisation
4.3/5.0 
Facilities
3.9/5.0 
Social activities
4.0/5.0 
Course quality / Progress in language
4.4/5.0 
Value for money
3.7/5.0 
Accommodation
Homestay
3.9/5.0 
Shared Flat (apartment)
3.9/5.0 
Other
3.8/5.0 
Students liked about Alpha College of English, Dublin
Teachers and students make an amazing environment.
Overall rating
5.0/5.0
Value for money
5.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
4.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0/5.0
School organization
5.0/5.0
Social activities
5.0/5.0
Accommodation
Homestay
5.0/5.0
Other
5.0/5.0
Shared Flat (apartment)
5.0/5.0
Entertaining classes, amusing and with plenty of interaction.
Overall rating
5.0/5.0
Value for money
5.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
5.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0/5.0
School organization
5.0/5.0
Social activities
5.0/5.0
Accommodation
Shared Flat (apartment)
5.0/5.0
Additional information
Insider tips about what future students should not miss: Take the unbrella everywhere.
I liked the college organization and that it was close to the city centre
Overall rating
4.0/5.0
Value for money
3.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
5.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
4.0/5.0
School organization
4.0/5.0
Social activities
4.0/5.0
Accommodation
Homestay
4.0/5.0
Additional information
Insider tips about what future students should not miss: Dublin is often more expensive than Italy (for Italian student!)
Very good organisation. The teachers are friendly.
Overall rating
5.0/5.0
Value for money
n/a
Detailed review
City/place
5.0/5.0
Social activities
4.0/5.0
School organization
5.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
4.0/5.0
Accommodation
Homestay
5.0/5.0
Every teacher tries to understand what students talk about and all their questions. Moreover, they are so kind and friendly.
Overall rating
4.0/5.0
Value for money
4.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
4.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
3.0/5.0
School organization
4.0/5.0
Social activities
4.0/5.0
Accommodation
Homestay
4.0/5.0
Other
4.0/5.0
Shared Flat (apartment)
4.0/5.0
Additional information
Insider tips about what future students should not miss: Stay for a long time. Go out in Dublin city. It's really great.
Other comments: I think the school is good at teaching beginners because they put a lot of focus on grammar.

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