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Alpha College of English, Dublin, Ireland

Among the Top 20% most popular English schools in Ireland in the last 12 months Organized social activities were rated by students as the best or among the top 20% of all schools in Ireland

What we like about the school

  • Excellent student nationality mix

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 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

  • in summer: 24 years
  • throughout the year: 28 years

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

Exams offered:

  • TOEIC

Average examination results:

700 at TOEIC.

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):

8
4
14
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3
1
2
14
3
1
5
12
1
.5

Airport transfer

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

Language school closed

In 2016 (including national and regional bank holidays): 01.Jan.2016, 17.Mar.2016, 28.Mar.2016, 02.May.2016, 06.Jun.2016, 01.Aug.2016, 31.Oct.2016, 19.Dec.2016 - 30.Dec.2016

Courses

All prices in € (convert currency). Below the original school prices are displayed.
Weeks 1 2 3 4 6 8 10 12 24 25 Additional Week
Price in € 285271 570542 855813 10801026 16201539 19601862 24502328 27602622 51604902 53755107 230219
General English course + 2 afternoon sessions focusing on fluency development.
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 13:00
Afternoon: 14:00  - 16:05
Required language level
Lower intermediate (B1)
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 6 8 10 12 24 25 Additional Week
Price in € 235224 470447 705670 900855 13501283 16001520 20001900 22202109 40803876 43754157 185176
Starting dates
Every Monday . Beginner level start only: 04.Jan.2016, 11.Apr.2016, 09.May.2016, 04.Jul.2016, 05.Sep.2016
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 13:00
Required language level
Elementary (A2)
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 6 8 10 12 24 25 Additional Week
Price in € 335319 670637 1005955 12801216 19201824 24002280 30002850 33843215 64326111 67006365 282268
General English course + 5 afternoon lessons focusing on fluency development + 5 afternoon lessons focusing on Business English
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 13:00
Afternoon: 14:00  - 16:05
Required language level
Lower intermediate (B1)
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in € -- 13801346 20602009 26402574 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Course price includes accommodation
Homestay, Double room, Full board (breakfast + lunch + dinner) Programme 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
2016: 26.Jun.2016 - 31.Jul.2016.
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:30  - 13:30
Required language level
Beginner (A1) - No previous knowledge required
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in € -- 16221582 24332373 30953018 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Course price includes accommodation
Apartment - shared / Residence, Shared room (multiple beds), Full board (breakfast + lunch + dinner) Programme 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
2016: 26.May.2016 - 31.Jul.2016.
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:30  - 13:30
Required language level
Beginner (A1) - No previous knowledge required
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in € -- 665632 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Alpha College offers a programme which combines enjoyable language practice with exciting opportunities to explore Ireland’s unique cultural heritage.

Price also includes registration fee. This course takes place in a different location than main address of the school:
Dublin
Starting dates
2016: 06.Jun.2016, 05.Sep.2016.
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:30  - 12:30
Required language level
Lower intermediate (B1)
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 8 10 12 24 Additional Week
Price in € 285271 570542 855813 10801026 13501283 16201539 19601862 24502328 27602622 51604902 230219
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 13:00
Afternoon: 14:00  - 16:05
Required language level
Lower intermediate (B1)
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in € 19501853 39003705 58505558 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 13:00
Afternoon: 14:00  - 16:00
Required language level
Elementary (A2)
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in € -- -- -- -- -- 13501283 -- -- -- -- --
Unique English Examination and Job-seeking Preparation course for Unemployed University Graduates.

The programme includes:
Mornings: General English or Cambridge First Certificate Preparation classes.
Two afternoons/week: English Fluency Development or General Business English classes.

Supervised, guided self-study in our Library or Study Rooms for the remaining afternoons from 2pm - 5pm.

In addition, students participate in two afternoon workshops hosted by one of Ireland's leading Occupational Psychologists. One of the sessions will focus on writing persuasive CVs/Resumes and on strategies to find potential employers; the second on acquiring effective Interview Skills.
Other dates can be arranged.
Starting dates
2016: 05.Sep.2016, 12.Sep.2016, 19.Sep.2016.
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 13:00
Afternoon: 14:00  - 16:00
Required language level
Elementary (A2)
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in € -- 750713 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
OTC01: General Methodology (2 weeks) 21st March, 4th July OTC02 : Literature (2 weeks) 18th July OTC03 : CLIL (2 weeks) 28th March; 18th July; 15th August, 17th October OTC04 : Technology (2 weeks) 28th March; 1st August; 17th October OTC04A : Technology (1 week) 21st March; 20th June; 5th September OTC05 : Team Building (1 week) 22nd February; 21st March OTC06 : PE Teachers (1 week) 22nd February OTC07 : Project Based Learning (1 week) 29th August (Extra group programmes by arrangement)
Starting dates
2016: 21.Mar.2016, 28.Mar.2016, 04.Jul.2016, 18.Jul.2016, 01.Aug.2016, 15.Aug.2016, 17.Oct.2016.
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 13:00
Afternoon: 14:00  - 16:00
Required language level
Advanced (C1)
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 8 10 12 24 Additional Week
Price in € 235224 470447 705670 900855 11251069 13501283 16001520 20001900 22202109 40803876 185176
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
2016: 04.Jan.2016, 14.Mar.2016, 13.Jun.2016, 05.Sep.2016.
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 13:00
Required language level
Upper intermediate (B2)
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 8 10 12 24 Additional Week
Price in € 235224 470447 705670 900855 11251069 13501283 16001520 20001900 22202109 40803876 185176
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
2016: 04.Jan.2016, 14.Mar.2016, 05.Sep.2016.
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 13:00
Required language level
Advanced (C1)
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Note: All courses offered by Alpha College of English, Dublin can be booked 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: 65.00  €
Individual classes Single individual lessons of tuition can be booked 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)

Beginner start dates: 04/01/16; 11/04/16; 09/05/16; 4/07/16; 05/09/16

Classes of 2 weeks duration for students at Proficiency level start on 11/07/16; 08/08/16

In summer months students aged 30+ at A2-B2 levels can be placed, 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

weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
Price in € 175 350 525 700 175
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Price extra night:
25 € (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
Maximum age of students: 0
Dates
High season dates 25.Jun.2016 - 03.Sep.2016
High season
High season supplement per week: 10 €
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
Price in € 145 290 435 580 145
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
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:
28 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
Maximum age of students: 0
Dates
High season dates 25.Jun.2016 - 03.Sep.2016
High season
High season supplement per week: 10 €
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
Price in € 195 390 585 780 195
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
No extra nights bookable.
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
30 minutes by public transport
Includes:
TV, Towels, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (free WIFI), Heating, No meals, Private bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 20
Maximum age of students: 0
Dates
Fully booked on:31.Jul.2016 - 31.Dec.2016
  • 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

Leisure activities

activity possible distance from school
Dancing  
Diving 4 km
Golf 3 km
Horse riding 4 km
Mountainbiking 7 km
Music 2 km
Sailing 4 km
Squash 6 km
Swimming 1.5 km
Tennis 3 km
Windsurfing 4 km
Yoga 2 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
3.6/5.0 
Accommodation
Host Family
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
Host Family
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
Host Family
5.0/5.0
very " frienfly"environment. The teachers, at least mine, were fantastic! They were always available to answer any questions and ready to re-explain when I did not understand.
Overall rating
4.0/5.0
Value for money
3.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
4.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
2.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
4.0/5.0
School organization
3.0/5.0
Social activities
3.0/5.0
Accommodation
Homestay
3.0/5.0
Other
3.0/5.0
Shared Flat (apartment)
3.0/5.0
Additional information
Insider tips about what future students should not miss: " expensive" public transport.

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