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Reviews of Alpha College of English, Dublin, Ireland

Total number of reviews: 263
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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Based on 263 reviews of former students of Alpha College of English
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Alpha College of English, Dublin, Ireland
4.2/5.0 
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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 3.7/5.0 
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Homestay 4.0/5.0 
Shared Flat 4.0/5.0 
other 3.8/5.0 

Individual Reviews

Alpha College of English
16. Oct. 2017
1.  (26 years) - 
101. Course:  General English + General Business English - GBE02 [Английский] - 2 weeks

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16. Oct. 2017
2.  (39 years) - Spain
102. Course:  General English - GE01 [Inglés] - 3 weeks

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5. Sep. 2017
3. Michele  (23 years) - Italy
103. Course:  General English Intensive - GE02 - 4 weeks

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4. Sep. 2017
4. Albert Pol (38 years) - Spain
104. Course:  General English - GE01 - 4 weeks

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15. Aug. 2017
5. Fahad (18 years) - Saudi Arabia
105. Course:  General English - GE01 - 4 weeks

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14. Aug. 2017
6. Mario (23 years) - Spain
106. Course:  General English Intensive - GE02 - 4 weeks

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1. Aug. 2017
7. Noanca (22 years) - Spain
107. Course:  General English - GE01 - 3 weeks

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1. Aug. 2017
8.  (21 years) - Spain
108. Course:  General English - GE01 - 3 weeks

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17. Jul. 2017
9.   - Russia
109. Course:  Alpha Young Learners - Residential (13-17 yrs) - 2 weeks

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10. Jul. 2017
10.  (29 years) - Germany
110. Course:  GE02 - Intensive 25 - 1 week

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3. May. 2017
11.  (42 years) - 
111. Course:  General English - GE01 - 2 weeks

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24. Apr. 2017
12.  (35 years) - 
112. Course:  General English Super Intensive - GE03 - 1 week

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24. Apr. 2017
13.  (22 years) - 
113. Course:  General English - GE01 - 2 weeks

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13. Mar. 2017
14.  (22 years) - Japan
114. Course:  General English Intensive - GE02 - 3 weeks

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Every teacher tries to understand what students talk about and all their questions. Moreover, they are so kind and friendly.
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Stay for a long time. Go out in Dublin city. It's really great.
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I think the school is good at teaching beginners because they put a lot of focus on grammar.
16. Jan. 2017
15.  (51 years) - 
115. Course:  General English Intensive - GE02 - 1 week

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All the staff were extremely nice.
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On Saturday, the school offers a day trip. So wait and see what the school offers before you book a day trip on your own.
28. Nov. 2016
16. Nikolai (20 years) - 
116. Course:  General English Intensive - GE02 - 2 weeks

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15. Nov. 2016
17.  (37 years) - 
117. Course:  General English Super Intensive - GE03 - 2 weeks

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14. Nov. 2016
18. Alba (28 years) - Spain
118. Course:  General English - GE01 - 1 week

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14. Nov. 2016
19.  (29 years) - Spain
119. Course:  Standard - 1 week

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Activities to help you talk. Quality of teaching with weekly exams.
9. Sep. 2016
20.  (43 years) - 
120. Course:  General English Intensive - GE02 - 3 weeks

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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.
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" expensive" public transport.
6. Sep. 2016
21.  (55 years) - Finland
121. Course:  General English + General Business English - GBE02 - 2 weeks

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Friendly staff and good teachers
3. Sep. 2016
22.  (18 years) - 
122. Course:  General English - GE01 - 2 weeks

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Teachers well prepared. Presence of mostly Italian and Spanish students
22. Aug. 2016
23.   - Italy
123. Course:  General English Intensive - GE02 - 3 weeks

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17. Aug. 2016
24. Silvia (44 years) - 
124. Course:  Curso 2015-ES01-KA101-014234 - 2 weeks

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3. Aug. 2016
25.  (16 years) - 
125. Course:  General English Intensive - GE02 - 2 weeks

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The prepared and friendly teachers
2. Aug. 2016
26.  (17 years) - 
126. Course:  General English Intensive - GE02 - 2 weeks

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presence of international guys in the courses - speaking practice in the afternoon
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behave properly and respect the timetable
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bar provided little
6. Jun. 2016
27.  (19 years) - 
127. Course:  General English - GE01 - 2 weeks

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The classes because you learn quickly and it is very clear.
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Very good
25. Apr. 2016
28. Veikko (55 years) - Finland
128. Course:  General English - 1 week

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29. Feb. 2016
29.  (25 years) - Russian Federation
129. Course:  General English Super Intensive - GE03 - 2 weeks

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The teachers!
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I really liked the teachers! The quality of lessons was great! I really liked them. I think, that they could organise more activities for our free time.
10. Feb. 2016
30.  (31 years) - 
130. Course:  General English Intensive - GE02 + Super Intensive Course (30 Lessons) - 2 weeks

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12. Oct. 2015
31. Roberta (26 years) - 
131. Course:  General English - GE01 - 2 weeks

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8. Sep. 2015
32.  (29 years) - 
132. Course:  General English Super Intensive - GE03 - 4 weeks

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The teachers are very professional and friendly
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The distance from the accommodation to school
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Great school, I recommend it!
8. Sep. 2015
33.  (27 years) - 
133. Course:  Teachers Course Individual - 1 week

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The organization, the preparation of the teachers, the precise and comprehensive explanations
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Speak italian as little as possible
7. Sep. 2015
34.  (25 years) - Italy
134. Course:  General English + General Business English - GBE02 - 2 weeks

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the teaching way and how they try to adapt their programme to you specific need
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the number of students in the class was too high
7. Sep. 2015
35.  (25 years) - 
135. Course:  General English Intensive - GE02 - 5 weeks

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The willingness of people to help you.
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The residence is very dirty, but the academy is worth it, almost better to stay in a host family.
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The academy is super good! You learn a lot!
1. Sep. 2015
36. Adriano (22 years) - 
136. Course:  General English + General Business English - GBE02 - 1 week

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31. Aug. 2015
37.  (21 years) - 
137. Course:  General English - GE01 - 2 weeks

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The Temple Bar area at night
25. Aug. 2015
38.  (52 years) - 
138. Course:  General English Intensive - GE02 - 2 weeks

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The fruitful combination between the residence and Alpha College
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Maybe refurbishing the canteen
23. Aug. 2015
39.  (45 years) - Spain
139. Course:  General English - GE01 - 1 week

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Teachers were very goods and really interested in our progress. Different ways of learning and activities.
17. Aug. 2015
40.  (57 years) - 
140. Course:  General English Intensive - GE02 - 2 weeks

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teachers' training
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Good organization of the afternoon activities
17. Aug. 2015
41. Kenneth (42 years) - Sweden
141. Course:  General English Super Intensive - GE03 - 1 week

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Belvedere Hotel
11. Aug. 2015
42. Antonio (26 years) - 
142. Course:  Cambridge First (FCE) - 4 weeks

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3. Aug. 2015
43. Giovanni (16 years) - Italy
143. Course:  Cambridge Advanced (CAE) - 2 weeks

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28. Jul. 2015
44.  (16 years) - 
144. Course:  General English - GE01 - 4 weeks

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you must study
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very well organized
27. Jul. 2015
45. Anna (17 years) - 
145. Course:  General English - GE01 - 4 weeks

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27. Jul. 2015
46. Marta (19 years) - 
146. Course:  General English - GE01 - 4 weeks

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26. Jul. 2015
47.  (16 years) - 
147. Course:  General English Intensive - GE02 - 3 weeks

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I was very pleased that there were people from distant parts of the world even a lot far away, making the Alpha College a place to meet people from other cultures
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You must know that Alpha College is a school that takes seriously its aim of teaching the English language. Therefore they will expect the same commitment also from students
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I think that Alpha College is a very well organized school. The teachers are competent and the activities are interesting.
23. Jul. 2015
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148. Course:  General English Intensive - GE02 - 3 weeks

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23. Jul. 2015
49.  (24 years) - Switzerland
149. Course:  General English Super Intensive - GE03 - 4 weeks

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Don't under evaluate the initial test ;)
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The initial test is, in my opinion, not serious enough...
20. Jul. 2015
50.  (17 years) - 
150. Course:  General English Intensive - GE02 - 3 weeks

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What I liked most is the teachers' approaching with the students and these ones are all very open and friendly and it was really easy to make friends.
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the school is very good, but very crowded in the summer, so that it was necessary to divide the students into three different buildings, with several classes for the same level. I was surprised to see the strong presence of Italians in the school, and this is not so positive because when you're doing an experience like that, the primary aim above all is to know foreign people. However in the school there were people of all ages and all nations
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the school organizes daily activities of all kinds. Very important is the social evening, held on Friday evening and gives you the opportunity to meet other students in a pub for a drink and a chat.
6. Jul. 2015
51. Karoly Peter (46 years) - Hungary
151. Course:  General English Super Intensive - GE03 - 3 weeks

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22. Jun. 2015
52.  (43 years) - 
152. Course:  General English Intensive - GE02 - 1 week

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4. May. 2015
53. Ivan (36 years) - 
153. Course:  General English Intensive 25 - 12 weeks

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29. Nov. 2014
54.  (38 years) - 
154. Course:  General English - GE01 - 4 weeks

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attend at least one month....... a week is not enough
29. Nov. 2014
55.  (41 years) - 
155. Course:  General English - GE01 - 4 weeks

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it is important to have a basic knowledge of the language in order to take the maximum advantage of the school and have no hesitation because you cannot explain it well
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keep it up
27. Oct. 2014
56.  (28 years) - 
156. Course:  General English + General Business English - GBE02 - 1 week

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The quality of teaching, the modularity and the flexibility.
29. Sep. 2014
57.  (55 years) - 
157. Course:  General English Super Intensive - GE03 - 2 weeks

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reception, coffee
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high risk of finding Italians
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working in the Irish spirit of kindness and hospitality
9. Sep. 2014
58.  (21 years) - 
158. Course:  General English - GE01 - 3 weeks

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9. Sep. 2014
59.  (26 years) - 
159. Course:  General English Intensive - GE02 - 10 weeks

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the dynamism of teachers
3. Sep. 2014
60.  (24 years) - 
160. Course:  General English Intensive - GE02 - 6 weeks

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the social activities, meeting people from all around the world
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Don't go to Dublin in summertime if you like the sunny summer of Italy, France, Spain... Dublin is cold and it rains every day.However, dubliners are very kind and sociable. Guinness and pubs are amazing.Pay attention close to the college because the area is not so safe, there are a lot of skangers/knackers!!
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I stayed 6 weeks and I think I've learned more English from my host family than from the college. I would have changed class-level after 3 weeks but teachers change very frequently during the summertime . My first teacher told me that I could have change but on monday there was a new one that didn't know my English level so I couldn't ever change. The international air that you can breathe in the college is fantastic. Everybody's kind, happy and funny.
26. Aug. 2014
61.  (24 years) - 
161. Course:  General English Intensive - GE02 - 3 weeks

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There are some families that are located more than one hour from the school and the public transports are quite expensive
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Give the family a letter to get the bus / tram / train subscription
22. Aug. 2014
62. Miguel Angel (48 years) - 
162. Course:  General English - GE01 - 1 week

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20. Aug. 2014
63.  (26 years) - 
163. Course:  General English Intensive - GE02 - 2 weeks

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The quality of teachers and excursions.
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Next time you go to Dublin, book a dorm because these are more central and you do not have to rely on public transport, which incidentally is quite expensive. Despite that, my landlady was great.
20. Aug. 2014
64.  (38 years) - 
164. Course:  General English - GE01 - 3 weeks

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Teachers. The ability to change to another level.
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Everything's OK.
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Everything's OK.
17. Aug. 2014
65.  (16 years) - 
165. Course:  General English Intensive - GE02 - 4 weeks

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Try to communicate as much as possible, and you'll reach your goals
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Everything was at a high level
7. Jul. 2014
66.  (17 years) - 
166. Course:  General English - GE01 - 4 weeks

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13. Jun. 2014
67.  (24 years) - 
167. Course:  General English Intensive - GE02 - 4 weeks

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The teachers, friendly, funny and skilled at the same time
10. Jun. 2014
68.  (43 years) - 
168. Course:  General English Intensive - GE02 - 4 weeks

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Good teaching methods. Courtesy and availability of the teachers. High quality courses.
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This schools is too big, but it is only my own opinion. The school offers a lot of interesting activities to discover the country.
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Very good school, to recommend.
18. May. 2014
69.  (35 years) - 
169. Course:  General English - GE01 - 4 weeks

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Don't bring with you during the daily travel all your money but leave the most at home, in the unfortunate case of a theft. And bring with you the school booklet
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Maximum availability from the Staff of the Alpha College
24. Mar. 2014
70.  (36 years) - Spain
170. Course:  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
71.  (35 years) - 
171. Course:  General English - GE01 - 2 weeks

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The teachers were very helpful and kind.
10. Feb. 2014
72.  (27 years) - Spain
172. Course:  General English Super Intensive - GE03 - 3 weeks

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30. Dec. 2013
73.  (38 years) - 
173. Course:  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
74.  (27 years) - 
174. Course:  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
75.  (43 years) - 
175. Course:  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
76. Eleonora (25 years) - Italy
176. Course:  General English Super Intensive - GE03 - 2 weeks

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26. Aug. 2013
77.  (19 years) - 
177. Course:  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
78.  (42 years) - Spain
178. Course:  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
79.  (18 years) - 
179. Course:  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
80.  (34 years) - 
180. Course:  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
81. Roberto  (20 years) - Italy
181. Course:  Cambridge First (FCE) - 2 weeks

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11. Feb. 2013
82.  (31 years) - 
182. Course:  General English - 11 weeks

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Teachers and students make an amazing environment.
22. Jan. 2013
83.  (22 years) - 
183. Course:  General English - 9 weeks

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public transport are a bit 'expensive but efficient.
25. Dec. 2012
84.  (65 years) - 
184. Course:  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
85. Anika (30 years) - 
185. Course:  General English - 2 weeks

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19. Sep. 2012
86.  (17 years) - 
186. Course:  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
87.  (21 years) - Spain
187. Course:  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
88.  (32 years) - Spain
188. Course:  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
89.  (20 years) - Spain
189. Course:  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
90.   - 
190. Course:  General English - 2 weeks

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22. Aug. 2012
91.  (17 years) - 
191. Course:  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
92.  (23 years) - Spain
192. Course:  General English - 4 weeks

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The teachers and the atmosphere in the class are fine.
8. Aug. 2012
93.  (27 years) - 
193. Course:  General English + General Business English - 1 week

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31. Jul. 2012
94.  (36 years) - Spain
194. Course:  General English - 4 weeks

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The pace of the class and the teachers.
10. Jul. 2012
95.  (19 years) - 
195. Course:  General English 20 - 8 weeks

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Gemma, the cafeteria bartender ;)
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An unforgettable experience, wonderful
11. Jun. 2012
96.  (48 years) - 
196. Course:  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
97.  (22 years) - 
197. Course:  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
98.  (33 years) - Spain
198. Course:  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
99.  (35 years) - 
199. Course:  General English Super Intensive - 1 week

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Rotation of the teacher
11. Oct. 2011
100.  (19 years) - Spain
200. Course:  General English - 3 weeks

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The teachers. And, generally all the staff.