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English school in Dublin: Alpha College of English

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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

ACELSEAQUALSIALC MEI / RELSAPreferential Terms in Case of Visa Refusal

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

Optional airport transfer

Best arrival airport is Dublin International (DUB).

Dublin Airport:
70 € pick up
140 € return (both ways)

Language school closed

In 2018 (including national and regional bank holidays): 01.Jan.2018 - 05.Jan.2018, 19.Mar.2018, 02.Apr.2018, 07.May.2018, 04.Jun.2018, 06.Aug.2018, 29.Oct.2018, 24.Dec.2018 - 31.Dec.2018

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

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Price in € 300 285 600 570 900 855 1140 1083 1425 1354 1710 1625 1995 1896 2080 1976 2600 2470 2940 2793 5520 5244
Price in US$ 332 663 994 1259 1573 1888 2202 2296 2870 3245 6093
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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Price in € 245 233 490 466 735 699 940 893 1175 1117 1410 1340 1645 1563 1680 1596 2100 1995 2340 2223 4320 4104
Price in US$ 271 541 812 1038 1297 1557 1816 1855 2318 2583 4769
Starting date for proficiency level: July 9th
Starting dates
Every Monday .
Absolute beginners start on: 02.Jul.2018
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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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 24
Price in € 355 338 710 675 1065 1012 1340 1273 1675 1592 2010 1910 2345 2228 2480 2356 3100 2945 3540 3363 6720 6384
Price in US$ 392 784 1176 1479 1849 2219 2589 2738 3422 3908 7417
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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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in € -- 1435 1400 2152 2099 2870 2799 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Price in US$ -- 1626 2438 3252 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Course price includes accommodation
Homestay, Double room, 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 homestay is not within walking distance of the school.

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
2018: 24.Jun.2018, 01.Jul.2018, 08.Jul.2018, 15.Jul.2018, 22.Jul.2018.
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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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in € -- 1680 1638 2520 2457 3360 3276 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Price in US$ -- 1904 2855 3807 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Course price includes accommodation
Apartment - shared / Residence, Shared room (multiple beds), 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
2018: 24.Jun.2018, 01.Jul.2018, 08.Jul.2018, 15.Jul.2018, 22.Jul.2018.
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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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in € 350 333 690 656 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Price in US$ 387 762 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
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
2018: 17.Jun.2018, 03.Sep.2018.
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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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in € 545 518 1090 1036 1635 1554 2140 2033 2675 2542 3210 3050 -- -- -- -- --
Price in US$ 602 1204 1805 2362 2953 3543 -- -- -- -- --
20 lessons General English (55 min each) + 5 lessons Business English (50 min each) + 4 individual lessons (60 min each) per week.
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
5-6 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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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 24
Price in € 300 285 600 570 900 855 1140 1083 1425 1354 1710 1625 1995 1896 2080 1976 2600 2470 2940 2793 5520 5244
Price in US$ 332 663 994 1259 1573 1888 2202 2296 2870 3245 6093
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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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in € 450 428 795 756 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Price in US$ 497 878 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
OTC01: General Methodology in the Classroom (2 weeks) (B2/C1) 2nd July 2018: €795.00
OTC02: Bringing Literature to Life in the Classroom (1 week) (B2/C1) 13th August 2018: €450.00
OTC03: Theory & Practice of CLIL (2 weeks) (B2 preferable; B1+ acceptable) 13th August 2018: €795.00
OTC03.1: English Language Training + Practice of CLIL (2 weeks) (A2/B1) 16th July 2018: €1,065.00
OTC04: Using Technology in the Classroom (2 weeks) (Min. B1+) 30th July 2018 & 15th October 2018: €795.00
Starting dates
2018: 02.Jul.2018, 16.Jul.2018, 30.Jul.2018, 13.Aug.2018, 15.Oct.2018.
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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Price in € 245 233 490 466 735 699 940 893 1175 1117 1410 1340 1645 1563 1680 1596 2100 1995 2340 2223 4320 4104
Price in US$ 271 541 812 1038 1297 1557 1816 1855 2318 2583 4769
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
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
Required minimum language level
Upper intermediate (B2) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 24
Price in € 245 233 490 466 735 699 940 893 1175 1117 1410 1340 1645 1563 1680 1596 2100 1995 2340 2223 4320 4104
Price in US$ 271 541 812 1038 1297 1557 1816 1855 2318 2583 4769
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.
General English + exam preparation.
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
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 it is a public holiday in which case an excursion is organised for that day.

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

Classes of 2 weeks duration for students at Proficiency level start on 09/07/18;
In the 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

weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
Price in € 185 370 555 740 185
Price in US$ 215 430 645 860 215
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Sunday
Price per person
Price extra night:
27 € (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 01.Jul.2018 - 01.Sep.2018
High season
High season supplement per week: 10 €
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
Price in € 150 300 450 600 150
Price in US$ 175 349 523 698 175
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 01.Jul.2018 - 01.Sep.2018
High season
High season supplement per week: 10 €
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
Price in € 295 590 885 1180 295
Price in US$ 343 686 1029 1371 343
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
No extra nights bookable.
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
5 minutes walking
Includes:
TV, Towels, 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: 01.Jan.2018 - 30.Jun.2018 - 27.Aug.2018, 27.Aug.2018 - 31.Dec.2018
  • 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

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
Leisure programme for adults (sample):
 Sample of activities for adults (PDF)
Leisure programme for adults (sample):
 Sample of activities for adults (PDF)

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
4.0/5.0 
Shared Flat (apartment)
4.0/5.0 
Other
3.9/5.0 
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
Teachers' preparation and availability
Overall rating
5.0/5.0
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
3.0/5.0
Other
3.0/5.0
Shared Flat (apartment)
3.0/5.0

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