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Best language schools in Belfast (ranked based on student reviews)

You are interested in learning English in Belfast? We have researched all the details about the best English language schools in Belfast for you so that you can easily compare prices, reviews, courses for adults and teenagers and special offers.

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Why Belfast? Belfast is the capital city of Northern Ireland and is in many ways a brand-new city. It suffered greatly during the Troubles of the 70s and 80s and was often shunned by travellers not wanting to visit. Today it is considered one of the safest within the country and now enjoys a sustained period of calm, free from the intense political violence of former years. Belfast remains a centre for industry, as well as the arts, higher education, business, and law, and is a major port with commercial and industrial docks dominating the shores.
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What our students said about Belfast

Rating: 5/5

5.0

Personally the climate was a bit harsh for me because I come from a warm country, but on the whole it is good. It is a very clean country that respects nature, which I find good. I didn't want to go out too much at night. But people are pleasant and remain positive.

Elodie
Martinique

Most recent student reviews of language schools in Belfast

Rating: 4.5

4.5 | 13 reviews

The varied activities they offer and the patience that the teachers have with the students and above all they did not put pressure on me and I was able to progress at my own pace.

16 October 2019
Course: General English - 2 weeks
Student age: 28 years

Elodie
Martinique

Rating: 4.5

4.5 | 13 reviews

The teachers made the lessons very interesting. A lot of group exercises, which help you to socialise with the others. The school is simple and organised. My English improved for sure.
The staff are available at every request. The teachers are good. The school is near the city centre. Some classrooms are a little small.

2 August 2018
Course: General English - 3 weeks
Student age: 24 years

Devis
Italy

Rating: 4.5

4.5 | 13 reviews

The teachers are excellent
The staff are lovely

17 July 2018
Course: General English - 2 weeks
Student age: 56 years

Delane
Brazil

Rating: 4.5

4.5 | 13 reviews

I liked the method as well as an excellent preparation of our tuition and all the conversations we were encouraged to participate in. There were very pleasant students too.
I'll go on attending International House.

30 April 2018
Course: General English - 3 weeks
Student age: 69 years

Françoise
France

Rating: 4.5

4.5 | 13 reviews

The limited number of students per class. The professionalism of teachers.

14 November 2016
Course: General English - 1 week
Student age: 48 years

Mercedes
Spain

Key Facts about Belfast

According to Mercer 2019, Belfast ranks 64 in terms of quality of life.

Population: 275,000

Time zone: +10h. (GMT +0)

Region: Northern Ireland, City of Belfast

Currency: GBP (1 GBP = 1.4108 USD)

Belfast quality of life rating:

Rating: 4.7

4.7 (14 reviews by our former students)

Visa: Nationals from USA do not require a visa to study short term courses up to 180 days. Documentation regarding purpose of visit must be shown at the border in order to enter the country. For Study purposes: letter of enrolment from school, accommodation arrangements and proof of payments to the relevant institutions. Check visa requirements for nationals from other countries.

High season: July

Low season: December

Average course price per week (High season): 247 £

Average course price per week (Low season): 222 £

Cost of Living:

* 100 = prices in New York

  • Student price index excluding rent:69* (31% cheaper than New York)
  • Student price index including rent:47* (53% cheaper than New York)
  • Price index food only:60* (40% cheaper than New York)
  • Big Mac price (Northern Ireland average):2.91 £ (29% cheaper than in USA)
Mains electricity:
  • Plug Type G
  • Residential voltage: 230 V
  • Frequency: 50 Hz

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Public transportation in Belfast

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Arrival Airports

Belfast International (BFS) - 19 km. from Belfast city center

Public transportation to city center:

Taxi: 39 £, 22 minutes drive to city center of Belfast

Dublin (DUB) - 131 km. from Belfast city center

Public transportation to city center:

Taxi: minutes drive to city center of Belfast

Direct international flights from:
  • United Kingdom: Aberdeen, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Doncaster Sheffield, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow International, Inverness, Jersey, Leeds Bradford, Liverpool, London City, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Luton, London Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle, Newquay, Ronaldsway, Southampton
  • USA: Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson, Boston Logan International, Charlotte Douglas, Chicago O'Hare International, Hartford Bradley International, Los Angeles International, New York John F. Kennedy, New York Newark, Orlando International, Philadelphia International, San Francisco International, Washington Dulles
  • Canada: Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau, St John's, Toronto Pearson International, Vancouver International
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