Learn English in Ireland and have a wonderful holiday

Have you thought about taking a holiday in Ireland and learning English at the same time? The Atlas Summer School Programme in Dublin is the perfect option if you want to learn English in Ireland.

During July and August, students aged 11 to 17 years can join a summer language programme which includes English, daily social activities and a great selection of excursions. This renowned homestay programme has been running since 2007 with the school located in a suburban part of Dublin, in the grounds of a private school.

Students stay in homestay accommodation which is a really popular option. Living with native speakers provides so many extra opportunities to practise English outside the classroom, in real-life everyday situations. Homestay also allows students to participate in the country’s customs and habits. All this additional language learning is such a bonus!

Atlas believe that the best language learning experiences happen in and outside the classroom. This is why they have designed a social and cultural programme which offers the chance to learn English and have fun during your holidays. Social events and excursions at the weekend add so much more to your summer study programme in Ireland.

Excursions and tours to try when you learn English in Ireland

The Dalkey to Killiney Scenic Walk

This walk from Dalkey to Killiney offers the most beautiful views of the Dublin mountains and the islands around the south coast of the city. From this beautiful backdrop, you can enjoy wonderful views across the whole of the city. Walking and enjoying the lush, green countryside will literally take your breath away and make you want to return to Dublin again and again.

A day in Kilkenny

Located in central Ireland, Kilkenny is approximately 1h 30 from Dublin. It’s a medieval city with so much history. The main attraction of the city is Kilkenny Castle, one of the most visited sites in Ireland.

Within the castle estate, there is an art gallery and outside two large gardens where the Irish love to gather together for a picnic. If you love history this really is the tour for you.

A Visit to Kilmainham Gaol (Jail)

Visit one of the largest unoccupied jails in Europe and feel the atmosphere in a place that is part of Irish History, dating back to 1796. Kilmainham Gaol was closed as a prison in 1924 and now hosts a museum and offers guided tours of the building. An art gallery on the top floor exhibits paintings, sculptures and jewellery made by prisoners from jails across Ireland.

Shopping and sightseeing on O’Connell Street

This is the city’s main walkway and offers an opportunity to enjoy all the sights and sounds and hustle and bustle of Dublin life. It’s usually busy with people shopping or off to one of the city’s many restaurants. O’Connell Street also houses one of the most beautiful and iconic buildings in Dublin, the General Post Office building, designed in 1818. This really is one of Dublin’s major attractions and a must for all tourists visiting Ireland’s capital.

Kayaking on the River Liffey

What could be better than paddling through the gentle waters of the river of Liffey (River of Life)? It flows through the heart of Dublin and offers a fantastic and unique way to take in some of Dublin’s most famous attractions.

No experience is needed, and this will give you a view of Dublin and an experience of sight-seeing like no other. If you want to enjoy the summer by visiting Dublin and join a unique summer school programme in Dublin, then check out the opportunities with Atlas Junior Dublin.

CES Dublin – Mount Temple

Dublin is an ideal place for your summer English course! CES is a family-run school business that cares about each and every student that walks through the door.

CES offers 3 amazing summer schools in Dublin. One of them is based at Mount Temple, only 3km from the centre of Dublin which is ideal for visiting places of historical and cultural interest, as part of the afternoon social programme. The school offers superb sports facilities including outdoor hockey and five-a-side football pitches, 2 full-size grass football/rugby pitches, gymnasium but also arts and crafts rooms, music room, library and student common room and shop.


CES Dublin – Mercy College

Dublin is an ideal place for your summer English course! CES is a family-run school business that cares about each and every student that walks through the door.

CES offers 3 amazing summer schools in Dublin. One of them is based at Mercy College. This school is located in Artane, just 5kms from Dublin city centre, surrounded by beautiful nature. The school offers 0ver 30 bright and spacious classrooms, arts and crafts rooms, music room,  full grass sports area and all-weather pitch, library and student common room and shop!

Bridge Mills Galway Language Centre

Galway is a beautiful harbour city on the West Coast of Ireland which is a popular destination for both tourists and international students. It’s a beautiful seaside destination with great beaches, a lively city centre with many unique shops and traditional Irish pubs to try local food.

The Bridge Mills school is also unique due to its location based in an 18th Century mill (a building historically used to grind grain into flour for baking) situated on the River Corrib, right in the centre of Galway. From the windows of your classroom you will have an amazing view of the river with colonies of swans and other wild birds, and in the distance, Galway Bay and the beautiful hills of County Clare.

The school is immensely proud of its heritage, its teaching and the warm welcome and help it offers to all international students. There is no doubt that you will have an amazing and life-changing experience at Bridge Mills Language Centre in historic Galway.

Young learner programmes are available for closed groups (min 5 students) only.

Dublin City University – Language Services

Dublin is the capital and largest city in Ireland. It’s the home of National Museums and Galleries, hundreds of public parks and gardens as well as many interesting markets. Whether you like shopping, history, nature or nightlife, Dublin has something for you. Ireland is very well known for the warmth of the Irish people and the welcome they give to international students.

Dublin City University (DCU) Language Services gives this warm welcome to students from over 80 countries every year.  The school is on the campus of Dublin City University, located only 5km north of Dublin City Centre, with easy access to and from the centre and to Dublin’s international airport.

The school is located within the modern DCU campus. Imagine studying your English programme actually in one of Ireland’s top Universities.

Accommodation offered to DCU’s language students is also superb. You can live either in a student residence or stay with a host family – perfect for the full immersion into Irish culture.

There are also daily social activities organised by the school which you can book online!

Future Learning: Sligo

Future Learning is different and super cool!

At FL you learn English using everyday devices you are familiar with to help you learn in the classroom such as tablets, mobile phones and laptops. For this technologically enhanced English programme you must have a tablet device (iPad is preferred) or a good smartphone which you will use in class every day.

The school is in Sligo on the west coast of Ireland in the IT Sligo building which has modern facilities rarely seen for summer language schools. There are large classrooms with the latest modern technology to compliment the technology-enhanced FL programme focus. The Knocknarea sports centre and sports fields are next to the school.

Mornings are spent in class with fun technology-based learning. Afternoons include exciting activities – not only cultural and sporting, but also more challenging things like coding, engineering, science, hip-hop….yes hip hop!, baking and a lot more!

You won’t be at the school all the time as FL courses include exciting evening activities and one half-day and a full day trip each week to explore great places and practice your new English skills!

Learn English and Football with ATC and Real Madrid

That’s right. Now you can have the experience of learning English abroad and still practice football with the qualified coaches of the Real Madrid Foundation.

About the programme

This summer programme is aimed at boys and girls from 11 to 17 years old who want to develop tactical and technical football skills with qualified coaches of the foundation of Real Madrid, together with a programme of quality English and the experience of living abroad.

The programme is offered by ATC Language School in Ireland at the University of Maynooth for two weeks starting June 29, 2019.

The programme features 15 English lessons per week, one full-day trip per week, evening activities including karaoke and Irish nights, as well as the official Real Madrid diploma, training uniforms and official jersey of the Real Madrid Foundation.

About the Real Madrid Foundation

The Real Madrid Foundation is the way in which Real Madrid, one of the most successful football teams in the world, who develop programmes aimed at improving human and social character.

The goal is to bring values ​​to sports practice and help in the integral development of the personality of those who practice the sport.

The foundation develops programmes of activities around large areas such as: sports, educational and cultural activities, social welfare activities and international cooperation.

Marketing English in Ireland

Marketing English in Ireland (MEI)

Marketing English in Ireland (MEI) is the association of regulated language schools, representing the leading English language schools in Ireland. More than 90% of international students learning English in Ireland, study with an MEI Member school because it is a guarantee of excellent quality and assuring students get the course they want and pay for.

Every school is inspected before becoming and during being a member of MEI, and the association is one of the most active within the industry. They have an annual conference – one of the longest running events in the whole ELT industry – where schools discuss how to attract and impress students to Ireland from all over the world.

Mackdonald Language Academy (MLA) – Kilkenny

mackdonald language academy (mla) is one of the best independent language schools found in Ireland. They offer language courses to adults but also have great courses for young adults.

Kilkenny is in County Kilkenny in the Irish province of Leinster in south-east Ireland. The city sits on the banks of the River Nore and is only 1-hour away from the capital Dublin. It is a medium-sized town and known to be very safe and with the usual warm Irish welcome.

mla will transfer individual or groups of young adults from the airport to homestay or residential accommodation. They provide afternoon and evening social events and full day events at weekends. With many years of offering these courses, mla offer 24hr support, excellent value for money and a cool phone app with all information about the course.

We love this testimonial from Italian Maria who studied English at mla – ‘mackdonald language academy is not very big, but that is the beauty of it! The staff and teachers are so helpful and patient. I have learnt a lot here. My host family is really marvellous – they are lovely and warm people. From them, I am learning to cook Irish dishes. Yes, Kilkenny certainly is a very beautiful city, esp. in autumn with all the beautiful colours! I love it !!!’

Mackdonald Language Academy (MLA) Waterford

mackdonald language academy (mla) is one of the best independent language schools found in Ireland. It’s known for great teaching, excellent accommodation choices and a rich and interesting events programme.

Waterford is the oldest city in Ireland, located on the banks of the river Suir and near the Irish Sea. mla’s summer camp in Waterford is designed for students 10-17 years of age. The camp based on the grounds of a boarding school, which offers superb sporting facilities (including heated indoor swimming pool, 2 hardcourt tennis courts, 3 huge football/ rugby pitches and a spacious indoor sports hall). It is located only 10 minutes walking from the city centre, giving you a great opportunity to explore this stunning place.

Residential accommodation is available onsite, so you don’t need to be worried about the commute to/from the school.

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