About Us

The Emerald Cultural Institute has a very clear mission statement:

‘People are at the heart of what we do. We provide a transformative educational and cultural experience within a positive, nurturing environment where both students and staff can grow and prepare to meet their personal and professional goals.’

Your goal is to become an efficient and confident English communicator – our goal is to make that happen. Our experienced management support team and inspiring teachers provide innovative English language courses. Our programmes are clearly structured with weekly learning goals, and evaluation tests, so you can monitor your personal progress and have a clear overview of your academic journey.


Quality is at the very centre of the Emerald Experience – it is at the heart of all our language courses and the basis of each decision. We are members of IALC and Quality English, we are accredited by EAQUALS and British Council, and recognised by Quality and Qualifications Ireland for English Language Teaching.


EAQUALS aims to foster excellence in language education across the world by providing guidance and support to teaching institutions and individuals. As a member of EAQUALS (Evaluation and Accreditation of Quality Language Services) we are also bound by the EAQUALS charters, available to view at www.eaquals.org


QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland) is an independent State agency responsible for promoting quality and accountability in education and training services in Ireland. It was established in 2012 by the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012. Among its responsibilities are the approval and regulation of English Language Teaching programmes. For more information on QQI, access www.qqi.ie


ACELS is the quality assurance body for the English language teaching sector in Ireland. Emerald is recognised by ACELS (The Accreditation and Coordination of English Language Services), a service of Quality and Qualifications Ireland, for English Language Education (ELE). To learn more, access www.acels.ie


IALC (International Association of Language Centres) is all about quality. IALC is an international non-profit association that accredits independent language centres that teach the language of their country. As well as outstanding teaching standards and service, IALC language schools have individual character and a real connection with their local community. To learn more, access www.ialc.org


The Quality English (QE) logo is an assurance that students will have a rewarding and enjoyable experience, whilst improving their English Language skills. For more information on Quality English standards, access www.quality-english.com


MEI (Marketing English in Ireland) is the leading association of English language schools in Ireland. Being a member of MEI is a badge of quality and assurance. For more information on MEI, access www.mei.ie


Our UK centres and programmes are accredited by the British Council which monitors and improves standards of management, teaching, resources, welfare and care of under 18s in UK English language teaching (ELT). You can find more information here


Experience Tradition, Embrace Innovation

As learners’ needs are constantly changing, we continually develop a sophisticated range of courses to meet those needs; academic year programmes, university pathway and examination preparation courses, tailor-made specialised programmes for groups and individuals, blended learning and in-service courses for teachers training through English.

We bring energy and enthusiasm in responding to the new reality that is international education today. We remain committed to an ongoing evaluation of our course content, in response to the constantly-evolving world of international education, without ever losing sight of the fact that it is the individual learner who is at the centre of what we provide. Our courses will always reflect typical, real-world situations and work issues.

Learning a language offers a new perspective on the world and on life and we are proud to be part of that experience. Whether you need English for work, study, travel or personal development, all our team at Emerald are looking forward to accompanying you on your language learning and cultural journey.


Founded in 1986, the Emerald Cultural Institute has over 30 years of experience in providing quality language, professional development and cultural programmes to groups and individuals of all ages and from more than 60 countries worldwide. We have welcomed over 100,000 language students through our doors; all with different language abilities, personal interests and academic goals.

Today, our year-round centre is in Dublin and we have 9 summer centres across Dublin and the UK, offering students a wide variety of English language courses. Our 30-plus years of experience have taught us to be proactive in developing our courses, choosing our facilities and designing our classrooms. We are always looking to the future and adapting to trends in education, modelling our study programmes on current working practices and modern lifestyles. As such, our contemporary classrooms and study centres reflect the collaborative approach which we now see in our work and daily life.