Do I need a visa to come to Ireland?

People from certain countries need a visa to travel to Ireland. If you are from the EU/EEA you do not require a visa. Students from certain countries such as Brazil, Mexico, South Korea, Japan and Taiwan do not need a visa to enter Ireland but are required to register with INIS in Dublin if they plan on staying in Ireland for more than 90 days.

Students from visa-requiring countries such as Russia, Ukraine, Colombia and China should contact the relevant embassy for more information, or check the website www.inis.gov.ie

What should I bring with me to Dublin?

For your classes, bring pen, paper and a bilingual dictionary. You can buy your textbook on your first day of school at a cost of €50, depending on your level and the duration of your stay with us. You should also bring a laptop or table to access digital materials.

We recommend bringing a water bottle.

Carry details of your insurance with you. Make sure to be covered by some form of medical insurance (we can provide medical insurance at a cost of €140 for a period of up to one year, contact us for more information).

Ireland has a variable but temperate climate and weather extremes are rare. You should bring some rain gear or warm clothes with you.


Where should I go when I arrive in Dublin airport?

If you have booked a transfer for your arrival, an Emerald driver will pick you up in the arrivals hall of Dublin airport, he/she will be holding a sign with your name on it. Our driver will take you to the accommodation that you have booked with us.

It is possible to book airport transfers at a cost of €95 each way.

If you have not booked a transfer, we recommend that you take a taxi directly to your accommodation or the AIRCOACH bus from outside the arrivals hall to the city centre (www.aircoach.ie).


Where do I need to go when I arrive in the airport?

An Emerald driver will pick you up in the arrivals hall of the airport; he/she will be holding a sign with your name on it. When you come out into the arrivals with your luggage, please look around to see the driver holding your name. You will be taken to your accommodation.

Online Lessons

Are one-to-one lessons available?

Yes, contact us for prices.


How will lessons be delivered?

Lessons are delivered online using a combination of different approaches including Zoom.

What do I need to join online lessons?
  • A device (laptop, tablet, phone) with audio, microphone and camera. Make sure whatever device you are using it is fully charged!
  • A good, unlimited internet connection
  • Where possible a quiet place where you can concentrate
  • Pen and paper to take notes
How can I join my online class?

Your teacher will send you all the necessary information, with a code for the meeting and a password.

How can I make the most of my online lessons?

Your teacher will manage the online lessons and will also assign homework. This could be reading or grammar revision or a writing assignment. To make the most of your online lessons you should do whatever work your teacher assigns you for homework so that you come to class prepared. Self-study is an important part of any English programme.

You can also avail of additional guided learning with free access to our custom-built Emerald Learn platform, where extra support and learning resources are available.

What is included in the programme?

Face-to-face teacher time daily  plus material provided by the teacher. It is possible to purchase e-textbooks at an additional cost.

Who can I speak to if I have issues?

If you have issues for example with your level or technical difficulties, speak first to your teacher. You can also email eithne@eci.ie for academic advice. Tell us if you have technical issues and we will also try to help you. Our support team are also available to help, chat to us on our website, Facebook or email administration@eci.ie

When can I start?

Classes begin every Monday. You should contact us in advance to check the availability.

How will I do a level test?

You will be sent a link for a simple online test and this will be followed by a quick speaking test with one of our team on Skype or Zoom.

When should I pay?

Payment should be by Thursday of the previous week, in order for you to receive your login credentials to join the lessons.

Is it possible to book week by week?

Yes, just let us know by Wednesday if you want to book another week of course, so we can process your booking and you can arrange payment (subject to availability).

Will I get a certificate at the end of the course?

You will receive an e-certificate by email at the end of your programme. Alternatively, a hard copy is available for a small fee.

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