Year-Round Academic English Courses

Academic English

Our year-round Academic English Course is designed for students who need to develop their ability in English language use for academic contexts. The course prepares students for the various language demands and assignments which will be a feature of academic study. The core components of the course are: academic reading comprehension, essays and academic writing, listening comprehension and note-taking (lecture-style), oral presentations and seminar practice, research and referencing, grammar and vocabulary for academic use, time management, critical thinking and learner autonomy. 

2024 start dates:

Every Monday (subject to availability)


20 lessons per week From €165 per week

Course Prices 2024

  • Morning Classes
  • 1-5 weeks €260 per week
  • 6-10 weeks €255 per week
  • 11-15 weeks €250 per week
  • 16-24 weeks €240 per week
  • 25 weeks €5,375
  • Afternoon Classes
  • 1-5 weeks €185 per week
  • 6-10 weeks €180 per week
  • 11-15 weeks €175 per week
  • 16-24 weeks €170 per week
  • 25 weeks €4,125

Afternoon Extension: IELTS, Business or Listening & Speaking

In addition to the morning Academic English course, students have the option of taking 4 extra lessons per week, from our 3 available afternoon extension options: 

  • LISTENING + SPEAKING: This course gives students the chance to put the language they know into action. Students will expand their range of functional language, as well as develop the communicative strategies needed for real-world interactions. 
  • IELTS PREPARATION: Designed for students intending to take IELTS exam in the future, as well as for those wanting help to improve their previous scores; this course aims to help students grasp all aspects of the exam within a short timeframe.
  • BUSINESS: This course is ideal for business professionals looking to gain the skills and confidence to work and communicate in a global environment.


2024 start dates:

Every Monday (subject to availability)

4 lessons per week From €75 per week

Course Prices 2024

  • 1-5 weeks €95 per week
  • 6-10 weeks €90 per week
  • 11-15 weeks €85 per week
  • 16-24 weeks €80 per week
  • 25 weeks €1,875

General Information

Location UCD Campus, Belfield, Dublin 4
Minimum Age 18

20 lessons per week (55 min per lesson)


Pre-Intermediate - Advanced* 

Class Size Maximum 15, Average 12
Course Timetable

Academic English Course:


Morning Classes: 09:00 - 13:00, Monday to Friday

Afternoon Classes: 13:00 - 17:00, Monday to Friday

What's Included?

  • First course book
  • Modern classrooms with full multimedia facilities
  • Regular progress reports
  • Exciting and varied Social Activity Programme
  • Certificate at the end of the course


* Entrance test required to establish the correct level for each student. 

Course Notes


The following dates are Bank Holidays in Ireland and no classes

  • 3 June 2024
  • 5 August 2024
  • 28 October 2024
  • 2024 Christmas break: 22 December 2024 - 5 January 2025

On these weeks, classes will start on the following Tuesday.

Tuition hours lost due to public holidays are non-refundable.

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What students say

"I enjoy studying in UCD ELA because there are students from many different nationalities and the class sizes are small. Being exposed to so many accents improved my ability to listen. When I first arrived in Ireland, I was unable to understand anything, but two months later, I am able to understand a lot more!"

Patricia Oliveira, Brazil

Social Activity Programme

Dublin city is bursting with colours, music, sights and many tours and attractions for you to explore. We run an exciting social activity programme with activities each day and full day excursions at weekends.

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Frequently Asked Questions

UCD ELA is committed to a dynamic teaching environment ensuring a productive and successful learning experience for each student. The average number of students per class is 12 with a maximum of 15 students per class.

Students will receive a certificate upon successful completion of their English course. 

To make your booking, contact us today at A booking deposit of 5% of total fees must be made to confirm any booking.

Non-EU nationals from visa-required countries must pay their course in full before applying for the visa. Payment is required to be made in full 90 days before the student's arrival date.

Please ensure you allow adequate time to apply for your visa, if applicable. 

You can book your test here. You should book as early as possible, as places fill up quickly. You may cancel up to 14 days in advance, without incurring a penalty.