UCD English Language Academy is an authorised English language school for Bildungsurlaub 'Educational Leave' programme.

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Bildungsurlaub Educational Leave

Bildungsurlaub Educational leave is a unique form of leave that allows professionals in Germany undergo specialist, professional and advanced training.

At UCD ELA we offer an immersive experience for our students incorporating General English practice with Exam, Business and Cultural English at Ireland’s largest university. During our programme students will be able to truly improve their English skills, experience the Irish culture and history, while meeting people from all corners of the world. 

Our campus setting promises to provide an unforgettable experience.

Bildungsurlaub English Course

Our Bildungsurlaub course provides students with an immersive experience that combines General English practice with Exam, Business, and Cultural English. Students will join existing group classes at UCD English Language Academy.

Classes are held Monday to Friday (5 days tuition per week). See course timetable below.  

2024 Course start dates:

Every Monday (subject to availability).  

There will be no classes on the public holidays. Classes will commence on the Tuesday following the bank holiday Monday. Please note that tuition hours lost due to public holidays are non-refundable.

What's Included?

  • Registration Fee
  • Coursebook

 Please consult our full Terms and Conditions

30 hours per week From € 565 per week

2024 Course Prices

  • 1 week € 565
  • 2 weeks €1,055
  • To enquire about specific start dates, please click on the Contact Us link below.
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Bildungsurlaub Course Timetable

Bildungsurlaub is an intensive programme which consists of 30 lessons per week.
We have flexible start dates for this programme. Please contact us for specific start date options. 


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Accommodation Options

Accommodation Options

On-Campus Apartments

Students have the option to stay in one of our on-campus residential accommodation, available during the summer months (June, July and August). All apartments are self-catering, well-equipped and on a single room and private bathroom basis.

All apartments are located within walking distance of classes and of all UCD campus facilities. Campus safety is of top priority and there is 24-hour security in operation throughout the campus.

  • Available Date: Summer (from 2 June to 24 August 2024)
  • Price: €390 per week
  • No placement fee
  • Meals not included
Accommodation Options


Students can optimise their spoken English within a short timeframe, by staying with a host family. Accommodation is homestays is arranged year-round, with carefully selected host families.

  • Available Date: Year-round
  • Half-board during the week
  • Full-board at the weekends
  • Price: €295 per week (single room)
  • Placement fee: €70 

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Highly Experienced Qualified Teachers

At UCD ELA we pride ourselves in having some of the best teachers in the country.

UCD's 165 years of tradition and reputation for educational excellence draw the most highly skilled and talented teachers. All our teachers are TESOL qualified and have years of experience teaching English to adult learners. They are dedicated and committed to creating a fun and friendly atmosphere in our classrooms and deliver lessons in a real-life context.