Work & Study Programme

General English + Work & Study Programme

The Work & Study programme is available to non-EU visa requiring students and combines 25 weeks of study with 10 weeks of holidays.

Students can follow the General English course which focuses on speaking, listening, reading and writing with authentic materials and tasks, as well as taking a context-based approach to grammar and vocabulary.  Throughout the course, students will also develop the ability to express critical thinking in English and take English language exams. Students are introduced to global topics and learner collaboration is encouraged, through projects and discussion.

Students can work part-time (maximum of 20 hours per week) while they are studying and can work full-time (maximum of 40 hours per week) during their 10 weeks’ holidays. The minimum wage in Ireland is €10.10 per hour. Students on the Work & Study programme can only take their 10 weeks’ holidays during January, June, July, August, September and December. 

Students on the Work & Study programme must book an end-of-course exam and medical insurance that is valid for the duration of their stay. UCD is an official IELTS test centre and Cambridge exam centre so students can opt to take either exam on campus at the end of their course. 

You can register for the IELTS exam here.

You can register for the Cambridge exam here.

The course is delivered in partnership with UCD Applied Language Centre.

 

20 Academic Hours per week €4,250 (25 weeks)

Course Dates 2020-2021

  • 7 September 2020
  • 12 October 2020
  • 16 November 2020
  • 11 January 2021
  • 15 February 2021
  • 29 March 2021
  • 3 May 2021
  • 14 June 2021
  • 19 July 2021
  • 6 September 2021

Academic English + Work & Study Programme

Students can follow our Academic English Course 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. The course is delivered in partnership with UCD Applied Language Centre.  

Students on the Work & Study programme must book an end-of-course exam and medical insurance that is valid for the duration of their stay. UCD is an official IELTS test centre and Cambridge exam centre so students can opt to take either exam on campus at the end of their course.  

You can register for the IELTS exam here.

You can register for the Cambridge exam here.

Students can choose to study for 25 weeks or a single term (10 weeks for Spring and Winter terms, or 15 weeks for the Autumn term). The specific start dates are as follows:

  • Summer Term 2020: 15 June - 11 December (25 weeks)
  • Autumn Term 2020: 31 August - 11 December (15 weeks) or 31 August - 20 March 2021 (25 weeks)
  • Winter Term 2021: 11 January - 19 March (10 weeks) or 11 January - 16 July (25 weeks)
  • Spring Term 2021: 29 March - 14 June (10 weeks) or 29 March - 1 October 
20 Academic Hours per week €4,750 (25 weeks)

Course Prices 2020-2021

  • 10 weeks €2,350
  • 15 weeks €3,250
  • 25 weeks €4,750

Homestay Accommodation

Students can optimise their spoken English within a short timeframe, by staying with a host family. Accommodation in homestays is arranged year-round, with carefully selected host families. All host families are within close proximity to the campus and to easy, accessible commuting links. Breakfast and dinner will be provided during the week. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided at the weekends.

Arrival: Sundays

Departure: Saturday

Price: €210 per week

Placement Fee: €60

 

Visa Information

For students who do not require a visa before travelling to Ireland, they must register with the Immigration Office in Dublin to get permission to remain in Ireland for more than 90 days. Registration must be completed within 30 days of arrival to Ireland. UCD English Language Academy will provide assistance to students with the required documentation and process. 

For students who do require a visa before travelling to Ireland, UCD English Language Academy will provide the necessary letters for visa application, once full payment for the course is made. Bookings will be provisional until a copy of the visa is received. Confirmation of full course and accommodation information will then be provided.

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General Information

Location UCD Campus, Belfield, Dublin 4
Minimum Age 18
Tuition 20 Academic Hours
Levels

Elementary to Advanced

Class Size Maximum 15, Average 12
Course Timetable

General/Academic English Course:
09:00 - 13:00, Monday to Friday

What's Included?

  • Coursebook
  • Student portal with access to online digital learning resources
  • Modern classrooms with full multimedia facilities
  • Regular progress reports
  • Exciting and varied Social Activity Programme

Course Notes

The following dates are compulsory holiday periods and no classes will take place during these dates:

  • 21 December 2020 - 8 January 2021
  • 22 - 26 March 2021
  • 7 - 11 June 2021
  • 23 August - 3 Sept 2021
  • 20 December 2021 - 7 January 2022

Classes will resume the following Mondays after these dates.

The following dates are Bank Holidays in Ireland and no classes will take place on these dates:

  • 26 October 2020
  • 17 March 2021
  • 2 April 2021
  • 5 April 2021
  • 3 May 2021
  • 7 June 2021 
  • 2 August 2021

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

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.

All ELA teachers are experienced, qualified and fully accredited and maintain the high level of excellence of University College Dublin (UCD).

Students will receive a Certificate of Completion along with a certificate of results from their IELTS or Cambridge exam.

 

UCD offers on campus accommodation, the cost ranges from €265 per week for Belgrove and €305 per week for Ashfield. For more information and a virtual tour please visit ELA UCD accommodation

 

You can apply online by clicking the ‘book now’ button UCE ELA Home Page

 

What students say

“I recommend UCD ELA. Excellent and professional teachers, great environment for learning and nice external activities. If quality is what you want, without a shadow of doubt, UCD ELA is the best option in Ireland to learn and improve your English."

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