Frequently Asked Questions

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


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.


EU nationals do not require a visa to study in Ireland.

Non EU nationals from non visa required countries can travel to Ireland for study for less than 90 days once they are registered for a course. To check if your country is listed as a non visa required country please visit INIS Visa Check.

Most Non-EU nationals whose country is not listed as a non-visa required country can travel to Ireland for study for less than 90 days on a holiday visa. To check if you can travel to Ireland for short-term study on a holiday visa please visit INIS Visa Check.

If you are studying in an Work & Study Programme your first course book is included in your course fees. 

If you are studying with the English Language Academy in one of our summer courses, all course materials will be provided and are included in the cost of the course.


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


UCD English Language Academy offers a range of accommodation options to suit your preferences and budget. These include:

  • Quality On-campus Apartments:  State-of-the-art apartments located within walking distance to classes and all UCD campus amenities and with 24/7 security in operation. Apartments are self-catering (meals not included), well-equipped and on a single room and private bathroom basis. For more information and a virtual tour please see the accommodation section of this website. 

    Available during the summer months only (June, July and August).

  • Homestay accommodation. Homestay accommodation can be arranged year-round, with carefully selected host families. All host families are within close proximity to the campus and to easy, accessible commuting links. 

    Available all year-round.

UCD is easy to reach from Dublin Airport.  The blue Aircoach bus (700), stops close to the main entrance of UCD on the Stillorgan Road,  Aircoach

Please also see our Getting to UCD page.

However, if you require an airport pickup, we offer Airport transfer service. The cost for this service is €120. 

All transfer details should be sent to us at least 7 days prior to arrival in Ireland. Details required for airport transfer include flight number, arrival time and a contact telephone number for the student. Please contact us at for information and how to book.

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. 

Ireland uses the Euro. To convert your currency to euro visit


The weather and temperature can vary depending on the time of year, please see MET Éireann The Irish Meteorological Service for up to date information. 

Ireland is one of the ten safest countries on earth, according to the Global Peace Index 2017. The UCD campus is bright and safe and is patrolled by 24 hour security.



EU/EEA and Swiss nationals in possession of the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) are entitled to public health services in Ireland. The EHIC card is available from the health authorities in your home country. For further information on your entitlements to healthcare while in Ireland, please see:

Non-EU/EEA Nationals Due to the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) and the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) regulations, non-EU students must obtain private health insurance. ELA does not arrange health insurance for students. The INIS website provides full information on immigration rules in relation to health insurance requirements.



ILEP stands for Interim List of Eligible Programmes (ILEP). Once a course is listed on ILEP it is recognised by the Irish government and is line with student immigration policies.

All our Study & Work programmes (25 weeks) are included on the ILEP which means that students are allowed to 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.

More information regarding ILEP can be found on the website Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service