Frequently Asked Questions

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


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

Evening students will be expected to purchase their course books prior to the commencement of the course.


Summer Courses

Course Dates 2 weeks  
27th May 3 weeks  
10th June 3 weeks  
1st July 3 weeks  
22nd July  weeks  
12th August 2 weeks  
Course Timetable Standard Course 0900-1300 Monday to Friday
  Intensive Course 0900-1300 Monday to Friday
    1400-1600 Tuesday to Thursday


Evening Courses

All evening courses run from 1830-2030

General English Every Monday/Wednesday or Tues/Thurs
Business English Every Monday/Wednesday
Academic English Every Tuesday/Thursday






UCD offers quality on-campus residential accommodation. The cost ranges from €265 per week for our Belgrove Residence and €305 per week for our Ashfield Residence. For more information and a virtual tour please see the accommodation section of this website.


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


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.


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 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

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.