Castleforbes College is a very friendly student oriented school operating in the vibrant scene of Dublin city centre. Owned and Run by young Irish professionals who are dedicated to academic excellence in the field of language learning, the college has quickly become an established entity in this industry.
Our main goal is to satisfy all students through quality and fun courses and to make your experience in Ireland unforgettable. What makes us different from other English schools in Dublin is the love for this work, which represents our biggest passion.
The nationality and age mix at Castleforbes College varies over different time periods, courses and levels. Throughout the year, the average age is 25. In the summer, the average age is 20.
teaches students from all over the world, including:
does not hold classes on the holiday dates below. The school does not compensate for these holidays, so make sure to choose your start date accordingly.
I had a great time at the college. Even though I was there only for two weeks. I would come back next if I am going to spend my summer in Ireland.
The college and its staff try to make you feel special.
Cozy, professional and very funny,... they make you feel at home!
Level: for some reason I was put in the (pre)intermediate class. But the head teacher was so attentive, flexible and undertanting (and I had only 4 days because of st.patrick's) that in the evening of the first day I joined the advanced class, so I had a chance to be present in 5 classes of different teachers. It was fun.afterall In the mornings I had an upper-intermediate class, in the afternoon I was in the advanced class. (No worth saying that I found evening classes more useful than my experience in Manchester in sum).
Activities: I had no chance to join excursions (because of intensive timetable) but I joined students and teachers in the pub. This really helped to get acquainted with teachers and international students, so next two days I felt very comfortable at the school.
Timetable: I was busy from 9 am to 5 pm (with 15 min breaks) , so I felt I wasn't wasting time (especially in comparison with the timetable in Manchester), I had only 2 teachers most of time (this was comfortable as well). On the other hand I didn't see much in Dublin, I'd better had weekends there to go sightseeing.
At the very first moment when I didn't know I needed cash for books deposit I was confused.(In Manchester they had a bank terminal.) But the head teacher was lenient so I brought cash the next day.
Classrooms are ok, location is good.
The host: was fantastic. I couldn't dream of anybody more friendly and loyal. I hope that we became friends. Her house was clean and well-equipped. She was ok to allow me to cook breakfast (the lady in Manchester was insane about letting anybody cook). She spent the last evening with me, I highly appreciate her attention and her attempts to make my stay comfortable.
Many thanks for your words, we really appreciate them :)
It was a pleasure to have you studying with us. It was short but intensive and we really hope to see you very soon!
Best of luck in your next adventure!!
The school offers a great environment since the beginning. Arriving there, we're greeted by Andrea, the receptionist, and then we can go to one of the 12 classrooms, where the teacher is waiting for us ready for the class to start. My teacher most of the time was Brendan, an energetic young teacher always concerned in making the classes interesting. We were always motivated to participate, talking about important subjects, writing and evolving in nowadays discussions. The book is challenging and current, teaching the language while bringing up all sorts of subjects, from politics, geography and history to sciences, sports and news. The school still has a cafeteria, where are offered free coffee and tea, and also a lounge where students can hang out.
Every week there are several activities all students can attend to, like conversation classes, language exchanges, parties and visits to parks and museums, besides the weekend trips to other gorgeous spots of Ireland. Those activities allow us to socialize and make friends from all over the world, to practice our conversation skills and to get to know better Ireland and the Irish people.
What I liked the most was the friendly environment, because the school is not so big, it is easy to become a small and united family. The only thing I disliked was the small number of female toilets, but it is totally manageable.
I really appreciated the 25 weeks spent in the school and I recommend it to anyone intending to go to Ireland.
Classes are very good because it is only about 10 people per each level, so very nice to learn. Teachers are very funny, we are not bored at all and they teach us with fun (Andrew best teacher ever !!). The social activities are amazing with our International Andrea, stay as you are !!! After many searches about different schools, I could notice that Castleforbes was very cheap compare to some other schools in Dublin. The location is perfect because it is very close to city centre so pretty handly !! Without forgetting Adrian, that amazing director very friendly and cool !
The only two negative things would be maybe the price of the houses : very expensive (BUT amazing experience anyway for a first housemate in my case) and the fact that Castleforbes does not propose yet a part time, it might be practical I think.
I came 2 times in 4 months to that school so things are said : best school ever !
Castleforbes College is the best English School that I've ever studied at, the teachers are incredible, the staff is kind and thoughtful... The extra activities are perfect to make friends and practice speaking English... Definitely, I recommend it!Show details » Read more...
I've spent 1 month in Castleforbes College and I felt at home since I've been welcome in the apartment they offered to me.
The school is situated only 10 minutes from the city center and the apartment was only 15 minutes far from it.
The teachers are highly qualified and they keep the class enjoyable all the times.
The staff is friendly and they create activities that gave us the opportunity to meet students from other classes or courses.
I was in Castleforbes College last month and I spent 4 weeks
It was an amazing experience and I met a lot of people from other countries. My teacher (Andrew) is the bestttttt in the school!!
Funny classes and my English improved a lot. They also organize activities and night outs where I met other students from other classrooms.
I really recommend this school. I will repeat for sure!!
Everything was Good but not excellent, except maybe the teacher who was really Good at his job.Show details » Read more...
Homestays are carefully selected and offer students the opportunity to learn more about the local culture in a comfortable setting while studying English in Dublin. These homes are often between 15 - 40 minutes away from the school by public transport. Families usually offer affordable meal plans that allow you to sample the local cuisine. If you have special requests or diet restrictions (because of religion or health reasons), please let us know in advance. Your housing starts on the Sunday before your first day of class and ends on the Saturday after your last day of class, unless otherwise noted. Learn more about homestay housing
It is possible to live in a rented apartment during your study in Dublin, but this tends to be more expensive. Castleforbes College provides some assistance with apartment rentals or you can rent an apartment on your own. Learn more about apartment housing
We cannot apply for visas on behalf of students. However, the school can supply you with all the documentation you need to support your visa application.
Your letter of acceptance will be sent to your home address by regular mail at no charge to you.
Please note that we do not book flights for our students. If you are researching airfare costs, we recommend using Kayak.com, a search engine that lets you compare flight options from your home country to Dublin based on your budget, schedule and preferences.
Study abroad worry-free with Language International's health and personal effects insurance coverage. When you book a course with us, you can opt to purchase an international insurance plan that covers not only your health care cost but also loss of your personal belongings. You must book your insurance in advance when you register.
Castleforbes College is located in the city centre of Dublin, just 10 min walking distance from O’Connell Street, in the heart of the city and the most famous meeting point the Spire. Positioned in a quiet and well organized area, you would have plenty of options for your lunch break, with many restaurants, fast-food, shops in the nearby area.
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Castleforbes College is listed on the ILEP and provides quality English Language courses that comply with the requirements of the International Student Visa.
ACELS is an accreditation that is no longer fully-operational in Ireland.
All educational courses in Ireland that comply with requirements of the International Student visa are managed by the Immigration Service of the Department of Justice and Equality. These courses are all listed on the ILEP (Interim List of Eligible Programmes).
The ILEP is currently the only fully-operational, government-recognized standard for all schools and colleges in Ireland providing educational courses for Non-EEA students in Ireland.
In order to be listed on the ILEP, language schools must meet a certain standard in terms of both company-standing and course-offering. Included within ILEP criteria are the following requirements:
– Mandatory provision of learner protection in respect of enrolled non-EEA students
– A maximum class size of 15 students
– Properly qualified teaching staff
You can see more about this on the INIS website: