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Galway Cultural Institute

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GCI House, Salthill , Galway (view map)

About Galway Cultural Institute

Galway Cultural Institute is a top quality language school in Galway. We are accredited by the Irish Department of Education, by EAQUALS and are members of IALC, MEI and ALTO.
We offer a variety of English language programmes, examination courses (Cambridge, TOEIC, IELTS), executive and business programmes and speciailist and lifestyle courses.
We also organise Foundation and pathway programmes into third level colleges in Ireland.
Galway Business School offers undergraduate diploma, degree and postgraduate programmes in business, managment and marketing.
Our degree is validated by the University of Wales and is a three year programme or can be a top up depending on credits already gained.
Galway is a university city on the Atlantic west coast. We are located in a state of the art building, 10 minutes walk from the centre with views over the Atlantic Ocean.
Our excellent facilities include 25 bright spacious classrooms, library, IT room with free internet access, WIFI access throughout the building and Ozone Cafe serving delicious coffee and light meals.
Our social programme engages all the interests of our students and allows active engagement in a number of community projects.


  • Golf
  • Surfing

Additional Services

  • Student counselling


  • Host family accommodation
  • Own apartment
  • In hotel/guesthouse
  • Shared Apartment
  • Student Residence

Work and Further Studies

  • Student legally permitted to work / earn money during course
  • Work experience / internship with local companies


  • Film
  • Cooking
  • On campus events
  • Local cultural events (festivals, etc.)


General English

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This course is for students aged: 16-70

This course is the perfect option for students wishing to speak English and gain fluency fast. It starts any Monday so you can begin your learning journey anytime.

English Exam Preparation

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This course is for students aged: 16-70

International exams are vital for your future career. They give you a goal to aim for. Our FCE course helps you study more efficiently and achieve that goal.


English Academic preparation

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This course is for students aged: 16-70

International exams are vital and the IELTS exam is the most recognised pathway for access to university programmes. GCI’s IELTS Exam Preparation course helps you maximise your potential to ensure exam success.

- Mornings and afternoons – 30 lessons per week
- 6-week course – 5 starting dates
- IELTS 6.0 is a benchmark for university entry
- Minimum numbers required
- IELTS exams take place in Galway

Pre Masters English Course

Business English

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This course is for students aged: 16-70

Weekly Hours: Intensive 25+ hrs/wk

This range of courses are aimed at students who wish to improve their level of English and gain a business qualification from GBS. These modules will enable the students to gain professional skills across a variety of fields and build on their existing qualifications by enhancing their knowledge of their chosen subject area.

Professional English

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This course is for students aged: 16-70

GCI is proud to introduce a range of new small-group courses for those who wish to learn English more intensively and with an executive focus. There is a maximum of six people per class and all students must be aged 23 years and over.

- Small classes - max 6 in the mornings
- B1 level required
- Start any Monday
- Morning classes deal with general English communication
- Plus 10 mini-group business lessons in the afternoons of maximum six people

English Teacher Training

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This course is for students aged: 16-70

Sometimes teachers need to be students too. If you are a non-native teacher of English who wants access to the newest, most innovative teaching materials while improving your own language abilities, this course is for you. The course is designed to:

- Refresh your knowledge of English
- Focus on authentic materials development and assessment
- Offer Primary, Secondary and CLIL options
- Examine Irish culture and its uses in the classroom
- Include teacher observation and micro-teaching
- B2 + (Upper Intermediate) level of English.



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