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Glenstal Abbey – Residential Summer Camp

We are delighted to announce our partnership with Glenstal Abbey, one of Ireland’s most prestigious residential boarding schools. Our International Junior Summer Camp at Glenstal Abbey provides students with the opportunity to experience life on this historic campus.

Glenstal Abbey is one of Ireland’s most prestigious Private Boarding Schools and has provided excellence in education for nearly 100 years. The school has an excellent academic and sporting reputation and attracts students nationally and internationally. The Irish College of English is privileged to partner with Glenstal Abbey and has exclusive access to the campus and estate.


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Students attending our programme experience the best of both worlds, with 15 hours of quality education in  international classes under the strong academic management of the Irish College of English, and then each weekday afternoon they have the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the language and improve their fluency skills. They have set team building activities and elective programmes making for a truly rewarding stay. Glenstal Abbey is located in Co. Limerick, 2 hours from Dublin, in a peaceful rural setting where students stay on campus 4 afternoons a week, have a half day trip on a Wednesday and see the best of Ireland with Saturday and Sunday Full Day Excursions each international classes under the strong academic management of the Irish College of English, and then each weekday afternoon they have the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the language and improve their fluency skills. They have set team building activities and elective programmes making for a truly rewarding stay.


Course Highlights

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  • Students immersed into way of life in a historic Irish Boarding School
  • Students learn new life skills, challenge themselves and gain confidence, respect and independence.
  • Our Ethos is Team Building, International Immersion and Nature Skills
  • High level of academics with progression focused English Language Classes
  • Students live in a safe rural location with full time supervision.
  • Students mix with children from all over the world and have opportunity to mix with Irish teenagers
  • Great choice of extra electives including extra academics, sports and Irish focused classes


Course Details

1st July – 6th August 2017
2, 3, 4 Week Options
11 - 17 years old
998 euro per week – based on 7 nights (min 2 week stay)
Average 12 students per class, maximum 15 students per class
Sunday, transfers available to and from Dublin/Shannon Airport as outlined below*
Arranged to/from Dublin Airport (2 hours) each Sunday during Camp, €90 per transfer
Arranged to/from Shannon Airport (45 mins) each Sunday during Camp, €90 per transfer
*Stays are based on a Sunday to Sunday Stay. 1 week is based on 7 nights Full Board Residential Stay.We are flexible for Airport transfers as outlined below and a member of our staff conducts all meet and greet at Dublin Airport / Shannon Airport. In addition, we can organise an underage sign in or handover for unaccompanied minor service should you require it. Arrival – Most Students arrive on a Sunday to avail of our Airport Transfers Service. We offer a meeting service at Dublin Airport & Shannon Airport from 8am to 8pm and our students depart by coach to Glenstal Abbey which takes approximately 2 hours 15 mins from Dublin Airport and 45 minutes from Shannon Airport. These Coaches leave every 3 hours.Departure : Students depart on a Sunday from Glenstay Abbey and we can cater for flights leaving Dublin Airport / Shannon Airport every Sunday between 6.40am – 8pm. These Coaches leave every 3 hours.Note: Saturday Arrival available – overnight in Dublin with host family and meet the transfer service to Glenstal on Sunday Morning.  Available at an extra cost of 75 euro.

All Inclusive Programme

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  • 15 hours of English Language Tuition per week
  • Use of Text Book & all materials
  • Entrance Exam, Graded Certificate and End of Course Report
  • 12 hours Afternoon Team Building Sporting Activities
  • 6 hours of Additional Free Elective Options per week – Learn a new Skill
  • 8 hours of Evening Organised Social Activities
  • Wednesday half day off Campus Shopping and Exploring in Limerick
  • Saturday and Sunday Full Day Trips to Places of Interest in Ireland
  • Full Time Supervision
  • Use of all facilities at Glenstal Abbey
  • Accommodation
  • All Meals, Snacks and Drinks
  • Free WiFi & Ipad / Phone Charging Pods
  • Free Laundry Service once a week


About Course

Our lessons are progression focused and are built around a strong junior syllabus. Lessons take places in the mornings for all students from Monday to Friday. Every Student’s programme begins with a placement test and students will then be placed into the appropriate level class ranging from A1 to C1. Our Aim is to encourage fluency with a fun focused classroom environment. Our teachers are all highly qualified and our approach is student centred. The classrooms at Glenstal Abbey are probably some of the most beautiful classrooms in the world, with full length glass walls overhanging into an ancient forest. This makes for a calm, beautiful learning environment.
Students have a full programme until lights out of activities and electives. Each afternoon the students do team building activities and three evenings a week they have the choice of electives where they can learn a new skill. Other evenings are social activities. Wednesday Afternoons students leave campus to explore Limerick and on Saturday and Sunday they do 2 full day trips around Ireland.
Students stay at Glenstal Abbey Residence which is a modern tastefully decorated facility which can accommodate up to 200 students. There is a mix of different sized single gender dorm rooms with 2 -8 students in each. Showers and toilets are adjacent to the rooms. There are relaxation areas including a games room and cinema room. Full Board includes: Breakfast with one hot option, 2 Course Hot Lunch, Dinner and Snack before bed are also included all of which are prepared on site. Linen is provided and changed once a week, students should bring their own towels, Free weekly Laundry Service. This facility is fully supervised by our Staff.


Programme Details


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Levels:  Beginner A1 to Advanced C1
Focus:  Progression through Fluency Building

Course Outcomes

  • Core English Language Skills – Writing, Reading, Listening and Speaking
  • Improved Fluency and Pronunciation
  • Interactive lessons
  • Weekly projects completed
  • Certificate of Attainment based on test results
  • Individual Student Progress Report

Activity Programme & Electives

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  • Adventure
  • Explore
  • Water
  • Nature
  • Active

Sample Evening Social Activities

  • Talent Show
  • Irish Dancing – Ceili
  • Movie Nights
  • Disco

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  • Galway City Day Trip
  • Cliffs of Moher & Connemara Clare (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Dublin City Centre Walking Tour
  • Cork City & Blarney Castle

Weekly Elective Options – Learn a Skill

Choose 1 per week (6 hours per week)
  1. Photography & Film
  2. Irish Cookery
  3. Practical Science
  4. Martial Arts
  5. Dance Class
  6. Archery & Target Skills
  7. Music Session


Residential Facilities Academic FacilitiesSports Facilities
Modern Dorm Style Rooms catering for 2 – 8 studentsState of the Art Classrooms4 Rugby Pitches
Large Impressive Dining RoomScience Laboratory Soccer Pitches
All catering by Glenstal Abbey Staff on site.Music Room6 All Weather Tennis Courts
Relaxation AreasComputer and Multimedia Room Table Tennis Room
Movie and Theatre FacilitiesExtensive LibraryIndoor Sport Halls with Basketball, Indoor Soccer, Badminton, Volleyball and Weight Room
Private Lockers for all StudentsStudy and Quiet AreasAll Weather Multi-Purpose Pitches with Floodlight Facilities
Pad Charging Docs Wi Fi400 metre 6 lane Athletics Track
Nurses Station and InfirmaryAccess to Golf Pitch and Putt
A large lake used for many water sports


Sample Dining Menu

Continental Breakfast
1 Hot Item

2 Hot Courses & Dessert2 Hot Courses
Light Snacks
Tea / Coffee
Continental Buffet Breakfast
Orange Juice, Cereal, Fruit, Yogurt, Toast
Hot Items: Eggs, Pancakes, Sausages, Beans
Beef Lasagne with Roasted Garlic and Plum Tomatoes
Baby Spinach and Feta Cheese Quiche
Steamed Jacket potato
Mixed Vegetables
Apple Pie & Cream
BBQ Marinated Southern Fried Chicken with Coleslaw Salad and Chips
Vegetarian Pasta
Tea & Croissants