Glenstal Abbey - Residential Programme
Glenstal Abbey Residential Programme
Glenstal Abbey is one of Ireland’s most famous Residential Boarding Schools. Students attending our International Junior Summer Camp at Glenstal will experience life on this amazing campus. Students are immersed into the way of life in a historic Irish Boarding School and learn new life skills, challenge themselves and gain confidence, respect and independence.
Perfect Location – The Wild Atlantic Way
Our location in Limerick offers students the best possible West of Ireland experience. Students can enjoy the region’s highlights while living in our beautiful campus residence. Our location allows students to enjoy the benefits of seeing the highlights of Ireland, as well as living on a large estate in the countryside and benefitting from ‘A breath of Fresh Air’. This location is ideal as a safe place within easy reach of tourist attractions and towns, offering parents and students peace of mind.
Award Winning School
We were delighted to be voted ‘Best Language School in Ireland 2019’ by students based on Google and Facebook ratings. Uniquely, this Education Stars Award is based on student ratings only.
We were also shortlisted for ‘Best Language School’ in The Irish Education Awards 2021 & 2022. In addition, we were the First language School in Ireland to be ever shortlisted for the Study Travel Magazine Star Awards – Junior Course Under 18’s Global Industry Award in 2015 and were again shortlisted in 2016, 2017 and 2019. We were also shortlisted for English Language School Europe in 2017 and 2019.
In 2022 we were shortlisted for Best Professional Service the Fingal Business Awards. We were previously also honoured by Malahide Chamber of Commerce with the ‘Service Excellence Award’ for a clear demonstration of excellent and consistent customer service and with the ‘Organisation of the Year’ Award.
Sample 2 Week Timetable
- 15 hours English Tuition per week: Mon – Fri 9.15am – 12.30pm
- Lunch: 1.00pm – 2.00pm
- 5 Half-Day Activities per week: 2.00pm – 5.30pm
- 1 Full Day Excursion to Discover the Wild Atlantic Way
- 1 Campus Relaxation/Fun Day
- Friday Evening Barbeque
- 3 Evening Skills Programme
- 4 Evening Fun and Team Building
Junior Photo Gallery
We believe in offering an all inclusive course price. Everything is included, there are no extra charges for registration or administration. All activities, transport, entrance fees and meals are included.
We have a specially designed Junior Syllabus to encourage your child’s progression and confidence. We believe in real materials and growing to love the language by living it. Classes are International and have a maximum of 15 students per class. 15 Full Hours Tuition Per Week (Classes 9.15am – 12.30pm each day with a 15 minute break).
Intercultural Irish Teenage Programme
As part of our continuous efforts to maintain high quality classes and to enhance our student’s intercultural experience, we have weekly lessons called the Intercultural Teenage Programme. Irish teenage students will join lessons to lead an exercise alongside teacher which allows our students the opportunity to connect with Irish teenagers, their peers, and we have had an incredibly positive response to this programme.
In Glenstal Abbey our residential accommodation is in the school so students experience the true feeling of living on a historic campus. Students of the same age and gender stay together and we mix nationalities. Rooms generally cater for 2 – 8 students with toilets and showers adjacent to the rooms. Student Laundry once a week is included.
At Glenstal Abbey the food is one of the highlights of student’s stays. The catering staff provide hot meal options at Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with an evening Snack. The food is of high quality and locally sourced and a great variety is on offer. On arrival students also receive a refillable water bottle for their stay. We can cater for special dietary requirements on request.
Students have a full schedule of activities and tours. We believe it is essential for residential students to have lots of opportunity for off site tours and activities to ensure a rewarding and enjoyable stay in Ireland. Students are off campus 2-3 afternoons a week with mixed tours including adventure activities. On site we organise sporting and outdoor activities. In addition, we have evening skills programme for acquiring new skills and other team building and fun activities.
Full Day Trips
Glenstal Abbey is located in the scenic West of Ireland and our students have the opportunity to follow The Wild Atlantic Way and see the highlights of this amazing coastline. Students have 1 full Day Tour each weekend. Sample Tours: Cliffs of Moher, Dingle Peninsula, Galway City, Dublin City Centre.
On Sundays our students have the opportunity to relax and take part in fun activities on campus.
All transport is by private coach for our activities.
Student Report & Certificate
Students receive a Certificate of Attendance and Attainment at the end of their course and also an individual hand written teacher report on their progress.
2 Weeks : € 2,449
3 Weeks: € 3,659
4 Weeks: € 4,869
Airport Transfers: € 95 each way
Frequently Asked Questions
The students are busy all day long and have an enjoyable educational timetable with some free time between activities. Breakfast, English Classes, Lunch, Activity, Dinner, Evening Activity/Skill Programme, Snack, Bedtime.
At any one time we normally have between 15 and 27 nationalities represented at our school.
The programme is all inclusive with no extra costs. Most students bring between 80 and 100 euro pocket money per week for souvenirs, sweets etc.
We base a 2 week stay on 14 nights accommodation, 3 weeks on 21 nights and 4 weeks on 28 nights. Most students arrive on Sun and depart on the corresponding Sun. We offer airport transfers meet and greet service. We can organise airport transfers for arrival/departure between 8am and 8pm on Sundays.
There is a maximum of 15 students per class with on average 13 students per class
All our teachers have a Bachelors Degree and a further Teaching English Qualification and all our teachers are recognised as qualified English Language Teachers under ACELS.
We test students on arrival and monitor their progress including weekly tests so students are able to move levels should we feel they are not in the correct level.
We have from A2 to C1 Levels.
Yes, we offer a 24 hour emergency contact number and are always available to help.
On arrival students will be shown to their room and given a tour of the campus. They will then be tested and given welcome information. They will then join in the timetabled activities and will be shown to their correct level class the next morning.
Yes, we provide letters for all students coming from outside the EU who need a visa to enter Ireland.
Yes, but during classes, activities and after lights-out, mobile phones must be turned off. Our camp is about communication and building fluency.
A deposit of 200 euro on booking is paid. The remainder of fees are due 4 weeks pre arrival.
All fees are refundable with cancellation notice of 7 days or more pre start date. For cancellations made within 7 days of arrival a credit will be given.
Yes, we do laundry once a week for all students.
Yes you will receive a packing list within the student handbook pre arrival.
No, students are not allowed to leave campus without permission, except Sundays when students can visit the local village once they have permission from our team.
No, you will need to book your own flights
Approximately 40% of our students arrive as individuals and the rest come as pre-organised groups. Individuals will be placed together for afternoon activities and are separated by age so it is easy to make new friends.
11 years of age is the youngest age group we can accept. In certain circumstances, we can accept 18 year olds, provided they were in high school pre the camp and are accommodated in single rooms.
Yes, all students receive a Student Handbook which includes a Packing List pre arrival.
We are always here to help and assist in whatever way we can to ensure your child is happy.
While we have staff 24 hours a day on campus, students are not always supervised and will have free time.
We have a member of our staff wait for your child at the airport with a sign. We also ensure we have your child’s mobile number and they have our drivers number and also our emergency number in case of any delay etc.
Yes, just request help on departure and our driver will help your child check in and bring them as far as security if you wish and there is no extra charge for this.
Yes, we are happy to do any sign ins at no extra cost. Please let us know at the time of booking.
Yes we can cater for some special diets within reason, just check with us pre-booking and sometimes a supplement will apply.
Yes, this is your choice. We would however advise all children to have our airport transfer service meet them at the airport for safety reasons. Also Immigration at Dublin Airport states that all children under 18 years of age should have someone to meet them at Dublin Airport.
Yes, we will coordinate a time between you and their host.
Your child will receive a certificate of attainment and attendance and also an individual teachers report on their progress.
In Glenstal rooms are for 2 – 8 students.
The majority of rooms are not en suite, they have shared toilets and shower areas.
Yes, boys and girls are in different areas of the residence.
Yes, both our residences are within the main building.
Yes, there is always a hot option available for breakfast, lunch and dinner and students have a snack before bed.
Yes, on arrival students are given an eco water bottle which they can refill throughout the day.
Our staff are awake and monitoring the rooms until 2am. From 2am a member of staff is always awake and in addition housemasters are on call.