Glenstal Abbey Residential Programme
Your Fluency Starts Here!
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 regions highlights while living in our beautiful campus residence.
Award Winning School
We are 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 also have been shortlisted for ‘Best Language School’ in The Irish Education Awards 2020. 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.
We have also been honoured by Malahide Chamber of Commerce in 2014 with the ‘Service Excellence Award’ for a clear demonstration of excellent and consistent customer service and in 2016 we were honored with the ‘Organisation of the Year’ Award.
Junior Photo Gallery
Sample Weekly Timetable
- 15 hours English Tuition per week: Mon – Fri 9.15am – 12.30pm
- Lunch: 1.00pm – 2.00pm
- 5 Half-Day Activities per week (3 Offsite tours and 2 Days Onsite): 2.00pm – 5.30pm
- 2 Full Day Excursions to the Wild Atlantic Way
- 3 Evening Skill Elective Options
- 4 Evening Fun and Team Building
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. Rooms have all been newly decorated and all beds have white linen. Students of the same age and gender stay together and we mix nationalities. Rooms 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 superb 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 3 afternoons a week with mixed tours and activities. On site we organise sporting and outdoor activities. In addition, we have evening electives 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 2 full Day Tours each weekend. Sample Tours: Cliffs of Moher, Dingle Pennisula, Galway, Dublin City Centre.
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 : € 1996
3 Weeks: € 2994
4 Weeks: € 3992
Airport Transfers: € 90 each way
How to Book
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/Elective, Snack, Bedtime
We offer electives 3 times a week. Students can choose each morning which elective to take part in that evening and may try many different skill options or concentrate on one. Electives examples are: Martial Arts, Irish Cooking, Golf, Yoga, Practical Science, Dance, English Fluency Classes etc
One of our evening elective options is English Fluency, so if students choose this option they will have an extra 6 hours of English per week.
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 60 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 but we are also happy for students to arrive and depart during the week just contact us for more information on Sat or weekday transfers. We are very flexible as to arrival/departure time so please book best available flights and we can organise airport transfers between 8am and 8pm.
There is a maximum of 15 students per class with on average 13 students per class
All our teachers have a Bachelor’s 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 A1 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 timetables activities and will be shown to their correct level class the next morning.
Any current offers will be in our offers sections of our website.
Yes, we provide letters for all students coming from outside the EU who need a visa to enter Ireland.
Yes, but during parts of the day and at night students are not allowed their phones. Our camp is about communication and being fluency.
A deposit of 200 euro on booking is paid. The remainder of fees are due 4 weeks pre arrival.
Deposits are non refundable, for cancellations made 21 days or more pre arrival , the remainder of fees will be refunded.
Yes, we do laundry once a week for all students.
Yes, you will receive a pack list and student handbook pre arrival.
No, students are not allowed to leave campus without permission
No, you will need to book your own flights
Approximately half of our students are individuals and the other half come with organised groups. Individuals will all be together for afternoon activities and are separated by age so it is easy to make new friends.
No, our age range is from 11 to 17 years of age.
Yes, all students and parents receive a Handbook and Packing List pre arrival.
We are always here to help and will move a child to a new room or class and assist in whatever way we can to ensure your child is happy.
We have staff 24 hours a day on campus and students are always supervised. Students do however have free time during the day to relax.
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, just note it at the time of booking as a special request.
Yes, we can cater for special diets just check with us pre booking.
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 the centre manager
Your child will receive a certificate of attainment and attendance and also a individual teachers report on their progress.
In Glenstal rooms are 2 – 8 students.
The majority of rooms are not en suite , they are shared toilets and shower areas.
Yes, boys and girls 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 and Lunch and Dinner are hots options 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 til 2am. From 2 am a member of staff is always on call in each residence.