I had a really nice host family and I really enjoyed my stay in their house. It’s where you learn things about the real Irish life
March 14, 2018
Saint Patrick's Day was made an official Christian feast day in the early 17th century, celebrating Irish heritage and culture through public parades and festivals. But what about the myths and legends surrounding this famed festival? Read on to find out more.
February 13, 2018
Pancake Tuesday, or Shrove Tuesday, is celebrated on this day around the world. It's the last chance to feast before the fasting season of lent, so read on and make sure you get flipping some pancakes!
December 21, 2017
From South Korea to the Emerald Isle ISI Dublin was delighted to welcome Yeaji Lee and Chaeha Kim to Dublin earlier this year, so we sat down with them to see how their experience on our Academic Year programme was going.
December 19, 2017
The historic Newgrange in County Meath, A Parade through Dublin City Centre, and The Ceremony of Fire in Smithfield Square are all unique memoirs of the Winter Solstice celebrated here in Ireland. But it is a pagan festival with a long-standing history of intrigue, myth, and paganism.
December 4, 2017
Christmas time is very much a period for expressing cultural identity, family traditions, and recanting tall tales of friendships over a pint, or two. Ireland is no different, we hold our traditions dear, some of which you may not have seen before. Read on to see what unique festivities this little island has in store!
November 24, 2017
Moving to a new country is an exciting adventure but not being able to speak the language is daunting, to say the least. While studying at an English Language School, like ISI Dublin, is essential, events such as Conversation Corners and Language Exchanges are further avenues worth exploring in building a day-to-day routine for speaking English.
September 28, 2017
ISI Dublin's packed social programme is sure to excite this month! But despite our best efforts, Dublin City is overflowing with Halloween themed events that we couldn't let drift by. So without further ado, here is some insight into upcoming events this October.
September 22, 2017
Eighteen Austrian students with Nowak Group, led by Gloria and Julia, descend on ISI Dublin for a week-long education in English and great craic. Let's see how they got on!
September 14, 2017
As Matteo Ricci, Volterra, and Guggenheim schools, each from different regions in Italy, prepare to say goodbye, for now, to our Junior Schools Programme, we look back on their week-long experience with us, and the memories they'll be taking away.
August 29, 2017
If you are a student of ours or planning to join ISI Dublin soon and want to experience the real Irish countryside, you owe yourself a trip to at least one of the amazing locations outside Dublin city – be it West, North or South!
June 22, 2017
매년 많은 학생들을 받아오면서 저희는 느꼈습니다. 새로운 나라로의 여행과 그 나라에서 자리를 잡아 사는 것은 어쩌면 감당하기 힘든 일 일수도 있다는 것을요. 또한 실제로 비슷한 환경에 있는 사람으로부터의 충고가 가장 현실적이고 도움이 된다는 것도 알게 되었습니다. 그래서 저희는 최대한 많은 학생들의 경험을 공유해 학생들이 새로운 환경에 적응하는 것을 가장 실질적으로 도와주고 있습니다.
June 14, 2017
ISI Social calendar is full of afternoon activities – jam packed with visits to Dublin’s most interesting museums, parks, scenic walks and other tourist attractions. But on top of that, we also run Clubs which take place in the evening, are absolutely free of charge and can be attended by anyone! Clubs are a great opportunity to practice your English and make new friends.
June 13, 2017
While some of us are trying to get out of the city for those warmer summer weekends, the ones who decide to stay in the city will not regret it! Summer is jam packed with events and festivals – music, food, comedy – you name it. Here is our pick of the top 5 must attend events for everyone spending this summer in Dublin.
June 6, 2017
Having welcomed many students through the years we know that travelling and settling in the new and unknown country might be daunting. We also know that the best advice can be given by someone who has been in a similar position. That’s why we would like to share our present or past student’s experiences in ISI Dublin.
June 1, 2017
We asked three students who graduated from the ISI High School Programme to describe their experience
May 10, 2017
The month of May is looking very exciting!
May 9, 2017
Now that it's 21 degrees in Dublin every day you'll most likely be trying to think of the fun things to do in the sun. Check out our guide for five ideas for fun things to do in Dublin in the sun.
May 9, 2017
We look forward to welcoming your junior students to our Summer Camp in 2017!
January 17, 2017
This January Dubliners & visitors are offered a unique opportunity to take a part in The Temple Bar TradFest. It’s an annual traditional Irish Music and Cultural Festival with the purpose of promoting Irish musical traditions. And what is a better way to get to know the unfamiliar culture than through the music?
January 17, 2017
Feeling a bit sluggish after Christmas? Want to get your fitness back on track but can’t afford a fancy gym membership? What if we tell you that you don’t need to join a gym to stick to those New Year resolutions, as there are plenty of opportunities in Dublin to work out absolutely free.
November 25, 2016
Christmas is only 30 sleeps away! Can you believe it? Neither can we! The long awaited, most wonderful time of the year is just around the corner! We’re all super busy getting our Christmas shopping done but let’s take a break from that and see what else we can keep ourselves busy with over the coming weeks.
November 24, 2016
The lights are up, Christmas trees are out and the festive feeling is firmly in the air. The only thing you need to do now is find a Christmas market around the city and you'll have fully embraced Christmas!
November 8, 2016
November might be one of the coldest months in Ireland, but activities that we have planned are guaranteed to prevent you from the winter blues!
November 7, 2016
As our 2016 group season draws to a close we chatted with the leaders of Divini Group; Antonella Pallucchini, Gabriella Gentili and Roberta Pignataro and asked them to share their thoughts about their experience in Dublin and ISI.
October 31, 2016
Dublin is well known for its retail scenery. We have compiled a list of the most interesting, quirky and affordable shopping locations in Dublin to get some retail therapy without breaking the bank.
October 13, 2016
Stuck for things to do this weekend? Open House Dublin is offering a rare opportunity to take a sneak peek inside some of Dublin’s most historical, modern and interesting architectural landmarks for free! Over 100 events are offered. Here’s our pick of the top five “must sees”.
September 30, 2016
October is all about Halloween in Ireland and we have lots of spooky events in store for our students this month as well as a variety of new additions to our social programme calendar.
September 22, 2016
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but when you’re trying to fuel your brain for the classroom a healthy lunch will recharge your mental energy and help you study more efficiently.
September 5, 2016
We are delighted to announce that ISI Dublin won the ST Star English Language School Europe 2016 award at the Hilton Park Lane, London, on Saturday night.
August 11, 2016
Although there are many ways to learn a language, my experience as a language teacher has shown me that students who study songs in English seem to have a wider range of vocabulary and are more likely to ask questions about the meanings of the words.
June 17, 2016
Learning a new language can be daunting and initially it may feel like you are fighting a losing battle. This list will give you some helpful tips on how you can use your time and resources most efficiently in order to make real and rapid progress.
May 27, 2016
May 4, 2016
Take a look at all of the fantastic activities and exciting trips we have planned at ISI Dublin this May!
April 28, 2016
April 26, 2016
One of our many talented students has written this poem about ISI which beautifully captures the atmosphere of the school.
April 8, 2016
Check out the April social calendar and see what we have in store for you this month!
April 1, 2016
March 23, 2016
Our building at 39 Parnell Square has historical significance which is particularly relevant around the 100 year anniversary of the Easter Rising 1916
March 1, 2016
Ever wondered about the symbolism of the harp in Ireland? Find out why this unusual musical instrument has such a strong presence in Irish culture.
February 11, 2016
Listening to music in English is one of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to improve your comprehension and vocabulary. It allows you to study an endless number of sentence structures with minimal effort and through repeated listening you will memorise lyrics using your long term memory. This is much stronger than short term memory so you are less likely to forget and if you have a set of earphones you can do it anywhere!
January 27, 2016
January 13, 2016
When learning languages, it’s always fun to learn slang words and it’s good for impressing the locals. It’s a big part of our native culture and no matter what language you are learning, slang is an important element of reaching fluency. Here are some of the main slang words that you will hear in Ireland, but remember, there’s a reason they don’t teach you this stuff in class.
January 8, 2016
January 6, 2016
When we learn a new language it’s very common to overuse a word. You may have learned the word “fantastic” and then you can’t get out of the habit of saying it over and over again, even if it doesn’t always fit the purpose. In this case, synonyms are your friend. A synonym is a word or phrase that means exactly or nearly the same as another word or phrase in the same language. It might be a beautiful person, landscape or book, but if you use the same word to describe them all, it will start to lose its meaning. So, we’ve compiled a list of synonyms for the word beautiful.
December 17, 2015
November 16, 2015
Dublin city is awash with museums, galleries and cultural institutes and what’s more, most of them are free. It’s no wonder that we are aiming for the European capital of culture in 2020 http://dublin2020.ie/. It’s genuinely a great time to come to Dublin at anytime of the year, but to make the most of your time here, knowing what festivals are on will only make your trip even more enjoyable. There is no better place to enjoy a festival atmosphere than Ireland. We’re renowned for our hospitality, great sense of humour and ability to talk the hind legs off a donkey. Below are just the highlights.
October 20, 2015
Though every American movie about Halloween would suggest otherwise, Halloween actually began right here in Celtic Ireland. It originates from the pagan festival, Samhain, a time of renewal and revival, but also the time of year that departed souls would return to their homes along with malevolent spirits from the underworld. This pagan tradition means that the Irish take Halloween very seriously, and we mean veeery seriously. Bonfires, trick-or-treating, fireworks, costume parties, bopping for apples, and all night dancing, are all things to expect. Halloween 2015 will be an amazing autumnal celebration with the weird, the wacky, and the spooky cascading across the streets of Dublin like a deadly and spine-tingling mist.
September 17, 2015
So you’ve just arrived in Dublin and you want to see what mayhem you can exact with minimal damage to your pocket? Well, maybe not mayhem, but definitely some fun and excitement. We’re willing to take on the challenge and hopefully leave you with some change to spare.
My aim was to practice all I could, so studying with so many people from all over the world was the best 10/10
Dublin is a special city, where you find really nice people and make great friends
ISI have the best teachers and offer a unique experience, everything is made for the students to enjoy every day in Dublin
My teacher is really good, she offers dynamic classes and really motivates the students
ISI has something different that makes you enjoy Dublin as no other school. Brilliant teachers & support, unimaginable activities and amazing friends.