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
Why Choose ISI?
At ISI we love what we do. We don’t just teach courses, we offer you a complete package, combining the best academic programmes with high-quality accommodation, an exciting social programme, great evening events and adventurous weekend excursions.
Academic excellence is at the heart of what we do. ISI Dublin has won the English Language School Europe Award three times, in 2014, 2016 and 2018 (and has been nominated every year since 2012). The schools are recognised by ACELS, a service of Quality and Qualifications Ireland, for English language education. We are also an offical exam centre for the Trinity College London ISE Examinations and a recognised examination preparation centre for the Cambridge Examinations and IELTS.
The average class size at ISI is 13 students. This means that teachers can focus more on the needs of individual students and tailor lesson plans to suit their needs.
All students are individually assessed at the time of booking through an online test, again on arrival through a speaking test and every Friday with the class test. Progress is recorded weekly to ensure students are studying at the correct level. When a student can complete all the tasks in their level with some proficiency, they may be moved to the next level.
With high student numbers year-round, ISI can offer up to 16 different levels throughout the year. For example, this means that we don’t just offer one B1 class. We may have two or three B1 classes, all of slightly different abilities, allowing for very precise level placements.
ISI offers a very good nationality mix, with up to 40 different nationalities studying in the school at any given time. This allows students to practise their English with students from other countries. It should be noted that the best nationality mix is in the morning classes – the afternoon classes generally have fewer nationalities.
City centre location
All our buildings are located in the city centre, within 5 minutes's walk of O'Connell Street, Temple Bar and Trinity College.
Value for money
We are a medium priced school, offering courses to suit all budgets. Those on a smaller budget can avail of up to a 20% discount by studying in the afternoon.
ISI teaches the language which students need to communicate in 'real life' and for this reason we use an innovative and communicative approach. While there is a core text book, teachers also incorporate the use of ‘real life’ materials, such as magazines, menus, advertisments, as well as internet-based resources such as YouTube videos, songs and educational software.
All our teachers are university graduates with a government-recognized teaching qualification. Most have several years’ experience teaching in Ireland and abroad. Our Academic Management team monitors teaching standards through teacher observations, weekly teacher meetings and regular teacher-training workshops, where teachers can share ideas and develop new skills.
Our students deserve the best technology to assist them in the learning process. All our classrooms incorporate the use of Interactive Digital Whiteboards or computers, allowing our textbooks to interact with software and a range of online resources. We have powerful WiFi in both centres and computer rooms complete with webcams to allow students to use Skype, FaceTime and other social media to keep in touch with their families at home.
Our cafés in both centres offer high quality at a very affordable price. During break times we offer hot & cold drinks and a range of sandwiches, cakes and snacks to suit all tastes and budgets. Students can buy their lunch for under €3.50, offering the best value in Dublin.