We’ll prove to you that learning English can be fun!
You are only at the beginning of one of the most exciting journeys of your life – learning English in Dublin – right in the heart of the capital! You will have so many opportunities to meet new people and make friends from all over the world, explore a great city, see Ireland and have fun whilst learning in a modern language school.
During the social programme you can practise your English out of class, whilst making friends and enjoying your time abroad. A flexible, weekly social programme is designed for individual students with options for free and discounted activities. A tailored social programme for groups allows students to focus on what they are interested in the most; packing their stay with engaging classes and day-to-day afternoon, evening or full-day
Arriving to Dublin
Getting to the Centre of Dublin and accommodation
Once you know your travel details, it’s time to decide how you will travel to Ireland and Dublin. Most of our students arrive at Dublin airport, book an airport transfer or travel by bus or taxi. If you arrive in Ireland after 9pm and are staying in Host Family Accommodation, you must book a transfer. This is a personalised service that will take you and your luggage, from the airport to your accommodation. Our drivers will carry a sign with your name on it. Do not go with a driver from another company or without your name, as some unlicensed companies charge large amounts of money to newly arrived foreigners at airports.
Our Drivers will meet you at the MEETING POINT and will wait for 2 hours after the arrival of your flight. You will be given a number to call if you are unable to make this meeting. Please call this immediately if you are unable to make your transfer.
Taxis: If you have not booked transport with Oscars International please make sure that you go in a licensed taxi or mini-cab.
Help with your Visa
We can give students general advice about applying for a visa. For more detailed information speak to your travel agency, contact the Irish Embassy in your country or read information on www.inis.gov.ie.
If you are an EU citizen you do not need a visa to study in Ireland. Non EU students may apply for a Short term Student Visitor Visa, or an Extended Student Visitor Visa. Reception and Administration staff can provide information and advice on visa issues, GNIB rules and any school documentation required. Non-EU students who wish to renew their visa with Oscars International may do so by enrolling on one of our Full-time courses. As a general rule, students may study on English language courses for a maximum of 3 visas (24 months) before they must progress to a Degree level course in order to remain in the country.
For more detailed advice, you can contact a member of the Operations Team.
The main transport options in Dublin are bus, tram (Luas), overground train (Dart) and cycling/walking.
Useful websites for getting around Dublin are www.dublinbus.ie and www.dublin.ie. Both of these include journey planners, route maps and bus/tram schedules as well as approximate times for various journeys across the city
www.dublinmapped.com is an extremely useful interactive map of the city centre and county which includes transport links and shopping districts
Art Galleries, Museums and Famous Landmarks
Art Galleries, Museums and Famous Landmarks The National Museums of Ireland are based in Dublin and are unique for a capital city in that admission is free!
Below is a list of some of the best museums in the city:
- Museum of Archaeology, Kildare Street, Dublin 2
- Museum of Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Dublin 7
- Museum of Natural History, Merrion Street, Dublin 2
- Chester Beatty Museum, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2
Dublin Night Life
Dublin is world famous for its night-life. With over 1000 pubs and a huge collection of international restaurants and cafes, there really is something for everyone in this city.
Some areas of Dublin to check out:
- Dame Street/George Street: On the doorstep of Malvern House Dublin, you’ll find traditional pubs, cafes and theatres.
- Temple Bar: A huge collection of pubs, many with Iive music; restaurants and theatres all in the world famous Temple Bar area
- Camden Street: Many nightclubs and music venues for those looking to discover the next U2
- Baggot Street area: Up-market restaurants alongside old fashioned pubs
- The Italian Quarter: Crepes, coffee, Thai food and shisha cafes; a wonderfully eclectic part of the city
Dublin Weekend Markets
From clothes to music; from fresh fruit and vegetables to hand-craft, Dublin markets are a great way to spend a Saturday. Weave in and out of the stalls and relax afterward with a well-earned pint of Guinness in a famous Dublin pub.
The most popular markets are:
- Temple Bar Food Market – Exquisite farm produced products and artisan foods in the cultural heart of Dublin
- George Street Arcade – Open all week, this market comes to life at the weekend; books, classic clothing and retro-candy are just some of the highlights.
- CoCo Market – Every Saturday in Marley Park, this is a must for lovers of organic food.