Galway Cultural Institute

Galway Cultural Institute
offers international students the opportunity to learn and develop their English language skills. Whether your English language needs are for work or study, GCI has the ideal programme to suit your needs. Located just 10 minutes walk from the city centre and overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, GCI is the perfect choice for effective language learning.
An unforgettable experience

  • Since 1989 Galway Cultural Institute has provided English language programmes to students from all over the world. Whether your needs are for work, study or simply for pleasure, we have a language course tailored to your specific needs. We are proud to share the GCI experience with you in one of the premier language schools in Ireland. Our facilities are excellent but it is our customer service that has made us truly successful.
  • When you come to study at GCI you enter a global community — we have welcomed people from over 30 countries. At GCI we have created an unforgettable experience for you; a place you will call home, meet lifelong friends and gain the results in English language fluency that you need for your future success.

Cutting-Edge Facilities

GCI moved to our current location in 2003 and provides students with world class facilities housed in a modern building overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and Galway Bay. We have spectacular ocean views and we can see the Clare Hills and the Burren from all south facing classrooms. Our school is purpose-built and combines high-tech specifications with an ideal environment for studying, relaxing and making friends.
The school is open from 08:15 until 20:30 each evening and students can use the building freely to meet, log on to Wi-Fi or have a drink or some food in the Ozone Coffee Company.

School Features

  • 25 spacious classrooms with lots of natural light
  • A beach within 1 minute walk of the school
  • A Student Common Room — the 'Halla Mor' — which can seat up to 120 students
  • Ozone Coffee Company — a café restaurant serving hot beverages, soups, sandwiches, paninis and a daily special Monday to Friday, at very competitive prices
  • Bright open foyer and large seminar rooms for workshops and student meetings
  • A full library and access to virtual and conventional resources
  • A Computer Room with 20 PCs, which students may access for free
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout the building
  • Landscaped gardens and paved area surrounding the school for relaxing and barbecues


Library / Self Access Resource Centre

Students can access the library / self access resource centre to study, to complete assignments and to borrow and return books. This centre contains books, reference materials, journals, CDs, videos, and multimedia equipment. Students preparing for examinations have access to practice tests and a full range of examination materials. You may also avail of our wide range of virtual and online resources.

IT Room / Lab

The IT Lab has 20 PCs with free internet access for our students. Times are allocated in 30 minute slots. Printing facilities are also available. WIFI is available throughout the school and in Ozone Coffee Company for students with their own laptop computer. Students are allocated 2 x 30 minute slots per week. Additional times are often available.

Common Room

Our common room — the 'Halla Mor' — can seat 100+ students and is open all day for students to sit, chat or use our free WIFI internet access. Table-tennis and games are available for your enjoyment and relaxation. Our Movie Club takes place in the Halla Mor and we have a wide range of videos and DVDs for student use.

Ozone Coffee Company

Ozone Coffee Company is the ideal dining experience for the GCI student and prices are very competitive. The café serves delicious coffees and teas, breakfasts, two daily hot lunches, light meals, a wide range of sandwiches, paninis and wraps. There is a deck overlooking the ocean for those who like to dine al fresco. It is a very popular location and is open to the public allowing GCI students the opportunity for additional language practice.


Courses/Programmes Intakes Total Fee Advance Deposit Entry Requirements
Postgraduate Diploma in Management Jan/July/Sep €4,980 Full Fee in Advance  
16 years with IELTS 6.0
BA (Hons) in Business Management Jan/July/Sep €6,830 50% and Balance 50% on enrolment Intermediate/BA/ with IELTS 5.5
BA in Marketing, Innovative, Sales & Technology Jan/July/Sep €6,830 50% and Balance 50% on enrolment Intermediate/BA/ with IELTS 5.5
BA (Hons) in Business management (Top Up) Jan/July/Sep €6,830 50% and Balance 50% on enrolment Intermediate/BA/ with IELTS 5.5
Advance Diploma in Business Studies Jan/July/Sep €5,730 50% and Balance 50% on enrolment Intermediate/BA/ with IELTS 5.5
Silent Features:
  • 20 Hours Work Permissionduring term time and Full Time during holidays
  • Pre-Sessional available in case of low IELTS score.
  • College is accredited by HETAC – the Official Irish State accreditation body for Third Level Colleges and degree courses.
  • College is fully owned by Irish News and Media, a multi-million dollar PLC company with a vast international reach. The College is therefore well funded and secure.
  • Under the Learner Protection Act, we are fully bonded for all of our HETAC courses.
  • College provide free language support for all of our International students
  • Superb teaching standards
  • Unparalleled customer service
  • Innovative language learning techniques
  • An unforgettable Galway experience
  • Cutting-edge facilities
  • Individual attention
  • Our commitment to quality
  • Top exam results
  • Student support and welfare
  • Clean and unique natural environment

 How to choose your course

The GCI team wants to make sure that you achieve all of your learning objectives and we offer you an incredibly wide range of programme options. Before you choose your course think about why you want to study and what you need to achieve from your studies. Contact us or your agent for any advice and we will be able to match you with the perfect study pathway. Courses are flexible and you can move easily from one course to another and / or supplement your standard course with specialised or lifestyle programmes.

What is my Level

Our courses are designed to conform to the Common European Framework (CEF). The Common European Framework has standardised language level competence across the EU by outlining can do statements at each level. The following grid gives you the CEF levels and their equivalents.


Social Programme — Living in Galway

Have the time of your life in Galway, the perfect study destination. Love the buzz of the medieval streets and watch amazing street performances; discover places steeped in tradition — the Spanish Arch where Christopher Columbus docked his ship; or enjoy the unspoilt peace and beauty of Connemara or the Burren.
Our varied social programme takes advantage of all that is happening in the city and surrounding area. GCI has close links with the business and artistic communities in the city allowing opportunities for volunteer experiences particularly for long stay students.
Activities include:

  • Join in a walking tour or walk the prom
  • Bet on a horse or a dog at the races
  • Visit the Druid, Town Hall or Black Box theatres
  • Try fresh oysters at the September Oyster Festival
  • Join the Film Club
  • Learn the delights of Irish poetry or music
  • Play football, unihock or squash
  • Paint your face or wear a mad hat to school
  • Take in a Sunday morning jazz session
  • Swim in Salthill - a blue flag beach
  • Go by boat or plane to the Aran Islands
  • Go hill walking in Connemara
  • Attend our monthly school parties
  • Windsurf in Galway Bay
  • Volunteer for the Macnas Parade
  • Join in a song in a local pub

How can we help you?!
As your International Educational Advisors we want to provide the best service and support possible for our international students. We want to support you in any way that we can and make your transition and stay in Ireland as smooth and seamless as possible.
We can help with academic questions about: Course and program planning, registration, policies and more. As well as non-academic support: Study permit, Work permit, Temporary Resident Visas and more.
You're welcome to come see us for an appointment, a drop-in, email or call us!

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