Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, Englishour is an ACELS-recognised school. We are also a member of MEI and we are a recognised Cambridge, Trinity and TOEIC exam preparation centre. Englishour has a number of approved exam courses on the Interim List of Eligible Programmes (ILEP).

You may need to book at least three months in advance as availability is often limited. This applies especially to accommodation. If you wish to enquire about availability, you can email us at

Your course should be fully paid for at least four weeks before your intended start date. Your initial booking should be twelve weeks in advance as mentioned above.

Payment can be made by bank transfer. You can find our bank details here

In the event of a visa refusal, Englishour will give you a full refund minus a €120 administration fee.

We need a booking form/grammar test/writing test to assess your level. We will also require a passport scan and your address in Dublin in order to supply your school letter upon receipt of payment.

Before commencing, you will complete a grammar and writing test giving us an approximate indication of your level. When you arrive on your first day, we will give you a short speaking test to confirm your level and you will be placed in class.

When you arrive, Englishour will supply you with all books and learning materials. You just need a notebook and a pen.

Yes. During a twenty-five week course, it is likely you will move level. Application can be made through our Director of Studies or on the recommendation of your teacher.

If you’re engaged in a twenty-five week course we will start preparing you for your exam after week twelve of your course. This will entail regular and documented meetings with the Academic Director/Exam co-ordinator, where you’ll be guided and mentored towards a successful exam result. Results of the exam will be sent to all participating students by Englishour and your exam results will be kept by Englishour in our student record database.

Yes, you can. Your first step is to make an appointment with GNIB where you will be given ‘stamp 2’ visa status. Once you have this, you can apply for a PPS number through which you can pay tax in the job you secure.

During June, July and August, students are permitted to work 40 hours per week. 40 hours is also allowed from 15 December to 15 January during the Christmas period. At all other times, students can work up to a maximum of 20 hours per week. For further information you can visit the Irish Immigration website.

No, you cannot exceed this time period. It is necessary to attend classes for twenty-five weeks of the thirty three week period. There is a possibility of renewing your course when you have finished and starting a new visa.

Visa students who have already started their course are not eligible for any refund. Students who cancel their course before their start date will receive a full refund minus a €120 administration fee. 

The three Englishour school buildings are all within a two-minute walk of each other, all around O’Connell Bridge in Dublin city centre. New students will be placed in a class in one of these buildings and cannot choose their class location.

Englishour works with a range of partner agents. You can also book directly by emailing