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Introduction This programme is suitable for learners with various levels of English who wish to improve their general English communication skills. General English will help you to • develop your fluency by providing you with many opportunities for practice; • develop all four language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing); • increase your knowledge of Irish culture; • practise and improve your intercultural skills; • develop your ability to learn languages independently. The typical timetable is 09.00 -13.00 each day from Monday to Friday (20 x 50-minute hours). You will have further language development work to complete outside class. You will also have the opportunity to use our language learning facilities for private study in the afternoons. Minimum entry requirements: Minimum age: Maximum class size: Average class size last year:

Elementary English (There is no beginner level.) 18 years 15 students 8 students

Where sufficient demand exists, classes can be run to help students prepare for internationally recognised examinations, e.g. IELTS, TOEFL and Cambridge ESOL.

Dates, Fees and Other Information The General English Programme runs for 45 weeks of the year and is divided into four sessions, offering students various entry dates. While students will find it more beneficial to start at the beginning of a session, it is also possible to start on any Monday. Courses of varying lengths are possible. The minimum course duration is two weeks.. The following are the dates on which this year’s programme will run:



Full session

Per week

7 September - 18 December 2009*




4 January 2010 - 26 March 2010




6 April** 2010 - 11 June 2010




28 June – 27 August 2010



€222 Including social programme***

6 September – 17 December 2010****





Administration fee:

For those booking courses of a different length the following weekly tuition rates apply: 2-4 weeks

5-8 weeks

9-22 weeks

23+ weeks





* The Language Centre will close for one week during this term from the 26 October to 02 November 2009. ** As Monday, 5 April is a public holiday in Ireland, classes this week will start on Tuesday, 6 April. *** Including social programme. See Summer Programme information for more details. **** The Language Centre will close for one week during this term from the 25 October to 30 October 2010. The University is closed on all Irish public holidays (Available on

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Useful Information for All Course Participants Accommodation


Accommodation can be booked in advance, according to each participant's requirements.

Insurance is the responsibility of course participants. All participants should arrange medical insurance in their own country before departure. EU nationals should bring their European Health Insurance Card. Travel insurance is recommended.

Possibilities include: - Homestay: Accommodation with local families can be booked for the first weeks of a course or for the full length of stay. Homestay can provide an insight into Irish culture and opportunities for extra language practice with English speakers. There are two options available: o Traditional Homestay: this option includes halfboard (bed/breakfast/evening meal) Monday to Friday and full-board at the weekends. Laundry is also taken care of in the family home. Single rooms are arranged unless otherwise requested. Price: €165 per week until 17 December 2010. o Self Catering Homestay: In a Self Catering Homestay the family does not provide meals for the student. Instead he/she has access to all cooking facilities and looks after his/her own meals. Price: €85 per week until 17 December 2010. - Campus Accommodation: The University has five self-catering student villages on campus. These consist of individual study bedrooms, with a communal kitchen and sitting-room in modern apartments/houses, which accommodate either 4 or 6 people. All bedrooms are spacious single rooms. Accommodation is normally in the newest of the student villages, Dromroe, Thomond or Cappavilla, where all bedrooms have an en suite bathroom. Campus accommodation is usually only available for longstay students during the academic year. Early booking is essential and it is advisable to check availability before booking. Facilities Available: Electric heating, cable TV, card telephone in each apartment, common room, laundrette, carpark, security, enclosed area for bicycles, Village Manager in residence, computer link to Internet via UL network. Price: €130 per week until 26 June, 2010; €175 per week from 27 June until 28 August, 2010.

Transport • Limerick is located just 20 kilometres from Shannon International Airport (SNN) and is easily accessible from the airport by bus or taxi.There are flights to Shannon from many European cities. There are also several flights per day from London. Further information about Shannon Airport can be found at • Airport transfers from Shannon can be pre-arranged with the University of Limerick Language Centre and cost €85 one way. However, participants are advised that taking a taxi from Shannon to Limerick is less expensive than an airport transfer and can be easily arranged at the taxi desk in the Arrivals Hall at the airport. • Commuter bus tickets are available from the city bus station.

Payment • Before applying for a course, please read and familiarise yourself with our Conditions of Enrolment. (Available on-line at • In order to secure a place on the course, an administration fee of €80 should be sent to the Language Centre with a completed application form. The administration fee is separate from the tuition fees and is non-refundable. • When the administration fee is received, an invoice/statement for the balance of fees will be issued. • Based on the experience of recent years, applicants are advised to book early to secure both their choice of course and accommodation.

Methods of Payment


1. Bank Transfer/Direct Credit

University of Limerick Language Centre Ulster Bank University of Limerick Limerick, Ireland Account Number: 11090494 Branch Sort Code: 986050 IBAN Code: IE27 ULSB 9860 5011 0904 94 Swift Code/BIC: ULSBIE2D

Please quote the name and four-digit student ID number of the applicant when paying by bank transfer or direct credit. If paying by bank transfer, please ensure to cover any bank charges arising.

Account Name: Complete Postal Address:

2. Credit Card

Contact for payment via Visa Delta, Electron, Mastercard, Maestro International, Visa Credit, Commercial Cards & Laser.

3. Bank Draft

Irish or International bank draft made payable to the University of Limerick Language Centre

University of Limerick Language Centre, Dept. of Languages and Cultural Studies, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland Telephone: +353 61 202777 / +353 61 213563 Facsimile: +353 61 202753 Email:

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University of Limerick Language Centre General  
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