Galway Cultural Institute (GCI) is one of Ireland’s premier language schools, based in one of the most exciting and interesting coastal cities in the world. It is located in a contemporary building in a stunning location overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and Galway Bay.

Since 1989, GCI has taught English to students from all over the world. Whether you need English for study, work or simply for pleasure, GCI can offer a language course tailored to meet your specific needs.

The school’s reputation has been built on cutting edge facilities, innovative language learning techniques, unparalleled student support and successful exam results.


The school is located about 10 minutes walking distance from the city centre.


  • 25 spacious classrooms with lots of natural light
  • Free WIFI throughout the building and free access to computers
  • Student common room that can seat up to 120 students
  • Bright open foyer and large seminar rooms for workshops and student meetings
  • Full library with access to virtual and conventional resources
  • Café restaurant offering food and drinks at very competitive prices
  • Garden and decking area for relaxation, barbeques and contemplating the ocean
  • 1 minute walk from the beach


  • ACELS /QQI (Irish Department of Education)
  • MEI (Marketing English in Ireland)
  • IALC (International Association of Language Centres)
  • ALTO (Association of Language Travel Organisations)
  • University of Cambridge ESOL Authorised Examinations centre


GCI Gallery

GCI Accommodation


  • Friendly, welcoming and hospitable
  • Close to the school
  • Carefully selected by GCI’s accommodation officer
  • Breakfast and dinner every day, and full board at weekends. Single room (year round) or shared room (summer only).

Student Residence

If you are looking for a little more independence, then choose from GCI’s residential accommodation options, available all year round.

  • Bright, modern, fully equipped apartments or houses
  • All situated within 5 to 20 minutes’ walk from the school
  • Self-catering
  • Single or shared room options
  • En-suite and private bathrooms options
  • Free internet access

GCI Social

Social Programme

GCI’s varied social programme takes advantage of all that is happening in the city and surroundings. The school has close links with the business and artistic communities, offering opportunities for volunteer experiences, particularly for long-stay students. This means that, during your stay, you can enjoy world-renowned events such as the Galway Arts Festival, the Oyster Festival, and the Galway Horse Races. As a GCI student, you can be more than just an observer – you can actively take part in many of these festivals. GCI has volunteer arrangements with a number of local festivals and they encourage their students to get involved and have fun.

  • Take a boat to the Aran Islands
  • Hill-walk in Connemara
  • Windsurf in Galway Bay
  • Take in a Sunday morning jazz session
  • Taste fresh oysters at the September Oyster Festival
  • Volunteer in the annual Macnas Parade
  • Attend school parties
  • Explore the Wild Atlantic Way
  • Golf

GCI Prices

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