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Live the language

Waterford is a great place to learn English and learning doesn’t just happen in the classroom. Integrating with your host family, joining local clubs and societies, meeting new friends on the football field or at a music session, watching local sports, visiting beautiful natural wonders or exploring historical ruins-these are all ways you can learn a lot about Ireland, about Waterford, about using English and about yourself.

In the heart of Waterford

Welcome to the oldest city in Ireland and the capital of Ireland’s sunny south east.

With a stunning coastline, sandy beaches, beautiful rivers and magnificent mountains, Waterford is a destination for people who love nature and outdoor sports. We have world class sports facilities, golf courses and equestrian centres. Waterford people are friendly, talkative and famous for their hospitality. A programme of arts and music festivals throughout the year in Waterford ensures that anyone who loves history, music and culture will have a memorable stay in our city.

About Waterford

You will see that Waterford is a compact, welcoming historical city with many beautiful natural features. Only two hours from Dublin, it is in the sunny south east of Ireland, famed for having the warmest and driest climate in Ireland. If you are interested in history, nature, shopping, culture, music, world cuisine, outdoor pursuits or lively nightlife, Waterford will have something for you.

Entertainment

Waterford has a huge range of restaurants, venues, bars, cinemas, theatres and clubs that you can visit. The historical Theatre Royal has a year-round programme of music, dance and theatre from Ireland and around the globe. There are a variety of festivals every year which celebrate culture, art, music, dance, sport and food including Spraoi, Waterford Walls, The Harvest Festival, Dunmore Bluegrass Festival, Tramore Racing Festival, Winterval, the Viking marathon and many more. We feel that taking part in as many social and cultural activities as possible helps give a memorable context to your language learning. The school also has an activity programme to help you meet new friends, learn about Ireland and practice your English.

Cost of Living

In Ireland, Waterford is one of the cheapest urban areas to live in. Similar accommodation can be 50% cheaper than in Dublin and many other necessities, amenities, parking and public transport cost a lot less in Waterford. Waterford is also a very practical city to walk around so you may not need to use a bus or car.

About Waterford

You will see that Waterford is a compact, welcoming historical city with many beautiful natural features. Only two hours from Dublin, it is in the sunny south east of Ireland, famed for having the warmest and driest climate in Ireland. If you are interested in history, nature, shopping, culture, music, world cuisine, outdoor pursuits or lively nightlife, Waterford will have something for you.

Entertainment

Waterford has a huge range of restaurants, venues, bars, cinemas, theatres and clubs that you can visit. The historical Theatre Royal has a year-round programme of music, dance and theatre from Ireland and around the globe. There are a variety of festivals every year which celebrate culture, art, music, dance, sport and food including Spraoi, Waterford Walls, The Harvest Festival, Dunmore Bluegrass Festival, Tramore Racing Festival, Winterval, the Viking marathon and many more. We feel that taking part in as many social and cultural activities as possible helps give a memorable context to your language learning. The school also has an activity programme to help you meet new friends, learn about Ireland and practice your English.

Cost of Living

In Ireland, Waterford is one of the cheapest urban areas to live in. Similar accommodation can be 50% cheaper than in Dublin and many other necessities, amenities, parking and public transport cost a lot less in Waterford. Waterford is also a very practical city to walk around so you may not need to use a bus or car.

Accommodation

You can choose from specially selected and approved host families, self-catering apartments, Bed and Breakfasts and hotels. Our Summer Junior Residence is located in Newtown School. Choose the option that best suits your needs:

Residential

Located in the peaceful grounds of Newtown school, learners on our junior Summer programme benefit from the facilities of one of Ireland’s leading boarding schools. Newtown School is situated on a secure and gated 17-acre (69,000 m2) site with wonderfully mature grounds and trees, only 10 minutes’ walk from the historical city centre of Waterford. Newtown offers traditional boarding style accommodation and fantastic facilities including an indoor swimming pool, tennis courts athletics track and all-weather soccer pitches. Accommodation is in 2 to 6 bed rooms, with shared shower/toilets and separate boy and girl dormitories.

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Residential

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Visa Information

Students from outside of the EU may require a study visa; please check if you require a visa.

Click here for more details http://goo.gl/WNFVv

Before you apply for your visa, please fill in your application form and return it to us with the dates of study. You will receive confirmation of your course and an invoice of your payment. Payment can be made by bank transfer or PayToStudy (escrow payments for visa requiring nationals). We will also provide you with a letter of acceptance which you will need for your visa application.

A list of the full requirements, costs and information about student visas can be found at http://www.inis.gov.ie/

 

How do I apply if there is no Irish Embassy/ consulate in my country?

Send your visa application to your nearest Irish Embassy or Consulate or Contact the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Department of Foreign Affairs, Visa Section, 13-14 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2, Ireland

Tel: +353-1-6331000 (14.30-16.00 Monday – Friday)

Fax: +353-1-6331052/1053

E-mail: visa@iveagh.gov.ie

Website: http://www.irlgov.ie/iveagh/services/visas