The city of Galway can be difficult to leave: it has become a playground for disaffected Dubliners, and folksy young Europeans return each year with an almost religious devotion. University College Galway guarantees a high number of young people in term time, but the energy is never more evident than during its festivals, especially the Arts Festival in the last two weeks in July.
The Complete Immersion Homestudy program includes private or semi - private tutor foreign language classes provided by your teacher at your lodging. Teachers are highly trained professionals with years of experience in the teaching of their language to foreigners.
Complete Immersion Homestudy student programs are monitored through resident regional organizers. These regional organizers gauge the progress of each student and are on call to solve any personal problems that any students might have. If for any reason the student wishes to change the teaching family no reasons need be given. It is sufficient to say 'I do not feel comfortable' or ' I do not feel happy'. In this way, the family will be swiftly changed with no embarrassment on either side, as all teachers know that sometimes there can be a clash of personalities through no fault of either student or teacher.
Lodging is in homestays of native speakers. Only the target language is spoken in the homestay. Residences are typically outside of heavily touristy areas, in neighborhoods where the target language predominates.
Study 15, 20 or 25 hours per week.
Students are placed in homestays for lodging and for language training. One or two students live with a qualified language instructor and learn a language in the home. Students are completely immersed in the foreign language and can take between 15 and 25 hours of instruction per week. One excursion per week chosen by the tutor but without extra charge.
All teachers have the highest possible qualifications which ensure that they are professional, and above all trained to teach. Every teacher holds a teaching certificate recognized by their own authorities or a University degree or equivalent accepted by the private sector.
HOMESTUDY + ACTIVITIES PROGRAM
Tutor 15, 20 or 25 hours per week.
Homestudy + Activities Programs are available for the same price of the Homestudy Program. In this program, the student receives fewer language lessons than the Homestudy Program, but the hours missed are replaced by an activities program. Activities may consist of excursions, sports or cultural activities with an adult member of the host family. The student is free to choose the activities that interest him/her in advance or may consult with the tutor about specific activities upon arrival.
The student must pay for all expenses, including all entrance fees & bus or train tickets for both him/herself and the tutor or member of the tutor's family accompanying him/her. Similarly, in the case of sports such as tennis, golf or horse riding, the student must pay for him/herself and the tutor or family member accompanying him/her.