Mini Stays

Mini-Stay Programmes

Our mini-stay programmes offer groups of students and their teachers a unique opportunity to experience Ireland while staying on the beautiful Gormanston Park residential campus. These programmes are available from September to June. We can tailor the programme to meet your specific group needs.

All our courses take place in well-equipped classrooms on-site. Our experienced teachers will help your students have a memorable learning experience.

We are the only campus with 465 beds available for 12 months of the year. We are able to facilitate all your group sizes, both large and small. We have an excellent team who work hard to ensure your students have a memorable experience at Gormanston Park School of English.

Academic Options Available

Other academic options available on request. Let us know what topics your group would like to study and our Academic Manager will prepare a syllabus specifically for your group.

Irish Lifestyle & Culture

This course will allow your group to focus on Irish culture while exploring daily life in Ireland. It will give your students an understanding of the Irish identity and help them discover similarities and contrasts with their own culture.

Hospitality & Tourism

This course develops the language and skills necessary to work in a tourism or hospitality environment. There is a strong focus on effective communication and interesting project work in this exciting area.

Exam Preparation

Groups can choose to prepare for a recognised English examination as part of their mini-stay programme. First Certificate Preparation (FCE) and IELTS are popular. If you have a specific exam your group wish to prepare for, we can design a tailor-made syllabus for you.

General English

Choose a General English option which will focus on the 4 key skills; reading, writing, listening and speaking. Let us know in advance if your group wishes to focus on a certain area of English language and our academic team will ensure this is the focus of your course.

Programme Details

We have a full range of activities available in the mornings, evenings and weekends. In the afternoon visit Dublin to see Trinity College or the Guinness Storehouse. You can choose to stay more local and visit the historical sight of Newgrange, a prehistoric monument that is older than the Pyramids of Egypt.

At the weekends you can take a full day excursion to different parts of Ireland including Glendalough, Kilkenny Castle and Belfast.

We have a range of free activities available in the afternoons and evenings on Gormanston Park campus. Even if your budget is tight we will ensure your group has a memorable experience with us.

We have 400 en-suite beds with a further 60 beds with shared bathrooms. Our facilities are recently refurbished and offer our students a very comfortable living experience. Students share in bedrooms with 4-6 students per room.

Our restaurant seats 250 students and is run by our head chef Eddie. Eddie loves food and works hard to make sure all our students enjoy their meals. His staff are very friendly and make the daily experience even more enjoyable.

Course Details

Typical Mini-Stay Programme

Note: Every group will have a group co-ordinator who will be available to your group leaders during their stay to assist with all enquiries and accompany them on their chosen activities.

Sample 7-day Mini-Stay Programme

SundayArrival Day
MondayBreakfastEnglish CourseLunchFree Trip to Dublin City CentreDinnerMovie Night
TuesdayBreakfastEnglish CourseLunchVisit NewgrangeDinner
WednesdayBreakfastEnglish CourseLunchFree Sports ActivityDinnerIrish Music Night
ThursdayBreakfastEnglish CourseLunchTrinity College BublinDinner
FridayBreakfastEnglish CourseLunchBowlingDinnerQuiz Night
SaturdayBreakfastFollowed by Full Day Excursion, Packed Lunch, Dinner
SundayDeparture Day

Our Partners

Bushcraft Experience

Our qualified bushcraft professionals will take student groups onto our campus and teach them all about the diverse range of flora and fauna in our forests. Students will learn the importance of fire, shelter and water. Each student will prepare and light a fire using the 5 main sources of ignition. This is a unique student experience in a safe and controlled environment.

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