Testimonials – ISI

Alexandra I.
Alexandra I.
ISI, Dublin
Duration: 9 weeks

On 15th May 2017 I packed and went to Ireland. I was supposed to stay for 2 months and travel by myself for the first time! The transfer from the airport to my host family went well (a member of the school staff took care of it). This is where I realised that my English was pretty bad and that my very French accent was a big barrier.

My host family was adorable and gave me a city map, explaining which buses I had to take and where the school was.

The first day was frightening. Luckily, the school organised some group activities every day (which allowed me to make new friends) and excursions every weekend. In addition, the teachers did their best to help us integrate.

Ireland (despite some negative aspects, such as the rain, greasy food and some dirty streets in the capital) is a marvellous country with incredible landscapes and a warm and open-minded population.

After my first month with a host family, I decided to move to a student residence. ESL and ISI were super quick and effective with this change.

At the end of my trip, I had improved my English a lot (B1 > B2), and I can say that in Dublin, I had one of the most enriching experiences of my entire life.

A couple of tips: try to avoid people who speak your native language; if you can, stay in the country for more than a month (you need at least 1 week just to get used to the new place and 1 month to feel at home); visit as many places as possible and don’t skip your classes!

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José Manuel Trejo
José Manuel Trejo
ISI, Dublin
Duration: 1 week

I spent a week at the ISI Dublin school. From the first moment, they encourage interaction between students and offer a wide range of activities to take part in beyond the classes, which of course added to my satisfaction with the stay in addition to having such friendly staff. The residence was just a few minutes away on foot, resulting in a pleasant stroll through one of the prettiest parts of Dublin full of traditional Irish buildings including the school itself. This, in addition to the dynamic nature of the classes, allows you to immerse yourself in the language and daily life. It was without a doubt a great experience that left me wanting more.

P.S. Their coffee works wonders!

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Juan Carlos Portillo Franco
Juan Carlos Portillo Franco
ISI, Dublin
Duration: 4 weeks

My experience in Dublin was fantastic. I took a 4-week semi-intensive course at the ISI Dublin school, a great school with very dynamic, fun classes. In spite of my low level of English, I didn’t have a problem at any point as they adapt to your level making sure that you understand everything. Every week they scheduled and posted all the optional excursions and activities that you could do with them. It’s a really fun city, as there are lots of students and young people in general.

I stayed with a host family, first in a home where I would live with just one other person, but I decided that I preferred a home that had more international students with the goal of practising the language. I got in touch with Antonio, who organised my trip, and a few days later, my problem was solved and I moved to a house with 4 Irish students and 4 international students.

My experience with ESL was great. They take care of everything and you only have to focus on having a good time. Without a doubt, my future language courses abroad will be with ESL.

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Laura Grande Morello
Laura Grande Morello
ISI, Dublin
Duration: 4 weeks

I was looking for the school that offered the best value in Ireland and I found it. ISI Learning Dublin offered what I needed: an opportunity to refresh my English during one month with good teachers, nice classmates and a lot of activities. I recommend it, without any doubt!

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Jorge Varela
Jorge Varela
ISI, Dublin
Duration: 1 week

I was going to spend a week in Dublin for work and I decided to refresh my English by taking a language course while I was there. I chose to stay with a host family to make the most of my time. I lived with a couple, their two children and two other foreign students (both girls, one Italian and the other French). The atmosphere in the hose was excellent. We had dinner together every evening, we watched TV and then the other students and I in the garden chatting and drinking tea until late.

The family lived less than 20 minutes by away from the school and the Italian student and I always went there together. The school is big and has students from many different nationalities, most of which are university students. As I only stayed for a week, I didn’t have time to improve my grammar too much, but the dynamic lessons allowed me refresh my spoken English.

The city is perfect to walk everywhere. Some little towns in the surroundings, such as Howth, are worth a visit and cities like Galway and Cork are only 2-3 hours away. It’s a safe destination, more affordable than London and it didn’t rain in the whole week! People are friendly, the streets are crowded and there are lots of markets and live performances.

A great experience!

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Diana Matamoros Moya
Diana Matamoros Moya
ISIDublin
Duration: 6 weeks

I really enjoyed studying in this school because there are a lot of young people. The teachers are very patient and help you at all times. I went on some of the trips that the school organised, because it’s a great way to meet new people and to get to know the city. I enjoyed the bike ride around Phoenix Park.

I stayed with an Irish family in the north of Dublin. They were very nice and I’m so happy with the experience. The city has a really young atmosphere and offers many leisure and cultural activities. I would definitely recommend ISI, especially because of its well-prepared teachers, the great service that students get and the activities organised by the school.

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Margaux Feminier
Margaux Feminier
ISI, Dublin
Duration: 5 weeks

I would like to thank ESL for suggesting Dublin, as I spent some magic and unforgettable moments there. Despite the weather – which can be pretty tiring sometimes – Dublin is an incredible city, with beautiful landscapes, a great atmosphere and lovely people. Lessons are very friendly, as each class includes a small amount of students from all over the world. The school organises many different excursions to visit Dublin and its surroundings, always in a pleasant atmosphere. People are very welcoming and make you feel at home. I will definitely go back as soon as I can, that’s for sure!

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Marius Cuendet
Marius Cuendet
ISI, Dublin
Duration: 11 weeks

I’m so happy I could visit a new country by myself and improve my English skills for such a long time. I left much richer than when I arrived, with plenty of new friends of different nationalities and cultures. Dublin is a buzzing and welcoming city. I loved Temple Bar, with all its lights and permanent life. During the day, the school offers many different activities: sport, visits, walks… Dublin’s parks are also nice (especially St Stephen’s Green Park and Phoenix Park, one of the largest urban parks in Europe). It was a really good experience and I hope I will repeat it soon!

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Jérôme Veissière
Jérôme Veissière
ISI, Dublin
Duration: 12 weeks

I just arrived in my host family. They are typically Irish and very warm! Dublin is a gorgeous city and the school is nice, with a friendly atmosphere.

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Stanislas Barry
Stanislas Barry
ISI, Dublin
Duration: 12 weeks

Since the very first day, I was warmly welcomed and taken care of. My flat is walking distance to the school, which is architecturally really nice, with spacious classrooms. Dublin’s atmosphere is really good – many young people, in a festive city! In a nutshell, friendly and competitive school, lovely city and young and active people.

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Bruno De Rambuteau
Bruno De Rambuteau
ISI, Dublin
Duration: 3 weeks

Courses are interesting, activities are varied and Irish people are warm. The setting is definitely promising.

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Leana Fustinoni
Leana Fustinoni
ISI, Dublin
Duration: 12 weeks

I have improved my English a lot since I arrived, I feel more confidence to speak in English nowadays and my vocabulary has increased on enormous way. I really do love “break time” because during breaks I have met friends from different countries and shared experiences with them. We had a great time shopping, visiting restaurants and coffee shops, Dublin is a city completely different from Geneva, is ever green!. When my parents came to see me we’ve enjoyed the green Dublin bus tour we visited a huge amount of places like museums, galleries, monuments and parks.

I really enjoyed this city and especially the people. Irish people is so friendly, warm and helpful such as my host-family. I really love spend time with them, especially at lunch and dinner because my hostmother cooks delicious spicy dishes. They are warm and talkative persons, my hostfather is Hindi/South African and my hostmother is Irish so we have a great mixture at home. My hostfamily lives next to Howt beach and I really love to go jogging there, the place is very peaceful.

I would definitely recommend ISI to a friend! It's a great school and it has been a wonderful experience for me. The ISI staff is great, guys from reception always helped me, they are friendly, polite and efficient. Trish has helped me a lot since my arrival; she is always smiling and ready to help with any situation. I would like to let my friends know about their facebook page and keep in touch with them.

This has been a great opportunity to learn English abroad!!

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