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English school in Belfast: IH Belfast

Key points

  • City undergoing full renaissance
  • Excellent location in the university area of Belfast
  • Great traditional pubs, modern clubs and fantastic restaurants for all tastes
  • One of Europe’s largest arts festivals
  • Some of the friendliest people on the planet

The school

Levels
Elementary to Advanced
Exams
Cambridge (B2 First, C1 Advanced, C2 Proficiency), IELTS
School size
M
Accommodations
Host family, Private apartment, Residence, Shared apartment
Wifi
WiFi is free

The students

Minimum age
16 years
Average age
27 years
Nationality mix
Italy, Spain, France, etc..
ratings
350 authentic opinions

Located in the university area, just a 10-minute walk from the centre of Belfast, in a district full of bars and restaurants perfect for the large, international student population, our partner school has 12 modern classrooms, a student room equipped with computers, a small garden and even a kitchen and a dining room. Free Wi-Fi is also available throughout the building. You'll learn English in a magnificent four-storey Victorian-style building where you'll meet students from the four corners of the world!

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Included in the price

  • Level and needs assessment
  • Welcome activity
  • Use of study centre
  • Optional language workshops
  • End-of-course report and certificate
  • Free local SIM card
  • Activity programme

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Standard course

Elementary to Advanced, 1 - 48 week(s)
1 week(s) - From 238.- EUR
(195.- GBP)
Lessons
20 of 55 minutes
Course duration
1 - 48 week(s)
Levels
Elementary to Advanced
Students/class
max. 12
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
09:00-13:00

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, half board
Shared apartment, single room, no meals (18 y.o.)
1
195 GBP
395 GBP
395 GBP
2
390 GBP
740 GBP
740 GBP
3
585 GBP
1085 GBP
1085 GBP
4
780 GBP
1430 GBP
1430 GBP
6
1110 GBP
2060 GBP
2060 GBP
8
1480 GBP
2730 GBP
2730 GBP
12
2220 GBP
4070 GBP
4070 GBP
16
2800 GBP
5250 GBP
5250 GBP
24
4200 GBP
7850 GBP
7850 GBP
All prices are in GBP.   GBP 1 ≈ EUR 1.22   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Bank holidays
18.03 / 19.04 / 22.04 / 06.05 / 27.05 / 12.07 / 26.08.2019
Holidays
23.12.2018 - 05.01.2019
22.12.2019 - 04.01.2020

Arrival: Sunday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday following course end

Intensive course

Elementary to Advanced, 1 - 48 week(s)
1 week(s) - From 293.- EUR
(240.- GBP)
Lessons
25 of 55 minutes
Course duration
1 - 48 week(s)
Levels
Elementary to Advanced
Students/class
max. 12
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
09:00-13:00 + 14:00-16:30 (2x/week)

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, half board
Shared apartment, single room, no meals (18 y.o.)
1
240 GBP
440 GBP
440 GBP
2
480 GBP
830 GBP
830 GBP
3
720 GBP
1220 GBP
1220 GBP
4
960 GBP
1610 GBP
1610 GBP
6
1380 GBP
2330 GBP
2330 GBP
8
1840 GBP
3090 GBP
3090 GBP
12
2760 GBP
4610 GBP
4610 GBP
16
3520 GBP
5970 GBP
5970 GBP
24
5280 GBP
8930 GBP
8930 GBP
All prices are in GBP.   GBP 1 ≈ EUR 1.22   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Bank holidays
18.03 / 19.04 / 22.04 / 06.05 / 27.05 / 12.07 / 26.08.2019
Holidays
23.12.2018 - 05.01.2019
22.12.2019 - 04.01.2020

Arrival: Sunday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday following course end

Standard course + options (Media, English for specific purposes, etc.)

Lower intermediate to Advanced, 1 - 48 week(s)
1 week(s) - From 482.- EUR
(395.- GBP)
Lessons
25 of 55 minutes
(20 general + 5 one-to-one - Media, English for specific purposes, etc.)
Course duration
1 - 48 week(s)
Levels
Lower intermediate to Advanced
Students/class
max. 12
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
09:00-13:00 + 14:00-16:30 (2x/week)

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, half board
Shared apartment, single room, no meals (18 y.o.)
1
395 GBP
595 GBP
595 GBP
2
790 GBP
1140 GBP
1140 GBP
3
1185 GBP
1685 GBP
1685 GBP
4
1580 GBP
2230 GBP
2230 GBP
6
2310 GBP
3260 GBP
3260 GBP
8
3080 GBP
4330 GBP
4330 GBP
12
4620 GBP
6470 GBP
6470 GBP
16
6000 GBP
8450 GBP
8450 GBP
24
9000 GBP
12650 GBP
12650 GBP
All prices are in GBP.   GBP 1 ≈ EUR 1.22   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Bank holidays
18.03 / 19.04 / 22.04 / 06.05 / 27.05 / 12.07 / 26.08.2019
Holidays
23.12.2018 - 05.01.2019
22.12.2019 - 04.01.2020

Arrival: Sunday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday following course end

Business course

Lower intermediate to Advanced, 1 - 48 week(s)
1 week(s) - From 482.- EUR
(395.- GBP)
Lessons
25 of 55 minutes
(20 general + 5 one-to-one - Business)
Course duration
1 - 48 week(s)
Levels
Lower intermediate to Advanced
Students/class
max. 12
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
09:00-13:00 + 14:00-16:30 (2x/week)

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, half board
Shared apartment, single room, no meals (18 y.o.)
1
395 GBP
595 GBP
595 GBP
2
790 GBP
1140 GBP
1140 GBP
3
1185 GBP
1685 GBP
1685 GBP
4
1580 GBP
2230 GBP
2230 GBP
6
2310 GBP
3260 GBP
3260 GBP
8
3080 GBP
4330 GBP
4330 GBP
12
4620 GBP
6470 GBP
6470 GBP
16
6000 GBP
8450 GBP
8450 GBP
24
9000 GBP
12650 GBP
12650 GBP
All prices are in GBP.   GBP 1 ≈ EUR 1.22   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Bank holidays
18.03 / 19.04 / 22.04 / 06.05 / 27.05 / 12.07 / 26.08.2019
Holidays
23.12.2018 - 05.01.2019
22.12.2019 - 04.01.2020

Arrival: Sunday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday following course end

Cambridge course (B2 First)

Intermediate to Advanced, 4 / 8 / 12 week(s)
4 week(s) - From 1171.- EUR
(960.- GBP)
Lessons
25 of 55 minutes
(20 general + 5 B2 First)
Course duration
4 / 8 / 12 week(s)
Levels
Intermediate to Advanced
Students/class
max. 8
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
09:00-13:00 + 14:00-16:30 (2x/week)

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, half board
Shared apartment, single room, no meals (18 y.o.)
4
960 GBP
1610 GBP
1610 GBP
8
1840 GBP
3090 GBP
3090 GBP
12
2760 GBP
4610 GBP
4610 GBP
All prices are in GBP.   GBP 1 ≈ EUR 1.22   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates 4 wk
13.05 / 29.07 / 18.11.2019
Starting dates 8 wk
15.04 / 01.07 / 21.10.2019
Starting dates 12 wk
18.03 / 03.06 / 23.09.2019
Bank holidays
18.03 / 19.04 / 22.04 / 06.05 / 27.05 / 12.07 / 26.08.2019
Holidays
23.12.2018 - 05.01.2019
22.12.2019 - 04.01.2020

Arrival: Sunday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday following course end

Cambridge course (C1 Advanced)

Upper intermediate to Advanced, 4 / 8 / 12 week(s)
4 week(s) - From 1171.- EUR
(960.- GBP)
Lessons
25 of 55 minutes
(20 general + 5 C1 Advanced)
Course duration
4 / 8 / 12 week(s)
Levels
Upper intermediate to Advanced
Students/class
max. 8
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
09:00-13:00 + 14:00-16:30 (2x/week)

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, half board
Shared apartment, single room, no meals (18 y.o.)
4
960 GBP
1610 GBP
1610 GBP
8
1840 GBP
3090 GBP
3090 GBP
12
2760 GBP
4610 GBP
4610 GBP
All prices are in GBP.   GBP 1 ≈ EUR 1.22   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates 4 wk
06.05 / 29.07 / 11.11.2019
Starting dates 8 wk
08.04 / 01.07 / 14.10.2019
Starting dates 12 wk
11.03 / 03.06 / 16.09.2019
Bank holidays
18.03 / 19.04 / 22.04 / 06.05 / 27.05 / 12.07 / 26.08.2019
Holidays
23.12.2018 - 05.01.2019
22.12.2019 - 04.01.2020

Arrival: Sunday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday following course end

Cambridge course (C2 Proficiency)

Advanced to Advanced, 4 / 8 / 12 week(s)
4 week(s) - From 1171.- EUR
(960.- GBP)
Lessons
25 of 55 minutes
(20 general + 5 C2 Proficiency)
Course duration
4 / 8 / 12 week(s)
Levels
Advanced to Advanced
Students/class
max. 8
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
09:00-13:00 + 14:00-16:30 (2x/week)

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, half board
Shared apartment, single room, no meals (18 y.o.)
4
960 GBP
1610 GBP
1610 GBP
8
1840 GBP
3090 GBP
3090 GBP
12
2760 GBP
4610 GBP
4610 GBP
All prices are in GBP.   GBP 1 ≈ EUR 1.22   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates 4 wk
20.05 / 04.11.2019
Starting dates 8 wk
22.04 / 07.10.2019
Starting dates 12 wk
25.03 / 09.09.2019
Bank holidays
18.03 / 19.04 / 22.04 / 06.05 / 27.05 / 12.07 / 26.08.2019
Holidays
23.12.2018 - 05.01.2019
22.12.2019 - 04.01.2020

Arrival: Sunday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday following course end

IELTS course

Intermediate to Advanced, 4 / 8 / 12 week(s)
4 week(s) - From 1171.- EUR
(960.- GBP)
Lessons
25 of 55 minutes
(20 general + 5 IELTS)
Course duration
4 / 8 / 12 week(s)
Levels
Intermediate to Advanced
Students/class
max. 8
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
09:00-13:00 + 14:00-16:30 (2x/week)

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, half board
Shared apartment, single room, no meals (18 y.o.)
4
960 GBP
1610 GBP
1610 GBP
8
1840 GBP
3090 GBP
3090 GBP
12
2760 GBP
4610 GBP
4610 GBP
All prices are in GBP.   GBP 1 ≈ EUR 1.22   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Bank holidays
18.03 / 19.04 / 22.04 / 06.05 / 27.05 / 12.07 / 26.08.2019
Holidays
23.12.2018 - 05.01.2019
22.12.2019 - 04.01.2020

Arrival: Sunday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday following course end

Options/Extras

One-to-one course (per lesson) 50 GBP
Additional night compulsory (B2 First: 08.06, 14.12.2019 C1 Advanced: 01.06, 07.12.2019 C2 Proficiency: 30.11.2019 )
Extra night with host family 25 GBP
Extra night with host family, private bathroom 31 GBP
Extra night in a shared apartment 25 GBP
Extra night in a private apartment 30 GBP
Extra night in a residence 40 GBP
Airport transfer (on arrival) (Belfast International; 08.00-22.00) 55 GBP
Airport transfer (on arrival) (Belfast International; 22.00-08.00) 80 GBP
Airport transfer (on arrival) (Dublin; 08.00-22.00) 190 GBP
Airport transfer (on arrival) (Dublin; 22.00-08.00) 250 GBP
B2 First Cambridge exam fee (to be paid on site) 120 GBP
C1 Advanced Cambridge exam fee (to be paid on site) 140 GBP
C2 Proficiency Cambridge exam fee (to be paid on site) 160 GBP
IELTS exam fee (to be paid on site) (approximate price) 175 GBP

Other accommodation options

Host family, single room, half board (private bathroom)
Residence, single room, no meals (private bathroom) (18 y.o.) (Queen's Elms University Residence (30.06 - 31.08.2019))
Private apartment, single room, no meals (Sandhurst House)

Course info

100% authentic opinions

These students attended a course in this school through ESL – Language studies abroad and their evaluation has been checked. Students' opinions don't necessarily correspond to those of ESL – Language studies abroad, but reflect the individual experience of those participants. This is meant to provide you with further information about this school.

4.2/5
Overall rating

95% of students recommending this school

Destination
/ 5
School
/ 5
Accommodation
/ 5
Value for money
/ 5
Teaching
/ 5
Leisure
/ 5

350 students gave their opinion about this school

23 years old - Spain
/ 5
4 weeks, September – October 2019
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (4.7 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (4.3 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (4.7 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (4.5 / 5) (Residence)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Meals
Leisure (4.7 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
Staff availability
54 years old - Spain
/ 5
Me ha parecido que las aulas eran un poco antiguas, así como el edificio donde estaba la escuela, las aulas eran pequeñas para el número de alumnos, las mesas no eran adecuadas, sólo sillones con una plataforma para apoyar, muchos para zurdos y era imposible usarlos, los medios no los he visto muy avanzados, faltaba pizarra electrónica, ordenadores, etc, etc. No me ha gustado el horario de las clases. Me parece excesivo una clase cada mañana de 9 a 11 horas, sin ningún descanso. Luego un descanso de 20 minutos y otra clase de 11,20 a 13 horas del tiron. Para esto, se acababa de completar los martes y jueves con una clase de 14 a 16.30. Dos horas y media seguida y sin paradas. Eso no hay quien lo aguante. En un aula con mesas aparente, pero carente de toda tecnología. Había actividades casi todos los días, pero los que tenía clase por la tarde era imposible asistir a las mismas pues coincidía el horario de las clases con el de las actividades.
2 weeks, September 2019
Value for money (2 / 5)
Destination (2.7 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (2 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (2 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
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Accommodation (3.5 / 5) ()
Bedroom
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Meals
Leisure (2.3 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
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Do you think you've made progress?
« Lógicamente he logrado procesos tras estar 15 días en un país de habla inglesa, pero creo que con mejores condiciones se podrían haber incrementado bastante esos progresos. »
20 years old - Italy
/ 5
2 weeks, September 2019
Value for money (3 / 5)
Destination (4.7 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (4.5 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (4.7 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (3.7 / 5) (Shared apartment)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Leisure (4 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
Staff availability
Do you think you've made progress?
« Assolutamente si. Il mio inglese è migliorato tantissimo grazie alla scuola e al continuo contatto con ragazzi e ragazze di altre nazionalità con il quale comunicavo solo in inglese. »
School highlights
« Della scuola : L’accoglienza, il fatto che comunque ti senta realmente protetto anche se non si è nella propria zona di confort solita e il valoroso sistema scolastico per apprendere la lingua Del viaggio: direi tutto. Dall’agenzia fantastica, all’avventura meravigliosa con le altre persone »
Top tips
« Tutto il Nord Irlanda è da visitare perchè è meraviglioso! Detto questo consigli di non perdersi mai d’animo perchè non è facile all’inizio soprattutto se non si ha una buona base di inglese. Consiglio di non perdersi le attività proposte dalla scuola e di aprirsi veramente con qualsiasi persona che aiuta alla scambio culturale e all’apprendimento!! »
24 years old - Germany
/ 5
7 weeks, July – September 2019
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (4 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (3.8 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (5 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (3.3 / 5) (Residence)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Meals
Leisure (4.3 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
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School highlights
« Sehr nette und offene Mitarbeiter und Lehrer. Super Atmosphäre. »
32 years old - Spain
/ 5
La estancia ha sido muy buena pero básicamente solo te encuentras con españoles e italianos en las aulas.Los profesores son muy competentes y hacen bastante amenas las clases.El problema de la escuela es que todas las semanas nos ha cambiado de profesores. En mi caso en cuatro semanas he tenido siete profesores distintos, lo cual hace que sea imposible seguir ningún tipo de programación y hace perder mucho tiempo a los alumnos en presentarse a nuevos profesores y que estos sean conscientes de las necesidades de los alumnos. En esto si que estoy bastante descontento con la escuela, por lo demás un buen sitio en el que aprender.
4 weeks, August 2019
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (4.3 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (3 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (4 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (3 / 5) (Shared apartment)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Leisure (4.7 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
Staff availability
Do you think you've made progress?
« Si, he aprendido muchas expresiones nuevas. »
School highlights
« El método de enseñanza de algunos profesores »
Top tips
« No hay que perderse la visita a la calzada del gigante, es increíble. »
28 years old - Spain
/ 5
Belfast es una ciudad pequeña, pero con muchas cosas que ofrecer. Tranqiila y con mucha natutaleza a su alrededor, perfecta para un cambio de aires de la vida caótica de la grandes ciudades Si recomendaria la escuela, pero habia muchos personas de la misma nacionalidad, con lo cual despues de clase hacia que cada uno busque hablar en su lengua materna Me hubiera gustado exámenes semanales, y que entre los distintos profesores que dan la clase lleven un control de lo que impartian, ya que a veces repetian temas de gramática, con lo que se pudiera haber avanzado más
8 weeks, July – September 2019
Value for money (5 / 5)
Destination (4.7 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (4.3 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (4.3 / 5)
Course materials
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Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (5 / 5) (Host family)
Bedroom
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Meals
Leisure (4 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
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29 years old - Spain
/ 5
Belfast es una ciudad preciosa pero sus calles están muy sucias lo que hace que para mí pierda mucho encanto Aulas en ocasiones demasiado pequeñas para todos los que éramos dentro Nick fue un gran monitor. Las actividades de la escuela fueron interesantes y divertidas. Me hubiera gustado hacer más excursiones fuera de belfast solo hicimos una a Dublín en todo el mes.
4 weeks, August 2019
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (4.3 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (3.3 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (4.3 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (3 / 5) (Shared apartment)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Leisure (4.3 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
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Do you think you've made progress?
« Si, mi mayor progreso a sido más a nivel hablado que escrito. Ahora hablo con mucha más soltura inglés, me siento más segura a la hora de hablar y de expresarme. »
School highlights
« Los profesores siempre estaban dispuestos a ayudarte con cualquier tema. La escuela permitía que te cambiarás de clase si tu considerabas que no estabas en tu nivel. »
24 years old - Spain
/ 5
4 weeks, August 2019
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (5 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (4.3 / 5)
School location
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Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (4.3 / 5)
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Relations with the teachers
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Accommodation (4.3 / 5) (Residence)
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Shower / Bathroom
Leisure (5 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
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26 years old - Italy
/ 5
6 weeks, July – August 2019
Value for money (2 / 5)
Destination (4.3 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
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School (2.5 / 5)
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Nationality mix
Teaching (2 / 5)
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Accommodation (1 / 5) (Host family)
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Leisure (3.3 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
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23 years old - Spain
/ 5
4 weeks, August 2019
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (4.7 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (4.5 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (4.7 / 5)
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Accommodation (4.5 / 5) (Shared apartment)
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Testimonials

Cyril Praz
Cyril Praz
IH Belfast, Belfast
Duration: 12 weeks

I chose to come to Ireland and especially to Belfast because I love irish music and I always dreamt of seeing the Irish countryside with its beautiful green hills. Belfast is a medium size city. You can get around very easily on foot and most things are within walking distance. The school apartments are great and very near the school. The history of this city is perhaps troubled but also very interesting. One of the first things you will realize is that the Irish are very friendly, they will always help you and of course, drink a guiness (or two) with you. The school is also very friendly with its lovely teachers who will laugh with you and make learning English fun. Classes are full of interesting activities, so that learning English is not a punishment but a pleasure ! The countryside is amazing and the cottages are very nice. In Ireland, there are also lots of beautiful old houses and castles that will remind you of the age of knights. If you travel around the country you should take the costal road because the landscape is simply wonderful. Belfast is a beautiful city with the River Lagan flowing through the town and its victorian buildings. Finally, I really enjoyed learning English in Belfast. I definitely want to come back here again, maybe for my next holiday !

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Mathias Bornand
Mathias Bornand
IH, Belfast
Duration: 21 weeks

My 5-month stay in Belfast was absolutely great. Belfast is a pleasant city and its inhabitants are very friendly. The landscapes in Northern Ireland and Ireland are breathtaking! I had the chance to visit many different places, such as the Giant's Causeway, the suspended bridge of Carrick-a-rede and the cliffs of Moher. And I was lucky enough to experience St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin – I will never forget it!

At school, supervisors, teachers and students warmly welcomed me. My experience was incredible! I met people with the most different backgrounds and I am still in touch with them. I lived in a cosy and well-equipped apartment, only 2 minutes from the school, and the city centre was 10 minutes away. My language stay in Belfast was great, I met many interesting people and – of course – I significantly improved my English level!

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Florine Allaz
Florine Allaz
IH, Belfast
Duration: 4 weeks

I chose Belfast because I was very intrigued by this small and detached part of the United Kingdom. The beauty of its enchanted landscapes - almost fairy! - did not disappoint me. The beautiful walks are uncountable, and the nightlife is completely different from what we are used to. Irish people are warm and nice; they are always up for chatting and sharing a pint of beer (Guinness, usually). As for the activity programme – there is a great choice: the Giant's Causeway, the multiple castles, the city hall and the different cities in proximity, such as Dublin, Londonderry or Galway. The cost of living is definitely cheaper than in Switzerland: renting a car and go on an excursion with other students is a great and affordable experience. The school is located in a quiet area full of students, as the Queen University is close-by. Courses are diversified and teachers use interactive teaching methods to make lessons more interesting; they are excellent, highly qualified and understanding. The only remark I can make is that I was not very happy about the students’ distribution among the different levels, but then I discussed the issue and found a solution.

My stay wouldn’t have been the same without my wonderful host family. They were exceptionally welcoming and included me in their daily life. I highly recommend Belfast; I have already booked my next holiday there!

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Host family
In order to learn a language, there's nothing better than full immersion in a host family. They offer half-board in single rooms, some with private bathrooms. You can get to most of the host families by foot and for those that are further away, you can take a short bus ride. Most of the families live less than a half an hour from the school.

Sandhurst House apartment
The school apartments are located in a quiet district a stone's throw from the centre of Belfast and the main bus stations. Located just steps from the school, the apartments occupy an impressive, modern building. They have all the modern comforts, including one or two bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, a living room and one or two bathrooms. Bed linen and bath towels come included. You'll also have access to a washing machine and free Wi-Fi. You'll be near numerous bars, restaurants and shops.

Note: Large bedrooms may be booked for two people, if travelling with another student. You may also book an entire apartment for individual use.

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Queen’s Elms residence (30.06 - 31.08.2019)
This residence is located in a wooded and quiet area in the southern part of the town. Its location, away from the urban hustle and bustle, along with the large size of its premises make it a perfect place to enjoy a little calm and serenity. But make no mistake about it - the university is only a 15-minute walk away and the city is close enough. You will be right next to Lisburn Road, a lively street with shops, cafés and restaurants and only a 20-minute walk from Botanic Avenue, which is a great meeting place for students. All of the rooms offered at the residence have their own ensuite bathrooms and include Wi-Fi internet access. The students can use the fully equipped kitchen to prepare their meals (10-11 students per kitchen). In the comfortable lounge, you will meet other students from all over the world. Every week, you will be provided with clean bedlinen and towels. There is a paying laundry room available for student’s use and you can buy tokens to use it. The reception runs 24h/24.

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Sandhurst House Shared Apartment

General information

This newly built block of apartments is situated in a quiet street just around the corner from IH Belfast, which makes it ideal for our students, as they are only a few seconds away from IH Belfast and at the same time they are near the University district of Belfast, which is full of shops, bars, restaurants, etc. The city centre and all main bus stations and train stations are within walking distance. The building is completely new and finished to a very high standard and consists of 1 and 2 bedroom, fully furnished apartments. The flats have a kitchen, a dining area, 1 toilet, 1 or 2 showers and a lounge.

School distance

Door-to-door travel time:
1 minute
Means of transportation:
on foot
Average public transport cost:
~ 3.20 GBP daily
Walking distance to public transport:
5 minutes

Walking Distance

Supermarket:
5 minutes
Coffee shops:
5 minutes
Restaurants:
5 minutes
Shops:
5 minutes
Pharmacy:
5 minutes

Availability

All year round
Minimum age : 18+

Arrival and departure

Check-in / Check-out
Sunday from 12:00 pm
Saturday until 12:00 pm
Flexible check in/check out
Entry card (building) No
Key (building) Yes
Code (building) No
Staff on-site 24h No
Deposit
credit card details
Yes

Meals

Use of kitchen Yes
Meal-plan No

Facilities

Reception desk No
Smoking area No
Cafeteria No
Shared kitchen Yes
Oven Yes
Microwave No
Cutlery available Yes
Vending machine No
Laundry Yes
Common area/lounge Yes
Wi-Fi internet access
free
Yes
Cable internet access No
TV in common room Yes
DVD-player in common room Yes
Balcony/terrace No
Garden No
BBQ area No
Wheelchair accessible No
Parking (cars) Yes
Parking (bicycles) No
Swimming pool No
Gym No

Room types and facilities

Single
31 rooms
min.: 9 m2/ max.: 14 m2
Yes
Air conditioning No
Heating Yes
Smoking No
Duvet and pillow provided Yes
Bed sheets provided Yes
Towels provided Yes
Toilet paper
on arrival
Yes
Ensuite toilet No
Ensuite shower Yes
Wash basin No
Shared toilets Yes
Shared showers Yes
Cleaning No
Desk No
Wardrobe Yes
Cooking facilities Yes
Microwave No
TV Yes
Wi-Fi internet access
free
Yes
Cable internet access No
Floor
wood and tile
Yes
Balcony No
Safe deposit box No
Room key provided Yes

Queen's Elms Residence

General information

In the heart of the University Quarter, Queen's Elms University Halls of Residence are situated in calm and spacious parkland on the south side of the city. Queen's Elms is approximately 15 minutes walk from International House Belfast. Queen’s Elms is also close to the vibrant Lisburn Road which is full of shops, cafes and restaurants. For the fun-loving student, it is ideally located less than 20 minutes’ walking distance from Botanic Avenue, which is a student hotspot.

School distance

Door-to-door travel time:
15 minutes
Means of transportation:
by foot
Average public transport cost:
transport card £15 per week approx
Walking distance to public transport:
10 minutes

Walking Distance

Supermarket:
10 minutes
Restaurants:
10 minutes
Pharmacy:
10 minutes

Availability

From 01.07.2018 to 26.08.2018
From 30.06.2019 to 31.08.2019
Minimum age : 18+

Arrival and departure

Check-in / Check-out
Sunday from 10:00 am
Saturday until 12:00 pm
Flexible check in/check out
Entry card (building) Yes
Key (building) No
Code (building) No
Staff on-site 24h Yes
Deposit No

Meals

Use of kitchen Yes
Meal-plan No

Facilities

Reception desk Yes
Smoking area No
Cafeteria Yes
Shared kitchen Yes
Oven Yes
Microwave Yes
Cutlery available Yes
Vending machine Yes
Laundry Yes
Common area/lounge Yes
Wi-Fi internet access Yes
Cable internet access No
TV in common room Yes
DVD-player in common room No
Balcony/terrace No
Garden Yes
BBQ area Yes
Wheelchair accessible Yes
Parking (cars) No
Parking (bicycles) Yes
Swimming pool No
Gym No

Room types and facilities

Single
100 rooms
~10 m2
Yes
Air conditioning No
Heating No
Smoking No
Duvet and pillow provided Yes
Bed sheets provided Yes
Towels provided Yes
Toilet paper Yes
Ensuite toilet Yes
Ensuite shower Yes
Wash basin Yes
Shared toilets No
Shared showers No
Cleaning Yes
Desk Yes
Wardrobe Yes
Cooking facilities Yes
Microwave No
TV No
Wi-Fi internet access Yes
Cable internet access No
Floor
Carpet
Yes
Balcony No
Safe deposit box No
Room key provided
Card key
Yes

To make the most of your language learning opportunities, it’s important to practise whenever you can; and whatever time of year you choose to visit, there’s always something going on. International House Belfast will go that extra mile to make sure your stay in Northern Ireland is memorable and beneficial!
You will meet other students and local people, and experience the culture of Northern Ireland on the engaging and varied programme of social, cultural and sporting activities. The school also has a calendar of cultural events which they recommend you try to attend so you have the best possible experience.
The school proposes a very large number of varied activities. The guided visits of the city allow students to get to know each other better whilst discovering the places of interest of Belfast, the colourful and elegant boutiques and the warm atmosphere of the old pubs. Sport also occupies an important place, with the choice of fishing, cycling, tennis, golf...there's something for all tastes! During the weekends, the school organises outings to discover the surroundings, including the Antrim coast and the Giant's Causeway.

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Get the airport transfer for free

Get the airport transfer for free

Book a course at our IH Belfast partner school and take advantage of this amazing offer:

- Book any English course and get the refund of your Dublin – Belfast- Dublin bus ticket 

Conditions:

- Offer valid for new bookings for any courses starting before end of May 2020
- Applies to students arriving by flight to Dublin
- This offer may be combined with another promotion

To find out more or take advantage of this offer, please get in touch with our customer service team.

Published on 19.09.2019
Save on exam fees in Ireland

Save on exam fees in Ireland

Book a course at our IH partner school in Belfast and take advantage of this amazing offer:

- Cambridge exam fee waived (save EUR 120 / EUR 140/ EUR160 depending on level)

Conditions:

- Valid for new bookings of courses starting in 2019 and 2020
- Applies to Cambridge Exam Preparation courses
- Valid for one exam per student
-  This offer may be combined with another promotion

To find out more or take advantage of this offer, please get in touch with our customer service team.

Published on 19.09.2019

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