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ATC Bray

Bray, Ireland
Very Good 4.7
School 5.0
Accommodation 3.7
Course 5.0
Free time activities 5.0
Yulia
I had 20 hours per week course which means that classes are supposed to be at 9:00 till 13:30. It’s been additional !free! 1 hour lessons three times a week: business course, pronunciation, an additional course (Monday-Wednesday-Thursday), all lessons were interesting, and I was amazed of teachers.

ATC Bray school is located on the seafront facing the Irish Sea with self catering accommodation options within minutes walk of the school and host family accommodation within the town of Bray.

Bray is a town located by the sea in County Wicklow, Wicklow is known as the

Garden of Ireland. Bray has a population 32,000 and is just 40 minutes south of Dublin. ATC Bray school is located on the seafront facing the Irish Sea with self catering accommodation options within minutes walk of the school and host family accommodation within the town of Bray.

ATC Bray has 23 classrooms in Dunluice House, all of which are laid out to

facilitate communicative learning and maximise students’ interaction with their

teachers and with each other. All the teachers are native English speakers, who have a university degree and a professional qualification in English Language Teaching. The school has Wi-Fi internet access available throughout the building which allows the teachers to use a variety of material to support learning alongside the structured curriculum. The classrooms are bright, spacious and warm, and many have magnificent views across the Irish Sea. There is a student study centre available for students who wish to study independently using the materials available in the library. The students can use this room to do their homework or practise/ improve their skills in English. The student library contains a wide selection of both educational and recreational reading materials. Teachers are always available to assist students with their studies. ATC Bray offers 3 free classes per week for those who want to practice speaking skills!

ATC Bray also provides a comfortable cafeteria where tea and coffee are available for students in addition to a private garden and patio area, with ample seating for students. All ATC students will receive a log in for ATC Online 1 month before arrival and can continue to use for 3 months after departure. ATC Online is a personalised integrated learning platform allowing students to complete assessments, homework, language and skills development online, throughout their time at ATC.

A social and cultural programme will ensure that you are exploring the delights

of Ireland and also meeting other students from around the world.

Courses

General English (20/26 hours) TOP CHOICE
From 17 years old 15 students per class 1 lesson — 60 minutes
Course starts every Monday and is for all language levels
1 October—12 October

This course helps students to improve the level of fluency, gain self-confidence and improve communication skills. The intensive course helps to learn the language in the shortest possible time and gives a practical understanding of the English language and is aimed at developing the basic language skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing.

Accommodation

You can check out other accommodation options on Airbnb. Grab $20 for your first trip!

Homestay

40 minutes from school on public transport
Minimum age — 17
Half board

Living with a host family is the ideal way to practise English outside the classroom.

Our Irish host families have been selected carefully and are visited regularly by our Accommodation Officer. Most are within walking distance of the school and offer students half-board during the week and full board at weekends.

Junior students are provided with bed and breakfast, packed lunch and evening meal each day of their stay and live as part of the family they are allocated to.

Marine Terrace

10 minutes from school walking
Minimum age — 18
No meals

The ATC residence, Marine Terrace, is located only 700 metres from the school on the seafront and offers accommodation in single and twin en-suite rooms with shared kitchen and living rooms. Marine Terrace has been recently refurbused and students can enjoy the panoramic views of the Irish sea and Wicklow mountains, whilst also being within a 5 minute walking distance to the school and local amenities.

Neptune & Altona

1 minutes from school walking
Minimum age — 18
No meals

ATC Bray also offers accommodation in apartments next door to the school on

the seafront. The apartments have 2 or 3 twin and single rooms with a shared

kitchen, bathroom and living area.

Transfer

Lifehack: download Uber (an app that enables you to request a taxi from your smartphone) and get $20 for your first trip by using promocode r19ur

Flights

Flight is not included. We recommend you book your flight only after you get a visa to your destination country or make sure that you don't need one. Ticket price is for your information only.
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Reviews

Russia
May 2018
Progress:
В1+В1+
5.0
perfect

It's time to tell you about my trip to Ireland.

The time period is spring (March). Duration: 2 weeks. Trip’s goal: unforgettable vacation with benefits.

I have been choosing between Malta, England and Ireland. I have chosen Ireland for some reasons, and one of them is harmonious mixture of cityscape and nature.

Eventually, I started searching schools in Irish cities. I refused Dublin, because I prefer small and calm towns. Firstly, a school in Limerick caught me, but then I found out about school in Bray.

I’ll tell a little about the town I lived in: Brey, 40 minutes away from the capital of Ireland by car. The town is not big, but cozy, it is located on the sea shore. You can ask me, why Bray exactly? Because 2 weeks are my vacation! Vacation is supposed to be accompanied by the sea air and the sound of the surf, seagulls’ screaming and delicious ice cream.

Except the sea presence, 2 weeks language immersion was also important to me. And I got lucky, that school wasn’t popular amongst Russian guys. I was the only one speaking Russian (excluding a few guys from China and Japan who could say “hi” and “how are you doing” in my first language, that was soooo nice of them). A school also has a representative Joseph who knows ten languages, including Russian.

I decided to live in residence which is located 5-7 minutes from school by foot on the first coastline. By the way, getting ahead of myself, while I was booking the residence, my manager made me happy by saying that I am going to have a beach view from my room window. In fact, it was nothing to shout about, but it didn’t shade my time there. The nice thing is that I had a room with a personal bathroom, but let me put it in an order:

I came on Sunday and checked in (by the way, I didn’t pay any deposit, although my manager said vice versa). At first Monday I had to come to school earlier to take a test, afterwards, I got to B+ group. That day our classes started at 11:30. I had 20 hours per week course which means that classes are supposed to be at 9:00 till 13:30. It’s been additional !free! 1 hour lessons three times a week: business course, pronunciation, an additional course (Monday-Wednesday-Thursday), all lessons were interesting, and I was amazed of teachers.

Most of students had 15 hours per week course – they had the same schedule as mine, but Friday was a day off for most of them.

I had no more than 11 students in my group, sometimes everyone came to classes, sometimes just a half. I want to pay your attention to the fact that my course took place in March. This is a low season, so the classes are not chock-full, same for free classes, for example, it’s been just 2-4 of us on a business course.

I want to say a few words about preparation of visa documents. I used LinguaTrip services, specifically Maria Shatalova’s. There have been many managers I talked to, but Maria answered me much faster and comprehensively, thanks to her!

By the way, I have to mention that courier order (from my city to the embassy and back) is included in price of visa preparation.

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Russia
December 2016
Progress:
B1B1
5.0
perfect
Russia
August 2016
4.3
good

Ireland is an extremely beautiful country! The school was great, but the host family has left bad impression.

The school organised a lot of interesting activities for students, many of them are free.

The only thing I did not like at all was my host family. They made a good first impression but then... I had a lot of misunderstandings with them. The food was awful: only ready-to-cook and ready-to-eat products, pizza, pasta, toasts. I asked my hosts to cook anything else but they decide not to take to heart my desires. Anyway, the house itself was comfortable and cosy.

Russia
August 2014
Progress:
B1B2
4.8
excellent

Since I lived in a family, I had an opportunity to communicate in English not only with teachers and new friends at school, but also at home with native speakers every day.

The classes are taught in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere, everyone is very nice, teachers are really professional and love their work. I liked the selection of study materials. Especially the extra classes and open lessons on the culture of Ireland. Additional classes are thought of as lessons on speaking, but, actually, they are much wider and also expand your vocabulary, etc.

About school

Address
Dunluice House, Strand Road, Bray ,Co. Wicklow
Students
Average age: 24
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