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FAQs - adult total immersion in english

what people ask us

Here is a selection of some of the questions we are frequently asked by students on our Total Immersion and Just Study courses for adults. If you don’t find the answer to your question here, please contact us at and we will be happy to answer any questions you have.

What is the time difference between Ireland and western Europe?

Irish time is one hour behind CET (Central European Time).

Where should I fly to?

It it is best to fly into Dublin airport as it is the nearest airport to Dundalk. However, you can also fly into Belfast, which has two airports, Belfast City and Belfast International, but you will have to pay additional transfer expenses.

Who should I fly with?

You can fly into Dublin from many European airports with Aer Lingus, Ryanair or your country’s national airline.

How long does it take to get from Dublin/Belfast to Dundalk?

The journey time from Dublin Airport to Dundalk is approximately 1 hour (70km). Belfast City Airport and Belfast International Airport to Dundalk is about 90 minutes.

Who will meet me at the airport?

Adults usually take a public bus from Dublin airport to Dundalk where a representative of The Language Place will meet you at the bus station. There is a bus from the airport to Dundalk every hour and it costs €8 during the day. If you prefer, a representative of The Language Place can also meet you at the airport and take you directly to The Language Place. The cost of this airport transfer is €50. When booking your flight remember that it is best to arrive at your host family accommodation before 22.00. You should try to arrive on a Sunday and leave on a Monday.

Where will I stay?

On our Total Immersion programme we strongly recommend you stay with a host person /host family because this is the best way to improve your English quickly and get to know Irish culture. It is also a very economical option. You can also choose to stay in a self-catering apartment with other students (1-4 weeks) or rent a house in Dundalk (minimum 4-8 weeks). The cost of self-catering accommodation is €200 per week. On Saturday nights students on the Total Immersion programme will stay in a 4* hotel or guesthouse in Dublin (Week 1), Galway (Week 2), Kilkenny (Week 3) and Cork (Week 4).

How is my host family chosen?

All our hosts/host families are carefully chosen after a long interview process. We visit the hosts at their home and collect information about the family members’ ages, occupations, language skills, interests and hobbies, pets etc. The information you give us in the online booking form or on your application form helps us to match you with a host person/host family that is best for you. Hosts for adults do not usually have small children. All hosts/host families live in very comfortable houses in Dundalk or Blackrock.

Will I have my own room?

Yes. All our students will have their own bedroom.

Will I have my own bathroom?

Usually, yes. Friends who stay with the same host person/host family usually share a bathroom.

What are the mealtimes in Ireland?

Irish people usually have breakfast between 7.00 and 10.00, lunch between 12.00 and 14.00 and dinner between 17.30 and 19.30. Breakfast and dinner are the main meals of the day. It is important to know that lunch is much lighter than in Europe

What meals will I have with my host family?

Your host/host family will make you breakfast each morning and dinner each evening except on weekend excursions. On the days when you have an organised activity or day excursion, your host/host family will provide you with a packed lunch. A packed lunch is usually a sandwich, a salad, yoghurt, cheese and some fruit. Your host/host family will buy all the food you will need for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They will also provide snacks between meals. All meals on organised weekend trips with The Language Place are also included in the Total Immersion course price. Coffees and additional drinks are not included.

A friend went to Ireland and didn’t like the food. Is Irish food bad?

Irish food is a lot more varied than it was in the past but obviously, national diets vary from country to country, as do the methods of cooking. If you a problem with the variety of food in your host house, mention it politely to your host person/host family.

What happens if I do not like the food my host/host family cooks?

It’s good to remember Ireland is a different country, with different ways of preparing food and typical dishes in Ireland will be different to dishes in your home country – this is part of the adventure of really experiencing another culture. Before you come to Ireland he/she will fill in a very detailed likes and dislikes section on his/her application form. You can tell the host person/host family what you like, what you don’t eat, etc. You can eat as little or as much as you like. The host person/host family will not expect you to like absolutely everything. If the you do not like something the host person/host family prepares, the best thing is to tell them. You can also use the host family kitchen to prepare some of your own meals if you want. If you like cooking, your host family would enjoy tasting dishes from your country too.

I forgot to mention in my questionnaire that I don’t like milk? What should I do?

If you forgot to mention anything on your booking form, tell your host person/host family when you arrive.

What food and drink do I have to buy for myself?

If you are staying with a host/host family, they will buy all the food you need for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They will also provide snacks between meals. While on excursions to Dublin, Galway and Belfast you will eat away from your host house. These meals are included in the cost of your course but extra drinks and snacks are not included in the price. If you are staying in an apartment or house, your food/meals are not included in the price of your course and you will have to buy your own food to prepare your meals. Students staying in apartments also have to pay for their own meals while on excursions with The Language Place.

I’m allergic to dairy products/cats … How will my host/host family know?

There is a section on your student application Form that deals with food restrictions and allergies. We will make sure your host person/host family knows about these before you arrive.

How will I get from my host/host family’s house to The Language Place?

Most of our hosts/host families live within 5-30 minutes’ walk of The Language Place. The school offer a transport service to and from your accommodation to students on the Total Immersion programme. The apartments are also very near to The Language Place.

Will my host family wash my clothes?

Yes, the host family will wash the student’s clothes with the family laundry.

Will my host family have internet/wifi?

Most Irish homes have broadband and wi-fi. In any case The Language Place offers free internet access to all our students in our study centre. You can also bring your own laptop or ipad.

I don’t like going to sleep too early. Will this be a problem for my host/host family?

No, you will have your own key.

Should I bring my host family a present?

The hosts/host families do not expect a present and this is entirely up to you. But if you would like to bring a small present but you are not sure what to bring, something cultural from your own country is always a good choice.

I’m worried that I won’t understand my host family and they won’t understand me.

Our host families are committed to helping you improve your communication skills and are kind and patient. If you have a low or basic level of English (A2 level) do not expect to understand everything the first day! During your Intensive English Language Course you will learn how to communicate better and you will feel more confident every day. The Language Place teachers want you to enjoy your English learning experience in Ireland and we are here to help you in whatever way we can. So don’t worry!

Can I stay one or more extra nights with my host/host family?

If you want to stay for any extra nights before your course starts, or after it finishes, then please let us know in advance (before arrival) so that we can make the necessary arrangements with the host person /host family. Extra nights cost €30 per night.

Do I have to do all the activities or excursions?

No. You do not have to do all the activities or excursions. Please let us know if you do not want to do anthing in particular. You can also book our Just Study option (classes and accommodation) and choose the activities and excursions you want to do, subject to availability of places. For more information and a price-list of all activities and excursions:

What will I do on my Intensive English course?

All clases are especially designed to cover the needs of our students. You will spend 4 hours a day in class working on your speaking, listening, reading, writing and grammar. You will also do many indirect classes through our progamme of activities, trips and excursions with your teachers.

Will I have enough time to relax and do what I want?

In accordance with the objectives of our Total Immersion programme, we make sure our students have maximum opportunities to learn and practise English all day. Students will be free most evenings from 18.00 or 19.30. You can choose to practise the English you have learned during the day with your host person/host family but you can also relax, study, do sport etc.

What’s the weather like in Ireland in July/August? What clothes should I bring?

The weather in Ireland is changeable (between 12° and 24°) in summer. August is the start of autumn in Ireland so we have sunny days but also cloudy days, and because we are so near the Atlantic Ocean we have rain regularly. The best thing to do is prepare yourself for all types of weather. When packing, be sure to include some warm clothes, a jacket and a raincoat (and maybe a small umbrella) as well as your summer t-shirts and light clothes.

What happens if i get sick?

If you get sick and need medical attention, the Student Welfare Officer at The Language Place can organise a visit to the doctor for you. If you are from the EU, and have an EHIC card or an E111 form, EU Regulation 1408/71 says that holders of the European Health Insurance Card, E111 or equivalent, during a temporary stay in Ireland can have access to doctors and services in a public hospital free of charge. But if you don’t have this card, you will have to pay for medical treatment here, so make sure you get one before you come. The cost of medicine is higher in Ireland than in other countries. It usually costs around €50 to visit a local doctor and €100 for emergencies. If you have an illness for which you have to take regular medication, it is a good idea to make sure you bring enough of your medication with you for the duration of your stay here. If you get really sick and have to return home without completing your course, The Language Place will give a credit note for a course at a later date (please see terms and conditions in the book now section or on the application form).

If the student gets really sick and has to return home without completing his/her course, The Language Place will give him/her either a partial refund or a credit note for a course at a later date (see terms and conditions in the Application Form).

Do I need travel/personal insurance?

We recommend that all students take out a good travel insurance policy in your own country to have adequate insurance against personal injury, theft or loss of belongings and personal injury while in Ireland. The Language Place cannot accept responsibility for personal injury, theft or loss of belongings.

How much money do I need to bring?

Everything is included in the Total Immersion course; classes, activities, excursions and entrance fees. In addition, if you stay with a host/host family, all your food and meals (except drinks outside the house) are included in the cost. So, it is not necessary to bring a lot of money with you. We suggest you bring enough money to go out at night to have a drink or two if you wish.

If you decide to stay in an apartment or a house, you will have to buy your own food or eat out. Food in Ireland is generally 20% more expensive than in Europe.

Do I have to speak in English all the time?

Yes. Students on all our Total Immersion programmes should be prepared to speak in English all the time with their hosts, teachers and the other students on the programme. This is the best way to improve fluency in a short period of time.

My children would also like to come to Ireland. Can they do a course?

Yes. We offer programmes for teenagers between 13 and 17 years of age in July. For information or to request a Teen Total Immersion brochure, please contact us at

I would like to rent a house for my family for a month. Is it possible?

Yes, depending on availability. For more information:

I’m interested. What should I do now?

Please complete our online booking form or an application form and return it to We will then contact you to arrange an interview via Skype to answer any further questions and to confirm your place on the Total Immersion course. You will receive your host person/host family details 4 weeks before coming to Ireland. You should pay a €400 deposit to reserve your place on the Total Immersion course and the balance one month before you come to Ireland.

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18 francis street,
dundalk, county louth, ireland

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