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Classic City Homestay


Our Young Learners Programme in Dublin is based at the quintessential Dublin school, Terenure College. Providing students with an exciting and inspiring learning environment. Students can explore the great attractions this enchanting green city has to offer, such as Stephen’s Green Park, Dublin Castle and the Medieval Quarter, to get a taste of its rich cultural heritage.

Classic City Homestay

What's Included

  • 20 lessons per week (15 hours)

  • End of Course Certificate

  • Maximum 15 students per class

  • Assistance and supervision from the EC Team

  • Full board accommodation

  • Course materials

  •  Supervised activity programme (per week):

    • 5 half-day activities and 5 evening activities
    • 1 full-day trip (excluding departure week)

Dates available

  • 15 Jun – 17 Aug 2019


  • 13 - 17 years

Emergency Number

  • 00353 (0) 1 9058831

Homestay provides a warm and comfortable home for students during their stay in Dublin and offers exposure to the English language, culture and way of life. EC’s accommodation staff visit all homes before they are accepted to host students, and follow up with regular home visits to ensure the comfort and safety of our students.

Accommodation Address

Homestay providers are all located within a 45-minute bus journey of the Junior School.

Travel time from airport

Approx. 45-60 mins

Arrival day


Departure day


Getting to school & activities

  • ·         Students travel to school by public bus and they will be shown the way to school by their homestay provider
    ·         Our homestays are situated within reach of the school by bus
    ·         A weekly bus pass costs up to €43 per week (price is subject to change)
    ·         The average travel time by bus to the school/city centre is 45 minutes, but this varies depending on the location of the homestay. 



Cereals, toast, fruit, tea, coffee.


Packed lunch is provided by the homestay, consisting of a sandwich, fruit, and a drink is recommended by the school.


Evening meal with the homestay.

Dietary Requirements

Special dietary requirements may be accommodated subject to availability and a weekly fee.
  • Vegetarian – will be provided at no supplement
  • Halal - will be provided at no supplement
  • Lactose intolerant & Vegan - will be provided at a supplement of €45 per week
  • Celiac & Gluten free -  will be provided at a supplement of €45 per week
EC must be informed of specific dietary requirements at the time of the booking. While EC endeavours to accommodate special requests such as Dietary requirements, this will have to be confirmed at booking stage by the accommodation department.


Optional Student Insurance is now being offered in all destinations.

EC must be advised upon booking of any medical conditions, allergies or medications that need to be administered to students. Students must have adequate health, accident and travel insurance while attending any of our programmes, and this must be acquired prior to their arrival. European students travelling with a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) are entitled to free public health care. All other students are required to pay to see a doctor should they need to, and a doctor’s visit costs approximately €60.

Transfer details

Airport transfers are compulsory unless students are accompanied by a guardian.


Room Type

Twin (single available on request)


Shared with homestay provider

Board status
Full board (packed lunch)

Rooms include

  • Bed
  • Storage space
  • Internet access
  • If there is not a desk available in the bedroom, there will be a space provided in another room in the house for the student to study/work.

What to expect from the accommodation

  • All students will have access to a phone and will be allowed to accept incoming calls. If students want to make phone calls they must use a calling card. Calling cards can be found in many local stores.
  • International Leaders accompanying groups are accommodated in twin rooms shared with another International Leader. If International Leaders request a single room, a single room supplement will be charged at the time of booking and reserved based on availability.
  • Students will also be provided with access to living areas during acceptable hours. With advance notice EC can accommodate special requests (e.g., non-smoking family, no pets, allergies, special dietary requirements, etc.) Students should bear in mind that this may not always be possible.
  • Valid reasons must accompany a request for a homestay provider change, and each request is considered on its own merits. Such changes are also subject to availability. Students must pay for all costs incurred, including transport, additional accommodation charges and cancellation fees (where applicable). The additional charges must be paid in full prior to the move. EC is happy to assist students with arrangements for any justifiable accommodation changes.


Please note that there will be times during the programme when the students won't be supervised.


Bed linen is provided, but students should bring their own towels. Linen and towels will be cleaned once a week by the homestay provider.


Bedrooms and bathrooms will be cleaned once a week by the homestay provider.


Laundry facilities will be provided by the family once a week.

Learning centre

15 Jun- 23 Jun
EC Dublin 
La Touche House, Rathmines, Dublin 6

24 Jun-16 Aug
Terenure College
Templeogue Rd Dublin 6W Dublin

Course: Project Based learning
20 lessons per week (a total of 15 hours)
1 lesson = 45 minutes


  • The course will help improve English Language skills by encouraging the students to work and communicate together toward completing a weekly Project, emphasis is placed on communication and developing life skills.
  • Lessons are engaging and designed especially for young learners. Teachers aim to satisfy any interest, with a focus on communication to boost students' confidence when using English in practical situations.
  • Our dedicated and professional teaching staff provide feedback and support and help students build confidence to speak English.
  • All lessons and activities work together. Each week covers a different theme and what's learnt in class is linked with activities outside of the classroom.That means learners get to use and practice their skills every single day.


First Day

On the first day, all students will take a placement test, allowing academic staff to place students in the relevant group for their ability. In the afternoon, students will be given an orientation tour.

EC Dublin Classic City Programme Sunday:
09:45 Arrival at the learning centre 
10:00-10:15 Welcome talk 
10:15-11:45 Placement test 
11:45-13:00 Lunch break 
13:00-15:00 City orientation
Any student unable to attend their first day on Sunday should arrive at the learning centre on Monday by 08:30. 
08:45-09:00 Welcome talk 
09:00-10:30 Placement test 
10:45-12:15 Lessons 
14:30 Orientation tour




All students must attend classes and activities on a daily basis unless they are genuinely indisposed (due to illness, for example). In the case of a student falling ill, an EC member will accompany the student to a doctor or A&E.

View Full Programme & More

Please view the programme for each week here

Sample Programme

  Morning Afternoon Evening
S Arrivals
S Welcome Talk & Placement Test  Orientation tour Free evening with your family
M Themed Lessons Visit to Dublinia Film Night
T Themed Lessons Sports - Focus on Gaelic FootballCeilidh (Irish Dancing)
W Themed Lessons BowlingTalent Show
T Themed Lessons Botanic GardenFree Evening in your host family
F Themed Lessons & Project Work Irish Culture dayThemed Disco Party
S Full Day Trip to Howth or Bray

Please note: This is a sample programme and changes may occur.
Linked course Indicates linked activity which allows students to practise what they learnt in class that day.

Welfare, Rules and Disciplinary Action

Curfew times

  • Ages 13-15: 10pm
  • Ages 16-17: 11pm

Alcohol consumption

Any EC student on the Young Learners Programme caught consuming alcohol during their stay risks being expelled from the school and repatriated to their home country. No alcohol consumption is permitted during the programme.


The consumption of any illegal drugs will result in the immediate expulsion and repatriation of the student and the possible intervention of the police.


Smoking is NOT allowed at any time during the programme.

Customer Complaints

At EC, we endeavour to provide our students with the highest possible level of service. If, however, a student is unsatisfied with any aspect of their programme with EC, we ask that they inform us immediately. Most problems are small and can be quickly resolved by our staff members. During the first week of school, all students are given an initial Course Evaluation form, in which they are asked to evaluate various aspects of their stay. The form also allows students to bring to our attention anything that is not to their satisfaction should they feel unable to speak to us directly. Solutions to any issues will be provided and all necessary parties will be notified when applicable. Students are also requested to complete an online End of Course Evaluation form at the end of their stay so that they have the opportunity to provide EC with general feedback before returning to their home countries.

Accommodation Rules

  • Students must keep their room neat and tidy, including making their own bed every morning.
  • Curfew times must be respected by all students.
  • Students are liable for any damage/breakages to school and accommodation property.
  • Smoking is NOT accepted at any time.
  • If for some reason you will not be home for the evening meal, you should call your homestay providers before, and to let them know.


EC reserves the right to expel and repatriate a student at his/her own expense for any of the following reasons:

  • Possession of any illegal drugs
  • Drinking or bringing alcohol on to any EC premises
  • Malicious damage to school property or place of accommodation
  • If the student is a danger to his/her own safety or that of other students
  • Breaking Irish law
  • Repeated failure to attend academic lessons and/or social activities
  • Bullying, racist behaviour, sexual harassment or violence

In any of the above circumstances, the student will be informed that their stay is going to be terminated with immediate effect. Simultaneously, EC informs the student’s agent of the student’s behaviour and the course of action to be taken. The earliest flight available is booked at the student's expense and an EC staff member accompanies the student to the airport to ensure that the student leaves the country. Following such action, EC will terminate all relationships with the student and will be unable to take further responsibility for the student. No refunds will be given to any students who have been expelled.

Course Certificate
Students must attend all lessons and organised activities in order to receive their End of Course Certificate. The certificate will be given out on the last day of school.

In order to manage student behaviour, EC staff may issue a formal warning, notify parents, ban students from an activity or withhold the End of Course certificate, if the student misbehaves.


Students are liable for any damages/breakages caused to school property. Payment for damages must be effected immediately and the residence staff will not allow students to leave the residence unless payment has been made. A damage deposit form must be completed on the first day of school.

EC may, from time to time, make an exception and allow students outside the stated age range to participate in one or more of the Young Learner programmes. For more information, please speak with your EC contact.