EC Partners

EC Dublin Pre-Arrival to First Day


EC Dublin
La Touche House,
Rathmines, Dublin 6


+353 (0) 1 9058830

Emergency Number

(For use outside of office hours only)
+353 8944 18 757

Airport Emergency Number:

+353 1 531 0255

Opening Hours
Monday 08:15 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:15 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:15 - 17:00
Thursday 08:15 - 17:00
Friday 08:15 - 17:00
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed



What is MyEC? 
MyEC is a personalised study tool and powerful learning companion throughout your EC journey. It also offers information about your EC centre, accommodation and about living in your chosen destination.

Your Online Placement Test

  • To help us place you in the right level when you start studying with us, you must complete your Online Placement test before you arrive at school. 
  • If you do not complete this test before your first day, you may miss some of the first day activities and/or class time as this test must be completed before you start class. 
  • The Online Placement Test focuses on Reading, Writing and Use of English (Grammar and Vocabulary) and consists of 66 questions. 
  • Your speaking level will be assessed on your first day in school 
  • For the instructions on how to complete your Online Placement Test, please go to

When can I access MyEC? 
You will have access to MyEC as soon as you receive your booking confirmation. Start by logging in here:

What else must I do on MyEC before my arrival? 
  • Complete your Important Personal Details Form
  • Download Microsoft Teams
  • Complete yout Needs Analysis Form
  • Complete your placement test  
  • Fill in the pre-arrival survey
  • Access a bank of study materials to start learning before you even leave home


Arrival at Airport

I want an EC airport transfer, can I arrive at any time? 
If you have booked accommodation with EC you must arrive at the airport between 08:00 and 20:00. Late/early arrivals may be asked to book alternative accommodation.

What information do I need to give to book an airport transfer? 
Please provide your flight number, arrival time, terminal and airport of origin – minimum 2 weeks in advance.

Who will I meet at the airport? 
There are two meeting points at the Dublin Airport. If you arrive in Terminal 1, you should go to INSOMNIA Coffee, which is located to the right as you come out of the arrival gate. If you arrive in Terminal 2, you should go to the large yellow sculpture, which is located directly opposite the arrival gate. The driver will be waiting at the appropriate meeting point in Terminal 1 or Terminal 2, holding an EC sign with your name on it.

What should I do if I cannot find the EC representative?
If after 10 minutes you cannot see your driver, please contact our emergency number +353 1 531 0255 (WhatsApp: +353 857733939)(Useful phrase to use: Hi, My name is (Maria Angeli). I am from (Italy). I cannot find my EC representative. I am waiting in the arrivals area).

What should I do if I have missed my flight or my flight is delayed? 
You should notify EC by calling +353 1 531 0255 to rearrange your transfer time and avoid additional cost. Useful phrase to use: My name is (Maria Angeli). I am from (Italy). My flight has been changed. My new flight number is (1234) arriving at (time). 

What should I do if I haven’t booked an EC transfer?
There are a few different buses that leave from Dublin airport (T1) that take you to the city centre. The Airlink 747 or 757 https://www. (€7 single ticket or €12 return) which is the most direct route. Air Coach€6 single ticket or €11 return). The number 16 (Dublin bus) costs €3.20 (have exact money as no change will be provided). It takes 30 to 45 minutes from the airport to the city centre. The number 16 also stops a three minute walk away from the school location. We recommend students staying for 1 day up to 7 days to get a Visitor’s Leap Card which allows them to use any form of public transport as much as they like:
• 1 day (24 hours) – €10.00
• 3 days (72 hours) – €19.50
• 7 days (168 hours) – €40.00

Prices are subject to change. For more information, please visit the links above.

Arrival at EC Accommodation

What should I expect at my EC accommodation? 
You will receive a warm, personal welcome, whether you have booked homestay or residence. All our hosts are fully briefed on how to make you feel comfortable and prepared for your first day of lessons. In our residences, an EC representative will be available at the weekend to help and answer any questions.



First Sunday Activities

What should I do on the Sunday before school starts?

You will have the option of participating in activities arranged by EC. This is an opportunity to meet other new EC students, relax and be introduced to your new city together. With an EC staff member on hand, you can also ask any questions you may have. We will notify you of the Sunday activity schedule around 2 weeks before you start school.

Your First Day at School

How can I find my way to school?
You can find this information on your EC Accommodation Profile, or feel free to ask your hosts or residence. 

What if I haven’t booked EC accommodation? 
We recommend you to plan your journey in advance using google maps and local bus routes.

What time should I arrive?  

What should I bring with me? 
It’s important to bring your passport/VISA (not a copy) with you on your first day.

What can I expect on my first day? 
You’ll experience the best possible welcome into the EC family on your first day. Enjoy undivided staff attention in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Here’s what your first day will include:

  • Detailed timetable of the day
  • The remainder of your placement test (speaking and writing)
  • ‘How We Learn’ – Session on how you’ll succeed with EC, including our teaching styles and methods
  • Welcome Talk
  • Welcome activity Your first day will end at around 5:30/6:00pm

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens on public holidays? 
Schools do not open on public holidays, so if Monday is a public holiday, your first day at the school will be on Tuesday. Public holidays are listed below.

2024 Public holidays on a weekday:
1 Jan, 5 Feb, 18 Mar, 1 Apr, 6 May, 3 Jun, 5 Aug, 28 Oct, 25 Dec, 26 Dec.


What will my timetable be?

This is a sample timetable, times may vary between morning and afternoon. Morning lessons only are not guaranteed.

General English (20 lessons/week) : Core Classes (Mon-Fri)

Intensive English (30 lessons/week) : Core Classes (Mon-Fri) & Special Focus Classes (Mon-Fri)


09:00 - 10:30 Core Class group A Core Class group A Core Class group A Core Class group A Core Class group A
10:30 - 10:45 15 minutes Break
10:45 - 12:15 Core Class group A Core Class group A Core Class group A Core Class group A Core Class group A
12:15 - 13:00 Lunch Break
13:00 - 14:30 Special Focus Classes group A
13:00 - 14:30 Core Class group B Core Class group B Core Class group B Core Class group B Core Class group B
14:30 - 14:45 Break
14:45 - 16:15 Core Class group B Core Class group B Core Class group B Core Class group B Core Class group B
16:15 - 16:30 15 minutes Break
16:30 - 18:00 Special Focus Classes group B
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