Frequently Asked Questions

General Info | Accommodation | Typical Day | Behaviour & Rules | Student Welfare

General Information

Management: Each course has a dedicated management team in addition to all other staff; there is one Course Manager who is responsible for the overall running of the course and who is supported by two Assistant Managers

Teachers: Teachers are a mix of highly qualified and experienced Irish teachers of French, German or Spanish and teachers who are native speakers of French, German or Spanish with experience of teaching their language to non-native speakers. Our teachers are attracted to the Euro Languages College format because they believe that language teaching goes beyond the classroom.

Animators (Activity Leaders): Animators who are involved in the recreational, sport and leisure activities are mainly from different French, German or Spanish speaking countries. They are generally trained in youth work in their own countries and provide an important linguistic and cultural dimension to our courses. The advantage of the activities organised by the foreign language animators is that they provide a context in which it is natural to speak the language. The daily interaction between students, animators and the native teachers is a most important cultural dimension to our courses.

Assistants: Assistants are usually Irish students who have previously attended Euro Languages College and who have received special training in group leadership. All our personnel are involved in general supervision, including meal times and dormitory supervision

  • Writing Materials, Copybook , Dictionaries
  • Sunscreen and after sun cream.
  • Clothes hangers, if desired, as these are quite limited in some colleges.
  • Small padlock and key for personal locker (only available in some colleges).
  • Clothes: Comfortable and appropriate clothing should be brought. Students can bring some old clothes for use in the fun filled activity nights (Fancy dress/ Casino Evening etc)

In the interest of preserving the French / German / Spanish atmosphere on our courses the following items are not allowed and any such items will be confiscated:

  • mobile phones (please see text 2 sections down in relation to mobile phones)
  • any audio equipment such as radios or MP3/4 players
  • laptops or any tablet devices such as or similar to i-pad, kindle etc
  • items such as or similar to PSPs and Nintendo DS
  • audio or reading in any language other than French / German / Spanish are not allowed.
  • In the interest of student health and safety – alcoholic beverages, tobacco, glue type substances, Tipp-Ex, aerosols (including deodorants) are forbidden and will be confiscated. The same applies to knives, substances such as hair dye or any other objects that the Course Manager deems to be threat to the safety of the students.
  • E-Cigarettes are not permitted and they will be confiscated.

Euro Languages College International Ltd. accepts no responsibility for the safekeeping of such confiscated items.

Students arriving with parents are expected to register between 4.00pm and 5.30pm on the date of commencement.

Our language rules come into force immediately upon arrival. This is because it has been our experience that in order to maintain the use of the second language it is necessary to exclude the use of English as completely as possible.

Parents are therefore requested to say goodbye and leave as soon as they have brought students to the reception area.

Parents should not ask to visit the dormitories or other areas of the school with a student as it puts the managers or other members of staff in the awkward position of having to refuse their request.

Parents and students can relax in the knowledge that the staff of Euro Languages College is an understanding, caring and warm group of people. They will make every effort to ensure that all students feel welcome and secure from the moment of their arrival.

The manager and assistant manager will be available at the reception area to meet parents and discuss any further information, medical or otherwise that may have come to light since the completion of the original application form.

Students will depart early on the final day of the course. Those parents collecting students are asked to do so by 12 noon. Euro Languages College staff will not be responsible for students who have not been collected after this time.

Students are not permitted to use mobile phones and are not permitted to keep a mobile phone either on their person or with their belongings in the dorms. However, parents have told us that in the age of having immediate contact with their child, they find it difficult when they send their child to an ELC course and they have no contact

On the second evening between 8.00pm and 8.45pm we will allow students to retrieve their mobile phones (if they are brought with them) from the confiscated items and to call home to say they are settling in well.The students will have no more than 5 minutes to call but it should reassure you that your child is safe and well. It is possible that you will receive a call anytime in the window between 8.00pm and 8.45pm. Students then hand back their phones to be kept in the office.

Also, in an effort to simplify the arrangements for Sunday visits students will be again permitted to phone home between the same time period each Wednesday and Saturday. The phones are then handed back to the office once the calls are made.

To make contact with the course at any other time, you will have to call the college telephone number (provided shortly before course start date). If any students are found to be abusing the system, e.g. do not hand back their phone at the designated time or hand up an old phone whilst keeping their current phone on their person, we will withdraw the privilege from them and inform the parents that they will not be calling from their mobile anymore and all contact must come through the office.

Please note Euro Languages College accepts no responsibility for the safe keeping of phones if students decide to bring them.

All pocket money is to be banked with the Course Manager on the day of arrival. A debit card system will be run so that the students can pay for items from the tuck shop or send clothes to the launderette; this means students do not have to keep cash on their person during the course. Euro Languages College International Ltd. will not be liable for any money not lodged in the bank. Students will be facilitated to withdraw money prior to the Sunday visit.

As a guide, the only pocket money requirements will be for the:

  • Tuck Shop – The Tuck Shop sells ice cream, crisps, chocolate, sweets, soft drinks, water, stamps etc.
  • Laundry (if students wish to avail of this facility) – An arrangement is made with a local launderette to collect and return students’ laundry, which is charged at the usual rate.
  • Swimming in colleges that do not have their own pool.
  • Doctor ? in case your son/daughter should need to visit the doctor.
  • Senior French students must also pay for a grammar book. In summer 2021 was 28euro.

The optional facility of sending clothes to a laundry will be available at a normal cost of about 8-10 euro per bag of washing. Euro Languages College is not responsible for the damage to or loss of any clothes sent to the laundry/launderette

Feedback from staff and student evaluations of our courses indicated very strongly that visits disrupt the continuity of a course. They also affect the French / German / Spanish atmosphere that prevails on our courses. Because of this we strongly advise that no visits take place. For those parents who feel they must visit, visiting time is confined to Sunday afternoon between midday and 5.30 p.m. If you arrive after midday you can still take your son/daughter out of the college but the return time will still be 5.30pm.

  • No student will be permitted to leave the college with other relatives, family friends or parents of friends on the course unless specific written authority to do so has been given to the course manager by their parents.
  • The Parent / Guardian email addresses given will be the only email addresses from which written permission for Sunday visits etc will be accepted.
  • Parents / Guardians should only give written consent for a responsible adult to take their child out of the college.
  • Parents and students must leave the college grounds for the full duration of such visits.
  • Visitors may not go beyond the reception area of the college while they await the student they are visiting.
  • Visitors are requested to keep English to a minimum and not to speak with any student other than their own.

The same person who signs a student out must sign the student back in to the college.

Any student who returns to the college under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be liable for immediate expulsion. (see rules).

The above procedures have been drawn up in the students’ own interest and relate to safety, supervision and general behaviour.

Note: The August Bank Holiday Monday is a normal working day at Euro Languages College.

At the time of booking you must provide the name, address and telephone number of relative/friend (in Ireland) to act on behalf of the parent(s)/guardian(s) if contact cannot be made in the case of emergency/expulsion. Please provide a suitable responsible adult and inform them that they have been nominated by you and that they WILL be contacted should an emergency arise and/or in the case of a breach of the rules or expulsion only if the parent(s)/guardian(s) cannot be contacted. You may choose to enter the details of a relative, neighbour or family friend.

DO NOT PROVIDE THE DETAILS OF EITHER PARENT/GUARDIAN.

Prior to the commencement of the course:

Deposits will not be refunded. However in the case of illness and on receipt of a medical certificate, a proportion of the fees may be returned:

  • 50% if cancellation is made more than 8 weeks before the course commences.
  • None of the deposit will be returned if cancellation is made less than 8 weeks before the course commences.

Final payments will not be refunded. However in the case of illness and on receipt of a medical certificate a proportion of the fees may be returned:

  • The final payment plus 50% of the deposit if cancellation is made more than 8 weeks before the course commences.
  • The final payment less the deposit if cancellation is made less than 8 weeks before the course commences.

From the date of commencement of the course:

No refund will be made to any student who opts to go home on arrival at the course or who leaves the course for any reason, medical or otherwise.

In the event of cancellation, medical or otherwise, student fees paid are non-transferable.

In the event of unforeseen circumstances which would affect the running of any of our courses, Euro Languages College reserves the right to cancel such a course or alter the dates thereof.

Accommodation

The language courses take place in carefully selected boarding schools with spacious grounds and a variety of sporting facilities:

  • Clongowes Wood College, Clane, Co Kildare
  • St Flannan’s College, Ennis, Co Clare
  • Wilson’s Hospital School, Multyfarnham, Co. Westmeath
  • Villiers School, Limerick
  • Bandon Grammar School

No one college is better than another; they all have their own individual appeal. There is no difference in structure at any of the courses as the language programme is exactly the same at every course.

Yes, the courses are mixed and you will sleep in dormitories that are split into male and female. Some colleges have dormitories that sleep between six and eight although there are some with small bedrooms that sleep two or three. There are also dormitories that are large rooms with between twenty and forty beds that are separated by dividers.

As the dorm situations in each school can vary, we can not promise all students sharing preferences will be accommodated. We will do our utmost best to ensure all students get to dorm with at least one friend. We kindly ask that all student sharing preferences be put in the Special Request box during the booking process in order to ensure early allocation of rooms and preferences. We would advise that when groups are sharing together, it can be more difficult to mix with other members of the course so we do advise maximum limits of 4 friends sharing together. 

Assistants are members of staff who are 16/17 are often allocated a bed in a dorm with students. This is to ensure all members of the dorm are behaving accordingly and mixing well while keeping up the immersive nature of the course. They are volunteers similar to class prefects.

Male and female dormitories are completely separate. Animators and Assistants sleep in the dormitories with the students and the Management staff and Teachers sleep on site in the college.

Anyone who has completed one year of French, German or Spanish at secondary school can attend the courses. We will assess you when you arrive so that you will be placed in a class with students of equal ability to yourself. Some students attend the courses because they feel they are weak at the language and need to improve and others who may be very strong at the language attend because they enjoy the course environment.

We have students who attend the courses from all over the country and some who attend from abroad as well. Usually, where you live will probably determine which course you choose so as to be able to get there easily. Another factor in choosing a course would be the dates that it is running.

Typical day & activities

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

8:15 – 9:00

Wake up / showers

 9:00 – 9:30

Breakfast

9:30 – 1:00

Class (breaks 10:30-10:45 & 11.45-12

1:00 – 1:45

Dinner

1:45 – 2:00

Dorm (preparation for activities)

2:00 – 3:15

Activity 1

3:15 – 4:00

Tuck shop open

4:00 – 5:15

Activity 2

5:15 – 5:45

Dorms / showers

5:45 – 6:30

Tea

6:30 – 7:00

Assembly

7:00 – 8:00

Activity 3

8:00 – 8:45

Tuck shop open

8:45 – 10:00

Activity 4

10:00 – 10:30

Supper & Bed

Wednesday & Saturday

9:15 – 9:50        

Wake up / showers

9:50 – 10:20      

Breakfast

10:20 – 1:00      

Class (Break: 11:30-11:50)

1:00 – 1:45        

Dinner

1:45 – 1:55        

Pastoral Care Group

1:55 – 2:45        

Class

2:45 – 3:00        

Dorm (preparation for activities)

3:00 – 3:45        

Tuck shop open

3:45 – 5:15        

Activity 2

5:15 – 5:45        

dorms / showers

5:45 – 6:30        

Tea

6:30 – 7:00        

Assembly

7:00 – 8:00        

Activity 3

8:00 – 8:45        

Tuck shop open

8:45 – 10:00      

Activity 4

10:00 – 10:30   

Supper & Bed

Sunday

10:00 – 10:30

Breakfast

10:30 – 11:00

Dorm clean up

11:00 – 11:30

Letter writing

11:30

Mass

12:30 – 1:00

Inspection of dorms

1:00 – 1:45

Dinner 

1:45 – 5:45

Parents visit

Or

1:45 – 2:00

Dorm (preparation for activities)

2:00 – 3:15

Activity 1

3:15 – 4:00

Tuck shop open

4:00 – 5:15

Activity 3

5:15 – 5:45

Dorms / showers

5:45 – 6:30

Tea

6:30 – 7:00

Assembly

7:00 – 8:00

Activity 3

8:00 – 8:45

Tuck shop open

8:45 – 10:00

Activity 4

10:00 – 10:30

Supper

10:30

Bed

 

In the afternoons, there are numerous activities to choose from such as:

  • Volleyball
  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Racket Sports (tennis, unihoc, rounders)
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Zumba
  • Aerobics

and many more…

The range of activities available depends on the facilities at the college. Swimming is available where there is access to a pool. 

Coming New for 2022

  • Bubble Soccer 
  • Archery Tag

Following the evening meal, students can look forward to an evening of activities all carried out through the target language.

The Language Rich Activities are prepared and animated by the teachers but could be allocated to willing animators having the appropriate experience in teaching or in the animation of linguistic activities. They usually take place in the classroom but can be also be organized in another place (if it is deemed suitable for the activity). A selection of these activities is listed below:

  • Treasure Hunt: Students looking for hidden treasure throughout the college grounds. However, getting to the gold isn’t that simple as teams, equipped with a map of the school, must overcome a series of riddles and games to come up trumps!
  • Debating: Students are given an interesting, topical motion and must argue their point in the target language.
  • Table Quiz: Over 70 questions on different trivia themes! May the best team win!
  • Speed Dating: The perfect way of breaking the ice for students on the first week. Students get to know each other by filling out questionnaires in 2 minute slots and trying to find their perfect match, whether it be friendship or maybe more! Who knows?
  • Cluedo: Students watch a short ‘murder mystery’ short film prepared by our staff. The ‘suspects’ are then questioned by the students in an attempt to find out ‘Who dunnit?’
  • Festival de Cannes: Students get a chance to watch films made by their peers throughout the course!
  • Ceili (run through French, German or Spanish) Students get the opportunity to learn two well-known Irish Ceili dances, The Siege of Ennis and The Walls of Limerick
  • Casino Night: Black Jack, Roulette, 421 and many more all to be enjoyed with our very specially designed ELC currency! Our ELC staff take the role of security guards with sunglasses and earpieces for the James Bond themed evening. With our fake wedding certificates, some students may even take the plunge and get hitched in Vegas!
  • Olympics: The team become Greek Gods and donned the toga for the students to take part in a series of tournaments and relay races in an atmosphere to mimic the Ancient Olympic Games
  • Horror Night: Our staff disguise themselves as characters from some of the most famous horror films while the students are taken on a spooky tour of the school
  • Eurovision Song Contest: Each class gets the chance to perform for their peers.
  • Last Night Disco: Students get the chance to put their dancing shoes on and say au revoir/adios/ auf wiedersehen to their peers.

Unfortunately we cannot provide one to one supervision for swimming or any other activity and students cannot train unsupervised for reasons of welfare and safety. However, you could request that he is allowed to swim daily as his group activity.

Euro Languages College provides all sports equipment needed for activities. Students should bring their own sports gear (shoes, boots, swimwear and swimming caps etc.). Please ensure that these are clearly marked. In the interest of their own safety students playing basketball are requested to wear basketball boots. Flips flops are needed for the swimming pool area of Clongowes Wood College.

Students are requested to bring musical instruments to add to the evening’s entertainment. Again please ensure that these are easily identifiable. Note: Please refer to section on insurance.

Behaviour & Rules

A high standard of behaviour and good manners is required at all times. Students must obey the direction of staff. Disrespect, persistent disobedience, unruly behaviour or bullying towards staff or fellow students will not be tolerated and warrants expulsion. Failure to comply with these rules will warrant expulsion and no reimbursement of fees is permitted, no exceptions will be made.

Smoking: is a health hazard and a fire risk. It is strictly forbidden in our schools and on our school grounds. Students who smoke are liable to immediate expulsion, regardless of Parents/Guardian(s)’ attitude to such matters while the student is at home. E-Cigarettes are not permitted

Alcohol and Drugs: the possession and consumption of alcohol and the use of drugs are strictly forbidden and warrant immediate expulsion, regardless of Parents/Guardian(s)’ attitude to such matters while the student is at home.

Visits– students who return to college after a visit, under the influence of alcohol or drugs, liable for immediate expulsion regardless of Parent/Guardian(s)’ attitude to such matters while the student is at home.

Theft and Vandalism– any pupil found stealing or vandalizing property is liable to be expelled. Pupils will be charged for damages or graffiti to the college buildings, equipment, furniture, or to another students belongings. If a group is involved and individuals not identified, the cost of repair will be apportioned by the Course Manager.

Out of Bounds- in the interest of providing a high level of supervision for the students own safety and for insurance purposes aswell as supervision of the language of the following out of bounds rules apply:

(a) No student may leave the grounds of the college unless on an official organized college outing. Euro Languages College International Ltd. will not be liable for any loss or injury that might occur should a student do so.

(b) Certain areas within each college are out of bounds at different times of the day and/or evenings. Students will be advised of all these areas upon arrival. No students may enter these out of bounds

No boy may visit any of the girls’ dormitories, and no girl may visit any of the boys’ dormitories at any time.

Girls’ washrooms and showers are out of bounds to boys, and boys’ washrooms and showers are out of bounds to girls.

Students who leave their dormitory area after lights out are considered out of bounds.

 (c  ) Swimming – (where applicable) other than at allotted supervision times is forbidden and warrants expulsion.

If a student is in breach of the above rules so as to warrant expulsion, the Course Manager will immediately contact the parents’ home address (or the contact address they have provided in the event of their being away from home) to advise them of the situation. If the Course Manager fails to make immediate contact he/ she will then attempt to contact the relative or friend designated to act in loco parentis.

THE EXPELLED STUDENT WILL EITHER BE COLLECTED BY HIS/HER PARENTS, OR THE PERSON DESIGNATED TO ACT ON THEIR BEHALF ON THE DAY OF EXPULSION. OTHERWISE THE STUDENT WILL BE SENT HOME BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT. IT IS THE PARENTS’ RESPONSIBILITY OR THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE PERSONS DESIGNATED TO ACT ON THEIR BEHALF TO ENSURE THAT A RESPONSIBLE ADULT WILL BE AVAILABLE TO RECEIVE A STUDENT THUS EXPELLED. EURO LANGUAGES COLLEGE INTERNATIONAL LTD. ACCEPTS NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY STUDENT FOLLOWING EXPULSION.

An expulsion comes into effect from the moment that the student is advised that he/she is being expelled. Students therefore are not advised of their expulsion until shortly before the time they are due to depart the college. It should be noted that once a student has been advised of their expulsion, he/she will not be allowed any further association with the other students. The decision of the Course Manager in relation to the integration and implementation of the rules and all matters in relation to discipline shall be final and binding. Expulsions affect staff and student morale and the entire atmosphere of the course. We therefore ask both parents and students to read our rules and the section on general procedures and other information prior to making a booking for our courses

No. Schools are public areas and therefore it is against the law to smoke in the college. The Euro Languages College rules state that you are liable to expulsion if you smoke at the course regardless of your parents’ attitude to smoking.

Our rule states that “Students must make the effort to communicate in French / German / Spanish at all times in accordance with their ability.” If you are found to be breaking this rule you will be given a first warning and your Parents / Guardians will be contacted immediately. If you are found to be breaking this rule a second time you will be sent home from the college. Most students settle into speaking the target language after a few days! We realise that this may seem harsh, but the success of our courses depends on this rule being enforced.

We do not encourage Students to leave the course as it interrupts the continuity of the language experience; if it is necessary that your child leave the course for any reason, you must give the Course Manager all the details in advance and in writing. You should tell us when your child will leave the course, when they will be returning, how they are getting there and back to the course again, that is, if they are taking public transport or being collected by someone.

Student Welfare

We do not encourage Students to leave the course as it interrupts the continuity of the language experience; if it is necessary that your child leave the course for any reason, you must give the Course Manager all the details in advance and in writing. You should tell us when your child will leave the course, when they will be returning, how they are getting there and back to the course again, that is, if they are taking public transport or being collected by someone.

Visits disrupt the continuity of a course and they also affect the French / German / Spanish atmosphere that prevails on our courses. Because of this we strongly advise that no visits take place. For those parents who feel they must visit, visiting time is confined to Sunday afternoon between midday and 5.30 p.m. Your parents will sign you out of the college and sign you back in on your return. In recent years we have found that the majority of parents do take their child out of the college on Sundays.

Photos and/or footage may be taken of your child during the course for certain activities or to document life in ELC. Consent is given to use your child’s image in promotional material and publicity. Please inform us in writing if you wish to withdraw this consent to use your child’s image when booking the course or prior to their arrival.

The following is the standard wording with respect to the Employers/Public Liability Insurance which will be put in place through our insurance agents.

EMPLOYERS LIABILITY INSURANCE

Legal liability to pay compensation to all our personnel in respect of death, bodily injury or disease sustained by them and arising out of and during the course of their duties and caused by the negligence of the company, our servants and agents.

PUBLIC LIABILITY INSURANCE

Legal liability to pay compensation as follows:

  • Death, bodily injury or disease to any third party person, caused by the negligence of the company, our servants or agents, and arising out of and during the course of the business.
  • Damage to third party property, caused by the negligence of the company, our servants or agents, and arising out of and during the course of the business.
  • You will note that students attending Euro Languages College courses will be considered third parties in the event of a claim; indemnity on any one claim is 6,500,000 Euro.

PLEASE NOTE, STUDENTS’ BELONGINGS ARE NOT INSURED UNDER EURO LANGUAGES COLLEGE INTERNATIONAL LTD.’S INSURANCE POLICY.

Euro Languages College International Ltd. accepts no responsibility for students’ belongings. We suggest that parents should investigate the possibility of arranging an extension of their household insurance policy to cover students’ belongings. We would also like to advise students to leave items of value at home that are not suitable for a summer camp environment, as Euro Languages College is not responsible for replacing items that get broken and/or lost.

A nurse will attend the college daily. A doctor is on call at all times. Students requiring medical attention will be brought to the doctor or nearest hospital. Medical costs will be deducted from the student’s bank account. Please ensure that pocket money is adequate to cover such deductions. Please complete in detail Section E on Student Welfare on the enclosed booking form. Dangerous medicines/drugs must be handed over to the Course Manager during registration. These will be dispensed as necessary throughout the course.

“All organizations involved with children have an obligation to provide them with the highest possible standard of care in order to promote their well-being and safeguard them from abuse.”

Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children, 2011

ELC has administrative systems in place to ensure child protection e.g. new staff providing a police clearance certificate: Casier jusiciare / Führungszeugnis / certificado de antecedentes penales.

On site code of behaviour should be adhered to by all staff:

  • Appropriate staff supervision and ratiosg. no adult staff member should be on their own with a student at any time.
  • Appropriate relationships and boundaries between staff and students in relation to physical contact and language. You should never shout at students and outside of the normal contact one would expect in sports activities etc staff members should not make physical contact with the students e.g. it may seem cold but hugging a student is not appropriate.
  • Appropriate behaviour when addressing challenging behaviour. Remain calm and seek help from other staff.
  • Dealing with bullying. To be dealt with in the next section.
  • Considerations for off-site activitiesg. supervision on the bus and in the pool where students leave the college to use a pool.
  • Safe use of technology, including cameras. Students may use cameras and images taken should be appropriate and if activities are suitable e.g. no sexual content etc the images will also be safe.

You must first of all inform us if your child has any special medical conditions or if your child needs to take medication during the course. We have experience with students who need daily medication. Medication should be given to the Course Manager at the beginning of the course to be dispensed to the student. A nurse visits the college daily and liaises with the Course Manager to ensure that each student’s medical requirements are met. There is also a doctor on call at all times for each college.

Yes, we are strict in enforcing the language rule but this is the reason that our courses are so successful. In order to provide the necessary French / German / Spanish speaking atmosphere and to ensure total immersion, we must insist that Students make an effort to speak the language at all times to the best of their ability. Generally, students adapt very well to this after a few days.

Every effort is made to help the students settle in and enjoy our courses. We do not encourage telephone calls but if a student is homesick they are allowed to ring home. On the first evening of assembly, Students are advised to approach any member of staff if they are experiencing difficulties in settling in. There are pastoral care meetings held twice weekly where the students discuss any problems they may have. Students can also speak to the Course Manager in the office in English if they are having problems.

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