Ireland

Cities

Dublin, the capital and most populous city of the Republic of Ireland, encompasses a land area of approximately 115 km2. Situated near the midpoint of the Irish east coast, at the mouth of the River Liffey and the centre of the Dublin Region, it is bordered by a low mountain range to the south and flat farmland to the north and west. The city serves a population of approximately 1.8 million within the Greater Dublin Area. and a growing immigration population from the United Kingdom, Poland, Lithuania, China and Nigeria.Dublin-Ireland

The city is bisected by the River Liffey and the city’s centre is considered to be O’Connell Bridge with the area on the O’Connell Street side considered to be the North Side and the opposite side as the South. Most of the historical sights, cultural attractions, cafes, nightlife and shops are within a radius of about 1.5 miles of O’Connell Bridge and easy to reach by visitors.

Several of its landmarks and monuments date back hundreds of years. One of the oldest is Dublin Castle, founded by King John of England in 1204. The Molly Malone statue; the 398 ft conical stainless steel Spire of Dublin; the old iron footbridge Ha’penny Bridge; the 12th century’s St Patrick’s Cathedral; the Custom House; and Áras an Uachtaráin are some of its popular sights.

The name, Dublin, is derived from the Irish name Dubh Linn, meaning “black pool”. It’s modern Irish name is Baile Átha Claith, meaning ‘Town of the Hurdle Ford’ – in reference to the original Iron Age Celtic settlement around 700 BC.

Originally founded as a Viking settlement, it evolved into the Kingdom of Dublin and became the island’s primary city following the Norman invasion. The city expanded rapidly from the 17th century, but entered a period of stagnation following the Act of Union of 1800. Following the partition of Ireland in 1922, the new parliament (the Oireachtas) was located in Leinster House. Dublin then became the capital of the Irish Free State and later of the Republic of Ireland.

The partition of Ireland that followed the War of Independence was ensued quickly by a civil war. Thereafter, Ireland settled cautiously into its new-found freedom; conservative and Catholic, it moved carefully through the 20th century until the 1960s, when liberal thinking emerged the Republic soon joined the European Economic Community in 1973.

Today, Dublin is a modern sprawling city of seemingly endless suburbs with 97% of its residents living within 300 meters of a landscaped park area, such as, the Phoenix Park (home to a herd of wild Fallow deer, Dublin Zoo, and the residence of the President of Ireland (Áras an Uachtaráin)), Herbert Park and St Stephen’s Green.

dublinDublin is the historical and contemporary cultural centre for the country, as well as a modern centre of education, the arts, administration, economy and industry. Being one of Europe’s oldest cities, it has a long history of academic excellence. It is home to a number of leading Universities, Colleges and Institutes of Technology which combine to make it a world leader in the areas of Business, Arts, Science and Technology.

Economic improvements in the 1990s have attracted a large number of global pharmaceutical, information and communications technology companies to the area. Dublin’s International Financial Services Centre established in 1987, is today host of half of the world’s top 50 banks and half of the top 20 insurance companies.

Dublin features a very vibrant nightlife , being reputedly one of Europe’s most youthful cities, with about 50% of Dubliners being under 25. There are many pubs and popular social spots around the areas of Grafton Street, Camden Street, Harcourt Street, and Leeson Street. The Temple bar area, just south of River Liffey, is very popular among tourists, and is also Dublin’s cultural quarter, featuring small arts productions, photographic and artists’ studios, many street performers, and small music venues playing live music. Popular shopping districts include Grafton Street’s many boutiques, Henry Street’s department stores, Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre, Jervis Shopping Centre, and the Ilac Shopping Centre. Plus, a thriving street market culture at the historical Moore Street Market with a significant growth in local farmers’ markets.

DSE Centre: This is the oldest English language centre in Ireland. First established in 1968, this independent, family run school aims to provide you with a high quality programmes, and excellent services.

The Dollard House center is located in the city centre overlooking the river, and immersed in the bustling and vibrant ‘old town’ of Temple Bar. Just walking distance of transport services, main shopping areas, bars and restaurants.

This center boasts 28 classrooms, an academic reception, fully equipped library, student room, private study rooms and a computer room with free Wi-Fi access.

Ireland Information

HOLIDAYS 2015
 New Year's DayBank Holiday

Robert Burns Night (Burns Night)

St Patrick's Day

Good Friday - Christian

Easter Monday - Christian

Labor Day

Spring Bank Holiday - Britain

Bank Holiday

Orange Day, Battle of Boyne - Northern Ireland

Summer Bank Holiday

Halloween

Remembrance Day (Remembrance Sunday)

Christmas - Christian

St Stephen's Day, Boxing Day

January 1stJanuary 2th

January 25th

March 19

April 6

April 9

May 1

May 31

June 4

July 12

August 6

October 29

November 10

December 25th

December 26th

Festivals

The Republic of Ireland have a number of festivals celebrated across its regions.

A few are listed below:

St. Patrick's Day Festival Types: National, Party, Celtic
Month: March

Location: All Ireland

Dublin Irish Festival,

Festival Types: National, Cultural, Family
Month: July
Location: Dublin, Ireland

Puck Fair

Festival Types: Fair, Street Parade, Fireworks
Month: August

Location: Killorglin, Ireland

Cork Jazz Festival, Festival Types: Music - Jazz, Fringe
Month: October

Location: Cork, Ireland

Shrove Tuesday - Pancake Day

Festival Types: Religious, Traditional, Cultural
Month: February

Location: All Areas, Ireland

Arran Folk Festival Festival Types: Celtic, Folk, Music - Folk
Month: June

Location: Isle of Arran, Ireland

Dublin International Film Festival, Festival Types: Film
Month: February

Location: Dublin, Ireland

Galway International Oyster Festival Festival Types: Food, Party, Food and Drink
Month: September

Galway Oyster Festival (Galway, Ireland)
Festival Types: Food, Food and Drink, Music - Varied
Month: September.

Location: Galway, Ireland
St. Michael's Carrots - The Feast of St. Michaels,

Festival Types: Religious, Traditional, Cultural
Month: September

Location: All Areas, Ireland

Ballyshannon Folk and Traditional Music Festival Festival Types: Music - Folk, Celtic, Music - Traditional
Month: August

Location: Ballyshannon, Ireland

PROGRAMS / COURSES

Our courses are for those who need to communicate effectively and achieve fluency in everyday English. There is a wide choice of courses ranging from 6-25 hours per week and courses at lower prices for students who study in the afternoon. You learn in a lively, international atmosphere with students, graduates and working people from over 80 different countries. Personal tutorials with your teacher ensure attention to individual needs.

Here, one learns the language as well as, the grammar structures in a stimulating atmosphere at all levels. Your vocabulary will increase daily as you become more accustomed to the sound of the language. The language courses provide systematic acquisition of skills covering all aspects of the English language; broadening of grammar, structure and vocabulary; intensive training in oral and written expression; study of English culture and civilization.

Group courses features a maximum of 8-15 participants of different countries seeking to improve skills in a wholly English environment. Complete beginners start on specific dates during the year, please ask us about those dates.

*When Monday is a public holiday, courses start on the following Tuesday: April 20; May 4, 25; August 24. Timetable: 1 hour = 50 minute lesson and a 10 minute break.

LANGUAGE PROGRAMS

English Online

Individual lessons using distance learning for students with basic knowledge of beginner English. The course runs in blocks of a minimum of 10 lessons. It features general English lessons, high quality TOEFL and IELTS, Conversational and Business courses under professional training from well experienced native English teachers.

This interactive and professional comprehensive online programs is designed to help the student cover all sections of the language including practice tasks and questions, revision, study skills, tips and strategies  It is a revolutionary way to excel in the comfort of your home or office, at your own pace, in your own time. You will just need to sit in front of your computer in a comfort zone, sipping on coffee or a cold beverage, while enjoying your learning experience.

Location: All

Standard

These 24 lessons take place from Monday to Friday. Our popular standard course with emphasis on everyday English. The focus is on practical communication skills, with emphasis on speaking, including pronunciation and listening. New language - vocabulary, colloquial English, idioms, grammar - is introduced and practiced in interesting and stimulating ways to achieve fluency in everyday English.

Levels: All

Standard Plus

These courses takes place from Monday to Friday.  It is made up of Standard English classes in the morning followed by an extra 5 hour of course.  A very popular course with focus on improving speaking skills. General English: the focus is on practical communication skills, with emphasis on speaking, including pronunciation and listening. New language - vocabulary, colloquial English, idioms, grammar - is introduced and practiced in interesting and stimulating ways to achieve fluency in everyday English.

Levels: All

Intensive

These 30 lessons take place from Monday to Friday.  It is made up of Standard English classes followed by 6 afternoon lessons a week. This course focuses on improving speaking skills. General English: the focus is on practical communication skills, with emphasis on speaking, including pronunciation and listening. New language - vocabulary, colloquial English, idioms, grammar - is introduced and practiced in interesting and stimulating ways to achieve fluency in everyday English.

Extra Conversation to help you develop fluency in a friendly, informal atmosphere with experienced and sympathetic teachers. Interesting topics are discussed with time for correction and feedback.

Levels: Elementary and above

Combined Cities

This program attracts the voyagers in students. It allows for students to choose from the list of courses that we offer in our schools and distribute the learning experience among the different locations. By combining a course from among these different cities, one will learn English  and have the opportunity to experience a variety of English cultures at the same time. Plus, it makes for great city hopping.

Location: New York, London, Dublin, Oxford

Group Programs

There are 2 ways that you can benefit from a Group travel experience:

  1. For groups of 5 our more persons traveling together on the same package to the same destination, please contact our Group Department for a group discounted price quote at: group@nik-las.com
  2. With a group of 5 or more persons, you may organize a program that fits your interests and trip desires. Contact our Group Department for more information.

FOCUS PROGRAMS

TOEFL, IELTS, FCE, CAE, CPE Preparation

Thorough preparation for the examination recognized by many employers and other organizations around the world. TOEIC is a 200-item multiple choice test with students being awarded a score between 10-990; there is no pass or fail. It measures English language proficiency in the work environment, unlike other exams which focus on English as it is used in an academic environment.

Multi-national corporations, government agencies, and other public and private organizations use TOEIC for purposes such as: recruitment, assignment to overseas posts requiring English language proficiency, assignments or promotion within a department where English is needed or desirable, and to identify employees who know English sufficiently well to benefit from corporate training programs abroad.

This course takes place from Monday to Friday  from 13h00 - 15h00 for a period of 4 weeks.. It can be combined with Standard English [Day) or Standard English [Evening]. The preparation course covers strategies to maximize your score in the examination. It tests you on the English language as used internationally in business, commerce and industry but you do not need specialized business knowledge or vocabulary. Exam covers these 2 sections; Listening Comprehension and Reading. Each section contains 100 questions.

 You can also use practice tests at each of the study centers at each school.

Exam Dates:

  • January 30
  • February 27
  • March 26
  • April 30
  • May 28
  • June 25
  • July 30
  • August 27
  • September 24
  • October 29
  • November 26

Exam Registration Deadline: One (1) week before exam date

Levels: Intermediate and above

English For Teachers

English lessons for teachers of English. The main purpose is to support teachers of English by bringing their theoretical knowledge and their teaching methods up to date. Emphasis is to revitalize linguistic and didactic abilities and refreshment of your social-economic and political-cultural knowledge.

Language Level:  Advanced

WORK & STUDY UK

This Work & Study program combines a English course (4 weeks minimum) in several NIK|LAS destination with a job placement after your course in the region of London.

We offer young student travellers the opportunity to experience the English culture firsthand. Learn or improve your English language skills with an in-country course, and later put your new skills to good use while you work in one of the most famous areas of Great Britain.

After your English course (Standard) you will have the opportunity to work in Belfast, allowing you to practise your English while financing your stay in the UK.

Candidate's Profile

This program is opened to EU members (Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Denmark, Republic of Ireland, United Kingdom, Greece, Portugal, Spain, Austria, Finland, Sweden, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Romania), ANDORRA, ARGENTINA, AUSTRALIA, BRAZIL, BRUNEI, CANADA, SOUTH KOREA, HOLY SEE, ICELAND, ISRAEL, JAPAN, LIECHTENSTEIN, MEXICO, MONACO, NORWAY, NEW ZEALAND, REPUBLIC OF CROATIA, SAN MARINO, SINGAPORE, SWITZERLAND, U.S.A, HONG KONG (SAR), and MACAO (EAR)

Age between 18-28 years.

Structure of the Program

The NIK|LAS Study & Work Program consists of 2 phases:

1st: Minimum 4 weeks of Standard English language (available in London).

2nd: The Work placement may last 3 months or more (available in Belfast, London, Scotland).

I Part - Course

The program is designed to help improve your effectiveness as a English Speaker, so you can be more efficient in your work post. With a higher level of English, you’ll be more likely to land a more interesting and potentially tip-earning position, as a bartender or waiter, for example.  Arrangements can be made to take extra courses before you start your placement.  In order to qualify for the work placement you must have an upper intermediate level of fluency.

Location: London, Dublin

II Part: The Work Placement Period

Belfast is the capital and largest city of Northern Ireland. Its city centre is small enough to be explored by foot the numerous elegant Victorian buildings, and the various chain stores and shops that pack the streets north of Donegall Square. Music, theatre and the visual arts are all flourishing activities within the scheme of Belfast's day to day. This is one of Britain's most popular tourist destination. Work placements are in the hospitality business, hotels or restaurants in Belfast.

Type of Positions: Bartender, Waiter/Waitress, Receptionist, Kitchen assistant, Waiters’ Assistant (Runner), Hostess (in restaurants, cafes, bars,...)

The work period will be: 2 to 3 months.

Start Dates: March-September.

On-site Language Skill exam fee: $250 USD (For non-beginners, who skip the language course phase)

Placement Fee: $1095 USD

Location: Belfast, Dublin, London, Scotland

APPLICATION: required documents

  • Résumé either in English. (Example Provided)
  • Short essay (1 page): Detailing specifically the kind of experience the student wants to have, what kind of work placement is preferred, and why.
  • Enrollment Form
  • Send the documents by e-mail to: info@nik-las.com
  • Registration Deposit of $250 USD (Registration cannot be accepted without this payment)
  • Send documents at least 2-3 months before arrival date
Visa InformationTourist visas
UK nationals do not need a passport to visit Dublin, but should carry a valid photo identification. European Economic Area (EEA) citizens (that is, citizens of EU states, plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) can enter Ireland with either a passport or a national ID card. Visitors from outside the EEA will need a passport, which should be valid for at least six months after their entrance to Ireland.
You do not need a visa to enter Ireland if you are a citizen of one of the countries listed below:
Andorra, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Hong Kong (Special Admin. Region), Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, Bahamas, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, Barbados, Israel , Samoa, San Marino, Belize, Japan, Seychelles, Bolivia, Kiribati, Singapore, Botswana, Brazil, Lesotho , Brunei, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Canada, South Korea,  Chile, Macau (Special Admin. Region), Costa Rica, Malawi, Swaziland, Croatia, Malaysia, Maldives, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tonga, Dominica, Mexico, Trinidad & Tobago, El Salvador, Monaco, Tuvalu, Nauru, Fiji, United States of America,New Zealand, Uruguay, Nicaragua, Vanuatu, Vatican City, Panama, Venezuela, Grenada, Paraguay.
Student Visas
The Irish Naturalisation & Immigration Service is the section of the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform responsible for visas issuance.If you are NOT an EU or EEA citizen and do not require a visa to study in Ireland, we will provide you with a letter of Invitation for Immigration purposes. If you stay for longer than 90 days you must register with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB).

Ireland operates an online visa application system that can be reached on the the INIS website.

Low Priced Airlines

These airliners provide inexpensive flights to and from Ireland from other European cities. It can help you mix your flight connection city or entry city into Ireland in order to locate a lower cost trip.

Airports

The Republic of Ireland is served by 4 international airports:
Dublin Airport (DUB), the 8th largest airport in Europe, is Ireland's largest and most connected airport. Located north of Dublin City in Collinstown. It is the busiest airport in Ireland, followed by Cork and Shannon. This airport offers an extensive short and medium haul network, as well as domestic services to many regional airports in Ireland. There are also extensive services to the USA, Canada, the UK, continental Europe and the Middle East. This airport is the headquarters of Ireland's flag carrier (Aer Lingus), low-cost carrier (Ryanair) and Ireland's regional airline (Aer Arann). Ireland's fourth airline, CityJet, operates flights from the airport and its HQ is located in the nearby town of Swords.
Cork Airport (ORK) , serves Cork and Ireland West. It is one of Ireland's three international airports. Located 6.5 km south of Cork City in the Farmers Cross area. Since 2011, Cork Airport has been handling over 2.36 million passengers, which makes it the state's second busiest airport in terms of passenger numbers, after Dublin, and fourth busiest on the island of Ireland, after Dublin, Belfast International and Belfast City. It has flights to most UK destinations and various European cities. It is easily accessed from any of the major European hubs, as well as, all of the London airports.
Shannon Airport (SNN), in County Clare, close to the city of Limerick, has flights to the USA, Canada, the UK, continental Europe and the Middle East.
Knock Airport (NOC), in County Mayo, has daily flights servicing several UK cities, as well as, chartered flights servicing holiday destinations in continental Europe.

 

BUS / TRAIN / TAXIS

DRIVING

Driving and road rules in Ireland are similar to those of the United Kingdom. Conductors drive on the left and yield to the right at roundabouts. Distances and speed limits are displayed in kilometers.

Residential and shopping areas generally have a 50km/h speed limit; motorways have a speed limit of 120km/h; national roads adhere to 100km/ h; while regional road are at 80km/h.

Road signs in the Republic are nominally bilingual, with place names displayed in Irish in italic font, with English equivalent in capitals immediately below. In the "Gaeltacht" region, road signs are written in Irish only.

Ireland's extensive road network is primarily focused on Dublin. The M-50 motorway, a semi-ring road which runs around the south, west and north of the city, connects important national primary routes to the rest of the country. Most motorways have some tolled sections, but tolls are low, and vary from €1.90 upwards, depending on the motorway being used.

BUS

Bus Éireann, Irish Bus, operates an extensive intercity network plus local services in major towns. A number of privately-owned companies also provide intercity services. Private buses run where the national buses are irregular or absent. Bus travel is much cheaper than train service.
DUBLIN
Dublin is served by an extensive network of nearly 200 bus routes which serve all areas of the city and suburbs. The majority of these are controlled by Dublin Bus. Fares are generally calculated on a stage system based on distance travelled.

TRAIN

Iarnród Éireann operates trains in the Republic of Ireland running out of Dublin. The system has no north–south route along the western coast, nor network in Donegal, and no direct connections from Waterford to Cork or Killarney.
There are two main train stations in Dublin. They are: Connolly Station which operate trains to Belfast, Sligo and Rosslare; and Heuston Station which operates trains to Cork, Limerick, Ennis, Tralee, Killarney, Galway, Westport, Kilkenny and Waterford.
Northern Ireland Railway runs four routes from Belfast's Central Station that links with the Republic of Ireland's network: i. via Newry to Dublin; ii. east to Bangor; iii. northeast to Larne; iv. northwest to Derry via Coleraine.
Enterprise (jointly run by Irish Rail and Northern Ireland Railways) is the only cross-border service that connects Belfast Central to Dublin Connolly.

TAXIS

It is recommended that you call 4 hours to 30 minutes ahead to book a taxi, however, taxis are pretty easy to pick up on the streets in Dublin, Belfast and Cork but may be harder to find in smaller cities and towns. Taxis in Republic of Ireland operate on a National Fare basis, so the price should be relatively easy to calculate, but always ensure that your taxi driver uses the meter for your journey.

FERRIES

There are many boat services to islands lying off the coast, such as, the Aran and Skellig Islands to the west, the Saltee Islands to the southeast, and Tory and Rathlin Islands to the north. Ferries also operate across rivers, inlets and loughs, providing useful shortcuts.

Some very popular cruises are offered on the 258km-long Shannon–Erne Waterway as well as other lakes and loughs.

It is also served by numerous ferry services from Great Britain and France.  There is freight and passenger services from Liverpool to Dublin; service connects Holyhead, North Wales, to Dublin, and Pembroke, South Wales, to Rosslare; Holyhead connects to Dún Laoghaire (Co. Dublin) and Fishguard, South Wales, to Rosslare; while Roscoff, France connects to to Rosslare and Cork.  Plus, Dublin has ferry services to  Liverpool, north-west England,  and Isle of Man.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Medical Insurance: All students should have health insurance when visiting Ireland on order to comply with Irish Government visa requirements.

Citizents/Residents from EU member states need to get an European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before coming to Ireland.  This card covers public heath care to the level provided to Irish citizens. Everyone else is also advised to take out insurance to cover health.

Travel Insurance: We advise all travelers to take out insurance to cover personal property.

Weather

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ENGLISH STUDY AND INTERNSHIP PROGRAM 

Work experience is an exciting and challenging way to improve your English, gain insight into British working life and culture and learn new skills.

This is an invaluable opportunity to improve your English and to learn new skills. Designed for students, graduates and young job seekers aged between 18-35.

There is no salary because the objectives of the program are educational and offer a chance to gain professional experience. Many employers pay for daily travel and/or lunch expenses, but this is not guaranteed.

Features

  • Age range 18-35
  • Fully monitored placements
  • Prepare a work portfolio for a Cambridge Certificate in Work Experience
  • The program is educational - work is unpaid
  • Placements in sales and marketing, administration, tourism, fashion, finance, engineering, accounting, computing and IT, charities, media resources, foreign trade, hotel management and other areas.

THE PROGRAM

The program lasts from 6, 16 or 28 weeks. You begin with an English Course of 2, 4 or 14 weeks, followed by a work experience placement of 4, 12 or 14 weeks. That is

  • 2 weeks Course & 4 weeks Work Placement (6 weeks)**
  • 4 weeks Course & 12 weeks Work Placement (16 weeks)**
  • 14 weeks Course & 14 weeks Work Placement (28 weeks)***

Length: 6**, 16**, or 28*** weeks

WORK EXPERIENCE PLACEMENT:

Placements are organized so that students can:

  • Improve fluency by using English at work
  • Develop specialized vocabulary
  • Improve intercultural understanding

The work you do will depend on your level of education and qualifications, your skills and experience, and your level of English. Placements are generally in medium-sized companies in London. Job specifications and workloads vary, but you can expect to have your own responsibilities and perhaps your own project. All placements include some routine activity such as data input, photocopying and making tea and coffee. Most companies will interview you before offering you a work placement.

We ask you to specify 2 different areas of interest on your application - flexibility is needed to find a worthwhile placement.

Students are monitored during their placement and given advice to prepare a work portfolio - this leads to a Cambridge Certificate in Work Experience.

Placement Fee: $1095 USD

Length: 4**, 12**, or14 weeks***

LANGUAGE CLASSES:

Your Language skill is an important factor in finding a quality work placement. Students must be Upper-Intermediate or above to be eligible for the work experience programs. You can choose any of the following English courses: Standard, or Standard Plus. Most companies will want to interview you before offering you a work experience placement and you will need good English to get the most out of your experience.

Length: 2**, 4**, or 14 weeks***

APPLICATION: required documents

  • Résumé either in English. (Example Provided)
  • Short essay (1-2 pages): the student has to focus on the kind of experience he/she wants to have, what he/she wants to learn, what kind of internship the student prefers, and why.
  • The student has to send the documents by e-mail to: intern@nik-las.com
  • Deposit of $250 USD
  • Send documents at least 2-3 months before arrival date

*The EEA includes the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Latvia, Malta, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein.

**This program is suitable for European Union (EU) and other European Economic Area (EEA) nationals*.

***Non-EU and Non-EEA nationals should apply for this program.

Students must take the Cambridge Certificate of Work Placement. The fee is not included in the price and is payable to Cambridge after the student's arrival in the UK.

WORK & STUDY PROGRAM

WORK & STUDY UK

This Work & Study program combines a English course (4 weeks minimum) in several NIK|LAS destination with a job placement after your course in the region of London.

We offer young student travellers the opportunity to experience the English culture firsthand. Learn or improve your English language skills with an in-country course, and later put your new skills to good use while you work in one of the most famous areas of Great Britain.

After your English course (Standard) you will have the opportunity to work in Belfast, allowing you to practise your English while financing your stay in the UK.

Candidate's Profile

This program is opened to EU members (Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Denmark, Republic of Ireland, United Kingdom, Greece, Portugal, Spain, Austria, Finland, Sweden, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Romania), ANDORRA, ARGENTINA, AUSTRALIA, BRAZIL, BRUNEI, CANADA, SOUTH KOREA, HOLY SEE, ICELAND, ISRAEL, JAPAN, LIECHTENSTEIN, MEXICO, MONACO, NORWAY, NEW ZEALAND, REPUBLIC OF CROATIA, SAN MARINO, SINGAPORE, SWITZERLAND, U.S.A, HONG KONG (SAR), and MACAO (EAR)

Age between 18-28 years.

Structure of the Program

The NIK|LAS Study & Work Program consists of 2 phases:

1st: Minimum 4 weeks of Standard English language (available in London).

I Part - Course

The program is designed to help improve your effectiveness as a English Speaker, so you can be more efficient in your work post.

With a higher level of English, you’ll be more likely to land a more interesting and potentially tip-earning position, as a bartender or waiter, for example.  Arrangements can be made to take extra courses before you start your placement.  In order to qualify for the work placement you must have an upper intermediate level of fluency.

Location: London, Dublin

II Part: The Work Placement Period

Belfast is the capital and largest city of Northern Ireland. Its city centre is small enough to be explored by foot the numerous elegant Victorian buildings, and the various chain stores and shops that pack the streets north of Donegall Square. Music, theatre and the visual arts are all flourishing activities within the scheme of Belfast's day to day. This is one of Britain's most popular tourist destination. Work placements are in the hospitality business, hotels or restaurants in Belfast.

Type of Positions: Bartender, Waiter/Waitress, Receptionist, Kitchen assistant, Waiters’ Assistant (Runner), Hostess (in restaurants, cafes, bars,...)

The work period will be: 2 to 3 months.

Start Dates: March-September.

On-site Language Skill exam fee: $250 USD (For non-beginners, who skip the language course phase)

Placement Fee: $1095 USD

Location: Belfast, Dublin, London, Scotland

APPLICATION: required documents

• Résumé either in English. (Example Provided)

• Short essay (1 page): Detailing specifically the kind of experience the student wants to have, what kind of work placement is preferred, and why.

• Enrollment Form

• Send the documents by e-mail to: info@nik-las.com

• Registration Deposit of $250 USD (Registration cannot be accepted without this payment)

• Send documents at least 2-3 months before arrival date

EXCURSIONS

There are various activities and excursions offered during the year and helps you get to know other students and members of staff and enjoy the culture and entertainment of Dublin and Britain. You may participate in short walks around the historic center or at the Welcome party during your first days. While some activities may be free, for others, students are required to sign-up and pay in order to participate. Excursions may include visits to monuments, galleries, museums, and tours, while other's may include trips to other nearby cities. Here are examples of possible excursion destinations:

From Dublin

  • Salisbury and Stonehenge, Leeds Castle, Oxford, St. Paul's Cathedral, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Dublin Zoo and Camden Town, Madam Tussaud's and the Planetarium, Greenwich by boat, Walk of Whitehall to Trafalgar Square, Soho and the West End, Victoria and Albert Museum, Museum of Dublin, Tate Britain, and The National Gallery.

PICK-UP

Dublin Airport

This optional service is offered at a cost for One-way from/to arrival or departure from Dublin Airports. A representative meets and takes the student to accommodation or departure point. Please forward travel information at least 3 weeks in advance

Location: Dublin

LODGING OPTIONS

NIK|LAS offers lodging during your stay in Ireland while you are taking part in one of our courses.

Accommodations are generally a 20 - 45 minutes commute from the center.  Shopping facilities are a short distance away. Electricity, gas and water are included.

Single Room (SR) - Private room.

Double Room (DR) - Shared Room between two students.

Suggestions: Take extra care with your behavior; keep common areas clean; moderate noise to a low level at night.

Shared Apartments

Apartments are simply furnished with a fully equipped kitchen with washing machine, living room with television, iron and 1 or 2 bathrooms. There are no telephones available in apartments. These 2, 3, or 4 Bedroom apartments are shared with other international students and/or locals so students can cook their own food and manage food budget. Bed linens are provided. However, you will need to bring towels and own personal toiletries. Room in a shared apartment with access to all communal areas of the house (kitchen, bathroom and living room). Single or double rooms options.

Location: Dublin

Private One-Bedroom/Studio

Private one bedroom apartment or studio for 1 or 2 persons who require a little more privacy. They are fully furnished with a fully equipped kitchen with washing machine, living room with television and 1 bathroom. Bed linens are provided. However, you will need to bring towels and own personal toiletries.

Location: Dublin

Homestay/Host Family

Staying with an Irish Family is rewarding, in that, it encourages the natural use of social English. This helps to improve your language skills. Room with an Irish family with a meal option of breakfast(1 meal/day) or half board (2 meals/day). You are made to feel completely at home with their families and enjoy the unique opportunity to fully integrate oneself into English family life. Though, you will be free to do what you wish, you will be expected to adjust a bit to the rules of the house.  You will receive your own house-key so you may come and go as you please. During your home-stay you will be able to receive phone calls. Bed linens are provided. However, you will need to bring towels and own personal toiletries. Single or double rooms options.

Location: Dublin

Student Residence

We offer a variety of residential accommodation in central Dublin. Residential accommodation options are available but are also limited throughout the year due to regular high demands. The residence houses several rooms with students also studying English. You have access to communal area of the fully equipped kitchen, dining room, living room with TV, video, as well as washing machines. You have a choice of handling your own meals or requesting a meal plan of full board (3 meals/day). It has an international atmosphere, where English is the common language. Bed linens are provided. However, you will need to bring towels and own personal toiletries. Single or double rooms options.

Location: Dublin

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