Useful Information + FAQs

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Useful Information

We look forward to welcoming you to Atlantic Language Galway. We hope you have a safe and pleasant journey to Galway and a most enjoyable experience at our school. Here you will find the information you need about arriving at our school, what to do on your first day and useful tips about living in Ireland.

How to get to Galway from Dublin Airport?

The easiest way to get from Dublin airport to Galway is by bus. Bus services at the airport takes passengers directly from the airport to Galway in approximately 2.5 hours. We recommend the company, CITYLINK; buses leave on the hour throughout the day and tickets can be purchased in advance online. The bus stop is located in zone 13 just a few minutes’ walk from Terminal 1 as you can see from the map below:

The bus stop is located in zone 13 just a few minutes’ walk from Terminal 1 as you can see from the map.

The City Link bus will bring you to Galway Coach Station in the centre of Galway city. From there you can take a taxi or walk to your accommodation.

Meeting Service:

Students can book a meeting service at the airport. You will be met by an Atlantic Representative who will be holding a sign with your name on it. He/she will give you your bus ticket and take you to the Galway bus stop where you will board the bus for Galway city. The cost for this service is €150 one way.

Private Transfer:

If you would like to book a private car transfer from Dublin airport to Galway city please contact us in advance at [email protected]. The cost is €350 one way.

Other Airports:

There are two airports in the West of Ireland which are approximately 1 hour’s drive from Galway city.

Ireland West Airport (Knock)for information about transport from Ireland West Airport to Galway please see the following link: Ireland West Airport Transport

Shannon Airportfor information about transport from Shannon Airport to Galway city please see the following link: Shannon Airport Transport

Private Transfer:

If you would like to book a private car transfer from either Ireland West Airport or Shannon Airport to Galway city please contact us in advance at [email protected] The cost is €190 one way.

If I am a non-EU/EEA student, what documents will I need for immigration?

At the Border Control at Dublin Airport, you may be asked to provide additional information so please make sure that you have copies of all your supporting documentation. Below is a list of documentation you will need:

  • Acceptance Letter from Atlantic Language (to be provided by Atlantic)
  • Booking Confirmation of your accommodation arrangement for at lease 14 days (to be provided by Atlantic)
  • Proof that you can support yourself financially during your stay – bank statements etc.
  • Copy of Health Insurance for the duration of your stay
What to bring?

Class materials

Depending on the course you have booked you will be issued with an appropriate textbook. As much course and self-study material is provided digitally, both in class and on the school e-platform, we advise students to bring a device such as an iPad or laptop if this is convenient. As an accredited ‘Green School’ Atlantic Language is committed to reducing paper consumption as much as possible.

Medical Insurance

We advise all students to get some sort of medical insurance before travelling.
EU citizens should bring their European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with them.
Non-EEA students who require a visa to study in Ireland must give full details of their medical insurance to the Irish Immigration Authorities when submitting their application. They are required to have adequate medical insurance to cover their entire stay in Ireland. Medical Insurance is available to purchase through Atlantic Language. Details are available from our Registrations Office: [email protected]


Ireland has a temperate climate with variable weather. Extremes of heat or cold are rare, but it’s not unusual to experience rain showers and sunny spells in one day. It is advisable to bring rain gear and warm clothes whatever the season.

What can I expect on my first day at Atlantic Language?

On your first day please come to Atlantic Language at 8.30 am. You will be greeted by our Student Support Staff and given your Atlantic Language Welcome Pack. You will be directed to a Welcome Class giving you essential information about the school and then shown to your class.

8.30 – 8.45Meet Student Support Team and receive welcome pack
9.00Meet teachers and start first class
10.30Coffee Break
13.30Class (for some courses)
15.00Walking Tour of Galway
Who can I speak to if I have any questions?

If you have questions about any aspect of your stay at Atlantic Language please contact our Student Services Team located at the Front Desk or contact the team directly by email at [email protected]

Services provided include:

  • Request changes or adjustments to your End of Course Certificate
  • Request appointment to speak to member of Academic or Accommodation team
  • Book and pay for tours and excursions
  • Request a Letter to open bank account
  • Request a Letter for immigration
  • Request a Letter to apply for a PPS number
  • Request holidays