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Study English at Centre of English Studies (CES) Ireland

Centre of English Studies (CES) has three year round English language schools based in Dublin, London and Worthing. CES offers the full range of English language courses for both Adult and Junior students.


CES History


Established in 1979, CES/Swandean School of English has over 27 years experience and is one of the leading English language schools in Europe. During this time we have gained an international reputation for the care and attention that all of our clients receive. Over the last 30 years CES/Swandean has helped thousands of students from the four corners of the world improve their English language skills and abilities by helping them to achieve their language passport to their future. We offer a wide range of professional English language courses in a warm, friendly and caring atmosphere.


CES/Swandean has welcomed learners from over 55 countries and from all cultures.  Many students come back to study with us several times - the majority have been referred to us by their friends and family who have previously attended one of our courses.  This undoubtedly confirms the very high standard of our programmes and services.


Our courses and programmes are very carefully designed to meet the needs of the modern learner.  We are acutely aware that a good knowledge of English is essential in today's business and academic world. During your stay with us you will have the opportunity to practise your language skills in the school, in shops, in your homestay and with students of many different nationalities.


CES/Swandean has three year round schools in Ireland and England.


Our DUBLIN school is located in the very heart of Dublin on the same street as Trinity College and Dublin Castle.  We have two prestigious buildings within two minutes walk of each other and a short stroll will take you to the cobbled quadrangle of Trinity College or the Georgian splendour of Dublin Castle. The schools are surrounded by all of the best shops, restaurants and cultural attractions.


Both teaching centres are imposing buildings within the boundaries of medieval Dublin. Dame Court has been renovated to the highest of international standards and its strong bright colours make the classrooms and leisure areas fresh and vibrant, allowing you to feel relaxed and comfortable at all times.


We have a total of 25 pristine classrooms, all with facilities for tape recorders, TV and video. Our multi media centre has the most up-to-date technology and software with free broadband Internet access, WiFi and personal laptop access points.  A listening centre and self-access study library are available and a teacher is on duty every afternoon for advice and guidance on additional study.  We can also help you prepare for an exam in your own country.


We at CES/Swandean know that a comfortable environment and caring staff are essential to effective language learning.   


Our reception area in the entrance hall doubles as a booking office for tours and activities and students are encouraged to join in the visits and in the fun don t make the mistake of missing out on what CES/Swandean and Dublin have to offer!


Our basement area has a cafeteria that provides light snacks and drinks.  It is the ideal environment to stay and chat to friends after a busy day and our leisure area with plasma screen TV provides up-to-date news throughout the day plus a movie every afternoon. 


Our academic team is here to help and guide you for the duration of your stay with us.

The School Manager and Director of Studies are easily accessible to our clients so it is easy to make an appointment if you have any learning worries or need any study advice. 


Academic Staff


CES/Swandean Schools of English take great pride in the high quality and motivation of our academic team.  The Director of Studies, in each school, is available to give you advice and help during your course and after you return home.


All our teachers are TEFL-qualified university graduates with CELTA or above in the UK.  Our trainers have extensive experience of teaching multinational classes and dealing with the learning difficulties and demands of students from many different cultural backgrounds.  We have a policy of continuous in-service training to keep our staff at the forefront of English language training.


Our teachers are chosen not only for their qualifications and experience but also for their enthusiasm, positive attitude and their ability to make language-learning fun.



Your first day


When you arrive at CES/Swandean on your first day, a member of staff will help you register, then you take a multiple-choice and writing test to help us determine your exact level of English followed by a short oral test with our Director of Studies.  A senior member of staff will give you an introductory talk about studying at CES/Swandean and outline the Social Programme for you.  You will receive a welcome letter, information pack and student card, before joining your class after the mid-morning break.  Regular meetings with your teacher and our Director of Studies will keep you focused on the areas you need to work on.




Self-access study is an important part of our programme so all schools have a multi media centre with broadband Internet and e-mail access.


The most up-to-date video, DVD and cassette materials are available in our self-access centre, where our centre co-ordinator can help you choose the right materials. There are also listening stations and a self-study library, to guide you through to a higher level.


Highly effective learning technology 


Most CES and Swandean/CES Schools are equipped with a dedicated multimedia centre where you can work on your language needs, improve your pronunciation, sharpen your listening and work on examination practice tests.




We offer a wide range of courses for adults throughout the year.  You can choose either group or individual classes, at six different levels from Beginners to Advanced. There are progress tests for all students, and long stay students receive a personal report each month.  Whether you require English for professional, academic or social purposes, CES/Swandean has a course to meet your needs.


Courses in CES:


  • Standard Course 20 hours tuition per week

  • Intensive Course 26 hours tuition per week

  • Combination Course Standard Course + 5 hours Individual Tuition per week

  • Executive and Professional Courses

  • IELTS Preparation Course

  • Cambridge Examination Preparation Courses

  • Teacher Training Courses Comenius recognised

  • Summer Standard Course with options Conversation English or

Business English or Anglo Irish Literature

  • Junior English Language and Activity Course

  • Junior English Language and Golf Programme

  • Junior Winter Stage Programme (Groups only)

  • High School Programmes


CES Social and Cultural Programme:


CES offer a very wide and varied programme of tours and visits during the winter months. There are movies on daily in the CES cinema and we also have three afternoon visits per week as well as one evening activity that include visits to pubs with live traditional Irish music.

During the summer months the Social Programme takes on a new look as we have 5+ different afternoon activities (sports, visits and tours) and 1 evening activity per day Monday to Thursday! We also arrange full day tours every Saturday and every second Saturday we arrange weekend trips to Galway!

Out team of social co-ordinators or Yellow Shirts will ensure that you enjoy the many activities CES organise.


Accommodation options:


One of the best ways to improve your English is by taking homestay accommodation.  Our homestays are all visited and checked by our Accommodation Officers and are chosen for their friendliness and the warm welcome that each student is given.  Homestays are located close to our schools and to public transport links. 


We will send you details of your homestay and you must make contact with the office and your homestay to confirm your flight number and time of arrival.  You will have breakfast and evening meal in your home from Monday to Friday and all your meals at the weekends.  It is advisable to bring your own towels and toiletries.


Breakfast is a light meal consisting of juice, cereal, toast or brown bread. Dinner usually consists of soup, main dish of meat or fish and dessert. The main evening meal takes place between 6pm and 7pm, which allows you to join our evening programme or to take part in some sporting activity during the long summer evenings.


We can also arrange accommodation in:


  • Self Catering University Residence

  • Self Catering University Apartments

  • Bed and Breakfast

  • Hotel

  • 1 or 2 bed luxury apartment 


Centre of English Studies
31 Dame Street
Dublin 2
Phone: +353-1-671-4233
Fax: +353-1-671-4425


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Centre of English Studies
31 Dame Street
Dublin 2
Phone: +353-1-671-4233
Fax: +353-1-671-4425


Website: http: //