Donegal English Language School offers General English courses for students of Elementary to Advanced level.  English is not just learned in the classroom but outside through your exploration of The Wild Atlantic Way.

Who is this course for?

  • Students who wish to improve their English rapidly and consistently
  • Students looking for the highest possible standard in accommodation
  • Students who wish to explore the west coast of Ireland and Wild Atlantic Way
  • Students who are looking for a warm and welcoming environment
  • Students who are looking for a quality product at an affordable price
  • Students who want to learn about Irish culture in a fun and exciting environment



Below is a list of our Adult Social and Cultural activities, most activities are free but on some occasions there is a fee.

Classes: Pronunciation | presentation skills | independent learning | conversation classes | phone conversations

Team Building Games | Folklore Walks | Forage walks | Campfire cooking |Fire Lighting techniques | Soccer | Seashore Exploration | Gaelic Football Match | Natural Navigation Techniques | Poker/Texas Holdem | Cycling | Pub nights | Trad music session | Spray painting | Local walks | Volleyball | Hurling | Tai Chi | Board games | Food Night | Ireland Through Movies | Irishisms | Irish cookery | Irish DancingIrish Sing Song and Music | Irish history | Quiz's

-Weekly cultural excursions to places including Glenveagh National Park, Queen Meabh’s Grave and Sligo town, Slieve League, Lisadell House, Parkes castle, Marble Arch Caves and Derry City.

* The number of  evening activities organised varies according to the number of students in English Language Courses but is generally two – three per week.

Programme Details

What's included?

  • A welcome pack on arrival
  • 15/22.5 contact hours of English per week
  • A social activity programme
  • Local transfers to school and activities. No bus or train tickets needed
  • A teachers report & certificate of attendance & achievement
  • Free bike rental on a first come first served basis (host family)
  • Free WIFI
  • Free transfers from Ballyshannon


General English

Hours Per week15 contact hours per week
Course timetable9.15 am – 12.30 pm
Course lengthMinimum 1 week, no maximum
Average class size9
Maximum class size14
Minimum levelElementary
AvailableAll year


Intensive English

The Intensive General English course is designed for students who wish to improve their English in the shortest time possible. To ensure you get the most out of each and every class, emphasis is placed on tasked based learning objectives, real world practice and fluency development . Small classes, expert tuition and individual attention equals guaranteed results.

Hours Per week22.5 contact hours per week
Course timetable9.15 am – 12.30 pm  2-3.40 pm
Course lengthMinimum 1 week, no maximum
Average class size4
Maximum class size6
Minimum levelElementary
Available1/7/2018 – 09/9/2018



Bundoran,  popularly known as Ireland’s Premier Seaside Resort and Surf Capital, is located on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean  along the Wild Atlantic  Way. This is an ideal place to live, visit, or simply to relax. Bundoran and the surrounding area offers a wealth of activities and facilities to suit all tastes. Here is a SURF GUIDE of all the local spots where you can enjoy surfing when you are here.

Bundoran has been the destination choice of tourists since the 18th century. It has everything expected of a seaside town along with breathtaking countryside, stunning coastlines.

Annual festivals in and around Bundoran provide excellent opportunities for international visitors to make friends easily. These include Sea Sessions, Rory Gallagher Festival, October Country Music Festival and Ballyshannon Folk Festival to name but a few.

With many traditional Irish pubs offering live music, nightclubs, shows, restaurants, it is easy to find something to do during the evenings.

For the outdoor enthusiast activities include  golf, hill walking, surfing, kayaking, horse riding, deep sea fishing and cycling.

If you are coming with the family , there is a wide range of  activities  to choose including  bowling, cinema, waterworld, adventure park, indoor play centre

Whichever course is chosen, Bundoran provides a good base for travelling along the Wild Atlantic Way including Slieve League, Glenveagh National Park, Donegal Castle, Lisadell House, Mullaghmore, Glencar Waterfalls, Sligo Town, Parkes Castle, Omagh Folk Park to name a few.

Students can also easily visit some of Ireland’s major cities and cultural sites.

Sligo  30 minutes            Derry  1.5 hours

Galway  2.5hours            Belfast  2.5hours

Dublin  3 hours

Our Second Center of Donegal Language School, located in Bundoran Retail Park - Station Road, Bundoran - Co. Donegal. Eircode: F94 XK03 .


Donegal English Language School provides premium accommodation through our Residential Centre and a selection of Host Families.  Self CateringBed & Breakfast and Hotel Accommodation can also be booked.


Our adult residential accommodation is situated in 2 locations; both are less than one minute’s walk from the Atlantic Ocean and Donegal Bay and 5 minutes walk from the school and town center.

Zephyr Lodge: Address - Sheene avenue, West End, Bundoran, Co. Donegal. Eircode: F94K194

The house is very spacious with sitting room, dining room and a well equipped kitchen and free WIFI. All rooms are ensuite and we offer private rooms or room share. Some rooms offer sea views. Arrival and departure is Sunday. Check in is from 4 pm and departure 11 am.

Casa Del Mar: Address - West End, Magheracar, Bundoran, Co. Donegal. Eircode: F94 P8Y9

Is a Period house (100 years old), newly renovated to a high spec. It's ideally located with amazing views of the mountains one side and Donegal Bay on the other. Most rooms are ensuite or have a shared bathroom and we offer private rooms or room share. The rooms are very spacious with sitting room, dining room and a well equipped kitchen and free WIFI.  Arrival and departure is Sunday. Check in is from 4 pm and departure 11 am. (Please note that in June, July and August, that guests use the sitting room and dining room from Zephyr)


We work with a select number of hosts that offer a warm welcome and a home from home experience.  All Homestays are within 5 – 15 minutes of the school and Town.  A private en-suite room with half-board accommodation is offered (breakfast and an evening meal).  Lunch can be offered for an additional fee.

Self Catering, Bed & Breakfast, Hotel Accommodation

We work closely with a select number of self catering providers, bed and breakfasts and hotels all within a short distance of the school. Please let us know your choice and we will organise your preferred accommodation.

Portbeg Holiday Homes is one of the Self Catering providers we work with.  You can receive a 5% discount if you use the promo code “DELS” when booking. Your discount is only valid if booked online with the promo code.


Ocean Wild  : Address - 10-12 West End, Magheracar, Co. Donegal. Eircode: F94E6HD 

Is a beautiful two bedroom apartment overlooking Donegal Bay. It is situated 100 yards off the shore in the middle of town and 10 minutes’ walk from the language school in Bundoran.  The apartment accommodates up to 4 people.

Price 2020

18+ years

Course Name






8-24 wks

General English(includes social activity package)General English 9.15 - 12.30 pm. Average class size is 9. Maximum per class 14€430€615€200 per wk€190 per wk€180 per wk
Intensive English (includes social activity package). July/August only.Intensive English 9.15 - 12.30 pm & 2.00 – 3.30pm. Average class size is 9 in morning and 3 in afternoon€585€865€285 per wk€280 per wk

Additional Fees

Course Book General and Intensive English€35
FCE/CAE Examination Registration€175
Course Books IELTS/FCE/CAE/WSV/Bespoke Business English€65
IELTS Examination Registration€200
Programme booking fee€50


Accommodation Options

1. Zephyr Lodge Residential Accommodation (includes continental breakfast)Additional night in shared/private accommodation €33/€46 to be added.€220 per week (shared room) €310 (private room)€240 per week (shared room) €330 (private room)
2.Host Family (includes half board, breakfast & dinner)€195 per week  (single room) €190 per week  (shared room)€210 per week (single room) €195 per week (shared room)€245 per week (not on language course)
3. Casa Del Mar (residential, self-catering)€170 per week (twin room) €260 per week (private room)€190 per week (twin room) €280 per week (private room)


1.Airport Transfers from Dublin are €70 each way in peak season (April, June to mid-September) Collections are between 11 am – 6 pm and drop offs are between 11 am – 6.00 pm on a Sunday. Transfers are grouped together, students will have to wait for the arrival/departure of other students. Alternatively there is a public bus that runs every two hours from the airport and the cost is €19.50 one way. This bus goes to Ballyshannon. We then offer free collection/drop off between 9am – 8 pm. Outside of this time a taxi can be arranged. Taxis are approximately €10 one way.

2.The fee for a private transfer is €240 one way.

3.We also offer collections from Knock airport which has flights from Italy.  For an individual transfer the fee is €95 one way and if sharing the transfer the fee is €50 per person.  There is also a public bus every two hours and costs €16.  We then offer free collection/drop off from the local bus stop.

General notes

•  European citizens must bring a EHIC European Health Insurance card (E128). Medical Insurance can be arranged at a  cost of approximately €40 for four weeks or under | €50 for six weeks or under | €55 for 12 weeks or under | €125 for 52 weeks

•  Text book (all books and materials are included for programmes of 1 week only)

•  For courses of more than one week, books must be purchased at €35.   Books for Exam Preparation programmes are €65.

Additional notes

•  A private room can be included for €90 (per week)

•  An administration fee of €25 applies to all accommodation booked.

•  There is a booking fee of €50 for all programmes

•  A fee of €45 per week applies to students who have special dietary requests eg nut allergy, celiac.  A fee of €15 per week applies to students who are lactose intolerant.

•  Lunch (Monday to Friday) can be included for €40 per week. Class hours are reduced to 2 hours for class sizes of 3 or less.

•  Group tuition is only suitable for students of English level pre-intermediate upwards on all adult programmes. For students below this level we recommend the one to one programme

•  The fee for selecting a private room in residential accommodation on the English and Activity programmes is €70 per week

•  Bank Holiday 17 March, 13 April, 4 May, 7 June & 30 October 2020, there will be no English classes, students are offered an excursion/activity in place. Classes will run as normal 3 August 2020.

•  Group tuition is only suitable for students of English pre-intermediate level upwards. For students below this level we recommend the one to one programme.