You will be given your text book on your first day, and all other additional materials that are needed will be given to you by your class teacher. We process your GCI Student ID card which will give you access to classes, the school facilities and activities, the library and the IT room. It also entitles you to discounts in Ozone Coffee Company as well as in shops and on certain services. Classes are usually in the mornings from 9.00 - 10.30 and from 11.00 - 12.30. There is a break from 10.30 - 11.00 which allows you some time for a coffee and a chat with other students or with the GCI team. Afternoon classes are usually from 13.30 - 15.00 and from 15.30 - 17.00. Students will be assigned their class time table at orientation - which will include times of morning and / or afternoons. Do I get a certificate? Each student receives a Galway Cultural Institute certificate on departure in line with the Council of Europe Framework. Moving levels - How do I move levels during my course? Students can move levels during their course. The length of time spent at any one level will depend on a student's individual ability, commitment and hard work and also on the intensity of the chosen course. After 120 contact hours or less a student should move up a level. If you choose a One- to- One option moving levels can be very rapid - in as little as 4 weeks. To change levels you will have to sit an exit level test. Do I need a visa to come to Ireland? If you are from the EEA, Norway, Liechtenstein, Iceland or Switzerland then you do not need a visa to come to Ireland. The rest of the world is divided into two lists for the purposes of student visas - those who need to obtain a visa before travelling to Ireland and those who will validate their visa once in Ireland. If you are not sure about your visa status go to www. dfa. ie or email us for more information. GCI 23
GCI 24 Can I work in Galway? Students from EEA countries, the EU, Norway, Liechtenstein, Iceland and Switzerland may work unrestricted in Ireland. Students from outside the EEA may work under certain conditions providing they have enrolled on a course of minimum 25 weeks in duration listed on the Internationalisation Register, check www. education. ie. If you are enrolled on a suitable course you may then work up to 20 hours per week during term and up to 40 hours during holidays. Student meetings Students meet the Director of Studies and the Accommodation Officer to ensure that they are happy with their academic progress, their accommodation option and their stay in GCI. Long stay students meet the Assistant Director of Studies regularly to discuss their goals and progress and to speak about any issue where they require extra support. Money matters The currency in Ireland is the Euro (?). The fastest way to send money from abroad is through Western Union. Technically, the transfer should take less than 20 minutes but please allow for the time difference between Ireland and the country sending the money. Detailed information can be obtained from www. postoffice. ie or www. westernunion. com. Once you open a bank account in Galway, money can be transferred electronically directly to your bank. Nationality mix GCI's nationality mix policy controls the maximum number of any one nationality. We welcome onto our courses students from over 30 different countries annually. Mobile phones & Internet Most mobile networks have agreements with Irish mobile phone networks. Please check with your network before you travel. Once you are in Galway, we recommend that you purchase an Irish SIM card or a Ready to Go phone as it is usually cheaper than using your own phone. Connecting to the internet through your mobile phone provider is also available and flexible. Environmental policy GCI / GBS is an environmentally responsible organisation and we are fundamentally committed to acting in an ecologically aware manner by taking responsibility for our school environment. Misuse of energy is environmentally damaging. Our energy provider is 100% green. We take a responsible approach to turning off lights, computers, switches and other appliances. Recycling & waste Galway Corporation has a comprehensive recycling policy. Students in all city schools and universities are required to bring home their own waste where they can avail of the efficient management and sorting of recyclables. We are also endeavouring to become more efficient and create a paper free environment by reducing the need for printing and photocopying. We also recycle paper, plastic and food ( in Ozone Café). Our main brochures are printed on carbon neutral paper.