Language Courses for Au Pairs in Ireland – What You Need to Know

Top Tips for Finding Au Pair Language Courses in Ireland

If you’re looking for a new life experience, then seeking a job as an au pair in Ireland can be a great way to do just that. Not only will you learn about a new culture, experiencing it first-hand, but you can also improve your language skills, and meet new people along the way. As a host family supporting your au pair to learn and improve a language will make it a much more enriching experience. Not only will finding an au pair language course make the experience more fun, it’s also a great educational opportunity and can help everyone to get the most out of this time. In this article, we share some of the best tips for finding au pair language courses in Ireland.

Do au pairs have to attend a language course?

While not compulsory in Ireland, it is highly recommended as it’s so beneficial. Ever been at a party and your friends are chatting, but you can’t hear what’s being said? You feel like you’re missing out on the fun? Attending a language course is a great way to enhance the experience and to fully take part in the uniqueness of this opportunity. There are a lot of different language courses available to au pairs. They can be found both in-person and online, and they can be taken at various levels. The level of the course will depend on the starting level and competency in the language influencing whether a beginner or advanced course is selected. In addition to this, there are also courses that are specifically designed for Au Pairs. These courses tend to be very practical, focusing on real-life situations that Au Pairs may experience.

Who pays for the language course?

 When it comes to paying for the language course, usually it is the Au Pair that covers the cost unless otherwise agreed that there will be a contribution from the host family. Doing your research is very important, so be sure to do some research before you decide on a course. A lot of the larger language schools in Ireland will offer a wide range of courses, so be sure to find out what they can offer you. If you do your research first, you should be able to judge if a course is for you or not. Be sure to also check how the course is structured, how often it meets and when it runs as the course will need to fit around au pair duties. You will also need to look at what materials are needed, and how much the course costs.

The advantages of language courses for au pairs

The experience of au pairing can be a significantly important learning experience for both the Au Pair and the family. Everyone benefits. For an Au Pair, learning or improving your language skills will help you to fully feel at home with your host family. For the family, it helps for them to know that you’re feeling included and are enjoying the experience. Apart from that, a language course is a great way for new Au Pairs to meet more people outside of their host family, meeting those living in the same area, who will also be learning the language. Often a language school will also have a programme of events and activities for students to get involved with.

How to find a language course as an au pair

The best way to do this is to contact language schools directly and ask them if they have any courses designed specifically for Au Pairs. Some schools may not have Au Pair language courses, but if they offer general language courses, they may be able to help you. It’s worth mentioning that there are some private language schools that offer courses for Au Pairs, but these are quite rare, so it’s best to make direct contact with all language schools in your area. 

Language Schools in Ireland:

Language School Address
Access English Campus Parchment Square Model Farm Road Cork City
ACET / Cork Language Centre International Wellington House, Wellington Road, Cork, Co.Cork
Active Language Learning 78/79 Upper George’s Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co.Dublin
Applied Language Centre, University College Dublin Daedalus Building, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4
Arena School of English 67 Harcourt Street, Dublin 2
ATC Language Schools 34/35 South William Street, Dublin 2
ATC Language Schools Dunluice House, 82/83 Strand Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow
Atlantic Language Galway Fairgreen House, Fairgreen Road, Galway City.
Atlantic School of.English & Active Leisure Main Street, Schull, Co. Cork
Atlas Language School Portobello House, South Richmond Street, Portobello, Dublin 2
Avanti Language Institute 1A South Main Street, Naas, Co. Kildare, Ireland
Berlitz Dublin 5 Merrion Street Lower, Dublin 2
Bridge Mills Galway Language Centre Ltd. The Bridge Mills, Galway
Brook House School Brook House School, Herbert Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow
Carlingford English Language School & Adventure Centre Tholsel Street, Carlingford, Co. Louth
Carlow International English Language School (CIELS) 46 Sycamore Road, Rathnapish, Co. Carlow
Castel International Education Leebrook House. Leebrook, Tralee, Co. Kerry V92 PW2K
Celtic School of English 8 Greenview Terrace, Tralee, Co. Kerry
Centre of English Studies 31 Dame St., Dublin 2
City Language School 33/34 Dame Street, Dublin 2
Clare Language Centre Erasmus Smith House, College Road, Ennis, Co. Clare
Cork English Academy Clarkes Bridge House, Hanover Street, Cork
Cork English College International / Language & Activity Holidays St. Patricks Bridge, Cork, Co. Cork
Cork English World Crawford Park, Bishop St. Cork
Dalmac Language Centre Iona House, 12 Main St., Rush, Co. Dublin
DCU Language Services, DCU Language Services, Office VBG 11, Dublin City University, Glasnevin, Dublin 9
Delfin School of English 2 Parnell Square East, Dublin 1
Divine Word School of English Divine Word Missionaries, Moyglare Road, Maynooth, Co. Kildare.
Donegal English Language School Westend, Bundoran, Co. Donegal
Dorset College 58 Great Charles Street, Dublin 1
Dublin Business School 13/14 Aungier St, Dublin 2
Dublin College of Advanced Studies 98 Capel Street, Dublin 1
Dublin Cultural Institute 34A Bachelor’s Walk, Dublin 1
Dublin International Foundation College Griffith College Campus, South Circular Road, Dublin 8
EC English Le Touche House, Grove Road, Rathmines, Dublin 6
EF International Language Schools 72-76 Morehampton Road, Dublin 4
EFL-Ireland Waterpark College, Park Road, Waterford, Co. Waterford
EGA International College House, College Square, Killarney, Co Kerry.
Einstein 2-English Language Learning Seaview House, Church Hill, Wicklow Town, Co.Wicklow
ELTA 3 Ellis Quay, Smithfield, Dublin, D07 W320
Emerald Cultural Institute 10 Palmerston Park, Rathgar, Dublin 6
English Language Centre National University of Ireland, University Road, Galway. Co. Galway
English Language Ireland Edventure House, Anne Street, Wexford. Y35 WKF7
English Talks 9 St. Patrick’s Hill, Cork
Englishour 3, Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1
Erin School of English 43 N Great George’s St, Rotunda, Dublin, D01 N6P2
Frances King School of English 26 Merrion Square, Dublin 2, Ireland
Galway Cultural Institute GCI House, Salthill, Galway
Griffith College Cork Griffith Institute of Language, Griffith College, South Circular Rd, Dublin 8
Griffith College Dublin Griffith Institute of Language, Griffith College, South Circular Rd, Dublin 8
Griffith College Limerick Griffith Institute of Language, Griffith College, South Circular Rd, Dublin 8
High Schools International Castleriver House, 14/15 Parliament Street, Dublin 2.
IBAT College 16-19 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland
Infinity English College IEC Campus, Church Street, Kanturk, Co.Cork
International House Dublin Block B, The Steelworks, Foley Street, Dublin 1, D01 X997
Ireland West School of English Ballynaboll South, Westport Road, Castlebar Co. Mayo, Ireland
Irish College of English 6 Church Road, Malahide, Co. Dublin
ISI 4 Meetinghouse Lane, Mary’s Abbey, Dublin 7
Kaplan International Languages The Presbytery Building, 7 Exchange Street Lower, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Killarney School of English CourtMurph, Muckross Road, Killarney, Co. Kerry
Language and Leisure 11 Adelphi House, Upper George’s Street, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, A96 Y544
Limerick Language Centre 16 Upper Mallow Street, Limerick, Co. Limerick
Mackdonald Language Academy Ltd The Village Campus, Waterford Road Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny
MLI International School 13, Fitzwilliam Square East, Dublin 2
Moyle Park English Language College Moyle Park College, Clondalkin, Dublin 22
Native Speaker Business Innovation Centre, IT Sligo Campus, Ballinode, Sligo
NCG Dublin 1 Clarinda Park North, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin
OHC 2/3 Merrion Square, Dublin 2
PACE Language Institute Ltd. 29/30 Dublin Rd., Bray, Co.Wicklow
SEDA College 68-72 Capel Street, Dublin 1
Shandon Language Solutions Heritage House, Dundrum Office Park, Dundrum, Dublin 14
Sunfort English Language College Sunfort, Liscarroll, Mallow, Co. Cork
Swan Training Institute 9-11 Grafton Street, Dublin 2
The Asana School of English Quay Street, Cahersiveen.Co Kerry
The Horner School of English 40 Fitzwilliam St.Upper, Dublin 2
The International School of English 66 Camden Street Lower, Dublin 2, D02 X201
The International School of English 54/55 Tycor Business Park, Waterford
The Linguaviva Centre 45 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2
The Slaney Language Centre The Slaney Language Centre Channing House Upper Rowe Street Wexford Town Y35TH2A
Travelling Languages Docklands Innovation Park, Unit 14, 128-130 East Wall Road, Dublin 3.
Twin English Centre Ireland Ltd. 4 North Great Georges St., Dublin 1
UCC Language Centre, University College Cork University College Cork, Cork
UCD English Language Academy UCD Belfield Campus, Dublin 4, Ireland.
ULearn 89 Harcourt Street, Dublin 2.
University of Limerick Language Centre University of Limerick Language Building, University of Limerick, Co. Limerick
Waterford English Language Centres Washington Lodge, Sweetbrier Park, Newtown, Waterford. Co. Waterford
Woodlands Academy Summer Camp Woodlands Academy, Wingfield House, Kilcroney, Co. Wicklow
Youghal International College South Abbey, Youghal, Co. Cork


From the SureSitter team, we wish you every success in finding the course that works for you whether starting or continuing your Au Pairing experience. Au pairing is an excellent option. If hosting, you’re opening your options to create more space and time in your life. If au pairing, you are giving yourself the opportunity to learn and engage in a new language and culture through an experience that is uniquely yours. We hope our blog has been a help in supporting and guiding your search.