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Welcome to SEDA College

  1. 1. Welcome to
  3. 3. 4Welcome toSEDA is a private and independent academy, established to provide highquality English and business courses.SEDA’s small class sizes, friendly staff and excellent learning support centreensure that students get the best start on their learning journey. We de-liver practical, relevant qualifications designed to enhance your career andemployment opportunities.Mission statementOur vision is to provide a high quality of service and dedication to excel-lence in teaching proved by an exchange of ideas, high academic stand-ards, interactive learning methods and responsibility for academic qualifi-cation achievements of our students.SEDA exists to help students in developing their skills, creativity and self-motivation defining a clear purpose through personal, professional, emo-tional and spiritual growth.MySEDA
  4. 4. www.seda.ieBaile  Átha CliathDublin is a small city of 1.5 million. Even though it’sa capital city, Dublin is compact, and it’s easy to getaround on foot or by bicycle. Dublin is famous forits friendly people and dynamic nightlife, making ita perfect place to study English!Wheater Temperatures will rarely go below 0ºC andonly occasionally above 20ºC - with June, July andAugust being the warmest months and January andFebruary the coldest. Extremes are not unknownthough. The summer of 2006 was the hottest onrecord for many decades. On the other hand rarefreezing spells tend to bring the country to a grind-ing halt and even a sprinkling of snow will havemost drivers panicking.The secret of coping with the Irish weather lies intaking the correct clothing. You should prepare formoderately mild weather at all time and be able tosupplement basic dress with a warm sweater and/or rainproof top. A hat is a good idea, an umbrellais not. Be careful on sunny days especially on thebeaches, the breeze can cool you while the sun stillburns your skin. And take sensible footwear, mostrural attractions and even some urban areas arebest described as “rugged terrain” and the groundis bound to be wet occasionally.TransfersDublin Airport (DUB) is located about 10 Kilome-tres (6 miles) north of Dublin City Centre.  There arethree ways to get from the airport to the city centre.Option 1: Transfer service* For students who have booked in advance.Once you pass through the baggage reclaim and theCustoms, search for a person with a sign with yourname on it.Option 2: BusThere are buses from the airport to the city cen-tre. You can take number 16 and it will take you toO’connell Street, in Dublin central area. To checkthe timetable, use the website: www.dublinbus.ieAlso, you can use Airlink 747 that connects DublinAirport with a number of popular Dublin locations,such as: The O2 Dublin | Convention Centre Dublin |International Financial Services Centre | Central BusStation - Busáras | Connolly Rail Station | Luas RedLine / O’ Connell Street | Trinity College & Temple Bar| Christchurch | Heuston Rail Station | Airlink FaresAdult Single - €6.00 - Return - €10.00Airlink prepaid tickets can be bought at the Busand Rail information desk and the Dublin Tourisminformation desk. They can also be bought fromthe vending machines located at the bus departurepoints on the arrivals road.Airport - Terminal 1 / Bus and Rail and Dublin TourismInformation Desks, Arrivals Hall.  Vending machineslocated at the Airlink Bus Stop. / City Centre:  DublinBus, 59 Upper O’ Connell Street / Dublin Tourism, Suf-folk Street & O’ Connell Street.Option 3: TaxiYou can take a taxi in the airport to the city centreor the accommodation.  It will probably cost about35 euros. These were options to go from the airportto the city centre or the accommodation, but besidethese you can go almost every where in Dublin bywalking or by bus. In Dublin you will also find Luas,an easier and faster way to go to some distant plac-es inside Dublin city. You can find the informationyou need about it here: www.luas.ie. However, if youwant to go to other counties near the city you canuse the Dart, information at: www.irishrail.ieAbout SEDAAll your questions about the course or the classeswill be answered by the staff. We are available tohelp you. Don’t hesitate to look for us.Carol Cregg – Director of studies: she can help youwith the issues to do with classes, teachers and exams.Emma Brennan – Course co-ordinator & teacher: shecan help you with issues about classes and subjects.5
  5. 5. Teachers: They can help you with any problem con-cerning the idiom.School facilitiesSEDA has 10 very large modern classrooms, two ofwhich are computer labs and two of which are fit-ted with modern computers with projectors. Wi-Fiis available throughout the building.The School also has a library and a canteen. Forgroups of more than eight, SEDA can arrange per-sonalized English classes, designed specifically fora group’s needs.Dublin has many routes for cycling, for transporta-tion or leisure, so the school has bicycle racks, aswell as private parking.ClassesYou will have classes from Monday to Thursdayand on Fridays the school have some extra classeswith several themes, to improve the different skills(reading, writing, speaking and listening).On your first day at SEDA you should arrive at 09:00to do a placement test to know your level (Beginner,Elementary, Pre Intermediate, Intermediate, UpperIntermediate or Advanced). The director of studieswill send you an email with your timetable with theperiod you will study (morning or afternoon), theclass and the name of your teachers. You will alsohave an Induction when you will get to know a bitmore about the school.Rules:When requested, you should do your home workas well as prepare the class for the next day, for abetter use of the classes. Also, you can only speakin English inside the classrooms and you are not al-lowed to use mobile phones or eating in the class-room.AccommodationSEDA has different types of accommodation, de-pending on the needs or desires of the students.The accommodation will be booked from the Sun-day before the beginning of the classes until theSaturday after the finish of your studies. If you needan extra night you should ask the marketing repre-sentative before you come to Ireland, so we haveenough time for the booking. We ask you to buyyour flight ticket according to this information. It isimportant to remember to keep you room tidy, es-pecially if you share with other people.Host families:The family will not only introduce you to Irish cul-ture, but they will also help you with the language.It’s important to remember that you will not be in ahotel, so you will have to be flexible, have responsi-bility and be willing to help if asked.Dublin is a multicultural city full of different eth-nic groups. The host family can be born in or out ofIreland and you can see them differently from theidea that you have from the “Irish” people. Somecan even speak another language besides English.The host families may be formed by parents withchildren, a childless couple or a single person.During your first week, pay attention to the rulesabout household chores. Also keep in mind:*Be polite and considerate to the family;*Respect mealtimes and maintain compliance withhygiene and table manners. (in host families you willhave breakfast and dinner included);*Ask about what tasks you can do to help at home;*Ask if there is a time when you should go home whenyou go out at night;*Always speak in English;*Ask people to speak as slowly as possible or repeatsomething if you did not understand;*Respect the privacy of the host family.6
  6. 6. www.seda.ieHostelThe hostel is also a good place to practice yourEnglish, as you will be with people from differentcountries. It is great to meet new people as well.The hostel is within walking distance to the schooland to the city centre. There’s a 24 hour receptionand a fully fitted kitchen. Breakfast is included inthe price.Student accommodation:You will be with students, so it’s a good place topractice the language and meet new people. In stu-dent accommodation you have no meals included.MoneyIreland can be an expensive country, so we believeyou will need between 80 Euros and 100 Euros perweek to cover the cost of food, trips and entertain-ment. Do not forget that when you’re here, you willprobably want to do a weekend tour or longer tripsand this will cost between 200 Euros and 300 Eurosper week, depending on where you go.Like any big city, do not walk with large amount ofmoney. If you prefer, you can use your credit cardeverywhere here. Also, you can take out money inany ATM machine on the street.Tobacco: If you smoke, we encourage you to bringenough tobacco for your stay, as cigarette prices hereare very high.Leisure activitiesGoing for a city tour or some trips around Irelandis an ideal opportunity to meet people and makefriends from all over the world.Here are some places you can visit while in Dublin(but that you have to pay to go to):Kilmainham Gaol | Guinness Storehouse | DublinCastle | St. Patrick’s Cathedral | Christ Church(and some free):St. Sephen’s Green Park | Phoenix Park | NationalMuseum of Ireland | Trinity College (although if youwant to visit the library, you have to pay) | MerionSquare | Temple barAlso, there are plenty of places to go near Dublin,with easy access from the city centre by Dart or bycar, such as:Howth | Bray | Newgrange | Malahide | Cliffs of MoherYou can find further information about these andother destinations at: www.lonelyplanet.com or at atourist information point. And don’t forget that Dub-lin is well-known for its pubs, so enjoy them!7
  7. 7. Skill & Enterprise Development Academy7A, Dolphins Barn, Dublin 8 - IrelandTel. +353 1 4734915Fax. +353 1 4734933info@seda.iewww.seda.ie