School Tours (Mini-Stay) With Multi-Activities

Enjoy your mini-stay while discovering the real Irish culture! Take part in multi activities, social outings, trips, visit universities and improve your English.

We offer a 1 to 4 week School Tour (Mini-Stay) Programme with multi-activities for high schools. It is  ideal for students who wish to improve their general English language proficiency, alongside various activities in the afternoon. Our year round mini-stay programmes are a great way to explore Ireland with your school friends and teachers. The courses are the perfect way to learn English in a fun and innovative environment. Visiting school groups take part in morning lessons and in the afternoon enjoy various multi activities, tours, excursions. There is an option to add additional evening activities and weekend excursions at the group’s request.

We understand that every group of students visiting Ireland has different requirements. Some groups want five days of lessons, some want three, some groups want afternoon and evening activities, some groups are comfortable organising their own. With this in mind, Direct English can prepare your mini-stay programme to suit your requirements while making sure to meet our high standards and your budget. We will help you along every step of the way providing your group with expert recommendations. Our most common accommodation choice for school groups is staying with an Irish host family but other options are available upon request e.g. residential, student apt, hostel, etc.

 Our Aim:

Learning is and should be fun! We really believe that here at Direct English we provide the very best English language tuition, but do so in such a way that the students have fun in the process. We are committed to developing all four language skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening), and also to introducing and promoting the cultural and historical heritage of Ireland.

Direct English Resources

From day one, you will be learning and practising your English language skills through a unique combination of personal study, tutorials, projects and conversation classes. Our course material covers everyday scenarios so you learn real English for the real world. Each level of your course covers a wide range of learner resources to keep you interested and motivated all the time.

The course material for each level includes:

  •  an introductory manual
  • a course book
  • a companion book
  • a PC video disk
  • 9 audio CDs
  • a multimedia CD-ROM

Get familiar with the best Ireland has to offer!

The main aim of the programme is to improve your English language skills, experience the real Ireland, find out about the social life and the Irish culture. You will make memories for life and learn new skills in the classroom and make the most of your time out of the classroom. In fact, Ireland has an abundance of breath-taking nature and a fascinating history – all at the reach of hand. Afternoon activities and excursions throughout the city and further afield as listed below:

  • Cork City walking tour
  • Cork City Gaol
  • The English Market
  • Visit to Elizabeth Fort (Old City Walls)
  • Visit to Shandon, including the Butter Museum, and St Anne’s Church
  • Visits to museums
  • Visit to the Crawford Art Gallery
  • Visits to castles, such as Blarney Castle and Blackrock Castle observatory
  • Day trip to Cobh and a visit to the Titanic Experience
  • Day trip to Spike Island – Europe’s best tourist attraction
  • Day trip to Dublin City
  • Day trip to Ring of Kerry
  • Day trip to Kinsale
  • Various industrial and companies tours
  • Cinema evening
  • Irish music evening
  • Hiking
  • Bowling


 The programme includes:

  • 15 hours of project based lessons (09:30 – 13:00)
  • All classroom materials and use of our computer hardware
  • 1 full day excursion (09:00 – 17:30) each Saturday
  • 5 afternoon activities in Cork (14:00 – 17:30)
  • 2 organised midweek evening activities (19:30 -21:30)
  • DE staff member during activities and excursions
  • Accommodation with a carefully selected host family
  • Coach transport from Cork/ Dublin airport
  • Breakfast and dinner with a host family
  • Lunch voucher to different cafés and restaurants for each day
  • End of course certification

The schedule below is an example of a typical 7 night host family stay.

Our team will work with you to develop the perfect schedule prior to arrival of your group. There are lots of combinations you can choose from; our aim is to ensure that your group will have an unforgettable experience while they partake in a Direct English mini-stay programme.       

Course Duration:      1-4 weeks

Age:                               13-18

Start Date:                   Every Month / Flexible

Booking & Fees:

If you would like further information and pricing, please contact us at or +353-21-24111-31

Programme Timetable (sample)

7 nights



9:30 – 13:00


13.00 -14.00

Afternoon Activities


Travel/Free time/Dinner

17:30 -18:30

Evening activity

19:30 -21:30

MondayLanguage lessons 


Guided city tour around CorkTravel to host family/Free timeDinner + host family time
TuesdayLanguage lessonsLunchCobh Heritage Centre & Titanic ExperienceTravel to host family/Free timeIrish dancing
WednesdayLanguage lessonsLunchFota Wildlife ParkTravel to host family/Free timeDinner + host family time
ThursdayLanguage lessonsLunchBlarney Castle & hill walking tourTravel to host family/Free time
FridayLanguage lessonsLunchKinsale and West Cork tripTravel to host family/Free time
SaturdayFull day trip e.g. the Cliffs of MoherTRIPTRIPDinnerFarewell party
SundayDeparture day