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Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions

Please make application through the on-line booking system. We will contact you within 24 to 48 hours to advise you of the exact cost of your course.  You will receive a Booking Confirmation and Invoice with payment details.

We ask that all fees are paid, at least 4 weeks before you arrive.  If you are booking less than 4 weeks before your intended arrival, payment will be required immediately.

A Registration Fee of 75.00 applies to all courses. The Accommodation Administration Fee only applies to apartments, university/ school residence, hotel/guest house. We do not charge Accommodation Administration Fee if you select host family.

The Horner School of English reserves the right to cancel course and accommodation bookings for non-payment of fees. All applications received through the on-line booking system are accepted subject to availability of dates and booking confirmation. 

How to make payment

Full course payment should be made 4 weeks before your arrival. If you are booking less than 4 weeks before your intended arrival, payment will be required as soon as you have received your Booking Confirmation & Invoice.

Payment can be made by any of the following methods:

Credit Card (Visa / MasterCard)

Please use our Secure On-line Payment Page. A credit card fee of 2.45% (based on total amount) will apply.  Please calculate and add this amount to your on-line payment.  If you reside within the EU then you can avoid paying bank charges by making an IBAN bank transfer.  IBAN bank transfers within the EU do not incur bank charges.    See below for the school bank account details.

International Bank Transfer

Please make payment to our business account: Account Details as Below:

Bank Name: Allied Irish Bank
Bank Address: 60 Clonskeagh Road, Clonskeagh, Dublin 14, Ireland
Account Name: The Horner School of English
Account Number: 12757085
IBAN Number: IE80 AIBK 9311 8712 7570 85
Swift Code: AIBKIE2D
Bank Code: 93 11 87

Please ensure that the student name appears on the bank transfer payment details.  IBAN bank transfers within the EU do not incur bank charges.   If you are making a bank transfer from outside of the EU then please add EUR €15.00 to the payment to cover the bank charges. 

Illness and Emergency

Students must give advance notice to the school of any special dietary requirements, medical conditions or disorders.  Horner School of English reserve the right to terminate services where (in the opinion of the management of the school) the continued provision of that service would be unsafe or unsuitable.  All students should have their own appropriate Accident, Medical and Personal Insurance to cover living costs, medical bills & repatriation expenses. These costs are the sole responsibility of the student.  Course fees/ accommodation fees refunds are at the discretion of the Directors of the school and may not always be possible.

Class Size, Levels and Textbooks

The maximum class size during summer season (July, Aug & Sept.) is: 14 students per class.  The maximum class size at all other times is: 12 students per class.

We guarantee five class levels at all times, elementary (A1), pre-intermediate (A2), intermediate (B1), upper intermediate (B2),  Advanced (C1). Placement in a particular class level is made on the basis of a written grading test and short interview. The placement test is offered at 09.00hrs. on the first morning of your course.  It  takes 12 weeks to finish each level of the course.  We operate 4 school terms each year: January to March; March to June; July to September; September to December. At the beginning of each school term we re-evaluate and reconfigure all class groups. We select new teachers and new textbooks for each class at the beginning of each term. The cost of textbooks is 32.00 per level/textbook.  If you are present in the school over the change of a school term it may be necessary to purchase a second or subsequent textbook.

We do not provide a beginner level class, if you believe that you are a beginner, please request a pre test by email before placing your booking. We will be happy to advise you of your level. Private individual lessons are available to beginners.  See Individual Executive Courses for more details. The average age of the students attending our international classes is 24 years.

Class Attendance Policy

Teachers record attendance in class every morning at 09.30 and then again at 11.30hrs (after coffee break). Attendance is also recorded during the afternoon fluency, business and exam classes.  All students should maintain at least an 85% attendance record at all times.

Students who arrive 15 to 30 minutes after the class has started will be marked with ‘L’ on the attendance register. They will be allowed to join the class but will not be credited with attendance for first lesson of the morning session.

Students who arrive 30 minutes or more after the class has started will be marked with “A” (absent) for the first 2 lessons of the morning session and will not be allowed to join the class until the next scheduled break .

Students who arrive more than 15 minutes late after the break will be marked ‘L’ for second half of class.

Public Holidays

The School is closed on public holidays.  There is no refund for lessons missed on a public holiday, these lessons are not replaced.   The starting day for all courses is Monday except when Public Holidays occur on a Monday, then the starting day for all courses will be the Tuesday.

Holidays / Taking a Study Break

Holidays may be taken by students during long stay courses, that is, full-time courses of 12 weeks or more. 2- weeks holiday time is permitted for course bookings of 12 to 24 weeks. 6- weeks holiday time is permitted for course bookings of 25 weeks or longer. Holidays must be requested in writing and agreed with one of the school managers, 2 weeks prior to the start of the holiday. Student holidays must be taken over the period of a full calendar week i.e. Monday to Friday. If you take an agreed holiday, your course dates will be extended to make up for the lost tuition time. It is an Irish Government visa regulation that students from outside the EU area are not allowed to take holidays within the first 8 weeks of their course start date.

Unfortunately, no holiday time can be taken on shorter courses (i.e. less than 12 weeks).

Accommodation

All accommodation is offered subject to availability. Should a student request to cancel some of their accommodation booked then he/she must give the School 4 weeks notice in writing to the Accommodation Manager.

  • In the case of host family accommodation the four week notice period is non-refundable. The balance of accommodation fees will be refunded.
  • In the case of apartment or university residence or school residence no refund is possible.
  • In the case of Hotel, Guest-house or B&B accommodation any changes will be subject to cancellation charges.

It is not possible to provide Host Family Accommodation over the Christmas and New Year holiday (2-week period).

Accommodation Extension

If you would like to extend your accommodation dates (i.e. to stay longer than originally booked), it is first necessary to speak with the accommodation office to check for availability. Accommodation extensions cannot always be guaranteed and therefore we recommend that you speak with the accommodation manager as early as possible. This point is especially important where students wish to extend accommodation bookings during the Summer Season or remain with the host family for an extended period.

Please note, it is not possible to provide Host Family Accommodation over the Christmas and New Year holiday (2-week period).

Course Change Policy

Course changes requested within 7 days of the commencement date are subject to availability.

No refund of fees is available where a course change is taken to a less intensive course, that is for example, a request to change from STD+ to STD Course.

Students who request a change from group courses to private individual tuition will be required to pay the full cost of the private lessons.  No transfer of course value is available. Course value cannot be transferred from one student to another student.

Other Important Points

The School uses additional premises during peak periods.  Horner School cannot take responsibility for the loss or damage to personal property while on school premises or in accommodation. All students must have their own appropriate Accident, Medical and Personal Insurance to cover theft/loss of personal items, money, emergency medical bills & repatriation travel expenses.

General Conditions

Discipline: Horner School of English reserves the right to terminate services in the following circumstances: Non-payment of fees, anti-social behaviour, bullying or violence towards any other person, abuse of drugs or alcohol, damage to property, reported shoplifting offence or any other infringement of Irish law.  Horner School of English will not accept responsibility for any additional expenses incurred by the student in relation to the termination of services. Horner School of English will not refund remaining fees where a student is expelled from the school.

Students are legally and financially responsible for any damage or injury they may cause to buildings, furniture, fittings, individuals’ or host family property, etc.

Refund and Cancellation Policy

Notice of cancellation must be given in writing  to the Horner School of English. (admin@hornerschool.com )

  • Cancellations received 14 days or more prior to arrival: Full fees refunded (except for Visa Applications, see below)
  • Cancellations received 14 – 7 days prior to arrival: Administration charge of  75 euro applies.
  • Cancellations received 7 – 4 days prior to arrival: A charge of maximum 30% of fees will apply.
  • Cancellations received 3 – 1 days prior to arrival: A charge of maximum 80% of fees will apply.
  • Cancellations received on day of arrival: No refund possible.
  • Cancellation after arrival date: No refund possible.

Visa Applications and Visa Refusals

Students from outside the European Area, may be required to obtain a visa to enter Ireland.  At least 6 weeks are needed to process visa applications. Qualifying medical insurance can be obtained through the school, on request. Visa support documents can be issued by the school (proof of payment, letter of registration etc.). Cancellations are not permitted after the visa supporting documentation has been issued by the school. Students who fail to obtain their visas will be refunded all fees paid, less a school processing fee of 125 euro. Written proof of the visa refusal must be supplied to the School. Students from outside the EU Area attending Long Stay & Academic Year Courses (staying in Ireland longer than 90 days ) must comply with additional regulations Information for Academic Year Students (Long Stay Students) .

 

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