Admission & How to Make a Booking:

The minimum age at our  school is 18. The average age is 27 years. We occasionally accept students aged 17 years on condition that legal guardians have completed and signed a Parental Consent form. Students can start a course on any Monday and study for any number of weeks (according to their availability).

To make a booking, please make your application through the online booking system (or) by downloading and completing our School Application Form. We will acknowledge your booking by email within 24 (working) hours. You will receive a Booking Confirmation & Invoice with payment instructions.  All applications are accepted subject to availability and subject to confirmation.

School policies

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School Policies

Fees Payment:

On receipt of your Booking Confirmation & Invoice you should make a deposit payment of €250.  The remaining balance of your fees payment must be received by Horner School at least 4 weeks before your arrival. If you are booking less than 4 weeks before arrival, full payment will be required immediately. Horner School of English reserves the right to cancel course and accommodation bookings where we have not received the full payment within the specified time frame. Payment can be made by any of the following methods:

Online Payment With All Major Credit and Debit cards:

Please use our Secure On-line Payment Page. A charge of 2.45% will apply.  You can avoid / reduce bank charges by making a Bank Transfer. Bank Transfers within the EU do not incur bank charges.

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. Bank transfers within the EU do not incur bank charges. If you are making a bank transfer from outside of the EU please add €15.00 to the payment to cover the bank charges.

Class Size, Levels and Textbooks:

The maximum class size is: 14 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 grading test and interview must be completed online before arrival. Each level of the course takes approximately 12 weeks to finish.

Students can start a course on any Monday and study for any number of weeks (according to their availability). We operate 4 teaching terms during the school year: (1) January to March; (2) March to June; (3) July to September; (4) September to December.  At the beginning of each school term we evaluate and reconfigure all class groups and select new textbooks for each level. Textbooks cost €35.00 per level. Students are sometimes required to purchase a second textbook (for example if they change level or are present during the change of a school term). We do not provide a beginner level class, if you believe you are a beginner, please take our online test and contact us us by email, we will be happy to advise you of your level. Private individual lessons are available to beginners. See “One to One” Courses for more details.

Public Holidays:

The school is closed on public holidays (Bank Holidays). There is no replacement of lessons missed because of a public holiday. The starting day for all courses is normally Monday. When Public holidays occur on a Monday, then the starting day for all courses will be Tuesday. See here a list of School Holiday Dates

Holidays / Taking a Study Break:

Holidays may be taken by students if they attend long stay courses, that is, full-time courses of 12 or more weeks. 2 weeks holiday time is permitted for course bookings of 12 to 24 weeks. Up to 10 weeks holiday time is permitted for course bookings of 25 weeks or longer. Holidays must be requested in writing and agreed in advance using the E-Reception system on our website. 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 (tuition) will be extended to make up for the lost tuition time. No holiday allowance can be taken on short courses (i.e. less than 12 weeks). Students from outside the EEA area must comply with additional government regulations regarding holiday time, student working conditions and school attendance: Information for students from outside the European Economic Area

Other Important Points:

The Horner School of English may also use nearby additional premises for tuition during peak periods. Horner School does not accept responsibility for the loss or damage to personal property while on school premises or while in school provided accommodation. All students are strongly advised to have their own appropriate Accident, Medical, Travel and Personal Insurance to cover theft/loss of personal items, money, emergency medical treatment, travel expenses, delays and curtailments. The Horner School of English reserve the right to change, without notice the contents, dates, times, locations or any other details of course (s) brought about by circumstances beyond the school control for example political events, natural disasters, weather or any other events considered by the school to be pertinent including where the number of enrolments is not enough to operate a course viably.  The right is also reserved to decline any person at any time without liability. The Horner School of English gives notice that all arrangements for transport, tours & activities, examinations and accommodations, are made by the Horner School of English as an agent upon the express condition that the Horner School of English shall not be liable for injury, damage, loss, accident, delay or irregularity which may be occasioned either by reason of any defect in any vehicle or through the acts of default of any company or persons engaged in conveying the passenger, or in carrying out the services, or otherwise in connection therewith. No responsibility is accepted for losses or additional expenses incurred due to delays or changes to air, sea, rail, bus or other transport services, changes to or cancellation of accommodations, changes to or cancellation of examinations, curtailment due to student illness, closure of the school due to weather events, war, quarantine or other such unforeseen events.

General Conditions:

Students must give advance notice to the school of any special dietary requirements, medical conditions or disorders which will require the consideration of the school, the host family or other service provider. 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. All refunds are made at the discretion of the directors of the school and may not always be possible. The school will not compensate for tuition time lost due to student illness.

Photography and Film Material

Horner School of English may freely use all photography, film and sound material created by the school and or Horner School of English staff  during the programme which contains the student, without asking further approval from the student.  The student also accepts that Horner School of English can freely use photography, film and sound material that the student has submitted to social networks, such as Instagram and Twitter.

Accommodation Extension Requests:

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

Cancellation Policy:

  • This cancellation policy applies to individual student bookings made with Horner School of English Ltd. From September to December 2020.
  • Notice of cancellation or postponement must be sent to and applies from the date the email is received by Horner School of English.
  • All students are advised to have their own Medical, Travel and Personal Insurance to cover theft/loss of personal items, money, emergency medical treatment, travel expenses, delays, and curtailments.
  • Students applying for a Study Visa, must refer to the student refund policy as listed below: Visa Application & Visa Refusal.

Cancellation of Tuition Fees:

  • Course registration fee, (€75.00) is a non-refundable fee.
  • 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 Plus to STD Course.
  • After arrival, a change from a group course to individual tuition will incur additional costs. No transfer of the existing course value is allowed.
  • Course fees are non-transferrable.
  • Examination fees are non-refundable in the event of a cancellation.
  • The IELTS full-time course, 20 lessons per week requires a minimum of 6 persons per class to operate.  If this number is not reached an alternative course will be offered.
  • In the event of a Covid-19 lock-down request from government or a whole class quarantine request from public health authorities, your classes will be moved online for the period of the disruption.

Cancellation of Accommodation Fees:

  • Accommodation placement fee, (€40.00) is a non-refundable fee.
    In the case of Hotel, Guesthouse or B&B accommodation, refunds will be at the discretion of the directors of the school and may not always be possible.
  • In the case of university residence or apartment accommodation, any refunds will be subject to terms and conditions applied by the management of the residence/apartment building concerned. These accommodations are operated by external operators.
  • We do not control nationality mix at apartments, residences, and other student self-catering accommodations.

Visa Applications and Visa Refusals (Work & Study):

Students from outside the EEA – European Economic Area, may be required to obtain a visa to enter Ireland. At least 6 weeks are needed to process visa applications. 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 fees paid, less a school processing fee of €250 euro. Written proof of the visa refusal must be supplied to the School by email to

Course Registration Fees, & Accommodation Placement Fees are non-refundable fees. Medical Insurance Fees, (once insurance is activated) can not be refunded. Examination Fees once examination enrolment sent, can not be refunded. Any balance of fees will be returned within 20 working days of the visa refusal being received and verified by Horner School. Students from outside the EEA Area attending Long Stay Courses (staying in Ireland longer than 90 days) must comply with additional regulations. Information for students from outside the European Economic Area

Terms and conditions are updated each year during December and apply for the following 12 months. Where a student continues their study period from one calendar year into the next, the updated terms will apply from the 1st January in the new year.  In the event that new government legislation or amendments to existing Irish legislation, contradict these terms, then the new legislation must immediately take precedence. Agents and service providers working on behalf of Horner School of English Ltd. will be deemed to have agreed to all terms and conditions without variation.