Blackrock College

Location: South Dublin

Residential & Host Family Accommodation
Ages: 11-17yrs
Dates: 29th June to 4th August 2024

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Choose ATC’s junior summer programme at Blackrock College and enjoy a spacious campus environment with residential accommodation overlooking Dublin Bay, students can also stay with a local host family. Students will experience an international learning and social environment on a beautiful suburban college campus.

Blackrock College is set in 56 acres of picturesque grounds and is located just 7km from Dublin City Centre. The college itself has much history, dating back to 1860, and includes a building known as ‘The Castle’, where the residential accommodation is located.

ATC have offered a residential programme at Blackrock College for over 35 years and continue to work closely with the campus team to ensure students have a summer experience to treasure for life.

Blackrock College, Dublin
Groups and Individuals
Age Range: 11 to 17 yrs
Accommodation Type:

Residential on Campus – 11-15 yrs
Host Family Accommodation – 12-17yrs


29th June to 4th August 2024

Junior Summer Programme, Blackrock College Dublin

What you get


International Classes


Choice of shared residential or host family accommodation


15 hours’ minimum tuition per week, course materials included


Innovative half-day activities focusing on personal development


ATC Staff and Managers on campus 24/7

Who is it for?

ATC’s summer residential programme at Blackrock College is ideal for students aged 11-17 who would like to experience a fun and memorable study trip.
Students can join the summer programme at Blackrock College whether they are travelling individually or as a group with a supervising adult.

Junior Summer Programme, Blackrock College Dublin Ireland

Student Reviews

Thank you so much for your help and support in every situation, for being so incredibly friendly and providing an atmosphere that felt secure and reliable with every arrangement we made. We would happily recommend ATC and your great city to our colleagues.

Stephanie & Elena, Group Leaders, Germany

Spending time there, with lots of lovely teachers and doing many wonderful activities, was something that I will never forget… Moreover, I made a lot of friends in class, with whom today, I continue talking.

Maria & Angela, Students, Spain

further information

When a student arrives in Ireland they will be met at the airport by one of ATC’s experienced representatives and travel by private transport to the campus where they will be shown to their room or meet their host family. They will then be introduced to ATC staff who will be available throughout their stay.

Accommodation on the campus is in shared rooms for between 2 and 5 students; there are shared bathrooms throughout the accommodation. Students will stay on a full-board meal basis, with breakfast, lunch and dinner in the restaurant Monday for Friday, students will have a packed lunch at weekends when on full day trips.
Alternatively, students can choose to stay with a local host family, sharing with another international student or someone from their group. Host family accommodation is on a full board basis with a packed lunch from the family each day. Students will take public transport from their host family to the college and can return in the evening for a range of fun activities available.

On their first day of classes, students will have a test to determine their level of English, they will then join the right class for their level and age. There are 2 lessons per day, in the morning or afternoon, a total of 3 hours 20 minutes each day.


Lessons are delivered using the communicative approach which provides an interactive and engaging learning experience for all students. Lessons have been developed using the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, CEFR. Levels from A1 (Elementary) to C1 (Advanced) are offered. Lessons are task based and ensure student centred learning.

The course is designed to develop students’ English language skills by integrating the key areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening. Lessons are designed specifically for different age groups. Teachers will design lessons based on the interests of the students and each lesson will have a particular focus on communication skills. Students take regular tests in order for teachers to monitor progress and ensure students are learning during lessons.

All students will receive an end of course report at the end of their stay with their confirmed class hours. ATC’s teachers are all degree qualified, have an international English teaching certificate and some have been teaching with ATC for a number of years.

ATC Campus Activities –

As part of the social programme ATC have designed activities to develop students’ personal skills for the 21st century, half day activities on campus include Film Making and Photography, Arts & Crafts, STEAM activities (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Maths), and a range of sports.

Students will also take part in a personal development session each week depending on their age; older students will join the ‘Next Generation Career Guidance’ workshop, focusing on topics such as the impact of Covid-19 on workplace automation and flexibility, the opportunities created by Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things, the Green Economy alongside Cybersecurity and other emerging sectors.

Younger students will join a Conversation Club, discussing Digital Identity and Citizenship, where they learn to speak about their digital identity, their lives on social media and the challenges and opportunities presented to them as a result.

A full evening programme with a choice of exciting activities is provided on campus for all students 7 nights a week, activities may include Irish night, treasure hunt, quiz night, fashion show, and more.

The welfare of our students is of paramount importance to us and we offer a high standard of care and supervision to all our students. We provide nominated ATC staff members to act as guardians to our individual students that travel without Group Leaders.

By choosing summer with ATC, students will be sure to develop their English skills in a fun environment, meet new international friends, and make lifelong memories.


Junior Summer Course 2022- Blackrock College

Junior Summer Programme 2024 - Blackrock College (pdf)


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