Foyle International
English Courses in Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Foyle International
English Courses in Londonderry, Northern Ireland

About Foyle International

Foyle International is a language school based in the beautiful and historic city of Derry, North West Ireland. As the longest established language school in Northern Ireland, and the first to receive the prestigious British Council Accreditation marque, we pride ourselves on providing quality courses and an excellent, friendly service.

The school was established in 1990 by director Paul Murray and we have helped thousands of students improve their English skills and further their career prospects through our language, teacher development and work placement programmes. Our friendly, efficient staff and enthusiastic teachers ensure your time in Derry is well spent.

Derry is one of the best places in the world to learn English. We attract students from all over the world and many of our former students return year after year because they know they are guaranteed the highest quality education, a warm Irish welcome, and a unique cultural experience that they will never forget!


Our students come from all over the world, with an average of 800 - 1000 students per year taking a range of English and vocational courses. We offer year-round courses for adults and school groups, as well as summer school programmes for junior students in July and August. We had over 20 different nationalities represented last year.
  • 892 Number of Students
    Enrolled at the
    School Last Year
  • 1000 Average Number
    of Students During
    the Year
  • 260 Average Number
    of Students During
    the High Season
  • 13 years MINIMUM


We organise a range of social activities and events for our students in the afternoons, evenings and at weekends. Activities can include tours and trips, quiz nights, film clubs, sports events, day tours. Some events are free, others may have a small entrance fee.

Derry is perfectly located to give students the chance to see some of the most iconic and beautiful places in Ireland. We organise trips to the Giant’s Causeway Coast (pictured), to Belfast and the Titanic Museum, to the stunning Inishowen penninsula and Malin Head (most northerly point in Ireland), and of course our highly recommended Game of Thrones Tour which showcases the breath-taking locations around Northern Ireland where the hit-series was filmed, including the mysterious ‘Dark Hedges’
Visa Information
Visa Applications

Northern Ireland is part of the UK, so if you come from outside the EU you should check on the UK Visa & Immigration website to see if you require a UK visa.

There are two visa routes for students who want to study here:

Student Visitor Visa

This is a short term visa for students who want to stay no longer than 6 months (or up to 11 months for those who want to study only English). Students do not apply under the Points Based System and do not need to have completed any previous English studies. This is a suitable choice for beginners and low level students.

2) Tier 4 (PBS) Visa

This is a long term visa for students who want to stay 12 months or longer. At the moment the condition for application for a Tier 4 visa is that the student has a minimum level of B1 / Intermediate level English and is ready to study at B2 / Upper Intermediate level of the CEFR (Common European Framework of levels). This visa is most commonly used for University Pathway Courses.

How to get there

Airports in Northern Ireland

City of Derry Airport * recommended
Belfast City Airport (George Best Airport)
Belfast International Airport * recommended

The City of Derry Airport is situated on the outskirts of the city in an area called Eglington. The airport is approximately 5 miles from the city centre and it takes about 20 minutes to travel to and from the city. City of Derry airport offers daily direct flights to/ from London Stansted, Liverpool, Manchester and Glasgow which in turn are serviced by direct flights to lots of European cities. Currently these services are provided by BMI Airlines

Belfast International Airport, Belfast, Northern Ireland. This airport is serviced by all major airlines from all parts of the world. It lies 117 kilometres southeast of Derry, about 1hr 30mins drive by bus or car on the outskirts of Belfast. There is also a rail service connecting Derry and Belfast.

Belfast City (George Best) Airport Belfast City, Northern Ireland. This airport is serviced by several major airlines. It lies 127 kilometres southeast of Derry, about 1hr 50mins drive by bus or car.

Airport in the Republic of Ireland (for students from the EU)

Dublin Airport, Republic of Ireland. This airport is serviced by all major airlines from all over the world. Dublin lies 235 kilometres south of Derry, about 4 hours by bus or car. For timetables and prices please check Bus Éireann ( and Translink (

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