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English in Cork - CEA

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Programme Summary:

  • Age 18+
  • From 1 week
  • City of culture and arts, close to nature
  • Family run school located in the historic heart of Cork
  • Cambridge and IELTS exams preparation
  • Homestay or self-catering shared appartment accommodation


Language programme in Cork

As Ireland’s second biggest city (190 000 inhabitants), Cork, is known throughout Europe for its artists, musicians, writers, artisans that are part of its vibrant cultural life. English students in this city appreciate the warm atmosphere that permeates the city. The residents of Cork are reputed for their friendliness, hospitality and love of discussion. 

There are plenty of places to visit on the weekends – the famous Blarney Castle is less than half an hour from the Academy; the beautiful coastal town of Kinsale is similarly just a short bus journey away, as is the Jameson Distillery where you can see how Irish whiskey is made and even become a qualified whiskey taster!

The school: "Cork English Academy"

Our partner school, the Cork English Academy, is located in the historic heart of Cork city, in close proximity to the main business and retail areas of the city and close to a wide variety of restaurants and cafés.

The school offers:

  • Fully-equipped, modern, comfortable classrooms
  • Self-access and internet centre with free computer/internet access
  • Student lounge/common area with vending machine, coffee and snacks available
  • Free wireless internet available throughout the building
  • Study room and terrace
  • Library and video library

Activities during your stay

The school organises many free or paying activities to get students out and about after classes.

These activities include:

  • City tours
  • Visits of museums and art galleries
  • Special sessions dedicated to pronunciation, grammar or vocabulary (on Tuesday and Wednesday)
  • Sessions dedicated to job search and learning strategies (1st Wednesday of each month)
  • Irish dance lessons
  • Pub Quiz night
  • Greyhound racing
  • Bowling
  • Half day excursions to Cobh, Kinsale, Blarney Castle, Fota Wildlife Park, Blackrock Observatory
  • Day trips to Ring of Kerry & Killarney National Park, Cliffs of Moher, Dingle peninsula, Cobh & Blarney, Kilkenny and Cashel, Kinsale and West Cork Kilkeny, Belfast, Giant's Causeway, Connemara or Cliffs of Moher


English language courses: the basics

  • Lesson length: 60 minutes
  • Class size: Average 12 students (maximum 15)
  • Schedule: morning and/or afternoon lessons (afternoon lessons are not available until May 2019)
  • Placement test: first day of lessons
  • Certificate of completion at the end of your stay
  • Weekly progress tests
  • Qualified native English teachers

Courses on offer

  • General English: 15 hours per week - Morning or afternoon

    3 hours of lessons a day (from 9.00 to 12.15 or from 13.45 to 17.00) will give you a practical understanding of the English language and take you all the way to fluency. See your confidence improve as CEA trains you in all four communication skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. The topics covered are related to Irish culture (history, music, literature, sport, etc.)

    Language level: intermediate to advanced

  • Intensive English: 20 hours per week

    You will attend 4 hours of lessons a day, from 9.00 to 13.30. Includes the above General English classes, as well as extra topics covered. This programme is dedicated to students who wish to improve faster.

    Language level: intermediate to advanced

  • Combined courses: 15 + 5, 15 + 10, 15 + 15 or 20 + 5, 20 + 10, 20 + 15.

    This course includes the standard courses above (15 or 20 hours), plus 5, 10 or 15 hours of individual lessons. The schedule is established on site. The topics covered during these specific sessions are: technical English, English for Tourism, Business English, etc.

    Language level: intermediate to advanced

  • Business English: 20 leçons d'anglais par semaine

    Duration: 4 weeks on specific dates (see "Dates and Prices" tab)

    Includes the above General English classes (from 9.00 to 12.15), as well as 5 lessons of Business English, from 12.30 to 13.30. These specific lessons will enable students to develop their communication skills within a company, while taking part to sample conferences, meetings or negotiations.

    Language level : upper intermediate to advanced

  • Cambridge Exam Preparation Courses:

    Duration: 4 weeks on specific dates (see "Dates and Prices" tab)

    We offer four sessions of four weeks for Cambridge (FCE) exam preparation. This programme includes 15 General English lessons in the mornings and 5 hours of FCE preparation from 12.30 to 13.30. These courses focus on the four areas tested on the FCE exam. Homework is personalised to the weaknesses of the student.

    Language level required: upper intermediate (B2)

  • IELTS Exam Preparation Courses: 20 hours per week

    Duration: 4 weeks on specific dates (see "Dates and Prices" tab)

    We offer four sessions of four weeks for IELTS exam preparation. This programme includes 15 General English lessons in the mornings and 5 hours of FCE preparation from 12.30 to 13.30. These courses focus on the four areas tested on the FCE exam. Homework is personalised to the weaknesses of the student.

    Language level required : intermediate (A2+)


Homestay (host family)

Single room, shared bathroom and half-board

Travel time to school : maximum 45 minutes

Practical Information:

  • Bed linen and towels provided
  • Laundry is usually provided once/twice a week
  • Free Wi-Fi available

Available at extra cost:

  • Private bathroom
  • Full-board (packed-lunch provided)

Shared Apartment


  • 5-bedroom apartments consisting of 4 single bedrooms sharing 2 bathrooms + 1 double bedroom with private bathroom
  • Meals are not included
  • Travel time to school: 5 minutes on foot
  • Location: Cork city centre

Facilities and services

  • Shared kitchen
  • WiFi connection
  • Cable TV
  • Bed linen and towels provided
  • Laundry

Dates & Prices 2020-2021

Dates 2020

Sessions start:

Courses take place throughout the year and start every Monday unless otherwise indicated as follow. If Monday is a bank holiday, the course starts on Tuesday.

Bank holidays and holidays 2020 (no lessons will be held on these dates, not rescheduled for a later stage and no compensation will be given: 01/01 to 05/01, 17/03, 13/04, 04/05, 01/06, 03/08, 26/10, 19/12 to 03/01/21

Exams preparation sessions dates - 6 weeks :

Cambridge FCE:

2020: 04/11 - 13/12 2021: 27/01 - 06/03 ; 06/07 - 14/08 ; 04/11 - 13/12

IELTS: 2021: 13/01 - 21/02; 16/03 - 24/04; 11/05 - 19/06; 13/07 - 21/08; 14/09 - 23/10

(Exam dates can vary from one local exam centre to another. For more information, please contact us before booking).

Prices 2020

Prices -

Includes classes, road and board, taxes, and registration fees

Classes and stay in shared apartment, single room, no board
Duration15L afternoon15L morning20L afternoon20L morning
1 week510540530560
2 weeks840900880940
3 weeks1170126012301320
4 weeks1330145014101530
6 weeks1920210020402220
8 weeks2430267025902830
12 weeks3450381036904050
16 weeks4395487547155195
18 weeks4745557051055950
20 weeks5355595557556355
24 weeks6395711568757595
32 weeks84759435911510075
36 weeks9515105951023511315
Extra week255285275305
Prep. Cambridge (FCE) or IELTS, stay in shared apartment, single room, no board
Session6 weeks
15 lessons per week - afternoon1820
15 lessons per week - morning2000
20 lessons per week - morning1940
20 lessons per week - morning2120
Specific courses
Per hour60
Room options (extra fee per week)
Family, single room, half board, shared bathroom40
Family, single room, half board, private bathroom70
Family, full board25
Apartment, single room, private bathroom45
Summer fee in famly (13/06-29/08)40
Transfers (per journey)
Cork Airport - Apartment only during business hours25
Cork Airport/Downtown in host family (between 8:00-00.00)
Dublin Airport to Cork (30€ return) School will reimburse-
Dublin Airport - private car transfer (1- 3 passengers)220

Prices include:

  • Chosen course
  • Single-room and shared-bathroom accommodation
  • Transfers from and to Cork airport (09:00 to 00:00) if Homestay accommodation
  • Course pedagogical materials
  • All school administration and booking fees.

Prices do not include:

  • Travel to and from Cork
  • Transfers from and to Cork airport for shared apartment accommodation
  • Optional extras
  • Local transport in and around Cork
  • Possible exam fees and preparation course material (if any)
  • Refundable security deposit for shared appartment (to be paid on arrival)

Practical Information


Arrival day : Saturday or Sunday

Departure day : Saturday or Sunday

Important : the duration of the stay is 8 days and 7 nights, either from Saturday to Saturday or Sunday to Sunday.

Arrival/departure airport or bus/train station :

  • Cork International Airport
  • Dublin International Airport - Your bus ticket (Aircoach) from Dublin airport to Cork bus station is refundable on submission of the receipt at the school reception.

Airport transfers on request :

  • Included in the price for Homestay accommodation if arrival/departure take place between 08:00 and 00:00. No arrival is possible outside this time slot (for homestays).
  • Not included in the price (extra fare) for shared apartment accommodation (see "Dates & prices" tab).

Note : please do not make any travel arrangements before we have confirmed your booking (about 4 working days after you have paid your deposit).

VISA Information

Do you need a visa in order to apply for such programmes? For more information, consult the following website: Irish Visa Info

Should you need more information, please feel free to contact us by e-mail or telephone.

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