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English in Cork - CEA

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Programme Summary:

  • General or combined English classes
  • Accommodation either in host families or shared apartment
  • All levels available
  • Cambridge exam preparation available
  • Recreational activities available
  • Duration: from 1 to 52 weeks
  • Ages 18+



The classes, open to any level, typically have 8 students, with a maximum of 15 in the summer.

Please Note: Courses are open to students from age 18 and up.

We offer the following courses in Cork:

  • Standard English

15 lessons per week (60 minutes each). This programme is available either as General English, or as Business English. Lessons take place in the mornings from 9.00 to 12.15.

  • Intensive course

20 lessons (60 minutes each) per week. These lessons take place in the mornings and afternoons from 9.00 to 13.15.

  • 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.

  • Cambridge Exam Preparation Courses: (FCE) 12 lessons per session

We offer four sessions of four weeks for Cambridge (FCE) exam preparation. This programme includes 20 General English lessons in the mornings and two afternoons of FCE preparation per week, from 14.30 to 16.00 (Tuesday and Thursday). These courses focus on the four areas tested on the FCE exam. Homework is personalised to the weaknesses of the student. An intermediate level (B2) is required to sign up for these classes, as well as a pre-evaluation test.


The school organizes many free or payable activities to get students out and about after classes. Activities include pub nights, movie nights, city tours, greyhound racing, visits to whiskey distilleries, Irish dance classes and excursions to neighbouring cities.



As Ireland’s second biggest city, Cork, is known throughout the country for its artists, musicians, writers and artisans. English students in this city appreciate the warm ambiance 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! It's no wonder that the Lonely Planet Guide listed Cork city as one of the Top 10 cities to visit in 2010!

The cost of living in Cork is much lower than most Irish cities, making it easy to go out to shop, eat and have fun! The city also offers numerous possibilities for athletic activities and excursions. This lively city offers everything that a student studying English could want for a short or long stay.


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; audio and video equipment; and an extensive range of textbooks and text materials.


We offer two possibilities for accommodation in Cork:

  • Host Families

Accommodation in an Irish host family allows students to discover the Irish way of life and to practice the language with native speakers. We offer single rooms with half board (breakfast and an evening meal) during the week and full board on the weekends. Bathrooms are normally shared and it is possible that there is another foreign student in the house as well.

Homestays are an ideal way for students to have regular communication with native English speakers, accelerating the learning process. All families are carefully selected by our local representative according to strict hospitality criteria. They are generally located in nearby residential areas, a maximum of 30 minutes from the school.

Transfers to and from Cork airport are included in the price, as long as your air plane arrives/takes off between 9.00am and midnight.

  • Shared Apartment

If you are looking for independence, you are able to stay in a shared apartment, the furthest 2.5km away from the center or university students during peak season. You will have a single room and share the sitting room, the kitchen as well as the bathroom with the other students.

Private bathrooms are available for an additional fee. Bedding is provided but meals are not included.

Airport transfers are not included in the price but we can book this on request.

Dates & Prices 2015

Dates 2015

Courses take place throughout the year and start every Monday. Stays run from Sunday to Saturday.

FCE session dates:

  • From 10th February to 5th March. Exams on the 6th and 7th March. Enrolment deadline 23rd January 2015.

  • From 2nd to 25th June. Exams on the 26th & 27th June. Enrolment deadline 22nd May.

  • From 28th July to 19th August. Exams on the 21st & 22nd August. Enrolment deadline 10th July.

  • From 18th November to 11th December. Exams on the 6th or 13th December. Enrolment deadline 31st October.

  • It is possible to enrol after the deadline, but an additional €50 will be required.

The school is closed during the Christmas holidays and on the following days(courses are not replaced nor refunded): from 22nd December 2014 to 2nd January 2015; 1st & 3rd January, 17th March, 6th April, 4th May, 1st June, 3rd August, 26th October, from 21st December to 3rd January 2016.

Prices include:

  • Chosen course
  • Accommodation in homestay or apartment
  • Half-board if accommodation in homestay
  • Transfer from Cork airport if accommodation in homestay
  • Course materials
  • All administrative and booking fees.

Prices do not include:

  • Travel to and from Cork
  • Transfers from the airport if staying apartment (compulsory for under 18's)
  • Exam fees (165€) and preparation course materials (65€)

Practical Info


  • Arrival airport: Cork or Dublin
  • We organize pick ups from Cork airport to your accommodation (compulsory for under 18's). If your arrival airport is Dublin, you can take a bus to Cork. Check out the shuttle bus timetable on the following website:

If you prefer, Easy Languages can book your flights for you. Please make sure you note this in your enrolment form.

If you intend to book your own flight, try to arrive the Sunday before the start of your course, and leave the Saturday following the end of it.

VISA Information

If you are an EU resident, you do not need a visa. A passport or ID card will be fine.

For students who do need a visa, and intend to study in Ireland, you will need to bring the following documents to your local Irish Embassy:

  • an official letter from our partner school in Ireland, confirming that you have been accepted in a programme of study
  • receipt of full fee payment to the school
  • proof that you have sufficient funds to fund your stay

For more information, consult the following website: Irish Visa Info

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