Live Online /Virtual Classes

Since the closure of schools due to COVID-19 Government measures, Cork English Academy’s current students were invited to register for level-specific, self-guided language exercises using our Online Learning Platform.

From Monday June 15th we will be launching our Live Online/Virtual Classes with CEA teachers.

Courses will start Monday June 15th and can be joined any Monday throughout the year.

Students will transfer to face-to face classes as soon as the school reopens (date yet to be confirmed by Government)

Live Online/Virtual Classes

  • Level-specific, group classes with CEA teachers will be delivered on Zoom
  • Preparatory work prior to the live lessons (email with assignments, readings, videos for example)
  • Homework assignments with teacher correction and feedback
  • Guided self-study assignments
  • 15 hours per week
  • Schedule: 3 hours per day Monday to Friday

Who are the Live Online/Virtual Classes for?

  • Current Students – Any student currently enrolled in CEA.
  • Current Students with Stamp 2 Status: Attending Live Online/Virtual Classes is now mandatory for students outside of the EU currently on Stamp 2 status.
  • Past Students: Students who requested to cancel the remainder of their course who were issued a course voucher for remaining weeks. You can choose to use this voucher now rather than waiting for the school to reopen if you wish.
  • Renewal Students: Past Stamp 2 status students (CEA or students from other schools in Ireland) who want renew a course and stay in Ireland for a further 8 months. (Renewal Special Offer Price)
  • Third time Renewal Extensions: Students who have finished their third 8 month period (2 years) who have now been granted permission to stay in Ireland up until 31 December maximum (Special Offer Price). Remember you must by Immigration rule book course weeks from 15th June or your visa expiry date until your flight departure home or maximum December 18th when the school closes for Christmas.
  • New Students: Students abroad who for travel or budget constraints cannot travel to Cork for an immersive language programme, who are available for and could benefit from 3 hours per day Live Online/Virtual Classes.

Special Discounted Prices:

  • Renewal Price Special Offer :(Renewal Special Offer Price)
    (Academic Year / Study & Work Programme of 25 weeks course/ 8 month stay in Ireland)
  • Weekly Price List for new or third time extension students. (Special Offer Price)
  • Special Offer No registration fee (usually €65)

Students will need access to a laptop/desktop or mobile phone with internet access.

Please contact us today for more information or booking confirmation.

Email: [email protected]

Notice from Immigration 26 May 2020

On May 13, The Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan, T.D., announced that immigration permissions, due to expire between 20 May and 20 July 2020, will be automatically extended for two months. Any permission which was renewed by the earlier notice of 20 March 2020 and which therefore has a new expiry date between 20/05/2020 and 20/07/2020 is automatically renewed again by this notice.

The Minister made clear that for international English Language Students, the extensions mean that they may continue to work if they wish, but must also re-enroll in an on-line course of study to adhere to the conditions of their permission.

On May 26, the following further guidelines and explanations were issued:


Stamp 2 Permission & Online Courses

  • To be eligible for Stamp 2 permission, students must be enrolled in a course listed on the ILEP, and if re-enrolling, students must re-enroll on a course where classes are actually being provided. (Cork English Academy Online Course)
  • Where a college is providing courses online, then students are required to enroll and ‘virtually’ attend in the same way as if they were physically present in the classroom.
  • While permissions have been renewed for 2 months, students are still required to re-enroll in courses of standard duration (Cork English Academy Online Course).

Exams

  • Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, it is understood that in-person exams are not possible at this time. As an exceptional, short term and temporary measure, and in the absence of online exams being available, Immigration will accept a teacher’s assessment in lieu of the exam for Registration purposes. The exam shall be completed by students when available.

    First time registration
  • As registration offices are currently closed and in light of the difficulties some students may encounter due to not having an IRP card, as a temporary measure between now and 20th July 2020 prospective students can apply to the Registration Office to request a letter confirming their permission to remain in the State and the conditions attached.

    Students who have left the State
  • Students who left the State before completion of their studies due to COVID-19 may return and resume their studies and the duration of their absence will not count towards the 2 years maximum period of English language study allowed.

    Students who have completed the maximum 2 years English language study
  • Language students with a current, valid permission who are still in the State and who have completed the maximum 2 years permitted as a language student, but due to COVID-19 are unable to return home, may remain as students until the end of the year provided they re-enrol in an online course of study for the remainder of the year. For these students, the duration of a course shall be from the date of enrollment to 31 December 2020 (Cork English Academy Online Course).

    Permission to Work
  • Students who hold Stamp 2 permissions and who attend colleges which have physically closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, may in these exceptional circumstances work 40 hours a week. This is conditional on the student completing their course online if this service is provided by their college and represents a short term and temporary measure.

    Breaches of Permission
  • If a student does not complete an online English Language Programme, where provided by the college concerned, then they will be considered to have breached the conditions of their permission by both failing to attend classes and, where applicable, working in excess of the permitted 20 hours and this may result in future registration being refused.
  • Students, including those who have completed 2 years study and who wish to remain in the State as students, are required to re-enroll in a course of study as soon as the previous course has been completed with no gaps between courses allowed. Failure to do so will also be considered a breach of the permission and may result in future registration being refused.

    Registration

  • Once the Registration Offices reopen all students are expected to register as normal.
  • As the situation develops further updates will be issued.

Please view here for Cork English Academy’s Live Online/ Virtual Course.

Government Notice for Students

Minister Flanagan announces further temporary measures to assist international language students.

The Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan TD, has today announced further measures to assist international students studying English in Ireland who have been impacted upon by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The new measures are as follows:

1) Students who left the State before completion of their studies due to COVID-19 may return and resume their studies and the duration of their absence will not count towards the 2 years maximum period of English language study allowed;

2) Language students with a current, valid permission who are still in the State and who have completed the maximum 2 years permitted as a language student, but due to COVID-19 are unable to return home, may remain as students until the end of the year provided they re-enrol in an online course of study for the remainder of the year.

Announcing these measures, Minister Flanagan reassured those who are worried about their status in the State, saying:

I understand and recognise the difficulties that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on all immigrants, and in particular our international student population. I’m therefore pleased to be able to announce these new measures to support students which I hope will provide some welcome assurance and certainty for the coming months. We will continue to keep the situation under active review as matters evolve in our national response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The requirement to register remains for those students who have completed their maximum two years and wish to take up the option of re-enrolling in an online course of study until the end of the year. These students must re-register once the Registration Offices reopen.

The Department of Justice and Equality have engaged with MEI (Marketing English in Ireland), the representative body for the majority of language schools in Ireland. MEI have confirmed that most colleges are now offering on-line courses, and students should contact their college directly to make any necessary arrangements.

The Minister has previously announced the automatic renewal of immigration permissions due to expire between 20 May 2020 and 20 July by 2 months. For international English Language Students, the extension means that they may continue to work if they wish, but must also re-enrol in an on-line course of study to adhere to the conditions of their permission.

Source Article.

Immigration FAQs update 21/05/20

The immigration office updated the FAQs in relation to international students. Main points can be found here:

Q 25. My permission was automatically renewed by two months; am I required to re-enroll in a new course, and if so, can I wait until the end of the two months before doing so?
A. The renewal of permission is on the same basis as the existing permission and the same conditions attach. For students, this means you will be able to continue to work if you so wish but you must also reenroll in a course of study. This must be done as soon as the previous course is completed and failure to do so will be considered a breach of the permission which may result in your future registration being refused.

Q 26. My current course/ new course has moved to online study due to COVID-19. I didn’t move to Ireland to do online study; can I pause my course until physical classes return or resume?
A. No. While it is appreciated that students have travelled to Ireland to avail of in-person classes, unfortunately, due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, this is not possible at this time. Anyone resident in Ireland with a student permission is required to attend scheduled classes and, in the current circumstances, this includes where classes are provided online.

Q 27. I am a non-EEA national and currently hold a student permission (Stamp 2) but want to avail of the Third Level Graduate Programme. Due to the temporary closure of my local registration office, I was unable to avail of this Programme and receive a Stamp 1G before I returned to my home country due to the COVID-19 pandemic. How can I now avail of this Programme?
A. In light of the current COVID-1 pandemic, the Immigration Service Delivery (ISD) has introduced temporary arrangements for all non-EEA nationals who currently hold Stamp 2 permission and who wish to avail of the Third Level Graduate Programme including students who have returned to their home countries due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications can be submitted electronically to the Registration Office, Burgh Quay, Dublin at the following email address: – [email protected]
All required documentation should be scanned and included with your application. If permission is granted, you will still be required to register once the Registration Office or your local Registration Offices reopens when you have returned to Ireland.
This temporary measure will be kept under review in light of the restrictions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and may be amended or withdrawn, in whole or in part, when considered appropriate to do so, but regardless will cease to apply no later than 30 September 2020. All other eligibility criteria set out in the 2017 Revision of this Scheme will continue to apply.

You can read the full FAQs here.