Academic Year

Cork English Academy’s Academic Year Programmes, suitable for non EU students, have been approved for inclusion on the Register of Programmes recognised by the Minister of Education and Science.

Programmes consist of an 8 month period and include 25 weeks tuition and the remaining part of the stay as a vacation period.

Academic Year consisting of 25 Weeks General English Tuition

Academic Year consisting of  19 weeks General English + 6 Weeks Examination Preparation (FCE, CAE or IELTS)

We offer morning and afternoon schedules and options of 15 or 20 hours tuition per week.

Non-EU students must complete an official examination at the end of the programme such as TIE €100, FCE €175 , CAE €185 or IELTS €195. Examination registration payment is required at time of enrollment.

International students should familiarise themselves with these important Academic Year Policies.

Key Information

  • Programme Duration: 8 Months
  • Tuition Duration: 25 weeks
  • Level: Elementary to Advanced
  • Maximum Class Size: 15
  • Course Start Dates: Any Monday except for school and public holidays where the school is closed. Please view the Programme Calendar for further details.

Right to work

Students from outside the EU on Academic Year programmes have the right to work 20 hours per week during the course and from 1 January 2015, it is intended to align the work concession with the traditional academic year and to allow students to work 40 hours per week only during the months of June, July, August, September and from 15 December to 15 January inclusive.


All students who successfully complete the programme receive the Cork English Academy Certificate in English. Non-EU students must also complete an official examination at the end of the programme such as TIE, FCE or IELTS.


Students should be from a non-EU country, age 18 + with at least a basic knowledge of English (A1 level). Students are required to have an attendance of at least 85% throughout their course and to sit an official exam during their programme.