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  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 FCE , CAE or IELTS. 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
    IELTS  A2 minimum, FCE B1+ minimum,  CAE B2+ minimum
    Please note students who test at an A1 level are required to register for the TIE exam and may have to sit the exam in Dublin. Any travel expenses incurred are the responsibility of the student.
  • Maximum Class Size: 12
  • 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

Non-EEA students who are permitted to reside in the State on a stamp 2 immigration permission are allowed to avail of a work concession.  Under this concession a student may work in Ireland  in a casual part-time capacity without a work permit.

Students holding a valid  immigration stamp 2  permission will be permitted work 40 hours per week only during the months of June, July, August and September and from 15 December to 15 January inclusive.  At all other times students holding Immigration permission Stamp 2 will be limited to working 20 hours per week.


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 FCE, CAE 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.