Lena – The Student Voice

Lena is a French student who has been studying with us since October 2019. She studies General English.

Hi, my name is Léna, I am 19 and I am a Cork English Academy student I have lived in Cork for 3 months, since September. My first experience was as an Au pair, it was not too bad but it’s definitely not for me. After 3 months, I returned to France, and since February I am still in Ireland, I was in Dublin for 2 weeks and I’ll stay in Cork for 3/4 months more. I live with other people in the School Residence.

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For me, Cork it’s a very nice city, you can find whatever you want, when you want. This city is easier than other cities.You can shop and also go to the park. The bus is also the Best transport. You really need to use the bus in Cork. What i really like in Cork is the house’s colours. Even if the weather is bad, Cork have a lot of colours, you can feel good even if it’s raining. That’s my point of view.

Lena’s photography

The Student Voice – Oguzhan

Oguzhan is from Istanbul, Turkey. He started his English language journey at Cork English Academy back in September. Here is his story.

I’m a mechanical engineer. Due to my job, I need to communicate with companies and employees abroad. English is used as a common language. For this reason, I decided to study English. I chose Ireland for English education because I heard how helpful the Irish people are. I think Irish people are the people most like the Turkish people in the continent of Europe.

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The reason I chose the city of Cork is that it is a small and safe city. Turkish people usually go to Dublin for English education. The only reason I wanted to be away from Turkish people was to always speak English and improve my level. During my four and a half months in Ireland, I travelled to Cork and Dublin. But I would love to visit other cities of Ireland in the spring. My favourite thing about Cork is that the buildings are small and you can always see the sky even in the city centre. This is very refreshing.
The thing I dislike most is the weather, of course.

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I have improved my English more than I expected at Cork English Academy. Everyone at school helps a lot. I really want to work and live in Ireland in the future.

The Student Voice – Turki

My name is Turki ,I’m from Saudi Arabia.I am happy to be in Cork to learn English. I found the people here very kind and friendly, I was able to make friends from the first day .

Turki at University College Cork


I had difficulties learning English, but the teachers helped me solve it, and my friends helped me to improve my speaking.

I liked the activities of the academy, I visited many places with them and I have beautiful memories.

Montse’s Story

I’m Montse from Girona, Spain.

I progressed from B2 level to an FCE exam class to C1 level while here at CEA!

After graduating from College and working for a while I decided to have a break and improve my English. It is something that I had always wanted to do as I have been studying this language all my life and I couldn’t talk as fluently as I wanted. So, going abroad was the best way to do it.

I had a great feeling about Ireland although I had only been in Dublin before. I knew that I didn’t want to live in the capital and for this reason I decided on Cork.

When I arrived in Cork I fell in love with the city and it felt like home from the first moment. This wasn’t only a first impression, it was also they same after a few weeks. As it isn’t a big city it is really easy to get around and it is also a safe place. Irish people are known to be friendly, but Corkconians are more than that!

During my experience in Cork I have tried to do and explore as much as possible. The main trips I’ve done around Ireland are:  Dublin, Limerick, Galway including Connemara, Clare including Cliffs of Moher, Northern Ireland and my favourite one the South-West Coast and the Ring of Kerry. Overall ,visiting the nearby villages of Cork city was the best way to get away during the weekends.

Something that I can’t skip mentioning is  the ”craic” in the pubs! Even though Cork is a little city it is a lively one!

Finally I have to say that I reached my goals thanks to Cork English Academy. After some General English lessons I decided to do the First Certificate Exam too. All the teachers are very professional and want you to be better.

This period in Cork is the best experience ever and I encourage everyone to do it!

Juan’s Story

Juan from Uruguay enjoyed a short stay language programme with us here at Cork English Academy. Here is his story:

1) Why did you choose to study overseas?

I chose to study abroad because I believe that the best way to learn a language is to live in a place where you should use it most of the time. As well as wanting to live a new experience within a culture and society different from the Uruguayan one.

2) What expectations did you have from this experience?

I wanted to improve my English, meet new people, and enjoy every activity I did.

3) How was your experience with the school? First day reception, the teachers, the school etc.

The school in my opinion is of the first level, the teachers always with great sympathy, understanding the different capacities of their students. The school as a building is very comfortable, always a suitable temperature and in general in excellent condition. It has many extra activities, which help the student to meet new people, and in turn improve English. I think they have proven to be professionals in their field.

On my first day, he was interviewed by Vincent, the Director of the Academy, who very kindly and very clearly introduced us to the staff, and gave us the guidelines to follow in the Institute.

4) How did you find the accommodation?

I spent 2 weeks in a Host Family with Jim and Eileen a couple of retirees who attended me as if I were part of their family, I can only mention good things, since first arrival when they collected me from the airport until my last day.  Always very friendly and flexible with the hours of leaving the house, as well as breakfast or dinner. They assisted me in the purchase of tickets to travel to Dublin, and every day that I returned to the house, we had 1 or 2 hour talks on various topics, such as the city, diving, history, etc.

I was also 1 week in the student residence, living with 2 Spanish girls and 1 Brazilian boy, I had no problems, but lived in community dining and lunch sometimes together, there were no problems.

5) What is Cork like as a destination?

I think I made a correct decision when choosing Cork, a small city, being easy to travel and move between the host family and the academy. While there are Spanish-speaking people, it is not as much as in Dublin, in addition to the fact that the city is not a tourist center, and you can enjoy Irish culture and life.

6) What recommendations do you have for other students that are considering travelling to Ireland?

To know a new culture, new people, travel, face a new language and enjoy the challenge of doing it.