Tell us a little bit about your course and teachers?
I take C1 level English in the morning classes. I have 12 classmates from all over the world, including Brazil, Argentina, Turkey, Spain, and Honduras.
For my first two weeks here, I had a British teacher, she was excellent, and I learned a lot from her and my classmates.
In my third week I got a new teacher, he is from Ireland. I really like my teacher, he is a really good, kind and respectful person. He encourages everybody to participate in class and helps us to understand any new topic that arises.
What aspect of English language learning are you improving in the most?
I think the aspects that I am improving the most are my speaking and writing skills.
What aspect of English language learning are you finding the most challenging?
Even though I am improving my fluency, speaking in English is still the most challenging aspect to me.
Sometimes I don’t have all of the vocabulary I need when I want to say something, but I keep trying to do my best.
Do you get to practice your English outside of school hours?
Yes, I do. I practice my English on a daily basis, for example when I need to buy something, talk with my classmates, take the bus or train, etc.
I love the out and about school activities because I can also practice English while meeting new people and visiting interesting places in Cork City.
Why did you choose Cork City as your study abroad destination?
I chose to move to Cork City because, before coming here, I saw a reel on Instagram about the city and I immediately fell in love with Cork.
Furthermore, I have heard that in this city it is easier to find a job and accommodation.
What is your favorite thing about Cork?
The people. People are so friendly here. I feel welcome in Cork, and I am very happy to live here and learn more about Irish Culture.
Would you suggest Ireland as a study abroad destination to others and if so, why?
I absolutely recommend Ireland as a study abroad destination to others because it is a lovely country, and we can really improve our English skills while enjoying an amazing experience in Ireland, the beautiful Emerald Island.
However, it would be good if the government could improve the processes for obtaining the Irish residence permit (IRP) and the PPS, so that they could be more agile and efficient, which would motivate more students to continue coming to the country.
Thank you so much for this extremely well written piece Fernanda!
We have no doubt you will turn your language challenges into motivation! Keep going! You are excelling.
We totally agree that the government registration process needs to be made better for international students. The time delay in getting an Immigration registration appointment in Cork at the moment is unprecedented. Hopefully we will see changes for the better in 2024.
Until then remember that the special landing stamp you receive in your passport on arrival to the airport in Ireland will permit you to:
1. Request an Immigration meeting where you will later during your stay get your physical IRP / Immigration card (stamp 2 student visa)
2. Apply for a PPS number (official number for work purposes)
3. Apply for an Irish bank account (if you want one for proof of address or work purposes)
You do not need to wait until you have a physical IRP / Immigration card to apply for a PPS number or Irish bank account.