Oguzhan’s Story

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.

Photo @sykes_36

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.

Photo @yaycork

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.

Lena’s Story

Lena is a French student who studies General English at CEA.

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.

Lena’s Photography

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

Banan’s Online Classes

Banan on the Top Floor of Shandon Tower – Cork City

I completed level B1 and I am nearly to finished B2 at Cork English Academy. It was a brilliant experience.

The teachers did their best to help us and make everything clear and let us communicate which other students and practice speaking as much as possible.

My speaking is the most improved. The most challenging for me is practicing writing skills.

I don’t get a chance to practice English outside of school hours so speaking to teachers and classmates was important for me.

In my opinion I didn’t find huge differences between studying online and studying in person. The teachers were still brilliant. However, the relations and communication between students is better in person, in the school.

Here are some photos I took of Cork:

The Courthouse – Cork City
St. Finbarr’s Cathedral and the River Lee – Cork City

Thank you Banan. We wish you all the best!

Find a Language Travel Agent Near You

An expert agent has the experience to help you plan and book every detail of your language travel abroad.

Most agencies will be able to give you information and support online and over the phone and some agents will welcome you into their office for a face-to-face meeting where you can discuss all things about your language holiday abroad.

The following agencies have helped students book at course at Cork English Academy: 

Abroad Experience
Agência 7Mundos
Aktif Education Abroad
Allworld Intercambios Culturais Ltda.
Armada Grandee Education Consulting
Beeducation Intercambio
Bilimevi Academic Support Center
Blue Intercambios
Bogazici Education Counseling Services
Brand Uhak
BTB Intercambio
Butterfly Exchange
CanFly Education Agency Inc.
Celtic Internship
CI – Central de Intercambio
Click Intercambios
Condor Idiomas
Connect Intercambio
Day One Intercâmbios
Descubra o Mundo Intercâmbio
Destino Certo Intercâmbios
Dialog-Sprachreisen International GmbH
Discover Ireland
Dreams Intercâmbio
Eazy CIty
Education Abroad Ekaterinburg Centre
Education State
Egali Intercambio
El Centro de Ingles
ELT International Education Services
Endless Abroad Education
Enjoy Intercambio e Turismo
Estudar no Exterior Intercâmbio
Estudios Profesionales en Ingles (EPI)
Fox Study
FYI Intercambios
Gdltravel Servicios de Educacion Internacional S. C.
GEDU Educational Services
GLC International Education Group
Global Active Study
Global Studies
Global Studies Spain
Global Vizyon Yurtdisi Egitim Danismanligi
Go Ahead Intercâmbios
GoLearn Agency
GoLearn Agency
Grow Experience
Hello! Irlanda
IB Global Educational and Career Consultancy
ICGroup Education – Excelência em Intercâmbio
Idealist Education Consultancy
Idealsas – Ideal Study Abroad Services
IE Intercambio Dublin Limited
Information Planet – São Paulo- Head Office
Ingles en Irlanda (Manolo)
Intercultural Agency
International Travel (Brazil)
Intro Education Consultancy
Irlanda Intercambios
Japan Ireland Adventures Ltd
Jump Intercâmbio
Kiwi Education UK & Ireland
LAE Barcelona
Language 4 You
Language in Study and Go
Language International
LanguageCourse S.L.
Learning Idiomas
LiffeyJin Study
Linguland: Studyadvisor Education Group GmbH
Lions Intercâmbio
Live and Learn Educational Group (LLEG)
Live Ireland Agencia de Estudio
MAPA – Educación Internacional
Master Education
Master Trip Limited
Mater intercambios
Me Mudo a Irlanda
Mundo idiomas
My Intercambio
My Intercambio
Oliver Twist Work and Study
Optima Intercambio
Prestige Uhak
Prize English
Real Egitim
SAY Languages
Smart Travel
Study in Dublin
Study Trip NZ
Study Zone
StudyMAP – Manhattan
The Big  House Group
The Broad Club
Travelmate Intercambio & Tursimo
Trinity Intercambios
United Towers
Upgrade Intercambio Cultural
Vaga-Mundo Travellers
Vena Irlanda
VETE Education And Travel
Vida Learn Intercâmbios
Vital Intercâmbios
Vou Intercambio
Work Study Ireland
World Experience Intercambio
World Study – O Mundo do Intercambio
World2Go Ltd
XPA Travel & Exchange
Yero Yurtdisi Egitim
Yes Agency
Yes Atlas
Yonca Consultancy
You Too Project

List Updated September 2022.

Below you will find a list of agency associations. Feel free to contact the associations or individual agencies and be sure to mention that you would like to

  1. Travel to Ireland and

  2. Study in Cork English Academy

Some agents have lots of experience helping students prepare for the language holiday in Ireland specifically.

Here are just a few associations to help you on your way:

Brazil – BELTA
Brazilian Educational and Language Travel Association
Website: www.belta.org.br
Colombia: BC Agents    
British Council List of agents
Website: http://www.bcagent.info/gal/
Chile: BC Agents    
British Council list of agents    
Website: http://www.bcagent.info/gal    
Europe – EAQA
European Association of Quality Agencies
Website: www.eaqa.eu  
France – L’Office
Office National de Garantie des séjours et stages linguistiques
Website: www.loffice.org  
France – UNOSEL
Union Nationale des Organisations de Séjours linguistiques et des Ecoles de Langues
Website: www.unosel.org  
Germany – FDSV
Fachverband Deutscher Sprachreise-Veranstalter e.V.
Website: www.fdsv.de  
Hong Kong – HKIECA
Hong Kong International Education Consultants’ Association
Website: www.hkieca.com  
Indonesia – IKPII
Indonesian International Education Consultants Association
Website: www.ikpii.com  
International – ALTO
Association of Language Travel Organisations
Website: www.altonet.org  
International – FELCA
Federation of Education and Language Consulting Association
Website: www.felca.org  
International – PIER
Professional International Education Resources
Website www.pieronline.org  
Italy – IALCA
Italian Association of Language Consultants and Agents
Website: www.ialca.it  
Japan – CIEL
Council of International Education and Travel
Website: www.jata-net.or.jp/ciel/english/index.html
Japan – JAOS
Japan Association of Overseas Studies
Website: www.jaos.gr.jp  
Russia – AREA
Association of Russian Educational Advisors
Website: www.studyarea.ru  
Saudi Arabia -UniAgents


Website: https://www.uniagents.com/

Serbia – YUTA
Association of the Travel Agencies of Serbia
Website: www.yuta.rs  
South Korea – KOSA
Korea Overseas Study Abroad
Website: www.kosaworld.org  
Asociación Española de Promotores de Cursos en el Extranjero
Website: www.aseproce.org
Switzerland – LILAS
Leading Independent Language Agencies of Switzerland
Website: www.lilas-ch.org  
Switzerland – SALTA
Swiss Association of Language Travel Agents
Website: www.salta.ch  
Taiwan – IECA
International Education Consultants Association
Website: www.iecatpe.org.tw  
Taiwan – TOSA
Taiwan Overseas Study Association
Website: www.tosa.org.tw  
Thailand – TIECA
Thai International Education Consultants Association
Website: www.tieca.com  
Turkey – EduDer
Educational Agents Network
Website: www.eduder.org  
Turkey – UED
Association of International Educational Counsellors
Email: [email protected] Website: www.ued.org.tr
Turkey – TEAG
Turkish Educational Agents Group
Email: [email protected] Website: www.teag.org
Turkey – YEDAB
International Education Counsellors Association of Turkey
Email: [email protected] Website: www.yedab.org
Vietnam – VIECA
Vietnam International Education Consultants Association
Email: [email protected] Website: www.vieca.org.vn

Post Updated 19/8/2022

Daniel and Zabele on Classes during COVID

Daniel (progressing from A2 Pre-Intermediate to C1 Advanced) and Zabele (progressing from B1 Intermediate to C1 Advanced) studied at Cork English Academy from March 2020 to May 2021. Congratulations to you both on your achievements!

Online Classes at Cork English Academy

When we arrived in Ireland our focus was to learn English. Obviously we were doubt about the school, about life and if we could live far away from our family.

Luckily, the reception of school, the teachers and the classmates helped us to feel better. All of our teachers helped us a lot to learn and the methodology was very good.

We had five weeks on face-to-face classes and then the quarantine started. It was a hard time for everyone and we thought about give up and go back to Brazil.

Fortunately, we stayed in Ireland and we restarted the English language course online. One more time we were worried about the course but the teachers made everything to improve their methods and helped us. To be honest, in many times, it looks like we were at school.

We’ve tried practicing English with some friends at work but, because of quarantine, we just stayed at home and watched movies in English.

The most important thing for improving our English, in our opinion, was the teachers. Every time they told us some ways and points that we needed to focus, they showed another online free material for practice more and more. Everything supported us to learn.

We would like to say thank you for our teachers Joanne, Emma, Phil, Pat, Karen, Aine, Annushka, Gavin, Michael, Christopher, all of the School staff, directors and everyone who supported us. You are amazing.

Thank you very much!

Daniel and Zabele