Academic Year (Work & Study Programme)

Academic Year (Work & Study) Programmes consist of an 8 month period and include 25 weeks tuition and the remaining part of the stay as a vacation period.

English language students from outside of the EU who are interested in a long term language stay in Ireland will need to be registered on a specific course called an Academic Year Programme (often called Work and Study Programme).

These Academic Year ( Work & Study) Programmes are in line with Immigration guidelines for international students.

Course Options

  • 25 weeks General English leading to official TIE exam ( minimum A1+ level required)
  • 19 weeks General English + 6 Weeks IELTS Examination Preparation ( minimum A2+ level required)

Non-EU students must complete an official examination at the end of the programme such as TIE or IELTS.

Please consider this information before booking an Academic Year as we will need to know your final exam choice at time of booking and before you start your course. No changes to courses or final exam choice can be made after you start your course.

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

 Course Timetable Options

  • 15 hour Morning Monday to Friday 09.00 to 12.15
  • 15 hour Afternoon Monday to Friday 13.45 to 17.00
  • 20 hour Morning Monday to Friday 09.00 to 13.30
  • 20 hour Afternoon Monday to Friday 12.30 to 17.00

Course Fees

  • 25 weeks 15 hours morning  €2750
  • 25 weeks 15 hours afternoon €2000
  • 25 weeks 20 hours afternoon €2500
  • 25 weeks 20 hours morning €3250

Extra Fees

  • General English Textbook Fee: €45 (entitles students to one textbook, extra textbooks can be purchased in the school as needs be).
  • Medical Insurance: €100
  • School Registration fee of €65

Exam Registration

  • Exam registration (TIE €130 or IELTS €200)
  • IELTS Textbook: €45
  • TIE Exam has no specific textbook. TIE Exam is often held in the school but sometimes students may be required to take the exam in the test center in Dublin.

Key Information

  • Programme Duration: 8 Months
  • Tuition Duration: 25 weeks
  • Levels: Elementary to Advanced
  • Course Start Dates: Any Monday except for school and public holiday Monday, in such cases courses will start on the  Tuesday.  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 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.

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