Work and Study Programme

Work and Study in Ireland, maximizing your English language use in real life settings.

What is the Work and Study Course?

  • The Work and Study Programme is an 8 month programme including a 25 week course and 2 month vacation period.
  • It is suitable for students from outside of Europe who want to stay in Ireland long term and study and work while doing so.
  • It is suitable for those from outside of Europe who need to formalize their stay in Cork for Immigration purposes.

What is the difference between General English Courses and Work & Study Courses?

  • The course is the same and the course price is the same!

Work and Study Courses have extra requirements in line with Immigration rules:

  • Final exam fee
  • Medical insurance fee
  • Learner Protection fee

Course Start Dates
Courses start on every Monday throughout the year except where there is a public holiday Monday in which case courses start on the Tuesday. 

6 Month 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)

Morning Options: Monday to Friday 09:00 to 12:15

General English (TIE Exam) – €3150
General English textbook
Medical Insurance
TIE Exam Fee
Learner Protection
School Registration Fee 
General English & IELTS (IELTS Exam) – €3280
General English textbook
IELTS textbook
Medical Insurance
IELTS Exam Fee
Learner Protection
School Registration Fee

Afternoon Options: Monday to Friday 13:15 to 16:30

General English (TIE Exam) – €2775
General English textbook
Medical Insurance
TIE Exam Fee
Learner Protection
School Registration Fee 

Exam Registration

  • TIE

Your final exam will be linked to your official student enrollment documents for Immigration purposes. Therefore, no changes to your course or final exam can be made after you start your course. Something to consider when you are making a booking!

Right to work

Work and Study in Ireland at the same time. Students can work in Ireland during their language abroad stay. This allows you put what you have learned in class into practice in real life work settings.

While registered on an Academic Year (Work & Study) Programme you will be permitted to work 40 hours per week during the months of June, July, August and September and from 15 December to 15 January inclusive. At all other times you can work up to 20 hours per week.


You will receive a Cork English Academy school certificate and an external exam result (TIE or IELTS) which may be be more recognizable to employers when looking for a job, or Universities, if looking to go onto further study such as an Undergraduate, Masters or PHD through the English language.


Check out these important Academic Year Policies which are in line with Government and Immigration guidelines in Ireland. Let us know if you have any questions.

Learner Protection / PEL

Learner Protection insurance is provided by Arachas and underwritten by Aviva Insurance Ireland DAC. Aviva Insurance Ireland DAC trading as Aviva, is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland

Immigration Status 

This course is for students from outside of the EU. The course fulfills the Government requirements, as set out by stamp 2 student Immigration status.

Ireland does not require that passport holders of a number of other non-EU countries obtain a visa before arrival. Here is a list of countries that do not require visas to land in Ireland.

All non-EU students intending on staying in Ireland for over 90 days will need to apply for permission to remain while you are here in Ireland.

If your country is not on this list it may be necessary for you to apply for a visa before you travel.