Work and Study Course

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

What is the Work & Study Course?

The Work and Study Course is an 8 month programme including a 25 week course and 2 month vacation period.

Who is the Work & Study Course for?

  • 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 for students 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 courses are the same.
  • The course prices are the same.
  • All students EU and non-EU are mixed in the same group classes (General English Courses and Work & Study Courses) according to their level.

The Difference is that Work & Study Courses have extra requirements in line with Immigration rules:

  • Final external 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

  • Option 1: 25 weeks General English leading to official TIE exam (minimum A1+ level required)
  • Option 2: 19 weeks General English + 6 Weeks IELTS Academic Examination Preparation (minimum A2+ level required)

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

Option 1: Work and Study: General English (TIE Exam) – €3150

25 weeks General English
General English textbook
TIE Exam
Medical Insurance
Learner Protection
School Registration Fee 
Option 2: Work and Study: General English & IELTS Academic (IELTS Exam) – €3280

19 weeks General English + 6 weeks IELTS Preparation
General English textbook
IELTS Exam Fee
Medical Insurance
Learner Protection
School Registration Fee


You can start any Monday throughout the year as you will start your course with General English, however starting your 25-week leaving your 6 weeks IELTS course towards the end of the 25-week course period is best.

IELTS Course Dates 2024Exam Dates 2024
8 January to 16 February To Be Confirmed
18 March to 26 AprilTo be confirmed
8 July to 16 AugustTo be confirmed
21 October to 29 NovemberTo be confirmed
*Dates are subject to change in line with external exam centre dates and availability

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is designed to examine your ability to work, study, or live in an English speaking environment.

The IELTS Academic specifically measures whether your level of English language proficiency is suitable for an academic environment. It reflects aspects of academic language and evaluates whether you’re ready to begin training or studying for example on an Undergraduate or Masters course delivered through English. 

The 6 week course includes preparation for Academic Reading, Academic Writing, Listening with regular timed examination practice as well as preparation and practice for speaking exam

Option 1: Afternoon Options: Monday to Friday 13:15 to 16:30

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

Exam Registration

  • IELTS Academic
  • 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!

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

Medical Insurance

  • Cork English Academy offers Medical Insurance to students. If booking through an agency your agency might book this for you through the school or directly themselves.
  • Cork English Academy can order MediCover insurance for you. MediCover is provided by Arachas and underwritten by Chubb Insurance.
  • This insurance cover provides financial protection and medical assistance during your Work and Study/Academic Year Course.

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 Work and study/Academic Year Policies which are in line with Government and Immigration guidelines in Ireland. Let us know if you have any questions.

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.

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.