Pre-sessional Programmes

Who is this programme for?

Students who:

  • Have not achieved their required level of English for acceptance onto their undergraduate or postgraduate programme
  • Feel they do not have the academic or general English language skills necessary to succeed at the University

Learning outcomes

  •  To raise the overall level of English
  •  To improve the ability to write academic essays and papers
  •  To develop listening skills, when listening to lectures
  •  To develop confidence in spoken English, while giving presentations and attending both seminars and tutorials
  •  To improve reading skills and to encourage critical thinking
  •  To provide methods for independent study and research
  •  To introduce students to life in Ireland and UCC


Important notice 

  • English Language requirements for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes can be found at
  • UCC has approved the use of the Duolingo English Test (DET) for intake to degree programmes
  • All pre-sessionals will be delivered online
  • Successful completion of an online pre-sessional will satisfy the English language entry requirements for your chosen degree programme

2022 Pre-sessional Programme Dates

No classes on Public/Bank Holiday Mondays 02 May, 06 June, 01 August 2022

Intensive Programme Start date End date Price
16-week 25 April 2022 12 August 2022 €4,410
12-week 23 May 2022 12 August 2022 €3,245
6-week  04 July 2022 12 August 2022 €1,870


Extensive Programme Start date End date Price
30-week 17 January 2022

10 August 2022 

(Easter holidays

15 - 22 April 2022)


15-week      15 February 2022     26 May 2022  €1,870

"The online pre-sessional course was very effective, I really feel I am live face to face, it feels like a real class, with my teachers and classmates"

Amal Al Bahoshi, from Oman

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"The scheduled time is reasonable, and I can learn useful knowledge, though It was challenging"

Zhuyao Gao from China

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Applying with a Duolingo English Test (DET) result

  • Please see your application Journey at UCC with a DET Information Document 2021-22 about applying with a Duolingo English Test
  • Applicants will be given a free, supportive Skills Check by a Language Centre teacher and advised which modules they need to take

Which Pre-sessional Programme do I need to take?

How to Apply

Online group classes will be conducted on Canvas.  Students will be able to access material for self-study on this platform and will be able to upload assignments onto Canvas. 

The self-study element will be prescribed work from teachers which will focus on specific elements of the programme.  Students will be provided with the necessary material and resources through Canvas to fulfil the learning outcomes of the programme.  Tasks will include watching PowerPoint presentations, reading a range of texts and submitting answers, completing online grammar and vocabulary tasks, submitting guided written tasks as well as links to websites with prescribed tasks. 

If you have any further queries on this programme please email

IT requirements to join our courses: 

All students are required to have a fully-charged laptop or a Desktop computer (with audio and video).  A reliable internet connection is required and also a quiet space where you can attend class undisturbed. You should download Microsoft Teams to your laptop before starting your course. UCC recommends the use of Chrome browser for best interaction with all its applications.  Please note that a laptop is a device that is suitable for study purposes and students who use another device such as a tablet will not be able to access some functions. A smartphone is not considered to be a suitable device for study purposes.

Language Centre

Lárionad Teanga

Main Office, G36, O'Rahilly Building, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland

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