Scholarship Programme for Asylum seekers and Refugees


The University Language Centre provides English language tuition, academic support and teacher training in the field of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).

In support of UCC’s status as a University of Sanctuary, the Language Centre is offering four free places on courses that will directly or indirectly have a positive impact on the educational or career prospects of asylum seekers and refugees living in the Cork area.

Scholarship: one year’s free tuition.


06 SEPTEMBER 2021  - Term 1 starts. 

Application deadline: 30 July 2021

Interviews and Placements: 09 - 20 August 2021

Scholarship: 06 September 2021 - 01 July 2022

  • 4 scholarships - 2x GENERAL ENGLISH, 2x ACADEMIC ENGLISH

Each scholarship consists of 20 hours per week of English language tuition.  Classes are held from 9.00 – 13.00, Monday to Friday. 

Students have the full support and access to services within UCC, as university students.

Applicants must complete an application form and if shortlisted will be invited to an informal interview and English language assessment.


Applications for the following courses are welcomed from asylum seekers and refugees whose status in Ireland has not been determined and who are not eligible for typical social welfare entitlements.

Programme Application deadlineSelection criteria:  Scholarship 2021-22 General Track form

Application Form

to be sent to 


Full-time Intensive 

English – General Track 

(2 places)




  • Education level  NFQ Level 4 or equivalent 
  • English language skills - B1 (Intermediate) or above 
  • Career history - Skilled or professional. 
  • Applicants will be asked to explain why studying general English in a university setting will be of particular help in supporting them to progress in their chosen job or field. 

Scholarship 2021-22 General Track form


Full-time Intensive English – Academic Track 

(2 places)




  • Education level  NFQ Level 5 or equivalent 
  • English language skills - B1 (Intermediate) for undergraduate pathway, B2 (Upper Intermediate) for post-graduate pathway   
  • Long or short-term educational plan – third level (University) 
  • Applicants will be asked to explain why studying academic English in a university setting will help enable them to progress on their chosen academic pathway. 

Scholarship 2021-22 Academic Track form

Shortlisting Process 

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview for each track (General and Academic).  Interviews (Online) and assessments will take place after making an appointment with the tutor through

We will be shortlisting students based on the content and presentation of their written applications.  Reasonable errors will not be penalised and consideration will be given to the applicant’s stated level of English.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview from 09 - 20 August 2021. The interviews will be made relaxed and informal to give everyone the best chance to succeed. Candidates will be given a short language assessment at the same time. 

Any unsuccessful candidates will be eligible to apply in the next round of applications.

IT Requirements:

(Students will need access to wifi and have a device as a condition of entry)

A computer, tablet or smartphone with audio and video.  A reliable internet connection. You will need to be able to access MS Teams, Zoom or Canvas for your classes, depending on the course applied for.

All students attending classes on campus will be required to bring a fully charged laptop or another suitable device with them to class along with headphones to allow full participation, as some materials may be provided digitally rather than on paper.  You should also download Microsoft Teams to your device as you may need this to interact with students taking the class remotely.

If you need any further information or have any questions, please contact

Language Centre

Lárionad Teanga

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

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