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.

  • 11 JANUARY - 25 AUGUST 2021
  • 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 student.

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.

*There may be limited availability of places due to disruption from Covid-19 in 2020 as some of the current sanctuary scholars may not have completed their programme.

Programme Application deadlineSelection criteria:  

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 programmes Application form (General)

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 programmes Application form (Academic)

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

18 DECEMBER - Applicants will be advised if a place is to be awarded.

07 JANUARY 2021 - Induction date on campus.

11 JANUARY 2021  - Term 1 starts.

We will be shortlisting based on the content and presentation of the written application. 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, which 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.

On-Campus, students may be expected to have their laptop or smartphone available to them in class.

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

Language Centre

Lárionad Teanga

G 36, O'Rahilly Building,University College Cork, Cork, Ireland

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