Study and Work Programme

Who is this programme for?

The Study/Work Programme (8 months) is open to EU and non-EU applicants. Non-EEA students may be granted permission for a maximum of three language courses. This amounts to a total immigration permission of two years (3 x 8 months).

Students can study for 20 hours per week for 25 weeks and use the remainder of their time to work or holiday. Non-EU students can choose to work up to 20 hours per week while attending class, and up to 40 hours per week between 15th of December and 15th of January and between 1st of May and 31st of August. UCC has a Career Services Office that all full-time students of the Language Centre can access to become ‘work ready’.

  • Study and Work Programme is listed on the Interim List of Eligible Programmes 



Course Name

Exit Exam

Hours per week


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Study and Work Programme


Cambridge First (FCE)






Study and Work Programme


Cambridge Advanced (CAE)






Study and Work Programme


Cambridge Proficiency (CPE)






Study and Work Programme






  Learning outcomes

  • Engage students in improving their language skills through targeted skills classes and associated self-study.
  • Raise English language proficiency to facilitate each student’s aims and goals. 
  • Give students the chance to grow in confidence using English in both academic and general situations. 





  On Campus

Language Level

CEFR A2 and above


8 months

25 weeks of study and the remainder of time to work or holiday

Class Size Maximum 15 students. Minimum 6 students.
Age 18 years +

Start Date

  •  20 Hours:

Monday- Friday


  •  16 Hours:

Monday - Thursday

  • 28 September 2020
  • 27 October 2020
  • 23 November 2020
  • 11 January 2021
  • 08 February 2021
  • 08 March 2021
  • 19 April 2021
  • 17 May 2021

Course Content

  • English language skills and systems teaching
  • Formative and summative assessment to ensure clear progress
  • Project work
  • Cultural, university and community sessions
  • Tuition based on student language needs
  • Guest lecture
End of Course Assessment 
Non-EEA students need to take an exit exam

Exam options

  • Cambridge First
  • Cambridge Advanced or
  • Cambridge Proficiency
How to Apply Application form is the following link


Transfer to Academic English with IELTS if preferred and level suitable


(Exam fee is extra)

  • 20 hours per week: €5,000  
  • 16 hours per week: €4,100  

IT Requirements on Campus, students may be expected to have their laptop or smartphone available to them in class

Further programme information


 If you have any further queries on this course please email



Language Centre

Lárionad Teanga

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

External Accreditation