Study and Work programme (General and Academic tracks)

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 total immigration permission of two years (3 x 8 months).

Students can choose to study for either 20 or 16 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 15 December and 15 January and between 01 May and 31 August. UCC's Careers Service have a range of digital tools available.  These resources will help you prepare and review your CV, get ready for interviews and learn more about transitioning to the workplace.
Check out UCC Career Services webpage Work while you study to read about part-time job opportunities as they arise.  Or you can search for a part-time job via one of the many job websites in Ireland.  Our Student Engagement Officer will be happy to provide you with a list of these during your orientation.
  • Study and Work Programmes are listed on the Interim List of Eligible Programmes (ILEP) 



Course Name

Exit Exam

Hours per week


Study and Work programme
(General and Academic tracks)




Study and Work programme
(General and Academic tracks)






Study and Work programme
(General and Academic tracks)


Cambridge First (FCE)


16 or 20



Study and Work programme
(General and Academic tracks)


Cambridge Advanced (CAE)


16 or 20



Study and Work programme
(General and Academic tracks)


Cambridge Proficiency (CPE)


16 or 20


  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 






Language Level

CEFR A2 and above


8 months

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

Class Size Maximum 15 students, minimum of 6 students
Age 18 years +

Start Date

Term Dates 2023-24

  •  20 Hours:

Monday - Friday


  •  16 Hours:

Monday - Thursday

28 August – 15 December 2023 (Cycles 1A - 4)

08 January – 07 June 2024 (Cycles 5 – 9)

*Students can continue to register for and attend these courses throughout the summer.  

 +Study & Work programme is an 8-month programme with 25 weeks of tuition.

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

Full-time course application form


On completion of your course, you can register for another SW Programme (provided you have not exceeded 3 x 8-month permissions) OR you can re-register for another General or Academic English programme.  Please enquire to


(Exam fee is extra)

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

IT requirements to join our courses: 

All students are required to bring to class a fully-charged laptop (with audio and video) and headphones to ensure full participation and access to course materials and a more valuable student experience.  A reliable internet connection is required (this is provided by UCC for on-campus students). 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.


Further programme information

  • INIS has published an Irish immigration list of requirements for such students.
  • Please also refer to (Irish Council for International Students) for further information.


 If you have any further queries on this course please email

Language Centre

Lárionad Teanga

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

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