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 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 15 December and 15 January and between 01 May and 31 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


Study and Work programme
(General and Academic tracks)







Study and Work programme
(General and Academic tracks)


Cambridge First (FCE)





Study and Work programme
(General and Academic tracks)


Cambridge Advanced (CAE)





Study and Work programme
(General and Academic tracks)


Cambridge Proficiency (CPE)





Study and Work programme
(General and Academic tracks)






  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

  •  20 Hours:

Monday- Friday


  •  16 Hours:

Monday - Thursday

6 September – 17 December 2021 (Cycles 1 - 4)

10 January – *17 June 2022 (Cycles 5 – 9)

*Start and finish dates are flexible for the above programmes and 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


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

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.


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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