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CEC - Cork English College

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Saint Patrick's Bridge , Cork (view map)
88% (26 reviews)

About CEC - Cork English College

Established in 1978 , Cork English College is a family-run school specializing in Quality English language courses, personal attention and small class numbers. Our main adult centres are located in the heart of Cork City and our junior camps can be found in the best residential area of Cork.

Located in Cork city centre, our main school building is a beautifuly renovated historic building on the banks of the River Lee. The building itself is nearly 200 years old and is one of the landmark buildings of Cork city and was formerly a bank. We pride ourselves on offering a complete Quality product for the language learner from a quick efficient reservation system, to a selection of accommodation, to a varied and fun social programme. Our General, Exam Preparation and Business programmes run throughout the year as well as a wide range of ESP (Aviation & Military) and Teacher Training programmes. CEC is also an authorized Cambridge Examination Testing centre and official IELTS Testing centre. 

We offer Sport and Language programmes for juniors aged 10 – 17 in both host family and residential accommodation. Golf, Horse-Riding, Sailing, Soccer & Rugby are available as well as High School and Mini-Stay Programmes. We also offer a range of mini-stay programmes for groups throughout the year. CEC is a member of the Quality English network of schools

Additional Services

  • Airport/Station transfer
  • Facilities for students with disabilities
  • Student counselling
  • Visa support


  • Host family accommodation
  • Host family accommodation without students of same native language
  • Own apartment
  • In hotel/guesthouse
  • On campus

Work and Further Studies

  • Student legally permitted to work / earn money during course
  • Work experience / internship with local companies


  • Dancing
  • Film
  • Literature
  • Music
  • Art history
  • Cultural tourism (theater, museum, etc.)
  • Geography
  • Historical sightseeing
  • History


General English

86% 17 Reviews

This course is for students aged: 16-70

General English Courses are designed for students wanting to improve their level of English and fluency – be it for their studies, career or for personal development.

By the end of a course, the student will have:

* improved their knowledge and use of grammar

* increased their vocabulary range and use

* better oral, aural and pronunciation skills

* improved their written work and be able to read and better understand written texts. 

While the communicative approach is central, we always consider the individual learning style of our students.

English Exam Preparation

86% 2 Reviews

This course is for students aged: 16-70

Exams and Prep offered: Cambridge PET, Cambridge KET, Cambridge FCE, Cambridge CAE

CEC is an authorised Cambridge ESOL Examination centre and an official IELTS Testing centre.

We specialize in exam preparation courses and helping our students to achieve the best possible results. We acknowledge the increasing importance for students of having an internationally recognised certificate of their level in English both for study and work purposes. Our team of dedicated and experienced trainers use their in-depth knowledge of the exams to ensure students achieve the maximum possible results. Our academic team are always available to advise students on the best exam for their needs.

The primary focus is on improving the student’s overall English language level while at the same time familiarising them the components of their chosen exam. Please note a minimum entry level applies to our examination courses and students are advised to take our placement test before booking an exam course.

English Academic preparation

100% 1 Review

This course is for students aged: 16-70

CEC works in cooperation with a number of 3rd level institutes in Ireland to offer students a pathway into their chosen course of study in university. CEC has programmes suitable for students interested in both undergraduate degree programmes and masters level programmes.

The University Undergraduate Programme is a full-time programme of English and Academic study is designed to meet the needs of prospective international undergraduate students who need to improve their academic English in addition to developing subject specific knowledge in the their chosen area of study. The programme equips each learner with the academic language skills in addition to the subject specific skills needed to pursue a course of study in an English speaking University.

Our University Pre-Masters programme is a full-time programme designed for international students who have graduated from university in their own country. It is aimed at students who want to study at postgraduate level who wish to improve their linguistic and academic skills.

Business English

88% 5 Reviews

This course is for students aged: 16-70

English has established itself as the international language of commerce and it is regarded as essential in the modern business world. Our courses are designed for professional business people as well as students wanting to improve their English communication skills in a business context. 

Our flexible, rolling enrolment option is unique in terms of traditional business courses and has become a well established and hugely popular course, with excellent student feedback on classes and teachers.

Each course consists of an initial interview, testing and needs analysis. The courses involve business English modules (Theory and Practical), Project work and Language skills development. The focus is on the development of the four skills. (reading, writing, speaking and listening) in a business context.

Professional English

0% 0 Reviews

This course is for students aged: 16-70

Levels: Advanced, Basic, Intermediate

Class Sizes: Medium, 6-10 students, One-to-One, Small, 2-5 students

Tailor made English courses

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This course is for students aged: 16-70

CEC have a range of courses that we can tailor to each students specific needs, from One-to-One courses to General and Business English Combination courses.

English Summer Courses

80% 1 Review

This course is for students aged: 16-70

We’ve been organising exciting and innovative activity programmes for groups of teenagers for the past 35 years with great success. The main aim of the courses is to improve the students’ use and command of the English language through enjoyable activities – having fun in other words!

Our main centres are located in good residential suburbs of Cork City – Douglas & Bishopstown. All of our activities are fully supervised by professional trainers and all centres are recognised by the Department of Education. These courses offer a combination of language tuition in the mornings, with sporting and cultural activities in the afternoons and evenings. Our most popular junior course is the EL101 Summer Youth English Language & Activity Course.

The students are carefully graded on their arrival and levels range from beginners to advanced. The language courses consist of 20 lessons (15 hours) formal tuition in the mornings with a maximum of 12–15 students per class.

In the afternoons, there’s a programme of sports, excursions, debates and video sessions with sporting fixtures arranged against Irish teams. Evening activities include discos, karaoke, bingo and video evenings. These courses are for juniors aged between 12–17 years.

We offer a range of Winter Junior programmes from September to June. These programmes generally range in duration from 1 to 4 weeks and are for secondary school students. The programmes themselves are designed for each specific group and can range from 15 - 20 hours of tuition per week. We have a wide range of afternoon and evening activities to choose from, with host family accommodation. 

English Teacher Training

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This course is for students aged: 16-70

Teacher Refresher Courses - CLIL and PSA

We are committed to providing the highest quality teaching available, while still retaining an elusive and unique quality – the personal touch. CEC has been providing Teacher Trainer courses to teachers for a number of years now and we have a highly qualified and experienced Teacher Training Team. We are recognised by the Department of Education for the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language.

Our courses are designed to give practicing teachers the opportunity to explore new ideas and methodologies in teaching English while at the same time increasing their own knowledge and use of the English language. It is the aim of Cork English College that those teachers who attend the course return to their schools with increased confidence in their ability to speak English, a range of practical ideas for the classroom and a renewed enthusiasm for their work


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CEC - Cork English College


studied General English

CEC is so great !

I'm absolutely loving this experience at the CEC. It's so nice to meet people from all around the world who are eager to learn English. I'm having so much fun for sure ! Two weeks is definitely not enough. If I could stay more I would !
The teachers are very nice as well. They are very helpful and don't hesitate to take time to explain so everyone can understand.
Thank you so much to the CEC team !

posted 6 days ago

CEC - Cork English College


studied Business English


I definitely recommend you an experience at Cork English Collage. Stop thinking about and just book your studying English spree at CEC.
I would also like to show my appreciation for the teachers I was pleased to meet and above all for Michael, Brian, and Adam who are of a real high level. Hope to come back again in the future.

posted 7 days ago

CEC - Cork English College


studied General English

Had the best time at CEC

My experience was awesome at Cork English College! The classes are great and so are the teachers there! I just chose the best place in Ireland to review my english vocab. Hope to go back one day because I had the best time during the last 2 weeks of July.

posted 9 days ago

CEC - Cork English College


studied General English

From CEC to University

I studied Business English then General English C1 and TOEIC for 2 months in CEC. I was 60 years old. I did a score of 900 at the TOEIC. I was so excited by this language and by what I learned in CEC that now, retired, I am a student at the University of Paris Seine where I prepare a licence in English.
Without CEC never I would have done this, thanks to the high level of all the teachers I had. Here at the University in Paris I have 2 teachers from Cork.

posted 1 month ago

CEC - Cork English College


studied General English

Greatest English School in Cork

I had a great exexperience at CEC. They have best IELTS preparation courses ever. Their teachers are also very nice, professional and friendlys. My English skills has improved a lot. Highly recommend!

posted 2 months ago

CEC - Cork English College


studied General English

The best college

I'm absolutely satisfy about my experience in Cork English College, the place is organized with the best teachers. I advice that if you need study english, go to CEC ;)

posted 6 months ago

CEC - Cork English College


studied General English

Excellent school

The experience of studying English at this school is great. The teachers are competent and attentive, the teaching follows a clear logic and the help desk is understanding and patient.
It was very worth it.
Thanks for everything.

posted 9 months ago

CEC - Cork English College


studied General English

My impressions...

It was a great adventure - meet so many students from all over the world. Learning English in these circumstances was a real pleasure.

posted 1 year ago

CEC - Cork English College


studied General English

Cork English College Review

I had a great time studying in Cork English College. Teachers, staff and classmates were all wonderful and amazing. Without any doubt, I strongly recommend this academy to whoever wants to improve their english or their teacher´s skills.

posted 1 year ago

CEC - Cork English College


studied General English


He estado una semana y he de decir que somos taaaantos alumnos que es imposible que nos conozcan. Tenia clases por la mañana y por la tarde donde los profesores nos enseñaban lo mismo porque no hablaban entre ellos. Las actividades están llenas y te hacen comprar material que no necesitas. Mis profesores fueron buenos y la familia que me buscaron maravillosa.

posted 1 year ago



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