We recommend that you insure against loss of fees and/or other expenses as a result of course cancellation or early departure from Ireland. We also advise you to take out full travel, health, money, baggage and personal effects insurance cover prior to travelling to Ireland. Students from EU countries should bring their European Health Insurance card.
If you are staying in a homestay, your hosts will show you how to get to the school on your first morning. If you are staying in an apartment or in a student residence, we will send you directions before you arrive. It is quite easy from the apartments or residences to find the school.
You need to arrive at ACET between 08.30 hours and 08.45. We assess your level of English using a placement test and then allocate you to a suitable class. Please DO NOT WORRY about the test. After the test, you receive an orientation talk. This helps you to learn about your courses, facilities at the school, the social programme and life in Cork in general. You are allocated to a class by 11.00 hours approximately.
Your progress is measured and evaluated each Friday. The test ensures you have understood all the concepts, grammar and vocabulary covered during the week. You also have the opportunity once a week to speak with your teacher on an individual basis so that you discuss any academic issues you may have.
ACET favours a communicative approach which allows you to improve your oral and listening skills through authentic interaction. Student Talking Time is maximised. Where possible all language including grammar is dealt with in realistic contexts.
Your teachers can advise you on the best choice of examination for your needs. You can also take a pre-test to ensure that you have the necessary level for the chosen examination. ACET can provide you with an Examination Handbook outlining all the major English Language examinations.
We can organise arrival transfers from 09.00-22.30 from Cork airport, Cork train station or from Cork bus station. If you are staying in a homestay, arrival transfers are organised free of charge. If you are staying in a student residence or apartment, we can organise an arrival transfer at the cost of €50 per person on request. Arrival transfers are subject to availability. If you arrive outside of the transfer times, you will need to take a taxi to your accommodation. We do not organise departure transfers, but if you come to us on the Friday before you leave we can telephone a taxi for you.
If you are staying in homestay accommodation, your hosts will call a doctor or dentist for you. You will also receive a list of doctors and dentists on your first day.
What our students say
I stayed in Cork for 5 weeks and it was an awesome time. When I now look back on my time here I can’t find any faults. All the people are really friendly and I had a lot of funny moments. I have a really good class and the people are interested in the subject and it was a new experience every day. My teachers were amazing. Every week we learned new things and it was never boring.
The city of Cork is a nice lovely place. The small towns surrounding Cork are pleasant and beautiful, and there are historical places everywhere such as Charlesfort and the Cathedral in Cobh. There are many different and wonderful areas. My host family was perfect, I was just so lucky! It was a magnificent holiday and a life experience.
My overall experience of studying in ACET is really good. In the classrooms I was quite impressed with the teachers and also the students because of their similar interest to learn.
I learned many things and many new words, and I also found the additional afternoon classes to be greatly beneficial. The family that hosted me were very patient and they were a pleasure to know and talk to. I had a positive experience in Cork. I saw many new places, spectacular scenery and met people from all over the world. I think that I will be back again