The ACET team helps to make your experience enjoyable and fruitful. We are committed to making your stay in Cork as pleasant as possible, both in and outside the classroom.

Before you leave home

  • We strongly recommend that you arrange insurance to cover cancellation and curtailment of your period of study  due to illness or accident.
  • Check visa requirements and immigration guidelines for non-EU and non-EEA citizens
  • Consider bringing a laptop or tablet (free WIFI throughout ACET)
  • Suitable clothing for Ireland ( an umbrella!) and sports equipment if you wish to do some sports
  • Driving licence in case you wish to hire a car
  • Take an adaptor for non-Irish plugs
  • Make sure you have the address and telephone number of your accommodation as well as the details of arrival procedure

Welcome to ACET - Your first day !!


Welcome to ACET - Receive your information pack, orientation talk and client card

Class Placement Test


Join your class


Useful Information

The weather in Ireland is unpredictable.  Remember to bring sweaters and suitable clothes to protect you from the rain (even in summer).

Cork is a safe city, but you must be careful with your money and belongings.  Do not walk home later at night on your own and do not carry large sums of money.

If you need to change money into Euro, there is a bank situated just outside the restricted area of Cork airport.

National bank holidays in Ireland:

March 18, April 22, May 6, June 3, August 5, October 28   

ACET Services during your stay

Full Monitoring and Evaluation Process

  • Weekly test and weekly tutorial with your teacher
  • Monitor progress
  • Identify areas for development
  • Advice on changing level if necessary

Language Counselling

  • Support in areas of development
  • Face to face
  • Online support
  • Supplementary homework assignments



On completion of your course you receive a certificate. The certificate indicates the length of course and the level you have achieved.


ACET Quality Service - External Recognitions



We are recognised by ACELS, a service of Quality and Qualifications Ireland, for English language teaching (ELT).



We have been an Accredited Member of EAQUALS since 2003. Inspections take place every three years and accredited membership is awarded after the school demonstrates that all requirements of the EAQUALS Charter are respected. We received the following comments after our most recent inspection:


“ACET was inspected by EAQUALS in January, 2016 and met the high standards required for EAQUALS accreditation. Our Management and Administration are excellent as the ACET ethos was apparent throughout the organisation and endorsed by all categories of staff. The academic administration is an area of excellence beyond EAQUALS standards based on our comprehensive and regularly monitored systems. The overall care for students and the advice and support available plus the very efficient homestay administration and selection of families are areas of excellence.”

The EAQUALS inspectors identified the following areas of excellence in the institution:

  • Management and Administration

Management and Administration meet the requirements of excellence as there is evidence of a strategic approach to management and an awareness of the economic environment, a clear evidence of leadership and sense of direction supported by an effective staffing structure and efficient administrative systems.

  • Course Design and Supporting Systems

The academic administration systems, their design and implementation including: class lists, attendance records, teacher’s records of work completed, and timetables is an area of excellence.

  • Academic Resources

Academic resources are excellent as the centre has a very wide collection of material for both staff and students to use and in-house material is being constantly monitored and added to.

  • Client Services

The overall care for students and the advice and support available plus the very efficient homestay administration and selection of families are areas of excellence.

  • Quality Assurance

This category represents a point of excellence there is an excellent set of procedures and systems to assure quality in every aspect from teaching to client support to health and safety on site.

IALC, International Association of Language Centres  

We are the only Cork member of IALC and are inspected every four years to guarantee that the IALC standards, code of ethics, and philosophy of continued improvement is upheld. Our CEO, Odile Migieu, was President of IALC from 2002 until 2005.

MEI, Marketing English in Ireland

MEI is an association of recognised English language schools in Ireland. All members are accredited by the Irish Department of Education & Skills. MEI organises several workshops and familiarisation trips in Ireland each year.

Cambridge English

We are an authorised open testing centre for the Cambridge suite of examinations, including Cambridge English: Key (KET), Cambridge English:

Preliminary (PET), Cambridge English: First (FCE), Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE), Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE), and the Business Language Testing Service (BULATS). We run three long-term KET, PET, FCE, CAE, & CPE examination preparation courses, two fast track FCE & CAE examination preparation courses, and one fast track KET & PET examination preparation course each year.

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