Terms and Conditions

Cork Language Institute ( hereafter “CLI” ) retains the right to choose the host family and teacher we deem most suitable for each of our students. When there isn’t a qualified teacher available in the host family itself, we will organise a qualified teacher to come and teach.

Payment: A deposit of 300 euros must be paid immediately except in the case of our Academic Year Programme. The remainder shall be paid no later than 6 weeks prior to commencement of the course. No refunds will be given for cancellation, accident, illness, loss of property or for any other reason.  In the event of a legitimate medical or travel emergency, your course fee can be protected if you have personal student insurance ( Please see Mondassur.com).

Health insurance: Students from EU Member States in possession of the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) are entitled to public health services in Ireland. The EHIC card is available from the health authorities in your home country. For further information and information on your entitlements to healthcare while in Ireland, please see the European Health Insurance Card website. Non-EU students must obtain private health insurance. You can purchase insurance in your home country, however you will need to ensure that it is valid in Ireland and in any other countries you plan to travel to.

Bookings are accepted on the condition that students do not have any longterm illnesses or mental health issues. We reserve the right to cancel/terminate the booking or course when a student does not disclose any health issues at the time of booking a course.

Student conduct: Students must abide by the Irish law whilst in Ireland. Under 18’s are not allowed to consume alcohol or drugs. Criminal and anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated and CLI reserves the right to terminate a stay in the event of such. In these cases no refund will be given and CLI won’t pay for the cost of an early return flight. 

Liability: Cork Language Institute and all staff who we work with, exclude all liability and responsibility for any amount or kind of loss or damage that may result to a student including injury, damage, loss, delay or accident which may happen during the student’s stay with the host family, or as a result of activities they take part in during their stay, or whilst travelling to and from the student’s home. Cork Language Institute nor the host family is responsible for students’ personal possessions. It is an explicit condition of enrolment that students accept full financial responsibility for any damage caused by them to the host family’s property. Cork Language Institute acts only as an agent between its students and the host teachers/host families.

Any changes made to the original booking carry a 120 € administration fee. This includes change of town, the date or course. Be advised that we have to cancel host families and teachers to make this happen.

Complaints: Our aim is to have full and open communication with our clients. All complaints, big or small, need to be addressed before the students’ return home, in order to give us a chance to rectify the situation or to help the students to find a solution. If we are not notified before departure, or the student signs the Attendance sheet with ‘satisfied’ on departure, no complaint will be considered.   

The laws governing the provision of these English programmes shall be the laws of the Republic of Ireland. Where these Terms are presented in a language other than English, such translations are used for convenience only and the English language version of these Terms shall take legal precedence. 

Un-accompanied minors: Ryanair does not accept unaccompanied children under the age of 16 years old.   Aer Lingus allows children from 12 years old to travel unaccompanied; young passengers between the ages of 12 and 15 inclusive will be accepted on the basis that they are travelling as an adult and their parents or guardians will be required to sign a (Form of Indemnity) at the airport on the day of departure confirming that Aer Lingus has no responsibility to provide special assistance.  All flights and travel documentation are the sole responsibility of the student or his/her parents if the child is a minor.  Cork Language Institute cannot accept responsibility for errors, mistakes or delays in relation to such documentation.

Transfers: If you are taking transfers, please make sure we receive your travel details at least one week before your arrival so the host family can pick you up from the airport or bus/train station in Cork .

Smoking: Please be aware that smoking is forbidden in all public areas in Ireland.

Spending money: We recommend that students bring at least €75 spending money per week.

We will send your application to your host family but please contact the host family at least one week before your stay. Our host families love to learn more about you, and to get to know you a little before the stay. This will help them prepare better.