Academic year in Ireland

Are you looking to study abroad but not sure how to make it happen? Let us help.

With our programmes you can choose to study English for 3 , 6 months or over a full academic year. We will place you with one of our experienced host families, organise your school registration and other practicalities, leaving you free to concentrate on the social and academic aspects of your stay.
Our aim at CLI is to ensure that your time abroad with us is the experience of a lifetime!

Who would benefit from this programme?

If you are interested in improving your English and have a curious and adventurous nature, then this is the programme for you! Being fluent in English improves your future job prospects throughout Europe and the World where English is still the dominant business language.

Why choose to study in Ireland?

Ireland is a beautiful country with a rich history and culture. The Irish are a most hospitable and friendly people who have embraced modernisation over recent decades without sacrificing their sense of tradition.

Cork, Irelands second city, is a liberal, youthful and cosmopolitan place that was badly hit by economic recession but is now busily reinventing itself with spruced-up streets, revitalised stretches of waterfront, and – seemingly – an artisan coffee bar on every corner. There’s a developing hipster scene, but the best of the city is still happily traditional – snug pubs with live-music sessions, restaurants dishing up top-quality local produce, and a genuinely proud welcome from the locals. (lonelyplanet)

About our Irish Secondary Schools:

Our schools offer the official Irish ( European) curriculum with plenty of extra-curricular activities, such as sports, day trips and arts. They all have sports facilities on the school grounds and career guidance councillors who will help you decide which subjects are best for you. The schools are in close proximity to our host families, and they all have excellent reputations. Most graduates from these schools proceed to study at University.

What’s included

a) Full guardianship service. We are available 24/7.

b)  Registration and placement in a state qualified Secondary School in the South of Ireland
c) Local orientation on arrival 
d) Full board accommodation (Excluding Christmas vacation) in a vetted host family . The school year runs over a 40 week period. Cork Language Institute will be in close contact with the school your child is attending and will report back to you regularly. 

e)  School Uniform excluding school jacket. ( standard state schools only). 

f)  One set of books for the full academic school year students only – one or two semester students (the only exceptions are 4th year students) will need to buy their own books. We as a school adhere to green ecological principles meaning that if secondhand school books are available, we will purchase these.
g)  Help from the host family with purchasing books and uniform as well as transfers to and from the airport.
h)  First arrival and final departure transfer.

i)  Ongoing contact with host family regarding students welfare and progress.

j)  Sourcing of teachers for optional extra tuition. 

k)  Regular meetings with other exchange students to discuss and share experiences.
l)  24 hour emergency phone contact.
m)  Final School and Ministry of Education Document. 

n)  Contact with a School Career Guidance Counsellor.

Not included

a) Transfers during the programme (apart from arrival and departure when you are collected and returned to the airport) 

b)  Private medical insurance. 

c)  Air fares to/from Ireland 

d)  Sports uniform and equipment as per school requirements 

e)  Specific subject materials e.g. art materials 

f)  Local transportation costs. 

g)  Extra curricular school excursions and sports activities
h) Christmas and Easter holidays: all students are to return home during these school holidays to celebrate the festivities with their families.
i) Pocket money . Student will need approx. 200 euros per month to cover bus transfers, toiletries, sports fees, phone-calls and extra curricular activities.


a) EU citizens only
b) In possession of an international medical insurance
c) Age 12 to 18
d) Pre- Intermediate level of English (A2 level)
e) An open and inquisitive mind about Irish culture!
f) A good sense of humour and an adventure spirit.

Prices and Acceptance to the programme:

After screening ( usually a Skype interview) successful applicants will be accepted into the programme. A deposit of 500 euro’s must then be sent together with a completed application form. The outstanding balance must be paid before the student arrives in Ireland to start school. We do have the possibility to pay in instalments but this must be agreed with CLI in advance.

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  • Terms: August to December- January to June