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Located on the south coast of the country, Cork is Ireland’s second city. It has a population of 200,000, of which about 40,000 are third-level students.
Griffith Institute of Language Cork

Cork is a popular destination for both work and study.  In 2015, Ireland was listed as No. 5 in the 10 top countries to visit, by the influential Lonely Planet guide.  The same publication has in the past also listed Cork as one of the top 10 cities worldwide to visit.  With over 1,400 years of history, Cork was European Capital of Culture in 2005.

The city is compact, so it is easy to get around on foot.  At the same time, there is a good public transport network.  Cork airport is just a fifteen-minute bus or taxi journey from the city centre, and there is a good rail service as well as numerous bus links to Dublin and other centres.

Cork enjoys a vibrant multi-cultural and very friendly atmosphere, and you will easily meet people from all over the world in the many cafés, bars and restaurants.  Student life here is full of energy and variety, and many students stay on here following their studies.  Work is relatively easy to find, whether casual work in retail outlets, au pair work, or professional positions.

Most importantly, you will receive excellent English language tuition in Griffith College, Cork.  All of our teachers are enthusiastic and friendly.  They love to see their students progress, and are always happy to make some extra time to help you in any way they can.  In January 2016, the college will expand to take over a large wing, and improved facilities will be developed for access to I.T. services, student canteen areas, larger classrooms and more.


Griffith College Cork has a number of modern accommodation options.  Students can choose from self-catering student houses or host family accommodation i.e. where a student lives with a local family.   Each option is immersed in Irish culture and English language offering a friendly Irish welcome.

Host family

Living with a local family helps students to relax and integrate into life in Ireland. All host families and inspected and monitored by the college.  We have many families within walking distance of our college or a short bus ride away.

Each host family will provide the following for the student:

  • Single room with bedclothes which are changed weekly as well as adequate storage for clothes.
  • Access to laundry facilities
  • WI-FI access
  • Private study area
  • Access to bathroom and shower daily

Self-Catering HousesDuring the summer months, students have access to several providers of luxury self-catering apartments, within 30 minutes of the college.

ses in Cork city centre. Each house consists of 5 to 8 bedrooms. They have an office in the city centre for students to come and go if they have any problems or concerns. It is a great opportunity to meet new people.

EazyCork collects from Cork airport or the bus station and takes the students to their new accommodation.

Each house will provide the following for the student:

  • Single or shared room with fresh bedclothes, pillow and duvet
  • Access to laundry facilities
  • WI-FI access
  • Access to bathroom and shower daily
  • Communal kitchen and sitting room

Residential Accommodation - Self-Catering Apartments

During the summer months, students have access to several providers of luxury self-catering apartments, within 30 minutes of the college.  There are security guards, caretakers and a management team on site. Each apartment consists of a communal kitchen and sitting room and has either 4 or 6 bedrooms. The facilities include:

  • A laundrette
  • Dishwasher
  • TV
  • WI-FI
  • Study Desk & Bookshelves
English Language Students enjoy one of the many activities offered by Griffith College Limerick Social programme

Social programme

Cork is packed with opportunities for students to become involved with all kinds of activities.  There are numerous clubs and societies in the city, with everything from sport to music, from drama to hillwalking, and much more. Griffith College also organises events each week, which are often free, and which focus on extra opportunities for students to improve their English.  Examples include activities such as Language Exchanges, art trails, film screenings, short seminars on topics such as mental health and nutrition, poetry reading and transcendental meditation. There is something for everyone.

We also have a programme of day-long bus excursions at the weekend, several times a year.  Destinations include famous locations such as the Cliffs of Moher, Killarney, Bunratty Castle, Kenmare, Ardmore and many more.  We always try to include a fun element on these days, such as a mystery trail or a photo competition, with lots of prizes.  We make these tours as economical as possible for students, and they usually cost less than 50% of the rate commercial companies charge.

In Griffith College, the Students’ Union has also begun to organise events for students, often free:  examples include Zumba and choral singing.  The college is interested in suggestions from students, and will try to provide things for which there is a demand.  We have an arrangement with a gym in the city that offers a good student membership rate.


Rafael Guerta - Brazil

  • Rafael Guerta - Brazil
    Rafael Guerta - Brazil
    Starting Level: Pre intermediate (A2)
  • Current level: Upper-Intermediate (B2)
  • Expected Completion level: Avanced (C1)
  • Programme Type: General English Course
  • Duration of Programme: 6 months

Why did you choose Griffith College Cork?

I chose Griffith College because it is one of the most renowned schools in Ireland for providing language courses of high quality. Griffith has important accreditations which made me feel confident I was choosing a reliable school.

What is the best thing about Griffith College?

By far the most important was the educational component. I had the privilege of taking classes with highly motivated, competent teachers, who are, in my opinion the best thing about Griffith College.
They have shown me the best way to improve my communication skills in English and where I need to focus my studies to achieve my goals.

Would you recommend Griffith to other students from your country? If yes, why?

For sure I would! The English course I did was definitely the right thing for me because without this opportunity I wouldn’t have been accepted for my post graduate programme. It definitely opened doors to my professional career.

Joanna Botté - France

  • Joanna Botté - France
    Joanna Botté - France
    Starting Level: Advanced (C1)
  • Current Level: Proficiency (C2)
  • Expected Completion Level (C2)
  • Programme Type: Gap Semester
  • Duration of Programme: One Semester

Why did you choose Griffith College Cork?

I chose Griffith College to study English because of the reputation for high quality tuition and their central location. All the positive feedback I had heard proved to be true. Griffith College is a very welcoming school where every student gets their best chance to improve their English level.

What is the best thing about Griffith College?

The best thing about Griffith College is the administration and the teachers because they give 100% attention to any queries a student might have. I felt really supported by the teachers I had during my stay at Griffith College and that helped enormously to improve my English level.

Would you recommend Griffith to other students from your country? If yes, why?

I would highly recommend Griffith College to other students from France because it would give them their best chance of progression with their English level especially because of the highly-skilled teachers and the small class sizes. Being immersed in an English speaking country is really the best way to improve your English level. I also reckon that Ireland is one of the most welcoming countries in the world and their culture is really enriching.