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English school in Cork: ACET - Active Centre of English Training


Rating: 4.1/5.0

16 St. Patrick's Place, Wellington House, Wellington Road - T23 AK82 Cork - see on map

What we like about the school

  • Winner of 'Most Outstanding English Language School of the Year 2019' by Corporate Excellence.
  • Excellent nationality mix. No student nationality makes up more than 15% of students.
  • Free assistance in applying to college/university programmes by a qualified consultant.
  • Free assistance in finding flats for long-term students.

What we dislike about the school

  • Additional costs of course material of approx. 50 € per course level

Location: ACET/Cork Language Centre International is located in the bustling city of Cork, Ireland. Housed in the Victorian Quarter in the centre of Cork, the school is surrounded by restaurants, cafés, shopping centres and has both train and bus links within walking distance. Close to the banks of the River Lee, the surrounding area of the school is well known by "foodies" as having multiple excellent options for dining, Cork being hailed by many as the Food Capital of Ireland. Students have everything they need to enjoy the city in comfort whilst reaching their language goals.

A family-run school, with over 45 years of experience in providing English as a second language tuition, ACET/Cork Language Centre International has all of the resources and qualified teaching staff to assist students in reaching their language goals, in a positive and friendly environment.

School facilities: The school's facilities include a cafeteria, full use of the kitchen for students, a computer lab, free after-class language learning software, a movie room, a games room, a garden and a student support desk for any questions or queries that may arise. All classrooms are equipped with heating and have ample natural light to create an optimal learning environment, while most have access to electronic whiteboards and televisions.

Course selection: Course selection is extensive, including general courses for students of all levels, junior programmes throughout the summer months, professional development opportunities, and a range of exam preparation programmes.
  • The language school ACET - Active Centre of English Training was founded in Cork, Ireland in 1975.
  • Tax registration ID: TIN:6343975N
  • Abbreviated name of school: ACET Cork
  • The school is an official exam center
    The following language examinations can be taken directly at the school:

English Courses

General Language
Exam Preparation
Specialty Courses
Information for all courses offered by ACET - Active Centre of English Training
Comments about courses

If there are less than 3 students in a group, the lessons will take place over a reduced number of hours per week, on a two-to-one basis or a one-to-one basis, as required.
Students under 18 need a signed parental guarantee and copy of their passport or national ID with their enrolment.

Insurance for 25 weeks: EUR 140.

Lesson duration
55 minutes
School's administrative fee
60.00 €
Level test
A test to assess your exact language level takes place at the school on the first day of the course.
Individual classes
Single individual lessons of tuition can be reserved at 55 €. The combination of group and individual lessons is highly recommended. Individual lessons will encourage you to actively speak the foreign language and will offer you the opportunity to discuss individual problems and weaknesses.
Days without class
In 2022 (including national and regional bank holidays):
17 Mar. 2022, 18 Apr. 2022, 02 May 2022, 06 Jun. 2022, 01 Aug. 2022, 31 Oct. 2022, 17 Dec. 2022 - 31 Dec. 2022.
If a bank holiday falls on a weekday there is no refund nor are missed lessons recuperated. This is the case for the majority of language schools.
Course material
Generally course material has to be purchased by the student. The costs of course material will be approximately 50 € per course level.

Our price includes

  • INCLUDED Organized activities
  • INCLUDED Internet access and use of school computers
  • INCLUDED Wireless LAN zone at school
  • INCLUDED Free certificate of course attendance
  • INCLUDED Free airport pickup for all junior courses (both ways)
  • INCLUDED Language level placement test at first day of classes
  • INCLUDED For junior courses: every afternoon free organized leisure program
  • INCLUDED For adult courses: a minimum of one free organized leisure activity per week
  • INCLUDED Free consultation about suitable college/university programs by a qualified consultant
  • INCLUDED Free assistance in applying to college/university programs by a qualified consultant
  • INCLUDED Free assistance in finding flats for long-term students
  • INCLUDED Free assistance for finding jobs
Note: All courses offered by ACET - Active Centre of English Training, Cork can be reserved online with LanguageCourse.Net. In case a course is not listed above, just let us know.

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ACET - Active Centre of English Training (ACET)

“A course in ACET is much more than learning English–it is an experience.The Experience of living in a different country and speaking English all the time.The Experience of learning Irish life and Culture.I look forward to meeting you at our school. ”
Accreditations and Quality seals
ACELSALTOEAQUALSIALCISO 9000/9001MEI / RELSAWYSE/FIYTOPreferential Terms in Case of Visa RefusalNetwork Ireland, Excellence Ireland, QQI, Select Ireland
English teacher qualifications
100% hold a university degree
100% hold a recognised language teaching qualification
Languages spoken by school staff (cannot be guaranteed by school)
First day of course
Written and oral level test is performed. Students should arrive at 8:45
School Size
Offer for returning students
You will be refunded/waived the school's administration fee If you already attended previously a course at ACET - Active Centre of English Training and you book here.
Payment methods accepted for payments made directly to the school
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General school facilities

  • Cafeteria

  • Kitchen for student use

  • Microwave for student use

  • Fridge for student use

  • Snack vending machine

  • Drink vending machine

  • Computer lab

  • Library

  • Daily press

  • Movie rental

  • Free after-class access to language learning software

  • Movie room

  • Games room

  • Lounge

  • Garden

  • Balcony / terrace

  • Student support desk

  • Copy machine

  • Printer for student use

  • Free water dispenser

  • Free WIFI

  • Facilities for islamic students

    • Available area to pray at the school

    • Facilities to wash feet before praying

    • Homestay option for female islamic students where no men are living in household and that prepare halal food

  • Classroom equipment

    • TV in all classrooms

    • Electronic whiteboard in most classrooms

    • Heating in all classrooms

    • Ample natural light in all classrooms

    Number of classrooms: 14
    Number of public PC workstations: 1
    Paid parking (<500m)

    Facilities for disabled students

    • Adapted for students with learning difficulty

Student Age / Nationality

Average number of students
In summer:210
Throughout the year: 70
Minimum age of students
16 years
7 years for specific Junior courses
Average number of levels
Adult courses In summer: 7
Adult courses Throughout the year: 7
Junior courses In summer: 7
Junior courses Throughout the year: 7
Average age of students
In summer: 25 years
Throughout the year: 32 years

Top student nationalities

Airport transfer

Optional airport transfer
Cork Airport:
60 € one way
120 € return (both ways)
Best arrival airport is Cork Airport (ORK).

Visa Documents

Nationals from USA do not require a visa to study short term courses up to 90 days.
Check visa requirements for nationals from other countries.
Nationals from countries that require a visa will receive documents from the school, related to booking confirmation, which is required for the visa application.
Full payment of all fees required before school dispatches documents required for visa application
Express shipment fee (via courier)
80 €
Free shipment via regular mail
Preferential cancellation terms in case of visa refusal
School agreed that students booking online on this site will benefit from preferential cancellation fees in case of visa refusal, and in this case will never exceed EUR 180.

Leisure activities

activity possible
Field Hockey
Football (soccer)
Horse riding
Table Tennis

Examples of leisure activities organized by the school

Adults - Free activities
- Walking Tours of Cork City - Karaoke Evenings - Irish Dancing and Traditional Evenings - Cineclubs
Adults - Paid activities
- Cliffs of Moher and the Burren (EUR 50) - Blarney Castle and Gardens (EUR 25)
Leisure programme for adults (sample):
Sample Social Calendar 2022
Sample Social Calendar 2022
Leisure programme for adults (sample):
Sample Social Calendar 2022
Sample Social Calendar 2022




Rating: 4.1/5.0

Overall school rating of
ACET - Active Centre of English Training, Cork
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    FAQ about ACET - Active Centre of English Training, Cork

  • This information is always indicated in the course description, and when not specified, it is usually a separate cost that the school can include in the invoice at the request of the student, at the time of online enrollment.
    Italian, Area Manager from ACET/Cork Language Centre International
    Jul 23, 2021
  • The accommodation Homestay is the most popular among all our clients of ACET - Active Centre of English Training
  • Yes. The school offers pickup from Cork Airport (60 €)
  • Depending on the chosen course, the maximum number of students at ACET - Active Centre of English Training varies from 1 students (Private Course) to 15 students (Content and Language Integrated Learning)
  • 100% of teachers at ACET - Active Centre of English Training hold a university degree. 100% hold a recognized language teaching certificate.
  • The highest Nationality percentage at ACET - Active Centre of English Training comes from Spain with a 12% representation, followed by students from Italy (12%) and France (10%).
  • Yes, there is an exclusive discount that only applies when booking online here.
  • ACET - Active Centre of English Training offers courses from 16 years to 99. Average age is 25 during the summer and 32 for the rest of the year.
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