21st Century Business and Professional English

Hosting Higher Education Institution:
The Language Centre of University College Cork, Ireland
Institution website:
Monday, 15 July, 2024 to Friday, 19 July, 2024
Registration fee:
1 week: €350. 2 Weeks: €630. 3 Weeks: €945. 4 weeks: €1200.
Fee reductions/waivers:
Eligible for Erasmus+ funding. Please contact the Erasmus+ or International Coordinator in your institution for information about grant applications.
Maximum number of participants:
Deadline for applying:
Friday, 28 June, 2024
Accommodation provided
Contact person details:
Please contact eflsummerschool@ucc.ie for more details.
Please note we can assist you in homestay and campus accommodation, but the accommodation is not included in the course fee.

Come join in our International Summer School on the beautiful university campus in the heart of Cork city, Ireland.


Develop your ability to use English successfully for professional purposes. This course takes a 21st century skills approach, focusing on the competencies of creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, communication, and digital literacies.

As well as excellent language input, authentic business texts, and opportunities for classroom interaction, each week of the course concludes in a collaborative project which gives students the opportunity to put what they have learned into practice.

Completed projects will be published on a dedicated class website and can include tasks such as:

  • multimedia webpages that communicate information to potential customers through text, video, images, audio, or infographics.
  • recorded presentations or meetings.
  • tip sheets for job applications and interviews.
  • articles discussing a business issue from a range of perspectives.

Our highly skilled and dedicated tutors will give you focused advice and feedback to help you thrive in your current or future professional career.


(B2 recommended minimum. To best meet your needs, we can offer the course at B1+ Intermediate level if there is sufficient demand)


Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, you will:

  • have developed confidence in your speaking skills through role plays, presentations, and dynamic conversation.
  • be better able to flexibly and appropriately use formal and semi-formal language in a range of professional situations, such as meetings, emails, phone and video calls, interviews, and presentations.
  • be equipped with communication and language strategies to successfully manage collaborative teamwork, decision-making, negotiations, training, and networking.
  • have increased your awareness of key business vocabulary and professional practice across cultures.
  • be better able to comprehend, summarise, and evaluate information from business texts you read or listen to.
  • have received expert feedback on the accuracy and effectiveness of your speaking and writing skills in terms of content and language in a business setting.​


This programme also includes a free weekly communicative class.


Class times are 9-1 Monday to Friday.

Classes are scheduled to allow a break in between to allow you get refreshments. Our University has many cafes, bars and restaurants for lunch. 


We understand that travelling to Ireland is an exciting adventure and while you are here with us as well as providing dynamic and learning-rich English language lessons, we also provide you with an active social programme with an excursion on Wednesday afternoon and an evening activity on Thursday. 

If you choose to stay with a host family while in Cork, we can arrange this for you. 

We are really looking forward to welcoming you here to our wonderful campus in the heart of Cork city, Ireland. 

On completion of the course all participants are provided with a certificate of attendance.

We look forward to welcoming you.

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