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Cork – Study Abroad in Ireland and Learn English
When many language travel students think of Ireland, Dublin is the city that springs to mind, but Cork is getting very popular too. Smaller than Dublin, Cork has a friendly feel to it and is a great option for an English study abroad program.
Study Abroad in Cork, Ireland’s Second City
Cork is an attractive city in Ireland, and although the second biggest in the country it has a small city feel to it, but with a vibrant atmosphere, culture , entertainment and more for language travel students to enjoy. Cork makes a great alternative to Ireland’s other popular study abroad city, Dublin.
Where is Cork?
Cork is in the south of Ireland, situated on the River Lee, a little way inland from the coast on a natural harbour, which happens to be the second largest natural harbour in the world. Cork is the second largest city in the Republic of Ireland, after Dublin, but has quite a small population at around 275,000.
Interesting Buildings, Shopping & More in Cork!
In terms of tourist attractions, Cork has a number of interesting places to visit. Language travel students will find out more about Cork by visiting places like the Cork Vision Centre. This isn’t an opticians! It has a large model of the city so should really help you to find your way around it! Cork City Gaol is one of Cork’s most popular attractions, plus there is Elizabeth Fort for good views over the city.
The gothic inspired architecture of St Finbarr’s Cathedral is impressive, and the most striking landmark of Cork is Shandon Church. The Cork Historic Walking Tours are highly recommended, and another good way to help you get your bearings when studying in a Cork language school. Cork has some good shopping opportunities too, including a major shopping district.
Experience the Friendly Atmosphere When You Study Abroad in Cork!
Cork is known for being a friendly and safe place to study abroad. The locals consist of those who’ve lived here all their lives, plus many immigrants from Europe in recent years, so there’s quite a variety of backgrounds here. As with the rest of Ireland the currency in Cork is the Euro.
Cork has a Great Nightlife!
Cork may not have as many pubs as Dublin does but there are still plenty enough here to have a very enjoyable evening! Make sure you take time out from your foreign language course to mix with the friendly locals! There are plenty of nightclubs here too, and Cork has an active live music scene if you want to listen to some of the more local bands.
Cuisine and Culture in Cork
Because there have been high numbers of people immigrating to Cork, the city has become quite multi-cultural. This has resulted in lots of restaurants serving international cuisines opening up, so language travel students are sure to find a variety of foods that they like. You may also enjoy the Midsummer Festival, and in October the Jazz Festival – one of the largest in Europe.