University College Cork- Named the Sunday Times University of the Year in 2015 and 2016!
UCC is the first university to be named The Sunday Times University of the Year for two consecutive years in the 15-year history of the award!!!
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Cork, the largest county in Ireland and Ireland's second largest city, was once the capital of the ancient province of Munster. The meaning of the name of this city - Cork; Corcaigh - "Marsh" can be considered apt for the fact that, as late as the beginning of the 18th century, Cork was intersected by muddy streams. On a small island in this marsh, St. Finbarr founded his monastery in the 7th century. The main streets ( St. Patrick Street, Grand Parade and the South Mall) together with many other smaller streets, are actually constructed over broad and deep canals in which ships were loaded and unloaded in the 18th century. Like Venice, Cork is on the water with the City Centre on an island in the River Lee just upstream from the harbor, the second biggest harbour in the world (after Sydney). The two channels of the River Lee which embrace the City Centre are spanned by twenty public bridges, giving Cork a distinctive Continental air. However, it is often said of Cork that it has all the amenities of a large city while still retaining its pleasant atmosphere and extreme friendliness.
Founded in 1845, University College Cork is one of the oldest universities in Ireland. Occupying its historic site near the City Centre of Cork, the wooded ground of its campus form a splendid setting for its 19th century Gothic main building.
Built around a beautiful stone-faced quadrangle, UCC has always maintained a tradition of academic excellence across a wide range of disciplines. It has established a reputation as one of the top institutions in Ireland for innovative research in the humanities, sciences, engineering, medicine and business. Students come to UCC from over 60 countries to pursue their studies in a stimulating academic environment and to be part of a vibrant community sharing a rich social life. The Irish educational system focuses more on independent research and generally has fewer opportunities for evaluation.
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UCC Pre-Approved Course Equivalencies NOTE: Core curriculum designations on this list pertain to OLD core only.
See UCC Current Module (Course) Offerings- This is a handbook of the modules (courses) that Cork offers. If a course appeals to you that doesn't appear on the pre-approved list, contact Justin Berens to begin the evaluation process.
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IMPORTANT NOTE: UCC releases their course offerings in August for the full academic year, which means that students studying at UCC in the fall will not know for certain which courses are offered until shortly before the start of the semester. Course handbooks from the previous year can be used to determine which courses are LIKELY to be offered in a given semester.
Students are enrolled in courses with Irish students and can take courses in a variety of fields such as: archeology, art history, biology, business, history, Irish (Celtic language), literature, mathematics, music, philosophy, political science, psychology and sociology. Class sizes are large (~60-100 students per class), and the delivery style is typically large lectures.
Fall semester students have the option to participate in the Early Start Program, an introduction to Irish studies through a carefully guided approach to Ireland's history, culture, civilization and environment. This course is for study abroad students only. The Early Start Program course offerings are: Irish Archaeology; Irish Folklore and Ethnology; History and Modern Ireland; Literatures in Ireland; Musics in Ireland; and Management and Marketing in the European Union. This is a 3-week intensive course that runs directly prior to the start of the regular semester, and each course counts for 4 units. You can only select ONE course to take. For USD course equivalencies, please see the Pre-approved UCC Course Equivalencies sheet above. There is an additonal fee of 1,250 Euro for the Early Start course.
There are two choices for accommodation at Cork: on-campus dorms or off-campus apartments, both of which are explained below.
NOTE: The vast majority of USD students prefer the off-campus apartments because they are closer to the city center.
UCC Campus Accommodation aims to provide "a home away from home" for its international students. It is more than just a place to eat and sleep - it provides a background for social, cultural and sporting outlets and the chance to develop friendships that will last a lifetime. The on-campus residential accommodation runs from mid-August to the beginning of June, and it is comprised of three purpose-built accommodation blocks: Castlewhite Apartments, Victoria Lodge and University Hall. All of the buildings are self-catered, meaning there is no meal plan. Most rooms are en-suite and all have 24 hour internet access. They are mostly single bedrooms, sharing living and kitchen facilities with 2-4 others. A small number of twin rooms are available. Campus Accommodation is fully furnished. Pillows and duvets are available for purchase, at cost price, from reception. The on-campus accommodation is a 10-15 minute walk from the campus center, and a 30-minute walk from the city center. To book on-campus housing you will need to contact the UCC campus accommodation office after your official acceptance to the program (instructions included in acceptance packet).
Housing fees for on-campus housing will be charged to your USD student account.
To see the breakdown of cost per dorm, please visit the Student Accommodation page on Cork's website.
Students who choose off-campus housing will live at Arcadia Hall Apartments, which is a short walk from the city center, and about a 10-minute bus ride from campus. This private apartment complex houses mostly international students, along with a small percentage of Irish students. Leases are available on a semester basis. All apartments have 3-4 single bedrooms. There is no meal plan associated with this apartment. To book a room at Arcadia, you will need to contact Sabrina Kaiser (firstname.lastname@example.org) after you have received your official acceptance packet from Cork.
Cost breakdown for Arcadia apartments:
Services Payment (covers water and internet): €100
Electricity: This will be a monthly charge of about 20 Euro per person
Rent: €1,440 for one semester
For a full list of UCC on- and off-campus accommodation, please open the document below.
NOTE: For off-campus apartments, the vast majority of USD students choose Arcadia, as the other options offer limited availability.
Housing fees for off-campus housing are paid independently, and will NOT be charged to your USD student account.
Tuition will be billed to the student's USD student accout and is due in full ten days before the start of the program. Housing is paid directly to UCC (for dorms) or the apartment manager abroad (for off-campus apartments). For a detailed description of program costs please see the Program Cost in the box at the top of this webpage.
Students who hold a US passport and will be studying at Cork for one semester DO NOT need to apply for a visa. Upon arrival at Cork, ALL STUDENTS will need to register with the Irish Immigration Office (La Garda), and purchase a 300 Euro (~$400) immigration card. The administration at UCC will guide students in this process upon arrival.
Students who hold a passport from a country other than the US should visit the following website to determine if a visa is required: Citizens Information- Visa Requirements for Ireland
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To learn more about UCC and the organizations you can join on campus, check out UCC's Student Life page