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  • Locations: Cork, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Fall, Program Cost, Spring
  • PROGRAM COST: Program Cost
  • To open an application, contact Study Abroad Program Advisor (see box below for contact information)
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Language Requirement: None GPA: 3.0
Internships: Yes Disciplines offered: Accounting (ACCT), Anthropology (ANTH), Art History (ARTH), Behavioral Neuroscience (NEUR), Biology (BIOL), Business Administration (BUSN), College of Arts and Sciences, Communication Studies (COMM), Decision Science (DSCI), Economics (ECON), English (ENGL), Environmental and Ocean Sciences (ENVR), Ethics and the Law (ETLW), Finance (FINA), History (HIST), Management (MGMT), Marketing (MKTG), Mathematics (MATH), Music (MUSC), Philosophy (PHIL), Political Science and International Relations (POLS), Psychology (PSYC), School of Business, Sociology (SOCI), Theatre (THEA), Theology (THRS), Undergraduate
Accomodations: Residence halls, Shared apartments off-campus Class Standing: Must have completed 45 units
Program Advisor: Brittany Williams- Tuition Remission Eligible Program: Yes
Program Type: Undergraduate
Program Description:


ucc campus   Cork
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!!!
Fall/Spring Semester Program

To visit UCC's Visiting Student website, click HERE

Video: Study Abroad in Cork, Ireland - USAC program*
*USAC is an independent study abroad program unaffiliated with USD study abroad. USD's study abroad program works directly with University College Cork (UCC), independent from any other organization. 
Program Dates Fall: typically mid September – late December
Spring: typically mid January – mid May
*official dates are not confirmed until after the application deadline and listed on UCC’s academic calendar  
 Early Start Program  Students studying at UCC for the Fall term can participate in the Early Start Program, a 3 week cultural immersion program where students learn about Irish history, culture, civilization and environment by taking 1 class before the Fall semester begins *additional fees apply
Financial Aid Students awarded financial aid packages through USD may be eligible to use their financial aid towards their first semester study abroad experience – please visit the USD Offices of Financial Aid to verify if your awards qualify.
Students entering their second semester of study abroad may NOT have their award packages applied – please verify with the Office of Financial Aid.
Course Offerings Released Calendars for the academic year are released in AUGUST, which means that students studying in the fall will not know their official class schedule until a month or so before arriving at UCC.
GPA Requirement Minimum 3.0
Application USD online and paper application, UCC application
Visa Requirements Students who hold a US passport DO NOT need a visa to study at UCC Ireland for one semester. Students holding a passport from a country other than the US should visit the UK Embassy Visa and Immigration page to determine whether a visa is required. 
Students with a U.S. passport, upon arrival in Cork, will need to register with the Irish Immigration Office to obtain a 300 Euro immigration card.
Language of Instruction English
Academic Structure UCC classes are usually 3 USD credits each. Students can take up to 5 classes per semester
Internships  Consult the Study Abroad Advisor
Working in England Students studying abroad in England are not legally eligible to work with their U.S. passport or student visa.
Class Size  Students will be directly enrolled in courses with local Irish students, as well as other international students. Most courses are lecture style with 60-100 students. 
Class Schedule Confirmed After Fall courses are released prior to departures, typically in August
Housing Students pay housing fees directly to UCC, and have on or off campus apartment housing. Students typically choose the off-campus Arcadia housing.
Exam Type There is a 1-2 week study period after classes end, prior to final examinations. Final exams or essays are often the entirety of a student's grade, depending on the course. 
Transcripts Received from UCC 1-2 months after the program ends
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. Cork is also 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.


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.

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. 

Early Start Program

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 link. There is an additional fee of 1,250 Euro for the Early Start course. 
Select classes by comparing the host institution’s online course listings to the USD list of Pre-Approval Courses (PDF file). Links to both the course listings can be found in the “Courses” section of each USD program webpage (
  • 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, but not guaranteed. 
  1. This is a handbook of the modules (courses) that Cork offers. The new book of modules for the coming academic year is typically released in August. For information on fall course availability, please refer to the current handbook for an idea of what will be offered during the term you wish to study. Open the Institution’s course options for the term you wish to study: See UCC Current Module (Course) Offerings *PLEASE NOTE: Each module (or course) at UCC has a unique 6-character code, which contains information about the module. The first two characters EN in the module EN1001, for example, indicate the subject area of the module (in this case an English module), the third character indicates the year or level (in this case a First Year or Level One module), and the remaining three characters 001 identify the particular module in the subject area. 1000 level UCC courses are recommended as lower-division, and 2000-3000 level courses are recommended as upper-division credit
  2. Compare the Institution’s course offerings to the USD Pre-Approved Course list: UCC Pre-Approved USD Course Equivalencies  NOTE: Core curriculum designations on this list pertain to Pre-2017 core only.
  3. Build a class schedule (5 classes, 5 backup classes) of courses on the UCC Modules catalog that match the Pre-Approved Course Equivalencies
  4. If there is a course offered on the Institution’s website that is NOT listed on the USD Pre-Approved Course Equivalency list that you would like to take, email your Study Abroad Coordinator to begin the transfer evaluation process
Students who choose courses which are NOT listed on USD’s Pre-Approved Course List are responsible for completing the transfer evaluation process prior to departure to ensure that credits will transfer back to USD. This process can take up to 3 months to complete and should be started immediately. Students should only submit courses once they have selected a university. Submitting a course for potential USD credit is not a guarantee
  1. Email the program advisor the course code and title for each desired course. It is also helpful if you indicate what type of credit you hope to receive (i.e. Literature Core requirement or MGMT 307) by comparing the desired course with the course description/requirement indicated on the USD Degree Works page.
  2. The advisor will submit the course to the appropriate department chair for approval.
  3. You will be notified once the course has been evaluated via email.
***Students are encouraged to meet with both their Academic and Study Abroad Advisor before the application deadline to ensure their class schedule abroad meets their academic needs at USD***

UCC Accommodation

There are two choices for accommodation at Cork: on-campus dorms or off-campus apartments, both of which are explained below. The majority of USD students prefer the off-campus apartments because they are closer to the city center. 
Housing fees for on-campus housing will be charged to your USD student account. 

Housing fees for off-campus housing are paid directly to UCC, and will NOT be charged to your USD student account.
On-campus housing

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). 

To see the breakdown of cost per dorm, please visit the Student Accommodation page on Cork's website. 

Off-campus Housing

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 the Study Abroad Advisor after you have received your official acceptance packet from Cork. 

Cost breakdown for Arcadia apartments (varies per year):

Deposit: €400
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 visit the UCC website.
NOTE: For off-campus apartments, the vast majority of USD students choose Arcadia, as the other options offer limited availability. 


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 studying abroad in England are not legally permitted to work with a U.S. passport or student visa.
Students awarded financial aid packages through USD may be eligible to use their financial aid towards their first semester study abroad experience – please visit the USD Offices of Financial Aid to verify if your awards qualify.
Students entering their second semester of study abroad may NOT have their award packages applied – please verify with the Office of Financial Aid.
International Center Financing Study Abroad:
USD Office of Financial Aid:
Scholarships are a great way to help fund your study abroad program. Scholarship opportunities are available through several host universities and outside organizations.
For a full list of scholarships and contests offered by Diversity Abroad visit:
For a full list of scholarships and grants offered at the Institution visit:


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


To learn more about UCC and the organizations you can join on campus, check out UCC's Student Life page

To open an application, contact Study Abroad Program Advisor (see box below for contact information)