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Ireland (Republic): Cork - University College (Semester)
Cork, Ireland (Republic of) (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
Program Cost,
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2016 09/30/2015
Rolling Admission 01/11/2016 05/06/2016
NOTE: Do not book flights until being fully enrolled in the program. Mandatory orientation will likely take place a couple days BEFORE January 11th.
Fall 2016 03/16/2016 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Dates are not available for the Fall 2016 semester yet. For Fall 2015, the Early Start program began August 17th and the regular semester began September 7th. Do not book travel until being fully enrolled in the program.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed
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: Sabrina Kaiser - 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!
Fall/Spring Semester Program
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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Pre-approved UCC Course Equivalencies- This is a list of all the courses at Cork that are approved for USD credit.

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 Sabrina Kaiser to begin the evaluation process. 

UCC grade conversions

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 studnets 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. Early Start Program courses range from: Irish Archaeology, Irish Folklore and Ethnology, History and Modern Ireland, Literatures in Ireland, Musics in Ireland, Irish Ecosystems 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. 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. 

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). 

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. 

Off-campus Housing
Students who choose off-campus housing will live at Leeside Apartments, which are situated in the city center, only a 10-15 minute walk from UCC campus. This private apartment complex houses mostly international students, along with a small percentage of Irish students. Leases are available on a semester or full-year basis. The apartments sizes vary from 2-4 bedrooms, with single or shared rooms. There is no meal plan associated with this apartment. A bedding package consisting of a pillow, pillow case, fitted sheet, duvet and duvet cover is available for purchase for 60 Euro. To book a room at Leeside, you will need to contact Sabrina Kaiser ( after you have received your official acceptance packet from Cork. 

Cost breakdown for Leeside apartments:

Due at time of booking reservation: 300 Euro security deposit (refundable) & 300 Euro electricity deposit (used for utilities)

Due roughly three weeks before the semester starts:
2-bedroom apartments (2 single rooms): €2,300 per student for the semester
4-bedroom apartments (4 single rooms) €2,100 per student for the semester
Twin rooms: €1,800 per student for the semester 
Double bedroom (single room with double bed): €2,300 per student for the 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 Leeside, 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.

UCC Accommodation


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


To learn more about UCC and the organizations you can join on campus, check out UCC's e-Brochure