The city of Cork was founded in 1172 on the south coast of Ireland, about 160 miles from Dublin. The modern city of 200,000 is located at the head of Cork Harbour, in view of the mountains and less than 2 hours drive from the lakes of Killarney. A busy seaport, Cork is also the commercial and cultural center for southern Ireland, home to international film and jazz festivals as well as a busy nightlife.
University College Cork was founded in 1849 and the beautiful gothic stone buildings which form its center date from that period. Today the university has over 13,000 students studying in eight schools. Fall semester participants can enroll in special Early Start programs, which typically run for 5 weeks prior to the start of the fall term, combine focused field trips and academic course work in a variety of subject areas. There is an additional charge for the Early Start program.
The Fall semester at Cork runs from late September until late December, and the Spring semester runs from early January until mid-May and includes an Easter recess around April-May.
Most recently, UCC has become 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. UCC was already the only university in the Republic of Ireland to be awarded this accolade four times. This follows-up on their previous triumphs in 2003, 2005, 2011 and 2015!
Additionally, UCC has been formally recognized as a Health Promoting University by the Irish Government’s Health Service Executive. UCC is the first University in Ireland to receive such recognition, which displays the spirit of innovative thinking, and considerable hard work of students and staff in UCC. This initiative seeks to improve the health and well-being of all within UCC. The success of the UCC Health Matters initiative has been noted in Ireland and overseas and has served as an example to other institutions seeking to improve the health and well-being of their community. For further details about the award and UCC's continued commitment to health and well-being of the community see the full story.
UCC offers a wide range of academic course options. Courses at UCC are called 'modules.' A full-time academic load at UCC is 30 module credits per semester, which is equivalent to 15 U.S. credits. When researching modules at UCC, visit the "Book of Modules for Visiting Students" to see course options that are available to visiting students. Note that demand for modules in Applied Psychology, English, and History is high, and modules within some disciplines are highly restricted.
The Transfer Credit Database lists courses that have been previously approved for NC State students at Cork. Please note: their applicability to a specific degree program varies by department. This list is not inclusive. Additional courses can be approved for credit by using the course approval form and process, which is a part of the application for study abroad. Please refer to the academic information on the Cork website for all courses available to study abroad students.
The International Office at UCC can arrange housing in University-managed or private apartment complexes near the University campus. All housing options include single rooms with shared kitchen and bath facilities. No meal plan is available, but students can purchase meals on-campus.
Estimated costs for program participation are located in the budget link at the top of this page. In addition, you should also review the cost of living data provided by the University College Cork.
Financial aid is generally available to help qualified NC State students meet the expenses of study abroad. For additional funding, NC State students should consider applying for a study abroad scholarship, and check out other ideas for funding study abroad such as applying to outside scholarships, and starting a funding page. For more information about funding opportunities, please visit this link.
Students traveling to Ireland with a U.S. passport are presently not required to obtain a visa before arrival. However, after arrival all students are required to register with Irish immigration authorities and obtain a Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) card. Currently, there is a €300 charge for the registration and card. Further details on registration requirements and documentation will be provided after official acceptance from University College Cork. You may also refer to the Irish Immigration website for additional information on semester study in Ireland.
The fall and spring terms at University College Cork are not exactly aligned with the NC State academic calendar. Students should consult the UCC academic calendar for exact dates.
Approximate start date | early September
Approximate end date | late December
**Participants of the UCC fall semester early start program arrive mid-August.
Approximate start date | early January
Approximate end date | mid-May
The University reserves the right to alter the program format and/or costs in case of conditions beyond its control. If the program is canceled or a student withdraws, a refund of program costs may not be available in all cases. Please refer to the Study Abroad Office Refund Policy for details. Contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org