• Ireland
    • Cork
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Archaeology Classical Studies Education Food Science and Nutrition History Literature Religious Studies Social Work Wildlife Sciences

Program Details

Program Type
University College Cork
Degree Level
Apartment Host Family


Price Details
See website for details. Scholarships available!
May 18, 2021
Jun 17, 2018

About Program

Established in 1845 as Queen’s College Cork, and welcoming 115 students when it officially opened in 1849, University College Cork (UCC) is ranked in the top 2% of universities in the QS world university rankings, and 21,000 students now call it home.

The university is known for a commitment to innovation and forward-thinking, as evidenced by the appointment of the first female professor in the UK and Ireland, Mary Ryan, in 1910.

UCC ranks highly in many areas, among them graduate employability, and is the top Irish university for highly cited researchers and research impact. The university has also fostered a deep investment in sustainability and is ranked 9th worldwide by UI Green Metric, the first worldwide ranking on university sustainability, for five years in a row. UCC is the first university in the world to be awarded the International Green Flag for Environmental Friendliness.

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Program Highlights

  • Arcadia excursions are part of the program and enhance cultural immersion while providing meaningful context for your coursework
  • UCC offers many unique academic opportunities: music is a particular strength, with courses ranging from African to Indian to traditional Irish music
  • The campus is located on a 42-acre site ten minutes outside Cork city on Ireland's southern coast
  • UCC offers a vibrant, friendly campus with 100 student societies to choose from
  • Facilities are top-notch and include one of the leading indoor sports centers in Ireland

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Program Reviews

9.67 Rating
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  • Academics 5.7
  • Support 8.7
  • Fun 8.7
  • Housing 9.2
  • Safety 9.7
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Yes, I recommend this program


Study Abroad was an amazing experience and this program allowed me to enjoy my experience to the fullest. The only downside is the price of the program which is a little expensive.

The housing provided by Arcadia was optimal. We lived apartment style and were conveniently located five minutes away from campus. Additionally, Arcadia did excursions throughout the semester which allowed us to explore parts of Ireland we could have never gotten to ourselves.

The only downside in my opinion is the price of the program. The students in Ireland pay very little tuition and their housing is cheaper than what we have to pay when you add up all the costs. All in all, it feels a bit overpriced considering all Arcadia has to do is host an orientation and then provide students with transcripts.

Overall, the experience with Arcadia was phenomenal. They are a great program and provide excellent service. I was much more prepared and had a good network to reach out to for help in case I needed it. In contrast, some of the other students I knew studying abroad with different programs had very little support.

What would you improve about this program?
Less Expensive for what is offered.
4 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

The Ring of Kerry

Through UCC I met a bunch of Irish friends which was amazing! They were such genuinely nice and funny people. One of my Irish friends invited us over to her house in Killarney for the weekend. Her father drove us around the Ring for seven hours (generally how long it takes to drive there). It was incredibly nice of them to do and they showed us places that the tours don't usually stop by. It was just an incredibly fun day for me and my American friends to be taken around by the locals. Later that night we met her Irish friends out and it was such a fun and unique experience. It would have never happen if I hadn't met her through UCC or where I lived. It brought me closer with some many cool and interesting people I will never forget. Arcadia allowed me to met Americans to start out and feel comfortable, but it also brought me closer to the people of Ireland and their culture. I am forever grateful for this wonderful experience.

What would you improve about this program?
For Arcadia I honestly would have gone on more trips they had especially if they had more openings. Some trips were so cool and filled up so quickly. Also, some were so hard to get to so it would have been helpful if Arcadia helped a little bit with that.
3 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

I guess I grew up.

I'd never lived in a city before. The best part of the experience wasn't the classes, though those were interesting, since I've never taken a class with more that 25 people before, and in Cork I got the big-city experience. The best part was building myself a little life.

College students may live away from home and learn a lot, but I'm pretty sure I learned how to be an adult from living in Cork. It was little things, how to grocery shop in the variety of beautiful local markets and then be able to make an actual meal. I started going to the gym, because health was more important in Ireland than it seems to be here. I found a favorite coffee shop, and made friends with the regulars and would sit and do my reading and talk to them for hours. There's the joy of having favorite pubs, and stopping on every bridge walking home at night to enjoy the lights on the water. The city as very busy, and I learned to take advantage of the constant events and concerts and dances and lectures. I took day trips to neighboring little towns to go hiking.

Like I said, it was a little life.

And sometimes, it was annoying. It's really cold in Ireland. My roommates refused to clean- ever- and when the streets flood it gets hard to go to class. Strangers are mostly friendly, but other students didn't really talk after class, or volunteer answers. It was strange to be the only person to raise my hand. It was new to worry about money so often.

My experience is in no way exceptional or outstanding from anyone else's, I'm sure. I can tell you, though, that it mattered immensely to me. Sometimes I dream about Cork and I wander around, walking into buildings and wondering where everyone has gone. I think about it all the time, since I made some wonderful friends, some of whom I am fairly sure I will never see again. I made a little life there, but it was mine, and I loved it very much. Should you ever have the chance, go to Ireland. Sit on an ancient hillside in Kinsale overlooking the ocean and maybe you'll find something intangible there that makes you feel like this is where you were meant to be.

What would you improve about this program?
My roommates really were quite obnoxious. And also, please explain the system of not being able to pick classes until you arrive to the american universities- the professors who are supposed to approve the classes we were taking didn't understand.
3 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

A Home Away From Home

One of the best experiences I had in Ireland was learning how to step dance. Not only did I get to learn a unique part of Irish cultures but I also made some of the best social connections with not only the other students but the teacher as well. We were given the opportunity to go to the Blarney Hotel Pub every Tuesday to play with the local musicians in an Irish traditional session and to perform the dances we learned for the locals.

What would you improve about this program?
Giving us more time to get to know the city before New Year's Eve so we can have a better knowledge of where to go to celebrate.
2 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

The Land of Magic Demystified

I had dreamed of going to Ireland since I was a little girl, so my expectations were very high. I had fantasized about this experience to get me through the hard times in my life. Did I ever think I would do it? I'm not sure, I think I knew I would try, but I could never make it a reality in my mind until I was landing in the airport, sick as a dog I might add due to bronchitis and a sinus infection. Now, the actual country was different than I expected. History literally popped up on the side of the road when you least expected it, and you get used to seeing ruins of castles dotting the landscape. The food was heavy but so fresh and lovely! Not going to lie, going in the winter/spring was rough because it was very hard to break into the Irish student scene. However, I made some awesome friends within the international student crowd, and they were the people I hung out with during my free time. There is so much to see in Ireland that I still didn't see everything after 5 and a half months. Cork itself is a cute city large enough to find something new every time you walk around but small enough to feel homey. If you're religious, watch out. The services seemed sort of rushed to me, but the churches themselves are gorgeous. Also, I found much more spiritual connection when I was exploring Ireland and the landscape/castles/monasteries than when I was in church. UCC is a lovely university, and the classes in Irish studies/celtic studies are really interesting! The class style is an adjustment because professors expect more of you as a student than we are used to. There is very little babying there, though professors help immensely with the adjustment. Finally, Ireland could never meet up to those fanciful expectations that I held as a child, but by rating it on its own it was a brilliant experience

What would you improve about this program?
More connection to the Irish student body. Better housing
2 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

I lived my dream, and it was beautiful

It's funny how things turn out differently from what you expected.

For as long as I can remember it had been a dream of mine to go to Ireland. However, I didn't want it to be a short vacation where I spent my whole time seeing the usual touristy spots; I wanted to actually live there for an extended period of time which is why studying abroad was my best chance of making this dream come true.

The application process didn't seem real. Even after I was accepted and bought my plane tickets to get to Ireland, it never really "hit me" that it was actually happening. It wasn't until the week before leaving that I finally started to feel the pressure. I say pressure because, although I felt a large amount of excitement, I also understood that my friends and family were expecting me to have the experience of a lifetime. I was going to grow; I was going to come back a changed person. But what if that didn't happen? What if I didn't become best friends with all of my Irish classmates? What if I didn't get to see every single place on my list? What if I didn't have the experience that everyone was expecting me to have; the experience I had dreamed of for years?

Well, I didn't. I didn't have a large group of Irish friends. I didn't make it to all of the places on my list. I didn't have the experience that I imagined or that my friends and family imagined.

Instead, I had a couple close Irish friends and an absolutely amazing group of American friends that I met through the program. I've seen so many beautiful places that I never expected to see and had so many fantastic moments that, although small, are among my favorite memories. I had the experience that I never anticipated; the experience that I NEEDED.

The bond that I made with my friends is one that I can never fully describe; it is something that I can barely understand myself. There are no words to describe the love I had, and still have, for them even though I've been back in the states for several months now. Cork became my home and those friends became my family.

The memories I made in Ireland are amazing. From making "foam men" at the Giant's Causeway to playing with peach rings in our small Dean's Hall apartment, they range from grand to seemingly miniscule. But each of these memories has brought so much happiness to my life and has taught me how to see the beauty in every moment.

Without a doubt, I can honestly say that this experience made me realize just how brave, strong, confident, and genuinely happy I can be when I let myself live my life. I am a changed person, even if it isn't visible from the outside. This experience, the one I never expected to have, is a defining part of my young-adulthood.

I find it best to bring things back to the beginning, so I'll end with one of my first, and favorite, memories of Cork:

A bunch of soon-to-be friends sitting in a strange apartment, in a strange city, in a strange country watching "Frozen" as the words to "Let it Go" flood the room.

"It's funny how some distance makes everything seem small, and the fears that once controlled me can't get to me at all. It's time to see what I can do, to test the limits and break through; no right, no wrong, no rules for me, I'm free! Let it go, let it go..."

What would you improve about this program?
Perhaps offer a couple more excursions? I know the size of the program makes this difficult but offering some more small-er type weekend trips would be nice for the future!
2 people found this review helpful.

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