• Ireland
    • Cork
    • Dublin
    • Galway
    • Limerick
    • Maynooth
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Program Details

Program Type
University College Cork
Degree Level
Apartment Host Family


Price Details
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Feb 13, 2023
Mar 17, 2024
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About Program

Interested in a study abroad experience in a legendary country full of rich heritage and culture? If you want to study, intern or research in one of the world’s most renowned places, Arcadia Abroad in Ireland is for you!
Arcadia offers an array of program options in Ireland, from a semester or summer studying, researching or interning under the auspices of our flagship Dublin Center, to university programs at prestigious institutions across Ireland that cater to every major and interest.
Our expert Ireland team ensures you’ll arrive well-prepared for Irish life and will soon feel at home as they invite you to delve into Ireland’s history, architecture, and traditions. Programs from several weeks to a full academic year are available.

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Program Highlights

  • Arcadia excursions are part of the program and enhance cultural immersion while providing meaningful context for your coursework
  • Academic credit
  • The possibility of professional and research experience
  • Personalized support from program staff
  • An unforgettable semester or summer

Popular Programs

Galway, Ireland

A globally focused, research-led university, National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway) was established in 1845 and its iconic quadrangle building welcomed students four years later.
You’ll be able to choose from the University's extensive variety of course offerings in the humanities, sciences, business, engineering and law. To make the most out of the study abroad experience, many students take advantage of courses in Irish history, language and culture.

University College Dublin

University College Dublin (UCD) is Ireland’s largest university and is a leading international research university with significant links to industry. As a student, you’ll benefit from multiple options for study at one of its seven colleges. Combining the best of city and campus life, the campus is located a few miles outside central Dublin. Consider the optional Cornerstone Course at Arcadia Center to explore the connections between ancient and modern Ireland through excursions and site visits.

Dublin, Ireland

Boost your resume with an nine-week internship in Dublin, a friendly, cosmopolitan European capital. We will match you with a placement that best suits your professional and academic goals. In addition to your internship reflection course, you will take an additional elective course through the Arcadia Dublin Center. Currently available courses focus on Entrepreneurship and Literature.
The program placement comprises approximately 18 days.

Cork, Ireland

Established in 1845 as Queen’s College Cork, 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. UCC is the first university in the world to be awarded the International Green Flag for Environmental Friendliness.

Burren College of Art

"Time, space, and inspiration for artists" are the founding principles of this small, innovative, independent art school. Burren College of Art offers instruction in drawing, painting, mixed media, sculpture and photography, along with a selection of non-studio courses in areas including creative writing, Irish studies and art history. You will have access to personal studio space, plus one-on-one guidance from skilled faculty and visiting artists.

Dublin, Ireland

Your STEM Summer Research project is supported by the University College Dublin O’Brien Center for Science, and takes place over eight weeks in the summer for a total of six credits. UCD is a research-intensive university and projects are available in a number of STEM fields. Working alongside researchers, you’ll be conducting your own independent research based on your approved, pre-selected project.

Dublin, Ireland

Spend four to eight weeks exploring Dublin, a diverse and multicultural European capital with a small-town feel and tremendous charm. History, arts, sports, and personal discovery abound along its picturesque streets and in its many green and scenic spaces. The Arcadia in Dublin Summer program capitalizes on Ireland’s position in the contemporary frame, along with its rich landscape, history, heritage and culture. The program consists of one, three-credit course per session.


An exclusive opportunity to work with a member of Irish Parliament and get first hand experience in the world of Irish and European politics. This is a truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and is part of a longstanding partnership between Arcadia and the Institute of Public Administration, a recognized college of University College Dublin focused on civil and public sector development. This program is the only one of its kind which allows students to intern in both houses of Irish Parliament.

Trinity College, Ireland

Established in 1592 by Elizabeth I, Trinity College Dublin is ranked as Ireland’s #1 university, and its principles of research and academic freedom are upheld in all institutional endeavors. The secluded walled campus provides the opportunity to step back in time. You’ll sense the echoes of its many famous alumni, including the writer Oscar Wilde. Study abroad students may choose from Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Engineering, Mathematics and Science; Business, and Health Sciences.

Limerick, Ireland

University of Limerick is a modern, vibrant university established in 1972 with easy access to both the city and the surrounding beautiful countryside. The University boasts strengths in the sciences, business, technology, and engineering, and fosters numerous international research partnerships, along with close ties to industry sectors in many different research areas. Best of all, you can cross-register across departments, creating a bespoke courseload that meets your needs and interests.

About University College Cork

University College Cork
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University College Cork is an institution that combines all the best aspects of research, academic excellence, Irish history and culture, student safety and welfare, and a vibrant campus life to create an exceptional study abroad experience. From our castle-like campus quad, to our dedication to green studies and sustainability, from our active student clubs and societies, to our commitment to student distinction, UCC provides students with a safe, exciting, beautiful, intellectually stimulating environment in which to learn, grow, and make memories.

Students who choose UCC as their abroad destination leave campus with more than just pictures and souvenirs; UCC alumni leave with countless memories, friends from all over the world, a wealth of knowledge, and a newly found sense of independence and self-awareness.


Arcadia Abroad Scholarships & Financial Aid

Arcadia Abroad Offers Need-Based Scholarships
Did you know that Arcadia Abroad provides financial aid to around 70% of students who apply for it? The scholarships are open to all current Arcadia Abroad applicants. Arcadia Abroad values equity, diversity, and inclusivity when awarding scholarships. Students who apply for scholarships will have the opportunity to write a 300-word essay. The deadline for applications is ongoing, so apply today!

$500 - $2,500

Program Reviews

4.82 Rating
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  • Academics 3.4
  • Support 4.7
  • Fun 4.8
  • Housing 4.7
  • Safety 4.95
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Yes, I recommend this program

Cork, Ireland

I spent 4 months living in Cork, Ireland with a bunch of other study abroad students from all around the world. I got to meet people from so many different places, and I made friends with a lot of them. Not only did we explore the local Cork culture and social scene and a lot of other places in Ireland, but we traveled to a bunch of nearby countries as well. I went dirt biking in Morocco with two other Americans, two Dutch guys, and a Belgian, and when I went to Munich for Oktoberfest, I came away with a group of native German friends and the instagrams of some Austrians as well. It was so cool to be able to mix with all these different cultures and see how other people live.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
I was hiking a mountain, Carrauntoohill, in Ireland with a friend, and it was cold and raining and there was an almost completely vertical part of the climb, and I thought we might get stuck on the top of the mountain and freeze to death, but I was just dramatic, and everything was fine, and on the way down we lost track of the path so we just ran down the side of the mountain and made it back to the car just as the sun was setting.
  • Irish pubs and live music!!
  • Beautiful nature and scenic views
  • Friendly locals
  • My toilet kept breaking :(
  • It was more expensive to fly out of Cork than out of Dublin
  • Very rainy and depressing weather lots of the time
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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.
96 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Galway Experience

Studying through Arcadia was amazing because they helped me be prepared for anything i could expect. Housing was set up, they even bought bedding. We were showed around town and orientation in Dublin beforehand was not only helpful but a great set up to meet everyone. I also loved the excursion opportunities. I wish there was one more option that left Ireland, but the excursions were very planned out and perfect.

What would you improve about this program?
It could help a little more with the scheduling of classes but it wasn't difficult at all. Arcadia is a great program to study through and they certainly know what they're doing.
86 people found this review helpful.
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Definitely recommend

Absolutely loved my semester at UCD and the Arcadia program as a whole. While I only made friends with a couple of other students on the program, I am still glad I chose Arcadia study abroad because of the wonderful support and extracurricular experiences offered by the program. The Arcadia staff was an amazing group of people who only added to how much I loved Dublin and UCD. The extracurricular activities also gave me the opportunity to meet students studying through Arcadia’s other Ireland programs.

98 people found this review helpful.
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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.
98 people found this review helpful.
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Galway is the best city in the world

My favorite things about Galway were Shop Street and all of the buskers there, the Spanish Arch (Sparch), the farmer's market every weekend, Boojum, and the fact that my little apartment felt like home by about a month in. I traveled around Europe on the weekends and one of the best feelings, even though I love going new places, was when my plane touched down in Dublin and I rode the bus back home to Galway. It is such a beautiful city, the people are wonderful, and I would do anything to go back. Studying abroad was hands down the best decision I have made in college. Try new things, do what you love, enjoy yourself!

What would you improve about this program?
Arcadia is an amazing university to go abroad with, I can't think of what I would change. The staff is all amazing.
84 people found this review helpful.
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UL is grand

Grand is quite the common word over at UL and an enjoyable experience is also commonplace. The bus availability to Dublin Airport is great, and Cappavilla Village staff and dorms are wonderful. You can't go wrong at Paddock's and be sure to go to the weekly Farmer's market too. It is a large institution so they are hands off and one must search help if needed but all interactions with the staff were positive. The music program is terrific and the campus is beautiful. Be ready for plenty of fags (cigarettes) and wonderful people.

What would you improve about this program?
More guidance during on-campus orientation from UL, there was barely any and that could end up ruining a student's experience before it really starts. Arcadia must do a better job with this.
74 people found this review helpful.
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If you are thinking about going to NUIG and Galway, GO!!!!

I absolutely adored my time abroad and with Arcadia. Galway is the cutest, most quaint little town you will ever see. It is very easy to get to know and navigate. Through Arcadia, you are directly enrolled in NUIG and you take classes with Irish students! I lived in an apartment (in a place called Gort na Coiribe) with 1 other student from my college and 3 Irish lads...it was definitely an interesting experience! They loved to party and weren't the cleanest but I still enjoyed living with them. Living with the guys really helped me to dive into the culture hands on and learn how they live, talk, etc. Getting to know the Irish people and how they live (especially people our age) is one of the best parts of my study abroad experience I think. They are all so friendly, kind, chill, and hilarious.

The social life is absolutely fantastic! There are tons a pubs to go to (if anyone asks you if you want to go to the Silent Disco at the Rosin Dubh, GO! Other great pubs include the Kings Head, the Front Door, and Taffees (but you'll find this all out when you go CAUSE YOU SHOULD TOTALLY GO TO GALWAY).

It was nice because our program was made up of about 60 students from colleges all over the U.S. We had orientation for 3 days in Dublin before we got bused over to Galway.

What would you improve about this program?
It would be nice if before we chose where we lived, they told us the big difference (that Niland House is all Americans and Gort na Coiribe is with Irish students).

In addition, Arcadia failed to tell us that they would be providing a duvet until we got there- so I actually ended up bringing my own from the States because I didn't know it was already provided.

It also would have been nice to know who we were ACTUALLY living with before we moved into our apartments besides just the other Arcadia student we were living with. All I was told was that I had a direct roommate from my same university and her name and e-mail. We had NO idea we were living with guys until we were actually inside our apartment. Funny story, we actually thought we were alone in the apartment until one of our roommates came down the stairs. He had no idea that we were moving in then either or that we were girls! He left for a couple of days and then one night we came back from town (expecting our apt. to be empty how we left it) but instead the door was ajar (we thought we got robbed) and then this really tall guy opened the door and my roommate and I both nearly screamed. Turns out that that was one of our other roommates. So it turned out fine, but it would have been nice to know even just their names before we moved in.
84 people found this review helpful.

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