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Looking for an incredible abroad experience in the land of intriguing tales of magic and folklore, celebrated writers, a fascinating history, and an enduring culture? Join the countless students who have made University College Cork (UCC) in Cork, Ireland their destination for their study abroad endeavors!

Located just 10 minutes away by foot from Cork City center (Ireland's second biggest city), UCC epitomizes the perfect balance between an illustrious institute of academia, a safe and welcoming campus with a diverse and vibrant student body, and a place of research and innovation in the fields of sustainability, mental/physical health, medical technology and training, and cultural preservation.

With classes/areas on offer from all four colleges, staff and faculty who are invested in the happiness and success of UCC students, and opportunities for student excursions in close proximity to campus, UCC is the ideal option for the academic, the adventurer, and the individual!

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9.53 Rating
based on 49 reviews
  • Academics 7
  • Support 8.4
  • Fun 7.9
  • Housing 9.3
  • Safety 9.4
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Cork City, Ireland
Skyla
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Trust in me when I say

I was humbled by the beauty I saw in Ireland. I believe if you decide to study abroad at the University of College Cork you would find the same happiness here. My roommates and I decided to go to an International party that was hosted by the University my first night here. Those parties are such good craic and they are just one of the things that made my year the most incredible one yet! That night we all decided to walk home instead of taking the bus (FYI I highly recommend walking everywhere!!) There was this group of Irish students walking in front of us singing "I love you Baby" "And if it's quite all right" and in that moment I knew I chose the right place. The challenging coursework, building international friendships, and endless adventure was soo much more than I anticipated. I cannot thank the University of College Cork and the people I met here enough for my amazing experience.

Get out there and Study Abroad, Cheers!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
YES, pictures are a must when going abroad! However, I would have been more in the moment rather than looking through the lens of my camera.
Response from University College Cork

Skyla,

Thank you so very much for sharing some of your favorite UCC memories in your review. I am thrilled to hear (or rather, read) that you felt at home in Cork and that you enjoyed your studies and adventures. I hope you get to come back to visit soon!

-Caela Provost, US Representative, University College Cork

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Kathleen
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

amazing experience

Ireland was beautiful and UCC was terrific. If there is something that piques your interest, odds are you'll be able to find it at UCC. It doesn't feel like the massive school it is, though. The professors are enthusiastic and happy to help, especially for foreign students, which is helpful considering how different the Irish universities are from American ones. Communication to students is great, and support is readily available and easy to find, if needed. All of the UCC staff are extremely welcoming, and make students feel like they belong. They are always ready for tea and a chat, and seem to genuinely care about the students' well-being, all 20,000 of them. I only did this program because of a very last minute decision, but I'm extremely grateful that I did because it was absolutely incredible.

Response from University College Cork

Hi Kathleen,

Thank you so much for your wonderful words about your UCC experience! I am so, so very glad that you had such a welcoming, positive time in Cork; it seems sometimes last minute decisions can be the best decisions! Please know that you'll always have a home away from home in Ireland's Rebel County!

-Caela Provost, US Representative- UCC

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Nicole
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The Best Semester of my Life!

Studying abroad in Cork was the best decision I've made. I instantly fell in love with UCC and Cork. The campus is stunning and the classes are challenging but manageable. Cork City is filled with mostly Irish people who are so kind and welcoming. The city is very safe and very active. I love Cork so much that I've already been back once since my fall semester abroad! I highly recommend this city and university to anyone who is looking to get the real Irish experience. I am so thankful for the people from Cork who I met abroad and the opportunity to learn all about their culture. Study at UCC!!

Response from University College Cork

Nicole ~

Thank you so much for sharing your Cork/UCC experiences! It's so wonderful to hear that you've already made your way back to Cork since your time abroad. We hope you find your way back to the Rebel County again soon for yet another visit!

-Caela Provost, US Representative - UCC

Elise
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A Semester to Never Forget

The Fall semester at The University College Cork was a semester that I will never forget! From meeting life long friends to realizing how much I love to travel, Cork provided me with experiences like no other. If I could have stayed another semester, I would have in a heart beat. Within the last few weeks of the semester I didn't want to leave. I would catch myself calling Cork 'home', and it truly was. I never felt unwelcomed or unsafe, and I think that is why I gained such an attachment to Cork.

I was looking for a authentic Irish experience and Cork provided it. From listening to live Irish music in local pubs to interacting with the locals at the market, there was never a day in Cork where I wasn't smiling. I had the ability to dive right into the culture, and if that is what you are looking for then I highly suggest Cork, Ireland. It truly is an experience you will never forget!

Response from University College Cork

Hi Elise,

Thank you so much for your kind words about your time spent in Cork and at University College Cork. It makes me so happy to hear that you have found a "home away from home" in Ireland's Rebel County, and that you were able to truly experience Ireland's rich culture through your adventures and interactions with people in the community.

Again, thank you so very much for your review, and I hope you get to return to Cork very soon!

-Caela Provost, UCC US Representative

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Kathryn
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I had the greatest time at UCC and in Cork!

Studying abroad at University College Cork was the best decision I've made! The classes were interesting but not overwhelming, the campus was beautiful, and the accommodations were clean and newly renovated. Cork is an extremely safe city that is filled with friendly people and lots to do during the day and at night. I 10/10 recommend studying at UCC and exploring the beautiful and charming city of Cork!

Response from University College Cork

Kathryn,

Thank you so much for your review of your time at University College Cork! I am so happy to hear that you had a wonderful time, and that you love Ireland's beautiful Cork City as much as I do! I hope you are able to come back to the Rebel County very soon.

Go raibh míle maith agat ~
Caela Provost- UCC US Representative

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Sydney
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

LOVED UCC

Beautiful campus, I cannot comment enough on the safety, gym is in a good location, I loved walking everywhere, UCC International is great at organizing events and makes it easy to connect with other students and have fun. Cork is a fantastic area that has the benefits of a small town, but is large enough to where you always seem something new and you're able to run into friends, but you don't know everyone that you come across. UCC has tons of clubs and societies that students can partake in, all are fairly well organized.

Response from University College Cork

Thank you so much for sharing your experiences, Sydney! I am so happy you enjoyed walking around our beautiful city and experiencing all that Cork and UCC have to offer to students. I hope you return for a visit very soon!

-Caela Provost, US Representative and North American Officer - University College Cork

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Kyra
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I loved Cork!

I loved the city of Cork. The lifestyle was very appealing to me and how close the main part of campus was to the city center was ideal. My housing itself was not the best, but its location was prime. Cork was absolutely beautiful! And being in a bigger city (but not too big), it was easy to get public transportation to travel around the country. My favorite part of the trip was meeting a bunch of the locals and them taking me to all the cool places in and around the city. I will definitely be going back to Cork in the future.

What would you improve about this program?
No comment.
Response from University College Cork

Kyra,

Thank you so much for your review of our study abroad program. I am so happy to hear that you loved your time in Cork, and that you were able to see the city through the eyes of the locals! I hope that you find your way back to Cork very soon.

-Caela Provost
US Representative- University College Cork

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Sarah
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

UCC Abroad Experience 2016

Ever since starting college I wanted to study abroad. University College Cork seemed like a good fit so I took a chance and traveled to Cork in the Fall of 2016. Although nervous at first, I can confidently say this was one of the best decisions I've ever made. Upon coming to the university, I was placed in an early start program focused primarily on folklore, where I went on field trips that provided me with once in a lifetime opportunities. We traveled around the country (even took a boat to the Aran Islands!!) with the professor as we learned about Irish traditions and customs. This class not only allowed me to become more accustomed to everyday life in Cork and learn about the culture, it enabled me to meet people from all over the world. Additionally, UCC's International Students Society made it easy to meet people, many of which I'm still friends with today. Everyone I met in Cork was so welcoming and my friends and I had so much fun exploring the city, the pubs, and the nightlife. Cork is a city, but it feels more like a town, so it didn't take long for me to feel comfortable living there. I always felt safe, even at night.

I would recommend getting involved as much as possible. Step outside your comfort zone and join clubs, take classes you might not have at home, and talk to as many people as possible. By taking classes such as Irish folklore and Irish history I learned so much about topics I otherwise would know very little about! The professors were happy to give their recommendations or advice to the international students. I really think putting myself out there made me a more open and confident person.

I'm so thankful for my time in Cork studying at UCC and I would recommend it to anyone looking for an abroad experience!

Response from University College Cork

Hi Sarah,

Thank you so much for sharing your UCC experiences on our Go Overseas Page. I'm so happy to hear that you enjoyed your adventures in Cork (especially with the Early Start Program and the International Society), and that you made wonderful, lasting friendships.

Thanks again!

-Caela
Caela Provost, US Representative- UCC