Direct Enroll Program at University College Cork in Ireland

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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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based on 47 reviews
  • Academics 7
  • Support 8.4
  • Fun 7.9
  • Housing 9.3
  • Safety 9.4
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Nicole
10/10

I LOVE UCC

Studying at UCC was the best experience of my life. Ireland is such an incredible country with amazing culture and a rich history. The campus is beautiful and Cork is a blast. I would absolutely do it again and I highly recommend it to anyone who is thinking about it. Anyone who studies at UCC will have their lives changed.

How can this program be improved?
I wish there were more activities planned for international students.
Response from University College Cork

Thank you for your review, Nicole! I'll be sure to send your suggestions to my colleagues!
-Caela Provost, US Rep.

Yes, I recommend
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Holly
10/10

UCC from an American perspective

I can easily say the best semester I've had in college was when I attended UCC in the Fall of 2013. I miss it every single day. The classes, staff, campus, city (and country) are absolutely amazing. On a day to day basis, I would go to class, take solo trips around the city to make myself more familiar, and enjoy work outs at the Mardyke gym, which is absolutely beautiful. The Quad and main campus of UCC is in a prime location, just a short walk out of the city where there is access to anything you need from food to nightlife to transportation. Cork City is also full of traditional Irish customs, so it was great to be able to immerse myself in the culture. The Irish people are some of the most kind and talkative humans I have ever met, and they are more than willing to help out.

How can this program be improved?
I would just be more thorough in explaining how class scheduling works for international students.
Response from University College Cork

Thank you so much for sharing your experience, Holly! It's so nice to hear that you had a great experience!

-Caela Provost, US Rep.

Yes, I recommend
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Robyn
10/10

I love UCC!

UCC is a fantastic university! Faculty and staff are very kind, supportive, and fun. Even after I returned to America I have been able to keep in touch with a few of my lecturers. Students are very kind and helpful as well. When I was alone at the Student Centre they would often sit with me and include me in conversation (this is a great way to make friends!).

The first two weeks at UCC were very well structured with the Failte Fest and Societies/Clubs Days. These events gave me the chance to meet Irish students and get a real feel for the campus. From there, I was able to pick the society I spent most of my time in and make so real, lasting friendships.

UCC is a great location to study at because it is a a major city in Ireland but also tucked away in the countryside so you get the best of both worlds. There is plenty to do in the surrounding areas, there are more transportation options, and you can easily enjoy the natural Irish countryside! Not to mention almost every person I met in Cork was incredibly kind and welcoming (so asking for directions was a great experience surprisingly!).

How can this program be improved?
Getting used to UCC systems is a bit confusing - by this I am referring to wifi and on-campus computer usage. During the international student orientation they try to explain, but there is so much information being thrown in at once it is hard to absorb. It would be better if, while in our small tour groups, we were walked through the process it would be easier to understand.

Also, UCC is very good at showing international students the opportunities available to meet Irish students, but they don't go much further. If you want to make Irish friends, you need to do so on your own. Most events during the first week are for international students only - I think it would be great if there was a committee of UCC students who actively tried to attend events with international students and integrate them into UCC life more.
Response from University College Cork

Thank you so, so much for your insight into your UCC experience!

-Caela Provost, US Rep.

Yes, I recommend
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Kaley
9/10

UCC is the place to be

UCC is a great study abroad option. I took many classes that dove into Irish culture, history and politics. Ireland overall was the most beautiful country I have ever been too. I highly recommend UCC!

How can this program be improved?
If I could change one thing about the program, I would change the system to register for classes. In Ireland they use a system where you have to fill out paperwork to enroll for your courses. If the process had been online it would have been easier.
Response from University College Cork

Thank you so much, Kaley, for sharing your thoughts on your UCC experience! I'll be sure to mention the class registration comment to my coworkers.

-Caela Provost
US Rep

Yes, I recommend
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Rebecca
9/10

Unforgettable experience!

I attend Barnard College of Columbia University in New York City, and I chose to study in Cork after a friend of mine came back from UCC with rave reviews. I knew I wanted to study abroad in a small city after spending two and half years going to school in Manhattan, and I am so glad I did. While at times I was frustrated with the slow, Irish pace of things, that was a really important cultural learning experience for me. UCC is also a pretty diverse university, and in terms of student life there are always events on campus and the clubs & societies are super active. I joined the dance team, which was absolutely the highlight of my experience at UCC. I made amazing friends from Ireland, Brazil, France, Finland, and beyond. The Irish are exceedingly welcoming and friendly, and the Cork community was no exception. The pubs are great, the music is great, the shopping is great, IT'S ALL GREAT. Not to mention UCC's campus and the city of Cork in general are absolutely gorgeous.

How can this program be improved?
I honestly can't think of anything!
Response from University College Cork

Rebecca, thank you so much for reviewing UCC on Go Overseas! So glad you had such a lovely time abroad.

-Caela Provost
US Rep

Yes, I recommend
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Erin
9/10

UCC= Warm Irish Community

The community culture of UCC was really lovely, the many student groups are super inclusive of visiting students and there's always a random film/show/event you feel welcome to attend, even if you're not a member of the society hosting it. I played with the Ultimate Frisbee teams, was part of a student book club, and spent a lot of time in the chaplaincy lounge--open to everyone, right on campus, and always a good group of students and sometimes professors having a lively chat about something. It was a really warm environment, and I made great Irish, American, and international friends there.

How can this program be improved?
There's a lot of lag in the processing of paperwork/registration/rectifying problems, and while that's partially an Irish cultural difference, it would be great if the international office was a little bit more timely in their responses. It all gets done, but it's stressful waiting for it.
Response from University College Cork

Thank you, Erin, for your review and your ideas! We truly appreciate your input!

-Caela Provost
US Rep

Yes, I recommend
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Taillieu
10/10

My home away from home

Spending a year abroad was wonderful, but my only regret is that I only spent one semester of it at UCC.
There was a very friendly orientation staff and I gained so many friends just from going around to different events, joining numerous clubs, and taking some time to hang out at the local grinds like the new bar and even the library. I always felt included, though after I made a few friends they were the ones I met up with the most anyway. I went to events such as the arts ball and participated in 'raise and give' week which were a blast, not to mention joining the volleyball team and the model united nations group for some differing stimulus here and there.

The teachers were also quite wonderful, not only for their naturally charming Irish jokes, but for the extent of confidence and sociability they had with their students. I had multiple who didn't mind grabbing tea together or who would ask about if anyone wanted to come out to a trad night. The only downside can be the walks between campus and your residence depending on your classes and where you end up living, but it becomes more manageable as you go on.

Most always locals are more than willing to tell you of good places to go for x, y, or z depending on your interests (they love to chat) and can point out tid bits they know about upcoming events. Overall, it was a warm, welcoming , and slightly sarcastic atmosphere that I came to love and call my home. If given the opportunity to go back, I would go in a heartbeat. :)

How can this program be improved?
The accommodations were a bit awkward as the laundry room was outside of the main buildings (and I lived on the top floor) so that was a bit inconvenient, especially when it rained and also the washers/dryers never worked that well, tearing some of my clothes or never really drying them.

I was also a bit sad that I didn't have any Irish roommates/ had mostly Americans as I would have liked a more varied apartment, but I understand that Dean's hall did have mostly international students and that according to cleanliness and other factors for choosing who should live together I understand that sometimes this is unavoidable.

As for classes, I just had a bit of trouble trying to get higher level public health classes (since science and medical ones had to be pre-signed off on) but I think this also just may have been harder because I was only there for one semester and didn't have time to plan a further course regimen.
Response from University College Cork

Thank you so much for sharing your review, Taillieu! I'll be sure to put in a good word for the idea of students from the US living with Irish students as well as other international students.

-Caela Provost
US Rep

Yes, I recommend
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Elizabeth
10/10

American Abroad at UCC

I studied at UCC in the Autumn of 2013. This was my first time to Ireland and I loved the atmosphere of the city of Cork and the students at the University as well. I lived in The Spires and was lucky enough to live with students from Italy, France, and Ireland. We were a very nice mix and learned a lot of customs from each other. I took courses in biology, public health, economics, Irish literature, and world religions. Throughout my experience I made lifelong friends and got to travel to a variety of countries throughout Europe. I would recommend a study experience at UCC for anyone because the Irish culture and education I learned are unparalleled!

How can this program be improved?
If I had to change one thing, it would be more scheduled events and interaction with the Irish students. Many of the ERASMUS students had special events to attend, but as an American I felt uninformed of these events that I would have loved to have attended.
Response from University College Cork

Elizabeth, thank you so much for taking the time to share your UCC experience! I'll be sure to bring up the "US students" events idea to my coworkers.

-Caela Provost
US Rep

Yes, I recommend
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Laura
9/10

Get here as soon as you can...

The walk from my off-campus apartment to UCC took about 20 minutes, giving me time to appreciate the colorful sights of Cork City, and making it easy to get to the UCC student center. This is where the magic happens. It's the best time of any college student's life, and don't be surprised if you find yourself planning your next trip to Ireland on the flight home.

Response from University College Cork

Thank you so much for sharing your experience, Laura! I hope you get to visit Ireland again soon!

-Caela Provost
US Rep

Yes, I recommend
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Sarah
9/10

Timid Travellers Welcome

From the in class lectures, to the hands on field trips, the student societies, and even the charming historic myth drenched quad (beware!), UCC had so much to offer the most timid international student. I immediately felt at home in Cork and at UCC. I learned more about Ireland than I ever could have hoped and I didn't have to stray away from my Major or general area of study. Even my French minor could be accommodated academically and socially! It's hard being dropped in an entirely new place, but the University was so welcoming and accommodating. I could not have asked for a better experience as an international student at UCC.

How can this program be improved?
I would have liked more assistance with finding an apartment. I was given little to no information before I arrived and had to research everything last minute. Everything ended up working out, but there was a little too much unnecessary stress.
Response from University College Cork

Thank you so much, Sarah, for sharing your thoughts on your UCC experience! I'll be sure to mention your comment about housing to my office.

-Caela Provost
US Rep

Yes, I recommend
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Meg
10/10

Awesome Experience!

I studied at UCC in the Fall of 2013 and it was one of the best decision I have ever made ! The school is awesome and not to mention beautiful and the people are top notch. I made some of the best friends there from all over the world and we had the most incredible experience together! Can't wait to go back!

How can this program be improved?
Slightly more attention to visiting students when it comes to modules. They are difficult to figure out, unlike in the States, and luckily I had a really great group of professors to help me figure it out, but not everyone was that fortunate.
Response from University College Cork

Meg, thank you so much for sharing your review of your UCC experience! I'll mention the module difficulties to my coworkers to see if we can make some changes.

-Caela Provost
US Rep

Yes, I recommend
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Danielle
10/10

Incredible

I studied abroad to UCC from Montana, USA last year for the academic year. It was an incredible experience. I took classes I could have never taken (like Celtic Saints, Spoken Irish, and Of Monsters and Men). The social scene was great too. There was always something to do at night. I lived right downtown on Washington Street so everything was close. I would recommend EVERYONE study to UCC. One of the best years of my life so far.

How can this program be improved?
It would have been better if there were student jobs for American study abroad students.
Response from University College Cork

Danielle, thank you so much for sharing your abroad story! I'll be sure to mention your comment about student jobs to my coworkers.

-Caela Provost
US Rep

Yes, I recommend
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Shannon
10/10

You would be crazy not to go here!!

Before I start, I hope you know that I studied abroad by myself without knowing anyone. Cork is an amazing place, and I wish I could be back there every single day. Through the school, people, and community, I have never felt so comfortable in a place that was not my home. You will learn a new meaning of friendly and fun! Cork city is absolutely beautiful and the best advice I can give you is to get lost, it's the best way to learn a place inside and out. UCC is a remarkable campus with an enormous amount of social life, you can fit in anywhere. You will have the time of your life if you choose to study abroad through UCC! I'm a more well-rounded person because of my experience, I fell in love with Cork! I have friends that will last forever, and memories that will never be forgotten. When I got on that plane to leave, Ireland definitely took my heart, especially Cork. I'm telling you now, you won't regret it, and you won't want to leave.

How can this program be improved?
I really have absolutely no complaints about this program. For the parents and students reading these reviews, I promise you wouldn't want your child/self going anywhere else. The program is made to make you feel comfortable. They try everything they can so you feel as if Cork is like home.
Response from University College Cork

Thank you so much for your wonderful review of UCC on Go Overseas, Shannon! We truly appreciate your input!

-Caela Provost
US Rep

Yes, I recommend
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Polly
10/10

The UCC Community

I did a split-year abroad where I spent my fall semester in Paris and my spring semester in Cork. Paris was an incredible experience, but it was also very stressful because it was such a big city and I come from a tiny town in New England. But when I got to Cork, I immediately felt at home. Everyone I met was incredibly nice, and in those first few weeks, if I looked lost, someone would immediately ask if I needed help. The UCC campus is gorgeous, too - when it wasn't raining, I'd read or hang out with friends on the ampitheater. At UCC I took classes that I wouldn't have had the opportunity to take otherwise - Irish folklore, archaeology, and contemporary lit - and I even learned a little of the Irish language. The professors and staff at UCC were always there for me if I had a question, and so were the other students. It felt very much like a community rather than just a school.

How can this program be improved?
I would have changed the housing. I didn't like being housed with all of the other American study abroad students. I would have liked to live with some Irish students, or even study abroad students from other countries. (I lived in Victoria Lodge).
Response from University College Cork

Thank you so much, Polly, for your review on your experience at UCC! I'll be sure to mention your comments to my coworkers "across the pond".

-Caela Provost
US Rep

Yes, I recommend
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Megan
10/10

You will never forget this place

Where do I even begin with my experience abroad at UCC? The emotions I felt going in were overwhelming and had my mind spinning in a whirlwind of excitement and panic.
But I thrived over there.
I was going through an intense part of my life. I had very recently come out to my parents and was just starting to really become comfortable with myself. The five months I spent in Cork (and traveling elsewhere) helped me to discover the confidence and strength that I always knew was buried inside of me somewhere. It was the happiest time of my life.
Of course the classes were great, but to be honest, that's not what I remember about my stay. I remember the craziness of RAG week, playing hockey and going to the hockey ball, the beautiful campus, and all of the amazing people.
I admit that just about all of the friends I made during this program were American but I met this fantastic Irish girl at UCC who I continue to stay in contact with. It turns out we were both going through some similar situations and we're now very good friends.
Maybe a lot of this is me rambling at this point but Cork will always have an important place in my heart. Every time I put on my UCC hoodie, I feel like I've returned to that place of confidence, strength, and happiness.

How can this program be improved?
If it's possible, I think it would be really helpful to send out some tips on how to pick classes or which classes previous students have liked. It would have made my first few days a little less stressful if I would have had a list of recommendations or something.
Response from University College Cork

Thank you so much for sharing your UCC experience, Megan! It's always incredible to hear about a student who has gained so much from time studying abroad.

-Caela Provost
US Rep

Yes, I recommend

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