Direct Enrollment at University College Cork

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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!

About University College Cork

University College Cork
City
Cork
Students:
21,000
Year Founded:
1845

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.

Scholarships

Scholarships for International Students

University College Cork awards 1,000 scholarships and bursaries annually to domestic and international students, across all areas of study. From recognition of academic achievements or athletic performance, to support for unique challenges and experiences, UCC offers scholarships for students from a variety of backgrounds, cultures and abilities.

Value
$1,000 - $10,000

Questions & Answers

Reviews

9.53 Rating
based on 49 reviews
  • 9-10 rating 85.71%
  • 7-8 rating 14.29%
  • 5-6 rating 0%
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  • Academics 7
  • Support 8.4
  • Fun 7.9
  • Housing 9.3
  • Safety 9.4
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Jackson
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Semester of Study in a Foreign Land

While looking for universities to spend a semester away from my homeland of the United States, my main focus became finding programs that would also allow me to earn credits through history and geography courses that would transfer back to my home university. I searched through distant places, particularly in India, but I discovered that University College Cork would allow the greatest ease for transfer credits with my home institution. In a last-minute decision, I decided to choose UCC to spend a semester.

Yes, it was an excellent decision. I was not focusing on Europe originally, because I did not want to have a 'cliche European semester abroad', and I did not find that in Cork. The city itself is incredible--wonderful history and unique culture, with very easy-to-converse-with people that made every second thought about choosing to spend a semester in Europe disappear. While some people did have the 'classic European experience' I wanted to avoid--going to clubs every night and taking selfies--I found many other local people, that i felt it was easy to break away from staying with other Americans.

When I arrived, I took an excellent three-week immersive course on the history of modern Ireland, as part of the Early Start Programme, and believe that was extremely worth it. I found I was able to connect more personally with Cork after learning about its history, and I got all of the beginning concerns about foreign living out of the way by the time actual classes started. I found my modules during the semester to be simpler, but I enjoyed the content. I managed my studies well and miraculously had almost a month of free time between my coursework and my exams, so I decided to visit somewhere new. I found that far and distant land I was looking for in Tunisia, in an inexpensive flight from Dublin, through Paris, to Tunis. I traveled by myself and backpacked around the country for a considerable amount of time, learning about the country's incredible history, hiking, and conversing with very amazing people.

UCC and Cork are wonderful places, and they provided a great springboard for me to learn and see some other places as well!

What would you improve about this program?
University College Cork is an excellent institution, and I would not suggest any major changes to any parts of the program. It would be nice if dates for exams were given at the beginning of the semester, but that is all that comes to mind.
Response from University College Cork

Jackson-

Wow, it seems you really made the most of your abroad experience! Thank you for your review, and for your insight into the Early Start Program. You backpacking adventures sound amazing as well!

~Caela Provost
US Rep, UCC

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Hannah
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Semester at UCC

I loved my semester at UCC! On campus, there are a variety of student organizations and clubs to join, many of which can't be found in my home university (in the U.S.) such as the trampoline club. UCC has a diverse campus with a good mixture of local and international students on campus. I would definitely recommend getting involved in an organization to make friends more quickly and easily on campus.

The structure of the Irish education system is different from the U.S. At UCC, they rely on continuous assessment which can range from quizzes every week to one essay at the end of the semester. Essays are typically 1,500-5,000 words. Due to the different education structure, it is best to know ahead of time whether your home university will accept UCC courses for transfer and/or major credits.

Everyone in Ireland (ESPECIALLY in Cork) is VERY friendly. In addition, due to the structure of the city, it is easy to walk around everywhere or take the bus. Despite the rainy weather, I truly enjoyed my time at UCC and wish I could be back!

What would you improve about this program?
There is a housing crisis in Ireland so housing should be secured months ahead of time. Due to the housing crisis, cheaper housing may be of low quality (cracked walls, dirty floors, etc.)
Response from University College Cork

Hannah,

Thank you so much for sharing your UCC experience with all of us, and for your suggestions. We hope you return to Cork very soon!

~Caela Provost
US Rep, UCC

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Catherine
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

An American in Ireland

While studying at University College Cork, I was able to mingle with other Irish and international students that were all around my age! I loved immersing myself in the true Irish culture by living and studying with three Irish girls from the County Kerry. These girls became my family abroad and I am eternally grateful for their generosity and overall welcoming attitude. I was able to make quality friends with Irish people and also learn the ins and outs of the university, such as what classes to take, activities to join, and even interesting places to visit around Cork and Ireland. My abroad experience was enhanced not only because of these amazing girls and their friends who helped me adjust to a foreign school and culture, but they also made me feel most welcome!

What would you improve about this program?
I loved my abroad experience but I think it would be even better if the international students society planned more activities, for example maybe some academic supports and other ways to reach out to international students.
Response from University College Cork

Catherine~

Thank you so much for your review of UCC. It sounds like you truly enjoyed your time in Cork, and that you made the most of your abroad experience!

~Caela Provost
US Rep, UCC

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Taylor
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My Time at UCC

UCC is a close knit community that offers so many societies and clubs that cater to everyone's interests. The students and staff are more than nice and are always willing to help in any situation. Cork is an ideal city to study abroad in. Compared to my hometown, it is a much bigger city, however you will find everything in walking distance and it seems like a smaller community. It offers the typical Irish town feel that everyone imagines when they think of Ireland. I was always excited to get back "home" to Cork after a weekend of traveling. In my opinion, the only advantage that Dublin has on Cork is the airport. Although there are flights in and out of Cork's airport everyday, the budget airline Ryanair that most students choose to use only goes to a couple of different countries out of Cork. You must either choose to fly Aer Lingus or take a 3 1/2 hour bus ride to Dublin. That being said, the bus rides are not that bad and you get used to them pretty quick. All in all, Cork and UCC will always be my second home and will continue to hold a special place in my heart.

What would you improve about this program?
I think that there needs to be more information provided on the GNIB cards. A lot of students, including myself, were given 3 months to register with immigration upon our first arrival into Ireland. We did not know that you had to get this card before leaving the country or else that date became invalid. We thought we were able to travel in and out of the country as long as we got the card by the date we were given. A lot of students ran into very angry immigration workers at the airports and were threatened with deportation. I would definitely focus on relaying more information on this process to students since it is not very clear upon arrival.
Response from University College Cork

Taylor~

I'm so happy to hear that you enjoyed your time in Cork as a member of the UCC community- thank you for sharing your review! I'll pass along the message about the GNIB cards to my colleagues.

~Caela Provost
US Rep, UCC

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Emily
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best Semester of My College Career

The four months that I spent in Ireland was one of the most memorable experiences of my college career. Even though it was difficult to leave my comfort zone, friends and family behind, the many individuals I have met in Ireland and University of College Cork has provided a new place I could call home for my time overseas! The city of Cork and the UCC campus was both beautiful with many opportunities to get involved on and off campus. The international office at UCC does a great job in helping international students that are unfamiliar with the foreign academic environment. The Irish community was very welcoming and the country itself had some of the most breathtaking views! I look forward to the next time I can come back and visit!

What would you improve about this program?
I found it difficult to build a schedule in different fields of study. Many of the potential classes I wished to take, that were covered by my home university, would overlap time slots. Just make sure, as an international student at UCC, to have multiple class options that are approved by your university before going abroad.
Response from University College Cork

Emily,

Thank you for sharing your story. I'm so, so thrilled to hear that you found a home away from home at UCC! Come back and visit soon!

~Caela Provost
US Rep, UCC

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Alison
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The most memorable year in college

The number one thing I have gained this year was learning to only do and buy what makes me happy. This may seem so simple and easy, but I didn't know what this truly meant for me until I came to Ireland. Specifically when I went to Kinsale with a couple amazing friends, and purchased gold runners at a local thrift shop. The second I stepped into these marvelous clouds of comfort, and style my feet began to smile - have you ever felt your feet smile before? This small purchase changed my life! This seems ridiculous because they're just shoes, but they are the reason for my happy adventures :) They sparked what I will forever refer to as, "The Greatest Year of My Life"... So far ;).

Leave your expectations at home when coming to Ireland. I can't tell you how many of my expectations have been crushed this year!

If you are going to come for the whole year, and you're looking to really achieve personal growth I highly recommend not going home for the holidays. Go somewhere new and really unfamiliar. I WWOOFed on an organic farm in Portugal for about a week. I stayed with them over Christmas, and I got to experience my first holiday season away from home. I learned so much during that week. Things I don't believe I could have learnt if I wouldn't have taken on this personal challenge to stay abroad for the entire year. I'm not going to lie or sugarcoat this.. my experience on the farm was not what I wanted. It was actually the exact opposite of what I expected. I was suppose to stay for a month, but I felt so mistreated and unsafe that I knew I needed to return back to Ireland (The place I have come to label as being one of the safest European Countries).

Do things you wouldn't normally do! I got involved with the Art Society. I am the special events coordinator, and I have loved this part of my year so much.

Please don't focus the year on locking down an Irish person... It's not important and most likely not going to happen. Please, please don't focus your time on this. Just have fun! Enjoy your time here!! It's one of the greatest countries in the world. UCC is amazing as well! Cork is the best county in Ireland! Loads of craic to be had ;)

What would you improve about this program?
More module options.
Response from University College Cork

Alison~

Wow, it sounds like you've had quite the adventure! Thank you for sharing your UCC experiences. Enjoy the craic!

~Caela Provost
US Rep, UCC

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Jacqueline
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Wonderful Experience Studying Abroad in Cork

I go to college in a small town in Oregon and knew from the get-go that I wanted to study abroad in Ireland, and I'm so glad I chose UCC. My semester at UCC was an incredible experience I'll never forget. The staff was helpful, the professors were intelligent and engaging, and the student community was a great group and fun to be around. The city of Cork was just what I wanted--not as large and overwhelming as Dublin, but big enough to keep me endlessly entertained by the many unique shops that line its quaint alleys. The surrounding countryside was gorgeous, and I spent many weekends touring it. And of course the Irish as a whole are always accommodating and friendly! Although I'm back home now, I haven't said goodbye to Ireland for the last time. I hope to go again as soon as I get the chance.

What would you improve about this program?
Truly, the only problem I had was the service at Victoria Lodge. The staff was often curt and unhelpful and the wifi rarely worked, making connecting with family back home difficult. Avoid Vic Lodge if possible, but if you get stuck there you'll still have a good time, because you shouldn't be spending much time in your room anyway! Go explore!
Response from University College Cork

Jacqueline- I just wanted to follow-up with my last comment to let you know that I passed on your comment about Victoria Lodge to my colleagues. Your comments are always a priority!

Thanks again for your feedback.

-Caela
Caela Provost, US Rep

Eva
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing Semester Abroad Experience

I had a wonderful experience studying at UCC. All of my professors were fabulous and incredibly smart. I learned more the four classes I took than in my two years at my home university. I loved all of the real world application in my classes and the critical analysis in my coursework. I thought the structure of the classes were interesting because I never had any homework. I only had two papers, and two final assessments. I loved the culture with the students, and everyone was very welcoming. Cork is a great city to go to school in. The buildings on UCC campus are very nice.

What would you improve about this program?
More community within the different majors. I didn't have many friends from my actual major, but more so from my study abroad program and housing.
Response from University College Cork

Eva~ Thank you so much for your UCC review! I am so happy to hear that you had a great time in Cork.

Caela Provost
US Rep- UCC