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The Cliffs of Moher were even more beautiful in person than I imagined they would be. I also got very lucky that the weather was perfect the day that I went!
The Cliffs of Moher were even more beautiful in person than I imagined they would be. I also got very lucky that the weather was perfect the day that I went!
Blarney Stone
Blarney Stone
The English Market
The English Market
Getting an authentic experience of how the other half live during a trip to an Irish farm. ~Kerry, Ireland
If you blink, your abroad experience has already passed you by. ~Ring of Kerry
Celebrating St. Patrick's Day the right way with friends new and old. ~Dublin, Ireland
The beautiful green grass and the castle-like school!
I've always taken a first day of school photo so why not keep the tradition up :)

About

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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Reviews

95%
based on 49 reviews
  • Academics 7
  • Support 8.4
  • Fun 7.9
  • Housing 9.3
  • Safety 9.4
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Polly
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

What would you improve about this program?
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
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Megan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

What would you improve about this program?
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

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Meredith
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

International Life in Cork City

Cork City is an amazing place. It is an extremely friendly city. I never felt uncomfortable or endangered. People are always looking for a friendly chat and to help you!

An initial difficulty was language. It was difficult to communicate until I got used to the accent.

What would you improve about this program?
I would have the students living with more Irish people. In my suite, we have four American girls. I think an integral part of studying abroad is immersion, but ours felt incomplete.
Response from University College Cork

Meredith, thank you so much for your review. I'll bring up your comment about living with more Irish students to my coworkers as soon as possible!

-Caela Provost
US Rep

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Kim
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

UCC aborad

I had a great time abroad. Cork has an amazing social life and even better academics. My favorite part about my entire trip was being able to travel not only around Ireland, but also how cheap it was to travel to many other countries around Ireland. I flew to Barcelona, Greece, Rome, and Amsterdam and had the time of my life.

What would you improve about this program?
The wifi in the dorms. Was not happy about my wifi. It took about 3 months before I could use it without having to be in a specific part of my apartment.
Response from University College Cork

Thank you so much for your review, Kim! I'll be sure to mention your WiFi comment to my coworkers at UCC.

-Caela Provost
US Rep