Ireland Study Abroad Program at University College Cork
University College Cork
University College Cork is an Instant Response program
Cead Mile Failte! We’re so excited that you’re preparing to study abroad on an IFSA-Butler program and have chosen Cork as your destination. Founded in 1845, University College Cork is one of the oldest universities in Ireland and offers the best of traditional scholarship and cutting-edge technology in a beautiful, friendly city. We’re sure you’re going to love studying there!
What University College Cork has to offer
Where can I find a list of courses that the university offers?
What if I need to take a required course?
What courses am I eligible to take?
Course RestrictionsAre there any course or departmental restrictions?
When considering departments and courses, please note the following:
Certificate CoursesWhat are the certificate programs?
University College Cork also offers four certificate programs. Three of them are available to year-long students and the fourth is available to spring semester students only. If you are interested in more information on the certificate programs please contact the program advisor.
The programs are as follows:
CreditsHow many courses am I able to take, and how do I determine U.S. semester credit hours?
IFSA-Butler requires students to enroll in a full course load at the host institution. The number of courses you take depends on the credit value of the courses you select. One UCC credit equates to 0.5 U.S. semester credit hours. Most courses at UCC are worth 5 UCC credits. For information on the credit weight, please consult the chart below.
Period of Study UCC Credits U.S. Semester Credit Hours
Early start 10 5
Fall term 30 15
Academic year 60 30
The course preference form is not a registration form; it is a guideline to let your host university know which courses you are interested in taking abroad. You should discuss your course selections with your academic advisor at your home institution and have several backup choices in mind. This schedule will be based on the courses listed on the course preference form.
What are the registration conditions?
You should also be aware that you may be charged additional fees by your home institution or host university to take or process additional credits. Taking less than a full course load may jeopardize your student status and result in personal academic repercussions and/or loss of financial aid.
What do I need to know about exams?
How will my home university know what my classes were and what grades I received?
Housing OptionsWhat is the housing like at University College Cork?
Students will be placed in UCC campus accommodation within ten minutes walk of the main campus. Each flat accommodates three to five students in single study bedrooms and is equipped with basic cooking facilities shared living area, TV, and internet access. Bed linens are provided.
When on-campus housing is full, students may be placed in off-campus apartments. Each flat accommodates three to six students in single study bedrooms and is equipped with basic cooking facilities, shared living area, TV and Internet access. Bed linens are provided. Please note that this housing may include a supplemental fee.
Are there meal plans at University College Cork?
Is my housing included in the program fee?
When will I receive my housing assignment?
Please keep in mind that while IFSA-Butler guarantees housing, we cannot guarantee your preferences.
Can I arrange my own housing?
Please be advised that housing costs can be high abroad, and many times students living independently end up spending more money than students living in IFSA-Butler arranged housing. If you are hoping to save money by arranging housing on your own, please research your options early so you can compare costs. You must notify us of your intention to live in independent housing by the program application deadline for your term abroad, listed at the top of this page. We are not able to accommodate independent housing requests after the deadline.
How will I meet people?
Dates & Fees
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Students must have a round trip ticket to enter the country. Please use the program end date when initially booking your return.
Your program end date may change due to circumstances beyond IFSA-Butler's control. Upon arrival at your host university, be sure to verify your exam schedule and program end date. We also strongly recommend that you investigate fees and penalties associated with your airline tickets in case you need to make date or route changes.
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Academic Year and Fall Payments Due: July 1
Program Fee Bills
Personal Cost Estimates
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Note for Early Start students: Be sure to budget additional Meals and Personal Miscellaneous funds for the weeks of the Early Start program. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor can help you estimate expenses if necessary.
These figures are designed to assist students with financial planning but are only estimates based on past students’ experiences at the current exchange rate. They do not include any entertainment or vacation travel costs. Meals are estimated based on the cost of a weekly standard grocery shop with one or two meals out. If you plan to eat out once a day or more, we recommend using a higher estimate. If you have dietary restrictions or follow a specific diet (gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, organic, etc), you may also wish to budget more due to the higher cost of specialty food items.
The above numbers are general estimates of expenses during a program abroad. We recommend taking into account your current spending habits, the cost of living in your host country and the current exchange rate. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor can be helpful as you attempt to work on a personal budget for your experience abroad.
Personal Miscellaneous: Covers general expenses of college life, including course supplies, photocopying, toiletries, snacks, personal care, etc.
Commuting: Estimates are for transportation between housing and university. Transportation for personal or recreational purposes is not included in the above estimates.
* U.S. citizens do not need to apply for a visa to study in the Republic of Ireland. However, citizens of certain countries may need to do so. If this applies to you, you will be notified by your IFSA-Butler program advisor. All students, regardless of citizenship, will need to register with the Garda (Irish police) upon arrival in the Republic of Ireland. Registration will cost €300 (approximately $400).
All costs are in U.S. dollars.
Meet Your IFSA-Butler Team
IFSA-Butler has a dedicated team of staff who are here to help students prepare for their program in Ireland:
Program Advisor Kendall Hook assists with the application process and is here to answer program, cultural and academic questions before departure. Kendall studied abroad twice during her undergraduate career, in Florence, Italy for a summer term, and London, England for a semester internship program. In addition, she has personally traveled all over Europe and the U.K. She graduated from Baylor University and completed a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from Vanderbilt University, specifically concentrating on International Education Policy Management. She is very excited to help students find their fit, plan their own study abroad adventures and help them step outside of their comfort zone. She can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 4205.
Student & Parent Services Manager Donnetta Spears is available to both students and parents for travel questions and information. Donnetta has worked with IFSA-Butler since 2000, and she has traveled through parts of Europe, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand. As the mother of 4 college students (including one who studied abroad on an IFSA-Butler program), she has a deep understanding of the ins-and-outs of study abroad from a parent perspective. Donnetta can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4252.
Academic Records Coordinator Abby Miller graduated from Butler University where she worked as a guide for international students from all over the world. From that experience and combined with her own world travels, she knows the amazing experiences that studying abroad can provide. Abby is excited to work with IFSA-Butler students and to help answer any questions about their academic records. Abby can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 4217.
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Early Start Option
University College Cork offers an intensive Early Start option each fall semester. The Early Start program is worth 5 U.S. semester credits, and it begins approximately four weeks before the start of the fall semester and continues through the end of the semester.
Early Start students choose one course from among six options. Click on the links below to learn more about the course options: