Type of Program:  Semester Program
City: Cork, Ireland
When Offered:Fall or Spring
Cost: See Program Costs page

The Cork program offers students the opportunity to enroll in a wide range of courses in a variety of disciplines at the University College Cork (UCC), one of the oldest universities in Ireland. Just a few of the choices are: Archaeology, Celtic Civilization, Irish Studies, Music, Applied Psychology, Applied Social Sciences, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Physics, Commerce and Technology and Law. A small number of internship opportunities are also available.  Ireland remains a unique country with its own traditions, values and views of the world. Time in Ireland will challenge you personally, open your eyes to different ways of looking at the current topics in our world and enable you to experience Irish culture and history. The University College Cork has an international reputation for its research work, particularly in the areas of fundamental and technological science. We recommend you enroll in "Early Start" courses, unique to the university. Some of the courses offered are Irish Archaeology, History and Modern Ireland, Law, Literatures in Ireland, Irish Folklore and Ethnology, Management and Marketing in the European Union, Irish Ecosystems and Music in Ireland - all of which give you insight into Ireland's past and present. Many classes also include field trips, which bring alive the class material. Spring semester students may opt for the Certificate in Political Issues in Ireland Today, a program focusing on the current issues facing Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

The Cork program is administered in the US by the USAC Central Office and in Cork, Ireland, by a Program Coordinator who is responsible for the overall operations of the program abroad: answering questions about student housing, assisting with registration, and overseeing your general well-being. Marita Foster and Karen McSweeney are the Program Coordinators for the USAC Cork program; they and the staff at the UCC International Education Office will provide you with the mandatory orientation of Cork and the UCC, assist you with integration, and arrange social events.

In addition to the outstanding support available from the UCC International Education Office, Mary Steele will also be a resource for USAC students as the USAC Resident Director in Cork. Mary worked in the UCC International Education Office for many years and will be available to answer email and questions during your preparation right before departure and the crucial time of arrival and adaption to your new surroundings. She will hold frequent meetings with USAC students to reflect, troubleshoot, help with courses and during exam preparation, as well as in general understand the UCC and Irish educational system. Mary will assist in coordinating the Heritage Weekend field trip to the Ring of Kerry region. Accommodation is available in a number of apartment-style complexes.  They are modern and convenient to downtown Cork and campus by public transportation.

Academic Calendar
 Early January - Mid May                         
Fall: Mid August - Late December

Eligibility and Prerequisites
Students must have declared a major and taken prerequisite courses. Students must have completed three semesters in college-level residence. Students must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher to apply.

Application and Study Abroad Deposit Deadlines


For Study in Spring 2016

For Study in Fall 2016

Application and $500 deposit

September 15, 2015

February 26, 2016

Please note that both the application and fee are due in the Office of International Studies. All students must attend an advising session at least one week prior to the deadline in the Office of International Studies to obtain an application.

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