Ireland: University of College Cork

‌Consistently thought of as one of Ireland's most prestigious universities, at University College Cork (UCC), you have a chance to take courses from world-class lecturers at one of the safest and most beautiful universities in the world. Among its many accolades, UCC has been named the top university in Ireland on several occasions in the last two decades. UCC rests in one of Ireland’s most arts center communities.

Dates & Deadlines

Term: Spring 2024
App Deadline: Sunday, October 1, 2023
Program Dates: Wednesday, January 10 - Saturday, May 11, 2024

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The city of Cork has approximately 125,000 inhabitants and is the second largest city in Ireland. Cork is located on the busiest seaport on the south coast with mountains, hills, and river valleys to the north and east. The city itself has much to offer, including a marina, art galleries, history museums, opera house, shopping malls, movie theatres, historic castles, and much more. The weather in Cork is typically mild with wet winters and cool summers. Dublin is approximately four hours from Cork by bus or less than an hour by plane. Cork's new airport is located 6km from the university and has daily flights to Dublin, London, and other Euro destinations.

Image removed.UCC offers an early start program for incoming students that begins about 3 weeks earlier than the semester. Students are not required to attend the program but it is recommended. This is only an option for the fall semester. Students will pre-register for classes prior to studying in Cork. There are courses available in the following areas listed below. The ones listed are not the only courses offered. Refer to the catalog for a complete list. UCC Course Catalog

  • Business
  • Economics
  • Biology/Chemistry
  • Psychology 
  • Criminology
  • English
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Geography

At the University College Cork (UCC) students will take 4-5 classes that will earn 12-18 U.S. credits or 30-35 Cork credits. Classes are a mix of foreign and Irish students and are generally small to facilitate participation. Courses typically consist of 2 lectures a week, 12 weeks total, with 2 exams or essays, and are worth 5-10 credit classes each. Currently offer a pre-sessional 4-week course in subjects of Irish Archeology, English, History, Folklore, and Marketing.

Credit Equivalent/Grade Conversion:

Credits                                                  Grades

20 UCC credits  = 10 sem hrs          70+   = A
15 UCC credits  = 7.5 sem hrs          65 – 69   = A-
10 UCC credits  = 5 sem hrs             60 – 64   = B+
5 UCC credits  = 3 sem hrs              55 – 59    = B
2.5 UCC credits = 1.5 sem hrs          50 – 54    = B-
                                                            45 – 49    = C+
                                                            40 – 44    = C
                                                            35 – 39    = C-
“Early Start” = 5 sem hrs            Less than 35 = no transfer credit

Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost: $20,603*

*estimated total cost of participation, actual amount depends on type of housing accommodation selected, actual airfare purchase price, personal spending habits, and other factors

Fall 2023 Costs  
Estimated Total Program Cost $20.603
Estimated U-bill Charges $8,405
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Costs $12,198

Spring 2024 Estimated Buget Sheet (PDF)

Fall 2023 Master Budget Sheets (PDF)

Fall 2023 Costs (Early Start Program)  
Estimated Total Program Costs $22,479
Estimated U-bill Charges $9,844
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Costs $12,635

Fall 2023 Master Budget Sheets - Early Start Program (PDF)

Cost of Studying On Campus at UNI*

*per semester, estimated, will vary per person

Tuition & Fees $4,527
Room & Board $4,580
Books $400
Personal Expenses $878
Transportation $320
Total $10,705


‌Eligibility Requirements to Study Abroad

The Study Abroad Center reserves the right to determine participants' eligibility to study abroad. Students must have a completed study abroad application, including supportive recommendation form(s). Additionally, students must meet all of the following in order to be eligible to study abroad:

  • Have a cumulative 2.5 GPA or higher at the time of application and maintain this cumulative GPA prior to departure and throughout the study abroad process
  • If your cumulative GPA is lower than 2.5, submit the following to the Study Abroad Center (103 East Bartlett):
    • Letters of reference from two academic contacts (e.g. academic advisor and former or current professor) supporting your pursuit of study abroad. If you are attending a faculty-led study abroad program, one of the letters must be from a course leader. However, if the program has two course leaders, only one of the letters can be from one of the course leaders.
  • Must be over the age of 18 years old
  • Must meet the course prerequisites (participation in the program is dependent upon meeting these)
  • Must be in good standing with the university
  • UNI's partner institutions may require additional eligibility requirements to be met, these vary from institution to institution. Please consult with the Study Abroad Center staff to discuss these additional requirements, if applicable.
  • Applicants traveling to a region of a country or a country with an overall Travel Advisory Level 3 (Reconsider Travel) or 4 (Do Not Travel) will not be eligible.