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Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 3.0 Housing Options: Apartment, Residence Hall
Class Eligibility: Junior, Second Semester Sophomore, Senior Language of Instruction: English
Internship: No Service Learning: No
Program Type: Semester, Year Academic Areas: Accounting, Ancient Studies, Art, Art History, Asian Studies, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Chinese, Communication Studies, Criminal Justice, Decision & System Sciences, Economics, Education, English, Environmental Studies, European Studies, Family Business and Entrepreneurship, Film Studies, Finance, Food Marketing, French, German, History, Interdisciplinary Health Services, International Business, Italian, Leadership, Ethics and Organizational Sustainability, Linguistics, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Spanish, Theatre, Theology
Language Pre-requisites: None Scholarships: Center for International Programs, Irish Studies Scholarship
Volunteer Opportunities: Yes Visa Required for U.S. Citizens: No
Program Description:
UCC Brochure
Program Overview
The University College Cork (UCC) has around 18,000 students (about 3,300 international) and offers a wide variety of course options. Students are directly enrolled in the University system and are considered "Visiting U.S. Students."
Cork, the second largest city in the state of Ireland, is located on the south coast - 160 miles southwest of the capital, Dublin. The greater Cork area has a population in excess of 200,000. The city is a busy seaport and is home to a large number of industries including electronics, pharmaceuticals, brewing and food processing. The surrounding environment is as varied as it is beautiful. Cork is ideally situated at the head of the inlet of Cork Harbor with the sea just to the south, mountains, hills and river valleys to the north and east and the well-known Lakes of Killarney only one and a half hours drive to the west.
UCC offers a wide range of courses (called "modules" at UCC) in most subject areas.  While the academic year is divided into two teaching periods, some courses are taught over the full academic year.  This means that a student wishing to spend a semester only at UCC does have a range of options from which to choose, but that some courses cannot be taken by students who will not be spending the full academic year at UCC.  When reviewing the UCC "Book of Modules," be sure to only search for courses offered in the term you wish to study abroad.

Courses at UCC are typically worth three U.S. credits each; therefore, students should enroll in a total of five courses during a semester at UCC to stay on track for graduation.  The registration process at UCC is quite different at UCC; students will be asked to make an initial course selection at the time of application and confirm enrollment 1-2 months prior to arrival.  

Course Restrictions
There are a certain number of cases where restrictions on module choices have had to be imposed. Thus, students are, in general, not encouraged to take first year English modules, as classes are very large and it is difficult, if not impossible, to provide tutorial support. Other departments may also have certain restrictions. There is a quota on the number of modules which visiting students may follow in the Department of English. You may take modules to the value of fifteen credits for a semester and twenty-five credits for the full academic year.

The Departments of History and Applied Psychology have a necessarily tight limit on the numbers admitted to certain seminar courses, while admission to certain subjects such as Applied Psychology depends very much on what modules students have already taken in this discipline at SJU. The Department of Accounting, Finance and Information Systems restricts visiting students to modules valued at twenty credits per year and students are not permitted to take modules from different years and are only open to students studying at UCC for the full academic year.

On a more general level, and for the reasons set out already, UCC tries to ensure that an excessive proportion of visiting students do not "cluster" in certain modules. This inevitably means that a number of particularly popular modules may not be able to admit all those who want to take them.
Early Start Programme
Students going to Cork for the fall semester (Semester 1) are encouraged to enroll in UCC's Early Start Programme. This program, unique to UCC, gives visiting students an insight into the nature of Ireland - past and present - and the manner in which the modern and the ancient may be examined side by side in an integrated program. Early start coursework incorporates field trips to familiarize students with Ireland before the start of the regular semester. Students can choose from six different programs: 
  • Irish Archeology
  • Irish Folklore and Tradition
  • History and Modern Ireland
  • Literatures in Ireland
  • Irish Traditional Music
  • Management and Marketing in the EU
Each course is worth three U.S. credits.  Therefore, students who participate in the Early Start Programme would complete their remaining four courses during the regular term.  

Read testimonials about the Early Start Programme here and specifically from SJU student, Meg Kavanaugh, Fall 2013 here

Housing and Meals
UCC owns and manages several apartment-style residences specifically for students: .  Most are located within walking distance to the campus and include security and reception services.  All are self-catered with fully-equipped kitchens.  Note that Campus Accommodation is limited, and students will need to apply on-line for it once they have received their acceptance notification.  

The University is situated in a pleasant residential area where there is a wide variety of other, non-campus housing options to suit individuals or groups. Rents vary according to size, location, distance from the University, and facilities.  Please see for property search.

Due to a country-wide housing shortage, it is strongly recommend that students research accommodation options during the application process and book it as soon as they have been accepted into the program.
Student Life
Many SJU students who have studied at UCC in the past have been involved in sports teams and campus clubs, as well as service learning courses, and volunteer opportunities!  Find out about all of the options here:
Academic Calendar
The Early Start Programme is three weeks long and typically takes place from mid-August to mid-September. The regular fall semester begins in September and ends in mid-December. In the Spring, classes begin in early January and end at the end of April. Please note that examinations generally begin in early May and are expected to be completed by early June. Students studying at UCC for the Full Academic Year or the Spring Semester must sit for normal end-of-year examinations.
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Students should consult the Budget Sheets at the top of this page for estimated program costs. For the most up-to-date cost information, please visit the UCC website. In addition, before choosing to study abroad in another country for anywhere from three to six months, you should consider the exchange rate of your host country as well as the cost of living in the city where you will be.
Related Scholarships

Center for International Programs Study Abroad Grant 
Please apply for this program before applying for the CIP Study Abroad Grant (due October 15th or March 15th).  Use the 'Featured Program' Search to apply to this grant.  

The Society of the Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick Irish Studies Fund
The Society of the Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick have generously donated monies to Saint Joseph's University to aid in the support of an SJU undergraduate student(s) who is accepted by SJU and the overseas university to study abroad in Ireland for a semester or year academic program. This award is made once a year.  All students must apply by April 1st prior to the academic year during which they plan to study abroad. Scholarship award amounts vary year to year, but are estimated to be a minimum of $1,000 designated for tuition only and are awarded on a need and merit basis. Preference shall be given to students who pursue courses in Irish Studies or the Humanities while in Ireland.  
Things to Remember Before Applying
  • You must meet with a CIP advisor before beginning your application. 
  • A limited number of completed applications will be reviewed and approved on a first come, first serve basis.  For more information, please review the SJU Semester Abroad Policy here
  • This program requires a separate application that will be provided to students through the CIP on-line application.
  • If approved by the CIP, you will be required to submit a non-refundable $300 confirmation deposit WITHIN 10 BUSINESS DAYS of receiving your approval notice. 

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Program Reviews:
Spring 2016 Participant
Cork was amazing! The opportunity to learn in class and also learn more than I ever imagined outside of the classroom was one of a kind. I was truly immersed in the culture. I was able to grow as a person. The university is amazing with great resources! My professors and fellow classmates were so friendly and helpful! I wish that I could go back, I miss it already! Cork was an amazing place to learn and live for four months. The experiences I had there were once in a lifetime and I will cherish them forever.

Megan E. O'Donnell, Spring 2016 Participant
The study abroad program at University College Cork is amazing. The people are wonderful and so helpful. Everyone is truly interested in hearing your story and learning about other cultures.

Sinead Marie Merriman, Fall 2016 Participant
UCC was a great university to meet a variety of people and learn a lot about yourself. The way of teaching and learning in Ireland is different from American universities which allows one self to adapt and learn in new ways. I not only learned a lot academically, but I learned so much more about myself than I could have ever imagined. Studying abroad was one of the best experiences of my life and I would highly suggest everyone to participate in programs like this one.

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