Founded in 1845, University College Cork (UCC) is one of the oldest universities in Ireland. It combines a rich tradition of teaching, research and scholarship with a view to responding effectively to the needs of a global society. Occupying its historic site near the centre of Cork city, its wooded grounds form a splendid setting for its nineteenth century main gothic building around which a modern campus has emerged.
Today University College Cork has grown to almost 16,000 students including some 13,000 undergraduate students and some 3,000 students pursuing postgraduate programmes up to PhD level. The university’s teaching and research programmes are offered across eight faculties namely: Arts, Celtic Studies, Commerce, Law, Science, Food Science & Technology, Engineering and Medicine & Health including Dentistry.UCC has a strong commitment to research which it regards as its defining characteristic as a university. The university’s capabilities in Biotechnology and Information Computer Technology are key factors in growing spin-off companies. Major areas of research include Biosciences, Food & Health, Integrated Reproductive Biology, Cancer and Cell Signalling, Environmental Research, Microelectronics and Nanotechnology.
University College Cork has a distinctive international profile reflected in almost 2,000 international students from all five continents coming to UCC to pursue degrees or as visiting students. Our international students come from a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures and do much to enhance and enrich life at the University. We have students from the Middle East, the Far East, from many parts of North America, from Africa, Australia and from Continental Europe. Students from 75 countries are represented on the campus.
The International Education Office has responsibility for the promotion and administration of all international programmes. Orientation Programmes are organised at the beginning of the academic year for international students. Throughout the year various social and cultural events are organised. The Office is a “one-stop-shop” structure which caters for the varying needs of the international student body.
The metropolitan area of Cork has a population of almost 300,000 people and is home to a number of third level institutions and boasts a student population of over 25,000 students making it a lively and student friendly city. The city is the principal commercial and banking centre in the south of Ireland. In the city centre there are large department stores, modern shopping malls and many excellent and affordable restaurants. Beautiful sandy beaches dot the coastline and are readily accessible from the city.
Cork has an International Airport which is located 6 kilometres from the University. There are numerous flights daily to London, which is 55 minutes flying time from Cork, as well as flights to other European destinations including Amsterdam and Paris. Cork is delighted to be European Capital of Culture 2005. The year promises to be both culturally and artistically exciting.
10 Good Reasons for Studying at UCC
•Long established University with distinguished history
•Ireland’s leading Research Institute
•Extensive range of degree programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate level
•Attractive campus, close to all amenities
•First-rate sporting facilities
•Vibrant cultural and artistic life
•Student accommodation guaranteed
•Excellent Student Support systems
•Ware and friendly University in a warm and friendly city
Undergraduate Degree Programmes
University College Cork provides an impressive range of undergraduate degrees across its eight faculties. Undergraduate degrees are offered on a modular basis which provides students with flexible opportunities in course choice. There is provision for work placement and study abroad in selected degrees. Competition for entry to degree programmes is keen and high grades are required.
Masters and PhD Programmes
At UCC you will find an institution in pursuit of excellence in teaching and excellence in research. Students may pursue postgraduate taught and postgraduate research programmes. Generally, taught programmes are of one year’s duration. Research at Masters and PhD level serves as the intellectual and academic core of the University. UCC’s active intellectual climate in recent years has attracted distinguished national and international scholars and scientists to join an already prestigious assembly of well-known faculty. UCC presents a special academic opportunity for postgraduate students through engaging faculty, students and facilities across boundaries of traditional disciplines. The Biosciences Institute and the Environmental Institute are testimony to the interdisciplinary approach.
Study Abroad for Visiting Students
Each year UCC attracts a large number of US and Canadian students who spend an academic year or semester at UCC for full academic credit. Visiting students take courses ranging from Ancient Classics to Zoology. A large number of students are particularly attracted to UCC because of its strong reputation in the field of Irish Studies.
Programmes on offer to visiting students at UCC include:
- Early Start Semester (choice of discrete programmes – see below)
- Autumn Semester
- Spring Semester
- Full Academic Year
- Certificate in Irish Studies
- Certificate in Irish Traditional Music Studies
- Certificate in Political Issues in Ireland Today
Certificate in Irish Studies
The Certificate in Irish Studies is an interdisciplinary programme for visiting international students over one academic year drawing on a number of academic disciplines which aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the whole range of the rich indigenous Irish cultural tradition over two millennia.
Diploma in Irish Traditional Music
The Diploma in Irish Traditional Music provides is designed for students who seek to increase their proficiency and knowledge of Irish traditional music by taking a range of specialised modules in this area taught by the Department of Music. The programme is full-time, taught throughout the academic year from September to May.
Certificate in Political Issues in Ireland Today
The Certificate in Political Issues in Ireland Today is specifically designed for study abroad students at UCC during the Spring Semester. It provides a comprehensive introduction to the issues dominating political debate on the island of Ireland. It examines the unique political systems of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Modules are designed to inform students about the key facets, symbols and emblems associated with the island’s politics.
Internship Opportunities at UCC for Visiting Students
A limited number of internship opportunities are available for US students taking year long or semester courses at UCC. The internship programme combines academic study with career related work/learning experiences. The internship in each case will be based on 40 hours work in return for five credits
Entry Standards for Visiting Students
The minimum GPA required is normally 3.0 or above. However, applications between 2.8 and 3.0 will be considered in exceptional circumstances. Thus, if a student who wishes to study history at UCC has good grades in history or a related topic but an overall GPA of less than 3.0 because of lower grades in an unrelated subject, his/her application will be treated sympathetically.
How to Apply
(a) Degree/Foundation Courses
Applications should be made as early as possible. The deadline for receipt of applications is 31 March. Applications made after that date will only be considered if there are vacant places. In general students who have the necessary entry requirements at the time of application may expect a decision within weeks of the closing date. Those awaiting current year’s examination results will be notified at the earliest possible date following receipt of certified copies of their results but in certain circumstances provisional offers may be made subject to final results.
An offer of a place can only be guaranteed following:
- Written acceptance of an offer
- Payment of a non refundable deposit
- Receipt of certified copies of results
- Receipt of birth certificate
- In the case of medical/dental students receipt of completed health certificate form and police clearance.
The University is committed to the development and well-being of its students from the time of entry through to graduation and beyond. The University provides a comprehensive range of services for students in areas such as accommodation and student health and counselling.
The wide choice of accommodation for students in Cork includes student village-type self-catering apartments, lodgings, self-catering houses and flats. The student apartments, Castlewhite Apartments, Farranlea Hall, Victoria Lodge and The Spires are built to the highest specifications and are available from units of three students to units of six students, all with individual single study bedrooms, most of which are en suite. There is a plentiful supply of lodgings for female and male students: accommodation is offered for five or seven days per week. While the list of lodgings is available in July by post it is recommended to call instead to the Accommodation Office where students and parents are directed to a choice of suitable houses.
A confidential Health Service is provided free by the University to any student requiring medical care or counselling. Facilities provided at the University are geared for the special needs of students in relation to health, either physical or psychological. It relates the physical and emotional well being of the individual student to his/her academic progress and personal development. This service is available during office hours, Monday to Friday and the staff of the office consists on any one day, of 2 Doctors, 2 Nurses and 2 Counsellors. There is also a Physiotherapy Service which is open to students for a small fee.
There are extensive sport and recreation facilities at UCC making for a rich, diverse and vibrant student life. The student experience will be enriched by involvement in these activities. The Mardyke Sports Complex is a 5 minute walk from the Quadrangle. There is a seventeen acre site with facilities for rugby, soccer, gaelic games, hockey, athletics, general games training and canoeing. The Synthetic Athletics Track and Synthetic Grass Playing Pitch are both floodlit. The jewel in the crown is the brand new 6,500 square metre state of the art Mardyke Arena (Indoor Sports Complex) with facilities for every possible indoor sporting or recreational activity.