University College Cork
About the Program
University College Cork (UCC) was founded in 1845 and is one of the oldest universities in Ireland. It combines a rich tradition of teaching, research and scholarship. Its degrees, conferred by the National University of Ireland, are internationally recognized. UCC is Ireland's leading research university. The campus is situated along a riverside garden setting, radiating a warm, personal charm, which greatly enhances the learning environment.
Cork has the cosmopolitan culture and energy of a capital city, with none of the disadvantages. In Cork you’ll find all the facilities you’d expect in a modern European city, and yet you can still easily walk down its main street, bumping into friends and acquaintances along the way.
The city is the main commercial and banking center in the south of Ireland. It is also a thriving seaport and home to a wealth of modern industries. In Cork city everything you need is within easy reach: cafés, restaurants, nightlife, cinemas, theatre, music venues, sports facilities and great shopping are all well catered for. UCC’s campus is an easy ten-minute walk from Patrick Street in the heart of the city center.
- 3.0 CGPA
- Completion of 3-4 courses within the chosen field or department of study
Tulane students who attend University College Cork participate in the Early Start Semester, a special program that introduces students to Irish studies through a carefully guided approach to Ireland’s history, culture, civilization and environment. These for-credit courses are offered from late August through early September and offer students a chance to earn additional course credits while learning about their host country. Students select one program from the following: History and Modern Ireland; Irish Archaeology; Irish Folklore and Ethnology; Literatures in Ireland; or Music in Ireland.
Once the semester gets underway, Tulane students should bear in mind that Irish academic culture may, in some respects, be a bit different from that of the United States. In general, greater reliance is placed on the formal lecture rather than, say, the seminar-based approach, although certain elective courses with very small numbers may in effect function as seminars and in some departments lectures are supplemented by practical, tutorial and language laboratory sessions as appropriate. The difference in systems tends to increase the amount of private study required to pass a module, compared to what might be required on an American campus.
Courses at the university are taught in modules. A module represents a self-contained fraction of a student’s workload for the year. The size of a module is indicated by its credit weighting. The number of credits allocated to each module will vary depending on the fraction of work it accounts for. A module may equal 5, 10, 15 or 20 credits. A standard 5 credit module offered in the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, could, for example, consist of 24 lecture hours, plus associated tutorials, essays and reading, although in certain subjects the lecture load may be greater than 24 hours. UCC students take modules to the value of 60 credits per academic year and no more than 35 credits in any one semester.
Fields of Study
Anthropology, Art History, Biological Chemistry, Biological Sciences, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Computer Science, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Economics, English, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, History, International Development, International Relations, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics, Political Economy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Theatre
Visiting students have the opportunity to select modules from across the full range of disciplines available at the university. In addition, visiting students have access to special programs, such as Irish Traditional Music, Irish Politics and Conflict and Conflict Resolution. Various departments also offer Ireland-specific courses in Celtic Studies, Archaeology, Celtic Civilization, English, Folklore, History, Global Diversity and Spoken Irish. While a large number of visiting students are attracted to UCC because of its strong reputation in Irish Studies, an increasing number are also pursuing modules in Applied Psychology, Classics, Education, Geography and Sociology.
In order to help you integrate into student life as quickly as possible, the University runs an orientation and welcome program, which is filled with opportunities to meet new people while getting to know Cork and UCC. This program will also introduce visiting students to the academic and social information they may need in order to be successful at UCC. There is a wide variety of social activities to choose from both on and off the campus. Visiting students have ample opportunity to combine a vibrant social life with an active commitment to their studies. The University has more than 70 student societies with something to suit everyone, from Drama to Irish and Traditional Music to Photography.
The International Students Society organizes various social and cultural events throughout the academic year. Membership of the Society is open to every student and its aims are to facilitate cross-cultural learning and to develop social integration by providing a meeting-place for international and Irish students in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. One of the highlights of the year is International Cultures Week which is organized by the Support Officer for International Students and the Student Centre and which takes place in February. International Cultures Weeks celebrates different traditions and cultures and it involves exhibitions, films, music, dance and performance. One of the most popular events is the cookery competition and food tasting. All are welcome to get involved so watch out for posters and flyers looking for volunteers.
The Societies Open Day will take place during the first week of term in the Multi-Functional Hall in Áras na Mac Léinn/Student Centre. This is an opportunity not to be missed because it provides a unique cross-section of the social side of university life at a glance. No better way exists for international students to settle into university life than to join one or more of these organizations. An up-to-date list of student societies is available at http://www.collegeroad.ie/getinvolved
The University appreciates how important it is for students to have comfortable accommodation at a reasonable price. Within UCC there are a number of services which assist with accommodation. UCC Campus Accommodation is available at Castlewhite Apartments, Victoria Lodge, University Hall; including Áras Uí Thuma and the Irish Language Residential Center.
Accommodation is also available in 24 purpose-built student complexes as well as in private houses located off campus in locations near the University. UCC Accommodation Office provides a special housing placement service for overseas students. UCC Accommodation Service reserves accommodation in a range of self-contained student apartments, all within easy walking distance of UCC. Apartments are available on a fixed term basis. The contract is for the one semester or full academic year depending on your term of study.
UCC Study Abroad Office
Study Abroad Information Guide
Living in Cork
UCC Students’ Union
UCC Student Societies
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