The 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 recognised. UCC is Ireland's leading research university.
The University has four colleges - Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences: Business and Law; Science, Engineering and Food Science; and Medicine and Health. There are over 17,000 students pursuing undergraduate and postgraduate studies. UCC attracts a large number of international students with more than 2,400 students from 98 countries and all five continents currently registered.
At undergraduate level the University offers a large variety of degree programmes and there is a full range of postgraduate degrees (both taught and by research) at the level of Master and Doctor in all departments.
The campus is situated along a riverside garden setting, radiating a warm, personal charm, which greatly enhances the learning environment.
Cork - the city that has it all! The greater metropolitan area of Cork, Ireland's second largest city, has a population of almost 300,000. Cork has a number of "sister cities" around the world; these include San Francisco, Shanghai, Rennes and Cologne. UCC receives many students from these cities who experience a warm and friendly welcome and a sense of being "home from home".
Cork City is a cosmopolitan modern city with all the advantages of a capital city with none of the disadvantages! It has the cafe, restaurant and nightlife culture of a vibrant European city while its inhabitants can still easily walk down its main street and bump into friends and acquaintances. The city is also the principal commercial and banking centre in the South of Ireland. It is a busy, thriving seaport and home to a large number of modern industries.
As a small city, everything is easily accessible and a full range of amenities, be they recreational, business, shopping or sport, abound in the city itself. Cork City however, does not stand isolated from its county - the largest in the country. Therefore, 'city and 'county' life merge effortlessly together bringing the beauty of County Cork, water sports and ourdoor pursuits right to your doorstep.
UCC's main campus is within walking distance of this mass of activity and life. What's more with the beauty of its campus, UCC is considered not only a respected University but also one of the nicest 'gardens' belonging to Cork as a whole.
Cork was also very proud to have been designated 'European Capital of Culture 2005', reflecting the strong tradition of music, art and theatre in the city.
Cork international airport is only 6 kilometres from the University. This allows for constant access to the international destinations and also highlights Cork itself as a globally attractive and exciting location.
Study Abroad Students at University College Cork
UCC has taken a number of steps to ensure that visiting students coming here receive all the necessary attention and assistance they need. The International Education Office is responsible for the overall co-ordination of the many programmes in which we are partners and can assist with the various practical and personal matters which arise for any student settling into a new environment in an unfamiliar country. A number of special orientation programmes have been organised for incoming visiting students. We would like to take this opportunity to urge strongly your attendance at the appropriate orientation programme. It will allow us to provide you with a detailed introduction to the University and student life here, while giving you a little time to look around and familiarise yourself with Cork and with Irish life and culture before starting your studies.
The historical links between Ireland and North America always been strong and it is a particular pleasure to welcome American and Canadian students travelling in the other direction, as it were, from that traditionally taken by Irish emigrants. We are confident that your stay with us will be a fruitful one and that you will leave Ireland with fond memories of your time spent in University College Cork.
There are a great variety of disciplines to choose from at UCC. You make take courses in the following disciplines: Archeology, Biology, Celtic Civilization, Earth Sciences, Ecology, Economics, European Studies, Folklore, Geography, Government, Literature, Management, Marketing, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science and Sociology. For further information on courses available at UCC, please see: Book of Modules for Visiting Students.