University College Cork

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  • Early Start option available three-weeks prior to the beginning of the Fall semester
  • Explore Cork and the rest of Ireland during your semester abroad
  • Live in student apartments with other international and Irish students

The University College Cork was founded in 1845 and is one of the oldest in Ireland. The campus is located only 10-15 minutes by foot from the city center of Cork, which is the second largest city in Ireland, with a population of 150,000. The student population is 14,500.

KU students have taken University College Cork courses in the following subject areas: Archaeology, Biology, Celtic Civilization, Classics, Engineering, English, European Studies, Folklore, Gaelic/The Irish Language, Geography, History, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religion and Sociology. Many other subjects are available. 

Guide outlining steps to select courses at Cork (.pdf)

Video overview of the Cork course approval process

Cork Course Catalog

Cork Course Equivalencies

Early Start Programs (Fall semester only)

Early Start programs offer intensive three-week pre-semester courses prior to the start of the full semester for 5-6 US credits.  All of the programs include field trips to complement the topics discussed in the courses.  This is an excellent way to supplement credit hours while abroad, especially for the student who will only stay for the Fall semester.  Students may choose one of the Early Start courses listed below.  More infomation on each program, including field trips taken during the course, is available by visiting their website:

UCC Early Start website

Early Start in Irish Archaeology
This course will study the lineage of human societies living on the island known as Ireland from the prehistoric period through the 17th century.

Early Start in Irish Folklore and Tradition
This course will examine a variety of Irish customs and culture in both a traditional and contemporary perspective. Various verbal and non-verbal behaviors, as well as customs such as dancing and matchmaking, will be studied as representative of cultural processes of continuity and change.

Early Start in History & Modern Ireland
Students will study important historical and political issues in Modern Ireland. The core theme of the program is "The Challenge of Democracy in Twentieth Century Ireland."

Early Start in Literatures in Ireland
This program covers such themes as Irish Mythology, Literature in the Irish Language, Twentieth-Century Irish Fiction, and Irish Cinema.

Early Start in Management and Marketing in the European Union
Students receive a comprehensive introduction to European business practices through lectures, seminars, and site visits. Students will study business culture and European management practice, the impact of the EU, the small business sector, non-traditional business models, marketing, and multinational strategy.

Early Start in Irish Traditional Music
The Early Start semester in Musics in Ireland provides the visiting student with a series of vivid encounters with the rich variety of musical traditions that forms Ireland's vibrant soundscape. Ranging from the historic to the contemporary this course covers many musical genres.

Student housing is generally in the form of up-to-date, furnished off-campus apartments arranged through the UCC accommodation office. The student typically shares an apartment with 4-6 students, each of whom has his/her own bedroom. Common rooms are the kitchen, laundry, bath and living room. Students are responsible for their own meals.

SAGE is dedicated to creating international engagement opportunities that meet the needs of all our students and providing resources to support you through the process of studying abroad. Study abroad is achievable for students of all identities including our BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ students, students with disabilities, and students with religious/non-religious viewpoints. Before selecting a program, consider how your identities may impact your experience abroad in unique ways and talk with your Program Coordinator about any program-specific concerns. Students with documented disabilities should discuss any accommodation needs with their Program Coordinator early in the planning process.

Check our Identity Abroad page and resources listed below for information specific to you and other students who may be on your program.

No visa is required for citizens with a US passport. Students will register with Irish immigration for an Irish Residence Permit after arrival through the UCC International Education Office and the local police. As of January 2020, immigration registration has a fee of €300.