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University College Cork
We are pleased to offer UNC-Chapel Hill students the option to study at University College Cork (UCC), one of Ireland's leading universities, for a semester or a year. In addition to extensive Irish Studies course options, UCC offers a wide range of courses within traditional academic areas of humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, and an extensive program for international students. There are over 14,000 UCC students pursuing undergraduate and graduate studies. UCC welcomes over 1700 international students every year from more than 75 countries worldwide. Built around a beautiful stone-faced quadrangle, UCC opened its doors to students in November 1849. UCC is now one of the three constituent colleges of the National University of Ireland. <P>
Cork, second largest city of the Republic 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.
University College Cork has eight colleges: Arts, Celtic Studies, Commerce, Engineering, Food Science and Technology, Law, Medicine (including Dentistry) and Science. Teaching is delivered through over 60 departments. UCC students and international students can take modules (classes) in any discipline. In some respects the Irish system is different from that of the United States. For instance, calculating the number of credits per course is not a matter of a lecture-hour for lecture-hour comparison. In general, greater reliance is placed here 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.
Early Start Semester Program
UCC offers an intensive Early Start program prior to the fall semester. This optional add-on is the ideal means of gaining an introduction to Irish Studies through a carefully guided approach to Ireland's history, culture, civilization and environment. Students choose one course from among six options and can earn 3 UNC credit hours. The program runs for three weeks prior to the start of the fall semester. Note: There is an additional cost for the Early Start program. See the budget sheet for cost details.
UCC offers an extensive range of accommodation options to students, all within easy walking distance of the main campus. Campus Accommodation is provided in new self-catering student apartments. There are mostly single bedrooms where students share living and kitchen facilities with 2-3 others. A small number of twin rooms are available. Most rooms are en-suite and many have 24 hour broadband internet access. Students also have access to the computer facilities through the clusters of PCs available in many departments or through the microcomputer centers which are located in different areas on the campus.
Review the Budget Sheet posted above for detailed information on costs and fees. Costs vary per term and are subject to change.
Tuition and fees for the program are set based on the host institution’s rates, and will be charged to the participant’s UNC student account. Always refer to the Budget Sheet on this page, and not the host institution’s posted rates, as it is customized for UNC students. Review the Budget Sheet for additional Cashier Billed Expenses and Out-of-Pocket Costs. The Study Abroad Office strongly encourages students to budget carefully for their time abroad.
Getting Started: Funding Study Abroad
Follow these steps to apply for this program:
- Complete the required UNC application by clicking “Apply Now” at the top of the page. If you have not done so already, create a profile to start your application.
- The Study Abroad Office will review applications and nominate qualified students to the host institution.
- Nominated students are required to complete an application for the host institution. Follow instructions provided by the Study Abroad Advisor and make note of all deadlines.
For information on requesting ARS accommodations (academic, health, and mobility concerns) for a study abroad program, contact the Advisor for Access
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