University College Cork (UCC)
, founded in 1845, has been closely linked to Boston College for over 20 years. A short walk from the downtown area, the main campus is located on a picturesque hillside near the ocean and countryside. It is noteworthy for its beautiful grounds and surrounding Gothic revival-style buildings of the Main Quadrangle
Of special note is The Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Ireland’s newest art space, recently named “Best Public Building” in Ireland by The Royal Institute of British Architects. UCC caters to over 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students in four colleges, with strong programs in the arts.
Students are integrated into the Irish university system and choose from classes in all disciplines, including the humanities, business law, and science.
The Early Start program is mandatory for BC fall semester and full-year students and is a one-month course; students choose from archaeology in Ireland, Irish literatures, historical and modern Ireland, Irish folklore and ethnology, law, music, or management and marketing in the European Union. In the Spring semester, the BC resident director teaches a class on Irish history.
For Irish studies minors at BC, UCC offers a first-semester senior-year course that includes studies in archaeology, ethnography, folklore, anthropology, and advanced work in Irish history and literature. The certificate "Political Issues in Ireland Today" runs during the spring semester and is especially designed for visiting international students. It provides a comprehensive introduction to the issues dominating the region’s political debates and examines the unique political systems of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. The certificate program includes trips to Belfast and Dublin.
Professor Barra O'Donnabhain
BC Resident Director - BC in Cork
Visiting & Non-EU Student Coordinator
Coláiste Na Hollscoile
Bóthar an Choláiste
Academics & Support
Please consult the acceptance materials that UCC sends you for the dates of the orientation. Plan to stay until the last exam date; you must remain for all of your exams.
At the beginning of the semester, you will participate in a comprehensive orientation program aimed at introducing you to the university system, its students, and facilities. During the orientation you will be advised about course selection. In addition, once you arrive, the BC resident director, Dr. Barra O'Donnabhain, will meet with all BC students and help you get to know each other.
All BC Spring Semester students are required to take a three-credit Irish Studies course taught by Dr. O’Donnabhain that combines classroom lectures with excursions in and around Cork. The class will be in lieu of one course at UCC and will carry three BC credits. It will be offered at a time to be announced and scheduled not to conflict with your other classes.
Exact term dates are listed here
Information on course selection can be found here
and, for visiting student module search, here
- Fall Term: Starts in mid-August and ends in mid-December.
- Spring Term: Starts in early January and ends in early May.
Please note that although you are paying BC tuition, you must pay housing fees directly to the provider. The following information may help in making your decision about housing. You are advised to use UCC accommodations, most of which have been recently renovated and are very close to campus. Campus accommodation consists of five complexes either owned or managed by University College Cork. They comprise: Farranlea Hall, Victoria Lodge, The Spires, Castlewhite Apartments, Brú na Laoi (Irish speaking community within Castlewhite), and University Hall. As soon as you receive your acceptance you should apply online for housing.
Please do not forget to send your contact information abroad to OIP once you are settled.
Most students purchase a cell phone when they arrive in Cork. During the university’s orientation you will receive information about buying a cell phone.
Irish universities do not have meal plans but UCC has many on-campus dining facilities as well as off-campus restaurants, and your accommodations will also have kitchen facilities.
Social and artistic societies range from chorale to volleyball and Gaelic sports. The International Student Society organizes excursions to destinations such as Killarney, Galway, and the Aran Islands. Monthly activities organized by the BC resident director bring together BC students with their counterparts studying in other parts of Ireland. Trips include weekend excursions to Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking) areas, archaeological sites, and Dublin.
You are responsible for making your own travel arrangements. In the past, BC students have often used student travel agencies. These agencies generally offer competitive rates. To study in Ireland, you must have a passport that is valid for at least six months beyond your estimated return date. You may apply for a passport at any major U.S. post office. Be sure to start this process as soon as possible as it usually takes six to eight weeks to complete.