University College Cork
Located in Cork, Ireland's second largest city (pop. 300,000), UCC is one of the oldest universities in the country, as well as Ireland's leading research institution in a variety of fields. Students studying at UCC will have the opportunity to spend a semester or year in Cork, coupling academia with cultural integration. Students may choose to live in either on or off-campus housing, and in the latter case either independently or in homestays. Sources of food and other accommodations vary by choice of lodging. UCC is divided into four colleges of study: 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 an undergraduate degree at UCC, in a vast spectrum of disciplines. Study-abroad students may take courses in whichever fields they prefer. To facilitate studies in a new environment, UCC offers students various systems of support, ranging from personal counseling to academic tutor partnering. International students are also invited to participate in UCC's numerous social and athletic clubs to compliment cultural integration and to foster community with local students. In order to qualify for this program, students must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA.
Further info can be found at:University College Cork Visiting International Students Page
Starting in the 2013-14 academic year, University College Cork will be requiring all of its incoming study abroad students to complete an ONLINE application.
The online application form can be found here: https://ucc.moveonnet.eu/moveonline/incoming/welcome.php
The online learning agreement (class selection form) can be found here: Online Learning agreement (provisional module/class selection form)
Upon completion, these online forms must be printed and mailed along with the following documentation:
1. Health & Safety Information Questionnaire (http://www.ucc.ie/en/study/international/visiting/apply/)
2. Study Abroad Approval Form (completed by Paul DeYoung at the International Office)
3. Academic Reference from academic advisor or professor at home institution
4. Official Transcript of Records
The academics at UCC, for Classics at least, were very good! The department is small, as are the classes, and there is individual attention that you usually would not find in a similar sized university. I lived in an off campus apartment which was very nice. As far as campus buildings go, it was beautiful and very well maintained! Live close! NOT Victoria lodge, or Farrenlea Hall. Way too far away, and my friends that lived there were miserable. Instead, go for Castlewhite or something downtown. If you are planning to live in an off campus apartment, be sure to have something sent to you at that address BEFORE you arrive if you want to get a bank account or a cell phone plan easily. I made long lasting friendships with people across the globe, and it put everything in perspective for me, especially my Reed education. I realized even more how lucky we are to go to such an amazing institution, but also I learned how to look beyond that and connect with people from all corners of the world from every type of background, academically and socially.
UCC is a great school for pre-med students. Courses such as Anatomy, Pharmacology, Epidemiology, Medical Microbiology, Pharmacognosy, and Toxicology are interesting and pertinent additions to the solid base in Biology provided at Reed. Beware: Irish students have quite a bit more background in Biochemistry, so a bit higher level of understanding is expected in that area. UCC also offers a wide array of courses in Celtic studies that I really enjoyed. Arcadia put its students in an apartment complex called Deans Hall Apartments. The location was great, but other than that the conditions were pretty bad. Join societies and don't give up on making friends, even if it feels like you get the cold shoulder from everyone except other international students. Go on as many trips with the study abroad program you are with as you can-they are usually free and you get to see beautiful spots in Ireland.