University College Cork (UCC), a world-class university, was founded in 1845 and combines a rich tradition of teaching, research and scholarship. UCC is renowned for the quality of its academic programmes, the beauty of its campus and its vibrant student life. Our location in picturesque Cork, Ireland, home to the friendliest of Irish people, means that a warm welcome awaits every student. Its degrees, conferred by the National University of Ireland, are internationally recognised and some 19,000 students take its undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. UCC enjoys an international reputation, which draws 3,000 students from over 100 countries across the world, creating a unique cosmopolitan culture on campus.
Undergraduate at UCC
UCC has four Colleges and they deliver almost 70 undergraduate degree programmes.
At undergraduate level in UCC there is a large variety of degree programmes on offer. Students can obtain a degree within 3 years in some cases, such as a Bachelor of Civil Law and a Bachelor of Arts. The duration of most other programmes is 4 years. Many programmes have paid work placements built into the degree or periods of study abroad, which is hugely beneficial to students when they are looking for employment post-university.
Postgraduate and Research at UCC
Options for postgraduate study at UCC are offered across the four Colleges. UCC offers a range of taught postgraduate programmes at Diploma and Masters Level as well as a range of Research Masters and PhDs. Approximately 140 taught postgraduate programmes across the four Colleges are available to international students. UCC is Ireland's premier research university attracting the highest peer-reviewed research income per head nationally.
English Language Centre at UCC
The University Language Centre at University College Cork offers full-time and part-time English language courses for general, academic, and professional purposes. Full-time and part-time English language programmes are offered year-round.
Courses are offered in preparation for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination, or the Cambridge First Certificate (FCE), Advanced (CAE), or Proficiency (CPE) examinations.
The Language Centre has highly qualified and experienced teaching staff helping students to maximise their language learning potential. There is also an excellent language laboratory where students can study independently.
Student Support Services at UCC
The International Education Office (IEO) is a “one-stop-shop” for all international students on campus. The Office provides information on every aspect of the UCC experience, including programmes of study, application, pre-departure information and immigration procedures, registration, and orientation.
The Support Officer for International Students offers advice on practical aspects of student life such as accommodation and student welfare.
The International Education Office also organises a number of social events throughout the year that allow international students to meet in a social atmosphere. These range from the Welcome Programme in September to the International Cultures Festival held each Spring that brings together all UCC students - local and international - to learn more about each other’s countries and customs.