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  • Locations: Cork, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 10/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission 01/10/2019 05/10/2019
NOTE: Dates are tentative.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Adviser: McKelfresh, Ben Housing Options: Apartment/Flat, Dormitory
Cumulative GPA: 3.0 Language of Instruction: English
Host Country Language: English Online Course Catalog Available: Yes
Sponsor: Iowa State ISU Course: INTED
Program Description:


A Semester in Ireland: University College Cork

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Program Features

IrelandWhy Cork?

The study abroad program in Ireland offers undergraduate students the opportunity to study for a semester or a year at the University College Cork (UCC). Students are fully integrated academically and socially with their Irish counterparts.

Students applying for the fall semester will participate in the Early Start program (Early Start is not an option for spring applicants). The Early Start Program is an 5-credit class that provides an introduction to the university and Irish culture.  

Students studying at UCC during the spring semester will have one month off for spring break. Many students take advantage of this opportunity by spending time traveling in Ireland, the United Kingdom, and/or Europe.

The university has approximately 13,000 students, 1,000 of whom are international. The social atmosphere at University College Cork is nonstop; there is always something to do, such as get involved with clubs, organizations, sports, and the Student's Union.




The city of Cork has approximately 200,000 inhabitants and is the second largest city in Ireland. Cork is located on the busiest seaport on the south coast with mountains, hills, and river valleys to the north and east. The city itself has much to offer, including a marina, art galleries, history museums, opera house, shopping malls, movie theatres, historic castles, and much more. The weather in Cork is typically mild with wet winters and cool summers.



IrelandWhat courses?

You will take 4-5 classes that will earn 12-18 U.S. credits or 30-35 Cork credits. Classes are a mix of foreign and Irish students and are generally small to facilitate participation. Teaching style is relaxed, and professors are very approachable. Classes tend to meet less frequently than at U.S. universities and are generally held twice a week. You will pre-register for classes prior to studying in Cork and will be notified if the classes you've selected won't be available to you.

For more information on UCC's courses: Course Catalog

Not finding the courses you're looking for? Some courses are available to study abroad students; contact Ben McKelfresh for more information: UCC courses. ISU registration for the term is a full-time placeholder registration listed as INTED (EXPRO if you're on the exchange).
For ISU study abroad programs at partner institutions abroad, courses offered for credit are automatically transferred to ISU. Transfer courses are usually listed at ISU with a general ending such as 100, 200, 300, or 400. To determine how these transfer courses are applied to specific degree requirements in your major/minor, speak with your academic advisor. Should you need further assistance or approval from your college regarding any transfer credit issue, contact the college advisor listed here: Transfer Credit Contacts


Cost and Scholarships

IrelandWhat does it cost?

The ISU Program Fee for Fall 2018 is $9,600. The ISU Program Fee includes tuition, fees, and ISU's CISI insurance. The ISU Program Fee does not include airfare, housing, food, and all other additional expenses.

The ISU Program Fee is charged to students' ISU bill. The ISU Program Fee is assessed in 2 fees indicated as "qualified" and "other." "Qualified" figures are automatically added to the 1098T tax form that appears on students AccessPlus accounts. "Other" includes all other fees.

For more detail, select the term next to "Budget Sheets" at the top of this page.



IrelandWhere will I live?

Housing in Cork is limited, just as it is in Ames.  UCC is making an effort to provide additional housing through building dorms and acquiring apartments. UCC campus accommodation includes a variety of housing styles, including apartment/dormitory-style living or off-campus accommodation. Almost all rooms are single, with kitchen and bathroom facilities shared with other occupants of the apartment.

Students are responsible for securing their own accommodation and paying the deposit. See Study Abroad Center for housing options.

Currently (Fall 2016 semester), students are being accommodated at Arcadia Hall. Arcadia Hall is privately owned by Powell Property (it is not owned by UCC). UCC has partnered with Powell to make this property available to international students. This housing is located across the street from the Cork train station. Students can check out the location on Google Maps. The City Center is a 15 minute walk away, whereas campus is a 40 minute walk away. To get around quicker, students are advised to bike or take the bus.  Due to the distance from campus, rent at Arcadia Hall is less expensive than other properties in Cork (Spring 2017 rates are €2000 for 5 months).  


Dates and Contacts




How to Apply

TravelWhat else?

To learn more about the program, contact Ben McKelfresh, in the Study Abroad Center to schedule an appointment or phone 515-294-6792.

Host university links:
University College Cork
Cork course catalog

Travel links: