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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 03/15/2019 03/16/2019 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Adviser: McKelfresh, Ben Housing Options: Apartment/Flat
Cumulative GPA: 2.85 Language of Instruction: English
Host Country Language: English, Irish Sponsor: Iowa State
Program Description:


A Summer in Ireland: University College Cork

Learn about this program through the eye's of Sarah Elm, an ISU student who attended during the Summer 2016 term. 
Summer in Ireland Photos

Program Features

IrelandWhy Cork?

The summer program in Ireland offers undergraduate students an opportunity to study at University College Cork (UCC). The summer session runs for four weeks in July. Students will explore Irish literature and history with 60-100 students from around the world. Students will attend lectures and discussion sessions and will participate on a number of field trips throughout Ireland. 




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 theaters, historic castles, and much more. The weather in Cork is typically mild with wet winters and cool summers. Irish people in Cork are very kind and always have an interesting story to tell.



IrelandWhat courses?

"The classes are incredible! It was really cool to have a series of guest lecturers for the history course and I do really like having a seminar class directly after lecture to help us further understand what was being said in lecture. The field trips all have taken us to incredible places" -Kristen Flanagan, Summer 2016

During the four-week summer program, you will earn six transfer credits - three credits in History (400-level) and three credits in Literature (400-level). The class will focus on Irish literature for two weeks and Irish history for two weeks. The teaching style is relaxed, and  [map] professors are very approachable. Classes tend to meet Monday through Thursday, and field trips are scheduled on Fridays. You will receive your books and syllabus in the mail before the beginning of the program.

If your GPA is below a 2.85 and you're interested in applying, see Ben McKelfresh in the Study Abroad Center.

For more information on UCC's summer program: UCC Summer


Cost and Scholarships

IrelandWhat does it cost?

The ISU Program Fee for Summer 2018 is $3300. The Program Fee includes includes 6 credits of tuition, fees, accommodation, field trips, [Ireland countryside] meals on field trips, textbooks and ISU's CISI insurance. The ISU Program Fee does not include airfare, 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.

Click the "budget sheets" tab above for more details.

Scholarships can be found here.



IrelandWhere will I live?

Students will live with other summer participants in Brookfield Holiday Village. The apartments are furnished, and you will have your own bedroom with a shared kitchen, bathroom, and living room. The accommodation is within walking distance of classes.


Dates and Contacts




How to Apply

TravelWhat else?

Tips from previous students:

Favorite thing about Cork: 
• Always something to do
• The views are beautiful
• The included field trips encouraged us to explore and see the beautiful nearby castles

Least favorite thing about the program: 
• Classes go until 2pm each day, taking away time to explore the city
• Classes are intensive: Have to write several papers, read long books, and take tests

Would have liked to know before going to Cork:
• That I would be living with students from other universities and sharing an apartment with students of the opposite gender
• To pack for cooler temperatures

Travel Tip: 
Check out PaddyWagon Tours. Add time before or after the program to travel.  The demands of the program won't give you much opportunity during the program.

"If you want to be able to see one of the most beautiful locations in Ireland, meet some of the friendliest people and be able to truly experience the Irish culture, Cork would be a fantastic destination for you to study abroad. I have loved every minute of this trip and this will be something I will never forget. " - Kristen Flanagan, Summer 2016

"For me, I think the summer program was perfect. It was a nice amount to be here and now I'm about ready to go home and see my family. It was the perfect length of time!" - Lindsay Johnson, Summer 2016

More information:
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

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