University College Cork

University College Cork, Cork, Ireland

Information Sheet: 2017-18 Information Sheet


University College Cork has four colleges: Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, Business and Law, Medicine and Health and Science, Engineering and Food Science. There are over 18,000 students pursuing undergraduate and postgraduate studies. To cater for the growth in student numbers, which has been particularly strong since the 1960s, a large scale building  programme is ongoing. In addition, many older buildings have been refurbished and other buildings acquired for academic purposes. A modern campus has emerged from these developments, pleasantly combining early and modern architecture along a riverside garden setting close to the city centre. The campus radiates a warm and intimate atmosphere which greatly enhances the learning environment.

About the City
Cork, second largest city of the state of Ireland, is located on the south coast, 160 miles south west of the capital, Dublin. The greater Cork area has a population in excess of 200,000. The city is a busy seaport and is the home of a large number of industries including electronics, pharmaceuticals, brewing and food processing. University College Cork is located in the historical heart of the city, is walking distance to the city centre and all local transport networks, amenities and facilities.

The surrounding environment is as varied as it is beautiful. Cork is ideally situated at the head of the inlet of Cork Harbour with the sea just to the south, mountains, hills and river valleys to the north and east and the well-known lakes of Killarney only one hour’s drive to the west. Cork's history has been influenced by various cultures. The Danes settled the city and founded a trading centre on the banks of the River Lee. In 1172 the city was granted its first charter by Henry II of England and was held subsequently by the English for a long period. During the upheavals of 1919-20, prior to independence, Cork became a focus of nationalist politics and a main centre of resistance to military repression.
There is a good mixture of educational, sporting and cultural interests in the city. Among Cork's cultural offerings are an art gallery with public painting and sculpture galleries, an Opera House, numerous theatres and a city museum. The city has an active social life and is a centre each year for International Film, Choral, Folk and Jazz festivals.
Cork City has been listed alongside cities in the US, Canada and Italy in a new Lonely Planet travel guide as one the top places to visit in 2010.

 “Cork city crackles with youthful energy.  That’s thanks in large part to award-winning University College Cork which each year produces new graduates – and therefore new life, new enthusiasm, and ideas into the city.  The cumulative effect of all these influences means Cork is at the top of its game right now: sophisticated, vibrant and diverse, while still retaining its friendliness, relaxed charm and quick-fire wit.”
Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2010 

Study Areas

Accounting (Full Year Only), Anatomy (Full Year Only), Applied Mathematics (Full Year or Spring Semester only), Applied Psychology (restricted), Archaeology, Biochemistry, Biology, Celtic Civilisation, Chemistry, Child Health, Chinese Studies, Civil Engineering (Full Year or Spring Semester only), Computer Science (Full Year only), Earth Science, Economics (Full Year or Autumn Semester only), Ecology, Education (Early Childhood), Electrical Engineering (Full Year only), English, European Studies, Epidemiology and Public Health, Food Business and Development, Food Engineering, Food Science, French (Full Year only), Gaeilge, Geography, Geology, German (Full Year only), Government, Greek, Greek and Roman Civilisation, History, Italian (Full Year only), Latin, Management and Marketing, Management Information Systems (Full Year only), Mathematics (Full Year or Spring Semester only), Mathematical Studies (Full Year or Spring Semester only), Microbiology, Music, Nutrition (restricted) Philosophy, Physics, Physiology, Plant Science, Religions and Global Diversity, Social Policy, Sociology, Zoology.


Apartment style complexes which can be prebooked ; sharing private housing with other students.

We recognize that those students who do decide to come will be some distance from home and we will do our best to ensure that their stay with us will be academically rewarding and socially enjoyable. We have over 2400 international students studying at the University during a typical academic year.  Students come from a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures and do much to enhance and enrich life at the University.    The university offers a wide variety of modules to exchange students and they may select modules from across different departments and at different levels.   There is an active social life on campus and students are encouraged to get involved in sport and student societies 

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Contact Information  

Marita Foster, International Education

Officer (Acting), International Education

Office, UCC; Tel:+353 21 4902722;

Fax: +353 21 4904735;