University College Cork

  • Location: Ireland - Cork
  • GPA Requirements: 2.8 GPA
  • Other Requirements: None.
  • Program Structure: Direct enrollment
  • Program Term(s): Fall, Spring
  • Official Website: University College Cork
Program Dates
Term Start Date End Date
Spring 2024 January 11th, 2024 May 10th, 2024
Fall 2024 TBD TBD

These dates are tentative. Confirm program dates before booking travel.


This program is open to students who are at least first-semester sophomores. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required to participate. They may review applicants with a 2.8-3.0 under exceptional circumstances.

Where: Cork, Ireland

Cork is the Republic of Ireland’s second largest city after Dublin with a population of about 185,000 people. For our students who want to study in Ireland but wish to be in a smaller setting where everything is walkable, Cork offers a small-town, quaint atmosphere. Cork is known for its eclectic music scene, its mid-18th century covered market – one of the oldest in Europe, and as a burgeoning food lovers paradise with all sorts of modern Irish and international restaurants to pick from. The River Lee flows right through the city and before reaching the Celtic Sea, passes by the nearby town of Cobh, on an island in Cork city’s harbor, known as the Titanic’s last port of call.

The University College Cork is just a 10-minute walk away from the central historical area of town. UCC has housing both on and near campus.


In addition to excellent offerings in computer science, UCC has course offerings within their College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Science, College of Business and Law, College of Science, Engineering, and Food Science, and the College of Medicine and Health. Of particular note to Allegheny, there are undergraduate courses available to visiting students in computer science, data science and analytics, digital humanities and information technology, psychology and computing, public health, film, music and theater, government and politics, psychology; biochemistry; mathematics; physics, and more.

Academic Structure

Students enroll directly in university courses open to visiting international students. Students take classes alongside local Irish and other international students.  Lecture class sizes at UCC tend to be large, but each module (what they call classes at UCC) also has weekly tutorial sessions which are small sections of the main class.

Course Credit

UCC uses the European Credit Transfer System, ECTS for short, and most modules at UCC are 5 ECTS. Students take 5-6 modules for a normal, full-time load of 25-30 ECTS per semester.  


View available modules in UCC’s Book of Modules. Filter by subject area and make sure to select courses from either Semester 1 (our Fall term) or Semester 2 (our Spring term).

Housing & Student Life

UCC has six different residences on campus and Allegheny students typically live with other international students and Irish students in their apartment-style housing. Rooms have either shared or private bathrooms. At UCC, when they refer to a room that is “ensuite” that means it has a private bathroom. Most of the residences are called “self-catered” meaning students living in them will not have a meal plan and will cook on their own in shared kitchens. Students have easy access to food and grocery delivery services from local supermarkets. Learn more about the UCC Residences. There are also independent housing providers offering single-semester housing to visiting students, see: Hatch Student Accommodation and Yugo.

Housing can be found in Cork but it’s especially important to pay attention to deadlines. Students are encouraged to apply for housing right away.

Application Process

Allegheny students must apply for approval to study off-campus from the Global Education office AND apply directly to their chosen program. For this program, students should work on the Allegheny approval application at the same time as the host program application. Please note that the Allegheny approval application deadline for this program is January 31 for fall intake and August 13 for spring intake. Study away approval applications will be reviewed immediately following the appropriate semester deadline. The separate application deadline to apply directly to this program will vary and could be before or after Allegheny’s approval application due date. Check directly on their website (linked at the top of this page) for deadline information. For more information about the study away application process, please visit the application steps page.

Visa Information

U.S. citizens do not need to apply for a student visa for their study abroad period in Ireland. Non-U.S. citizens should consult their home country’s Irish embassy or consulate. All international students must register with the local immigration authorities during the first few weeks after their arrival in Ireland.

Fees & Costs

Below find information on estimated costs for a semester abroad. You will receive a bill from Allegheny College, as you normally would, for the amount shown under “Costs Paid to Allegheny College.” All other study away program costs will be paid directly to a non-Allegheny entity and are listed in part two below. These amounts are estimates and will vary depending on individual choices. A total estimated cost of attendance for this program is shown at the bottom.

All financial aid awards can be applied to study abroad costs with the exception of federal work-study awards and certain tuition exchange scholarships. For more information, visit our page about Financing Study Away.

Part One: Costs Paid to Allegheny College

Tuition (12 to 20 credits)
Students do not pay tuition directly to UCC. Instead, students continue to pay tuition to Allegheny College. This covers tuition at UCC.
Study Away Fee $800
SUBTOTAL Paid to Allegheny College $28,710

Part Two: Costs Paid to non-Allegheny Entity

– Paid directly to UCC; UCC has a variety of housing options and costs at each facility vary. The cost quoted here is for non-catered standard housing. Students could pay more or less than this estimate depending on their housing selection.
Estimated Costs for Meals
– Most students live in non-catered housing without a meal plan. Students grocery shop and cook on their own. If students want a meal plan, they can live in Roebuck Castle, which houses students with a meal plan. Quoted here is approximately $20/day for independent meals.
Estimated Airfare $1,200
Estimated Visa and Immigration Expenses $350
Estimated Books and Academic Materials $200
Estimated Local Transportation $120
Estimated Personal Expenses
Personal expenses include: the basic expenses for laundry, toiletries and other incidental expenses. It does not include an estimate for personal travel, entertainment or social outings.
SUBTOTAL Paid to NON-Allegheny entity $7,820


Subtotal Part One: Fees paid to Allegheny College (in section 1. above) PLUS $28,730
Subtotal Part Two: Fees paid to non-Allegheny entity (in section 2. above) $7,820
***Compare this to the cost of a semester at Allegheny in Meadville: $37,694.


Study Away Fee includes: administrative support, transcript translation and processing, pre-departure orientation, and emergency travel insurance.