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University College Cork Summer Program

  • Minimum GPA: 2.8 (4.0 scale)
  • Length of program: June-July
  • Application deadline: April 1
  • Program advisor: Kendall Hook
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Cead Mile Failte! We’re so excited that you’re considering an IFSA-Butler program for your summer abroad and have chosen Cork as your destination. Founded in 1845, University College Cork is one of the oldest universities in Ireland and offers the best of traditional scholarship and cutting-edge technology in a beautiful, friendly city. We’re sure you’re going to love studying there!

What the UCC summer program has to offer

  • Dedicated scholars who instruct in Irish literature and history
  • Traditional curriculum mixed with cutting-edge technology
  • IFSA-Butler provides additional support from an on-site Student Services Coordinator (SSC)
  • Social program designed for study abroad students, including historical tours of Munster, field trips and traditional Irish music concerts
  • Banks, restaurants, bars, a sports complex and outdoor playing fields


  • Modern student apartments near campus
  • Housing units consist of four to eight single study-bedrooms with shared kitchen, living area and bathrooms
  • Launderette on site


  • The program revolves around a theme related to Irish history and literature.
  • Students earn 5 U.S. semester credit hours
  • The program consists of morning lectures, afternoon seminars and a series of field trips

We look forward to working with you!


Academic Structure

What is the summer program at UCC?
The UCC summer program is designed for visiting international students and seeks to introduce students to aspects of Irish culture, history and society. The program revolves around a theme that changes each year, but which is always related to Irish history and literature.

What will my academic schedule be like?
Your academic schedule will consist of morning lectures, afternoon seminars (discussion groups) anda series of field trips to places connected with the figures examined. Attendance at lectures, seminars and field trips is recorded and taken into consideration when configuring your grade.

How much work will be required of me?
The summer program at UCC is intense and rigorous. You will spend much of your time reading, researching and writing essays centered on the current program theme. UCC will send you a study pack prior to the start of the summer program. The pack will contain core texts and secondary reading material, and professors will expect you to have read much of that material by the time you arrive for the summer school. There will be four written essays (two in history and two in literature) and two written exams (one in history and one in literature).

Will I have classes with local students?
Although IFSA-Butler is committed to providing integrated programs, summer courses abroad are often geared toward study abroad students only. Please be aware that your contact with local students may be limited, as you will likely attend classes and live with U.S. and other international students. All courses are taught by UCC faculty.


What courses will I take?
The theme for the 2017 summer school is "Island of Saints and Scholars: Memory, Myth and Irish Identity." For the two weeks devoted to the study of Irish history, the program will explore how major turning points in history shaped Ireland's destiny and its people's identity.

During the two weeks devoted to literature, the program will examine how modern writers have sought to define Irish cultural identity. Students will read the works of James Joyce and Seamus Heaney, who critically reflect on the role of the writer and the nature of life in Ireland through poetry and fiction.


How many credits will I receive?
IFSA-Butler requires that all participants undertake a full summer course load. Students will receive a maximum of 5 U.S. semester credit hours (2.5 U.S. semester credits in Irish literature and 2.5 U.S. semester credits in Irish history) for completion of the UCC summer program. All courses are graded on an A–F scale, and there is no provision for pass/fail or audit. Students must take their courses for credit.


What are the registration conditions?
You must take a full course load as determined by IFSA-Butler. Credit will be awarded on a Butler University transcript based on a typical U.S. full course load. All courses are graded on an A–F scale, and there is no provision for pass/fail or auditing courses unless pass/fail is the only method of assessment for the course. You are not allowed to register for online, distance education or hybrid courses.

You should also be aware that you may be charged additional fees by your home institution or host university to take or process additional credits. Taking less than a full course load may jeopardize your student status and result in personal academic repercussions and/or loss of financial aid.


There will be two written exams, one in history and one in literature.


How will my home university know what my classes were and what grades I received?
After you have returned to the U.S., your home university will receive a Butler University transcript with the credit you earned at University College Cork. The Butler University transcript will report the equivalent U.S. semester credit hours and letter grades. We also will send an official transcript to your permanent address.


Housing Options

What is the housing like at University College Cork?
Summer school students at UCC live in modern, furnished student residences that are a short walk from campus. The residence hall consists of up to four study-bedroom apartments with fully furnished kitchens and a common room where students can watch television, study or get together. There is a sink is in each room and a pillow, comforter, sheets and towels are also provided. A self-service laundry room is available six days a week.


Are there meal plans at University College Cork?
No. All accommodation is self-catering. You will have access to kitchen facilities and supplies ( pots, pans, plates, cutlery, etc.) to prepare your own meals. If you tire of cooking, you will be able to find meals in restaurants and cafes on and near campus.

Housing FAQs

Is my housing included in the program fee?
Yes. Your program fee includes accommodation at the university while classes are in session. You are responsible for the cost of your meals and any commuting costs you may incur

When will I receive my housing assignment?
While you will be in UCC housing, you will not find out your official address until you arrive overseas for your Ireland orientation.

Please keep in mind that while IFSA-Butler guarantees housing, we cannot guarantee your preferences.

Do I have to pay a housing deposit?
No. Summer students are not required to pay a housing deposit.

Can I arrange my own housing?
Yes. IFSA-Butler recognizes that some students require independent housing for their time abroad. If you choose not to take advantage of our guaranteed housing, you may sign up for independent housing on the housing preference form. Once you’ve made this choice, we will not provide housing for you or bill you for the accommodation fee.

Please be advised that housing costs can be high abroad, and many times students living independently end up spending more money than students living in IFSA-Butler arranged housing. If you are hoping to save money by arranging housing on your own, please research your options early so you can compare costs. You must notify us of your intention to live in independent housing by the program application deadline, listed at the top of this page. We are not able to accommodate independent housing requests after the deadline.

Location Info

Living and Studying Abroad in Cork, Ireland

About Cork
Population: 200,000
Location: Along the southern coast of Ireland

City features
  • A beautiful, friendly city with hospitable and talkative residents
  • A busy seaport with modern industries
  • Treasures its rich cultural heritage, with an art gallery, opera house, three theatres and a city museum in the garden of Fitzgerald Park
  • Annual international jazz and choral festivals
Do more!
  • Kiss the legendary Blarney stone just five miles outside the city
  • Hike in nearby County Kerry
  • Explore the mountains, hills and river valleys to the north and east and the breathtaking lakes of Killarney to the west
  • Take a ferry from Cork Harbour to mainland Europe

Blarney Castle
County Cork
County Kerry
Cork City
Cork City Guide

Dates & Fees

Program Dates

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Your program end date may change due to circumstances beyond IFSA-Butler's control. Upon arrival at your host university, be sure to verify your exam schedule and program end date. We also strongly recommend that you investigate fees and penalties associated with your airline tickets in case you need to make date or route changes.

Program housing is available only until the day shown on the calendar as “Program ends.”

Exams must be taken where and when scheduled. Under no circumstances may students request that an exam time be changed. 

Program Fees

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What's included in our summer program fees
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Payment Due: May 15

Program Fee Bills
IFSA-Butler will send a single bill for the entire program fee, which includes tuition, services and housing. Students who opt for independent housing will not be charged the housing component of the program fee.

The housing component of our program fee is based on the average cost of local student self-catering accommodation, usually a shared room in a regular dormitory, apartment or house without any extra features.

† Housing Deposit
Students in summer programs do not pay the $300 housing deposit.

Personal Cost Estimates

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These figures are designed to assist students with financial planning but are only estimates based on past students’ experiences at the current exchange rate. They do not include any entertainment or vacation travel costs. Meals are estimated based on the cost of a weekly standard grocery shop with one or two meals out.  If you plan to eat out once a day or more, we recommend using a higher estimate.  If you have dietary restrictions or follow a specific diet (gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, organic, etc), you may also wish to budget more due to the higher cost of specialty food items.

The above numbers are general estimates of expenses during a program abroad. We recommend taking into account your current spending habits, the cost of living in your host country and the current exchange rate. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor can be helpful as you attempt to work on a personal budget for your experience abroad.

Personal Miscellaneous: Covers general expenses of college life, including course supplies, photocopying, toiletries, snacks, personal care, etc.

All costs are in U.S. dollars.

Meet Your IFSA-Butler Team

IFSA-Butler has a dedicated team of staff who are here to help students prepare for their program in Ireland:

kendallProgram Advisor Kendall Hook assists with the application process and is here to answer program, cultural and academic questions before departure. Kendall studied abroad twice during her undergraduate career, in Florence, Italy for a summer term, and London, England for a semester internship program. In addition, she has personally traveled all over Europe and the U.K. She graduated from Baylor University and completed a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from Vanderbilt University, specifically concentrating on International Education Policy Management. She is very excited to help students find their fit, plan their own study abroad adventures and help them step outside of their comfort zone. She can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 4205.

altStudent Accounts Coordinator Angelita Shaffer assists with the financial side of study abroad and processes payments and invoices. Angelita can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4221.




donnettaStudent & Parent Services Manager Donnetta Spears is available to both students and parents for travel questions and information. Donnetta has worked with IFSA-Butler since 2000, and she has traveled through parts of Europe, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand. As the mother of 4 college students (including one who studied abroad on an IFSA-Butler program), she has a deep understanding of the ins-and-outs of study abroad from a parent perspective. Donnetta can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4252.

Once abroad, our students are in the capable hands of our on-site office in Dublin. Click here to read more about Resident Director Maria Keane.

abbyAcademic Records Coordinator Abby Miller graduated from Butler University where she worked as a guide for international students from all over the world. From that experience and combined with her own world travels, she knows the amazing experiences that studying abroad can provide. Abby is excited to work with IFSA-Butler students and to help answer any questions about their academic records. Abby can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 4217.


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