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Ireland Study Abroad Program at University College Cork

University College Cork

  • Minimum GPA:2.8 (4.0 scale)
  • Application deadlines: April 15 for fall and full year
    October 1 for spring
  • Program advisor: Kendall Hook
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Cead Mile Failte! We’re so excited that you’re preparing to study abroad on an IFSA-Butler program 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 University College Cork has to offer

  • A great place to study Irish culture
  • IFSA-Butler provides additional support from an on-site Student Services Coordinator (SSC)
  • A research-led curriculum taught by world-class academics
  • A beautiful, wooded campus with a Tudor Gothic quadrangle and excellent new facilities
  • A welcoming, friendly environment with more than 100 clubs and societies to meet your fellow students
  • On-campus health service, chaplaincy center, restaurants, two bars, a bank, student travel office, indoor sports complex and outdoor playing fields
  • A mecca for the arts, including a well-known Irish Traditional Music Society
  • A main university restaurant and other snack venues on campus


  • Housing is in modern student apartments within walking distance of the campus
  • Single-study bedrooms with shared living and kitchen facilities
  • Students purchase or prepare their own meals


  • Six Early Start options for fall and full-year students
  • Full-year students can earn a diploma in Irish Traditional Music, certificate in Irish Studies or diploma in European Common Law
  • Spring semester students can earn a certificate in Political Issues in Ireland Today
  • Students take a varied number of courses, depending on course weight

We look forward to working with you! You can learn more about University College Cork by visiting their website here.



Where can I find a list of courses that the university offers?
You can find University College Cork's online course catalog here.

  • Courses are offered in teaching period 1 (fall semester), teaching period 2 (spring semester), or teaching periods 1 & 2 (academic year).

What if I need to take a required course?
Please be aware that IFSA-Butler cannot guarantee that your host university will offer a particular course, or that you will be allowed to take that particular course. However, if you need to take a required course, you may indicate that it is required on your course preference form. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor will communicate your needs to your host university.

What courses am I eligible to take?
As an IFSA-Butler student, you are entitled to enroll in undergraduate courses for which you are qualified and in which space is available. Course descriptions in the online course catalog (see above) include prerequisites you must fulfill in order to enroll in each course.

Course Restrictions

Are there any course or departmental restrictions?
When considering departments and courses, please note the following:

  • English department: There is a quota on the number of modules visiting students can follow in this department. Students will be allowed to take 15 UCC modular credits for a semester and/or 25 UCC modular credits for a full year.
  • Psychology: Listed under “applied psychology” in the book of modules. Please read the notes at the beginning of the applied psychology section for information about course restrictions.
  • Music department: Students who wish to enroll in music courses must pre-register for these courses online before arriving in Ireland. Please contact your program advisor if you are interested in taking any music courses at Cork.
  • Science, Engineering, Music, and Food Science departments: These departments charge higher fees for courses, called tuition differentials. You will incur these fees only if all of your courses fall into these four departments. If you enroll in a course offered by a department that imposes a tuition differential fee, IFSA-Butler will send a bill to your home address once you are abroad and your enrollment is confirmed.
  • Film Studies: These modules are unavailable to study abroad students with the exception of FX3007 Seminar on Film Studies.

Certificate Courses

What are the certificate programs?
University College Cork also offers four certificate programs. Three of them are available to year-long students and the fourth is available to spring semester students only. If you are interested in more information on the certificate programs please contact the program advisor.

The programs are as follows:

  • Certificate in Conflict and Conflict Resolution (Autumn Only)
  • Certificate in Political Science (Autumn Only)
  • Certificate in International Human Rights (Autumn Only)
  • Certificate in Irish Studies (Academic Year Only)
  • Diploma in Irish Traditional Music (Academic Year Only)
  • Diploma in Common Law (European) (Academic Year Only)
  • Certificate in Irish Politics (Spring Only)
  • Certificate in European Human Rights (Spring Only)


How many courses am I able to take, and how do I determine U.S. semester credit hours?
IFSA-Butler requires students to enroll in a full course load at the host institution. The number of courses you take depends on the credit value of the courses you select. One UCC credit equates to 0.5 U.S. semester credit hours. Most courses at UCC are worth 5 UCC credits. For information on the credit weight, please consult the chart below.

Period of Study UCC Credits U.S. Semester Credit Hours
Early start               10                          5
Fall term                  30                        15
Academic year        60                         30


The course preference form is not a registration form; it is a guideline to let your host university know which courses you are interested in taking abroad. You should discuss your course selections with your academic advisor at your home institution and have several backup choices in mind. This schedule will be based on the courses listed on the course preference form.

What are the registration conditions?
You must take a full University College Cork 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.


What do I need to know about exams?
Because of the differences in the academic systems, you will not know your exam schedule until after you arrive at your host university. Please refer to your program calendar to review the exam period for your host university. Your host university's policies do not permit you to reschedule any exams, request alternate assessments or arrange to have your exams proctored in the United States. If this occurs, IFSA-Butler cannot assist you in conducting a grade appeal or academic follow-up for the course in which you made this arrangement. You will need to complete and submit all academic work prior to departing the program.


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?
Students will be placed in UCC campus accommodation within ten minutes walk of the main campus. Each flat accommodates three to five students in single study bedrooms and is equipped with basic cooking facilities shared living area, TV, and internet access. Bed linens are provided.

When on-campus housing is full, students may be placed in off-campus apartments. Each flat accommodates three to six students in single study bedrooms and is equipped with basic cooking facilities, shared living area, TV and Internet access. Bed linens are provided. Please note that this housing may include a supplemental fee.


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 will be responsible for the cost of your meals (whether a meal plan or self-catered) and any commuting costs you may incur. Some university housing requires students to move out during winter and spring breaks. If you wish to remain in residence during the vacation period(s), you must notify the university housing office upon arrival to make necessary arrangements. Staying in residence during university breaks may incur additional costs not covered by the IFSA-Butler program fee.

When will I receive my housing assignment?
You will most likely receive your housing assignment one to two weeks before your departure. However, in some cases you may not receive your housing assignment until you arrive in Ireland for orientation. Your program advisor will notify you of your housing assignment via e-mail when it is released by the university.

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

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 for your term abroad, listed at the top of this page. We are not able to accommodate independent housing requests after the deadline.

How will I meet people?
It’s actually very easy. The best way to get to know your Irish peers is to join clubs and societies, which are the central focus of life at Irish universities. There is a wide range of clubs and societies that offer a chance to pursue any interests you might have and if you find something that you like isn’t offered, you can most likely start it yourself! This is the best way to meet fellow Irish students!

Location Info

Population: 300,000
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

Visit County Cork
Blarney Castle
County Cork
County Kerry
Cork City
Cork Tourism

Dates & Fees

Program Dates

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Students must have a round trip ticket to enter the country. Please use the program end date when initially booking your return. 

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 program end date.

Exams must be taken where and when scheduled. Under no circumstances may students request that an exam time be changed. In Ireland, exams are taken under formal examination conditions and changes cannot be made for individuals.

Program Fees

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What's included in our Ireland program fees
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Academic Year and Fall Payments Due: July 1
Spring Payment Due:
November 15
Summer Payment Due: May 15

Program Fee Bills
IFSA-Butler will send a single bill for tuition, services and housing. Any bills for tuition differentials and/or supplemental housing fees will be sent separately. 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.

Personal Cost Estimates

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Note for Early Start students: Be sure to budget additional Meals and Personal Miscellaneous funds for the weeks of the Early Start program. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor can help you estimate expenses if necessary.

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.

Commuting: Estimates are for transportation between housing and university. Transportation for personal or recreational purposes is not included in the above estimates.

* U.S. citizens do not need to apply for a visa to study in the Republic of Ireland. However, citizens of certain countries may need to do so. If this applies to you, you will be notified by your IFSA-Butler program advisor. All students, regardless of citizenship, will need to register with the Garda (Irish police) upon arrival in the Republic of Ireland. Registration will cost €300 (approximately $400).

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.

Get Connected

Connect with IFSA-Butler Students

If you really want to know what it's like to study abroad, connect with IFSA-Butler alumni and students who are currently abroad on an IFSA-Butler program. Check out the following:

Early Start Option

University College Cork offers an intensive Early Start option each fall semester. The Early Start program is worth 5 U.S. semester credits, and it begins approximately four weeks before the start of the fall semester and continues through the end of the semester.

Early Start students choose one course from among six options. Click on the links below to learn more about the course options:

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