Coláiste na hOllscoile Corcaigh 

Location and Facilities: 

International Education Office
Roseleigh, Western Road
University College, Cork
Cork, Ireland


University of the Year, 2011

Coláiste na hOllscoile Corcaigh University College Cork is one of the oldest colleges in Ireland, founded in 1845 on wooded grounds near the city of Cork.  The original site chosen for the college was believed to have had a connection with the patron saint of Cork, St. Finbarr, whose monastery and school of learning were close by at Gill Abbey Rock.  This association is reflected in the College motto: "Where Finbarr taught, Let Munster learn."  The campus setting of woods, river, rock cliffs and riverside walks, and the proximity to the city of Cork (Corcaigh), make UCC an ideal location for the 11,000 Irish and International students who come to learn each year. 
The Main Quadrange, built of limestone in 1849, is the heart of University College Cork. The Stone Corridor provides a covered walkway westwards from the Aula Maxima, or Great Hall, and its cloisters contain a collection of Ogham stones illustrating an early coded form of the Irish language.

The Aula Maxima has retained its original appearance and fine stained glass windows, including some portraying George Boole, (1815-1864), the University's first Professor of Mathematics.  The Boole Library opened in 1983 and houses 600,000 books and over 4,000 different periodicals.  The blend of old and new architecture reflects the University's history and steady growth.   The new student center, Arás na Mac Leinn (1995), includes a multifunctional hall, lounge/bar, coffee shop, food store and Travel Office.  Adjacent to the college is the Honan Chapel (1915), a modern reconstruction of the Hiberno Romanesque style.  It is noted for the quality of its stained glass windows, eleven by Henry Clarke,  and eight designed by artists from the studio of Sarah Purser.

Academic Program: 

University College Cork offers an "Early Start Semester" beginning in late August,
and students enroll in one of the following modules: Irish ,Archeology, History of Modern Ireland, Irish Ecosystems and Literatures in Ireland (i.e. Irish and Anglo-Irish), Irish Folklore and Ethnology, Irish Music, and Irish Law. The modules include lectures, "hands on" experience and field trips. Recent trips have included visits to the islands Inis Meáin and An Blascaod Mór, the Irish Parliament in  Dublin, and the port city of Cobh, from where millions of men, 
women and children emigrated from Ireland during and after the Great Famine. The distinguished Department of Music offers courses in Irish Traditional Music and Ethnomusicology, and UCC (like Holy Cross) has a gamelan, so that students may study the music of Indonesia.

For information on the Early Start Programme in Irish Archaeology:

Student testimonials video:

Information video:

Visiting students may earn the "Certificate in Irish Studies", an interdiciplinary program for International students which aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the rich indigenous Irish cultural tradition over two milenia.  The program requires language study (Old Irish and Modern Irish), Irish History and Archaelogy, and offers electives in Irish Mythology, Folklore, Hagiography and Lyric Poetry. Modules taken in the Early Srtat-Up Programme can count toward the Certificate in Irish Studies. For those interested in the Irish language (Gaeilge), a weekend in an Irish-Speaking Gaeltacht on the Dingle Peninsula can be arranged. Visiting students can also earn the "Certificate in Political Issues in Ireland Today", which includes as core modules, "Introduction to Politics in the Republic of Ireland" and "Introduction to Northern Ireland Politics." With careful planning it is possible to earn both the Certificate in Irish Studies and the Certificate in Political Issues in Ireland Today, but in order to do so, you must take the Irish Archaeology module in the Early Start-Up Programme.


Course Load : 

A total of 60 UCC credits per year (to a maximum of 70 credits), is the equivalent of a full year's course load. The majority of courses are 5 credits each, though some are 10 or 15 credits. All students are required to take final exams to obtain credit. The Early Start Semester will be graded and will appear on your transcript as an 'overload'. 

Courses taken at University College, Cork for Holy Cross credit

Current Course Catalog

Independent Cultural Immersion Project (ICIP) : Living Arrangements : 

Successful completion of the ICIP is a normal part of the academic requirement.  The final project will be graded by your overseas Advisor and will appear on your transcript as an overload.

Students reside in residential apartments such as Victoria Lodge or Castle Le White Apartments in the Bishop St. Houses, a newly built apartment complex. All apartments are self-catering and students have their own bedroom. Students share kitchens, but meals can also be purchased at a student cafeteria on campus.


For more information on the Study Abroad program at University College Cork go to the International Education Office. For general information on travel and work opportunities in Ireland, go to usitnow.


Study Abroad Contact Person:
Jimena Collingwood, Assistant Director
Phone:  508-793-3090
Office:  Smith 213

For a photo slideshow of Cork click here.