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Fact Sheet:
Michael Romero
Who Can Apply?:
Mass Public Colleges, UMass System
Fields of Study:
Accounting & Information Systems, American Studies, Animal Behavior, Anthropology, Arboriculture & Community Forest Management, Archaeology, Architecture and Design, Art History, Biochemistry, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biology, Business, Celtic/Irish Studies, Chemistry, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Classical Civilization, Classics, Classics and Philosophy, Cognitive Neuroscience, Comparative Literature, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Earth Systems, Ecology, Economics, English, Environmental Sciences, Equine Industries, Finance & Operations Management, Food Science, Forestry, French & Francophone Studies, Fruit & Vegetable Crops, Geography, Geology, History, Horticulture, Information Technology, Irish, Italian Studies, Journalism, Latin, Legal Studies, Linguistics, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Microbiology, Modern European Studies, Nursing, Nutrition, Philosophy, Physics, Plant and Soil Sciences, Political Science, Psychology, Resource Economics, Science, Sociology, Spanish, Sport Management, Theater
Host Institution:
University College Cork
Language(s) of Instruction:
Program Type:
Apartment, Residence HUMA Only
In Classes With:
Mostly Host Country Students
Minimum Class Standing:
2nd Sem Sophomore
Application Includes:
UCC application
Minimum GPA:
Classification of Credits Available:
Program Description:
The College of Cork was founded in 1845 as part of Queen's Colleges Cork, Galway, and Belfast.  It became part of the National University of Ireland in 1997, and today it accommodates nearly 16,000 students in four faculties: Arts, Commerce, Law, and Science.  The university is on the western edge of Cork City in a beautiful campus of wooded grounds.  The Tudor Gothic buildings in the main quadrangle maintain a sense of the history and traditions surrounding the college.  Modern architectural additions to the campus harmonize with the historical buildings to create a serene and welcoming environment.


The Quadrangle at UCCCork City is the second largest city in Ireland and lies about 160 miles southwest of Dublin on the south coast.  The River Lee flows through the city in two main channels with many auto and pedestrian bridges.  Music is an important part of the city's culture, with international festivals taking place each year and with many daily venues for both traditional and modern music.  During the Irish national upheavals in the early 1900's, Cork became a center for nationalist politics and resistance to the English presence, and its reputation for stubborn independence earned it the nickname of "Rebel Cork" or "the People's Republic of Cork."  The surrounding countryside is beautiful, lush and green, benefiting from the Gulf Stream and mild winds.  It offers a multitute of opportunities for day trips to local villages, historic sites, and sports venues.


Cork offers a wide variety of disciplines, which includes most of the social sciences, humanities and sciences.  Students may enroll in the faculties of arts, commerce, or science.  Celtic studies and Irish history are also popular choices.  Cork also offers an Early Start Program, which consists of a 3-week course preceding the fall term in the following fields: Archaeology, History and Modern Ireland, Irish Ecosystems, Irish Folklore and Ethnology, Literature in Ireland, Management and Marketing in the European Union, Musics in Ireland, and Law.  Cork also offers special certificates in Irish Studies, Political Issues in Ireland Today, Irish Traditional Music, and European Common Law.  Applicants must be rising juniors or seniors and have a 3.0 gpa.  A full courseload usually consists of five classes.  Fall classes are evaluated by assessments, while Spring classes require end of term final examinations. Explore the Book of Modules for Visiting Students.

Living Arrangements

Students are usually housed in modern, furnished flats or at international residence halls at the college.  Accomodations are spread throughout the city and distances to the university may vary widely.  Some apartment complexes are located near the campus, while others are along the River Lee or in central Cork.  Regular city buses are available for commuting, however, students also find that everything is within walking distance.  Meals are not provided with housing, but all flats have kitchen facilities.  There is a main university restaurant and several other cafeterias and snack bars on campus.  You will automatically become a member of the student union, which offers access to facilities for entertainment, recreation, and relaxation, as well as over 100 student clubs and societies.  UCC Accommodation.

International Summer School in Irish Studies

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year UMass/IPO Application Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2018 04/20/2018 04/20/2018 08/17/2018 12/21/2018
NOTE: Application is available to download March 1, 2018 These dates represent estimated EARLY START. Please check with IPO or University College Cork's website for additional details
Spring 2019 10/01/2018 10/01/2018 TBA TBA