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.
Cork 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 multitude 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.
Students are usually housed in modern, furnished flats or at international residence halls at the college. Accommodations 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.
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