The majority of American visiting students coming to UCC will wish to take modules in the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences. Although departments are happy to consider applications from students to take virtually any module (there are restrictions in some cases), but it is helpful to bear a number of points in mind.
Demand for some modules is extremely high. This is particularly the case for modules in Applied Psychology, English and History, where the demands of Irish and other European students frequently coincide with those of visiting American students. Please bear in mind that it is not always possible to guarantee admission to particular modules, although we will do our best to offer you places in the modules you prefer. Essentially, the earlier you apply, the better your chances.
While the academic year is divided into two teaching periods, some modules are taught over the full academic year. This means that a student wishing to spend a semester only at UCC does have a range of options from which to choose, but that modules in some departments cannot be taken by students who will not be spending the full academic year at UCC. The principal departments offering semester-type options in the Faculty of Arts are Archaeology, Celtic Civilisation, English, Folklore, Latin, Greek, Greek and Roman Civilisation, History, Music, Philosophy and Spoken Irish. Information on modules offered by the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Studies and the College of Science, Engineering and Food Science available on this website.
Visiting students usually wish to be offered places in tutorials which present the opportunity to address the material under discussion in a more informal and detailed way than in the larger lecture group. Generally places in tutorials are offered on the same basis as for local students. However, the Department of English, which has the largest number of students, is constrained by staffing and practical considerations and cannot offer tutorial classes in parallel with every module, as is the convention in other departments. It has therefore been decided, in the case of the Department of English to offer (a) a special seminar class which is confined to full-degree students (i.e. not including visiting European and American students) and (b) to offer separate tutorials to visiting American students taking modules in the Department of English. This means that lectures are "integrated" but tutorials are not.
As there is a wide range of modules open to visiting students at UCC it is important to ensure that careful consideration is given when selecting modules. For instance, a student without a background in a particular subject should not in general choose a specialised third year course in the subject. There will also be occasional but inevitable incompatibilities because of timetable conflicts or some other logistical problems. Students should consult with their academic advisors at their home universities, who can assist them in making the right choices, before specifying their module choices.