Future Students FAQ

General UCC FAQ

The 2020-2021 start date for most Taught Programmes and most 1st year students is 28th September 2020. A graphic of the Key Dates 2020/2021 can be found on the Student Examinations and Records webpage.

Some programmes traditionally have earlier starts and these can also be found on the Student Examinations and Records webpage.

All on-campus activity is subject to the prevailing public-health advice

If you are in any doubt, please contact the Programme Director or School for the programme.

Incoming UCC students who have travelled from outside of Ireland will need to abide by the to current government guidelines https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/travel.html#Restrict-movements-travel 

Restricted Movement/Self Isolation FAQ

Go to our Self Isolation and Restricted Movements FAQ for detailed information.

Added 15 Jun 2020

We will commence online orientation for undergraduate students on Wednesday 16 September 2020.

University College Cork is committed to you. We will provide you with the best opportunities to ensure that you make a successful transition to university life.

We will schedule an online orientation that will offer you a huge range of opportunities to:

  • meet the academic community and learn more about the structure of your degree programme
  • get to know your class mates and your peer support leaders
  • hear from current students who have completed first year already
  • learn how to access all resources
  • meet members of the Students’ Union and representative from Clubs and Societies
  • participate in virtual interactive tours
  • meet professional student support staff

The biggest benefit of online orientation is that you will be able to transition at your own pace for a number of activities.
We will commence online orientation on Wednesday 16 September 2020.

You are not alone and you won’t be alone in your first year. We are very excited and can’t wait to welcome you to campus.
Stay curious – planning is currently underway

UCC convened a group to respond to the evolving COVID-19 situation in late January 2020. This group has met regularly to consider and implement recommended actions advised by the HSE and HPSC.

Regular communications have been issued to students and staff advising of appropriate infection control measures and travel advisory notices. These communications have been supplemented by the creation of the COVID19 Information and Updates webpage which is updated regularly.

The university Emergency Management Team meets regularly to oversee the overall university response and co-ordinate the ongoing operations of the university whilst making contingency plans to deal with the expected escalation of the situation. The Emergency Management Team can be contacted at emt@ucc.ie 

Yes. The Irish Government announced that  on 12 March that all higher education institutions should close. Following this directive UCC closed the campus. The safety and welfare of our students and staff is paramount.

Online teaching and learning  is being provided for students. 

Critical services (including critical research infrastructure) will be maintained. UCC staff are working remotely to the maximum extent possible during this period, in line with the Government advice. Please agree your remote working arrangements with your relevant line management. A guide to remote working has been prepared and is available to all staff.

Please continue to monitor this page, your student and staff email and our social media platforms.

The following Student Services are working remotely to the maximum extent possible during the closure period and providing some services online.  Please check their individual websites for specific information regarding the service.

Service Name

Service Information

Chaplaincy

https://www.ucc.ie/en/chaplaincy/

Email: chaplaincy@ucc.ie

Peer Support


https://www.ucc.ie/en/peersupport/

Email: peersupport@ucc.ie

Niteline

https://www.ucc.ie/en/peersupport/niteline/

The service is open Sunday - Thursday, 9pm-1am and is available HERE

Instant messaging service is open

Disability Support Service

https://www.ucc.ie/en/dss/

Email: dssinfo@ucc.ie

Mature Student Office

https://www.ucc.ie/en/mature/

Email: mso@ucc.ie


UCC PLUS+

https://www.ucc.ie/en/uccplus/

Email: uccplus@ucc.ie 

Student Budgeting Advice Service

https://www.ucc.ie/en/studentbudget/

Email: studentbudgetingadvice@ucc.ie

Student Assistance Fund

https://www.ucc.ie/en/saf/

Email: studentassistancefund@ucc.ie

Career Services

https://www.ucc.ie/en/careers/ See their specific FAQs

Accommodation & Community Life

https://www.ucc.ie/en/accommodation 

Email: resservices@ucc.ie

StudentPad

Studentpad.ucc.ie

Email: studentpad@ucc.ie

Campus Watch

https://www.ucc.ie/en/studentexperience/campuswatch/

Email: campuswatch@ucc.ie

Students’ Union

Email:

supres@uccsu.ie

suwelfare@uccsu.ie

sueducation@uccsu.ie

Student Societies

https://societies.ucc.ie

Email: president@uccsocieties.ie

admin@uccsocieties.ie

societiesofficer@uccsocieties.ie

Student Health

Telephone enquiries-only; (no appointments in operation) answered 9 - 5 pm M-F on 4902311 . Outside these hours a voice message will direct you to

sources of help, for those students who have remained in Cork and are not yet registered with a local General Practitioner.

Student Counselling & Development  
 
For students who wish to access advice on healthy emotional wellbeing at this time, it is possible to speak to a duty Student Counsellor.
Please email Counselling@ucc.ie  to arrange a telephone appointment between 9.15am to 12pm and 1pm to 3pm Monday to Friday.
 

Undergraduate – Irish & EU Applicants

We are making alternative arrangements for applicants where face-to-face interviews/performances would ordinarily take place. Please check your email regularly as we will contact with you by email with the details once arranged.

We are making alternative arrangements for applicants to programmes where face-to-face interviews would normally take place. Please check your email regularly as we will contact with you by email with the details once arranged.

UCC accepts several English language tests as proof of eligibility.

We now also accept the Duolingo English Test (DET) for student admission purposes for the academic year 2020/2021. DET offers an online test with results available in two days. 

Please see view Your application journey at UCC with a DET result for further information.

UCC is pleased to inform you that the Department of Justice and Equality now recognises DET for entry visa purposes.

Undergraduate – International Applicants

Yes, all applications are still being processed. You will receive information on your application once it has been processed.

Congratulations! Yes, you can accept your offer online. Please use https://ucc.studentfees.ie/ for deposit/fee payment.

If you have already accepted a place, we may be able to defer your place until the next academic year. Not all courses will allow deferrals. To see if it is possible to defer your place for your course, please email internationaloffice@ucc.ie.

The COVID-19 situation is fast evolving globally. If your travel plans must be cancelled, we may be able to defer your place until the next academic year. To see if it is possible to defer your place for your course, please email internationaloffice@ucc.ie. We will be as accommodating as possible, taking extenuating circumstances into consideration, within the rules of UCC’s admission process.

As an international student, 50% of your fees must be paid prior to registration and the remaining balance is to be paid by 31st January 2021.

UCC accepts several English language tests as proof of eligibility.

We now also accept the Duolingo English Test (DET) for student admission purposes for the academic year 2020/2021. DET offers an online test with results available in two days.

Please view Your application journey at UCC with a DET result for further information

UCC is pleased to inform you that the Department of Justice and Equality now recognises DET for entry visa purposes.

Postgraduate – Irish & EU Applicants

Yes, applications are still being processed. Go ahead and apply online.  You will receive information on your application once it has been processed. Check here periodically for any updates regarding important dates.

Programmes without Deposits:

Congratulations! We hope that you will accept your offer of a place at UCC. You can cancel your acceptance on the PAC system at a later date (at no cost) if you need to. 

Programmes with Deposits:

Congratulations! We hope that you will accept your offer of a place at UCC.  If a deposit is required for acceptance of a course choice, this will be stated clearly in the PAC offer and you will not be able to accept that course choice until you pay your deposit.

 You may apply to defer a place on taught postgraduate course for one year prior to registration for the course. Deferral requests will be considered on a case by case basis in consultation with the course coordinators.  Some courses may not support deferrals. Click our Postgraduate Deferrals page for more information.

UCC accepts several English language tests as proof of eligibility.

We now also accept the Duolingo English Test (DET) for student admission purposes for the academic year 2020/2021. DET offers an online test with results available in two days.

Please view Your application journey at UCC with a DET result for further information.

UCC is pleased to inform you that the Department of Justice and Equality now recognises DET for entry visa purposes.

We understand your concerns. Although the physical campus of University College Cork is currently closed, we will be providing our final year students with their transcripts, which will enable them to apply for graduate programmes or postgraduate study.

We expect that universities globally will provide this important service for their students. We are aiming to minimise the impact of Covid-19 on our applicants and prospective students and we will be as flexible as possible, while maintaining our admissions entry standards and quality assurance processes.

In the event that a university is not in a position to provide our applicants with a full academic transcript, we may consider using your current GPA or percentage average grades on a case-by-case basis

Postgraduate – International Applicants

Yes, applications are still being processed. You will receive information on your application once it has been processed.

Congratulations! Yes, you can accept your offer online. Please use https://ucc.studentfees.ie/ for deposit/fee payment.

If you have already accepted a place, we may be able to defer your place until the next academic year. To see if it is possible to defer your place for your course, please email internationaloffice@ucc.ie

The COVID-19 situation is fast evolving globally. If your travel plans must be cancelled, we may be able to defer your place until the next academic year.

To see if it is possible to defer your place for your course, please email internationaloffice@ucc.ie.

We will be as accommodating as possible, taking extenuating circumstances into consideration, within the rules of UCC’s admission process.

As an international student, 50% of your fees must be paid prior to registration and the remaining balance is to be paid by 31st January 2021.

UCC accepts several English language tests as proof of eligibility.

We now also accept the Duolingo English Test (DET) for student admission purposes for the academic year 2020/2021. DET offers an online test with results available in two days.

Please view Your application journey at UCC with a DET result for further information.

UCC is pleased to inform you that the Department of Justice and Equality now recognises DET for entry visa purposes.

We understand your concerns. Although the physical campus of University College Cork is currently closed, we will be providing our final year students with their transcripts, which will enable them to apply for graduate programmes or postgraduate study.

We expect that universities globally will provide this important service for their students. We are aiming to minimise the impact of Covid-19 on our applicants and prospective students and we will be as flexible as possible, while maintaining our admissions entry standards and quality assurance processes.

In the event that a university is not in a position to provide our applicants with a full academic transcript, we may consider using your current GPA or percentage average grades on a case-by-case basis

Covid-19 information

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