Part-Time Courses for UCC Students
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS CURRENTLY STUDYING AT UCC (visiting and non-visiting)
UCC Language Centre offers a limited number of free-of-charge places on part-time English language courses to international students currently studying at UCC (including Erasmus and other visiting students). Places are limited and are filled on a ‘first come first served’ basis. Only one course per semester may be taken, and normally only one course (one semester) per academic year is allowed due to the large demand for these courses.
Insessional courses focus on developing the necessary academic skills and language required at UCC for both Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes.
LC1002 English for Academic Study (B2+) This can be taken (subject to availability of places) as a 5-credit module by Erasmus/Visiting students in either semester as part of their Learning Agreement, or on a non-credit basis by non-visiting international students at UCC. Spaces are limited and are usually allocated before the start of the semester.
LC1003 Advanced English for Academic Study (C1-) This can be taken (subject to availability of places) as a 5-credit module by Erasmus/Visiting students in either semester as part of their Learning Agreement, or on a non-credit basis by non-visiting international students at UCC. Spaces are limited and are usually allocated before the start of the semester.
PG6021 (B2+) in Semester 1, PG6022 (C1) in Semester 2 and PG6023 (C1+) in Teaching Period 3. These 5-credit academic English training modules can be taken for credit by international students doing a full PhD programme at UCC or a full Masters course of more than one year duration at UCC not as a visiting student. See UCC Book of Modules for more details.
Non-Credit Digital Badges
Academic Reading & Writing Skills Course & Academic Speaking & Listening Skills course: These are 5 week courses, 2 x 2 hour sessions a week = 10 hours in total.
- Academic Reading & Writing Skills: this course will give you the opportunity to reflect on differences between your previous education, learn about what is expected at UCC and develop language for academic reading and writing.
- Academic Speaking & Listening Skills: this course will enable you to build confidence and fluency in your academic speaking skills. You will be able to practice deconstructing lectures and using different strategies to enhance your academic listening skills. You will also have opportunities to practice your speaking in group discussions, using suggested useful phrases.
If you are interested in the digital badge courses, please complete this short form: Link to Form
Part-time Evening Courses
General English non-credit courses at B1, B2, C1 and C2 level (including some preparation for Cambridge examinations such as First and Advanced). These are usually evening or afternoon courses of up to 4 hours per week. These classes are mostly filled by fee-paying ‘external’ students. The remaining spaces are extremely limited and priority will be given to non-visiting international students. Students may be expected to purchase a course book.
Specialised non-credit courses in spoken Fluency, Business English and Writing Skills are offered in some semesters, but not every term. These are usually evening or afternoon courses of 2- 4 hours per week. These classes are mostly filled by fee-paying ‘external’ students. The remaining spaces are extremely limited and priority will be given to non-visiting international students.
Non-visiting international students
To apply for a place on either a credit or non-credit course, international students (non-visiting) should email firstname.lastname@example.org putting name/student number and 'non-visiting' in subject line indicating their interest in applying for a place. You will be contacted before the start of the semester and may be required to take a placement test for which there will be a small charge.
To apply for a place on LC1002 or LC1003, Erasmus and other visiting students must apply before arriving to UCC as all spaces are usually allocated (on a 'first come first served' basis) before the start of term. Please email email@example.com as soon as possible, putting your name and student number and either Erasmus or Visiting Student on subject line and you will be contacted before the start of the semester with details. (Some places on LC1002 and LC1003 will be reserved for non-visiting international students).
If spaces become available in our non-credit courses (general and specialised) during the academic year, Erasmus and other visiting students will be emailed with information on how to apply.
Other supports which are available to UCC Students whose first language is not English
If interested in conversation exchange with Irish UCC students needing to practice their Chinese, French, Spanish, German, Italian and other languages, and willing to speak in English with you, please call to G.29 O'Rahilly Building to register.
If interested in using our English language self-study materials, in our language laboratory at set times, please call to G.29 O'Rahilly Building for more information. Please bring your UCC student card.