Visiting Students

Visiting Students


The History Department extends a very warm welcome to Visiting Students from Europe as well as from the US, Canada and other non-European countries, and we encourage our own students to go abroad for a year or a semester. American students have been coming to UCC since 1949 when Eileen Connolly Drennen enrolled as the first student from the USA. Since then, thousands of American students have enjoyed the enriching cultural experience, with an increasing number from a variety of disciplines opting to study History at UCC.  The experience of having studied at a foreign university and having lived in a country with a different language or culture is invaluable in terms of academic, cultural, social and personal benefits and is also increasingly seen as a competitive advantage in the workplace.

All Visiting Students can come to UCC and study history and politics modules in the History Department for either one semester or for the whole academic year. Visiting Students are eligible to register for any Module on offer from over 60 courses in the History Department in UCC, over the first or second semester - or both for a full year. No previous study of history is required as the majority of these modules are self-contained learning units. 

Teaching is conducted through lectures and small discussion based groups. Teaching aids in the form of class handouts and updates through Blackboard supplement information provided in class. 

Visiting Students from non-European countries must apply through the UCC International Education Office. European students are accepted either as Erasmus exchange students or as Visiting Students. Visiting Students from European universities must apply either through the UCC Admissions Office or the UCC International Education Office, depending on whether they have EU-status or not.

Within the context of the Erasmus Programme students enrolled at UCC go abroad to study at a European partner university, in exchange for an incoming student from that institution, and the exchange students receive full credit for any academic work successfully carried out at their host institutions.

Under the Erasmus Programme the History Department currently has links with the following partner universities: Roskilde, Helsinki, Cracow, Rouen, Bielefeld, Hannover, Tübingen, Glasgow, Sussex, Bologna, Vilnius, Groningen, La Coruna, Salamanca, and Uppsala. In the context of the History Department’s European Integration Studies programme there are separate links with the following institutions: Wien, Konstanz, München, Salamanca, Burgos, Siena, Firenze, Bologna, Rennes I, Lyon III, Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris III, Institut d’Etudes Politiques Paris (‘Science Po’), and Institut d’Etudes Politiques Aix-en-Provence. A year spent abroad is a compulsory element in the academic programme of the BA in European Integration Studies at UCC.

For further information please consult the website of the International Education Office. Ms Clare Murphy in the International Education Office – – will be very happy to answer any queries regarding Visiting Students or the Erasmus Programme, and you can also contact in the History Department:

Departmental Adviser for Visiting Students, Dr Detmar Klein,

School of History

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Tyrconnell,Off College Road,Cork,Ireland.