Incoming Erasmus Students


The Erasmus+ programme is a European Union funding exchange programme. Students from a European partner university are eligible to study at UCC for a semester or an academic year.

We have over 3,300 international students studying at the University during a typical academic year. They come from a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures and do much to enhance and enrich life at the University. Many of you will be some distance from home and we will do our best to ensure that your stay with us will be academically rewarding and socially enjoyable.

We hope you will find the information in this website informative and helpful. We are confident that your stay with us will be a fruitful one and that you will leave Ireland with fond memories of your time spent in University College Cork.

Clare Murphy
Erasmus Coordinator

What Can I Study?

Book of Modules for Visiting Students

Click on the following link to view the Book of Modules for Visiting Students

Please note that modules may be altered, cancelled, replaced, augmented or otherwise amended at any time. Though every effort will be made to ensure that students will be admitted to their preferred module choices, the UCC International Office cannot guarantee admission to any particular module.

Please see an example of module levels below:

EN1*** 1st year module
EN2*** 2nd year module
EN3*** 3rd year module
EN4*** 4th year module
EN5*** & EN6*** postgraduate modules

It is recommended that students take modules to the value of 60 ECTS credits for the academic year and modules valued at 30 ECTS for a single semester. Students would not be permitted to choose more than this. Please ensure that you speak to your home university regarding the number of credits that you need to take during your studies in UCC.

  • Semester 1 - Autumn Semester (September - December)
  • Semester 2 - Spring Semester (January - May)
  • Year Long - Full Academic Year (September - May)

*Semester only students cannot apply for year long modules*

Certificates and Diplomas Available to Visiting Students

Information on each of these programmes is available by clicking on the relevant link in the menu below:  



How Do I Apply?

Nomination Procedure for Sending Universities

Partner universities are requested to email their student nominations to Clare Murphy, Erasmus Coordinator. Email:

Information required

Student Name, Email Address, Area of Studies (as listed in the inter-institutional agreement) and Period of Studies

Nomination Deadline:

Autumn Semester/Full Academic Year: 3rd May 2019

Spring Semester: 30th August 2019


Student Application Process

Information will be emailed to students when the nomination has been received from the home university.  The application portal for the 2019-2020 academic year is expected to open on the 1st March 2019.


Students are required to complete UCC's online application form.

Students are also required to upload the following documents to their online application form:

  • Official Transcript of Records (officially marked examination results)

  • Transcript of Records in English (if your official transcript is not in English)
  • Learning Agreement (Before section)




Application Deadlines

Autumn Semester/Full Academic Year: 7th June 2019

Spring Semester: 18th October 2019


Letter of Acceptance

Once your application has been approved you will receive a letter confirming your acceptance at UCC.  If, for some reason, you are unable to accept your place at UCC please advise the International Office as soon as possible.

For further information on the application process please contact:

Clare Murphy
International Office
University College Cork
Phone: + 353 21 4904726
Fax: + 353 21 4904735


Learning Agreement

Erasmus students will be required to complete a Learning Agreement for their home university.  Students should seek advice from their academic coordinator at their home university regarding the academic requirements of their Erasmus period abroad. 

Please click on the following links to download the relevant sections of the Learning Agreement:



Entry Requirements

Erasmus Agreement in Study Area

Your university must have an Erasmus agreement in your specific subject area in order to study at UCC under the Erasmus programme. If you are unsure if your university has an Erasmus agreement with UCC, then please speak with the institutional/academic coordinator at your home university.

English Language Proficiency

Lectures are usually conducted through the medium of English.  A good knowledge of English is therefore essential in order to be able to understand lectures and to be able to work with English language text books.

UCC does not require students to provide English language certificates.

UCC offers two academic English language courses free of charge:

  • LC1002 English for Academic Study
  • LC1003 Advanced English for Academic Study

If you are interested in studying either of the above modules please contact Mr. Brendan McEnery, Language Centre coordinator indicating your interest.  Email:

Places are limited so students are advised to contact Mr. McEnery as early as possible.

Information is available in the Book of Modules for Visiting Students (under Language Centre).

The Language Centre does offer other language courses. For further information please contact:

Language Centre
O’Rahilly Building
Tel: + 353 21 490 3225/2043

What Will It Cost?

Students who study at University College Cork under the Erasmus+ Programme are not required to pay tuition/registration fees to University College Cork.

ERASMUS funding is provided by the home institution. For information on the level of grants payable, please contact the International Office at your home institution


Cost of Living

Students will need to budget for accommodation, food, books, transportation, utilities and other personal expenses, and these can be viewed at our cost of living section: Cost of Living

Orientation Dates

‌‌Welcome Programme

The International Office organises a two week Welcome Programme for all International students.  The Welcome Programme will take place from the 26th of August 2019.  A number of events will be organised during the two week period such as information meetings, walking tours of the city centre, cinema nights, table quizzes, Irish music and dance night, and trips at the weekend.



In order to introduce you to life at University College, Cork and to help you to settle in, the University runs a series of orientation programmes designed to tell you about life on campus.

2019/2020 Academic Year Orientation Dates

  • Autumn Semester 2019: Wednesday 4th, Thursday 5th and Friday 6th September 2019
  • Spring Semester 2020: Thursday 9th and Friday 10th January 2020

Please click on the following link for the Erasmus Spring 2020 Orientation Programme 

Erasmus Orientation Spring 2020

All students are required to attend the Orientation Programme. 

Semester Dates

Semester Dates 2018/2019

Autumn Semester 2018 (Semester 1)

Autumn Semester Dates:  Monday 10th September - Friday 30th November 2018 
Study Review Week: Monday 3rd December - Friday 7th December 2018
Autumn Examinations: Monday 10th December - Friday 21st December 2018
Christmas Recess: Saturday 22nd December - Sunday 13th January 2019

Spring Semester 2019 (Semester 2)

Spring Semester Dates: Monday 14th January - Friday 5th April 2019 
Easter Recess: Saturday 13th April - Sunday 28th April 2019
Study Review Week: Monday 8th April - Friday 12th April 2019
Final Examinations: Friday 26th April - Friday 10th May 2019

Semester Dates 2019/2020

Autumn Semester 2019 (Semester 1)

Autumn Orientation Dates: 4th, 5th and 6th September 2019
Autumn Semester Dates: Monday 9th September - Friday 29th November 2019
Study Review Week: Monday 2nd December - Friday 6th December 2019
Autumn Examinations: Monday 9th December - Friday 20th December 2019
Christmas Recess: Saturday 21st December 2019 - Sunday 12th January 2020

Spring Semester Dates 2020 (Semester 2)

Spring Orientation Dates: Thursday 9th and Friday 10th January 2020
Spring Semester Dates: Monday 13th January - Friday 3rd April 2020
Easter Recess: Saturday 4th April - Sunday 19th April 2020
Study Review Week: Monday 20th April - Thursday 23rd April 2020
Final Examinations: Friday 24th April - Friday 8th May 2020

Plan for Ireland


Fortunately, we have our own Accommodation Placement Service in operation for our Visiting and Erasmus students, and we will send the information on how to apply for this accommodation once you have completed your online applications. This placement service will be housing students in student complexes near the campus and the city centre. We would strongly advise you to apply for this accommodation as soon as you receive the information from the placement service. 

Student Info Hub

Moving to a new university, new city, and new country is exciting, but not without challenges. Our Student Support Information is designed to give you as much assistance as possible before you arrive in Ireland, after you arrive at UCC and when living in CorkSome important steps include:

Visas and Immigration

For information on visa and immigration please click on the following link: Visa and Immigration

Orientation and Registration

For information on orientation and registration please click on the following link: Orientation and Registration

Module Selection and Registration

‌Online Enrolment Autumn Semester/Full Year 2019-2020

Information will be emailed to students in August 2019


Online Enrolment Spring Semester 2020:  Information will be emailed to students in November 2019.



Instructions on completing your timetable will be issued to students before arrival.


Module selection and confirmation of Modules

Instructions on selecting your modules will be issued to students before arrival.



Examinations and Transcripts

Grading Scale

UCC uses the ECTS grading system.  The marking scale used in UCC ranges from 0-100%. The following marking system is used:

1H - First Class Honours: > 70%

2H1 - Second Class Hons, Grade 1: 60% - 69%

2H2 - Second Class Hons, grade 2: 50% - 59%

3H - Third Class Honours: 45% - 49%

Pass: > 40% - 44%

Academic Transcripts/Exam Results

Once all examinations have been completed, and the grades have been determined by the Exam Board, we will forward a copy of your official transcript to both your home university and your home address.

Semester 1 Students: Transcripts will be issued mid-February.

Full Academic Year and Semester 2 Students: Transcripts will be issued at the end of June.

Examinations Appeal

Students may formally seek a check of their examination results or appeal their examination results. For further information please contact Karen McSweeney, International Office -

Contact Us

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the Erasmus team.

Ms. Clare Murphy
Erasmus Coordinator

Phone: +353 21 4904726

Ms. Caroline Smyth
Erasmus Assistant

Phone: +353 21 4904747

International Office,
University College Cork,
Western Road,

Fax: +353 21 4904735

International Office

Oifig Idirnáisiúnta

Roseleigh, Western Road, Cork, T12 R229

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