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

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:  

Certificate in Irish StudiesCertificate in Political ScienceCertificate in Conflict and Conflict ResolutionCertificate in European Human Rights 
Certificate in International Human Rights
Certificate in Irish Politics
Certificate in European Business Law

Diploma in Common Law

Nomination Procedure for Sending Universities

Partner universities are requested to email their student nominations to Caroline Smyth, Erasmus Executive Assistant. 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: 5th May 2017

Spring Semester: 31st August 2017


Student Application Process

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 (examination results)
  • Learning Agreement (Before section)


Information will be emailed to students when nomination has been received from home university.


Application Deadlines

Autumn Semester/Full Academic Year: 9th June 2017

Spring Semester: 20th October 2017


Letter of Acceptance

Once your application has been approved you will receive a letter confirming your acceptance at UCC. You must bring the original letter of acceptance with you when you come to Cork to commence your studies. 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:

Caroline Smyth
International Office
University College Cork
Phone: + 353 21 4904747
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:


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.

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

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

‌‌Welcome Programme

The International Office organises a two week Welcome Programme for all International students.  The Welcome Programme will take place from the 28th August to the 8th September 2017.  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.

Welcome Programme Autumn/Full Year 2017/2018 (395kB) (395kB) (395kB)



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.


  • Autumn Semester 2017:  Wednesday 6th, Thursday 7th and Friday 8th September 2017
  • Spring Semester 2018:    Thursday 11th January and Friday 12th January 2018


All students are expected to attend the Orientation Programme. Erasmus & Visiting EU students will be divided into two groups for Orientation due to the number of incoming students - Group A and Group B.  Students will receive an email confirming the group that they have been allocated to.  It is imperative that you do not change groups as we have limited seating available in the orientation rooms.   


Semester Dates 2017/2018

Autumn Semester 2017 (Semester 1) 

Autumn Semester Dates: Monday 11th September - Friday 1st December 2017
Study Review Week: Monday 4th December - Thursday 7th December 2017
Autumn Examinations: Friday 8th December - Wednesday 20th December 2017
Christmas Recess: Thursday 21st December 2017 - Sunday 14th January 2018


Spring Semester 2018 (Semester 2)

Spring Semester Dates: Monday 15th January - Friday 20th April 2018
Easter Recess: Saturday 24th March - Sunday 8th April 2018
Study Review Week: Monday 23rd April - Thursday 26th April 2018
Spring Examinations: Friday 27th April  - Friday 11th May 2018


Student Info Hub

Moving to a new university, new city, and new country is exciting, but not without challenges. Our Student Info Hub 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


For information on accommodation please click on the following link: Accommodation

Orientation and Registration

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

‌Online Enrolment Autumn Semester/Full Year 2017-2018

Please click here for instructions for online enrollment: Instructions for Online Enrollment Autumn Semester/Full Year 2017-2018 (2,755kB)


Diploma in Common Law 2017-2018:  Instructions for Online Enrollment Diploma in Common Law 2017-2018 (3,001kB)



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.



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 in February.

Full Academic Year and Semester 2 Students: Transcripts will be issued in 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 -

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
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