Visiting EU Students
Students from universities that do not have an Erasmus+ agreement with University College Cork can also apply as Fee-Paying EU students.
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.
Visiting EU Student 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 wll 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 recommend that students take modules to 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?
Student Application Process 2020-2021
Students are required to complete an online application form. The application portal for the 2020-2021 academic year is closed. The application portal for the 2021-2022 academic year is expected to open on the 2nd March 2021.
Students must upload the following documents to their online application form:
- Copy of Passport/National ID
Official Transcript of Records (examination results)
Transcript of Records in English (if your official transcript is not in English)
Learning Agreement (Before section)
Application Deadlines 2020-2021
|Autumn Semester/Full Academic Year:||
5th June 2020
16th October 2020
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:
University College Cork
Tel: + 353 21 4904747
Fax: + 353 21 4904735
Academic Transcript of Records
When students make their application as a Visiting EU Student, they will need to supply a full Transcript of Records so that we may assess your academic background. Once you have been approved to attend UCC, we will send you a Letter of Acceptance confirming same.
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 Sanaa Khabbar, Language Centre coordinator indicating your interest. Email: email@example.com
Places are limited so students are advised to contact Mr. McEnery as early as possible.
Information is available online in the Book of Modules for Visiting Students (under Language Centre).
The Language Centre does offer other language courses. For further information please contact:
What Will It Cost?
The Fee Schedule for the 2020/2021 academic year is as follows:
|Full Academic Year|
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
The International Office organises a two week Welcome Programme for all International students. 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.
2020/2021 Academic Year Orientation Dates
- Autumn Semester 2020: Orientation will be held online. Students will receive information by email.
- Spring Semester 2021: To be confirmed
All students are required to attend the Orientation Programme.
Semester Dates 2020/2021
Autumn Semester 2020 (Semester 1)
|Autumn Semester Dates:||Monday 28th September – Friday 18th December 2020|
|Study Review Week:||Monday 4th January - Friday 8th January 2021|
|Autumn Examinations:||Monday 11th – Friday 15th January 2021|
|Christmas Recess:||Saturday 19th December 2020 – Sunday 3rd January 2021|
Spring Semester 2021 (Semester 2)
|Spring Semester Dates:||Monday 25th January – Friday 23rd April 2021|
|Easter Recess:||Friday 2nd April – Sunday 11th April 2021|
|Study Review Week:||Monday 26th April – Thursday 29th April 2021|
|Final Examinations:||Friday 30th April – Friday 14th May 2021|
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|
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. In addition, incoming visiting students have the opportunity to attend an informal reception, where you can meet other students and academic and administrative staff responsible for your welfare while here.
All students are required to attend the Orientation Programme. Full information on the orientation programmes will be available online nearer the relevant dates.
2020/2021 Academic Year
- Autumn Semester/Full Year Students: To be confirmed
- Spring Semester: To be confirmed
The International Office organises a two week Welcome Programme for all International students. The Welcome Programme will take place from the end of August. Dates for 2020 are yet to be confirmed.
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
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 Cork. Some 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
Further information regarding online enrolment will be emailed to students before arrival.
Further information regarding Timetables will be emailed to students before arrival.
Module Selection and Confirmation of Modules
Further information regarding module selection and confirmation of modules will be emailed to students before arrival.
Examinations and Transcripts Information
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 two copies of your official transcript to 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.
Students may formally seek a check of their examination results or appeal their examination results. For further information please contact Karen McSweeney, International Office - firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the Erasmus/Visiting European team.
Ms. Clare Murphy
Phone: +353 21 4904726
Mr. Jim McEvoy
Phone: +353 21 4904747
|Fax: +353 21 4904735|
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You can choose up to 2 courses as part of your application.
The application fee is €45.