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.

Clare Murphy
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 2017-2018

Applications for the 2017-2018 academic year are now closed. Applications for the 2018-2019 academic year will open in February 2018.

Students are required to complete UCC's Online Application Form.  

Please see the attached instructions to assist you with completing the application form: Instructions on how to complete online application form 2017-2018 (773kB) (773kB)

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

  • Official Transcript of Records (examination results)

  • Transcript of Records in English (if your official transcript is not in English)

  • Learning Agreement (Before section)

Learning Agreement for Visiting European Students (39kB)


Application Deadlines 2018-2019

Autumn Semester/Full Academic Year: 8th June 2018
Spring Semester: 19th October 2018


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
Tel: + 353 21 4904747
Fax: + 353 21 4904735

Entry Requirements

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 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 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:

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

What Will It Cost?

Tuition Fees

The Fee Schedule for the 2017/2018 academic year is expected to be available in April 20170  The Fee Schedule for the 2016/2017 academic year is as follows:

Study Period
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

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 end of August.  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. 

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

2018/2019 Academic Year Orientation Dates

  • Autumn Semester 2018: Wednesday 5th, Thursday 6th and Friday 7th September 2018
  • Spring Semester 2019: Thursday 10th and Friday 11th January 2019


All students are expected to attend the Orientation Programme. Please click on the following link to download orientation programme.

Semester Dates

Semester Dates 2018/2019 (PROVISIONAL)

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: Monday 29th April - Friday 10th May 2019


Semester Dates 2017/2018

Autumn Semester (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 - Thursday 26th April 2018
Spring Examinations: Friday 27th April - Friday 11th May 2018


Plan for Ireland

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

Module Selection and Registration

‌Online Enrolment

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


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

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 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.

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

Adjoining Main Campus, Roseleigh, Western Road, Cork, T12 R229