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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.

Erasmus and Visiting Team
International Office

Orientation and Semester Dates

Please click on this link for semester dates: Orientation and Semester Dates 2023 2024


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:  


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 indicating your interest. 

Places are limited so students are advised to contact 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

How Do I Apply?

Student Application Process 

The Application Portal for the 2024-2025 academic year is now open.  

Please email Jim McEvoy for the application link and instructions



  • We will send you the housing application form with your letter of acceptance. 
  • The UCC Accommodation & Community Life office runs a centralised placement service for incoming international & Erasmus students. 


Important note: Please note that application form is not relevant for students applying under the Erasmus programme.

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)

Learning Agreement- Visiting EU students to UCC

Application Deadlines 

Autumn Semester/Full Academic Year:

Friday, 14th June 2024

Spring Semester:

Friday, 11th October 2024


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:

Jim McEvoy
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.

What Will It Cost?

Tuition Fees

The Fee Schedule for the 2024/2025 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 in Cork

Estimated Cost of Living in Cork

Plan for Ireland

Cost of Living in Cork

Estimated Cost of Living in Cork


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

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

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/Visiting European team.

Ms. Clare Murphy
Erasmus & Visiting EU Coordinator

Phone: +353 21 4904726

Mr. Jim McEvoy
Incoming Erasmus/Visiting Student Coordinator

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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