Visiting US and Non-EU Students


A visiting student is a student currently registered at another university and applying to undertake a programme of study at undergraduate level for one semester or one year. A visiting student is not being admitted to a programme leading to a Degree, Diploma or any other award of the university.

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.

Karen McSweeney
Visiting 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 2018/2019

Please note that modules may be altered, cancelled, replaced, augmented or otherwise amended at any time.

The 2019/2020 Book of Modules for Visiting Students will be availble in August 2019.

Please note: Book of Modules for Visiting Students

Semester 1- Autumn Semester- September to December

Semester 2- Spring Semester- January to May

Year Long- Full Academic Year-  September- May (Semester only students cannot take Year Long modules) 

Programmes Available to Visiting US and Non-EU Students

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

Autumn Semester

Full Academic Year

Spring Semester

Summer Programmes

How Do I Apply?

‌Definition of a Visiting Student

A visiting student is a student currently registered at another university and applying to undertake a programme of study for one semester or one year. A visiting student is not being admitted to a programme leading to a Degree, Diploma or any other award of the university.

Application Process - 2019/2020 Academic Year

Applications for 2019-2020 Academic Year are now open.

Pleaes complete the Visiting Student Application Form 2019-2020 and Health Questionnaire

The application form, health questionnaire and supporting documents can be emailed to  OR mailed to International Office, University College Cork, Roseleigh, Western Road, Cork, T12 R229, Ireland. 

Supporting Document Checklist

Please ensure that the following documentation is received by the International Office:

  • Official Academic Transcript(s) from Home Institution (Translated to English) Please ensure your transcript includes the classes you are taking in this current semester.
  • Copy of passport
  • English Language Requirements (for students applying from non English speaking countries)

    IELTS: 6.0 (with no individual section lower than 5.5)

    TOEFL iBT: 79-80

    CET6: 500 or over


Please submit your application and supporting documents before the dates below:


Application deadlines:

Early Start, Autumn Semester and Full Academic Year applications: 7th June 2019

Spring Semester applications: 11th October 2019



Confirmation 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 Ireland 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:

Karen McSweeney
International Office
University College Cork
Phone: + 353 21 4904727
Fax: + 353 21 4904735

Entry Requirements

G.P.A. Requirement

The minimum GPA. required is normally 3.0 or above. However, applications between 2.8 and 3.0 will be considered in exceptional circumstances. Thus, if a student who wishes to study History at UCC has good grades in history or a related topic but an overall GPA. of less than 3.0 because of lower grades in an unrelated subject, his/her application will be treated sympathetically. We regret that applications with a GPA of less than 2.8 cannot be accepted.

English Language Proficiency

IELTS: 6.0 (with no individual section lower than 5.5)

TOEFL iBT: 79-80

CET6: 500 or over

You must submit an official certificate with your application form. 

What Will It Cost?

The Tuition Fee Schedule for the 2019/2020 academic year is as follows:

Autumm Semester

Autumn Semester €7,000
Early Start Semester in Irish Archaeology €8,250
Early Start Semester in History and Modern Ireland €8,250
Early Start Semester in Literature in Ireland €8,250
Early Start Semester in Irish Folklore and Ethnology €8,250
Early Start Semester in Irish Traditional Music €8,250
Certificate in European Business Law €7,000


Spring Semester

Spring Semester €7,000


Full Academic Year

Full Academic Year €13,750
Early Start Semester and Full Academic Year (All Programmes) €15,000
Certificate in Irish Studies (Full Year) €13,750
Diploma in Irish Traditional Music €14,600
Diploma in Common Law (European) €13,600


Paying Tuition

For direct enroll students, you will receive your tuition bill and payment instructions with your letter of acceptance. 

For further information, please contact:

Karen McSweeney,

International Office, UCC.

Phone: + 353-21-4904727

Fax: + 353-21-4904735


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 and Semester Dates



Orientation Dates 2018-2019

Spring Semester 2019: 10th and 11th January 2019

Time: 9.45am

Venue: Boole 4, Boole Lecture Theatre, Main Campus

Please click on the following link for the Spring 2018 Orientaton information (Non-European Visiting Students)

Spring Semester 2019 - Orientation for Non EU Students


Orientation Dates 2019/2020

Early Start 2019:  Friday 16th August 2019

Autumn Semester 2019:  4th, 5th and 6th September 2019

Spring Semester 2020: Thursday 9th and Friday 10th January 2020


Semester Dates 2019-2020

Early Start Class Dates:                   Monday 19th August – Friday 6th September 2019

Autumn Semester Class Dates:       Monday 9th September – Friday 29th November 2019

Study Review Week:                        Monday 2nd - Friday 6th December 2019

Autumn Examinations:                    Monday 9th – Friday 20th December 2019

Christmas Recess:                           Saturday 21st December 2019 – Sunday 12th January 2020

Spring Semester Class Dates:         Monday 13th January – Friday 3rd April 2020

Easter Recess:                                 Saturday 4th April – Sunday 19thApril 2020

Study Review Week:                       Monday 20thApril – Thursday 23rd April 2020

Spring/Summer Examinations:      Friday 24th April – Friday 8th May 2020

Plan for Ireland

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


Details will be sent to you upon acceptance.

Orientation and Registration

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

Visiting Non-EU Students Information Guide 

Study Abroad Information guide 2016/2017


Module Selection and Registration

‌Online Enrolment

Instructions for Online Enrolment: Autumn/Full Year 2019/2020:

Accepted students will receive instructions for the above in mid-August 2019.   

Instructions for Online Enrolment: Spring Semester 2020: 

Accepted students will receive instructions for the above in mid-November 2019.   



Instructions on completing your timetable will be issued with the above information.


Module selection and confirmation of Modules

Accepted students will receive instructions for the above in mid-August 2019 for the Autumn Semester and mid-November 2019 for Spring Semester 2020.

Online enrolment must be completed in order to select your modules. 

Examinations and Transcripts


Autumn Examinations 2018 Monday 10th December - Friday 21st December 2018
Spring/Summer Examinations 2019 Friday 26th April -  Friday 10th May 2019

It should be noted that as students are permitted to choose modules across faculties and years there is a possibility of exam timetable conflicts occurring. In the event of such conflicts arising alternative arrangements are made through the International Office. Please contact Karen McSweeney, International Office:

Grading Scale

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%


Final Examination Results


Autumn Semester 2018 Results

Results for the Autumn Semester 2018 will be available to view online (My Student Admin) on Friday 8th February 2019.


Full Year and Spring Semester 2018-2019 Results

Results for the Full Academic Year and Spring Semester 2019 will be available to view online (My Student Admin) at the end of June (date to be confirmed).


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 -


Transcripts for Current Visiting Students:

Autumn Semester Students: 

Offical transcripts for Autumn Students who have completed their studies at UCC will be issued directly to providers/home universities in late February 2019.


Full Academic Year and Spring Semester Students:

Transcripts will be issued in early July 2019

*Please note examination results will available on the student portal prior to release of transcripts.


Study Abroad Students:   

Transcripts will automatically be issued directly to Study Abroad Provider or Home University e.g. Arcadia, IFSA Butler, API, USAC, Quinnipiac University.


Direct Enrol Students:

Transcripts will be issued to your permanent home address.


Students may also request a transcript be issued to their home university by emailing  Karen McSweeney, Email:  


Transcript Requests for Past Visiting Students

Past Visiting Students can request their transcript by completing the Online Transcript Request Form

Please contact Karen McSweeney, Email: with any queries.



Contact Us

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the International Office. 


Karen McSweeney

Phone: +353 21 4904727

International Office,
University College Cork,
Western Road,

Fax: +353 21 4904735

In the case of an emergency please contact Campus Security at the following number

From outside Ireland: +353 21 4902266
From a mobile or cell phone within Ireland: 021 4902266

International Office

Oifig Idirnáisiúnta

Roseleigh, Western Road, Cork, T12 R229

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