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Autumn Semester Programme

About This Course

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Course Outline

The Autumn Semester Programme at UCC gives visiting students the opportunity to experience a different academic environment and to immerse themselves in Irish culture.

Visiting students enroling in the Autumn Semester programme at UCC have the opportunity to select modules from a range of disciplines in the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, the College of Science, Engineering and Food Science, the College of Business and Law and the College of Medicine and Health. Students may take up to 30 credits in the Autumn Semester. A limited number of internship opportunities are also available.

Visiting students can combine modules from different academic departments/schools/colleges and across different levels, from introductory (year 1) to senior level (year 4). The programme allows you to be flexible in selecting modules, although certain pre-requisites may be required for admission to specific modules. In addition, students should also be aware of possible timetable conflicts when putting schedules together.

College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

Modules include:

  • Applied Psychology
  • Archaeology
  • Celtic Civilisation
  • Classics
  • English
  • Folklore
  • Geography
  • History
  • History of Art
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Religions and Global Diversity
  • Social Policy
  • Sociology
  • Spoken Irish
  • Modern European Languages

College of Science, Engineering and Food Sciences

Modules include:

  • Physical and Chemical Sciences
  • Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Civil and Environmental
  • Electrical and Electronic
  • Process, Chemical, and Energy Engineering
  • Dairy and Food Sciences
  • Food Science

College of Business and Law

Modules include:

  • Accounting
  • Business Information Systems
  • Economics
  • Food Business and Development
  • Government
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Law

College of Medicine and Health

Modules include:

  • Physiology
  • Epidemiology and Public Health

Additional Teaching Mode Information

Lectures/Seminars/Practicals/Field Trips

Course Practicalities

Courses at UCC are taught in modules. A module represents a self-contained fraction of a student’s workload for the semester. The size of the module is represented by its credit weighting. In general, Autumn Semester modules are valued at either 5 or 10 credits. A standard 5-credit module offered in the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, could, for example, consist of 24 lecture hours, plus associated tutorials, essays, and reading. In the Sciences, labs or practicals, as they are known at UCC, are often a compulsory component of a module.

Assessment is usually by work submitted during the semester and by end of semester examinations. Modules offered in the sciences will normally include a practical (or lab).

Why Choose This Course

The Autumn Semester programme provides visiting students with the opportunity to enrol in modules across a wide range of subjects at UCC. Flexibility is a key component of the programme. Students can construct their own programme of study by taking modules at an introductory level where there has been no previous exposure to a subject, and at a more advanced or senior level where some previous study has been achieved.

In addition, a suite of modules, exclusively available to visiting students, is offered in areas such as archaeology, English, folklore, geography, history, history of art, modern Irish, music, and spoken Irish. These modules, which require no previous knowledge of the subject, provide you, the visiting student with an introduction to Ireland’s history, culture, civilisation and environment.

Skills and Careers Information

To live in a country other than one’s own is a means of opening doors that otherwise would remain closed. In today’s globalised society, the experience of studying abroad is highly desirable and is increasingly valued by employers. The Autumn Semester Programme at UCC provides visiting students with the opportunity to experience a different academic environment and to become immersed in Irish culture. At the end of the semester, visiting students will have gained an insight into Ireland, past and present, and will have had the opportunity to develop, both personally and academically.


The minimum grade point average (GPA) requirement for admission to the programme is 3.0 out of 4.0

Fees and Costs


How Do I Apply

See Visiting US and Non-EU Students for details on how to apply


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