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UCC International Office courses

Spring Semester Programme

Course Fact File
DurationSpring Semester (January – May)
Teaching ModeFull-time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.
NFQ LevelN/A
FeesPlease refer to our section 'What will it cost?' on our Visiting Student Website See Fees and Costs for full details.
Closing DateApplications close in October

Course Outline

Visiting students enroling in the Spring 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 Spring Semester. A limited number of internship opportunities are also available.

Course Details

Visiting students may combine modules from different academic departments/schools/colleges and across different levels from introductory (year 1) to senior level (year 4). The course allows students 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 together their schedules.

The College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences offers modules in subjects such as Applied Psychology, Archaeology, Celtic Civilisation, Classics, English, Folklore, Geography, History, Historyof Art, Music, Philosophy, Religions and Global Diversity, Social Policy, Sociology, Spoken Irish and a range of modern European languages.

The College of Science, Engineering and Food Sciences offers modules in the Mathematical, Physical and Chemical Sciences; the Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences and in ICT. Modules in many branches of engineering are offered including Civil and Environmental, Electricaland Electronic, Process and Chemical and Energy Engineering. At UCC, there is a history of 100 years of education and research in Dairy and Food Sciences, and visiting students can opt to select modules in all areas of food science. 

The College of Business and Law offers modules in Accounting, Business Information Systems, Economics, Food Business and Development, Government, Management, Marketing and Law.

Within the College of Medicine and Health, the Departments of Physiology, and Epidemiology and Public Health, welcome visiting students and offer a range of modules in their respective subjects.

Additional Teaching Mode Information


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, Spring 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 written examination and by work submitted during the semester. Formal examinations are held in May. Departmental/School examinations and assessments take place at various times during the semester. Modules offered in the sciences will normally include a practical (or lab).

As visiting students enrolled in the Spring Semester programme are permitted to choose modules from across different colleges and years, there is a possibility that examination timetable conflicts will occur. In the event of such conflicts arising, alternative arrangements are made by the International Education Office.

Why Choose This Course

The Spring Semester programme provides visiting students with the opportunity to enrol in modules across a range of subjects at UCC. Flexibility is a key component of the course. Students can basically construct their own programme of study, comprising modules at an introductory level where there has been no previous exposure to a subject, and modules at a more advanced or senior level where students have previously studied a particular subject.

In addition, a suite of modules exclusively available to visiting students are 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 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, a study-abroad experience is highly desirable and is increasingly valued by employers. The Spring Semester programme at UCC provides visiting students with the opportunity to experience a different academic environment and to immerse themselves 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 normally 3.0 out of 4.0

Fees and Costs

Please refer to our section 'What will it cost?' on our  Visiting Student Website

How To Apply

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

Please note that in the case of other programmes offering study options at UCC (e.g. Centre forStudy Abroad, Arcadia University, Institute for Study Abroad, Butler University, InterStudy and USAC ), different procedures and deadlines may apply. Students should contact the appropriate institution in such cases.

For queries regarding course content or timetables please contact