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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions


Where can students live?

For information on accommodation please click on the following link: Student Info Hub


What are the fees?

Please see the Undergraduate Fees Schedule  at:


Does UCC Medical School offer electives abroad?

UCC School of Medicine has an ERASMUS Exchange Programme with a number of European universities and students are encouraged to complete electives abroad and in their home countries as part of the curriculum.


What are the opportunities for research in UCC?

UCC is Ireland’s leading research institution and a great place to study Medicine if you are interested in research. From first year, you can choose a research-based elective module. Research methods are taught to all students as core curriculum and in fourth year, you will begin a research project which is completed and presented in Final Year. There are bursaries available for summer research projects and for travel to national and international conferences to present research projects.


How early in the programme will I meet patients?

As early as your second year in the medical programme at UCC, you will meet patients in the Family Attachment Scheme in General Practice. From Year 3 on, most of the teaching is delivered in hospitals or family practices, supported by structured lectures and simulation training in Brookfield Health Sciences Complex and Western Gateway Building.


What student services are available at UCC?

In UCC, there is a strong peer support network where students from other years in the programme will help and advise you on study, books, etc. You will also be assigned a faculty mentor in the medical school who can advise you on academic issues. The School of Medicine has a dedicated Student Welfare Service which can refer to the Student Health Centre or counselling services.  Because of the large number of international students studying Medicine in UCC, there is a very strong peer-support and social network which helps students settle in quickly and supports academic progression.


When will I go to the teaching hospitals?

The programme has a predominantly clinical focus from Semester 2 of Year 2 onwards with structured attachments in UCC-affiliated teaching hospitals and in community clinical practice.


Does UCC medical school provide any support for the USMLE exams?

Yes. UCC provides structured support for the USMLE exams, including the provision of targeted teaching, question bank and opportunity to sit simulated test exams. UCC has a history of some of the highest USMLE scores in the country with excellent pass rates.


What are the career prospects for UCC Medical graduates?

UCC medical graduates are held in high regard all over the world and many UCC medical alumni hold senior positions in the world’s premier medical institutions.


How do I contact the UCC School of Medicine International Office?

Please email your query to

School of Medicine

Scoil an Leighis

Room 2.59, T12 AK54