Frequently Asked Questions
Impact of COVID-19 on Teaching
As a result of national public health measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic, programme delivery will be via hybrid learning, consisting of both online and face-to-face learning and teaching. The extent of face-to-face learning and teaching will be dictated by the parameters of prevailing national public health requirements.
Impact of COVID-19 on Qualifications
For any examinations/qualifications which are normally recognised, we will continue to accept such results, provided they are formally issued by the examining bodies, in accordance with the normal timelines for admission.
However, we will keep the situation under review and if there is a significant difference in grade distribution relative to Leaving Certificate results, we reserve the right to implement a system of proportionality.
What costs are incurred when attending UCC?
The following figures serve as an indication of the overall expenses per month. This is a guide only.
Cost of living per month:
|Accommodation - Room||€300 - €650|
|Food (eating on campus)||€375|
|Heat and Light (based on three sharing)||€60|
|Textbooks and Stationery (depending on course)||€75|
|Personal Expenses (social functions, sport, phone)||€250|
|Total per month||€1000 - €1350|
Extra costs can incur such as printing, photocopying and course-specific books depending on your course.
Possible additional costs (depending on course): Field trips, Coaching Costs, Lab Equipment, Placement Costs, Immunisations, Dental Kits.
Please note that some accommodation is payable in two instalments, usually in September and December.
For advice on living expenses, make an appointment to speak with:
Student Budgetary Advisor
Is there an orientation programme for first year students?
There is a university-wide orientation programme, which will form part of your registration for your programme. All undergraduate students must attend Orientation.
Further information on Orientation can be found here: Orientation
University College Cork is committed to you. We will provide you with the best opportunities to ensure that you make a successful transition to university life.
We will schedule an online orientation that will offer you a huge range of opportunities to:
- meet the academic community and learn more about the structure of your degree programme
- get to know your class mates and your peer support leaders
- hear from current students who have completed first year already
- learn how to access all resources
- meet members of the Students’ Union and representative from Clubs and Societies
- participate in virtual interactive tours
- meet professional student support staff
The biggest benefit of online orientation is that you will be able to transition at your own pace in a number of activities.
You are not alone and you won’t be alone in your first year. We are very excited and can’t wait to welcome you to campus.
I don't have the points for the course I want, what can I do?
If you are not offered a place on a degree course, you can
- choose to repeat your Leaving Certificate. Applicants are considered on points attained at a single sitting. However, matriculation requirements can be attained over several sittings except in the case of Medicine (CK701).
- choose a QQI (FE) course. There are 26 links from QQI (FE) courses into degree courses at UCC. Further information is available at QQI (FE)
I just received an offer, can I defer my place?
Yes, you can make an application for a deferral. Please do not accept your place and your deferred entry request should be made within 3 days of receiving the offer. The deferral policy and application form are available on our website at http://www.ucc.ie/en/study/undergrad/admissionspolicies/
What can I do if I discover I don't like the course I'm on?
Advice should be first sought through your tutor/mentor and/or Department/Faculty or School office.
You should also speak to the First Year Experience Coordinator, Nóirín Deady. Nóirín will give you support and guidance and will discuss the option to change course with you.
It is also useful to be aware of the financial implications if you decide to withdraw from your degree programme. If you wish to return to third level education at a later date, eligibility for State funding will be affected by the date of withdrawal.
Please note Withdrawal Dates and Fees:
- The 2021 withdrawal dates are Mid-October (Date TBC) and the 31st January 2022
- The university will claim 50% of tuition fees if student withdraws after Mid-October and on or before 31st January
- The university will refund 100% of the student contribution fee up to Mid-October 2021. The Student Contribution Fee for the 2021/22 academic year is €3,000
- After Mid-October and up to 31 January a refund of 50% of any amount paid will be made
- The capitation fee of €130 is non-refundable.
Please note that these dates may change as the Covid-19 pandemic develops. If you have any queries regarding the impact of Covid-19 on your application or studies, please click here
For further information on fees.
Can I change from one course to another?
Can I change from one course to another?
Registered students may apply to change course if they:
- achieved the Leaving Certificate points or equivalent for the course they want to change to
- meet the matriculation requirements
In addition to the above requirements, a space must be available in the class students want to join.
The Change of Course Application facility is now open; to make an enquiry, please visit https://www.ucc.ie/en/study/undergrad/admissionspolicies/#d.en.1219995.
After one year in UCC can I transfer to a different programme?
There may be an option for some internal transfers but the majority of the cases would require an applicant to make an application through the CAO and to compete for a first year place. Further queries on this can be directed to the Admissions Office.
I registered in UCC, can I change my subjects?
If you visit Student Records and Examinations website, all the information is available there on changing subjects.
Is Mathematics a requirement for UCC?
Matriculation requirements vary for each programme and a full list of our matriculation requirements is available on our website: http://www.ucc.ie/en/study/undergrad/entryreqs/.
Where do I get a letter for SUSI confirming my offer?
Once you are a registered student you will need to request a letter from the Student Central Desk, Ground Floor, Student HUB, UCC Main Campus.
You may also request a letter of attendance online through your UCC Student Admin account.
More information is available here
What is the age requirement to attend UCC?
CAO applicants for full-time degrees must normally have reached 17 years of age by 15th January of the year following entry to UCC. If you are below this age, a special application for exemption from the age requirement must be made in writing to the Admissions Officer, and should preferably be accompanied by a letter of support from the School Principal and a parent. Please see the following link: http://www.ucc.ie/calendar/general/info013.html
What opportunities are there to study abroad?
Each year an increasing number of students take advantage of the opportunity to participate in work and study abroad programmes.
Whether it is through the Erasmus programmes in Language and Cultural Studies, the BComm (International) degree, European Studies, Law with French, Law with Irish or enrolling in American or Canadian institutions for a term or a year, UCC students are gaining invaluable experience and a broader perspective. Most degree courses offer work placement opportunities both abroad and at home.
The UCC Internship programme is a fanstastic opportunity for you to gain valuable work experience.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, placements and studying abroad have been greatly impacted. Please find more information here.
Does UCC offer services for students with disabilities?
The Disability Support Services Office assists students with disabilities to achieve their academic goals and make a successful transition to employment and independence. Students registered with the service include those with visual impairment, those who are deaf or hearing impaired, wheelchair users and those with mobility difficulties as well as students with specific learning disabilities, including dyslexia, students with mental health difficulties and students with significant ongoing illness.
- alternative examination arrangements
- assessment and training in assistive technologies
- career support and work placement
- tutor support programme
- dyslexia support programme
- access to educational resources in alternative media formats for blind and visually impaired students
- Irish sign language interpreters are contracted where possible
- note-takers are contracted where possible
- assistance with funding applications to support individual education needs
- on-campus transport services
How safe is the UCC campus?
UCC is located in a mostly residential area off the Western Road in the south side of Cork city.
It is an open campus, with 24-hour security personnel. Security are actively involved in maintaining a safe and friendly environment.
It is important for all, both students and staff, to be vigilant about their surroundings and not compromise safety.
Further information on safety
What clubs and societies are there in UCC?
There are many clubs and societies which offer something for everyone whether your interests lie in athletics, martial arts, field sports, yoga or dance among others. Further information on Clubs and Societies
What are the catering facilities on campus?
The main student restaurant (known popularly as the 'rest') is centrally situated near the Quad.
However, there are tons of other places where you can eat.
|UCC Central||Near the Boole Library|
|Café Express||Above UCC Central|
|Elements Café||Ground floor Kane Science Building|
|Bio Café||Ground floor Bio-Science Building|
|Old College Bar||Above UCC Central on the 1st floor|
|The Coffee Dock||O'Rahilly Building - ground floor|
|Leeside Restaurant||Tyndall Building, opposite Mercy Hospital|
|Brookfield Café||Brookfield Health Sciences Complex|
|Enterprise Café||Enterprise Centre|
|Pharmacy Café||Cavanagh Pharmacy Building - ground floor|
|Western Gateway Café||Western Gateway IT Building, Western Rd.|
|Nosh+Coffee||Mardyke Sports Arena|
|Café Oasis||Student Centre - ground floor|
|Café Panorama||Student Centre - first floor|
|The Bagel Box||Castlewhite Complex|