On Campus Orientation is compulsory and is designed to welcome you to UCC and introduce you to university life.
Click on your degree programme below to view your full timetable for the day. This is the day you will also collect your Student ID Card. We want to ensure that you attend all compulsory workshops and presentations so please only book ID Collection at the time scheduled on your orientation timetable. Thank you.
Professor John O'Halloran is the 16th President of University College Cork. Further to his duties as President, Professor O'Halloran is the current Director of UCC's Quercus Talented Students Programme and Chair of the Green Campus Forum at UCC. He was previously Head of School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences at UCC, where he still holds the Chair in Zoology.
Meet your Peer Support Leader who will support you throughout your first year
Hear from the Students' Union
Learn all about Clubs and Societies and how to join.
You are not registering for an on-line degree programme so you will be expected to be on campus throughout your first year. Orientation is a great way to start.
The Freshers' Fest is on Saturday 24 September so save the date now. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet your classmates again. You can attend workshops, take tours, sign up for Clubs and Socs. We will have music and food stalls which add to a carnival atmosphere on campus. Your family and friends are welcome too - we will schedule events/activities for them at the Open-Door Welcome for Family & Friends.
You will receive your Guide to Succes and Freshers' Fest brochure in the post the week of 8 September.
We look forward to giving you a BIG UCC WELCOME.
After on-campus orientation, don't forget our Fresher's Fest will be on Saturday 24 September! Download the 2022 Fresher's Fest Brochure first and plan your day, then book your workshops for between 9am and 2:30pm using our online form.
Family and friends are welcome too - we have the Open Door Welcome taking place in the Hub between 11am and 1:30pm.
There'll also be plenty happening around the campus, including Clubs & Societies stands so you can sign up early, Céilí dancing in the Amphitheatre, and the Graduate Attributes Virtual Treasure Hunt.
How to use UCC's IT systems
There are a number of UCC IT Systems that you will need during your time here. You'll already have encountered MyStudentAdmin during Registration, and you will be using Canvas to take part in academic orientation. One of the first modules that you can complete as part of Orientation is the UCC IT Workshop from Student IT Services. This will further introduce you to the systems you will use as a UCC student.
Understanding how your course works is important. During academic orientation on Canvas, you will learn more about:
Your modules (compulsory and elective), including credit weighting and where you'll need to be for your classes
An outline of your assignments
And what you can expect to learn
You should also understand what's required of you to successfully complete a course of study. This part of orientation will inform you of:
Whether you'll have small group teaching in a practical, laboratory, seminar or tutorial
How much time you'll need to dedicate to study outside of the lecture, lab or seminar room
The nature of your assignments
...and more, depending on the unique requirements of your course.
This will allow you to plan for the year ahead and get a sense of what you will be doing.
Academic support and mentoring
You'll learn about the academic support available to you in your first year, as well as any mentoring schemes available. This part of the orientation programme will help you understand these supports and how they can help you to make the most of your academic learning.
There's a likelihood that you might want to change a module after you commence your studies. You'll normally be informed of the practicalities and administration involved in this at your academic orientation, and can ask your course coordinator if you have any queries.
Student rules and policies
Our rules and policies are available to all students and are here to help you have a safe and secure experience during your time at UCC.