Having second thoughts?

You may be encountering a series of crossroads - how well you navigate these crossroads can have an impact on your student journey. Don’t wait to stumble – explore your options and figure out the potential outcomes of the decisions you make. Don't be afraid to reach out for support and guidance at these pivotal moments.

Considering a change of course?

Any registered student can make an application to change their course. CAO waitlists and Leaving Certificate appeals are honoured until the close of the CAO season.

We make our decisions on applications to change course based on the following criteria:

  1. The availability of places in the course you want to change to
  2. The entry qualifications for the course you want to change to

You must have the Leaving Certificate points or equivalent and must meet the matriculation requirements of the course you want to change to in order to make a Change of Course Application.  In addition, a place must be available in the course that you want to change to. As part of the application process, you will be need to ensure that the desired programme is the right course for you.  

Please note: If you are successful in their change of course application, you will have to bring yourself up to date with course work. We won't accept change of course as grounds for poor performance at examinations later in the academic year. 


If you are not eligible for change of course, you will be notified immediately. If you have been successful in your application for a change of course we will officially notify you by email. You should check your student email account regularly for correspondence from the Admissions Office.

Successful applicants will be notified by the Admissions Office and your record will be updated by the Student Records & Examinations Office. You will be issued with a new Student ID Card.   

The Change of Course process will open on Wednesday, 28 September.  The closing date for change of course applications is Friday, 14 October 2022 @ 3pm. 

Log an enquiry here.

Deferring your place

We know that not everyone can take up their place in UCC straight away. Everyone's personal circumstances are different and you may wish to defer your entry to UCC for a year.

If you wish to defer your place, do not accept your CAO offer. Apply for a deferral through our Admissions Office.

Thinking of leaving your course?

Withdrawing from UCC

Circumstances occasionally arise that can cause you to consider leaving UCC before completing your degree programme.  

In such cases we at University College Cork are committed to:

  • giving you career guidance and support should you need/want to withdraw
  • helping you find a solution to whatever issues are causing you concern (if it is possible)
  • providing a respectful and uncomplicated process for completing your withdrawal
  • ensuring that you are aware of all your options and that you will be facilitated in every way to return to third level education if you wish.

If you are a first year student who is considering withdrawing, please speak with Nóirín Deady before your complete the Withdrawal Form. You can book an appointment here  You can also email: n.deady@ucc.ie

If you are an international student from outside the EU, please contact Ms. Natalie O'Byrne who will provide support to you.  Email: natalie.obyrne@ucc.ie  

For all other withdrawals, please visit the Having Second Thoughts? page and look through your options before making a decision. 

The sooner you make contact the more options you will have.


Our Fee Refund Policy outlines important information on what refunds are available to you.

  • For a full refund, students must withdraw by 31 October 2022.
  • Students withdrawing by 31 January 2023 will incur half year tuition fee costs if repeating first year of a new programme.

Application process

You must formally notify the University of your intention to withdraw.  If you have considered all your options and you still want to proceed with your withdrawal, please complete the withdrawal form below. 

Please email your withdrawal form to Nóirín Deady.  Email: n.deady@ucc.ie

You can make a retrospective withdrawal, but you must include supporting evidence from one or more of the following professionals with your application:

  • Medical Practitioner
  • Other health professionals
  • UCC Student Support professionals
  • Garda
  • Other (must be specified)

Admissions Office


1st floor, West Wing, Main Quadrangle, T12 K8AF