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University College Cork

Posted on July 22, 2010


The National University of Ireland campus, University College Cork, is one of Ireland's oldest and leading teaching and research universities. Founded in the 1840's this beautiful campus reflects its historical heritage in the impressive architecture of the central campus quad. UCC has eight Faculties, ranging from Arts to Science, to Law and Medicine. Courses in Irish culture, archaeology, history and politics offer students an opportunity to explore Ireland's past and its future as part of the European and world communities. UCC boasts a world-renowned Department of Music. The Science Faculty consists of 19 departments and a wide range of disciplines. UCC recently established Institutes for Biosciences and Environmental Research. Among its notable scholars was professor of mathematics George Boole, who developed the algebra that makes computer programming possible


Cork is the second largest city in Ireland (pop. 518,000). Located on the southern coast it benefits from a more temperate climate than other parts of Ireland. With the River Lee as a prominent part of the cityscape, Cork is known as a city of bridges. Early settlements by the Danes established Cork Harbor as a trading center, which later came under English control. During the Irish struggle for independence, Cork was an important base for nationalist politics and resistance. Contemporary Cork is influenced by its student population (25,000) with lively arts, cultural, social and sports scenes. It may be surprising to students to find that Irish is spoken in many parts of Cork and many documents, including University publications, are bilingual. Irish language classes are offered as part of the UCC curriculum.


Early Start Program: August 24 - September 21, 2012 (included with Autumn Semester; see details below)
Fall Semester: September 9, 2015 - December 4, 2015
Spring Semester: January 11, 2016 - April 22, 2016

Courses and Credits

Visit the UCC website for informatin on academic departments and Book of Modules (course catalog).

Admission Requirements

Minimum GPA – 3.0, with foundation courses completed in proposed studies.

Housing & Board

University residential flats. Facilities are self-catering with kitchens, allowing students to prepare meals.


Wheaton Tuition & Housing. Expenses covered include: Tuition, housing, and one round-trip overseas airfare from NY or Boston.

Other Expenses

Students are responsible for the costs and preparation of meals, round‐trip domestic travel to meet the overseas flight, $500 administrative fee, passport and visa/immigration fees, local transportation, books and supplies, supplemental overseas health insurance and personal expenses. Expenses during vacation periods are covered by students. Budget guidelines are provided.


Materials are available in the Center for Global Education.


Make an appointment to see Gretchen Young in the Center for Global Education, ext. 4950. Program details are subject to change at the discretion of Wheaton Center for Global Education.

Courses of Study

Most students will study within the two major university divisions in the Faculties of Arts and Science. For a complete list of courses in each Faculty, check the University College Cork's website for visiting international students.

  • Arts – Archaeology, Celtic Civilization, Child Health, Computer Science, Economics, Education, English*, European Studies, Folklore, Foreign Languages, Geography, Greek/Greek & Roman Civilization, History*, History of Art, Irish Language, Latin, Mathematics, Philosophy, Psychology*, Social Policy, Sociology (* There may be enrollment restrictions and quotas for Visiting Students in these and other subjects. See Application Guidelines for more information.)
  • Science – Anatomy, Ecology, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Geology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Nutrition, Pharmacology, Physics, Physiology, Plant Science, Statistics, Zoology
  • Celtic Studies

Early Start Semester: required for all Autumn semester participants

The Early Start Program offers students an introduction to Ireland and Irish Studies before they enroll in regular University classes. All courses are taught by University College Cork faculty. Many include site visits/field trips to areas of Ireland being studied. Students choose one of the following pre-session courses (please note courses are subject to change):

  • Irish Archaeology
  • History and Modern Ireland
  • Irish Ecosystems
  • Irish Folklore and Ethnology
  • Literatures in Ireland
  • Music in Ireland

Program fees and housing for the Early Start period are covered under Wheaton fees. Students are responsible for their own meals and other expenses as noted during this period.

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