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Cork Partnership Courses – 2024 Spring

If you have questions about the academics or courses available on this program, locate the Program Advisor to email them your questions directly.

Studying abroad can be a more meaningful and invigorating learning experience than at home—both inside and outside of the classroom. You may be more curious and alert than you usually are so use this heightened energy to enhance your studies as well as your cultural and geographical explorations. You may also encounter different teaching styles and course processes; be prepared to adapt and to learn.


USAC's partnership with University College Cork provides you with a wide array of academic options. You will take regular university classes alongside Irish students and also have the opportunity to enroll in courses offered by University College Cork specifically for study abroad students. Courses are typically 5 or 10 UCC credits each. Students will take 20-30 UCC credits per semester, which equates to approximately 12-18 U.S. semester credits and typically 4-6 courses total. Courses are subject to availability and approval of prerequisites which are determined by University College Cork.

Students participating in the fall or yearlong program will have the option to add an Early Start course to their study plan for an additional fee paid to USAC. See below for more information.

Qualified yearlong students also have the option to pursue a course of study leading to an interdisciplinary Certificate in Irish Studies.

Areas of Study at University College Cork (subject to change):

Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Applied Psychology *
  • Archaeology
  • Arts
  • Asian Studies
  • Celtic Civilization
  • Classics – Greek, Greek and Roman Civilization, Latin
  • Computer Science
  • Criminology
  • Digital Humanities and Information Technology
  • Economics
  • Education
  • English Literature
  • European Studies
  • Film and Screen Media
  • Folklore/Béaloideas
  • Geography
  • Government and Political Science
  • History *
  • History of Art
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Religions and Global Diversity
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Theatre and Performative Practices
  • World Languages - English, Gaeilge/Irish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Youth and Community Work

* These departments have strict capacity limits and admission depends on the amount of prerequisites a student has taken in that subject.


  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Food Business and Development
  • Financial Mathematics
  • Management and Marketing
  • Management Information Systems

Medicine and Health

  • Anatomy
  • Foundations of Medicine
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology
  • Public Health
  • Speech and Language Therapy

Science, Engineering, and Food Science

  • Agriculture
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemical Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Earth Science
  • Ecology
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Science
  • Food Science
  • Genetics
  • Geology
  • Geosciences
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Molecular Biology
  • Nutrition
  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Plant Science
  • Process Engineering
  • Statistics
  • Zoology

Courses of Interest to Study Abroad Students

  • The Ancient Celts: Origin (fall)
  • The Ancient Celts: Legacy (spring)
  • Aspects of Irish Folklore (fall or spring)
  • Celtic Religion and Mythology (spring)
  • Celtic Literature (fall)
  • Exploring Irish Traditional Music (fall or spring)
  • History and Modern Ireland (fall)
  • The History of the Media in Ireland (spring)
  • Introduction to Modern Irish History for Visiting Students (fall or spring)
  • Introduction to Irish Literature (fall or spring)
  • Introduction to Modern Irish (fall or spring)
  • Irish Archaeology: Prehistoric, Celtic, and Historic (spring)
  • Issues in Irish Politics (spring)
  • Language and Culture in an Irish-Speaking Area (spring)
  • The Literature and Culture of Ireland through Time (fall or spring)
  • Modern Ireland: Culture, Politics, and Society (spring)
  • Music in Modern Ireland (fall)
  • The Nature and Political Evolution of the EC/EU (fall)
  • People, Place and Politics: Ireland, 1660-1960 (fall or spring)
  • Politics and Government of Ireland (fall)
  • Politics of the European Union (fall)

Early Start Courses (Fall/Yearlong only)

Fall or yearlong students may enroll in one Early Start course (for an additional fee), which typically runs for three-four weeks from mid-August to just before the fall semester begins. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet more students prior to the start of the regular semester and gain insight into the country's history, culture, and civilization. The Early Start courses include exciting field trips, which serve to bring alive the material taught in class. Take advantage of this unique opportunity and earn additional credits while abroad! Previous Early Start courses have included Irish Archaeology, Irish History and Modern Ireland, and Literature in Ireland and Creative Writing.

Course Descriptions

To obtain course syllabi, click on the link(s) below and follow the prompts to specific course information. Please contact the USAC Advising department if you have difficulty finding the information.