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On-Site Staff for Cork, Ireland

The Cork program is a USAC specialty program during the summer term and a partnership program during the semester terms.

Summer Term Staff

The Cork summer specialty program is administered in the U.S. by the USAC Central Office and in Cork, Ireland, by USAC Resident Director Patrick O'Donnell. Patrick has more than a decade of experience welcoming study abroad students to Cork. Patrick meets the group flight at the airport, provides a mandatory on-site orientation, arranges program housing, hires top-level faculty, organizes interesting field trips, as well as an optional tour of Southwest Ireland, and oversees your general well-being.

Meet the Resident Director

Semester Term Staff

The Cork partnership program is administered in the U.S. by the USAC Central Office and in Cork, Ireland, by the University College Cork (UCC) International Office. Host university staff are available to answer questions about academic matters and housing, to assist with course registration, and to oversee your general well-being. Marita Foster (Deputy Director), Karen McSweeney (Visiting Student Manager), and Mary-Bríd Murphy (Senior Executive Assistant), along with their staff at the UCC International Office, will provide a mandatory on-site orientation, assist you with integrating into campus life, and connect you with on-campus services and resources.

Patrick O'Donnell headshot

In addition to the outstanding support available from the UCC International Office, USAC Resident Director Patrick O'Donnell will also serve as a resource to USAC students. Patrick will be available to support students throughout their time in Cork, to help answer questions and troubleshoot issues, and to organize group events and field trips for USAC students. Once you arrive and adapt to your new surroundings, Patrick will host a welcome meeting and a walking tour of the city, and he is available for one-on-one meetings throughout the semester.

Patrick has worked closely with UCC throughout the past decade and previously served as a Resident Director for Academic Programs International (API).