The Cork program is administered in the US by the USAC Central Office and in Cork, Ireland, by the UCC International Office, which is responsible for answering questions about academic matters and housing, assisting with registration, and overseeing your general well-being. Marita Foster, Deputy Director, and Karen McSweeney, Senior Executive Assistant, along with their staff at the UCC International Office will provide a mandatory orientation, assist you with integration, and arrange social events.
In addition to the outstanding support available from the UCC International Office, Mary Steele is also available to USAC students. Mary worked in the UCC International Office for many years and now serves as the USAC on-site Resident Director. Mary helps you adjust to life in Cork, troubleshoots issues, and helps you understand the UCC and Irish education system. Once you arrive and adapt to your new surroundings, she will host a meeting, walking tour of the city, and scavenger hunt during the first few days of the term, will plan field trips, and help keep you informed of what’s going on in the city. She hosts a welcome reception and is available for one-on-one meetings throughout the semester. Mary coordinates the included field trips to Killarney National Park, Muckross House and Gardens, Rock of Cashel, and Cahir Castle, and assists with the included Heritage Weekend tour of the Ring of Kerry region.
The USAC Cork summer program is a Specialty Program. Specialty Programs have an on-site Resident Director (RD) who is responsible for the USAC office abroad and overall operations of the program, including securing appropriate student housing, hiring top-level faculty, organizing field trips and optional tours, and overseeing your general well-being.
Mary Steele is the Resident Director for the Cork summer program. Mary has over 20 years experience in study abroad at University College Cork. Mary along with Program Assistant Dr. Mags Steele, meets the group flight at the airport, provides an on-site orientation, arranges your program housing, and organizes interesting field tirps, as well as the optional tour of Dublin and Southwest Ireland.