Cork, Ireland

Course Information

Cork, Ireland | 2017 Spring

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.

Areas of Study at University College Cork

Through our agreement with University College Cork, an array of courses will be made available to you; departments where you may take modules are included below.

  • At UCC, courses are called “modules.”
  • In general, a UCC 5-credit course is 3 US credits.
  • Courses are typically 5 or 10 UCC credits. Taking 20-30 UCC credits would be equal to approximately 15-18 US credits.
  • All module registration is subject to approval by the departments at UCC (especially science-based modules).

Keep in mind that you must enroll in the equivalency of at least 12 US credits per semester (even if host university requirements are lower). Be sure to have plenty of primary and alternate course options in mind as schedules are subject to change and registration in your preferred courses is not guaranteed.

Grades may not be ready until one or two months after exams are completed; in some cases it may take longer. Check your Credits, Courses, and Transcripts document in Gateway for details specific to your host university. The transcript evaluation and grade reporting process at your home university will also take time after your overseas transcripts arrives. If you plan to study here during your senior year, review your home university requirements carefully to allow enough time for grades to be posted for graduation. Plan to work ahead with your academic advisor if you will be using your study abroad coursework to meet prerequisites back at home.

Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences Course Areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Archaeology
  • Celtic Civilization
  • Chinese Studies
  • Computer Science
  • Drama and Theatre Studies
  • Economics
  • Education
  • English, Gaelige/Irish, Greek, Latin,
  • European Studies
  • Folklore/B éaloideas
  • Geography
  • Greek
  • Greek and Roman Civilization
  • History
  • History of Art
  • Language and Literature
  • Latin
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Religions and Global Diversity
  • Social Policy
  • Sociology
  • Sports Education

Business and Law Course Areas

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

Medicine and Health Course Areas

  • Anatomy
  • Epidemiology and Public Health
  • Nursing
  • Pediatrics and Child Health
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology

Science, Engineering, and Food Science Course Areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Earth Science
  • Ecology
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Energy Engineering
  • Environmental Science
  • Food Science and Technology
  • Geology
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Process and Chemical Engineering
  • Statistics
  • Zoology

Courses Available Exclusively to Study Abroad Students

  • A Panorama View of French and Francophone Cinema
  • Aspects of Irish Folklore
  • Culture, Literature, and Language of Ireland
  • Intermediate Modern Irish
  • International Management and Marketing Practices with Special Focus on the EU (Spring only)
  • Introduction to Anglo-Irish Literature
  • Introduction to French
  • Introduction to Irish History for Visiting Students
  • Introduction to Modern Irish
  • Ireland in Transition
  • Irish Archaeology: Prehistoric, Celtic, and Historic
  • People, Place and Politics: Ireland, 1660-1960

Early Start Semester Programs (Fall only)

  • History and Modern Ireland
  • Irish Archaeology
  • Irish Folklore and Tradition
  • Irish Traditional Music
  • Literatures in Ireland
  • Management and Marketing in the European Union

Early Start Courses

Fall or yearlong students may enroll in one Early Start course, 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. Specific Early Start courses are listed above.


Study abroad students have the opportunity to earn a certificate or diploma in various interdisciplinary Irish and European Studies. The Certificate in Irish Studies is a yearlong interdisciplinary program that provides a comprehensive overview of the rich indigenous Irish cultural tradition over two millennia. The Department of Government offers three certificate programs to study abroad students: Certificate in Political Science (fall), Certificate in Conflict and Conflict Resolution (fall), and Certificate in Irish Politics (spring). The School of Law offers a Certificate in International Human Rights (fall) and a Certificate in European Human Rights (spring). There are also yearlong Diplomas available in European Common Law and Irish Traditional Music.

Course Descriptions

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