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.
Fields of Study at University College Cork:
* These departments have strict capacity limits and admission depends on the amount of prerequisites a student has taken in that subject.
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.
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.
Summer Preferred Minimum GPA: 2.5
Semester Minimum GPA: 3.0 & Sophomore standing
Summer: US Credit
Semester: Overseas credit
Summer: 50 students
Semester: 40 students
ASAPI -- Association of Study Abroad Providers in Ireland