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As the Republic of Ireland's second largest city with with a population around 120,000, Cork nicknamed the "Rebel County" where everything is easily accessible. A leading Travel Guidebook, Lonely Planet, listed Cork as one of the Top Ten cities in the world to visit in 2010. The city is built on the river Lee, this city is full of galleries, theatre, restaurants, and shops. This program is CSB/SJU only non-faculty led program. CSB/SJU students on this program direct enroll at University College Cork (UCC).

Program Highlights

  • Cork offers 114 student sports, clubs, or societies that many of our students get involved and what a great way to immerse yourself into the culture.
  • UCC offers all the services of a full comprehensive University with great library, many computer labs, plenty of classrooms, and state of art athletic facilities.
  • Cork is CSB/SJU most independent program where students can choose from a big selection of classes, and it offers a program schedule that allows for a long study break in April for independent travel.


As Ireland's top research university and as the only Irish University to be named "Irish University of the Year "on two occasions, UCC has much to offer. With over 17,000 undergraduates including the 2,400 international students currently studying at UCC, the university has a very rich multicultural environment.The University College Cork requires students from foreign colleges and universities to have a cumulative GPA of 3.0. The University College Cork makes the final determination to accept each student from CSB/SJU. Students are directly enrolled at UCC for the semester.

Many students find that the academic structure at UCC is much more independent. Instructors will lecture and assign readings just as they do at CSB/SJU but it is up to the individual student how much time and work they put into the class and when they complete the work. Most of the studying is done outside of the classroom so students need to be self-motivated. Evaluation is most often based on a final exam at the end of the semester or the year: it is not based on class participation, attendance, quizzes and tests throughout the semester.

Exact course selections at UCC are only available a few months before the semester begins, however courses tend to be repeated from year to year. Students can consult the current Pre-Approval UCC and CSB/SJU Course for more information about potential course offerings.

For more details on current courses, please visit the Book of Module website at UCC and remember to Select Semester 2 for Spring Semester.

Experiential Activities

There are nearly 60 clubs and over 70 societies for students in UCC. Many of our student's participate in one club or society while studying at UCC. You can choose from things like Rugby or Ultimate Frisbee to Kayaking and Mountaineering as well. Other students join academic societies like Iona Society (similar to Campus Ministry), Photography, Orchestra, or Chorus. To view the options, please visit the UCC website.

There is only one day trip to Blarney Castle and Kinsale that is scheduled as part of the study abroad program fee. Other program excursions are organized through the Iona Society or the International Office for a fee.


Students live in furnished Apartments called Leeside situated along the river Lee. The apartments are located 5 minutes from downtown and a 15-20 minute walk to UCC. Students will stay in combination with other CSB or SJU students and other visiting students to UCC. Amenities in the apartments included wireless Internet, laundry, and kitchen facilities.

Program Dates

The approximate program dates for Ireland Cork are early January to late May.

Financial Considerations

For more information on the "Program Fees" for this program, please refer to the Ireland-Cork Program Brochure for specific information. Another great resource is the Financing your Experience brochure. In this brochure, there are estimates of what past participants spent on this program. Also included in this brochure is information regarding scholarships and financial aid.

Explore Further

  • Program Advisor: Joy Ruis, Center for Global Education