As the Republic of Ireland's second largest city with with a population around 200,000, 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 one of 3 CSB+SJU non-faculty led semester programs. CSB+SJU students on this program direct enroll at University College Cork (UCC).

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As Ireland's top research university and as the only University in Ireland to be named "Irish University of the Year " four times, UCC has much to offer. With over 20,000 students including the 3,300 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 and makes the final decision 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 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 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. For course descriptions and more information, please click on the following link CSBSJU-Global Portal.  To explore study abroad course options and how they work with the Integrations Curriculum, Common Curriculum, and departmental requirements, check out our new CGE Study Abroad Course Database. 

For more details on current Spring courses at UCC, 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 just under 100 societies for students in UCC. Many of our students 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 Photography, Orchestra, or Chorus. To view the options, please visit the UCC website.

There is a 3 day, 2 night overnight excursion to the Ring of Kerry that is part of the study abroad program fee. Other program excursions are organized through the Iona Society or the International Office for an additional fee.


Students live in furnished apartments 5 minutes from UCC and a 15-20 minute walk to Downtown. Students will stay in combination with other CSB+SJU students and other visiting students to UCC. Amenities in the apartments include Wireless Internet and kitchen facilities. Coin Laundry is available on-site.

Program Dates

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

Financial Considerations

During a semester abroad, CSB+SJU students pay the same tuition as if on campus. Instead of paying CSB+SJU Housing and Meal Plan, all students studying abroad pay an Education Abroad Fee. Find program fee cost information on the  CSBSJU-Global Portal

Students should plan early for a successful study abroad experience.  Financial aid and  scholarships may be available to help with the  program costs, but must be searched out well in advance. 

See which Scholarships you may qualify for with participating on this program.

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