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Location: Cork, Ireland, Europe

Program Type: UMSL Exchange Program through the MAUI-Utrecht Network Exchange Consortium open to undergraduate and graduate students

Language of Instruction: English

UMSL Term Abroad: Fall, Spring. Academic Year is possible, but highly competitive.

Approximate Dates Abroad:
Fall Semester: September - December
Spring Semester: January - April

Application Deadline: We encourage applicants to this program to apply early - your chances of admission are increased by doing so. Students interested in competitive locations, such as this one, should apply in February of the year academic year prior to term. For example, if you are interested in the Spring 2016, apply in January 2015. 

  • Fall/Academic Year: February 16 (final)
  • Spring: February 16 (final). If after this date, see a Study Abroad Coordinator to determine whether or not placement is still available.

UMSL Study Abroad Eligibility Requirements


Subjects Available: 

  • Accounting (AY only)
  • Anatomy (AY only)
  • Applied Mathematics (AY or SP only)
  • Archaeology
  • Biochemistry
  • Business - Accounting (AY only)
  • Business - Information Systems (AY only)
  • Business - Management
  • Business - Marketing
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese Studies
  • Computer Science (AY only)
  • Earth Science
  • Economics (AY or FS only)
  • Ecology
  • Education - Early Childhood
  • Engineering - Civil Engineering (AY or SP Semester only)
  • Engineering - Electrical (AY only)
  • English
  • History
  • Languages - French
  • Languages - German (AY only)
  • Languages - Greek
  • Languages - Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Languages - Italian (AY only)
  • Languages - Latin
  • Mathematics (AY or SP only)
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Policy Administration
  • Sociology
  • Other fields of study: Celtic Civilisation, Child Health, Epidemiology and Public Health, European Studies, Food Business and Development, Food Engineering, Food Science, Geography, Geology, Greek and Roman Civilisation, Nutrition (restricted), Microbiology, Plant Science, Physiology Religions and Global Diversity, Zoology

Cork student Center

The University:  University College Cork - National University of Ireland, Cork Built around a beautiful stone faced quadrangle, University College Cork first opened its doors to students on 7th November, 1849. Today University College Cork has eight faculties: Arts, Law, Commerce, Celtic Studies, Science, Food Science and Technology, Engineering and Medicine. Teaching is delivered through departments of which there are over 60 and there are 8000 students pursuing undergraduate and post-graduate courses.

The modern campus of UCC pleasantly combines early and modern architecture along a riverside garden setting close to the city centre. The campus radiates a warm and intimate atmosphere which greatly enhances the learning environment.

Academics:  Assessment is usually by examination and by work submitted during the academic year. As a general rule, the approach is to integrate the visiting student to the maximum extent possible into the procedures normally observed by the Irish student. Visiting students must therefore sit the normal end of year examinations, as is the case for Irish students. UMSL students may not participate in Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Occupational Therapy, or Speech and Language Therapy.

Courses at the university are taught in modules. A module represents a self-contained fraction of a student’s workload for the year. The size of a module is indicated by its credit weighting. The number of credits allocated to each module will vary depending on the fraction of work it accounts for. UCC students take modules to the value of 60 credits per academic year and no more than 35 credits in any one teaching period/semester.

Demand for some modules is extremely high. This is particularly the case for modules in Applied Psychology, Food and Nutritional Sciences, English and History, where the demands of Irish and other European students frequently coincide with those of visiting American students. Please bear in mind that it is not always possible to guarantee admission to particular modules, although we will do our best to offer you places in the modules you prefer.

Housing: Apartment style complexes which can be pre-booked.

Activities and Programs: The University has extensive outdoor sports facilities as well as indoor facilities. Exchange students may also join student clubs and organizations.

Location:  Cork, the second largest city in Ireland, is located on the south coast, 260 km south-west of the capitaI, Dublin. The greater Cork area has a population in excess of 200,000. The city is a busy seaport and the home of a large number of industries including electronics, pharmaceuticals, brewing and food processing. The surrounding environment is as varied as it is beautiful. Cork is ideally situated at the head of the inlet of Cork harbour with the sea just to the south, mountains, hills and rivers to the north and east, and the breathtaking lakes of Killarney only one and a half hours to the west.

There is a good mixture of educational, sporting and cultural interests in the city. Among Cork's many cultural offerings are an art school with public painting and sculpture galleries, an Opera House, two theatres and a city museum. The city has a rich social life and is the centre each year for International Film, Choral and Jazz festivals.

International Office Website: http://www.ucc.ie/en/international//

Course Offerings: http://www.ucc.ie/en/international/visiting/study/bookofmodulesforvisitingstudents/

Housing: http://www.ucc.ie/en/asa/ 

Cost Estimates for 2014-15*

Use the Budget Worksheet to compare the below cost to your personal budget or living on campus at UMSL.

Tuition $3,789.60
HTH mandatory insurance $140.00
Books and course materials $70.00
Accommodations $2,200.00
Meals & Personal Expenses $1,650.00
Airfare $1,400.00
Local Transportation $300.00
Other $650.00
TOTAL $10,199.60


Course Equivalencies: Each student is responsible for researching what courses are available to take and for obtaining an UMSL equivalent course. The UMSL equivalent course number is the course for which you will receive credit on your UMSL transcript. Finding courses to take while you are abroad requires some time and research. More information is on the course equivalency page.

Upon Acceptance: Students will be required to submit supplemental materials, purchase HTH insurance, and participate in a mandatory orientation. More information will be distributed to all accepted students.

* UMSL tuition fees are based on 12 undergraduate credit hours at the 2014-15 rate - 2015/16 tuition rate TBA April 2015. Non-resident fees may apply.
* Costs are based off a four month semester.
* Airline estimate based off of online search.
* Please note that expenses are ESTIMATES. Costs vary depending on the exchange rate, the inflation rate, individual spending habits, and amount of extra travel. The cost estimate above does not include visa expenses, personal expenses, independent travel, which vary widely from student to student.
* Program information is subject to change.
* Other includes immigration registration

Photos and some text courtesy of University College Cork