Drexel in Ireland: University College Cork
University College Cork (UCC) is a large research university located in Cork, Ireland. It is ranked 3rd in Ireland, and 230th in the world.
Cork is Ireland’s second largest city, and the university is located in the greater metropolitan area. It has a population of about 300,000, and the university has about 17,000 students. As a small cosmopolitan city, Cork is easily accessible, and the campus is in walking distance to many shops, restaurants, and nightlife.
This program is open to all majors, and is a particularly great option for engineering students. The UCC Exchange program completely immerses Drexel students into Irish education and culture as you take classes with the local Irish and international students.
University College Cork is Ireland’s leading research institute. It was founded in 1845, and is one of the oldest universities in Ireland. UCC has four colleges - Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences; Business and Law; Science, Engineering and Food Science; and Medicine and Health. It has been named “University of the Year” 3 times by the Sunday Times.
UCC is located in southern Ireland, about 3 hours from Dublin. The campus is green, and surrounded by stone buildings and riverside gardens, adding a unique charm to the university setting.
For more information about the UCC exchange program, visit the UCC exchange student website.
- 3.0 minimum GPA
- Sophomore status or higher
Course Catalog: Use this to search coursework offered at UCC. Called the "Directory of Modules" in Ireland.
Course Equivalents: This spreadsheet is a historical list of pre-approved courses Drexel students have received approval or taken at UCC before. Students can choose to take courses from this list, but there is no guarantee that these courses will be offered in the future. Course Approvals: Students will need to get courses approved by the appropriate department for each course they plan to take at UCC. For example, if you want to take a sociology course at UCC for Drexel credit, its equivalent must be pre-approved by the Sociology Department at Drexel.
Students are taught and graded by Irish faculty at UCC. Grades are noted as "CR/NCR" on their transcript and will NOT affect their GPA. In order to receive CR, students must earn a "C" or above at the host institution. Students must be a full-time student at the host institution while also taking the equivalent of a full-time load at Drexel.
UCC operates on a semester system. Click here for the academic calendar.
Fall Term Dates and Itinerary
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Students may need to leave their spring/summer co-op 1-3 weeks early to be at Cork in time for classes to start.
Winter Term Dates and Itinerary
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Drexel students will need to start their spring/summer co-op about 6 weeks late to be in Cork for spring semester. This will count as winter term at Drexel.
Student accommodation is guaranteed for all exchange students on this program.
U.S. students do not need a visa to go to Ireland, but there will be a $300 fee upon arrival. International students should check with the Irish consulate to determine if a visa is needed.
Estimated Program Costs
Review the Estimated Study Abroad Costs page for a list of approximated program expenses.
Tuition & Financial Aid
This is a Drexel sponsored program, thus your Drexel tuition and financial aid remain the same during the term abroad. Students may also want to submit a revised budget to Drexel Central to see if additional funding may be available.
Students who receive Federal Work Study should consider applying for the Study Abroad Online Journalist work study position (only available to students after acceptance).
Those interested in seeking additional funding should review Scholarship & Funding Opportunities. Remember that scholarship deadlines may be much earlier than study abroad deadlines, so plan accordingly.
For more information on these and many other scholarship opportunities, visit our Scholarships page.