Explore the stunning UCC campus, located on 42 acres of wooded grounds on the banks of the River Lee.  

• Attending UCC brings the advantage of accessing an extensive catalog of classes each semester- make the most of your university experience by making steady progress toward your degree requirements while also living deep in the heart of Ireland! Cork University Business School has been AACSB International accredited since 2022, and is placed among the top 200 business schools worldwide.

• Receive support throughout your stay in Cork, including an orientation to Irish life, organized excursions to nearby cities, and connection with local students through the UCC Peer Support Leader program

• Access over 100 active societies and 50 different sports clubs, including areas of interest such as academics, volunteering, gaming/role-playing, politics, religion, watersports, and martial arts, just to name a few. 


A traditional college town, Cork is known for its nightlife, restaurants, and music scene. Spend your free time strolling along the River Lee, popping into markets, dropping into a pub for traditional Irish music, exploring historic castles and cathedrals, or kayaking through the city center. Nearby, you can tour Blarney Castle (and the famous Blarney Stone), the historic port of Kinsale, and miles of coastline.  


ISEP students live in up-to-date, furnished apartments arranged through the UCC accommodation office. Each student has a single room furnished with a bed and desk. Typically, apartments are shared with 3-5 other students and include a furnished living area and a kitchen with standard appliances.  


Dine in the food capital of Ireland on local delicacies such as Boxty (Irish Potato Pancakes), Irish stew, and Shepherd’s Pie. Packed with a litany of restaurants, the city has no shortage of brunch and dinner options or cafes to frequent. There are also plenty of on-campus options to choose from including cafes, restaurants, and convenient stores. The average monthly cost of groceries for students in Cork is 200-300 USD.  


Cork has a thriving cultural scene that led it to be named the European Capital of Culture in 2005. Several festivals are held annually in the city including a Midsummer Festival, film festivals, music festivals, and more. You can also join in on other favorite Irish pastimes by joining an Irish football or rugby team or learning how to navigate open waters by enrolling in a local sailing class. 


Enjoy easy transportation around the city with two bus routes that pass through campus, as well as a simple bike rental process with discounts for students. The campus is located just one mile from the city center, so there are plenty of opportunities to explore Ireland’s second largest city. Just 1.5 hours away by train, County Kerry offers some of Ireland’s best hiking and exploring at Killarney National Park and the Dingle Peninsula. Cork's international airport provides daily links to mainland Europe and other major destinations, including Paris, Amsterdam, London, and Frankfurt.  


Plenty of support services are available to you while on campus, including academic assistance, counseling services, budgeting help, and more.  

What We Love About UCC 

We love that when students arrive they get to experience two weeks of exciting activities such as walking tours of the city, cinema nights, table quizzes, and Irish music and dance experiences.  

See ISEP Direct budget and estimated expenses

Program Website

Course Description

Attending UCC brings the advantage of accessing an extensive catalog of classes (modules) each semester. A generous number of classes in the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, the College of Science, Engineering and Food Science, the College of Business and Law and the College of Medicine and Health are available for study abroad students.  The chart below reflects some of the more popular areas of focus but make the most of your time at UCC by picking the classes that work best for you and your degree requirements! 

Credits Earned 

Students who complete the program in good standing can expect to take up to 30 ECTS which ISEP recommends is the equivalent of approximately 15 U.S. Credit Hours.  

If you use financial aid, please speak with a qualified financial aid advisor to understand your academic obligations and the requirements for using financial aid. 

Sample Classes Available: 




Relations and Global Studies


Political Science

Health Sciences and Pre-Health Professions


Pedagogical Foundations (Spring)

Global Governance (Fall)

Politics in Northern Ireland (Spring)


Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience (Spring)


Geotechnical Engineering (Fall)


Decision Making in Educational Leadership (Fall)


Global Political Economy – Trade (Fall)

The Third Sector and the State (Fall)

Population and Evolutionary Genetics (Fall)

Energy Systems, Power Electronics and Drives (Fall)


Early Childhood Pedagogy: Perspectives and Contemporary Issues (Fall)


Conflict and Conflict Resolution (Spring)

Citizen Participation (Spring)

Public Health Advocacy (Fall)

Mechanical Systems (Fall)


Historical Developments in the Irish Education Sector (Fall)


Democracy: Theories and Innovations (Spring)

Political Corruption: Practice and Prevention (Spring)

Molecular Biology (Spring)

Sustainability, Bioenergy, and Circular Economy Systems (Spring)


Inclusion of Pupils with SEN: Opportunities, Challenges,  
Dilemmas (Spring)


International Security (Fall)

Gender Perspectives on Politics (Fall)

Human Nervous System (Fall)

Applied Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics (Fall)

For detailed instructions on how to search for all available courses, please click on the "other academic conditions" dropdown link below.

Website for Course Availability

ISEP STUDENT SERVICES OFFICER Amanda Ewert 703-504-9986 | Thank you for your interest in ISEP Study Abroad! I’m your Student Services Officer and main point of contact here at ISEP. As you search for programs, I’ll be available to answer any questions you might have. Feel free to contact me at any point in your search process for help, tips or advice.


(in English)

*This program is OK for Sophomores

Fields of Study

  • Agriculture

  • Architecture

  • Area Studies

  • Biology:

    Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Microbiology and Immunology

  • Business:

    Accounting Business Management Economics Management Information Systems Marketing

  • Computer and Information Sciences

  • Education Recommended!

  • Engineering Recommended!

    Electrical and Electronics Engineering

  • English Language and Literature

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures

    Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Sciences Recommended!

  • History

  • Human Services

    Social Work

  • International/Global Studies Recommended!

  • Mathematics


  • Philosophy and Religious Studies


  • Physical Sciences:

    Chemistry Geology/Earth Science Physics

  • Psychology

  • Social Sciences:

    Geography Political Science and Government Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts:

    Art History Music Theory and Composition Musicology and Ethnomusicology

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 2.8 or higher
  • IELTS Score: 6
  • IELTS Writing Score: 5.5
  • IELTS Reading Score: 5.5
  • IELTS Listening Score: 5.5
  • IELTS Speaking Score: 5.5
  • Duolingo Total: 120
  • Duolingo Conversation: 110
  • Duolingo Comprehension: 110
  • Duolingo Production: 110
  • Duolingo Literacy: 110
  • LPR Required
  • LPR not required for the following countries: Australia New Zealand United Kingdom United States
  • LPR Writing Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Reading Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Listening Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Speaking Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
LPR = ISEP Language Proficiency Report

Special Application Instructions

Students must complete an internal application for UCC, to be submitted after the submission of their ISEP application. Please prepare the listed documents before beginning the application, as you cannot save and return to the application.

Application Instructions

- Go to the Online Application Form

- Please upload the following documents:

- Official Academic Transcript

- Visiting Student Approval Form (please reach out to ISEP SSO for form)

- Copy of Passport/State ID/Government ID

- English Language Test Scores (IELTS or TOEFL iBT) - If you are from a non-English Speaking Country, you must submit one of the following:

- IELTS Test Score: 6.0 (with no individual score lower than a 5.5)

- TOEFL iBT: 79-80

Applicants are NOT required to email the completed application form and supporting documentation to the International Office following submission of your online application. 

PASSPORT: All students must have a valid passport to participate in this program. If you do not have a valid passport, we suggest you start the application process as soon as possible.

VISA/RESIDENCE PERMIT: Most students attending this program will be required to obtain a visa/residence permit. For more information on the process and estimated cost, please review the ISEP Country Handbook here.

Other Academic Conditions

Classes at UCC are taught in “modules”.  In a 5-credit module, students can expect to spend 2 hours per week in lecture + attend weekly module discussions. 

Students will be able to choose modules available to incoming students in the Book of Modules for Visiting Students. Students can enroll in classes (modules) in multiple disciplines and will take an average of 4-6 modules per semester, for a maximum of 30 ECTS credits in total (roughly 15 US credits). Most modules are 5 ECTS each, with occasional 10 ECTS modules available as well. Please note that only those modules in the Book of Modules for Visiting Students will be available.  

Students should also note that modules at the Junior level may be more advanced than the Junior level at your home institution. 

Please note that law, medicine, and dentistry modules are not available to visiting students. All available modules are listed in the Book of Modules. Some modules may require pre-requisites and are subject to UCC departmental review and approval. Modules that require pre-requisites will be tagged with the message: "Approval needed from Academic School/Department before you can take this module." 

Students wishing to study in the College of Medicine & Health or Speech & Language Therapy require the following Duolingo scores:

College of Medicine & Health: min. 120 overall w/ min. of 120 in each section.

Speech & Language Therapy: min. 130 overall w/ min. 120 in each section.

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