API Program Spotlight – University College Cork

Study abroad students stand in front of waterfall in Cork, Ireland

Students who want to study abroad in Ireland: check out University College Cork! This campus is a great option for students focused on sustainability, because UCC has been a “green campus” for years! Today that hard work is really paying off! UCC is now the first university outside of the US and Canada to receive a Gold rating under the AASHE’s STARS program! Because this framework is the most widely recognized in the world for measuring a university’s sustainability, this is a big honor! Here’s a little more about UCC and what you can expect if you study abroad with us in Cork.

A wide variety of courses

Our direct enrollment program offers a wide variety of classes. Students can study anatomy, sociology, law, and more. Many offerings are also available for engineering students. You’ll also find a variety of classes on Irish and Gaelic history, language, and folklore, too!

Internships and certificates available

UCC offers two undergraduate internships. These feature work placements at real businesses and organizations around Cork. The internships can be paid or unpaid and can add up to 2.5 semester credits to your transcripts. Students also have the option to earn certificates on a variety of subjects (Conflict & Conflict Resolution, International Human Rights Law, Irish Studies, European Human Rights Law, Irish Politics, and Political Science).


Study abroad student overlooks Edinburgh skyline

International excursions

Above all, every Cork semester program includes the chance to travel internationally! Students in the fall visit London and students in the spring visit Edinburgh. In addition, there are plenty of chances to see more of Ireland, with excursions to Blarney Castle, Limerick, and more!

Study abroad student stands in front of Blarney Castle

Early start programs

Want to get to Cork sooner rather than later? API & UCC offer several early start programs for fall students! Follow an intensive pre-session course before heading out for hands-on learning and field trips across Ireland. Six early start programs are available (History & Modern Ireland, Irish Traditional Music, Irish Archaeology, Literatures in Ireland, Irish Folklore & Tradition, and Management & Marketing in the EU).

Housing options

Students who study abroad with us in Cork live in apartments and are able to fully immerse themselves in the city’s history and local culture. Cork is a beautiful destination in southern Ireland – and with UCC’s new Gold rating, you know you’re studying at a university that cares about sustainability and preserving our beautiful world for future generations!

Interested in joining us next semester? Read more about our Cork program here. Applications for spring are due October 15, so if you’re wanting to head to Ireland, be sure to apply asap!

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