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  • Locations: Cork, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: USAC 
  • Restrictions: Goucher applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 09/29/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Semester GPA minimum: 3.0
Class Standing: 2.Sophomore, 3.Junior, 4.Senior
Program Description:

USAC - Ireland

Program Overview

The Cork program offers students the opportunity to enroll in a wide range of courses in a variety of disciplines at the University College Cork (UCC), one of the oldest universities in Ireland. Just a few of the choices are: Archaeology, Celtic Civilization, Irish Studies, Music, Applied Psychology, Applied Social Sciences, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Physics, Commerce and Technology and Law. A small number of internship opportunities are also available.  Ireland remains a unique country with its own traditions, values and views of the world. Time in Ireland will challenge you personally, open your eyes to different ways of looking at the current topics in our world and enable you to experience Irish culture and history. The University College Cork has an international reputation for its research work, particularly in the areas of fundamental and technological science. We recommend you enroll in "Early Start" courses, unique to the university. Some of the courses offered are Irish Archaeology, History and Modern Ireland, Law, Literatures in Ireland, Irish Folklore and Ethnology, Management and Marketing in the European Union, Irish Ecosystems and Music in Ireland - all of which give you insight into Ireland's past and present. Many classes also include field trips, which bring alive the class material. Spring semester students may opt for the Certificate in Political Issues in Ireland Today, a program focusing on the current issues facing Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.


  • Attend a Study Abroad 101 and 102 Session

  • Have the required GPA and prerequisite courses for the program. The minimum cumulative GPA for this program is 3.0

  • Students must have completed three semesters of college before studying abroad. Goucher cannot guarantee that any sophomore will be accepted by the host institution.

  • Declare a major in order to study abroad for a semester

  • Students cannot be on academic or disciplinary probation at the time of application


Students must complete the online Goucher study abroad application by the published deadline.  See the Events and Deadlines Calendar for the most up-to-date information. Students must next apply to USAC by their published deadline. You must pay the USAC $100 application fee which will be refunded to you by Goucher in the following billing cycle.  Initial approval is granted by Goucher OIS and final acceptance is granted by the host program and institution.   

General Program Dates

Program Dates

Do not purchase airline tickets until you receive confirmation of acceptance from the program and verification of arrival and departure details.


Goucher students will find themselves directly enrolled in courses with Irish and other international students therefore it is critical to be prepared for immersion in the Irish education system.  The Irish Education System expects students to plan and carry out their own work.  Particularly in the Humanities, the amount of classroom contact is less that in some other educational systems, with a correspondingly greater reliance on independent study in the form of directed reading and essay writing.  Most units consist of formal lectures as well as tutorials and seminars (which vary in size from perhaps three to a dozen students and require active participation), but there are great variations between departments.  To be a successful student, it takes self-discipline and a greater level of responsibility on the student’s part to be an active participant in the learning process.

Modules are taught in a variety of ways: lectures, tutorials, seminars, laboratory work, and special projects, depending on the study area. UCC courses are quite demanding, with extensive paper writing and work outside the class. Modules typically consist of two lecture hours and a one hour seminar per class per week, although this can vary between modules/faculties. A lecture is a formal talk delivered by a professor/lecturer to an entire course group. Seminars are smaller groups of students meeting with their tutor to debate/follow up on the content delivered during the lecture. Depending on the course, readings are normally set weekly. The readings will complement the lecture material. This content is then discussed during your seminar time.

The Departments of History and Applied Psychology have a strict limit on the number of students that are admitted to certain seminar courses, while admission to certain subjects depends on what modules students have already taken in this discipline at the home university.  The Department of Accounting, Finance and Information Systems (IS) restricts visiting students to modules valued at 20 credits per year and students are not permitted to take modules from different years.  Most courses are open to students studying at UCC for the full academic year with a limited number available during a single semester.  A number of particularly popular modules may not be able to admit all those who want to take them.  Accounting, Finance and IS are generally difficult to get into.  Food science and nutrition courses are extremely difficult to be admitted into.
Scroll through the Book of Modules to view individual departmental offerings and a brief description; including assessment, credits, entry requirements, and course duration.  Courses offered each semester generally remain consistent from year to year.  You should pay particular attention to:
• Duration – Courses listed as "Teaching Period 1” are offered in the fall, and as “Teaching Period 2” are offered in the spring.  Those listed as "Teaching Periods 1 and 2" are full academic year and only available to students studying at UCC for the full year.
• Year of Study – The first digit of the course code relates to the year or level of the course, for example AR1001 is a first year archaeology class; EN2001 is a second year English class, and so on.
•  Credits – A full course load at UCC is six courses of varying ECTS credits per semester, totaling about 30 ECTS credits.  This translates to 15 American credits for the semester.
Note: All Early Start programs at UCC are equivalent to four (4) American credits

You will formally register for courses upon arrival at the University College Cork. We suggest that you secure approval for at least 6-10 courses per semester.  Make sure to list alternate courses. List your choices and alternates in order of interest. Your first choices may not be available due to schedule changes, time conflicts or cancellations. Flexibility is very important. If you mandate certain courses that might be unavailable or inappropriate, you may limit your chances of admission, even though you meet the program’s overall academic requirements. Please be aware that Goucher cannot guarantee that your host university will offer a particular course even though it is listed in their catalog, or that you will be allowed to take that particular course. However, if you need to take a required course, you should correspond with the program directly during the application period.

Additional Information about courses at UCCork
Credits: 30 UCC credits= 15 US semester credits
Class Structure:  Courses are taught  by lecture with study guides, tutorial sessions and support.
Lower vs. Upper Division Credit: The first number of the course/module designates the level. 
Lower division = 0-1000; Upper division = 2000-3000

Credit and Grade Translations

Credits: 30 UCC credits= 15 US semester credits 

UCC Grade  US Grade
70 & above  A
65-69 A-
60-64 B+
55-59 B
50-54 B-
45-49 C+
40-44 C
35-39 C-
30-34 D+

Goucher will transfer grades and credits as reported on the USAC transcript.  Grades will be recorded on the Goucher transcript and will factor into the GPA.

Academic Policies

  • Grades count toward a Goucher GPA

  • Study abroad courses may not be taken on a pass/fail basis

  • Students must take a minimum of 12 credits and maximum of 18 credits

  • All students must participate in a 1 credit Study Abroad Immersion Course while studying abroad. Details will be provided at predeparture orientation.

  • Students on Goucher programs will receive Goucher grades and credits for all approved courses taken while abroad

Language Skills and Language of Instruction


Program Costs

Budget Sheet

Since Goucher students are fully enrolled at Goucher and receive Goucher credit while abroad, they pay regular Goucher tuition for any Goucher semester abroad program. This payment is regardless of the cost advertised and is charged by the program itself. Students pay the non-academic costs (i.e. room and board) in part or in full to Goucher or directly to the study abroad organization or overseas institution depending on the program.  Estimated additional costs that a student may incur in attending these programs are listed on the Budget Expense Worksheet for each program.  You can utilize institutional and federal aid for a Goucher semester program.

This program has an additional $2,000 Program Fee billed by Goucher.

Financial Aid/Scholarships

Any awarded financial aid may be used as payment for semester programs sponsored by Goucher College; however; you are allowed to transport your Goucher institutional aid for only one semester, unless you participate in the Goucher Oxford University yearlong program.  In addition, all students are eligible to apply for Goucher OIS scholarships and can apply during the program application process. For information on OIS and outside scholarships please visit the OIS scholarship/financial aid section.

To apply for an OIS scholarship please submit your application by the study abroad application deadline for this program  through the following application:

OIS Scholarships


A $500 deposit is due upon application. Study abroad program costs are billed through your Goucher student account and are due at the same time as regular semester fees.  Please refer to the Budget Expense Worksheet for details for this program.


The $500 deposit paid upon application is applied to the student’s account and becomes non-refundable when accepted by Goucher College and the host program. If you are not accepted into a program, your deposit will be refunded.

If for any reason, a student withdraws from a Goucher semester after the deposit deadline, he or she will not be entitled to a refund of any fees paid to Goucher, including program deposit, tuition fees, travel fees, or any other fees incurred in connection with the program. If, due to any unforeseen circumstances or other circumstances beyond the control of the college, a semester Goucher program is cancelled, either prior to departure or during the course of the program, the student will not be guaranteed a refund of any fees paid to Goucher, including program deposit, tuition fees, travel fees, program fees, or any other fees incurred in connection with the program. In most cases, the college forwards program fees to vendors in foreign countries, making it very difficult to recover such fees due to a program cancellation. In such cases, the college will make a good-faith effort to recover such fees and to return any portion of fees that it may recover that may be attributable to a student’s participation in the program. However, the college makes no guarantees regarding the recovery of fees and is not liable for any fees that it is unable to recover.


Students will apply and pay for housing directly to USAC or the host university abroad.

Accommodation is available (on a first-come, first-served basis) in privately owned apartment complexes— The Spires (5 minutes from the UCC campus and 10 minutes from the city center) and Farranlea Hall (10 minutes from the UCC campus and 25 minutes from the city center). Public transportation is available outside both apartment complexes to and from the city center. The apartments include WiFi, TV, and a fully furnished living area and kitchen. The living space is shared, with 3 to 6 attached bedrooms.

Will I have a meal plan?

No, however your apartment will have kitchens available to cook your own meals or you can purchase food on campus or in town.

 Cork, Ireland


A successful semester abroad is dependent upon adequate preparation.   Students will participate in online orientation material prior to the mandatory group orientation prior to leaving Goucher for the semester prior to studying abroad.  Dates will be provided upon study abroad acceptance.

Additional Information and Links

Passport, Embassy, Consulate, and Visa Resources

Students are required to have passports for all Goucher programs.  Failure to have a passport will prohibit participation in the program.  Passports take time to process and need to be valid for six months after your return to the U.S.  Check your expiration date and renew if necessary. Please see the U S State Department section on passports

US Embassy in Ireland

US passport holders are required to apply for an immigration card within one month of arriving in Ireland. This process includes providing proof of Medical insurance, a letter from USAC, and your UCC ID Card. The International Office in Cork will assist you with the necessary steps during your on-site orientation.

Non-US Citizens. Check with your home country consulate, as well as the embassy of the country in which you plan to study, regarding visa requirements. Permanent Residents of the US should check with US Immigration as leaving the country for more than one year may jeopardize permanent resident status. Tax clearance and re-entry forms may also be necessary in these cases.

Health and Safety

You will be required to submit health forms signed by a health care provider prior to studying abroad.  Forms will be supplied when you are accepted. Please read the Health and Safety section of the Goucher OIS website for information regarding Health and Safety, Disability Support, Diversity Abroad, Safety and Security, and Insurance: 

Study Abroad Insurance

All students participating on Semester, Year or ICA Goucher programs will be automatically enrolled in a health insurance plan tailored to meet the needs of study abroad students. Students participating in Goucher semester programs will be billed $300. The insurance carrier is ACE American Insurance Company.
Prior to the start of the program abroad, OIS staff will register students for the insurance program. Students will receive information about how to use the health insurance policy from the Office of International Studies prior to departure for study abroad.

Students with Disabilities

Goucher encourages all students who meet our eligibility requirements to consider studying abroad.  OIS will work with you regarding any special needs you may have.  However, we cannot guarantee that any or all of our program sites can accommodate all of your needs or interests.  More information can be found on the OIS Disabilities Support section of the website. 

Student Identity

Research the fact sheet for your location of interest on the U.S. State Department website for information on LGBTI rights, women travelers, safety and security, religious, and accessibility/mobility laws and information.

On the CIA World Factbook website, look for your host country’s page and research the “People and Society” section, where you can find the breakdown by ethnic group, religion, and race.

Refer to Goucher OIS section on Student Identity for additional resources for student identity.