Arcadia: Cork - University College Cork

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Established in 1845 as Queen’s College Cork, and welcoming 115 students when it officially opened in 1849, University College Cork (UCC) is ranked in the top 2% of universities in the QS world university rankings, and 21,000 students now call it h... read more

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Past Review Cork, Ireland
It was most definitely worthwhile, I grew a lot personally in terms of independence and confidence as well as academically gained an appreciation for another culture. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Past Review Amazing
How to live independently and travel alone. Yes it was worth it. - Saint Anselm College View Entire Review
Budget management, Irish culture. Yes. - Trinity University View Entire Review
best experience - The Catholic University of America View Entire Review
Of course my experience abroad was worthwhile. I made great friends, explored a different part of the world, and found a home three thousand miles away from home. - Fordham University View Entire Review
So worthwhile, so lifechanging. I feel that I have changed so much from it, for the better. My study abroad experience has impacted my entire life, my outlook of the world, and my desire to travel and live abroad in the future. - Wartburg College View Entire Review
Five years later, I'm still referencing experiences I had while studying abroad. If you're on the fence- go, go, go! - Wagner College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Arcadia: Cork - University College Cork
Past Review The "Corkie" Way
It's difficult to explain what singular thing I gained/learned from this experience because its impossible to narrow down. I've grown as a person with a more global perspective. I would sign up to do this again in a heartbeat because studying abroad inspires people to become part of a global community promoting positive cultural... - Western State Colorado University View Entire Review
Studying abroad absolutely turned my life around. I decided to participate in a full academic year program because I was unhappy at school, and not in a healthy mental or emotional state. I knew I needed a change, and Ireland provided that and so much more for me. I met some lifelong friends in my program, especially because we ... - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I gained a more worldly perspective/cultural emmersion - Wartburg College View Entire Review
Past Review Cork, Ireland
My study abroad experience was definitely worthwhile. I picked up an additional major in Archaeology here, since the program was so strong, and I loved the classes so much. My experiences with the UCC Mountaineering Club really impacted me the most, as it provided me daily interaction with both local and international students, ... - Fordham University View Entire Review
I learned so much about Ireland and myself. If anything this experience has infected me with the itch to travel more (and go back to Ireland again). - Trinity University View Entire Review
I was so scared to study abroad because I get extremely homesick. Adjusting to my home school (Catholic University) was a nightmare for me freshman year of college, but this experience abroad was different. I met kids who were more like me in my Arcadia program, and I was able to have a fun, adventurous semester. I worked hard... - The Catholic University of America View Entire Review


Established in 1845 as Queen’s College Cork, and welcoming 115 students when it officially opened in 1849, University College Cork (UCC) is ranked in the top 2% of universities in the QS world university rankings, and 21,000 students now call it home.

The university is known for a commitment to innovation and forward-thinking, as evidenced by the appointment of the first female professor in the UK and Ireland, Mary Ryan, in 1910.

UCC ranks highly in many areas, among them graduate employability, and is the top Irish university for highly cited researchers and research impact. The university has also fostered a deep investment in sustainability and is ranked 9th worldwide by UI Green Metric, the first worldwide ranking on university sustainability, for five years in a row.  UCC is the first university in the world to be awarded the International Green Flag for Environmental Friendliness.

In the QS World University rankings by subject,  UCC has ranked highly for Nursing, Agriculture and Forestry, and Law; English Language and Literature, Pharmacy and Pharmacology, and Medicine. There are many unique academic opportunities at UCC in a wide array of subject areas. Music is a particular strength and many Arcadia students take music courses at UCC in areas ranging from African to Indian to traditional Irish music. A special academic opportunity is the Pre-Session program for international students, allowing them to complement the fall semester and participate in fieldwork.

The campus is located on a 42-acre site, 10 minutes outside the center of Cork city, and situated in the larger region of Ireland’s southern coast. It is a lovely, open space organized around a central quadrangle, with a vibrant, friendly campus life, and 100 student societies to choose from, ranging from skydiving to inline hockey to hurling to mountaineering. Facilities are excellent and include one of the leading indoor sports centers in Ireland, which has undergone a recent renovation.

Travel to fascinating places of interest that enhance your cultural immersion and give a meaningful context to your academic courses.  Here is a sampling: 

  • Belfast Weekend

  • Giant's Causeway

  • Cliffs of Moher

  • Bunratty Castle & Folk Park

  • Game of Thrones set locations

  • and more...

Arcadia is a nationally recognized leader in higher education, offering exceptional study, research and internship experiences for students from colleges and universities across the US. Our unique combination of customized, diverse academic programming and comprehensive support allows students to explore new worlds, get to know themselves, boost their resumes for future job opportunities and graduate school, and experience the incredible growth and shifts in perspective that a culturally immersive experience can deliver.

Please check our website for dates and the latest program information.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Environmental Studies
  • Architecture and Related Services
  • Irish Studies
  • Computer and Information Sciences
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures
  • Foods and Nutrition
  • Legal Studies
  • English Language and Literature
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology
  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Archeology
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Political Science and Government
  • Sociology
  • Drama, Theater, Theatre Arts
  • Film, Video, Photographic Arts
  • Music
  • Business
  • History
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
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Arcadia Scholarships

Arcadia aims to help students for whom financial assistance can mean the difference between participating on an Arcadia program and staying home. Arcadia scholarships are awarded to eligible applicants based on need. Approximately 70% of study abroad students who apply for aid from Arcadia receive some form of award


Applications are received on a rolling basis.

Only students who have been accepted to a program from Arcadia Abroad will be considered for an award.