Participants are enrolled as regular students, taking classes with Irish and other international students. There is a range of teaching methods at Cork, often depending upon the discipline of study. Arts and business students, for example, will generally have a combination of lecture and tutorial classes. Lectures can vary in size from 20 to 100 and the associated tutorial classes are much smaller and allow for open discussion of material. Science and Engineering students usually receive a combination of lecture and laboratory classes. Fieldwork may form a large part of some classes. The formal contact hours vary. In Ireland more emphasis is placed on independent study outside of class contact hours compared to what students may experience in Oregon.
Courses or classes are called ‘modules’ at Cork and are generally intended to be undertaken in specific years of a degree. In a UCC undergraduate degree of three years, modules are taken at three levels: first year (100 level), second year (200 level) and third year (300). These are generally equivalent to second, third, and fourth year of a U.S. degree.
Most modules have a weighting of 6 ECTS (the European Union standard academic credit). Students are required to take a full-time load while at UCC which means they must enroll in 30 ECTS credits per semester. The number of credits earned in Oregon for these units will be determined by the student’s home campus. Students at UCC can expect to earn approximately 24 Oregon credits per semester.
Early Start Program
Students can attend a late summer program of intensive study before the Autumn semester, focused on an aspect of Ireland’s archaeology, history, or culture. These add additional credits to the semester. Following this program, you will select courses for the semester that complement your Early Start module. Please contact your campus study abroad advisor if you wish to add this option to your semester in Ireland.
International Summer School in Irish Studies
Students also have the option to participate in UCC’s summer program, focusing on Irish studies. The program takes place from the end of June to the end of July, typically, and provides an ideal location in which to explore Irish history, literature, and culture. The first two weeks will focus mainly on Irish history and how specific events have shaped the identity of the people of Ireland. The second two weeks will focus on the expression of that cultural identity through modern writers. All of this is accomplished via lectures, seminars, and field trips.
To prepare adequately for the study program in Ireland, students participate in an all-day pre-departure orientation here in Oregon (in November and in May). This orientation provides information on cultural adjustment, visas, travel, university policies, and more. Most importantly, you’ll meet other students going to Ireland through the IE3 Global program.
Upon arrival in Ireland, UCC provides a two week welcome program (for academic year participants). The program is designed to make the transition into Irish culture and university life as smooth as possible, and combines information meetings with excursions and fun social events (learn Irish dances in an evening of music and dance, or go on a walking tour of Cork). This is followed by a three day orientation, where you receive academic information, meet with department representatives, and learn about administrative and student support services at UCC.