Study in Cork!
The University College Cork, built around a beautiful stone-faced quadrangle, was founded in 1845, making it one of the oldest universities in Ireland. The university has four colleges: Medicine and Health; Business and Law; Science, Engineering, and Food Science; and Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences. Over 17,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students take courses in more than 60 different departments; UCC hosts 3,000 international students. The campus is a combination of early and modern architecture located in a wooded riverside setting close to the city center. The university is a constituent of the National University of Ireland and strongly emphasizes research while maintaining close connections with industry and the local community.
Cork, the second largest city in Ireland, is located on the south coast of the island. The city is a busy seaport and the home of a large number of industries including electronics, pharmaceuticals, brewing, and food processing. There is a good mixture of educational, sporting, and cultural interests in the city. Among Cork’s cultural offerings are an art school with public painting and sculpture galleries, an Opera House, two theatres, and a city museum. The surrounding environment is as varied as it is beautiful. Cork is situated at the head of the inlet of Cork Harbor with the sea just to the south, mountains, hills, and river valleys to the north and east, and the well-known Lakes of Killarney a couple hours to the west.
- Fall Semester: Mid August to Late December
- Spring Semester: Early January to Late May
- Summer Semester: Late May to Early July
For more information about the Academic Calendar please visit the USAC Cork web page
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 (yearlong students only; 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.
Paid to Appalachian State
1Tuition and fees are charged at the USAC rate.
|2OIED Program Development Fee
|Intl Health Development Fee
2The OIED Program Development Fee will be placed on students’ accounts upon acceptance by the Education Abroad Office. The fee payment confirms your spot and is non-refundable.
Estimated Additional Costs
1Personal expenses includes but is not limited to: toiletries, cell phone, emergency funds, laundry, basic travel and entertainment, etc.
||$1800 - $2800
||$3700 - $5800
||Included in USAC Fee
||$1000 - $1500
||$1000 - $1500
||$1000 - $1500
||$1000 - $1800
||$2000 - $3600
||$450 - $800
||$800 - $1200
||$1600 - $2400
||$400 - $800
|Books and Materials
||$80 - $300
||$160 - $600
||$85 - $150
||$50 - $300
||$100 - $600
||$30 - $120
|Visa (for US Citizens)
|2US Based Health Insurance
|3Personal Travel and Spending
||$1500 - $2000
||$3000 - $4000
||$400 - $800
2Students are encouraged to maintain a US based health insurance plan while abroad (to exempt out of AppState insurance students must follow the App exemption process - proving that they have insurance coverage for the entirety of the semester.
3Personal Travel and Spending amounts will vary by student and will be affected by how often a student goes out, travels, and the items they purchase.
Please note that non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted.
Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. Please use the Student Financial Planning Worksheet to help estimate your anticipated expenses and your anticipated financial resources. When planning for estimated additional costs students are encouraged to research currency conversion rates.
The majority of financial aid and scholarships can apply to semester and year-long study abroad programs. For more information please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid web page.
USAC offers a variety of scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $500 to $1000.
Each semester OIED offers a variety of different scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $500 to $2000.
Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program application is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.
Fund for Education Abroad
Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad and those destined for non-traditional locations are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of U.S. undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the U.S. population.
For information about additional scholarships please visit our External Scholarships web page.
USAC's partnership with University College Cork provides you with a wide array of academic options. You will take regular university classes alongside Irish students and also have the opportunity to enroll in courses offered by University College Cork specifically for study abroad students. Qualified students also have the option to pursue a course of study leading to a certificate or diploma in fields such as Irish studies, political science, conflict resolution, human rights, European common law, and Irish traditional music.
During the summer term the USAC Cork program normally offers coursework in the Health Sciences, Political Science, and History. Course options change each summer.
For more information about the courses and structure of the program please visit the USAC Cork website.
All students are expected to maintain at least the equivalent of a full time course load according to Appalachian State and the host university while abroad (whichever is greater). Students participating on the USAC Cork program will be required to enroll in 12-18 credits per semester. For more information about study abroad enrollment policies, credit approval, and credit and grade conversions please visit the Academics section
of our website.
How to Apply
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and some programs may fill up before the listed deadline. Each year applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer will open up on August 1st. Once open the deadline will be listed below and an Apply Now button will be available at the top and bottom of this page. Most applications will have a 2 part application process so students are encouraged to complete their OIED application well before the listed deadline.
Students applying to a USAC program should complete the USAC application
while also completing the Appalachian application.
For more information about deadlines and how to apply please visit our Guide Me webpage