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University College Cork

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University College Cork, a world-class university, was founded in 1845 and combines a rich tradition of teaching, research and scholarship.

UCC is unrivalled in the quality of its academic programmes. Its courses are internationally recognised and some 20,000 students take its undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. International students are part of a dynamic, multi-cultural community of scholars, academics and professionals. UCC enjoys a global reputation which draws 3,000 students from over 100 countries across the world.

Situated in Cork, Ireland’s second city, UCC is the comprehensive globally-orientated research led university of the south of Ireland, providing a full range of internationally recognised programmes across all disciplines. UCC researchers work at the leading edge of high-impact academic scholarship, innovation, commercialisation, and industry collaboration.

We place an equal emphasis on academic rigour and practical application with many courses including work placements and industry input. It’s why we have a high post graduate employment rate of between 85-90% and it’s how we create graduates that are work ready and world ready.

Our vibrant and modern campus is located in picturesque Cork, where students can combine heritage and a contemporary lifestyle. It offers students all the advantages of a bustling, vibrant and cosmopolitan city. Cork is permeated with parks, galleries, shops, restaurants, theatres and historical buildings so students are never short of recreational options. The city and university work well together in providing students with a rich academic and extra-curricular experience.  It’s the perfect environment to succeed and excel.

Welcome to University College Cork, Ireland’s first five star campus and The Sunday Times University of the Year 2016.


  • An extensive range of highly ranked undergraduate and postgraduate courses to choose from
  • Excellent student services and peer to peer support throughout your time at UCC to ensure your success
  • A truly international student and alumni community that you will be part of for life, with over 130,000 alumni worldwide
  • Career guidance and support with an exceptionally high number of graduates securing employment within three months of graduation
  • A well rounded student experience with first class facilities and services
  • A highly respected university in the top 2% of universities in the world
  • A vibrant student experience, with over 100 sporting clubs and societies to choose from
  • A beautiful campus that is recognised by Tripadvisor’s site, Flipkey, as one of the top-40 ‘must-see’ universities in the world
  • An extensive range of modern, purpose built campus accommodation for international students

 Our performance across various global rankings and accreditations is testament to the quality of our degrees and calibre or our teaching, research and student experience:

  • University College Cork is The Sunday Times University of the Year 2016 and UCC is the only university in Ireland to have been voted Sunday Times University of The Year four times.
  • Our performance in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016 has reinforced our position as a leading university internationally, with 14 subject areas featuring in the top 300 globally whilst our Nursing and Midwifery disciplines are now listed within the top 50 worldwide. 

Programs available

Undergraduate Faculties/Departments and Programs

Business Information Systems

Civil & Environmental Engineering

School of Nursing & Midwifery

Postgraduate Faculties/Departments and Programs

College of Arts, Celtic Studies & Social Sciences

Epidemiology & Public Health

Food Business & Development

Management & Marketing

University Dental School & Hospital

University Highlights

Total students - 15,412


International students - 2,751


Total faculty staff - 1,578


Total students - 15,412


International students - 2,751


Total faculty staff - 1,578

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