Study Abroad at Ireland University College Cork with Arcadia University
University College Cork
Preliminary Course Information

The Course Selection Process

  • In order to proceed with your application to the University College Cork (UCC) you will need to submit a preliminary course form for your semester. Your course selections should be made in consultation with your academic advisor.

  • If you have not previously done so, please meet with your academic advisor to ensure that the courses that you plan to take overseas will transfer back to your degree program.

  • In addition to your proposed list of 6-10 courses, we recommend that you choose a series of alternate courses. Your first choice selections may not be available due to scheduling changes, time conflicts, prerequisites or cancellations.

  • Your flexibility is very important to the process.

  • If your enrollment is conditional upon entry into a specific course or courses, it is very important that you indicate these requirements at the bottom of the preliminary course form on your Arcadia Passport.

  • While every effort will be made to accommodate your selections, The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University cannot guarantee placement in any specific course.

  • Official course registration will take place upon arrival at UCC. The preliminary course form you submit to Arcadia prior to acceptance is not set in stone. You will have a two week drop/add period at the beginning of the semester where you can make changes to your course registration.

Course Registration

You are required to maintain a full-time course load throughout your period of study in Ireland. A full course load at UCC is typically six courses of varying ECTS credits per semester, totaling about 30 ECTS credits. This translates to 15-18 American credits for the semester.

Official course registration will take place at UCC.

Please note that you should also be aware of any credit requirements at your home institution.

Refer to the credit translation scale below when selecting your courses:

ECTS credits American credits
2 1
2.5 1.5
5 2.5
10 5
15 7.5
20 10

Note: All Early Start programs at UCC are equivalent to four (4) American credits.

Navigating the Overseas University's Course Website

When selecting your courses from the overseas university’s website, you should be aware of some differences in terminology. In Ireland, the word we use for class or course is called a "module."

UCC course offerings and course descriptions are available at

  • Courses offered each semester generally remain consistent from year to year. Irish universities usually don’t post next academic year’s course catalog until just weeks before the fall semester starts.

  • Duration – Courses listed as "Teaching Period 1" are offered in the fall; "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.

Other Important Points

There is a surcharge (special course fee) assessed by UCC for coursework completed in science, engineering, and food science departments. This surcharge will be added to your account several weeks after your program begins. For more information please go to:

  • Arcadia University does not issue pass/fail grades for work completed overseas.

  • It is your responsibility to make sure you are registered for a full academic load according to your home school policies and that the courses you take abroad will transfer for credit to your home school.


For assistance with the application process, you can contact your Program Manager, Amanda Zimmerman, or Enrollment Counselor, Adam Williams, at 1-866-927-2234.

Please review your course choices with your academic or study abroad advisor, and submit the online preliminary course form on your Arcadia Passport to the Arcadia University College of Global Studies.