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  • Locations: Cork, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
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  • Program Sponsor: Arcadia 
  • Restrictions: Pomona applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of instruction: English Housing options: Apartment
Areas of study: Archaeology, Architecture, Art History, Biochemistry, Biology, Celtic/Irish Studies, Chemistry, Classics, Computer Science, Dance, Ecology, Economics, Education, Engineering, English, Environmental Studies, European Studies, Film, French, Geography, Geology, German, Greek, History, Italian, Literature, Math/Statistics, Molecular Biology, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Politics, Pre-Law, Psychology, Public Health, Religious Studies, Sociology, Spanish, Theatre Class standing: 1 - Second Semester Sophomore, 2 - Junior, 3 - First Semester Senior
GPA: 2.7
Program Description:

University College Cork

Program Overview

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.


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.

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Academic Program
The program begins with a four-day orientation in Dublin, followed by a local orientation in Cork. University College Cork (UCC) assigns credits based on the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

For fall 2022/spring 2023:
Pomona awards 0.66 Pomona credits for 5 ECTS credits. A full course load at University College Cork is typically six courses each worth 5 ECTS and totaling 30 ECTS.
For fall 2023 onwards:
Pomona awards 0.625 Pomona credits for 5 ECTS credits. A full course load at University College Cork is typically six courses each worth 5 ECTS and totaling 30 ECTS (15 U.S. semester credits; 3.75 Pomona credits).
Students are required to take at least one, preferably two, 3000-level courses. Students should bear in mind that most 3000-level courses have prerequisites and admission to courses is contingent on approval from the relevant UCC department, based on the applicant’s background and experience.
During the fall program, Pomona students are required to enroll in the Early Start Pre-Session program. Students have the option to choose one of five courses, including Archaeology, History, Folklore, Literature or Music. Pomona students may not enroll in the Management and Marketing course. The intensive three-week course earns 5 U.S. semester credits (1.25 Pomona credits).

Students are required to take at least one course with significant Irish content. (The Early Semester Pre-Session program counts towards this requirement for the fall semester).
Pomona limits courses in dance or music to those with an academic component. 

Students are not permitted to take any courses taught by the Arcadia study center on a CR/NC basis, however, students may take direct enrollment university courses on a CR/NC basis.

Living Arrangements
Arcadia students are housed in Arcadia-provided apartments near Cork city center about a 15-minute walk to University College Cork. Typical student housing includes five to seven students in each apartment, with a kitchen and living area. The accommodations are self-catered, and Pomona will provide a meal allowance.

Pomona College will cover the standard housing fees. Students who request housing that is outside of the standard offering are responsible for any supplemental fees, which are billed directly to the student. Please select housing options that fit within your budget.

Number of students
Arcadia enrolls approximately 30 students, selected from a national pool. University enrollment is approximately 13,000 students. 

Host Institution
University College Cork

Faculty Liaison
David Menefee-Libey

  • Preference will be given to students who have completed college coursework with Irish and/or European content.
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline (Pacific Time) Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2023 02/19/2023 03/10/2023 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2023-2024 02/19/2023 03/10/2023 TBA TBA