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  • Locations: Cork, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: Arcadia 
  • Restrictions: Pomona applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of instruction: English Housing options: Apartment
Areas of study: Archaeology, Architecture, Art History, Biochemistry, Biology, Botany, Celtic/Irish Studies, Chemistry, Classics, Computer Science, Dance, Ecology, Economics, Education, Engineering, English, Environmental Studies, European Studies, Film, French, Geology, German, Greek, History, Italian, Literature, Mathematics, Molecular Biology, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Politics, Pre-Law, Psychology, Public Health, Religious Studies, Sociology, Spanish, Theatre, Zoology Class standing: 1 - Second Semester Sophomore, 2 - Junior, 3 - First Semester Senior
Program type: Direct enrollment GPA: 2.7
Program Description:

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Be inspired by the history, culture, scenery, and courses of UCC

Located on the south coast, in Ireland's second city, University College Cork offers independent thinking, vibrant college life, and stunning surrounding scenery. Its beautiful campus combines a gothic revival style main Quadrangle building with modern student amenities, classroom buildings and laboratories, and a welcoming, friendly atmosphere. University College Cork (UCC) is ranked in the top 2% of universities in the QS world university rankings.

There are many unique academic opportunities at UCC from business, economics, and science to traditional Irish dance and music, folklore, and literature. In the QS World University rankings by subject, UCC has ranked highly for Nursing, Agriculture and Forestry, Law, English Language and Literature, Pharmacy and Pharmacology, and Medicine. In addition, UCC has been nationally ranked first among Irish universities for engineering (electrical and electronic) and environmental sciences. The Cork University Business School is one of the largest in Ireland and is dually accredited by the AACSB and AMBA professional bodies. 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 jazz to African and Asian music to traditional Irish music. 

You’ll find over 80 societies and clubs to choose from and the indoor sports facility, the Mardyke Arena, has recently undergone a €16 million redevelopment and is now one of the leading indoor sports facilities in Ireland.

  • Optional pre-session courses for international students at Cork complement the fall semester and involve extensive fieldwork.
  • Virtual Internship Option: Replace one elective course with a virtual internship through Arcadia to add international professional experience to your resume. See the Internship Placement Guide for information about placement details.
  • UCC ranks highly in many areas, among them graduate employability, and is the top Irish university for highly cited researchers and research impact. 
  • UCC is the first university in the world to be awarded the International Green Flag for Environmental Friendliness.
  • Travel to fascinating places of interest that enhance your cultural immersion and give a meaningful context to your academic courses, through Arcadia's planned excursions and activities.

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 visit the Arcadia website for dates and the latest program information.


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:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.