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Iowa Regents Semester in Ireland

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Fall, Spring, Academic Year


Cork, Ireland




• Clear Interest and Commitment

• Demonstrated Preparedness/Maturity

• Minimum 3.0 GPA (flexible, depending on circumstances)

• Good academic and disciplinary standing

• Sophomore, Junior, or Senior standing at the time of application

• Acceptance by host institution

Application Due:

September 20 for Spring 2017

Program Cost:

Check the 'Costs' section under the Application tab.

University College Cork seal

This semester or academic year program offers students the opportunity to enroll in a wide range of courses in a variety of disciplines at the University College Cork (UCC), one of the oldest universities in Ireland. Students are fully integrated academically and socially with their Irish peers, living in student housing and attending regular classes at UCC.

Academic Program

University College Cork has four colleges: Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, Business and Law, Medicine and Health and Science, Engineering and Food Science. University of Iowa students can choose from a huge variety of courses in each of these areas of study.

Study abroad students can also take advantage of variety of other unique opportunities at UCC as part of this program depending on their interests and length of study.

Classroom with ten rows of chairs and white board

Fall semester students

Students who attend UCC during the Fall session can take advantage of several unique learning opportunities in addition to their normal course work- the Early Start program, and UCC’s specialized Certificate programs.

Early Start program

UCC’s Early Start program allows students to enroll in one intensive, Irish culture-themed course designed with visiting students in mind. These courses serve to orient the student to specific aspects of Irish culture before the regular semester begins. Each course is three weeks long. Note that there is an additional charge to participate in an Early Start course.

Irish Archaeology
Irish Folklore and Tradition
Irish History and Modern Ireland
Literatures in Ireland
Irish Traditional Music
Management and Marketing in the European Union

Fall semester Certificate programs

Fall semester students can also enroll in one of UCC’s Certificate programs. These programs require students to enroll in a specific set of courses focused on a designated theme. Upon completion of the program the student is awarded a specialized certificate by UCC in addition to regular academic credit.

Certificate in Political Science
Certificate in Conflict and Conflict Resolution
Certificate in International Human Rights Law
Certificate in European Business Law
classroom with five rows of chairs and blackboard

Spring semester students

Spring semester students do not take an Early Start course, instead enrolling directly into University College Cork classes for the entirety of the semester. However, they also have the option to enroll in one of two certificate programs.

Spring semester Certificate programs

Spring semester students can also enroll in one of UCC’s Certificate programs. These programs require students to enroll in a specific set of courses focused on a designated theme. Upon completion of the program the student is awarded a specialized certificate by UCC in addition to regular academic credit.

Certificate in European Human Rights Law
Certificate in Irish Politics

Full Academic Year students

In addition to the fall Early Start program, and the fall and spring certificate programs described above, students who spend the entire academic year at Cork can enroll in one of UCC’s academic year certificate or diploma programs.

Academic Year Certificate and Diploma programs

Diploma in Irish Traditional Music
Diploma in Common Law (European)
Certificate in Irish Studies

All students- What classes can I take?

You can find the full list of the courses available to visiting students using UCC’s Book of Modules for Visiting Students.

A Note on Grading

As a study abroad student, you are required to undertake the same form of assessment as the local students do in order to earn transfer credit at the University of Iowa. This means that if you do not take the exam or turn in a required final paper, your Irish academic record will report a grade of 0 and you will not receive credit for the course.

The grading system in Ireland is significantly different from the US system. Grades are given as 'marks', and a score of 60% is typically considered a high mark. UI does not convert Irish marks into US letter grades. While you WILL receive credit for the courses you take in Ireland, you will NOT receive a typical A-F grade.

However, this does not mean that you are taking courses on a Pass/Fail basis. You will earn a final mark in the Irish system, and your Irish academic record will always report these. In order to receive credit for the course, you must receive a passing grade in the Irish system and, in the future, when official transcripts of your college work are requested, you will need to provide both an Iowa transcript and the Irish academic record – your Irish grades will be highly visible.

Cultural Activities

The UCC International Office arranges some field trips during orientation. The Student Union has a travel agency that arranges low-cost trips for students, and also many student-run clubs and societies, which are a great way to meet Irish students.

Program Dates

Dates for the Fall 2016 session: (Dates are subject to change)

August 22 - September 9- Early Start course dates
September 7 - September 9 - Semester orientation
September 12 - December 2- Autumn Semester
December 5 - December 9- Study Review Week
December 10 - December 21- Autumn Examinations
December 21, 2016- Fall session ends

Dates for the Spring 2017 session: (Dates are subject to change)

January 12, 2017 - Arrival/Program Begins
January 12 - January 13- Semester Orientation
January 16 - April 7 - Spring semester course dates
April 8 - April 23 - Easter Recess/Spring Break
April 24 - April 28 - Study Review Week
May 1 - May 12- Spring Examinations
May 12, 2017- Spring session ends

For More Information

University College Cork Quadrangle with grass

Cory Petersen, Advisor and Program Coordinator
Study Abroad | International Program
1111 University Capitol Centre
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242

To make an appointment to discuss this program, please call our office number- 319-335-0353. The person who answers the phone can set up an appointment for you.

University College Cork

There are over 18,000 students pursuing undergraduate and postgraduate studies. To cater to the ever-growing student numbers, a large-scale building program is ongoing. In addition, many older buildings have been refurbished and other buildings have been repurposed for academic purposes. A modern campus has emerged from these developments, pleasantly combining early and modern architecture along a riverside garden setting close to the city center. The campus radiates a warm and intimate atmosphere which greatly enhances the learning environment.


Cork cityscape

Cork, the second largest city in Ireland, is located on the south coast, 160 miles southwest of the capital, Dublin. The greater Cork area has a population in excess of 200,000. The city is a busy seaport and is the home of a large number of industries. Cork is about 30 minutes from the ocean and is surrounded by green fields and gently rolling hills. It is the "gateway" city to the southwest of Ireland, which is noted for its rugged scenery, quaint villages, and pleasant people. The peninsulas of Dingle and Iveragh are very popular with tourists and study abroad students. Irish is still spoken in many places in County Cork and neighboring County Kerry.

Living Arrangements

Cork student lounge

Students may choose from a variety of housing options, including apartment/dormitory style living, or off-campus accommodation. Depending on the arrangements, UI students may live with local students, with other international students, or alone.

Travel Arrangements

Students are free to make their own travel arrangements after being officially accepted into the program. Although there is no specific 'group flight', you will receive contact information for all of the program participants which will allow students to find a travel partner to Cork. You will receive information about traveling from the airport to your accommodation as part of your acceptance packet from the University College Cork about 8 weeks prior to your arrival.

Local Transportation

Cork has a good public transportation and a pedestrianized city center. Students can navigate the main areas of the city on foot or by bike (when the weather cooperates). Taxis are available throughout the city, but they can be expensive. Cork is well connected to the rest of Ireland by bus and train, and to the rest of Europe by a major airport just outside the city.


The Iowa Regents’ Semester in Ireland is open to students of all majors who fulfill the following requirements:

  • Clear interest and commitment- Students must demonstrate a clear academic or personal interest in the program’s subject matter, and a commitment to engage responsibly in coursework abroad.
  • Preparedness and Maturity- Students must demonstrate preparedness to take on the heightened responsibilities associated with international study and travel. Students must demonstrate a commitment to behave responsibility abroad while respecting cultural differences. Students are expected to obey both local laws and program directives conveyed to participants before and during the program. The University of Iowa Code of Student Life applies to aall program participants while abroad.
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA- Students must have at minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA to participate in this program. This requirement can be flexible in some cases. Please contact your study abroad advisor if you are interested in this program but do not currently have a 3.0 GPA.
  • Good academic and disciplinary standing- Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing at the University of Iowa. Students placed on either academic or disciplinary probation for any period of time overlapping with the study abroad program dates are ineligible to study abroad on a University of Iowa program. Academic and disciplinary history will also be considered when determining whether a student is prepared to represent the University of Iowa as part of this program.
  • Sophomore, junior, or senior standing required- Students must have sophomore, junior, or senior standing at the time the program begins. First year students cannot participate in this program.
  • Acceptance by host institution- Students must be accepted by their host institution as a temporary visiting student. Acceptance by the host institution is typically automatic for students that have been nominated by their study abroad advisor, but the final acceptance decision is made by the international student office and the sponsoring departments at the host institution based on their own internal requirements.
  • No language requirement- Students do not need to have any foreign language background, as courses on this program are taught in English.

Application Deadline

Applications are due on September 20 for the Spring 2017 session.


For students participating in the Early Start course, the course fee for the Fall 2016 session is $8,426.

For students who are not participating in the Early Start course, the course fee for the Fall 2016 session is $7,149.

The course fee for the Spring 2017 session is estimated to be $6890. The Spring 2017 course fee will be finalized in early October 2016.

The course fee includes all educational/tuition fees, orientation, and some cultural activities.

The following items are not included in the course fee:

  • Study Abroad Administrative Fee ($1006 for Iowa residents, and $2726 for Iowa non-residents)
  • Application fee ($50)
  • Round trip airfare (approximately $1600 from Cedar Rapids)
  • Housing (approx. $2,500 per semester, but is variable depending on the specific housing arrangements)
  • Food (approximately $2,500 per semester)
  • Passport (approx. $135)
  • Irish Immigration registration fees (approx. $325)
  • Textbooks (approx. $400 per semester)
  • Local transportation ($300+ per semester)
  • Medical Exam/Immunizations (approx. $50)
  • CISI health insurance (approx. $150 per semester)
  • Personal expenses ($3,000+ per semester)
University College Cork campus

Study Abroad Administrative Fees

University of Iowa study abroad administrative fees are included for all participants. They are based on tuition set by the Iowa Board of Regents. Please check the Costs of Study Abroad page for more information on these administrative fees.

Program cost sheet

The Fall 2016 cost sheet can be found below.

The cost sheet captures the best possible estimate for all costs a participant on this program will be responsible for, including fees paid to UI as well as out-of-pocket costs and personal expenses, although actual spending amounts may vary from individual to individual. This information will be provided to the Office of Student Financial Aid to help determine your eligibility for aid for this program.

PDFIowa Regents’ Semester in Ireland- Cost Sheet- Fall 2016

How to Apply

Interested students should make an appointment with Cory Petersen, the program coordinator for the Iowa Regents’ Semester in Ireland, to determine whether this program is a good fit, and discuss the application process.

The application process consists of three steps:

  • Step One - Students must request nomination to the University College Cork by submitting an online application to UI Study Abroad. Your study abroad advisor will send you this application by email.
  • Step Two - The UI Study Abroad application is reviewed and, if the student meets the requirements for the program, the study abroad advisor nominates them to study at Cork.
  • Step Three - Once nominated, the student completes the University College Cork’s visiting student application. This application is reviewed by Cork where the final acceptance decision is made.

Applicants are notified of their official acceptance status by the University College Cork by late October/early November for the Spring session, and by late March/early April for the following Fall/Academic Year.

Please call the Study Abroad office (1111 University Capitol Centre) at 319-335-0353 to set up an appointment, or email Cory with any questions at

Withdrawal Policy

Notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to the Study Abroad office at the University of Iowa. The date on which the letter or e-mail message is received is the date by which your costs will be calculated. If for any reason you withdraw after the confirmation deadline and before or during the course of the program, the amount shown in the following chart represents what you will be required to pay to the University of Iowa (amounts based on Fall 2016 fees- fees may be adjusted for future sessions).

Date of Withdrawal Student Financial Responsibility
Within the first nine days after the confirmation deadline Portion of Study Abroad fee: $400
Portion of Course Fee: $100
10-19 days past the confirmation deadline Portion of Study Abroad fee: 100% ($1006 for IA Residents, $2726 for IA Non-Residents)
Portion of Course Fee: 50%
20-44 days past the confirmation deadline Portion of Study Abroad fee: 100% ($1006 for IA Residents, $2726 for IA Non-Residents)
Portion of Course Fee: 75%
45 or more days past the confirmation deadline Portion of Study Abroad fee: 100% ($1006 for IA Residents, $2726 for IA Non-Residents)
Portion of Course Fee: 100%

Financial Aid & Scholarships

In general, financial aid (scholarships, grants, and loans) received to attend the University of Iowa may be applied toward the cost of studying abroad as long as the student is making satisfactory progress toward his/her degree. In most cases the Office of Student Financial Aid can adjust financial aid to cover additional costs incurred by study abroad. Moreover, students are encouraged to apply for scholarships based on need, merit and/or diversity that are awarded by Study Abroad. Complete information is available on the Funding Your Study Abroad Experience page.

Before applying for any scholarship, please take a look at the Suggestions for Scholarship Applications page.

The Study Abroad office offers several scholarships and grants. Take a look at the following links for Semester or Academic Year scholarships offered through our office:

1- Need-Based grants (For students in good academic standing, and who current year FAFSA has been processed by UI Office of Student Financial Aid)

2- Stanley Merit-Based Scholarship (See web page for details)

3- International Student Study Abroad Scholarship (See web page for details)

4- Diversity Ambassador Scholarship (see web page for details)

5- Iowa Abroad Scholarship(For students who began studying at the University of Iowa in Fall 2015 or later- see web page for details)

Other UI-affiliated awards

6- Stanley Undergraduate Awards for International Research (see web page for details)

7- Bijou Horizons - FilmScene (see web page for details)

Awards from organizations outside of the University of Iowa

(Note that when searching for financial aid from organizations outside of the University of Iowa, it's always best to be safe. Be sure to take a look at these tips to avoid scams before you apply!)

8- External Awards

9- NAFSA’s US Study Abroad Scholarships and Grants List

10- IIE Passport's Study Abroad Funding page

11- US Department of Labor's scholarship page


13- Or try a Google search for 'study abroad scholarships'!

Finally, if you’re having trouble writing scholarship essays, you may want to contact the UI Writing Center for a helping hand!

If you have any questions about funding for this program, please contact Cory Petersen at or call the Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353 for an appointment.

Acceptance and Confirmation Materials

Please read, download, complete, and return the following documents to the Study Abroad office no later than Friday, November 11 at 4:59pm.

Please note that if these materials are not submitted by the confirmation deadline on Friday, November 11, your application will be automatically withdrawn and your acceptance rescinded.


In order to prepare for your time abroad, you are required by the University of Iowa to complete two orientations. These may be in addition to orientations provided by your on-site provider. See below for more information.

Online Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation

You are required to complete the International Programs online ‘Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation’ course distributed through ICON prior to departure. This orientation is mandatory for all students going abroad under the auspices of the University of Iowa. It covers many practical matters about living overseas, such as health and safety, communication, money, goals and much more. You will be enrolled in this course by International Programs and an email will be sent to you once enrolled. If you have any questions you can email

Program-Specific Orientation

This orientation will be facilitated by your study abroad advisor and will cover content specific to your program and host country. It could be conducted in a group setting or one-on-one depending on your type of planned activity abroad. Your study abroad advisor will send you more information about this mandatory in-person session.

Vaccinations and Health/Safety

We will address many issues related to health and safety during the orientation sessions, but until then our general advice is that before you go abroad it is best to check with your doctor about any health concerns you have. Take a look at the Centers for Disease Control web site for Ireland-specific health information and visit either your doctor or the Travel Clinic at UI Student Health & Wellness for any vaccinations you might need.

Safety, too, is vital to your study abroad experience. While Ireland is generally a very safe place, unfortunately safety cannot be guaranteed anywhere. Take a look at the Health and Safety section of the Study Abroad website for some tips on staying safe abroad.

OSAC - Ireland: Information from the U.S. Department of State on safety and security abroad. Anyone can subscribe for the free OSAC newsletter to receive international safety news and updates via email.


US Citizens

If you do not have a passport, please apply for one soon to ensure you receive it before the program begins. Students who are U.S. citizens can find more information about how to apply for or renew a passport on the U.S. Department of State’s web site.

Important notice for students without a valid passport, or whose passport will expire within the next 12 months:

Those without valid passports should apply for a new passport or a passport renewal as early as possible.

Those with valid passports should check the expiration date. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months AFTER the anticipated return to the U.S. from studying abroad. If your passport is not valid through this time then you will need to renew your passport before applying the visa you will need to enter the UK.

Expedited processing service is available for U.S. passports (although this still takes several weeks and is at an additional cost). Study Abroad encourages students to ask the passport agency at the time of application whether expedited service is recommended.

Non-US Citizens

Students who are not U.S. citizens should contact Cory Petersen for information on how to ensure that their passport is valid for the duration of their time abroad.


Program participants are required to have a visa to study in Ireland. Please contact your study abroad advisor for more information about acquiring the visa you need to enter the country.

Please note that visas are issued by the Irish government based on that country's immigration requirements. Currently, Ireland’s immigration requirements include considerations related to specific national origin, national heritage, criminal background status, and similar issues that can make it impossible to acquire a visa prior to the start of the program in some cases. Please contact Cory Petersen at for more information.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

You can find more information about funding options by clicking on the Application tab above and scrolling to the Financial Aid & Scholarships section toward the bottom of the page.

If you have any questions about funding for this program, please contact Cory Petersen at or call the Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353 for an appointment (Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm).

Applying credit toward a UI degree

Unless Study Abroad has an approval on file before your departure for the courses you take abroad to be applied toward a specific major, minor, certificate, or general education requirement, you will receive general elective credit for your course.  If you are hoping to apply the credit you receive for your program course to a major, minor, certificate, or general education requirement, please contact Cory Petersen at for details on the process. 

Health Insurance and Continuation of Care

As part of the this program, you will be enrolled in health insurance through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI).  For more information about CISI, please visit our Health Insurance Information page.

If you have any current health issues that you might want to receive treatment for while you’re abroad, CISI can help refer you to doctors and develop a continuation of care plan.  If you would like to make arrangements for care while you’re abroad, please contact CISI using the contact information on the site above, or contact Cory Petersen at


Students will need to make their own travel arrangements to get to their program site- Study Abroad will not be arranging a group flight to your study abroad destination.

Do not purchase plane tickets until

  • 1) You have received an official offer of acceptance by your host university.
  • 2) You have finalized your housing arrangements abroad.
  • 3) You are aware of the semester start date and move-in date for your accommodations.

Students will receive contact information for any other program participants about six weeks prior to the start of their program so that they can coordinate travel plans.

If you need advice on making travel arrangements, please contact Cory Petersen at


In-person orientation sessions will be scheduled late in the semester prior to the start of your program in Ireland, usually in mid-November for the spring semester, and late-April for the Fall semester. Your study abroad advisor will be in touch with you about the specific dates shortly after you have been accepted into the program.


You will need to register for this program on MyUI prior to your departure for the UK. You will receive more information on the registration process from your Study Abroad advisor.

Information about Ireland, Cork, and the University College Cork

Cork classroom with high ceiling, 8 rows of seats, portraits on wall

1111 University Capitol Centre
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1802

Phone: (319) 335-0353
Fax: (319) 335-0343