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Iowa Regents Semester in Ireland

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Fall, Spring, Academic Year


Cork, Ireland




Minimum eligibility requirements include sophomore standing and a 3.0 grade point average (4.0 scale).

Application Due:

March 27 for Fall 2015/Academic Year 2015-2016, late September 2015 for Spring 2016

Program Cost:

Check the 'Costs' section under the Application tab.

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.

In addition to the courses open to all students at the University College Cork, study abroad students can take advantage of variety of other unique opportunities at UCC as part of this program depending on thier interests and length of study.

Fall semester and Academic year students

Students who attend UCC in the fall will participate in the 'Early Start Semester', which includes an intensive 3.5 week course on an Irish theme specially designed for visiting students. Take a look at the links below for more information about the current 'Early Start' offerings:

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

Following the Early Start courses, students enroll in regular UCC classes for the remainder of the fall semester.

Spring semester and Academic Year students

Students who attend UCC in the spring do not take an 'Early Start' course, instead enrolling directly into University College Cork classes for the entirety of the semester. Students attending UCC in the spring semester have the opportunity to earn a Certificate in Irish Politics, which includes field trips to Dublin and Belfast.

Students who attend UCC for a full academic year may obtain a Certificate in Irish Studies, or a Diploma in Irish Traditional Music.

All students

Take a look at the full list of course options open to study abroad students by exploring University College Cork's "What Can I Study?" page , and the "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

The academic year at Cork closely follows the University of Iowa's academic calendar. Estimated dates for the Fall 2015 and Academic Year 2015-2016 sessions are below:

Dates for the Fall 2015 session: (Dates are subject to change)

August 14, 2015 - Arrival/Program Begins
(Dates are subject to change)
August 14 - Orientation
August 17 - September 4- Early Start course dates
September 7 - November 27- Autumn Semester
November 30 - December 4- Study Review Week
December 7 - December 18- Autumn Examinations
December 19, 2015- Fall session ends

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

January 6, 2016 - Arrival/Program Begins
(Dates are subject to change)
January 7 - January 8- Orientation
January 11 - March 19Spring semester course dates
March 19 - April 3 - Easter Recess
April 4 - April 15 - Spring semester course dates
April 18 - April 24 - Study Review Week
April 25 - May 6- Final Examinations
May 7, 2016- Spring session ends

Dates for the Spring 2015 session are below:

January 8, 2015 - Arrival/Program Begins
May 15, 2015- Spring session ends

For More Information

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, 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

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.


Minimum eligibility requirements include sophomore standing and a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (4.0 scale). Students must also be in good academic and disciplinary standing at the University of Iowa at the time the program begins. Students who do not fit these requirements should contact their study abroad advisor for alternative options.

Application Deadline

Final applications are due on March 27 for the Fall 2015 and Academic Year 2015-2016 sessions, and late September 2015 for the Spring 2016 session.

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.

After submitting an application, your application will be sent to the University College Cork for review, where final acceptance decisions are made.

Applicants are officially notified of their acceptance status by UCC 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


The total program fee (a combination of Study Abroad Fees, and Course Fees) for the Iowa Regents' Semester in Ireland varies depending on residency status at the University of Iowa. Final program fees for the Fall 2015 and Academic Year 2015-2016 sessions can be found below. Fees for the Spring 2016 session will be available in late-fall 2015:

The program fee for Fall 2015 is $11,034 for Iowa residents and $12,715 for non-residents. The program fee includes all educational and administrative fees, orientation, and some cultural activities.

The program fee does not include the application fee ($50), round trip airfare (approximately $1500 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. $500), textbooks (approx. $400 per semester), local transportation ($300+ per semester), immunizations (variable), CISI health insurance (approx. $150 per semester) or personal expenses ($3,000+ per semester).

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

A cost sheet detailing all estimated costs for the Fall 2015 session will be posted here during late spring 2015.

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. This information will be provided to the Office of Student Financial Aid to help determine your eligibility for aid for this program.

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 2015- 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% ($968 for IA Residents, $2,649 for IA Non-Residents)
Portion of Course Fee: 50%
20-44 days past the confirmation deadline Portion of Study Abroad fee: 100% ($968 for IA Residents, $2,649 for IA Non-Residents)
Portion of Course Fee: 75%
45 or more days past the confirmation deadline Portion of Study Abroad fee: 100% ($968 for IA Residents, $2,649 for IA Non-Residents)
Portion of Course Fee: 100%

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Students may be able to use financial aid (scholarships, grants, and loans) to cover some of the costs of this program. Take a look at the Financial Aid section of our website for information on applying your aid package to study abroad, including the Suggestions for Scholarship Applications, and contact with the Office of Student Financial Aid to find out what might be available to you.

The Study Abroad office offers several scholarships and grants. The awards listed below are available to University of Iowa students studying on this program:

1- Merit-based scholarship (requires a 3.33 GPA or higher)

2- Need-based study abroad grant (for students who are eligible for financial aid, based on available FAFSA information)

3- Diversity Ambassador scholarship (see web site for details)

Other UI-affiliated awards

4- Other University of Iowa awards

5- External Awards

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!)

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

7- IIE Passport's Study Abroad Funding page

8- US Department of Labor's scholarship page


10- 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.

Predeparture Materials

Here's a short video that will help introduce you to your new home in Cork!

The web site of the International Office at University College Cork provides great information for students preparing to live and study in Ireland. Particularly relevant are the sections titled "Visiting US and Non-EU Students," "Student Information and Services," and "Accommodations."

The Visiting US and Non-EU Students site includes links to the UCC online course and module catalog, immigration information, semester dates, and a visiting student handbook, among other useful things (check the links on the left side of the page).

The Student Information and Services page contains instructions on how to travel to Cork, information about the cost of living in Ireland, a campus map, and many useful links, including one to the student clubs and societies at UCC. It is highly recommended that you join at least one club or society to meet Irish students.

The Accommodations site will help you determine where you want to live in Cork by providing information about costs and locations of housing.

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

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