Fall, Spring, Academic Year
• 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
September 20 for Spring 2017
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
You can find the full list of the courses available to visiting students using UCC’s Book of Modules for Visiting Students.
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.
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.
August 19, 2016 - Early Start Orientation/Program Begins- (NOTE: ACCOMMODATION MOVE-IN DATES VARY BY LOCATION AND MAY NOT MATCH THE EARLY START ORIENTATION START DATE- PLEASE CONTACT CORY PETERSEN AT CORY-PETERSEN@UIOWA.EDU FOR MORE INFORMATION.)
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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%
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!)
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 email@example.com or call the Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353 for an appointment.
Acceptance materials for the Spring 2017 session will be added here by early October, 2016.
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.
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.
Students who are not U.S. citizens should contact Cory Petersen firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com for more information.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353 for an appointment (Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm).
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 email@example.com for details on the process.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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 email@example.com.
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.
1111 University Capitol Centre
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1802
Phone: (319) 335-0353
Fax: (319) 335-0343