University College Cork Courses

Most students take a total of 15 American credits per semester. If you’re applying for the fall semester, you have the option of taking a five-credit early start course (pre-session).

  • Please review your courses with your academic or study abroad advisor to ensure they will transfer back to your home school and that you are following your home school’s policies.
  • Please be flexible – we can’t guarantee specific courses. If your participation in the program depends on a particular course, be sure to make a note on your online course form
  • Please indicate 7-10 courses, including alternates, on your preliminary course form that you are pre-approved for and can take while abroad. In the event of scheduling changes, time conflicts, prerequisites or cancellations, this ensures that you will be prepared to finalize your courses once overseas.


Intensive three-week early start pre-session courses are available.

Special Nomenclature

In Ireland, the word for class or course is module.

Choosing Your Courses

A full course load at UCC is typically six courses of varying ECTS credits per semester, totaling 30 ECTS credits.

ECTS Credits U.S. Credits
2 1
2.5 1.5
5 2.5
10 5
15 7.5
20 10

Use the UCC course catalog to select your courses.

Courses offered each semester generally remain consistent from year to year. Irish universities usually don’t post next academic year’s course catalog until just weeks before the fall semester starts.

  • Teaching Period 1 = fall
  • Teaching Period 2 = spring
  • Teaching Periods 1 and 2 = full academic year  (available only to academic year students) 
  • First digit of the course code =  year or level of the course

Enrollment Process 

Official course registration will take place prior to arrival. The preliminary course form you submit to Arcadia prior to acceptance is not set in stone. You will have a two week drop/add period at the beginning of the semester where you can make changes to your course registration.

Grade Scale

The following information is vetted and provided by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) on the Electronic Database for Global Education (EDGE).

Percentage Ranking Suggested U.S. Equivalent
70 – 100% First Class Honours A
60 – 69% Second Class Honours B+
50 – 59% Second Class Honours Lower B
45 – 49% Third Class Honours C+
40 – 44% Pass C
0 – 39% Failure F