University College Cork – National University of Ireland, Cork (UCC). It is a constituent university of the National University of Ireland and located in Cork. The university was founded in 1845 as one of three Queen’s Colleges.It became University College, Cork, under the Irish Universities Act of 1908.
Amongst other rankings and awards, the university was named Irish University of the Year by the Sunday Times on five occasions; most recently in 2017. In 2015, UCC was also named as top performing university by the European Commission funded U-Multirank system, based on obtaining the highest number of “A” scores (21 out of 28 metrics) among a field of 1200 partaking universities. UCC also became the first university to achieve the ISO 50001standard in energy management in 2011.
The university is one of Ireland’s leading research institutes, with the highest research income in the state. The university’s internal research reputation spans all of its faculties where it offers over 120 degree and professional programmes through seven schools and 27 departments.
The university had seven faculties in Arts and Celtic Studies, Commerce, Engineering, Food Science and Technology, Law, Medicine, and Science. Between 2005 and 2006 the university was restructured from these seven faculties into four colleges: Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Science; Business and Law; Medicine and Health; and Science, Engineering and Food Science. UCC is home to the Irish Institute of Chinese Studies, which allows students to study Chinese culture as well as the language through Arts and Commerce. The department won the European Award for Languages 2008.
UCC is renowned for the quality of its academic programmes, the beauty of its campus and its vibrant student life. Our location in picturesque Cork, Ireland, home to the friendliest of Irish people, means that a warm welcome awaits every student. It’s degrees, conferred by the National University of Ireland, are internationally recognised and some 19,000 students take its undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. UCC enjoys an international reputation, which draws 3,000 students from over 100 countries across the world, creating a unique cosmopolitan culture on campus.
Outside Boole Library there are two giant redwoods planted in 1840, they’re the tallest trees on campus but still only young.
Boole Library is named after George Boole, a self-taught mathematician who became the first professor of mathematics in UCC and invented boolean logic, which is how computers operate.
The Boole Library is open from 8am-2am during term time, hundreds of seats with electricity and small conference rooms students can book for up to 2 hours.
There’s a brand new student hub opening in early 2018 but right now there’s a student centre with two cafés and a bar as well as meeting rooms and a book shop.
Outside that there’s an amphitheatre that’s lovely to sit in when the suns out, and similarly the presidents garden is a popular spot to sit outside.
There’s also a restaurant, The Main Rest, as it’s known, is famous for its chicken roll but it has recently started doing vegan options.
The Old College Bar is the place to go for some live music or a quiz, it’s a great space and was recently saved from closure by an SU campaign.
UCC’s clubs are recognisable by their black and red gear and skull and crossbones logos. We’ve got everything from Quidditch to Go and Kung Fu to Motorcycles
Society wise, their drama society, Dramat, has seen Graham Norton and Cillian Murphy through their doors but there’s something for everyone.
English Language Centre at UCC
The University Language Centre at University College Cork offers full-time and part-time English language courses for general, academic, and professional purposes. Full-time and part-time English language programmes are offered year-round.
Courses are offered in preparation for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination, or the Cambridge First Certificate (FCE), Advanced (CAE), or Proficiency (CPE) examinations.
The Language Centre has highly qualified and experienced teaching staff helping students to maximise their language learning potential. There is also an excellent language laboratory where students can study independently.
Student Support Services at UCC
The International Education Office (IEO) is a “one-stop-shop” for all international students on campus. The Office provides information on every aspect of the UCC experience, including programmes of study, application, pre-departure information and immigration procedures, registration, and orientation.
The Support Officer for International Students offers advice on practical aspects of student life such as accommodation and student welfare.
The International Education Office also organises a number of social events throughout the year that allow international students to meet in a social atmosphere. These range from the Welcome Programme in September to the International Cultures Festival held each Spring that brings together all UCC students – local and international – to learn more about each other’s countries and customs.
Read Octavio, from Mexico’s story about his time in UCC: http://blog.educationinireland.com/…