IFSA-University College Cork

Program Details

Program Location Cork, Ireland
Sponsor IFSA-Butler
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 34010
Duration Semester or
2 Semesters
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Current Program Dates
Spring 2024 01/07/24 to 05/11/24
Past Dates
Fall 2023 09/02/23 to 12/22/23
Page Links
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Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice


IFSA-University College Cork

University College Cork offers the best of traditional scholarship and cutting-edge technology in a beautiful, friendly city. The people of Cork are notoriously hospitable and talkative, and you'll find that carries over into the welcoming nature of the university. Join one of the more than 100 clubs and societies on campus to meet your fellow students and get a feel for the social life on this campus of 12,000.

The university is a great place to study Irish culture, especially in the special Celtic civilization courses developed for visiting students during the fall pre-sessions. Early-start fall semester options include archaeology, literature in Ireland, history and modern Ireland, and Irish ecosystems. Full-year students can earn a certificate in Irish studies.

You'll live in modern student flats in Cork. Since the city spans the River Lee, you'll cross bridges to arrive at the beautiful wooded campus, which boasts restaurants, banks, bars, a sports complex, and outdoor playing fields. Music is a big part of the life of the university, so check out the Irish Traditional Music Society, the UCC choir, orchestra, or choral society, or just enjoy the lunchtime and evening concerts.

Program dates in the spring semester run from early January to Mid-May. In the fall, from early September to Mid-December.

For more program information, please visit the program website. This program is sponsored by:IFSA-Butler.


The program is open to Purdue students in good standing who have completed at least two semesters of university study by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity, and a desire to experience another culture.

GPA Requirement: 2.8 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit

Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Liberal Arts] [College of Health and Human Sciences]
Specifically from: HK, PSY, PUBH, & SLHS (HHS)

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

A full course load for a semester at University College Cork is 30 UCC credits, or 15 U.S. credits. Students may choose courses in a variety of subjects, and should refer to IFSA's website for more course information. 


Activities and excursions are designed to pull you into the communities you visit and encourage cultural connections of every kind. There’s no extra fee to participate in these optional outings—everything is included in your program fee.

Below are examples from previous terms; outings may be different for your program and are subject to change.

  • English Market
  • Crawford Art Gallery
  • Cork City Gaol
  • Clonakilty Day Trip
  • Stand-up Comedy.
  • Kilkenny Weekend


Housing is arranged for you by IFSA.

Students live at University Hall, a complex of student apartments managed by the university. On the River Lee and close to campus, they’re also within easy reach of Cork city center.

Housing is in shared apartments (flats) and is self-catered (no meal plan). Students will have access to kitchen facilities and supplies to prepare their own meals. There are also many nearby restaurants and cafes.

Estimated Program Costs

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss. 

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

The IFSA-Butler program fee includes tuition, excursions & special events, orientation, a host family visit, and many helpful, additional services.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Spring 2024

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee $16,300.00
Study Abroad Fee $914.00
Housing $4,275.00
Purdue International Insurance (per month) $32.00
Program Discount for Purdue Students - $2,000.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare $1,000.00
Local Transportation $396.00
Visa $330.00
Books and Supplies $495.00
Meals $2,176.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 - $1,887.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos) $175.00

Financial Aid

IFSA-Butler offers a monthly payment plan option for its fees as well as scholarships. Please see its website for more information.

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents (typically an essay, transcripts, 1-2 recommendations, and copy of passport) before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline. To ensure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an online application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Most Fall Semester Programs Mar 1
Most Spring Semester Programs Sep 15

Returnees Information

IFSA-University College Cork

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email studyabroad@purdue.edu.