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Study Abroad Program Overview

As both a modern, technological society and a country steeped in history, Ireland, land of poets and writers, beckons with its lush green hills and friendly people. EAP offers intellectually stimulating and culturally rewarding academic programs in three distinct yet quintessentially Irish locations:
  • Dublin is the republic’s political capital, the home of past and present writers of international stature, and the center of the island’s phenomenal economic growth. Dublin also affords easy access to the countryside, seashore, and mountains.
  • Known as the cultural capital of Ireland, Galway hosts numerous festivals, celebrations, and events, and is home to a large Irish-speaking population that proudly maintains the native language. Although Galway’s economy and population continue to grow, it remains a small city easily navigated on foot.
  • Referred to by locals as the “real capital” of Ireland, Cork is an energetic city with vibrant music, arts, and sports scenes. However it also has laid-back Irish charm, including breathtaking scenery, lively pubs, bustling colorful streets, and friendly people
UCEAP Orientation in Dublin: There is a mandatory orientation in Dublin for all UCEAP students, in addition to your host university's own orientation,  See the dates for these two important orientations in the Calendar and Arrival/Orientation information provided by UCEAP. You will receive information on health, safety, and academic topics such as UC course registration, host university course registration, the differences in academic systems between the US and Ireland, unit loads, policies, and grading,
The website for our Study Centers in the U.K. and Ireland provides access to social media and much more.
Students attend classes with host country students.

Language of Instruction


Language Study



Go to the Participants section to see current or past calendars.
Fall :  
September to December​

Spring :  
January to late May or mid/late June​

Year :  
September to late May or mid/late June​






Due to the success of its Access Programme University College Cork had the highest combined number of fulltime mature students, students with a disability, traveller students, and students from lower socio-economic backgrounds among Irish universities.
For the third time, UCC has been chosen as ireland's University of the Year.


You can choose to live in a university dorm or in private housing off campus. Dormitory space is limited at most sites, so timely housing application is important. Students often arrive in Ireland a week or two early to locate private housing to share with Irish or other international students. EAP students have noted that dormitories are usually deserted on the weekends, when most local students return home, so compare the benefits of both dormitory living and private housing before choosing your housing option. Students have been pleased with their housing, regardless of option. Extensive housing information is available on the host institution websites and in the online EAP Program Guide.

More Information on Housing

Extracurricular Activities

​Internships, independent research, service-learning and volunteer opportunities may be possible on the Ireland program. More information is available through the links on the Host Institutions tab.

During your Fall semester, you’ll experience UCEAP’s fabulous Thanksgiving event! This event rotates between the three capital cities of Edinburgh (Scotland), Dublin (Ireland) and London (England). With around 200 UC students attending, your Thanksgiving abroad will be one to remember!


In the Spring semester, join your UCEAP friends on a weekend excursion planned by the two Study Centers!

Working in Ireland: The work situation in Ireland is quite different from other countries due to an impacted job market and high unemployment rates. Visiting students must apply for a work permit, which may or may not be granted. The permit process takes six months to a year. Therefore, do not expect to earn money during your time abroad.

On-site Support

The EAP program in Ireland is currently overseen by the EAP Study Center in Edinburgh. EAP students are supported by UC's network of EAP offices at every UC campus and partnerships with EAP host universities throughout the world. UC and local staff abroad help students integrate into Irish culture and provide assistance with academics, safety, and other issues.
See the EAP Program Guide for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; internships, research, & independent study; units, exams, and grades; orientation; housing; and information about the intensive language program (if applicable).​
UCEAP in Ireland offers UC students the opportunity to become fully integrated into the academic and multicultural social life of any one of our four Irish institutions. As part of the application process you will be asked to rank your Irish university preferences, so EAP recommends that you explore the program offered at each university (through the links below). Ireland is full of amazing opportunities, new people, and exciting locations awaiting discovery, so whichever university offers you a place, you are in for the time of your life!

Host Institutions

Select a host institution for specific information on courses and credits.
* Indicates quarter term

Course Opportunities

The program in Ireland is characterized by relatively small classes, independent and self-directed study focused in the major, course assessment done typically through a final exam, and easiliy accessible professors.

This program may be the best fit for you if you
  • plan to take courses in your major or minor at an upper-division level. In Ireland, students usually follow a more specialized academic curriculum than is the case at UC. The amount of course work that can be taken outside the major is limited, so completion of all lower-division requirements in your intended field of study is recommended prior to arriving in Ireland.
  • are self-pacing and have good study skills. There are fewer hours of formal instruction and a greater expectation of independent work in Ireland.
  • welcome the opportunity to take courses not normally available at your UC campus, an advantage you will have over your peers who did not go abroad. 
  • like an intellectual challenge; consider enrolling in honors courses with second- or third-year Irish university students to measure your "smarts" against your European peers. 
Use the following resources to learn about taking courses in Ireland on EAP:
  • EAP Program Search for information on general areas of study at each Irish university.
  • Irish university online catalogs or course listings, available through the host institution links above.
  • MyEAP Course Catalog lists courses previously taken by UC students.


You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad; 21 to 24 UC quarter units are required each semester; 42 to 48 UC quarter units are required each year.
Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.

Estimated EAP Costs *

OptionWeeksUnits (Qtr)Units (Sem)UCEAP Fees 1Additional Costs 2
Fall14 - 162114$8,075$9,950 - 10,625
Spring18 - 212114$7,625$9,475 - 10,200
Year36 - 394228$14,525 - 14,600$20,300 - 22,550
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.

1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.

2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.

All fees are subject to change without notice.

These expenses are estimated for 2017-18. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2017-18 payment information, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
  • Predeparture expenses (health clearance, student visa, etc.)
  • Round-trip airfare
  • UC fees
  • Cost of attending the host university  
  • On-site orientation
  • Room and board
  • Local transportation
  • Optional excursions
  • Books and other incidental expenses
  • Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.​


UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.​


Class Level:

Junior, Senior, Graduate

Language Prerequisites:



3.00 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.
GPA Note: Trinity College Dublin: 3.3 cumulative GPA is required for all departments.

All applicants must also have:

  • Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
  • Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
  • A willingness to abide by program regulations.
  • Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements and be in good academic and disciplinary standing.

Application Information and Deadlines

Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.

Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.

For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.

These are minimum requirements. After selection by your UC Campus EAP Office, final admission is determined by the host institution.

Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: