Ireland Cork Blackrock Castle 340015640

This lively city on the beautiful south coast of Ireland is the country’s second largest city. Cork is known for its great contributions to architecture, design, music, dance, theater, film, food, literature and sports. Students can soak in the culture by visiting the Opera House, theaters, museums or by attending one of the many festivals held throughout the year. Cork is located only a few miles from the famous Blarney Castle and Blarney Stone. St. Finbarr’s Cathedral with its three spires and elaborate High Victorian interior is one of Cork’s most famous landmarks. Students and locals alike enjoy walking along St. Patrick Street and finding restaurants and pubs along the way. The large city market that is held daily is the perfect place to see Cork’s traditional commercial vibrancy in action.

API students who choose to pursue their gap year in Cork will join more than 14,000 students from Ireland and 75 countries worldwide studying at the University College Cork. The university opened its doors in 1849 and in 1979 became a constituent of the National University of Ireland system. The heart of the campus is a stone-faced quadrangle surrounded by historical buildings as well as newer additions to the campus facilities. The attractive campus is located close to the city center for easy access to all areas of the city. Visiting students are able to choose from among the university’s seven faculties and sixty departments.

“Our Resident Director was great! He was always very approachable and always gave the best advice... I think he did pretty much anything he could to help us, which was really appreciated."

Mae E. University of Rhode Island
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    Cultural Activities

    • Touring local art centers
    • Irish drama events
    • Cork Opera House
    • Cork City Gaol (jail)
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    API Gives Back

    API students in Cork have the opportunity to give back to their local community through various volunteer projects and community service events.

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    Things to Do

    Go seal watching!

    Kayak the River Lee

    Join one of UCC's dozens of special interest clubs!

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    Boxty (potato pancakes)

    Fry-up (Irish breakfast)

    Barmbrack (Irish sweet bread)

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    University Highlights

    The University College Cork was the first Irish university to be named The Sunday Times University of the Year for two consecutive years, and has received the award four times!

    UCC was also named the World's First Green Campus, and the university has been awarded a Gold rating under the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education's (AASHE) STARS program and is the only institution outside of the U.S. and Canada to carry this distinction.

On-Site Staff

Madden Nikki

Nikki Madden

Nikki Madden will be your Resident Director and a resource for you while you are in Ireland!