IRELAND

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK (UCC)

 

Welcome to Marist Abroad!
 
I coordinate the University College Cork (UCC) program, and I'm looking forward to assisting you in the weeks ahead.
Your success as a study abroad student depends upon how well you prepare for the abroad adventure.

At group meetings we will focus on the most important items outlined on this page (course selections; internship; Ireland immigration; travel/financials; safety/security).
 
Group meetings are a forum for meeting other participants, sharing info, and asking questions.
 
Impossible to attend group meeting(s)?  Bring your questions to walk-in office hours (TBA each week).

Everything distributed and discussed at group meetings is included, or linked, on this web page.
 
Not everything on this page can be covered at meetings; therefore, you must carefully read everything herein, follow links, bring questions.

Sincerely,

James Morrow-Polio, Coordinator


Will your abroad experience set you apart?
"Gaining an Edge with Education Abroad--Articulating the International Experience"
    • REFLECT
    • CONNECT
    • PROFESSIONALIZE 

PowerPoint guidecreated by Michelle McCormack (Babson College), Marisa Cowley (Boston University), and Heather York (Boston University) for the 2014 Annual NAFSA Conference in San Diego, California.
 


 BASICS

  • Group meetings are announced by e-mail.

  • All info on this page is subject to change without notice. Return to this page often.

  • RED TEXT is usually a LINK.

  • A table of links for quick reference is at the bottom of this page.


 MIP SEMESTER HANDBOOK                                                                                                                         

It is assumed that every Marist Abroad candidate has read the Marist Abroad Handbook, as it contains important, "must read" basic info.


UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK: Visiting US and non-EU students

"A visiting student is a student currently registered at another university and applying to undertake a programme of study for one semester or one year. A visiting student is not being admitted to a programme leading to a Degree, Diploma or any other award of the university." Non-degree students must abide by all policies, rules and regulations of UCC, and all relevant laws of the host country.

Marist Abroad participants are enrolled at Marist College while attending UCC.

 UCC Modules: What we call "courses," the Irish call "modules."  Outside the US a "course" is usually a field of study, or major.

 BOOK OF MODULES for visiting students

 CREDITS

Most UCC semester modules are weighted at 5 ECTS credits (European Credit Transfer System).

Marist Abroad participants request course/credit approvals through the Marist Abroad Course Planning & Approvals Form.

 5 ECTS usually equates to 3 Marist credits.  10 ECTS might be approved for two Marist 3-credit courses.

 Students at UCC are expected to enroll in 25 ECTS per semester (including Autumn Early Start program).

Grades earned abroad are "translated" to Marist grades, entered on the Marist transcript, anc calculated in the GPA.

 Marist Abroad participants are enrolled at Marist College while attending UCC.


 APPLY to UCC

Complete the paper UCC application and submit it to your Marist Abroad coordinator for forwarding to UCC.


UCC ORIENTATION & SEMESTER DATES


 UCC EARLY START Autumn Semester Programs


 MARIST ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

  • List the abroad courses you wish to enroll in on the Marist Abroad Course Planning & Approvals Form. This is your "study plan."

  • Request Marist-equivalent course approval from the appropriate department chairperson (Chair). Attach a syllabus or course outline to your study plan before you submit it to a dept. chair for approval. The dept. chair will indicate the Marist equivalent in the space provided on the form, and will also indicate (on the form) if the course fulfills a Core requirement.
  • Discuss your study plan with your Academic Advisor. Your plan requires your Advisor's signature/approval.

  • "Look ahead" in DegreeWorks can show you how prospective courses will "count" toward your degree (major, minor, core, elective).

  • Spring program plans are due by November 15.  Fall study plans are due by April 15.

  • To enroll in more than 16 Marist credits abroad, you must have permission from the Dean of Marist Abroad. Send an e-mail request to your Marist Abroad coordinator (include your full name, and CWID).

  • By the end of your first week of classes, confirm your overseas courses to your Marist Abroad coordinator.  Your DegreeWorks audit will indicate "Marist Abroad Program (MAP) 15 credits" until your courses are confirmed and posted to your Marist record.


REPORTING YOUR ABROAD COURSE REGISTRATIONS TO MIP

  • By the fifth week of your overseas program (at the latest), you must send your Marist Abroad coordinator the list of all courses you are taking (regardless of whether they "count" for elective, major, minor, core, or internship credit).

  • At the same time, you must provide your coordinator with proof of chair approval for any course(s) which were not approved by a dept. chair prior to departure.

  • If, by the end of the fifth week of your program, a complete list of all your courses and evidence of chair approval for each course has not been received, you will receive only general elective credit for your course(s). In other words, if you hope to receive major, minor, or core credit for a course, you have until the fifth week of your program (at the latest) to secure chair approval for each course.


REGISTERING FOR MARIST COURSES WHILE ABROAD

Registering for campus courses at the appointed moment may be challenging for students abroad, as well as for those attending classes on campus.  Family responsibilities, jobs, internships, travel, illness, personal and/or academic appointments/activities may impede earliest access to the internet for on-line registration.

Once the system is available to each student to select courses, it remains open to midnight (NY time), and through subsequent registration dates and times, including the make-up period.

Should you not be able to register for a course which you must have for on-time graduation, the Registrar suggests that you send an e-mail override request to both the course instructor and the Dept. Chairperson.

For detailed info, instructions, updates concerning campus course registration next semester (your return-to-campus semester) monitor your e-mail, and the registration web page.


 HOUSING

"Campus Accommodation" is university owned and managed apartment style living; it is usually reserved for first year UCC students.

Other Housing Options include purpose built student apartment complexes as well as rooms in a private house or apartment in downtown Cork (in walking distance, or through public transportation).


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

  • What are classes like at Cork? Class sizes are much larger than at Marist. Additionally, students are graded by 'final assessment.' This means that your grade is determined by one large test at the end of the course, or perhaps by a midterm and a final - not by homework, quiz grades, and assignments done during the semester. 
  • How do students prove prerequisites for UCC classes before registration? Do they have to do so?  Students submit academic transcripts (with their UCC application) which include all courses taken to date; these are circulated to departments should students need permission to take specific classes; if additional information is required the International Office will contact the student.
  • How do students go about getting UCC professor permission before registration? The UCC International Office takes care of this; students should select their courses as advised in the email which will be circulated to them shortly in relation to module registration.
  • When do science students choose labs/lab times?  Students will be advised in relation to labs when they attend their first class of the specific course requiring a lab.  Generally labs do not start until week 2 or 3 of the semester.
  • For languages, is spoken fluency sufficient for a prerequisite for a higher level class?  Yes.
  • How long does it take the accommodation office to assign housing once students fill out the form?  Usually within a week.
  • When is the official finals schedule released? Between the middle and end of March.

PASSPORT

  • Check the expiration date on your passport. 

  • If your passport is not valid at least 6 full months beyond your program end date, you may need to renew your passport.

  • If you do not have a passport, or your passport is expiring, you must apply for one as soon as possible. Consider applying for an expedited passport.

  • APPLY FOR A US PASSPORT

  • PASSPORTS: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 FLIGHT

Read "Travel to Your Program Site."  

    • Students are responsible for making their own flight reservation and tickets purchase.
    • When you have booked your flight you must forward your flight itinerary (details such as flight number, departure/arrival times, dates, airports) to your Marist Abroad coordinator.

 IMMIGRATION PROCEDURES 

While a student visa is not required for US citizens studying in Ireland; students must register with Irish authorities.  Requirements for registration include proof of funds, documentation of student status, and an immigration fee.  

    • Be prepared to show documentation of your student status on arrival in Ireland and each time you enter/leave Ireland: carry your UCC acceptance letter with your passport. 
    • If you are a Non-US AND Non-EU (European Union) citizen you must visit the web site of the Consulate, or Embassy, of Ireland in the USA and follow links to student visa requirements.  If you are required to have a visa to study in Ireland the Consulate/Embassy of Ireland web site will provide instructions, procedure, and application forms.

From the Consulate of Ireland in NY Visa Services web page (link in table below): 

    • Applicants should note that all non-EU citizens, whether visa-required or not, will be subject to ordinary immigration controls at the port of entry. An Irish visa is not an entry permission in itself but is rather a document giving permission to present at a port of entry to seek admission to the State.
    • Bearing a visa may not be sufficient to gain entry to the State if the Immigration Officer at the port of entry, who takes the actual decision as to whether to permit entry, reasonably forms the view that entry should be refused.
    • Visitors are therefore advised to have in their possession information as to accommodation bookings, return flights, contact persons in Ireland etc in case this information is requested by an Immigration Officer."

 


HEALTH INSURANCE: GeoBlue Student Member Guide

Updated 6.8.17:

Your GeoBlue health insurance plan is designed to keep you safe and healthy as you study abroad. Your plan features a full range of personal solutions, including convenient online and mobile self-service tools.  Register for the Member Hub at www.geobluestudents.com to learn more about these tools and to access important plan information:

GeoBlue coverage is required for every Marist study abroad participant. The cost is included in the Marist Abroad fee. You will be subscribed for this coverage by Marist.

A GeoBlue ID card will be mailed to you.  It is important that you carry your GeoBlue ID card while abroad. It is necessary to access healthcare services; you will need to present the ID card whenever you receive medical care.

The GeoBlue web sitegives access to:

    • trusted doctors, hospitals and clinics that will bill GeoBlue directly, so you do not have to submit a claim;
    • plan benefits;
    • member guide. 

As a GeoBlue study abroad participant, you are eligible for:

24/7 Member Services

    • Outside the USA:  +1.610.263.2847 (collect)
    • Inside the USA toll free:  1.844.268.2686
    • customerservice@geo-blue.com

24/7 Medical Assistance and Evacuation

    • Collect Calls Accepted:  +1.610.254.8771
    • globalhealth@geo-blue.com


 LEARNING DISABILITIES

Documentation of a learning disability should be submitted as early as possible.

Students with documented learning disabilities are subject to local educational standards; therefore, Office of Accommodations and Accessibility such as those offered at Marist may not be provided abroad.

If you receive academic accommodations for a learning disability, ask the Marist Accommodations and Accessibility Office to provide your Marist Abroad coordinator with the list of accommodations you are eligible for; it will be forwarded to University College Cork. If you have questions or concerns about academic accommodations at UCC please contact UCC, or speak to your Marist Abroad coordinator.

 


 A SAFE TRIP ABROAD

The United States Department of State web site offers advice to international student travelers.

Topics covered:

  • TRAVEL DOCS (Lost or Stolen Passports, etc);
  • HEALTH (prescriptions, vaccinations, etc.);
  • EMERGENCIES (Victim of a Crime, Assistance to US Citizens Abroad, etc);
  • EMBASSIES (Role, Locations, etc);
  • SMART TRAVEL (Packing, Drinking & Drugs, For Women Travelers, for GLBT Travelers, Disabilities, etc);
  • SPRING (or fall) BREAK (advice & suggestions);
  • TO GO (Check Lists, Go Guides, etc);
  • VOTING (Registering, Absentee Ballot, etc);
  • NEWS & ALERTS (Travel Alerts, Travel Warnings)

 


 SMART TRAVELER ENROLLMENT PROGRAM (STEP)  Why register for STEP?

The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service provided by the U.S. Government to U.S. citizens who are traveling to, or living in, a foreign country. 

STEP allows you to enter information about your upcoming trip abroad so that the Department of State can better assist you in an emergency. 

STEP also allows Americans residing abroad to get routine information from the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

  • How can the US Embassy or Consulate assist me while I am abroad?

U.S. consular officers assist Americans who encounter serious legal, medical, or financial difficulties. Although consular officers cannot act as your legal counsel or representative, they can provide the names of local attorneys and doctors, provide loans to destitute Americans, and provide information about dangerous conditions affecting your overseas travel or residence. Consular officers also perform non-emergency services, helping Americans with absentee voting, selective service registration, receiving federal benefits, and filing U.S. tax forms. Consular officers can notarize documents, issue passports, and register American children born abroad. Most embassies and consulates have web sites with more information.

 


 SAFEGUARDING PERSONAL INFO (while using cell phones, internet, wifi, and social media):


 All information on this page, or linked from this page, is subject to change without notice. Please return to this page for updates.

RED TEXT is usually a link to additional info.

LINKS TABLE


                  Marist Abroad

 

          UCC 

 

          US & IRELAND 

 

               STUDENT LIFE

S17 DEAN CONDITIONAL MARIST ABROAD ACCEPTANCE LETTER

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MARIST ABROAD COORDINATOR CONDITIONAL ACCEPTANCE LETTER

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S17 Marist Abroad - UC CORK COST SHEET

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MIP SEMESTER HANDBOOK   

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MARIST ABROAD COURSE PLANNING & APPROVAL FORM

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WHAT COUNTS FOR CORE? OVERVIEW OF MARIST CORE

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How to use the "LOOK AHEAD" feature in your on-line DEGREEWORKS AUDIT to determine how a prospective prospective Marist course will "count."

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MARIST DEPARTMENT CHAIRPERSONS  for overseas course approvals

TRAVEL TO YOUR PROGRAM SITE

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DUBLIN AIRPORT INFORMATION

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WHEN EARS HAVE AN ALTITUDE PROBLEM

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SHANNON AIRPORT INFORMATION

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SAFETY SECURITY POWERPOINT #1

SAFETY SECURITY POWERPOINT #2

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INTERNET EXCURSION

MARIST ABROAD QUIZ

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CULTURE OF SAFETY video from UT International Office

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AWARENESS & EMPOWERMENT WHEN STUDYING ABROAD (PowerPoint)

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SAFETY SECURITY LETTER

UCC STUDY ABROAD MAIN PAGE (EU & US STUDENTS)

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UCC KEY DATES

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ACCOMMODATION

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ON ARRIVAL INFORMATION

 

IMMIGRATION PROCEDURES

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CONSULATE GENERAL OF IRELAND IN NY

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VISAS FOR IRELAND

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US DEPT. OF STATE Alerts & Warnings; US passport application/renewal instructions, forms; travel advice; registration with US embassies abroad (STEP)

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US DEPT. OF STATE WORLDWIDE TRAVEL ALERT: UPDATED 11/23/15

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EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES IN DUBLIN

Emergency Messages for US residents and travelers in Ireland; Voting; Emergency Services; etc.

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STEP: Smart Traveler Enrollment Program

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GOV.UK FOREIGN TRAVEL ADVICE

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IRELAND: COUNTRY INFORMATION

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STUDENTS ABROAD

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INFORMATION FOR WOMEN TRAVELERS

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TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ADMINISTRATION

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CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL (CDC) TRAVEL PAGE

UCC STUDENT INFO HUB: BEFORE YOU ARRIVE

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GETTING TO CORK

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AFTER YOU ARRIVE CORK

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CAMPUS LIFE

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UCC CAMPUS MAPS

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LIVING IN CORK

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ARTICLE ABOUT CORK  on page 53

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LIVE AND LEARN IN IRELAND

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WORLD CLOCK What time is it in...?

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HEALTH INSURANCE: GeoBlue Student Member Guide

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GENERAL SAFETY ADVICE AND EVACUATION PREPARATION

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WOMEN STUDYING ABROAD

WOMEN TRAVEL

LET'S GO TRAVEL GUIDES

RICK STEVES TRAVEL TIPS

STA TRAVEL LINKS TO EUROPE RAIL PASSES; TRAVEL INSURANCE; INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ID CARD; HOSTELS INFORMATION

 DON'T BE A PAWN To help raise awareness of the foreign intelligence recruitment threat to U.S. college students while studying overseas, the FBI offers a variety of useful resources, including the [video-taped] interview with a former student caught up in illegal activity. (4 min.)

GAME OF PAWNS Video about the recruitment efforts of foreign governments toward students abroad, and the consequences. (28 min.)


 

 

 

 

WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GREAT BRITAIN, UNITED KINGDOM, ENGLAND...? (YOUTUBE)

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COLLIN FARREL NARRATES EASTER RISING 1916 TO 2016  IRISH INDEPENDENCE

 

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