IRELAND

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK (UCC)

FALL 2015

 

Welcome to Marist International Programs!

I am your MIP coordinator, and looking forward to assisting you in the months ahead. Your success as a study abroad student depends upon how well you prepare for your abroad adventure. 

MIP group meetings for University College Cork dates and times are announced by e-mail. At group meetings (there will be four or five) we will focus on the most important items outlined on this page. Group meetings are a forum for meeting other participants, sharing info, and asking questions! 

Impossible to attend group meetings? No worries. I will offer walk-in hours. And by e-mail, I will try to summarize what was emphasized at each group meeting. By their nature, group meetings cannot be "made up." Walk-in meetings will revolve around your questions.

Everything discussed, or distributed, at group meetings is included, or linked, on this web page. However, not everything included on this page is covered at meetings. This is why it is vital that you carefully read everything herein, follow links to additional details, and bring questions to our meetings!

Sincerely,

Carol Toufali, MIP Sr. Coordinator

"HOUSEKEEPING"

  • Group meetings are forums for questions. Meetings are announced by e-mail.

  • All info on this page is subject to change without notice. Please monitor for updates.

  • RED TEXT is usually a LINK to more info, forms, documents.

  • The table at the bottom of the page is an index of links for quick access to forms and info.

  • The MIP STUDENT HANDBOOK covers a wide range of necessary info for study abroad.


Will your abroad experience set you apart?

"Gaining an Edge with Education Abroad--Articulating the International Experience"

  • REFLECT  "...take the time to reflect on the experiences you are having."
  • CONNECT  "Each time you overcome a challenge and learn a new skill, start thinking about how that connects to your future career."
  • PROFESSIONALIZE  "...learn to articulate what you learned."

"...after the classroom, I would make sure to hang out with the [local] students, either on campus or somewhere off in the city. It really was through conversing with these students and the city that helped me understand different perspectives and develop the global mindset in a different way..."

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

 

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK WELCOME

With over 2,400 international students currently studying at UCC, the university has a very rich multicultural environment.

  • EARLY START Autumn Semester Program – which is unique to UCC – is the ideal means of gaining an introduction to Irish Studies through a carefully guided approach to Ireland’s history, culture, civilization and environment. The Early Start Semester will give you an insight into the nature of Ireland, past and present, and the manner in which the modern and the ancient may be examined side by side in an integrated program.
  • FALL SEMESTER MIP-UCC students are required to enroll in the Early Start program.  
  • UCC Modules: What we refer to in the US as "courses" are often called "modules" at overseas universities, including UCC. At UCC the term "course" is understood as a field of study or major. 
  • CREDITS  Most UCC modules are weighted at 5 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits. Some modules are weighted at 10 or 20 ECTS.  A module worth 5 ECTS would equate to a 3-credit Marist course, and a 10 ECTS module might be approved for two 3-credit Marist courses. 

  • Participants must discuss course/credit approvals with the respective Marist department chairperson, using the  MIP OVERSEAS COURSE PLANNING AND APPROVAL FORM.

  • Students at UCC are expected to enroll in 25 ECTS per semester (including the Early Start program if you are studying abroad in fall).
  • ENROLLMENT  Students participating in the UCC study abroad program are enrolled at UCC as full time, non-degree students for the applicable terms of the academic year, and must abide by all policies, rules and regulations of UCC, and all relevant laws of the host country. 
  • MIP participants studying at UCC continue to be enrolled at Marist College.

MARIST ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

  • The MIP Course Planning & Approvals Form helps you identify the courses you wish to enroll in abroad and know how the courses will transfer to Marist. 
  • It is your responsibility to obtain approval from Marist department chairpersons for Marist equivalent courses. Use the MIP Course Planning & Approvals form to obtain signatures of approval.
  • You must alos discuss your study plan with your academic advisor.
  • Both you and your advisor must sign your study plan before you submit it to MIP. 
  • Fall program plans are due by April 15. Spring programs plans are due by November 15.
  • If you plan to study abroad for the academic year you must submit to MIP an approved study plan for each semester.
  • Prior permission must be received from the Dean, Marist International Programs, to enroll in more than 16 Marist credits in the abroad semester. Send your request by e-mail to your MIP coordinator, including your full name, and CWID.
  • When you are registered for UCC courses you must report them to your MIP coordinator
    • Your coordinator will report the Marist equivalents to the Registrar.
    • DegreeWorks will be updated.
    • Until then, DegreeWorks will indicate you are enrolled for:  MAP 15 credits.

REPORTING YOUR ABROAD COURSE REGISTRATIONS TO MIP

  • By the fifth week of your overseas program (at the latest), you must send your MIP 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.

UCC APPLICATION 

The UCC online application is currently being updated. Therefore, please print, complete, and submit to your MIP Coordinator the application linked here.

HOUSING

  1. UCC Campus Accommodation provides residential accommodation from September to the beginning of June. The accommodation comprises three purpose built accommodation blocks: Castlewhite Apartments, Victoria Lodge and University Hall.  UCC Campus Accommodation may be booked and the deposit paid on-line.
  2.  Accommodation Office provides a free comprehensive service designed to assist students in finding suitable and reasonably priced off-campus accommodation quickly. As demand is high we recommend that you apply early to insure you get accommodation most suited to your needs.  As well as providing group arrangements for individual colleges, UCC’s Accommodation Office also provides an on-line accommodation placement service for international students, where you can book a room in a student complex before you arrive in Cork.

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 MIP coordinator.

IMMIGRATION PROCEDURES 

While a student visa is not required for US citizens studying in Ireland; students must register with the police in Ireland Requirements for registration with the Irish police (Garda) include proof of funds, documentation of student status, and an immigration fee.  Click HERE for UCC information and instructions with regard to registration with police.

  • 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."
  • Check the expiration date on your passport and renew it if necessary, or apply for a passport if you don't already have one.
  • Your passport must be valid at least 3 months beyond the date of your return (your program end date) to the United States.

WHAT YOU MUST DO ON ARRIVAL IN IRELAND

WORLDWIDE HEALTH INSURANCE 

HTH medical insurance is required for every participant in a Marist study abroad program.

The cost for HTH coverage is included in the MIP fee.

As an HTH customer abroad, you are eligible for global emergency assistance, 24 hours a day.

For immediate HTH assistance:

  • Inside the US, call 1.800.257.4823  
  • Outside the US, call +1.610.254.8771 (collect)

          Contact info is also included in the HTH ID card sent to you pre-departure.

If medical evacuation is necessary, you must contact HTH Worldwide in advance, or the evacuation may not be eligible for reimbursement.  Available services include:

  • Medical evacuation planning and coordination
  • Medical monitoring and referral
  • Worldwide 24-hour assistance in locating medical care
  • Coordination of hospital payment guarantees

Please see the table on this page for links to HTH brochures.

HTH will send you a welcome e-mail with instructions, when you are subscribed.

Follow instructions in the HTH e-mail to log on to the HTH web site. The site gives you access to important info such as: recommended doctors, hospitals, pharmacies; translation guides; claim forms; benefits; health and security information; etc.  

Carry your HTH ID card with you while abroad.

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. https://step.state.gov/step/
  • 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.

All information on this page, or linked from this page, is subject to change without notice. Monitor this page for updates throughout the pre-departure period.

RED TEXT usually indicates a link.

MIP FORMS UCC FORMS & OTHER INFORMATION IMMIGRATION & GOVERNMENTAL INFO GENERAL STUDENT LIFE INFO & RESOURCES

DEAN CONDITIONAL MIP ACCEPTANCE LETTER FALL 2015

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MIP COORDINATOR CONDITIONAL ACCEPTANCE LETTER FALL 2015

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MIP - CORK COST SHEET FALL 2015

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MIP Student Handbook 

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MIP 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 course equivalents approvals)

UCC STUDY ABROAD MAIN PAGE click on VISITING US AND NON-EU Student

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2015-16 UCC CALENDAR

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WHAT CAN I STUDY?

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WHAT IS A MODULE? MODULES & COURSES

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BOOK OF MODULES FOR VISITING & US STUDENTS

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ACCOMMODATION

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ON ARRIVAL INFORMATION

 

IMMIGRATION PROCEDURES UCC OUTLINE

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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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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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A SAFE TRIP ABROAD

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TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ADMINISTRATION

UCC GUIDE FOR VISITING US STUDENTS

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GETTING TO CORK

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UCC CAMPUS MAPS

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LIVING IN CORK

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UCC CHECKLIST FOR VISITING STUDENTS

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UCC GENERAL INFORMATION

TRAVEL TO YOUR PROGRAM SITE

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DUBLIN AIRPORT INFORMATION

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SHANNON AIRPORT INFORMATION

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MIP TRAVEL PREP QUIZ & INTERNET EXCURSION

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SAFETY SECURITY POWERPOINT 1

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SAFETY SECURITY POWERPOINT 2

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SAFETY SECURITY LETTER: ALL MIP PARTICIPANTS

 


 

 

 

 


 

 

HTH WORLDWIDE HEALTH INSURANCE SUMMARY OF COVERAGE 2014-15 and OUTLINE OF POLITICAL SECURITY AND NATURAL DISASTER EVACUATION SERVICES  (7/14/14)

2015-16 brochure TBA

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GENERAL SAFETY ADVICE AND EVACUATION PREPARATION 

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HTH STUDENTS PAGE

HTH PARENTS PAGE

 

 

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

LET'S GO TRAVEL GUIDES

RICK STEVES TRAVEL TIPS

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

 

   

EXCHANGE RATE CONVERSIONS (Calculator, Historic Look-up, Dollar, Euro, Pound, etc.) uploaded 4/10/12

     

DIVERSITY ABROAD MAGAZINE Advice and articles re: study abroad

       
       
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