IRELAND: University College Cork (UCC) Program Fall 2013
Welcome to Marist International Programs (MIP). Your success as a study abroad student will depend upon how well you have prepared yourself for the experience. We look forward to assisting you with a number of matters that have to be taken care of prior to your departure.
The MIP Handbook covers a wide range of information necessary for the next important steps you must take: preparing to spend a semester or year abroad; please read everything herein carefully.
At group pre-departure meetings (announced by e-mail) the following information will be discussed. It is each student's responsibility to read carefully all the information provided in this outline and through the links provided in the table below this outline.
University College Cork Welcomes Study Abroad Students
"As Ireland’s top research university and with a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes available, UCC has much to offer. With over 2,400 international students currently studying at UCC, the university has a very rich multicultural environment. The International Education Office is the “one stop shop “ which will guide you through your application procedure, answer your questions and offer practical support during your time in UCC."
The UCC application is now on-line. Please see the table below for links to the on0line application and instructions.
- Autumn Participants: The Early Start 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, civilisation and environment. The Early Start Semester will give the visiting student 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 programme.
- MIP students who study at UCC in the fall semester are expected to enroll in the Early Start Semester program. See the "Early Start Autumn Semester" link in the table below.
- UCC Modules: What we refer to in the USA as "courses" are often called "modules" at overseas universities, including UCC. The term "course" at universities abroad 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 may discuss course/credit approvals with the respective Marist Dept. Chairperson, using the MIP OVERSEAS COURSE PLANNING AND APPROVAL FORM. Students at UCC are expected to enroll in 25 ECTS per semester at UCC (including the Early Start Program in the case of Autumn participants).
- Enrollment: Students participating in the UCC study abroad program will be 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. At the same time, students will continue to be enrolled at Marist College while participating in MIP.
- IMPORTANT: Prior permission must be received from the Dean, Marist International Programs, to enroll in more than 16 Marist credits for the abroad semester. Send your request by e-mail (from your Marist account) to your MIP Coordinator. Include in your request your full name, and your CWID.
- 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.
- 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 Arrangements: Click on the links "Travel to Your Program Site," and "Getting to Cork" in the table below.
Ireland Immigration: 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 on the link in the table below 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 or 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 to the United State.
HTH Worldwide Insurance: HTH medical insurance is required. 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 assistance:
- Inside the US, call 1.800.257.4823
- Outside the US, call +1.610.254.8771 (collect)
If you require medical evacuation, you must contact HTH Worldwide in advance or your 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 below for links to additional information.
An HTH welcome letter and ID card will be sent to your home address at least 2-3 weeks prior to US departure. Follow instructions on the letter to log into the HTH web site for important information (e.g., recommended doctors, hospitals, pharmacies; translation guides; claim form; benefits; health & security info; etc.). Take your HTH ID card abroad with you.
A SAFE TRIP ABROAD: http://studentsabroad.state.gov/ This web site offers advice for international student travelers from the United States Department of State. It includes the following topics (and subtopics):
- 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.
All information on this page is subject to change at any time without notice. It is important that you monitor this page throughout the pre-departure period for updated information and links.
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