IRELAND

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK (UCC)

Fall 2016

 

Welcome to Marist International Programs!
 
I coordinate the University College Cork direct enrollment 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 your abroad adventure.

Group meetings are on Wednesdays, during college activity hours. At group meetings (there will be four or five) we will focus on the most important items outlined on this page (course selections, student visa, housing, travel, packing, safety/security). Group meetings are a forum for meeting other participants, sharing info, and asking questions.
 
Impossible to attend group meetings? Bring your questions to walk-in office hours.

Everything distributed/discussed at group meetings is included, or linked, on this web page. Not everything on this page is covered at meetings. You must carefully read everything herein, follow links, raise questions.

Sincerely,
Carol Toufali, Sr. Coordinator

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

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.
 

HOUSEKEEPING

  • Group 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 additional info.
  • A table of links is at the end of the page.

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

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.
  • EARLY START Autumn Semester Programs
  • UCC Modules: USA "courses" are "modules" at UCC.  A "course" is a field of study or major at UCC.
  • BOOK OF MODULES for visiting students
  • CREDITS:  Most UCC semester modules are weighted at 5 ECTS credits (European Credit Transfer System).
    • 5 ECTS usually equates to 3 Marist credits.
    • 10 ECTS might be approved for two Marist 3-credit courses.
  • MIP participants request course/credit approvals through the MIP overseas course planning and approvals form.
  • Students at UCC are expected to enroll in 25 ECTS per semester (including Autumn Early Start program).
  • MIP participants at UCC continue to be enrolled at Marist College.
    • UCC will issue transcripts to MIP.
    • Grades earned abroad are "translated" to Marist grades, entered on the Marist transcript, calculated in students' Marist GPA.
  • How to APPLY to UCC
  • UCC Orientation & Semester Dates

MARIST ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

  • List the abroad courses you wish to enroll in on the MIP 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).

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

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

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

REGISTERING FOR 2016 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.

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

"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).

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

  • USA 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 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.  

  • 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 program end date.

 

HTH WORLDWIDE HEALTH INSURANCE

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

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

As an HTH Worldwide customer abroad, you are eligible for global emergency assistance 24 hours a day, as well as political security and natural disaster evacuation services.

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.

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

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

Carry your HTH ID Card with you while abroad.

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, special services such as those offered at Marist may not be provided abroad.

If you receive academic accommodations for a learning disability, ask the Marist Special Services Office to provide your MIP 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 MIP 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.

  • Some advice for safeguarding your personal info while using cell phones, internet, wifi, and social media:

Mobile Security Best Practices
FBI Safety & Security for US Students Traveling Abroad
US embassy/consulates citizen-services pages typically include info and alerts, such as:
US Citizen Services: US Embassy in Ireland
If you use facebook, view https://www.facebook.com/privacy/explanation and adjust your settings as necessary.


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


MIP

Forms, Cost Sheet, Handbook, Travel, Safety/Security, etc.

UCC 

Calendar, Modules, Application, Arrival, Housing, etc.

US & IRELAND 

Government Info, Immigration, Advice, Country Info, Passports, Transportation, CDC, etc.

GENERAL STUDENT LIFE INFO & RESOURCES

Guides, Maps, HTH Worldwide Medical and Emergency Evacuation Insurance, etc.

F16 PRE-DEPARTURE REMINDERS

--------

Fall 2016 DEAN CONDITIONAL MIP ACCEPTANCE LETTER

             AND

MIP COORDINATOR CONDITIONAL ACCEPTANCE LETTER

 -------

MIP - CORK COST SHEET  updated 6/7/16

 -------

MIP Student Handbook 

---------

MIP COURSE PLANNING & APPROVAL FORM

----------- 

WHAT COUNTS FOR CORE? OVERVIEW OF MARIST CORE

-----------

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

----------

MARIST DEPARTMENT CHAIRPERSONS 2015-16 for course equivalents approvals (updated 8/24/15)

UCC STUDY ABROAD MAIN PAGE (EU & US STUDENTS)

 ---------------

UCC KEY DATES

------------------

ACCOMMODATION

--------------------

ON ARRIVAL INFORMATION

 

IMMIGRATION PROCEDURES

 -----------------------

CONSULATE GENERAL OF IRELAND IN NY

                  ------

VISAS FOR IRELAND

---------------------

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

---------

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

----------

EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES IN DUBLIN

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

---------

STEP: Smart Traveler Enrollment Program

----------

GOV.UK FOREIGN TRAVEL ADVICE

-----------

IRELAND: COUNTRY INFORMATION

-----------

STUDENTS ABROAD

-----------

INFORMATION FOR WOMEN TRAVELERS

-----------

TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ADMINISTRATION

UCC STUDENT INFO HUB: BEFORE YOU ARRIVE

--------------------- 

GETTING TO CORK

----------------------

AFTER YOU ARRIVE CORK

-----------------------

CAMPUS LIFE

-----------------------

UCC CAMPUS MAPS

 ---------------------

LIVING IN CORK

----------------------

ARTICLE ABOUT CORK  on page 53

------------------------------

LIVE AND LEARN IN IRELAND

--------------------------------

HTH WORLDWIDE: SUMMARY OF MEDICAL COVERAGE 2016-17

and

HTH: POLITICAL SECURITY AND NATURAL DISASTER EVACUATION SERVICES OVERVIEW (2.2016.1)

and

GENERAL SAFETY ADVICE AND EVACUATION PREPARATION

--------------------

HEALTH AND SAFETY ABROAD YOUTUBE VIDEO SERIES BY HTH WORLDWIDE

-------------------

HTH STUDENTS PAGE

HTH PARENTS PAGE

--------------

WOMEN STUDYING ABROAD AND WOMEN TRAVEL

TRAVEL TO YOUR PROGRAM SITE

 ----------------

DUBLIN AIRPORT INFORMATION

-----------

WHEN EARS HAVE AN ALTITUDE PROBLEM

------------

SHANNON AIRPORT INFORMATION

----------

MIP TRAVEL PREP QUIZ & INTERNET EXCURSION

-----------

CULTURE OF SAFETY video from UT International Office

-----------

AWARENESS & EMPOWERMENT WHEN STUDYING ABROAD (PowerPoint)

-----------

SAFETY SECURITY POWERPOINT #1

SAFETY SECURITY POWERPOINT #2

-----------

SAFETY SECURITY LETTER

 


 

 

 

 


CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL (CDC) TRAVEL PAGE

 



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)

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

     

COLLIN FARREL NARRATES EASTER RISING 1916 TO 2016  IRISH INDEPENDENCE

       
edit