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University College Cork (UCC)

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3.95 / 5 based on 214 reviews
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Harald W
Ludwig Maximilians Universität München, Munich, Germany
Political Science, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Housing
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Independently - My choice
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
Accommodation on campus is quite expensive in Cork and the rooms are quite small. The appartments have a kind of clinical atmosphere. The appartments are usually well-equipped (kitchen - to share with three to five people -, dishes etc. What's missing is a washing machine and a dryer. The laundrette is very expensive. Most important for me, if you search for a house on your own you can choose your housematesand you are more flexible concerning the arrangements with the landlord. On campus for exapmle there's no refund if you want to change accommodation in the middle of the term (you always have to pay in advance).
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
I was lucky to find some nice housemates and we rented a quite big perfectly equipped house, located in Sunday's Well and with a wonderful view to the River Lee. The distance to UCC was - in the eyes of our Irish fellows - quite big: 15 min walk to the Main Quadrangle.
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Harald W
Ludwig Maximilians Universität München, Munich, Germany
Political Science, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Student life
Describe host city:
Student life dominates the city
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Activities: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Nightlife, Travel: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
Don't miss the Cork Jazz Festival (I think it's at the end of October). Concerts all over the place, in cafes, bars and pubs, and everything for free (except for the drinks, of course). Favourite places to go: Bars: Reardens (on Washington) and An Borg (on Oliver Plunkett); Nightclubs: Sir Henrys (on Grande Parade) and Gorbys (on Oliver Plunkett); Pubs: The Bodega (on Cornmarket), Rosie O'Gradys (on North Main) and the New College Bar on campus;
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Harald W
Ludwig Maximilians Universität München, Munich, Germany
Political Science, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Overall
I wish I had known...
Take the baggage limitations of your airline seriously! We did not and had to pay at the airport.
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In my opinion:
Everybody loved it, you will too!
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
1
Culture
2
Costs
3
Activities
1
Campus life
2
Party / people
2
Weather / location
3
Personal recommendation
Political Science is somehow an "exotic" subject at UCC (emphasis on the natural sciences). As mentioned above: don't stick to the European Studies department and inspect the programmes of the other departments as well. The International Student Office at UCC is quite flexible with regard to the wishes of Erasmus-students.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
3
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
Place you HAVE to go to: Killarney, Dingle, Galway, Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle (Kiss the stone!), Cobh. UCC offers a relaxing atmosphere for your stay as an international student. Enjoy the time there! If you want to get into some media stuff, apply for an internship with Cork Campus Radio. You will be selected on the basis of an application form and an interview with the station manager. You'll learn a lot and it is great fun! (Say hello to Kieran, he is one of the fulltime staff there.) Search for the computer labs in the Food Science Building. They usually have the best machines and fastest internet access. If somebody of the staff is asking, just pretend to be a student at the department. Be careful with Cork's hairdressers!
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Harald W
Ludwig Maximilians Universität München, Munich, Germany
Political Science, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Academic
Course recommendations
Political Science at UCC is mainly "European Studies", that means - as the name indicates - a big big emphasis on European topics. If you look around in other departments as well (History, Geography), you will find extremely interesting, sometimes even exotic seminars. The best course I attended: "Migration in Europe" with Mr Piaras McEinri (Geography department). This guy is brilliant!
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My academic experiences
Quality of courses
Variety of courses
Access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with international students
Interaction with local students
Personal comments
Well, you just have to know and accept that academic life at UCC is more like in school rather than at a - for example - German university. Another important point: Irish students start their academic life at a age of 17. As a German student you are at least 20 years old when you join them through the Erasmus-programme. The library at UCC is rubbish for a political science student. Incredible! I based my research on the internet (good access in the computer labs) and the Munich library during my X-mas-break.
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My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
Overall
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Harald W
Ludwig Maximilians Universität München, Munich, Germany
Political Science, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Was learning English a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my English
How much did you improve your English?
My level before: At ease in most situations
My level after: At ease in most situations
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
The Irish (especially the Cork accent) is beautiful but hard to understand at the beginning. It is not that stiff as the British one and not that broad as the American. All in all a good and friendly mixture. Forget about the "th" by the way. No Corkian pronounces it! Since it was kind of difficult to get to know a lot Irish students and I was dealing mostly with other international students (Spanish, Italian, French...), we had to be careful not to adopt each other's mistakes and create a kind of "foreign English". Cork's inhabitants are extremely friendly, especially the elderly. It often happened to me, that an old man or woman just started a pleasant conversation on any topic (e.g. in the supermarket, on my way to UCC etc.), unobtrusive and kind of charming.
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Harald W
Ludwig Maximilians Universität München, Munich, Germany
Political Science, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
Personal savings<br> Government assistance<br> An ERASMUS grant
Work opportunities:
I worked during my study abroad experience
Personal spending habits
Life in Ireland is more expensive than in Germany. Taxes on income are down, prices are up. That' the way it is. Nightlife was a little bit cheaper in comparison to the one in Munich. Phone expenses were unreal, since I wanted to stay in touch with my girlfriend and my family and friends.
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Overall, Telephone, Food:
was more expensive than at home.
Housing, Travel:
was the same price as at home.
Nightlife:
was less expensive than at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
Keep an eye on the costs for heating and electricity and agree on fixed regulations with your landlord. Normally they don't have seperate electric meter, so sometimes they just estimate the costs, which might be good for their purses but not yours!
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