University description (as per official university website)
Today, University College Cork has evolved into being one of Ireland's leading third level institutions. Academic programmes are offered in four Colleges namely Arts, Celtic Studies & Social Sciences; Business and Law; Medicine and Health and Science, Engineering and Food Science. The University is vibrant and outward-looking, with over 17,000 students across all major disciplines, including some 2,400 international students from 98 countries around the world. The cultural diversity of the international student body means that you will be studying in an intellectual environment which will increase your awareness of other cultures and societies. One of the highlights of campus life is International Cultures Week - an annual extravaganza of cultural and artistic activities enjoyed by Irish and international students alike.
University College Cork is committed, at all levels of the University, to ensuring a green and sustainable campus enviornment. The University recognises that its activities impact upon the environment. Staff and students are now working together on projects to develop a green footprint, all the while ensuring that members of the University community are aware of the impact we ourselves, as individuals, have on our environment.
Cork is a university city with a vibrant café, restaurant and nightlife for its young population. As Ireland's second largest city, Cork successfully combines the ability to be both a cosmpolitian city while maintaining the feel and sense of a small town. The university campus is within walking distance of the city centre.
Everything is easily accessible and a full range of amenities spanning recration, shopping, sport and business is on your doorstep. Cork's rich tradition of culture embracing music, art and threate is reflected throughout the city. Cork was European City of Culture in 2005. It has been listed alongside cities in the US, Canada and Italy in a new Lonely Planet travel guide as one the top places to visit in 2010.
Sports enthusiasts are kept busy with wonderful opportunities for mountaineering, hiking, water sports and adverture sports. Whether you’re after culture, exercise, adventure or peace and quiet, they’re all here in Cork . Cork city is also just a short hop away from West Cork and Kerry, home to some of the most breathtaking scenary in the country, with beautiful beaches and rolling countryside. In short it is a place which offers students a challenging university education in a lively city with something for everyone.
Cork's rich tradition of music, art and theatre is reflected throughout the city. Cork is a great city for Festivals, the biggest and most prestigious of which are the Film Festival in early October and the Jazz Festival at the end of October. There's also an International Choral Festival in early May, a Folk Festival during September and a Fringe Festival of Drama and Dance in late October, based at the Granary, Triskel and Firkin Crane threatres.
Cork enjoys the benefits of being a university city and being capable of attracting, educating, training and offering employment opportunities to those who come to study in the city. Food, engineering, pharmaceutical and healthcare companies, along with cultural, financial services and software development companies are among the major employers of UCC graduates in Cork.