Ireland (AMSI) - University College Cork
Electives can be selected in the following clinical departments: Medicine(General Medicine, Gastroenterology, Respiratory Medicine, Cardiology, Medicine for the Elderly, Rheumatology, Endocrinology and Renal Medicine, ENT, Emergency Medicine, Neurology, Nephrology, Ophthalmology, Radiology) Obstetrics & Gynaecology Psychiatry Paediatrics & Child Health Surgery(General Surgery, Anaesthesia, Orthopaedics) *For electives in Psychiatry and Gynaecology, it is a requirement that you provide proof that you have already completed your core rotations in these specialities in your home university by the time of your proposed elective start date.
In student rental accommodation or host family
Same as NMO exchange conditions. UCC also requires the following additional documents when applying for an exchange. 
  • Academic Transcript
  • Completed Deans Statement (provided on school letterhead) - attached
  • Proof of Insurance Cover:
    • Personal Health Insurance and
    • Medical Malpractice / Liability Insurance (minimum value €4,000,000 which will be in place during your elective)
  • Police Clearance Certificate
  • Photograph

All documents submitted must be in English (or an original English translation).  All required documents indicated above must be provided.
Will McGilberry
Welcome to Cork (known as ‘The Rebel County’ by locals) Cork is Ireland’s biggest city with a population of just over 125 thousand. It boasts a beautiful harbour, surrounded by rolling hills and bursting with Irish culture.


UCC is one of Ireland’s oldest institutions of higher education, founded as a Queen’s College in 1845.

In 1910, Cork was the first Irish college to appoint a female professor, Mary Ryan, Professor of Romance Languages.

For 2018, UCC has over 3,000 international students from 100 countries around the world.

UCC offers more than 120 degree and professional programmes.

UCC is internationally acclaimed as one of the top 2% of research institutions in the world.

UCC has 59 Sports Clubs and 78 active student societies

UCC was the world’s first university to receive a Green Campus Award for its on-going Environmental efforts.

University College Cork has 3 main teaching hospitals; Cork University Hospital, Bons Secours and the South Infirmary-Victoria University Hospital. You will be placed in one of these hospitals based on (a) availability and (b) speciality selected. If you have a preference, please specify on your application form and we will try to accommodate you as best we can. It is advisable to get in your application in as fast as possible as spots can go quite quickly.


At least one meal will be provided (lunch), but if food isn’t provided, pocket money will be given for one meal a day at a fixed location.


In student rental accommodation or local host family that will be located as much as possible in areas near to where hospitals will be located.


Travelling within Cork:

The LC recommend walking as the best method of transport within Cork City as hospitals, the university and the city are all located close together.

It is likely students will be placed within walking distance of the hospital they are placed in. When walking is not possible the main forms of public transport in Cork are Bus Eireann and the Coca Cola Bike Scheme.


(Bus Eireann

Fares within the city shouldn’t cost more than 2.50.


Coca Cola Bikes (

Located in the CIty Centre and extend out as far as UCC. The cost is 10 euro per year for a card and then after that the rental fees are listed below. Note: it should not take any more than 30 mins to travel between any of the stations.

First ½ hour

No Charge

Up to 1 hour


Up to 2 hours


Up to 3 hours


Up to 4 hours


Every extra ½ hour



Coming to Cork:

Cork Airport is about 20 minutes outside of the City, accessible by bus or taxi.

Dublin Airport is 3 hours by bus (best method of travel) to Cork City Centre and this costs 30 euro return. Dublin Airport offers a much larger selection of destinations.

Another transport option is to fly to a London based airport (normally Stansted) from your home country and then fly from London to Cork which is normally quite cheap with Ryanair.


LC will provide an activity schedule with plenty of suggested activities. Some of the potential activities include weekend tours around some of the famous sites and tourist attractions around. Potential activities include city tours, visiting famous landmarks/ sites and weekend trips with students on elective placement in other cities. It must be noted that some activities will have to be covered by the incoming student.


Cork city boasts plenty of attractions including the historic English market, Cork gaol and Shandon bells, which are all important historic landmarks. Just outside of Cork city we also have the beautiful seaside town of Cobh, which is the last stop of the Titanic before it’s sinking in 1912. There is also the Blarney castle where tourists have flocked to kiss the blarney stone for many years, both of these attractions are easily accessed by public transport from Cork city.  


Ireland is also home to the most beautiful nature, with the highest mountain of Carrantoohil not too far from Cork and the beautiful Killarney national park accessible by train from Cork city. Further a field are the famous Cliffs of Moher, the Burren and Connemara, which are all important stops for your Irish bucket list and guided tours go daily from Cork city.


Many more great attractions in the capital city of Dublin and the charming city of Galway are easily accessed by public transport, with busses and trains travelling frequently each day.