As a graduate of law and business at UCC, I’m really thankful that I’ve made the right decision for completing my third-level education in Ireland.
UCC is an awesome college with a long history. It’s reasonably sized, easy to navigate and there are many clubs and societies that students can join to meet with different people from different countries. The academic staff are professional and well-trained in delivering lectures and tutorials. For my course, I would say the amount of assignments and group projects is average, and the importance of self-led studies is constantly being emphasised. We’re expected to do additional readings and independent thinking is greatly encouraged.
Cork is a small but bustling city. UCC is only 15 minutes away from the main street by walking. It’s in general a very walkable city with everything you need in a close proximity. There’s always something new to explore.
Studying in Ireland isn’t a popular option in Hong Kong, but it’s something that is worth considering. I’m glad that I’ve made the right decision and I enjoyed staying here a lot.
Studying in Ireland has taught me a lot more than just academic knowledge, but more importantly, it has broadened my horizons. UCC offers many activities and societies for students to enjoy their student life and provides a wide range of support, all with the student in mind and helping them in any way possible. As a student at UCC, I have benefited from experiencing and learning the lives and cultures of a wide range of people. Making friends and communicating with all kinds of people has allowed me to see things from a different perspective and the warmth of the Irish people has given me a deep affection for the country and I have made some very good friends as well. Coming to Ireland to study was the best decision I have ever made!
Mandy Cheng – Business Studies, UCC 2021 graduate
One of the main reasons why I chose to study medicine in UCC is their emphasis on early patient contact and clinical experience. We started developing clinical skills such as physical examinations and history taking in the beginning of the 2nd year. In the same year, we were also sent out for home visits to interact with real patients living with chronic illnesses. In my opinion, these visits were the highlight of the year as it gives students a chance to understand compassion and empathy outside the lecture settings. The professors and lecturers are all well-trained in delivering high quality medical education. They constantly emphasize that medical students in UCC are seen as doctors in training and future colleagues. This creates a friendly learning environment and effective communication between students and the staff. The College of Medicine and Health also has world-class facilities including high fidelity simulation rooms in the newly built ASSERT centre and the FLAME lab for anatomical science.
Cork is a small, peaceful yet colourful city with the campus conveniently located a quick 15-minute walk from the city centre. As a student from Asia, I was initially quite nervous moving to Ireland but Cork’s warm community helped ease my transition from a major city like Hong Kong. The UCC community is comprised of people that come from all around the world, making it a culturally diverse environment.
After graduation, I moved to Galway to start my internship. It was a great experience as I got to truly put my medical knowledge into everyday clinical practice. As an intern, not only do you get to enhance your practical skills but also actively contribute to the care for your patients. The internship program in Ireland caters to the individual goals of their junior doctors. For example, my strong interest in medical education allowed me to organize and lead bedside teaching and case discussion tutorials for NUIG medical students during their hospital clerkships. As I approach the last 2 months of my internship, I am extremely thankful for this opportunity as it gave me the confidence to practice medicine in Hong Kong.