University College Cork (UCC) was originally established in 1845 as one of three Queen’s Colleges in Cork, Galway and Belfast. The university has a beautiful and cosmopolitan campus with the gothic revival style main quadrangle building, modelled on a typical Oxford College, at its centre. The campus is within easy walking distance of Cork city centre where cafes, restaurants and night life combine to create a vibrant European city atmosphere. Cork is a university city with almost 30,000 students in different institutions of higher learning and was European City of Culture in 2005. Today University College Cork is a major research-intensive university delivering world-class research in academic departments and in research centres of national and international significance. The university boasts a student population of over 20,000 students pursuing various undergraduate and postgraduate higher degrees. The university receives major funding from many national and international research funding agencies, including Science Foundation Ireland and EU Framework Programmes. The university has over 3,000 postgraduate students, across all the major academic disciplines, including nearly 1000 students undertaking PhD degrees as well as over 1000 visiting and exchange students. The international student population includes students from 93 different countries.