University College Dublin - Semester or Year Abroad


GlobaLinks Learning Abroad offers programs at University College Dublin through our partner International Studies Abroad.

Please click here to apply or learn more about University College Dublin.   


GlobaLinks Learning Abroad has designed this program in Ireland with your individual student goals in mind. It is built around a unique Discovery Model which is delivered by some of the best staff in study abroad, both in the U.S. and overseas, in order to provide you with an individualized experience through discovery in 5 key areas: personal, academic, cultural, social, and career. Learn more about the Discovery Model.

University College Dublin (UCD) is one of Europe’s leading research-intensive universities where undergraduate education, postgraduate masters, and PhD training, research, innovation and community engagement form a dynamic continuum of activity.

The university was established in 1854 by John Henry Newman whose classic work "The Idea of a University" is one of the most enduring texts on the value of higher education and a source of inspiration for UCD’s current educational philosophy. The origins of University College Dublin date back to the Catholic University of Ireland which was founded in the mid-nineteenth century by Paul Cullen and John Henry Newman. In 1881, under the Royal Universities Act, the university was renamed University College Dublin. Among the professors during this phase of UCD’s history was the poet Gerard Manley Hopkins and amongst its most famous pupils was the writer James Joyce. In 1908, University College Dublin was granted its own charter and was incorporated as a constituent college of the National University of Ireland. Under the Universities Act, 1997, University College Dublin was established as an autonomous university within the National University of Ireland framework.

Today, University College Dublin is Ireland’s largest university offering sixty degree programs with a student population of 24,000 of which 5,000 are international students. University College Dublin hosts over 300 study abroad students every semester. The campus is located just south of Dublin city center.

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Ireland is situated on the western seaboard of Europe. An independent Republic since 1922, Ireland is a vibrant and thriving European country offering visitors an eclectic mix of old world Celtic charm and modern commercial dynamism.


Ireland’s vibrant capital city, Dublin, was named as one of the best student cities in the world by the first global rankings of student cities published by the 2012 QS World University Ranking. As an active member of the European Union the currency in Ireland is the Euro and the spoken language is English, although the national language is Irish (Gaelic). The population of Ireland is approximately 4.5 million which includes a sizeable multi-ethnic populace. As a result, Ireland has developed into a dynamic, diverse and yet extremely safe and tolerant environment in which to study and live.


Ireland has one of the best education systems in Europe (2004 IMD World Competitiveness Report) with a history rich in tradition and learning. The quality of the Irish education system has been a major contributing factor to the rapid rate of economic growth that Ireland has experienced over the past few decades. As a result, Irish higher education institutions are widely recognised as centres of excellence in many disciplines. Not surprisingly, Ireland is an increasingly popular destination for students from all over the world who wish to take advantage of the higher education standard and share in the unique cultural experience.


Above all Ireland is renowned worldwide for its friendliness and its welcome to visitors. These core values are as prevalent in Irish society today as ever. You can be sure that an integral part of ‘The Irish Experience’ will be the welcome you receive!



As the capital of Ireland, Dublin is one of Europe’s liveliest student hubs. With one of the youngest populations comprising people from many different parts of Europe and the globe, the city enjoys an atmosphere which is particularly congenial for students. With over 1.5 million people, the city has a full and varied cultural and intellectual life which brings together the best of traditional Ireland and of modern Europe.


Dublin is particularly fortunate to have many theatres, museums and galleries throughout the city. Famous for its literary and musical tradition, Ireland’s capital has been home to well known writers, playwrights, actors and musicians for many years. A particular feature is the tradition of live music in every conceivable venue, from street busking to the National Concert Hall – not forgetting the pubs where traditional Irish music still flourishes.


In the literary field, the contribution of native sons has been outstanding with Jonathan Swift, Oliver Goldsmith, Oscar Wilde, Bernard Shaw, W.B Yeats and Samuel Beckett amongst the most prominent. For more information on Dublin visit the official online tourist office at:




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Academic Highlights

Study abroad students complete an online pre-registration process prior to arriving in Ireland and confirm enrollment upon arrival. Teaching at UCD is a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practicals, and laboratory classes. Lectures and seminars last 50 minutes while seminars may last longer.

The most popular disciplines for study abroad students are Arts, Business, Science, and Engineering and there are very few restrictions for study abroad students. One important note - students must take the majority of their classes in one area. For example:

4 Arts classes + 1 Business class + 1 Science class = Arts study abroad student

3 Science classes + 2 Arts classes = Science study abroad student


Examination and Assessment

University College Dublin is on the North American semester system. North American students will take exams alongside their Irish counterpoints at the end of both semesters. Students are required to sit for exams, though up to 50% of their grade (depending on the course) is achieved through continuous assessment throughout the semester.

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All study abroad students are guaranteed on-campus accommodations. University College Dublin offers a variety of accommodations including 5 offerings at their main campus in Belfield. Each of these offerings has varied room, bathroom, and meal plan options. Each student room includes a bed, desk, chair, lamp, and wardrobe. Students are also provided with a duvet and pillow, but must purchase their own bed linens upon arrival. The shared kitchen facilities include a hotplate, microwave, fridge, toaster and kettle.
A few of the dorms also have a café or small fitness room for residents.

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University Services

University College Dublin has a robust staff of nearly 20 dedicated entirely to the need of international students. The office has an international student advisor who is available to help international students with all personal, academic, and practical issues. She is also available for all type of immigration advising and to provide students with practical information and help with more serious matters.

UCD also has a number of student advisees who work in conjunction with the chaplains, office of student health and counseling, and academic advising. The student advisees promote the social, academic, and personal development of students.

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Bridging Cultures Program

The GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Bridging Cultures Program is our signature orientation program for all semester and year abroad students. The cost for this multi-day program is included in your program fees and covers several nights accommodation, most meals, local transportation, and excursions.

Typically 4-6 days in length, each orientation program includes:

Exciting excursions and activities

A chance to meet other students

Orientation sessions to help you adapt to your new country

Orientation sites vary based on the location of your program. Each site is selected based on the proximity to your host university as well as for the unique activities available within the area. Read more about the Bridging Cultures Program>

University Orientation

In addition to the GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Bridging Cultures Program, all students will participate in a university specific orientation. UCD’s International Student Welcome is part of the university’s general Orientation Week in September. An additional orientation session takes place in January for students arriving at that time. The combined nature of the orientation is intended to provide opportunities for international students to meet and get to know Irish students. Additional events include a BBQ, an International Student Welcome Reception, practical information sessions, library tours, computer inductions courses, walking tours of Dublin, and trips to the Irish countryside.



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Scholarships Available

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad strives to offer the most reasonable abroad fees to Europe. To further enhance the affordability of the semester/year study abroad programs, we encourage you to apply for scholarships through all available scholarship sources. Learn more about our scholarship opportunities.


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Get Involved Abroad

Extracurricular Activities

As a GlobaLinks Learning Abroad participant, you will be directly enrolled as a student in the university abroad. This allows you to take advantage of every opportunity to be culturally integrated in the campus environment and culture by participating in university activities with resident students. The UCD Global Lounge opened in 2011 and is a relaxed space for international and Irish students to hang out. Over 12,000 UCD students have visited the lounge since its opening in 2011. Students can watch TV featuring 350 international channels or play one of the many games available to borrow. The Global Lounge also hosts a number of events including student society nights, themed movie nights, international career seminars, and story-telling nights.

The UCD Student Center and UCD Sport & Fitness Center are the heart of student life at UCD. In the Student Center, students watch 3D films in the new cinema that features new releases and classic films. There are is also a 600-seat auditorium, meeting rooms, new TV studio, seminar room, medical center, pharmacy, barbers, newsagents, and many places to eat. The newly completed extension also houses the sports facility, which includes an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a brand new gym, dance and spinning studios. The Sport Center also offers a full program of fitness classes including aerobics, boxercise, circuit training, pilates, and yoga.

In addition there are over 100 student clubs covering a wide variety of interests including politics, culture, academia, sports, hobbies and food and drink and complemented by the activities of the University College Dublin.


Community Involvement

Getting involved abroad can enable you to meet local students, make a meaningful connection with your campus and community, and enhance your study abroad experience. Your coordinator will connect you with local resources if you wish to volunteer for community projects through your host university. It is important for you to find the right combination of academic, cultural, and leisure activities in order to take full advantage of international learning and cultural immersion.


All students are encouraged to participate in volunteer activities at or near their campus, where permitted under host-country immigration regulations. Service learning is an integral piece of a well-rounded education, and we support students’ efforts to integrate into the local culture through volunteer activities. Students are provided with information on volunteer opportunities on campus or within the community during the orientation and preparation process.


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Special Programs and Excursions

Bridging Cultures Program

The GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Bridging Cultures Program is our signature orientation program for all semester and year abroad students. The cost for this multi-day program is included in your program fees and covers several nights accommodation, most meals, local transportation, and excursions.

Typically 4-6 days in length, each orientation program includes:

Exciting excursions and activities

A chance to meet other students

Orientation sessions to help you adapt to your new country

Orientation sites vary based on the location of your program. Each site is selected based on the proximity to your host university as well as for the unique activities available within the area. Read more about the Bridging Cultures Program>

Discovery Activities

Planned Excursions & Events

Our in-country resident staff arranges scheduled activities with students throughout the year. Activities are optional and designed to explore the five key areas of discovery: academic, social, personal, cultural, and professional. These are not just visits to tourist attractions. For example, these are activities such as networking opportunities, local festivals, gallery openings, and other similar events that you can’t find in a travel book. These activities will truly enhance your experience.

On-Going Activities

Your exploration of the culture, the academics, the people, and yourself is what will truly enhance your experience. Through the Discovery Model, our in-country staff will provide you with advice and recommendations for other types of activities you can undertake in order achieve your individual goals.


Other Trips and Travel Available

Beyond our included orientation and excursions, you will be able to pre-book a wide variety of day, weekend, and week-long tours at a discounted price through our travel partner, STA Travel. These trips provide the ultimate flexibility for you to travel where you want to go, when you want to go, and with whom you want to go. Most trips have open dates, so you can pre-book the trip(s) that interest you, yet choose your dates later on in your semester. This flexibility also means friends that you make from other countries/programs or even your friends and family who are visiting you abroad can also participate. Learn more>


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Course Catalog

To determine if the classes you need are available at this university, select Courses/Subjects to view the specific course options.


Tips: For advice on navigating the university’s course catalog, use the Selecting Courses link. You may also view the suggested grade and credit transfer information through the Grade Conversion.


If you have any questions about course availability, please contact


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University College Dublin
All fees listed are for first term onlyYear Abroad Advice
Program Fees0.0
Housing without MealsApproximately $3,700-$4,200
What's includedSee below

Fee Includes

Your Personalized Semester/Year Program Includes

  • Tuition and instruction
  • Host university activity and insurance fees
  • 24/7 support for students and parents at home and abroad
  • Pre-departure materials and travel gear
  • Comprehensive assistance
  • Personal program manager
  • Scholarship and financial aid assistance
  • Facilitation of course selection / credit transfer

Activity and Excursion Package

  • Multi-day on-site Bridging Cultures Program
  • Local Discovery Activities hosted by on-site Resident Coordinator
  • Welcome and farewell events
  • HTH Worldwide health insurance protection
  • Alumni opportunities, including professional ambassador program
  • International Student Identity Card
  • Exclusive Career-Building Alumni Institute (add-on option)

Additional Housing Fee

Housing amenities are generally:

  • Single room
  • Technology package available
  • Linen package available

An additional refundable housing deposit may be required for your housing selection. This housing is self-catered, therefore you will have access to a kitchen where you can prepare your own meals.

*All fees are subject to change.



Should you receive an offer, your offer letter will provide you with the most up to date university start dates. GlobaLinks Learning Abroad will attempt to provide you with the most up-to-date information as we receive it. Be sure to confirm dates before finalizing any travel plans. 

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have the required GPA and have completed at least the equivalent of one year of full-time study at the university/college level (sophomore or higher). Students with a lower GPA than the requirement may be considered on a case by case basis. Please contact our office for more information.

Required GPA: 3.00

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Program Team

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