Ireland Study Abroad Program at University College Dublin
University College Dublin
University College Dublin is a Rapid Response program
Cead Mile Failte! We’re so excited that you’re preparing to study abroad on an IFSA-Butler program and have chosen the University College Dublin as your destination. UCD is a premier Irish university located just a short bus ride from the center of Dublin, Ireland’s capital city. We’re sure you’re going to love studying there!
What UCD has to offer
*New! Students may now apply to the pre-med and nursing and midwifery departments, which offer the opportunity for clinical placement.
Academic StructureWhat are the Colleges/Programs I can apply to at UCD?
Students at UCD are only permitted to apply for admission to one college or program within the university. Students must take the majority of their courses within their college or chosen program. Students may apply to one of the following colleges or programs:
What subjects may students take within the different Schools?
Clinton Institute for American Studies: Students take a list of prescribed courses examining America’s global role. These courses focus on American politics, diplomacy, and the relationship between Ireland and the United States.
College of Arts and Human Sciences: Archaeology, Art History, Celtic Civilization, Drama Studies, Early Irish, Economics, English, Film Studies, French, Geography, German, Greek, Greek and Roman Civilization, History, Information Studies, Irish Folklore, Irish Studies, Italian, Latin, Linguistics, Mathematical Physics, Mathematical Studies, Modern Irish, Music, Politics, Philosophy, Psychology, Statistics, Spanish, Sociology, Welsh.
College of Business and Commerce: Accountancy, Banking and Finance, Business Management and International Business, Industrial Relations and Human Resources, Management Information Systems, Marketing.
College of Agri-Food, Nutrition and Environmental Sciences: Animal and Crop Production, Animal Science (including select electives from the Veterinary School), Agri-Environmental Science, Engineering Technology, Food and Agribusiness Management, Food Science, Forestry, Horticulture, Landscape and Sportsturf Management.
College of Science: Applied and Computational Mathematics, Biochemistry, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Botany, Cell & Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Climate and Earth System Science, Computer Science, Environmental Biology, Genetics, Geology, Mathematical Physics, Mathematical Science, Mathematics, Medical Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Microbiology, Neuroscience, Pharmacology, Physics, Physics with Astronomy and Space Science, Physiology, Plant Genetic Engineering, Statistics, Theoretical Physics and Zoology.
College of Engineering and Architecture: Biosystems Engineering, Bioprocess Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, technical architecture (Architectural Technologies, Structures, Environmental Science), cultural architecture (Architectural History & Theory, Ecology, Conservation) and managerial architecture (Professional Studies).
Pre-Medical Program: Students have the opportunity to and are encouraged to experience the clinical environment during their study abroad semester. Students will attend lectures and laboratory classes which are delivered by lecturers who are at the forefront of both teaching and research. The following are some of the suitable scientific and health based subject areas: Anatomy, Botany, Biochemistry, Environmental Biology, Pathology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Genetics, Physiology, Radiography, Zoology. Pre-med students: Please contact your program advisor for a list of pre-medical courses that are offered during the semester or year you are planning on studying abroad at UCD.
Nursing and Midwifery: Students on this program may select modules from a comprehensive range of undergraduate modules on offer in the school in the areas of nursing and midwifery, children’s nursing, and mental health. Students may also select up to two modules from other university programmes.
Pre-Law Program: Students are invited to take a minimum of four semester long School of Law modules as an introduction to different areas of the legal system. Modules such as Constitutional Law, Contract Law, Criminal Law and European Law are offered. Students are also eligible to take one module from outside of the School of Law, in the Lochlann Quinn School of Business or The College of Arts, Celtic Studies & Human Sciences.
Sport and Exercise: The UCD Centre for Sports Studies offers specialisations in Sports/Exercise/Coaching Management and Health and Performance Science Exercise Management which include modules such as: Sports Marketing and Sponsorship Event Management Economics of Sport Sports Operational Management Communication and Media in Sport Sports Tourism Financial Management of Sport Principles of Exercise Management Principles of Exercise Prescription Applied Exercise Management Theory of Coaching Player Development and Welfare Introduction to Exercise Science Fundamentals of Strength and Conditioning Intorduction to Nutrition for Health & Sports Performance Psychology of Sport and Health Sports Injury Management
CoursesWhere can I find a list of courses that the university offers?
You can find University College Dublin's online course catalog here.
What if I need to take a required course?
What courses am I eligible to take?
For each course that you list on your preference form, be sure to check the following:
Please consult the "Academic Structure" tab to familiarize yourself with the cross-enrollment policies at University College Dublin.
How many courses am I able to take, and how do I determine U.S. semester credit hours?
5 ECTS credits @ UCD Business College = 3 U.S. Semester credit hours; 5 Total Courses/Semester
The course preference form is not a registration form; it is a guideline to let your host university know which courses you are interested in taking abroad. You should discuss your course selections with your academic advisor at your home institution and have several backup choices in mind. This schedule will be based on the courses listed on the course preference form.
You should also be aware that you may be charged additional fees by your home institution or host university to take or process additional credits. Taking less than a full course load may jeopardize your student status and result in personal academic repercussions and/or loss of financial aid.
What do I need to know about exams?
How will my home university know what my classes were and what grades I received?
Exploring Community & Culture
IFSA-Butler's Exploring Community & Culture program (C&C) at UCD is designed to take students' study abroad experiences to another level. It encourages them to get the most out of their time abroad by blending intercultural learning with an exploration of the local community and local community groups.
Each IFSA-Butler student attending UCD will be offered the chance to take Exploring Ireland: Community & Culture for a certificate. The success of C&C is demonstrated in the students' fluent knowledge of Irish society and sense of connection, their positivity to face the challenges that come with study abroad and to see this discomfort as opportunities to learn and to be open and curious about diversity and the different ways that people live. That success can also be attributed to the access to Ireland staff and to the support of the other students in the C&C group where they can share their experiences and difficulties.
C&C in Ireland consists of eight group sessions of two hours each. This class time is supplemented by field trips, events and on-campus meetings. Students will be expected to write weekly journals, read articles and prescribed readings and take on projects to do with exploring their campus and Dublin city. The reflection and engagement that these activities allow is central to the students' authentic experience of living in Ireland. They also undertake a short presentation of their experience here, reflecting on either their time here as a member of an on campus society or club, or of their engagement with the wider communities they enjoy in Ireland.
Assessment is calculated by the following criteria:
Social media links to Exploring Community and Culture in Ireland:
What are my housing options?
You must supply your own cooking and kitchen supplies, towels and linens. Students can purchase a linen packet for 20 Euros upon arrival in Dublin. There will also be organized trips to nearby stores so that you can purchase necessary supplies.
Students live in self-catered accommodations at UCD, and no meal plans are offered. However, there are places to eat locally and on campus should students tire of cooking for themselves.
Is my housing included in the program fee?
When will I receive my housing assignment?
Please keep in mind that while IFSA-Butler guarantees housing, we cannot guarantee your preferences.
Do I have to pay a housing deposit?
Can I arrange my own housing?
Please be advised that housing costs can be high abroad, and many times students living independently end up spending more money than students living in IFSA-Butler arranged housing. If you are hoping to save money by arranging housing on your own, please research your options early so you can compare costs. You must notify us of your intention to live in independent housing by the program application deadline for your term abroad, listed at the top of this page. We are not able to accommodate independent housing requests after the deadline.
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Dates & Fees
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Independent travelers must arrive in their orientation city by 1 p.m. and check in with IFSA-Butler Ireland staff at the orientation hotel. More information about the orientation hotel will be included in the final travel newsletter.
Students must have a round trip ticket to enter the country. Please use the program end date when initially booking your return.
Your program end date may change due to circumstances beyond IFSA-Butler's control. Upon arrival at your host university, be sure to verify your exam schedule and program end date. We also strongly recommend that you investigate fees and penalties associated with your airline tickets in case you need to make date or route changes.
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Academic Year and Fall Payments Due: July 1
Program Fee Bills
† Housing Deposit
Personal Cost Estimates
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These figures are designed to assist students with financial planning but are only estimates based on past students’ experiences at the current exchange rate. They do not include any entertainment or vacation travel costs.
The above numbers are general estimates of expenses during a program abroad. We recommend taking into account your current spending habits, the cost of living in your host country and the current exchange rate. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor can be helpful as you attempt to work on a personal budget for your experience abroad.
Personal Miscellaneous: Covers general expenses of college life, including course supplies, photocopying, toiletries, snacks, personal care, etc.
Commuting: Estimates are for transportation between housing and university. Transportation for personal or recreational purposes is not included in the above estimates.
* U.S. citizens do not need to apply for a visa to study in the Republic of Ireland. However, citizens of certain countries may need to do so. If this applies to you, you will be notified by your IFSA-Butler program advisor. All students, regardless of citizenship, will need to register with the Garda (Irish police) upon arrival in the Republic of Ireland. Registration will cost €300 (approximately $400).
All costs are in U.S. dollars.
To apply to the University College Dublin program, use our easy online application.
Applicants to University College Dublin must complete the Housing Preference Form and a Course Preference Form as part of the application process.
We must receive these forms before we can send your application to University College Dublin for an admissions decision. They can be sent to IFSA-Butler via email, fax or regular mail. Please submit these forms with the remainder of your program application.
If you have already started an application to the University College Dublin program, you can check the status of your application using the Student Portal.
Meet Your IFSA-Butler Team
IFSA-Butler has a dedicated team of staff who are here to help students prepare for their program in Ireland:
Program Advisor Kendall Hook assists with the application process and is here to answer program, cultural and academic questions before departure. Kendall studied abroad twice during her undergraduate career, in Florence, Italy for a summer term, and London, England for a semester internship program. In addition, she has personally traveled all over Europe and the U.K. She graduated from Baylor University and completed a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from Vanderbilt University, specifically concentrating on International Education Policy Management. She is very excited to help students find their fit, plan their own study abroad adventures and help them step outside of their comfort zone. She can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 4205.
Student & Parent Services Manager Donnetta Spears is available to both students and parents for travel questions and information. Donnetta has worked with IFSA-Butler since 2000, and she has traveled through parts of Europe, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand. As the mother of 4 college students (including one who studied abroad on an IFSA-Butler program), she has a deep understanding of the ins-and-outs of study abroad from a parent perspective. Donnetta can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4252.
Academic Records Coordinator Lindsye Craig graduated from Indiana University and then spent five months living and studying in Dublin, Ireland. Study abroad was the best part of her collegiate experience and Lindsye is excited to work with IFSA-Butler students on their academic records. She can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 4261.
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