Is this Program Right for You?
Experience Ireland's lyrical landscape and vibrant city life firsthand! Find out for yourself how the emerald isle's population 'saved civilization' from barbarians thanks to diligent scribes, and how the country, crippled by a great potato famine, was able to rise to great prominence in the EU community. Immerse yourself in rich Irish history and the company of charming locals, while living and studying in Dublin.
The University College Dublin traces its origins to the Catholic University of Ireland founded in 1854 with Cardinal John Henry Newman, author of the celebrated 'The Idea of a University', as its first rector. Since then UCD has played a central role in Ireland 's advancement as a dynamic and highly successful European state and has welcomed international students from over 50 countries. Today UCD is a vibrant modern institution and is the largest university in Ireland with over 20,000 students. The university situated on a spacious and leafy campus some 3 miles to the south of Dublin city center.
This program is ideal for AU students who wish to be immersed on an Irish university campus and take classes with Irish university students. A range of courses are offered in a variety of disciplines. Read the Academics section below for further details!
A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required to participate in this program.
AU students directly enroll in the University College Dublin for either a semester or for a full year and earn AU credit. AU students are completely integrated into life at UCD, taking classes together with Irish and international students. As a student directly matriculating at UCD, you can choose from an extensive course catalog. Students enroll in typically five courses per semester. Students apply to and take courses from one of the UCD study abroad progams from the following Faculties: Arts/Celtic Studies/Human Sciences, Agriculture, Business, Law, Sports Management, Sciences.
The popular Arts program offers a range of courses in history, English literature, languages, politics, economics, geography, classical studies, music, philosophy, sociology/social policy, and mathematics/statistics. When students apply for admission to study at UCD, they apply to be housed within one specific Faculty where they take the majority of their courses. Within each program/Faculty, students have a wide range of different subjects they can take. Information on the different Faculties and the different Programs can be found at UCD's website
Information on the various course offerings can be found at the UCD course catalogue
(see Modules search).
Students interested in business courses should review further information at the UCD Quinn School of Business study abroad program website
UCD is also an excellent option for science and pre-med students. A large variety of upper level science courses are on offer in the fields of molecular biology, particle physics, chemistry, and data analytics, among many others. Watch the following video about science study at UCD
View the Course Equivalency Database to find out which courses on this program have already been equated to AU courses. Please note that you are NOT limited to just these courses. Students will need to request equivalency for courses which have not been previously reviewed. Read more about the course equivalency process and how AU counts study abroad credits on our Courses and Credits page.
Business students also have the opportunity to partcipate in a unique service learning course for 3 AU credits. Service Learning is a style of teaching which focuses on encouraging 'learning by doing'. Students on this module will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills by completing a business project for a local charity or non-profit organisation. By making that important link between theory and practice, students will also be able to explore the key management issues affecting the non-profit sector, while making a valuable contribution to the local community. This is a project-based course with a considerable amount of group work. All students will be assessed on both their group work and their individual contribution to the project. Search for module code BMGT20080 in the UCD module search catalog
for further information.
Life in Dublin
Dublin began as a Viking settlement founded over one thousand years ago on the banks of the River Liffey and situated on a majestic broad sweeping bay. Dublin is now the thriving capital of an independent Ireland and is the centre of the political, diplomatic, administrative and commercial life of the country. It is home to a population of approximately one million people. The city features all the excitement and diversity one would expect of a great capital, with particularly lively entertainment and night life.
The University College Dublin campus is situated at Belfield, a leafy suburb about three miles from the center of Dublin and extends across a vast 300-acre estate. The campus is an attractively landscaped complex of modern architectural buildings, accommodating most of the Faculties of the University as well as its student residences and numerous leisure and sporting facilities. There is a lively and active campus community at UCD.
Housing and Meals
Students are responsible for making housing and meal arrangements directly with UCD. Once accepted, students must submit an accommodation application by the appropriate deadline. There are five different UCD residences located either on campus or within a short distance from campus where students may be placed. Amenities and accommodation takes the form of three, four and five bedroom self-catering apartments. These apartments are fully equipped and furnished. Students can also choose to live off-campus but are responsible for locating their own housing. UCD can provide listings of available apartments.
More information can be found at the UCD Accommodations office website
The University College Dublin Program is available for Fall semester, Spring semester and Full Year. Please see the UCD website for specific program dates.
* US Fall Semester (UCD Fall Semester): September - December
* US Spring Semester (UCD Spring Semester): January - May
* Academic Year: September - May