Established in 1854, University College Dublin has played a leading role in the history of the modern Irish state and it is dedicated to playing a key role in shaping Ireland's future. UCD is at the forefront of cutting-edge international research and its five colleges represent its key areas of scholarly and research expertise: arts and celtic studies; business and law; engineering, mathematical and physical sciences; human sciences; and life sciences.
UCD has produced graduates of remarkable distinction including famous surgeons, architects, entrepreneurs and five of the country's Taoisigh (Prime Ministers). Perhaps the best know of all its graduates is the writer James Joyce, who completed his Bachelor of Arts at the university in 1902. Today, UCD has a student population of more than 33,200, of which 29% are international.
1. This exchange will not open in Spring 2022. Students who are interested in studying at University College Dublin in Spring 2021 can still do so by paying tuition and fees directly to UCD. Contact Education Abroad Advisor Emily Graber (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in learning more about this option.
2. Thinking about studying abroad in Spring 2022? Current passport processing times are significantly delayed (18 weeks for routine service; 12 weeks for expedited). You need your passport months ahead of your actual departure date for many study abroad programs, and your passport must be valid for at least 6 months (in some cases, one year) after the end date of your intended program. If you need a new or renewed passport, APPLY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE USING EXPEDITED PROCESSING. See the State Department for details and to apply.
Dublin is a compact, cozy city located on the East Coast of Ireland. Easy to navigate and largely walkable, Dublin is a friendly and lively city. Beyond the tourist locations, Dublin has many pubs, restaurants, coffee shops, festivals, music, and performances throughout the year. Dublin is split in two by the River Liffey, and UCD is located on the south side of the city. UCD's Belfield campus is located 4 miles from the Dublin city center. The university still maintains Newman House, St Stephen's Green, one of its original buildings and there is also a campus facility at Blackrock, County Dublin, where the UCD Smurfit School of Business is located.
UCD uses the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). A full courseload is 30 ECTS per semester. Most students take 6 classes each semester. Some subject areas have restrictions, including: Health, Agricultural Sciences, Education, Psychology, Business, Law, English Literature, History, and Masters level classes.
Students can search for available classes through UCD's course catalog. Only select courses that are offered in the semester you intend to study abroad, and pay attention to any prerequisites. Explore course options at an appropriate level of study. For example, third-year students, could look at level 2 and 3 courses in their major (checking prerequisites), however if they wanted to take a course outside their major (i.e. a local history or culture course), they should look at lower level or introductory courses. Note: At UCD, classes/courses are called "modules."
Semester 1: September - December
Semester 2: January - May
UCD has on-campus accommodation for over 2,500 students in both halls of residence and three, four, five and six-bedroom self-catering apartments. These are spread across five locations, with 300 places located on the nearby Blackrock Campus. Visit the housing homepage for additional information.
While UCD has set aside a large proportion of on-campus rooms for international students, spots are limited and they are unable to guarantee accommodation to all international students. Once students have been accepted to UCD, UCD Global will email instructions about applying for on-campus housing. You can find more information on the UCD Residences page.
Student budgeting information
UVA students will pay their regular tuition rate and fees to UVA for the term they are on a UVA Exchange Program. Students are additionally responsible for housing and meals, transportation, and personal expenses. Students will pay the host institution or make their own arrangements for housing. See the “Accommodation” section above for more information about housing.
Students are responsible for booking and paying for their own international airfare as well as researching and obtaining the necessary visa.
UVA students are required to purchase CISI emergency medical and accident insurance.
Tuition and Fees:
Students will pay their regular tuition rate and fees to UVA for the term they are on a UVA Exchange Program. Tuition and fees will be billed to each student’s SIS account and can be paid as normal.
Housing and Meals:
Students are responsible to pay for accommodation and any required or preferred meal plan. Students will pay the host institution or make their own arrangements for accommodations. Check the host institution web site for accommodation and meal plan choices, cost, and application procedures.
Travel and Travel Documents:
Students are responsible for booking and paying for their own international airfare as well as researching and obtaining the necessary visa. Students should also budget for in-country transportation costs.
UVA students are required to purchase CISI emergency medical and accident insurance. More information can be found on our insurance page
Students should be prepared to purchase required books and supplies. Students should also budget for additional personal expenses; examples include laundry, phone costs, personal travel, meals out, etc.
If you are not able to find accommodation costs or application, cost of living, or other information you need in order to prepare for your study abroad program, please contact your Education Abroad Advisor.
You can find detailed information regarding financial aid and study abroad on the following websites:
Please contact your Education Abroad Advisor with any questions.
The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual basis. If you believe that you would require adjustments in order to fully participate in this program, please contact the Student Disability Access Center at 434-243-5180 as early as possible in order to begin this dialogue.
Passport and Visa
All participants will need a valid passport in order to participate in the program. Students must ensure that their passport is valid at least six months past the program return date. All students must consult the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) website for information about visa and other entry requirements. International students should meet with their International Student Advisor in the International Studies Office as part of the application process.
Health and Safety Information
All students considering Education Abroad should consult the Students Abroad section of the U.S. Department of State’s web-based travel resources and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Traveler’s Health web resources to research health, safety, and security conditions; visa requirements; immunization requirements; and recommendations on staying healthy and safe in their target destination(s). Students should also carefully review the UVA Education Abroad Health & Safety Abroad web page. Parents and guardians are strongly advised to review all of these resources, as well. UVA students and visiting students enrolled in UVA Education Abroad programs are subject to the University of Virginia’s Policy on Student International Travel.