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Students who choose to study abroad in Dublin at the University College Dublin (UCD) choose from a range of undergraduate courses offered in the Faculties of American Studies, Arts and Celtic Studies, Business, Engineering, Human Sciences, Law, Life Sciences, and Mathematical & Physical Sciences. Courses are arranged in the seminar and lecture style, and grades are based predominantly on work submitted during the semester and by final exam.

What's Included?


Pre Departure Services


@api Online System

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking


On Site Services

Airport Reception

On-Site Orientation


Excursions (overnight, day, international)


Medical and Life Insurance

Resident Directors

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Volunteer Opportunities



Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation


Alumni Network and API Ambassador Program

View all opportunities and amenities

Application Requirements

  • Minimum G.P.A. 3.0
  • Open to freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Completed API application
  • University Approval Form
  • One letter of recommendation
  • One official transcript
  • Copy of passport/birth certificate
  • Entry Requirements: Valid passport with supporting documentation
Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Spring Jan 11, 2021 - May 17, 2021 $21,550 Oct 15, 2020 Nov 10, 2020

The prices indicated per session are the standard price. If students wish to take any STEM classes, they will incur an additional fee of $1,150 per semester.

API students participate in several excursions per session designed to help familiarize them with areas of their host city, country, and surrounding region. The following is a listing of all excursions for API Dublin programs. All excursions are subject to change.

  • Howth Hikes

    Howth is a fishing village just north of Dublin, with stunning scenic Hikes and views of Lambay Island and the Baily Lighthouse. Howth is also renowned for its Seafood and has some of the most famous Fish & Chip shops in Ireland.

    During our trip, we can take a Hike on Howth Hill to a Famous Lighthouse, You can also visit the Weekend Market, where there is an array of Irish crafts to browse, and you can sample the wide selection of organic foods on offer. When done with all of that, taking a stroll through Howth harbor, and see if you can get a glance of the cheeky Seals that pop up every now and then is always fun!

  • Boyne Valley Farm Tour

    The Boyne Valley is considered Ireland's Heritage cultural centre, where it was known at once to be the seat of the High Kings, and the political & ceremonial centre to this Island. The Boyne Valley is scattered with ancient burial tombs older than the pyramids, and ceremonial lands, Medieval Castles that were honoured by the Irish clans, It also has some of the best agricultural land in the country. During this trip, you will get to stop at a famous Castle, visit a working farm, and hike to a stunning Megalithic Tomb on witches Hill.

  • Galway City Day Trip

    On Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way, Galway City is a look into Ireland’s more traditional gaelic culture, in the setting of a friendly, bohemian city, with small town feels. Situated alongside a popular seaside destination, you can visit beautiful beaches and walk the long winding promenade. When you are done exploring its labyrinthine cobbled streets, colorful shop facades, old bookstores, and weekend markets, there’s still more to do! Kick back & listen to some of Ireland's best traditional musicians, tour the great museums, watch craftspeople make hand-knit, pick up a Claddagh ring in the home of Claddagh, sip on a cuppa beside a turf fire, or test your ears on the Gaelic language sung & spoken. Galway is not called the ‘Capital of Culture for nothing”

  • Wicklow Way & Glendalough Trip

    Wicklow has been named “The Garden of Ireland” and with it’s beautiful fauna & flora, and it’s breath-taking scenery, you will see why. Our journey will bring us through locations where famous movies such as Braveheart and PS I Love You were filmed. This trip includes stops at waterfalls, the famous Lough Tay, or “Guinness Lake”, the P.S I love you bridge, a hike in the world famous heritage site of Glendalough (Glen of two lakes) where we will see the dramatic and the breathtaking ancient glacial valleys of the Wicklow Mountains and a visit to the Monastic ruins there which hold great importance to Irish history.

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 15 credits per semester

Students who choose to study abroad in Dublin at the University College Dublin (UCD) choose from a range of undergraduate courses offered in the Faculties of American Studies, Arts and Celtic Studies, Business, Engineering, Human Sciences, Law, Life Sciences, and Mathematical & Physical Sciences. Courses are arranged in the seminar and lecture style, and grades are based predominantly on work submitted during the semester and by a final exam.


API students receive their transcript from University College Dublin upon successful completion of their program.

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    Nikki Madden

    Nikki Madden will be your Resident Director and a resource for you while you are in Ireland!

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    Rachel Mogan

    Rachel Mogan will be your Program Manager and help prepare you to go abroad!

    Email: [email protected]


UCD offers a number of unique and in-demand majors for students at all levels, including architecture, business, nursing, international studies, engineering, natural sciences, pre-medicine, and sports management!

Courses are arranged in the seminar and lecture style. Most courses at UCD are equivalent to 2.5 U.S. semester credits. Students may select 3-6 courses (modules) from any one department (e.g., 3-6 modules from the school of Business, 1-2 of which can optionally be from any other school at UCD). Students must enroll in a minimum of 5 modules eligible for up to 15 credit hours per semester. Students must enroll in at least 3 modules from their main department choice. If a student wants to take the majority of their modules from STEM-related subject areas, they will be assessed an additional tuition fee per semester. The tuition portion of the API program price varies based on the combination of courses chosen. Please check the ‘Dates and Fees’ link or contact the API office for further details.

Not all courses are offered every semester or every year. The course selection may vary, and no course is guaranteed. Some courses may have prerequisites. Students will pre-register for courses prior to arrival. API recommends that after consulting the API website for course listings, students have 10 courses approved by their home university prior to departure, in order to allow for scheduling conflicts and the possible unavailability of certain classes. There is a 1-week add/drop period at the beginning of the semester at UCD.


Please pay attention to prerequisites and restrictions.

Students who are interested in taking courses in the schools of Agriculture, Architecture, Nursing, Science, Pre-Med, or the College of Engineering, will be subject to additional fees.

Contact the API office if you have any questions on available courses.


Offered for fall and academic year students, this unique program allows participants to participate in an ongoing dig in Glendalough, Ireland prior to beginning their studies at UCD . Students can earn 5 U.S. credits for participating in this module. For more information about this option, contact the API office.

Please be aware that this option will have different dates and require additional fees in order to participate.


The UCD College of Engineering & Architecture is offering Study Abroad Engineering Students the opportunity to extend an academic semester of study to include a research or industry placement during the summer. Spring students can be accommodated in a 4-16 week unpaid placement on the basis that they will or have spent an academic semester of study at the UCD College of Engineering & Architecture. While placements cannot be guaranteed, a dedicated Study Abroad Officer will work with the student from the outset to secure their summer placement as early as possible. There is no additional fee for this placement opportunity, though there may be additional fees to extend housing and insurance. Students will be responsible for arranging and financing their own housing to cover the additional time spent in Dublin for the internship. Contact the API Dublin Program Manager for more information on this opportunity.


UCD has developed a series of programs for study abroad students focused on specific professional disciplines.

These include the following:

  • Pre-Law
  • Pre-Medical
  • Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Pre-Veterinary

For more information about these professional program options, contact the API office.


UCD awards credit based on the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). Semester courses at the university are usually awarded 5 or 10 ECTS credits. Universities in the U.S. typically award .5 credit hour for every 1 ECTS credit. For example, a course worth 5 ECTS would transfer to the U.S. as 2.5 semester credit hours. It is very important that students planning on studying at UCD discuss the transfer of credits with an advisor at their home university – some universities have different standards for transferring ECTS credits. Based on the ECTS credits awarded per course, students usually take 5-6 classes in order to receive 12-15 credit hours per semester. Students are responsible for ensuring that they are enrolled in the required amount of semester credits to meet the requirements of the home university. In all faculties, entrance to specific courses is subject to the approval of UCD and the completion of certain prerequisites. Courses offered on a year-long basis can only be taken by students visiting for the full academic year.

UCD Semester Courses

Click the link provided to discover more about UCD's course offerings.

Language of Instruction: English   

UCD Semester Course Link

  • Courses in English with Irish, international, and American students
    • Unique course offerings
      • AACSB and EQUIS accredited business school
        • ABET accredited engineering school
          • Engineering internship placements (spring semester only)
            • Scholarship opportunities for students taking science courses (up to $450 per semester)
              • International excursion

    UCD single-semester students stay on the UCD campus, ideally located and a five-minute walk to class. The three-story apartment buildings are formed into a number of blocks over-looking large grassed areas. Students can enjoy the privacy of their own room with shared bathroom and communal area for cooking and socializing. All utilities are included, with wifi available across the entire campus. There is 24/7 security and support for any issues you may experience. The accommodation also offers a social space for the entire complex, equipped with vending machines, pool table, Xbox and Netflix, and students can also make full use of the campus fitness center, swimming pool, cinema, restaurants, cafes, and health center.

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