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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?

Highlights

Pre Departure Services

Advising

@api Online System

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking

Scholarships

On Site Services

Airport Reception

On-Site Orientation

Housing

Excursions (overnight, day, international)

Tuition

Medical and Life Insurance

Resident Directors

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Volunteer Opportunities

Housing

Housing

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation

Transcript

Alumni Network and Global Leadership Academy

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

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.

  • The Wild Atlantic Way

    The Wild Atlantic Way is a world-famous coastal route that spans seven of Ireland’s counties, taking in some breathtaking scenery along the way. Stops may include the Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, the Cliffs of Moher, the Spanish Point, Doolin, the Ailwee Caves, the Burren, and more!

  • Dingle

    Dingle, a small fishing village, is renowned for its landscape and also for the warmth of its people. Beautiful mountainous and coastal countryside with castle ruins, ancient monuments, and archaeological sites are waiting to be discovered.

  • Edinburgh

    Edinburgh is Scotland’s capital city, with a skyline that is dominated by the impressive 12th century Edinburgh Castle, perched on an extinct volcano and occupied since the 9th-century BC (!). Edinburgh’s streets, whether in the medieval Old Town or the Georgian New Town, are steeped in history and are home also to the Scottish Parliament, The Palace of Holyrood House, the Royal Mile, the Royal Yacht Britannia and Arthur’s Seat. Edinburgh has a thriving cultural scene and you can also visit The Elephant House coffee shop where J.K. Rowling wrote the early Harry Potter books! Just outside Edinburgh is the enigmatic 15th-century Rosslyn Chapel, of Da Vinci Code fame, where practically every surface of the chapel is covered with stone carvings of figures and scenes and the atmosphere is one of deep mystery.

  • Ring of Kerry

    The Ring of Kerry is a tourist trail and part of the mystical & unspoilt region of Ireland that has attracted visitors for hundreds of years. Its spectacular beauty is beyond question and it is a natural centre for outdoor pursuits that include golf, water sports, cycling, walking, running, riding and the very best fishing in freshwater rivers. Above all, the Ring of Kerry provides an amazing insight into the ancient heritage of Ireland and takes in some of the most spectacular landscapes of Ireland’s Southwest.

    There is a huge variety in the excursion including incredible scenery, historical and archaeological sites of national importance, Ceilí dancing, traditional music, Gaelic football, meeting local people, visiting a Gaelic speaking area and learning about local traditions & the way of life. Students get to experience life in Kerry and visit places most tourists never see. It’s always great fun or ‘great craic’ – an experience not to be missed!

  • Bray to Greystones Coastal Hike

    The beautiful coastal walk to Greystones, begins from the pretty seaside town of Bray, taking about 2-3 hours, we navigate one of the most picturesque coastal hikes to the quaint village of Greystones, packed with yummy eateries to suit all tastes!

  • Glendalough and Kilkenny

    Glendalough is nestled in County Wicklow, known to the natives as “The Garden County” thanks to its unrivaled beauty and abundant wildlife. The name means “valley of two lakes” and this glacial valley is home to an early medieval monastic settlement with the beautiful mystic structures towering into the sky.

    On to Kilkenny, a medieval city that has maintained its historical allure and architectural grandeur for tourists from all over the world. Nestled on the river Nore, Kilkenny is a medley of cathedrals, monasteries, defensive Norman walls, castle turrets and bridges all strung together with winding medieval alleyways. Nicknamed the “Marble City” after their well-polished, limestone pavements that glisten on a wet day, the city is renowned for its beauty.

    Winning the title of a city over 400 years ago, Kilkenny still retains the charm of a provincial town, but has strong ecclesiastical roots and is home to the Butler Family’s Castle. A trip to Kilkenny requires a visit to this prominent and noble city structure. The castle was built in 1195 as a Norman settlement and symbol of occupation and was originally a wooden structure, but now the stronghold is a stone fortress of four large circular towers and a massive ditch, whose ownership was transferred to the people of Kilkenny in 1967 for 50 pounds.

    These tenacious people have gained the nickname “the Cats” across the land of Ireland due to their fighting spirit in the traditional Irish sport of Hurling, which has won them the most all Ireland finals out of any county.

    Kilkenny has a lot to offer visitors and tourists alike with fantastic restaurants, hotels, and pubs scattered all over the town and superbly preserved and valued history. It is no wonder that Kilkenny remains one of the top day trips from Dublin.

  • Ring of Kerry

    The Ring of Kerry is a tourist trail and part of the mystical & unspoilt region of Ireland that has attracted visitors for hundreds of years. Its spectacular beauty is beyond question and it is a natural centre for outdoor pursuits that include golf, water sports, cycling, walking, running, riding and the very best fishing in freshwater rivers. Above all, the Ring of Kerry provides an amazing insight into the ancient heritage of Ireland and takes in some of the most spectacular landscapes of Ireland’s Southwest.

    There is a huge variety in the excursion including incredible scenery, historical and archaeological sites of national importance, Ceilí dancing, traditional music, Gaelic football, meeting local people, visiting a Gaelic speaking area and learning about local traditions & the way of life. Students get to experience life in Kerry and visit places most tourists never see. It’s always great fun or ‘great craic’ – an experience not to be missed!

  • Howth

    Visit the quaint little fishing Village of Howth. on the northern fringes of Dublin Bay. Howth has lighthouses, a castle, an old abbey,weekend markets and some great hiking trails. Howth offers natural beauty along with Irish history and some of the best Seafood in the region. After a hike to the Lighthouse we will also get to sample some of the best Fish & chips that Dublin has to offer!

  • London

    London is the largest city in Western Europe, home of the Kings and Queens of England since time immemorial. The Tower of London, with its Beefeaters and grisly past, is a prominent landmark and is the place where the Tudor King Henry VIII had two of his queens beheaded! It is situated next to the famous Tower Bridge, which spans the River Thames. Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the houses of Parliament and Big Ben are all equally famous historical buildings, of which there is no shortage in London. They are presided over by Buckingham Palace, where the current Queen lives, and overlooked by the London Eye. London is a magical city with plenty to offer any visitor.

  • The Wild Atlantic Way

    The Wild Atlantic Way is a world-famous coastal route that spans seven of Ireland’s counties, taking in some breathtaking scenery along the way. Stops may include the Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, the Cliffs of Moher, the Spanish Point, Doolin, the Ailwee Caves, the Burren, and more!

  • Dingle

    Dingle, a small fishing village, is renowned for its landscape and also for the warmth of its people. Beautiful mountainous and coastal countryside with castle ruins, ancient monuments, and archaeological sites are waiting to be discovered.

  • Glendalough and Kilkenny

    Glendalough is nestled in County Wicklow, known to the natives as “The Garden County” thanks to its unrivaled beauty and abundant wildlife. The name means “valley of two lakes” and this glacial valley is home to an early medieval monastic settlement with the beautiful mystic structures towering into the sky.

    On to Kilkenny, a medieval city that has maintained its historical allure and architectural grandeur for tourists from all over the world. Nestled on the river Nore, Kilkenny is a medley of cathedrals, monasteries, defensive Norman walls, castle turrets and bridges all strung together with winding medieval alleyways. Nicknamed the “Marble City” after their well-polished, limestone pavements that glisten on a wet day, the city is renowned for its beauty.

    Winning the title of a city over 400 years ago, Kilkenny still retains the charm of a provincial town, but has strong ecclesiastical roots and is home to the Butler Family’s Castle. A trip to Kilkenny requires a visit to this prominent and noble city structure. The castle was built in 1195 as a Norman settlement and symbol of occupation and was originally a wooden structure, but now the stronghold is a stone fortress of four large circular towers and a massive ditch, whose ownership was transferred to the people of Kilkenny in 1967 for 50 pounds.

    These tenacious people have gained the nickname “the Cats” across the land of Ireland due to their fighting spirit in the traditional Irish sport of Hurling, which has won them the most all Ireland finals out of any county.

    Kilkenny has a lot to offer visitors and tourists alike with fantastic restaurants, hotels, and pubs scattered all over the town and superbly preserved and valued history. It is no wonder that Kilkenny remains one of the top day trips from Dublin.

  • Edinburgh

    Edinburgh is Scotland’s capital city, with a skyline that is dominated by the impressive 12th century Edinburgh Castle, perched on an extinct volcano and occupied since the 9th-century BC (!). Edinburgh’s streets, whether in the medieval Old Town or the Georgian New Town, are steeped in history and are home also to the Scottish Parliament, The Palace of Holyrood House, the Royal Mile, the Royal Yacht Britannia and Arthur’s Seat. Edinburgh has a thriving cultural scene and you can also visit The Elephant House coffee shop where J.K. Rowling wrote the early Harry Potter books! Just outside Edinburgh is the enigmatic 15th-century Rosslyn Chapel, of Da Vinci Code fame, where practically every surface of the chapel is covered with stone carvings of figures and scenes and the atmosphere is one of deep mystery.

  • London

    London is the largest city in Western Europe, home of the Kings and Queens of England since time immemorial. The Tower of London, with its Beefeaters and grisly past, is a prominent landmark and is the place where the Tudor King Henry VIII had two of his queens beheaded! It is situated next to the famous Tower Bridge, which spans the River Thames. Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the houses of Parliament and Big Ben are all equally famous historical buildings, of which there is no shortage in London. They are presided over by Buckingham Palace, where the current Queen lives, and overlooked by the London Eye. London is a magical city with plenty to offer any visitor.

  • Ring of Kerry

    The Ring of Kerry is a tourist trail and part of the mystical & unspoilt region of Ireland that has attracted visitors for hundreds of years. Its spectacular beauty is beyond question and it is a natural centre for outdoor pursuits that include golf, water sports, cycling, walking, running, riding and the very best fishing in freshwater rivers. Above all, the Ring of Kerry provides an amazing insight into the ancient heritage of Ireland and takes in some of the most spectacular landscapes of Ireland’s Southwest.

    There is a huge variety in the excursion including incredible scenery, historical and archaeological sites of national importance, Ceilí dancing, traditional music, Gaelic football, meeting local people, visiting a Gaelic speaking area and learning about local traditions & the way of life. Students get to experience life in Kerry and visit places most tourists never see. It’s always great fun or ‘great craic’ – an experience not to be missed!

  • Bray to Greystones Coastal Hike

    The beautiful coastal walk to Greystones, begins from the pretty seaside town of Bray, taking about 2-3 hours, we navigate one of the most picturesque coastal hikes to the quaint village of Greystones, packed with yummy eateries to suit all tastes!

  • Howth

    Visit the quaint little fishing Village of Howth. on the northern fringes of Dublin Bay. Howth has lighthouses, a castle, an old abbey,weekend markets and some great hiking trails. Howth offers natural beauty along with Irish history and some of the best Seafood in the region. After a hike to the Lighthouse we will also get to sample some of the best Fish & chips that Dublin has to offer!

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.

TRANSCRIPTS

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

Staff & Coordinators

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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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    Alice Bolger

    Alice will be your Student Services and Internship Coordinator on-site and will assist you in achieving your educational and professional goals abroad.

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    Rebecca Cott

    Rebecca Cott will be your Program Manager and prepare you to go abroad!

    Email - rebecca.cott@apiabroad.com

COURSE OFFERINGS

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.

COURSE LISTINGS

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.

ARCHAEOLOGY FIELD SCHOOL

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.

ENGINEERING INTERNSHIP OPTION (SPRING ONLY)

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.

PROFESSIONAL PROGRAM OPTIONS

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.

CREDIT INFORMATION

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

UCD Semester Courses

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

Language of Instruction: English   

UCD Semester Course Link

UCD Semester Courses

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

Language of Instruction: English   

UCD Semester Course Link

Highlights
  • 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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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.

*Please note the application deadline has been extended for the Spring session. Additional fees may apply.

Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Spring Jan 13, 2020 - May 17, 2020 $21,180 Oct 15, 2019 Oct 30, 2019 Nov 10, 2019
Fall Aug, 2020 - Dec, 2020 $21,180 Apr 30, 2020 May 30, 2020
Academic Year Aug, 2020 - May, 2021 $39,980 Apr 30, 2020 May 30, 2020
Fall Aug 31, 2019 - Dec 21, 2019 $20,680 Apr 30, 2019 May 30, 2019
Academic Year Aug 31, 2019 - May 17, 2020 $39,980 Apr 30, 2019 May 30, 2019