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.
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 take 6 courses and receive 15 credit hours per semester. Students in the business school take 5 courses, 4 of which must be Business courses + a required course in Irish History (run by the Business School). Students in the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Human Sciences may take up to five Arts courses + an optional elective from any other School or College (Business, Science etc ). All the other programs – Engineering, Science, Agriculture, Sports Management, Nursing, Pre-Architecture, Pre-Law, and Pre-Medicine – permit students to take 4 courses from their chosen faculty and 2 from any other School at UCD. 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.
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-Physical Therapy
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.
- 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