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About the Program
The university was established in 1854 by John Henry Newman whose classic work "The Idea of a University" is one of the most enduring texts on the value of higher education and a source of inspiration for UCD’s current educational philosophy. The origins of University College Dublin date back to the Catholic University of Ireland which was founded in the mid-nineteenth century by Paul Cullen and John Henry Newman. In 1881, under the Royal Universities Act, the university was renamed University College Dublin. Among the professors during this phase of UCD’s history was the poet Gerard Manley Hopkins and among its most famous pupils was the writer James Joyce. In 1908, University College Dublin was granted its own charter and was incorporated as a constituent college of the National University of Ireland. Under the Universities Act, 1997, University College Dublin was established as an autonomous university within the National University of Ireland framework.
University College Dublin (UCD) is one of Europe’s leading research-intensive universities where undergraduate education, postgraduate masters, and PhD training, research, innovation and community engagement form a dynamic continuum of activity.
Today, University College Dublin is Ireland’s largest university offering sixty degree programs with a student population of 24,000 of which 5,000 are international students. University College Dublin hosts over 300 study abroad students every semester. The campus is located just south of Dublin city center.
Dublin, the cultural center of Ireland, is currently home to almost two million people. The city provides the vibrant atmosphere, energetic music scene and lively theatre of larger cities such as London, but at a much smaller, more manageable size. The city’s literary history makes an appearance at almost every turn, having once been home to such greats as Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, James Joyce and Samuel Beckett. Whether you’re interested in history, the arts, literature or the outdoors, Dublin has something for you. The National Museum of Ireland has three different museums which demonstrate the culture and history of the country. And the city is only a 20 minute journey from the coastal towns and villages which dot the rugged coastline.
- 3.0 CGPA
- Completion of 3-4 courses within the chosen field or department of study
You will be pre-registered to your modules before you arrive at UCD and in most cases, you will have up to two weeks after the start of term to alter your module selection.
You take six modules (classes) per semester at UCD. Engineering students can register for five modules. Study abroad students have access to the full range of undergraduate modules available at UCD* (* subject to capacity and timetabling). You can register for up to four modules in your subject area and up to two modules from other programme areas. You may also take all of your modules within your chosen subject area.
UCD goes to great lengths to prepare students for the academic culture at their institution. Their Academic Survival Toolkit says that one of the most common difficulties experienced by students coming to the university for the first time is adjusting to new ways of study. UCD is semesterised and modularised; continuous assessment being a large component of your programme, students will have to start submitting work much earlier than you may think. It is therefore very important to establish a study routine as early as possible.
In addition to the change of study and learning techniques you will experience, you will also have to be an independent learner. No one is going to be checking your homework and your attendance at classes is down to you. Getting into a disciplined, structured routine early in the year will allow you to pace yourself which will reduce stress and give you time to enjoy all the other things that UCD has to offer.
Fields of Study
Architecture, Economics, Anthropology, Philosophy, Political Science, English Literature, History, History of Art, Linguistics, Music, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Environmental Biology, Geology, Neuroscience
The International Office at UCD has a number of programs in place in order to jump start your study abroad experience, including the Buddy Program, which matches a visiting study abroad student with a UCD returned exchange student. This programming is available on top of access to the many clubs and societies that are run by and for UCD students.
Tulane students will be directly enrolled at University College Dublin and have access to UCD’s wide range of student services and social activities. In addition, you will take courses right alongside degree-seeking students in order to fully immerse yourself in Irish culture.
The UCD Global Lounge is a vibrant and relaxed on-campus space that provides a place to support the efforts of globally-focused student groups and organizations. Internationally-minded members of the UCD student body can find opportunities for involvement at the Global Lounge!
Tulane Mechanical Engineering student, Jeffrey Libler, had this to say about his fall semester at UCD:
"I have had the time of my life at UCD this fall. I cannot believe how quickly the past four months have flown by. It seems that just yesterday I was arriving on campus feeling anxious about how the semester would progress. I have to thank all of my family, friends, and advisers for pushing me to study abroad in Dublin, Ireland. From the pubs to its people, I have enjoyed all of the time I have spent here. Additionally, I have had the opportunity to travel across the country and visit towns such as Galway, Belfast, Killarney, and many others. The green rolling hills of Ireland have become my favourite backdrop. My time in study at UCD has been excellent as well. The lecturers here are top notch, engaging, and helpful. I especially enjoyed my medical device design engineering course through the mechanical engineering department. These past months have been incredible. I have made many lifelong friends and learned so much about different people and their cultures. Needless to say, I cannot wait to return to Ireland in the future."
Types of Campus Accommodation: halls of residence or three, four, five and six-bedroom self-catering apartments. These are spread across five locations.
UCD has set aside a large proportion of on-campus rooms for international students. However, places are limited and can’t be guaranteed. For up-to-date information regarding on-campus accommodation please see UCD Residences website.
UCD has set aside a large proportion of on-campus rooms for international students. International students must check on availability first with individual coordinators before booking accommodation online. Instructions may also be sent out by your coordinator.
UCD Study Abroad Homepage
UCD Global Lounge
UCD International Student Handbook
Contact Past Participants
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