Student Exchange Programme‌ (UCD Students)

UCD Agriculture and Food Science students can avail of opportunities to study at American, Australian and New Zealand universities under established exchange programmes.

Why should UCD students study abroad?

A semester on the student exchange programme is a unique opportunity to experience a university environment in a foreign country, broaden your academic experience, earn college credits while living abroad, make lifelong friends and learn about agriculture and food science from another country’s perspective. As a student on an exchange programme you will have the opportunity to explore new interests which will help you with future study and career decisions. A semester abroad will greatly enhance your career opportunities on graduation. 

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NB: Applications for the Study Abroad Student Exchange Programme for 2019/20  will open on 16 November 2018 and close at 4.30 pm sharp on Friday 14 December 2018. 

The application process for the Study Abroad Student Exchange Programme is a two step process.

Step one: Students must complete an online form which contains personal details (including a short personal statement) and a record of preferred institution(s).

Step two: Students must submit a hard copy application of the Module Information Form, listing their programme major stage 3 modules and possible substitute courses at the student's preferred institution(s). This application form MUST be typed and signed by your Programme Option Co-ordinator. Completed application forms should addressed F.A.O. Paddy Glennon and delivered to: Agriculture Programme Office (Room G10), UCD Centre for Agriculture & Food Science no later than 4.30pm on the application closing date.

Download a copy of the Module Information Form HERE‌.


The minimum GPA Requirement is 3.0

The UCD School of Agriculture & Food Science host an annual Study Abroad Fair to showcase international opportunities to current UCD students. Stage 1 and Stage 2 students who are studying for a BAgrSc or BSc Food Science degree are invited to come along and talk to fellow students who have already spent a semester abroad at one of our exchange partner universities. During the fair there will be a lunch-time session which will provide all the information candidates need to know about making an application to study abroad. Also in attendence will be UCD International, the UCD Career Development Centre, the UCD Centre for Humanitarian Action and UCDVO, who will have information on exchanges, volunteering overseas and other opportunities and advice to internationalise your UCD degree.

Student Testimonials PDF|2mb Study Abroad Fact SheetPDF|874kb


Student Exchange Programme (Incoming Non-EU International Students)

Why study at the School of Agriculture and Food Science at UCD?

The School of Agriculture and Food Science is located in the heart of the dynamic UCD Belfield Campus south of Dublin City and delivers a range of science-based teaching programmes that cover the complete food chain from on-farm production agriculture to food science and human nutrition. The Agriculture and Food Science Centre, known locally as 'The Ag Building', has lecture theatres, seminar rooms and undergraduate teaching and research laboratories equipped to a high standard to provide students with excellent learning environments that has help UCD achieve an international ranking in the top 2% in the world. Food Science and Nutrition have world-class dedicated food research laboratories and state of the art sensory analysis facilities. Horticulture students have access to glasshouse and field research facilities which are also based on the Belfield campus. We are a short distance from the Lyons Estate, the 220 hectare research farm, where students have the opportunity to participating in practical classes relating to Dairy, Beef, Sheep, and Equine.