College Experience

Through following activities students get opportunity to experience college life first hand.

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UCD for ALL Student Experience offers prospective students from UCD Access & Lifelong Learning's target communities the opportunity to find out more about undergraduate study, to explore the UCD campus and to experience UCD student life first hand. Participants are invited to spend one day on campus in the company of a UCD student learning about their programme of interest and about college life in general. 

Prospective students will spend one day (8.30am to 3pm) on campus in the company of a UCD student.

Prospective students will be matched to a UCD student who is studying their programme area (course) of interest. We hope to offer applicants the widest range of typical student activities on the day with prospective students attending lectures, tutorials, laboratories, libraries, restaurant, sports centre, etc. with their matched UCD student.

Each UCD student will be matched to two prospective students.

UCD for ALL Student Experience took place in University College Dublin (Belfield Campus) on Tuesday 20th February, Wednesday 21st February, and Thursday 22nd February 2018. 

The next UCD for ALL Student Experience will take place in February 2019.




Future You is a college mentoring programme for Fifth Year school pupils who aspire to go on to third level study. UCD Access & Lifelong Learning manages this programme with r our partner schools in Tallaght, Ballyfermot, Clondalkin, Crumlin, South Dublin and Bray.
The programme goal is to:

  • improve the pupil's awareness of college
  • increase their belief in their own ability to attend college
  • share important information: how to study, how to apply for college and what are college supports

Future You mentors are college students who have been supported in UCD by Access & Lifelong Learning. They are past pupils and live in the same communities as the participating schools. Structured mentoring sessions take place in linked schools throughout the one year programme. Pupils also have opportunity to visit UCD where mentors have opportunity to show mentees the campus and share their experience.

The programme is sponsored by Citi Foundation. Since 2012, over 1,450 school pupils have taken part in Future You Mentoring.

For more details on the programme please e-mail


Each June UCD Access & Lifelong Learning hosts a residential summer school which gives Fifth Year school pupils from linked schools and organisations a chance to meet other students who aspire to go to university. During this programme participants have an opportunity to experience college lectures, undertake project work in a chosen subject and a variety of social and sports activities available to UCD students.

When: The next Future You Summer School will take place from 11th - 15th June 2018.
Where: UCD Belfield Campus.
How to apply: School pupils in our Future You-linked schools and our linked community organisations can make an application through their Guidance Counsellor or Project Worker. Applications will open at 9am on Monday 23rd May and close on Tuesday 8th June at 6pm.

For more information please e-mail