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University and Academic Support

The university provides a range of academic and student supports and services to assist students during their time in UCD.

UCD Applied Language Centre

English Language Courses

The ALC is located on the first floor of the Daedalus Building at the heart of the UCD Belfield campus. The UCD ALC was the first customised language centre in an Irish University. The ALC now provides an excellent range of high-quality facilities for language learners and teachers. The ALC has a university-wide remit to provide teaching, self-study, testing and advisory services across UCD and to the wider national and international community.

The UCD Applied Language Centre provides a range of English Language Modules for Erasmus, non-EU/ Exchange and full time international undergraduate and graduate students. Modules include English for General Purposes, Academic Purposes, Academic Writing and Presentation Skills. Students wishing to take these modules must take a placement test and must have 5 available credits to take these modules. 

For information on English language courses please see the UCD ALC website.

Foreign Language Elective Modules

UCD Applied Language Centre (ALC) provides an extensive programme of Foreign Language Electives to students across the University. For further information on Foreign Language Electives please see the UCD ALC website.

UCD Access Centre

UCD aims to provide an accessible and inclusive environment for all students.  If you have a disability, please advise UCD International, in advance of arrival.

Supports include:

  • Accessible accommodation
  • Library assistance
  • Assistive technology
  • Note-taking service
  • Alternative examination arrangements

You should register soon after arrival in UCD, to avail of the supports provided. Please note that supports offered are in line with available funding and Irish best practice.  See UCD Access Centre website for further information.

Programme/School Services

Some Programmes/Schools operate an academic adviser/mentor service and you can check this with the administrators.

Programme/School administrators are a great source of support and information. Graduate students can also avail of the services of their supervisors.

UCD Exams

Undergraduate Students

Once you are registered as a full-time undergraduate student you will be enrolled to sit university examinations. Examination timetables are posted on the Registry Website.

Personalised examination timetables, examination results and other information regarding examinations can be accessed online by logging on to the Student Information System (SIS Web)

Graduate Students

Course work for Masters degrees is typically examined at the end of semester one and in May at the end of the academic year, or in August. PhD and Masters theses are submitted directly to the Student Desk in UCD where deadlines for the submission of theses are available. Please ensure that your UCD registration is current or your theses cannot be accepted.  Thesis submissions information is available on the Fees and Grants website.

Erasmus/Non-EU Exchange/Study Abroad Students

Erasmus/Non-EU exchange and Study Abroad students must take UCD examinations or school based examinations to gain credit for courses taken. Full information about examination registration is provided during your orientation session. All examination information such as personalised examination timetables, examination numbers and examination results can be accessed online by logging on to the Student Information System (SIS Web).

Examination results are sent out by post to your home address once transcripts become available. Make sure that your home address on SIS Web is appropriately updated.

UCD Library

UCD Library provides a wide range of services including study group rooms and laptop loans. New students can access online tutorials and an overview of the Library via the Welcome Guide

Examination Locations

Students should note that many examinations do not take place on the Belfield or Blackrock Campuses. Therefore students should ensure they know exactly where they need to go well in advance of the examination, and if in doubt, contact their coordinator as soon as their timetable is available. When an exam is scheduled for an off-site location, shuttle buses are available from the Belfield Campus to the examination location.

Academic Survival Kit

UCD Student Advisers have compiled information for you to deal with the most common difficulties experienced by students coming to university for the first time and adjusting to new ways of study. For tips on taking notes, revision, studying effectively and more please visit the UCD student advisers survival kit webpage

Students Union

All UCD students are members of the Students Union. The SU International Students Co-ordinator works closely with UCD International to promote events for international students. The SU also have officers who provide Welfare services and Accommodation information. Their accommodation service will be available for new students, so if you intend staying off-campus, do check out the SU website or email accommodation@ucdsu.ie.

UCD Career Development Centre

The Career Development Centre offers a range of services and programmes designed to:

  • Enable you to make career decisions and develop career action plans.
  • Facilitate effective transitions to graduate study or work by developing effective CV’s, interview skills and techniques.

We achieve our aims through a range of services and products, including:

  • One-to-one career guidance at the Career Development Centre (check the website for opening hours and details on quick query provision).
  • A Resource Room packed with information on career entry requirements, industrial/ employment sectors, graduate study, vacancy bulletins and reference books.
  • Weekly workshops on effective CV’s, going for interview, personal statements for graduate study (fixed periods during teaching weeks).

Overall, the Career Development Centre aims to provide you with high quality information, advice and guidance services. Further information is available on the Career Development Centre website.

Campus Garda (Police)

The Campus Garda is located in the Estate Services Office in the Agriculture Building. The office is open from 13:00 to 14:00 on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. A Community Garda will be happy to answer any queries and to help process forms such as applications for grants, passports, driving licences, visas etc.  The local Donnybrook Garda Station can be contacted on +353 1 666 9200.

Unicare

UNICARE is a university service designed to enhance the security of property and the personal safety of students, staff and visitors on the UCD Belfield campus. The programme operates through the combined efforts of students, staff, the local Gardai, Buildings and Services and various groups within UCD. UNICARE red emergency phones are located throughout the campus. The emergency telephone number is +353 1 716 7999 (internal no. 7999). Services personnel provide vehicle and foot patrols on a 24-hour basis throughout the campus. If you are uncomfortable walking alone through campus at night, contact +353 1 716 1200 and a Services staff member will accompany you to your residence.

UCD Crèche

The crèche is located near the Clonskeagh entrance. Situated near a beautiful woodland area, this one storey building has two large gardens at its disposal where the children explore, have fun and play games with their friends in safety. All staff are qualified childcare professionals. It is university policy for the crèche to give students first priority. For more information visit the UCD Crèche website.

Contact Us

Mr. Colum Cronin

International Student Adviser
UCD International
Gerard Manley Hopkins Centre
University College Dublin
Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland
Tel: +353 1 716 8406

Email: colum.cronin@ucd.ie