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U21 Student Mobility

U21 Summer School Mexico 2012 Teotihuacan trip

There are many opportunities open to U21 students who would like to spend time abroad at a U21 partner institution. Whether you are considering attending an international summer school, a semester or a full academic year studying at a U21 institution, you are sure to have an unforgettable and invaluable international experience. 

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Joint PhD

U21 has established a unique framework for jointly awarded PhDs. UCD has signed a memorandum of understanding with several other U21 member institutions to award PhD degrees on a one-to-one basis. Under this scheme, two U21 institutions will create a tailor-made programme of study for each student based on the candidate’s individual research needs. 

The 13 institutions currently involved in this innovative programme are: 

  • Australia: University of Melbourne; University of New South Wales; University of Queensland 
  • Canada: University of British Columbia
  • India: University of Delhi 
  • Ireland: University College Dublin 
  • New Zealand: University of Auckland
  • South Korea: Korea University
  • Sweden: Lund University 
  • United Kingdom: University of Birmingham; University of Edinburgh; University of Glasgow; University of Nottingham   

Clear benefits for students of these jointly awarded PhDs are access to:

  • an academic research programme enhanced by the collaboration of different high- quality research environments and cultures;
  • training and facilities of two research-intensive universities; 
  • the added value of international networking;
  • a head start in future career planning and professional development.

>> Further information can be found here on the official Universitas 21 website.

Semester and Year-Long Exchanges

UCD's membership of Universitas 21 means that UCD students have the opportunity to spend a semester or a year on exchange at a partner Universitas 21 institution. We also welcome students from partner Universitas 21 members to apply for a semester or a year on exchange at UCD. 

 Universitas 21 Asia & Latin America Scholarships for 2017-18

For the 2017-18 academic year, UCD students on exchange at a Universitas 21 partner university in Asia or Latin America will receive a scholarship of €500 per semester from UCD International provided they do not receive a scholarship from another source.

  • Universitas 21 partner universities in Asia:

           China - Fudan University; Shanghai Jiao Tong University; The University of Nottingham, Ningbo
           Hong Kong -The University of Hong Kong
           Singapore – National University of Singapore
           South Korea - Korea University

  • Universitas 21 partner universities in Latin America:

           Chile - Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
           Mexico - Tecnológico de Monterrey

For more information, please refer to the UCD International Exchanges webpage.

U21 Summer Schools

The U21 undergraduate summer schools bring together students from all disciplines and from all over the world to study and share ideas. Each year the summer school takes place in a different U21 institution. Each host chooses a theme to base the week of activity around and many take the opportunity to introduce a topic that is of importance to the host university, region or country, thus making it a culturally-relevant experience for foreign students and an opportunity for local students to gain international perspectives on "home" issues.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants should be full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students at UCD, in Stage 2 or above and from a design background.

To find out more about upcoming U21 summer schools, visit UCD’s U21 events page. If there are any queries, they may be directed to


Past U21 Summer Schools

  • 2018, University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus: multiple course offerings in subjects such as Business, Politics and Creative Writing
  • 2017, University of Johannesburg: Fabricating Design Spaces
  • 2016, Shanghai Jaio Tong University: Traditional Chinese Medicine and its Culture
  • 2015, University of Glasgow : Cities and Citizen Engagement in the Digital Age
  • 2014, UNSW Australia : Shaping the Future City
  • 2013, University of Connecticut: Human Rights
  • 2012, Tecnológico de Monterrey: Shaping the Future Global Entrepreneur 
  • 2011, University College Dublin: Conflict Resolution
  • 2010, University of Nottingham, Ningbo Campus: Food Security
  • 2009, University of Queensland: Climate Change Adaptation
  • 2008, University of Birmingham: Embracing Diversity Through Creativity, Culture and Innovation
  • 2007, University of Virginia: Leadership in a Global Society
  • 2006, University of Hong Kong: Asia as the Global Future
  • 2005, Lund University: Sustainable Development of Global Society
  • 2004, National University of Singapore: Global Technology Entrepreneurship


Undergraduate Research Conferences

The undergraduate research conference gives outstanding undergraduate students from U21 institutions the opportunity to showcase their research to an international audience of fellow students and staff. It aims to attract students from a diverse range of disciplines and typically includes a range of seminars and student presentations interspersed with social activities and tours to promote networking and stimulate discussion. 

The URC also offers academic staff the opportunity to engage with U21 colleagues, discuss topical issues and develop professional networks.

  • 2017, University of Edinburgh: Future Societies, Global Citizens
  • 2016, Tecnológico de Monterrey: A Global Perspective on Ageing Socieities
  • 2015, University of Auckland: Peoples and Places
  • 2014, Shanghai Jiao Tong University: Food Safety - From Farm to Table
  • 2013, University of Amsterdam: Urban Challenges
  • 2012, Waseda University: Connecting to the Future
  • 2011, Fudan University: Share Your Inspiration 
  • 2010, University of Melbourne: Faculty of Imagining 
  • 2009, University of Glasgow 
  • 2008, National University of Singapore: Sustainability 
  • 2007, McGill University
  • 2006, University of Queensland
  • 2005, University of Virginia


Graduate Research Conferences

The U21 Graduate Research Conference (2008-2015) was replaced in 2016 with a pilot scheme to develop graduate Research Project Grants (details here). The original conference programme aimed to give participants the opportunity to develop a range of skills relevant to the research process. Graduate students could showcase their research,  network with other international delegates and develop research partnerships potentially of great importance in their future careers.

The themes for the conferences were intentionally general to allow graduate students from a broad range of disciplines to take part and approach the theme from different points of view. These included:

  • 2015, Shanghai Jiao Tong University: Digital Future
  • 2014, University of Auckland: Ageing
  • 2013, University College Dublin: Energy
  • 2011, University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus: Food
  • 2009, Universities of Melbourne and Queensland: Sustainable Cities
  • 2008, University of Birmingham: Water

>> To find out more about other upcoming U21 conferences, visit UCD’s U21 events page.

Contact the UCD U21 Team

  • Associate Professor Amanda Gibney
    Deputy U21 Senior Leader
    Tel: +353 1 716 321
  • Eve Brosseau
    Senior Global Partnerships Officer
    Tel: +353 1 716 8580