UCD welcomes applications from Canadian students to our undergraduate programmes. Find out about our courses, entry criteria to UCD programmes, how to apply, what the visa requirements are, fees, scholarships and who to contact for further information.
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Academic Entry Requirements
Information listed below are minimum entry requirements only - most academic programs have requirements in excess of the minimum. For guidance on entry requirements for specific courses, please email NorthAmerica@ucd.ie
If your secondary education was conducted primarily in English, the English language testing requirements will be waived automatically.
UCD requires a General High School Diploma Minimum Average 65% in best 5 subjects. English: minimum D/50%.
UCD requires Senior Secondary Graduation Diploma Minimum Average 70% in 5 acceptable Grade 12 courses (including provincial examinations where applicable). English: minimum C-/50%.
UCD requires High School Graduation Diploma Minimum Average 70% - 5 credits awarded in at least four subject areas designated S (Specialized), G (General), or U (Dual Credit – University), with a minimum of three Grade 12 S or U credits, with not less than 65% in each course . English: minimum D/50%.
UCD requires High School Graduation Diploma Minimum Average 65% in 5 acceptable Grade 12 subjects. English: minimum C/60%.
UCD requires High School Graduation Diploma Minimum Average 65% in at least five acceptable Grade 12 subjects at university preparatory level. English: minimum D/50%.
UCD requires a General High School Diploma Minimum Average 72% in five acceptable Grade 12 courses. English: minimum D/50%.
UCD requires a High School Completion Certificate Minimum Average 65% in at least five acceptable Grade 12 Academic or Advanced subjects. English: minimum D/50%.
UCD requires High School Graduation Diploma or School Leaving Certificate Minimum Average 65% in five acceptable Grade 12 courses numbered 30, 30-1, or 31. English: minimum D/60%.
UCD requires Secondary School Diploma Minimum Average 67% in six acceptable Grade 12 U, U/C or M courses including Grade 12 U English. English: minimum D/50%.
Prince Edward Island
UCD requires High School Graduation Diploma Minimum Average 72% in at least five acceptable Grade 12 subjects. English: minimum D/50%.
UCD requires CÉGEP Diploma Minimum Average 72% in at least five acceptable subjects. English: minimum C/60%.
UCD requires a General High School Diploma Minimum Average 65% in 6 acceptable Grade 12 level 30 courses. English: minimum D/50%.
UCD requires a Senior Secondary Graduation Diploma Minimum Average 65% in five acceptable Grade 12 courses. English: minimum D/50%.
English Language Requirements
Teaching in Irish Universities is normally through the medium of English, therefore all applicants are required to demonstrate a high level of competence in English language. Applicants must provide evidence of equivalent competence in English language through a recognised English language test, as outlined below.
If your primary language of secondary instruction is in the English language, the requirement to prove English language proficiency will be waived and no further proof will be required.
- Your English language certificate must be no more than two years old at the beginning of your degree course.
- Other evidence of proficiency in English may be accepted. For further advice please contact NorthAmerica@ucd.ie to check if we will accept it. When enquiring, please inform the Admissions Office of: the name, level and date of the qualification; the country in which it was taken; and the scores you obtained. If possible, please send a scanned copy of the certificate and transcripts (if available) showing as much as possible of the information above.
UCD recognises the appropriate minimum score in the following recognised English Language Examinations:
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
- An average score of 6.5 over all components and a minimum of 6.0 in each band on the Academic Version.
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) administered by Princeton University
- A minimum score of 600 in the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), with Test of Written English at 475 +.
- In the computer based TOEFL, a minimum score of 250 is required.
- A minimum score of 90 is required in the Internet based based TOEFL (iBT).
Some courses require a higher level of English language competency. Please check with the relevant UCD School.
If you are presenting with International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) or A Level (+GCSE O Level) Cambridge International please click here. If you are presenting with qualifications other than those indicated above please email NorthAmerica@ucd.ie
You can apply directly using the online application system.
It is important to note that in the UCD application system students are able to apply to multiple academic programmes of their choice. Please note that each different course (major) must be applied to separately and that you can apply to multiple courses. It is possible for you to receive offers of admission to multiple programs!
Admissions Time Frame
The Admissions team will assess your credentials and contact you promptly with a decision once all materials are received. Applications are processed on a rolling basis with an average 2-4 week return decision.
- Applications open: October 1
- Application priority deadline: January 15
- Absolute deadline: July 1
Please note that students awaiting results of high school examinations may apply and could be made a 'conditional offer', requiring that you maintain academic performance similar to that which was presented in your application.
A Note on Professional Programmes
UCD School of Medicine & Medical Science (including Radiography BSc, and Biomedical, Health and Life Sciences BSc) and UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Population Science (Physiotherapy BSc) only consider applications submitted via authorised educational agents. For more information please contact our North American agent, The Atlantic Bridge Program.
If you are applying to the Veterinary Medicine program, please contact the Veterinary Medicine program office directly at firstname.lastname@example.org for advice on application procedures and entry requirements.
Waiting for your results from the High School examinations?
In certain cases a ‘conditional offer’ may be made while you are waiting on your final results. You would need to submit a copy of all of your academic transcripts to date in order to be considered for a conditional offer without a final grade.
An application fee is required for most application types. Non-payment will mean that the application is not presented for assessment. This is payable during the application process using Mastercard, Visa or Laser. The fee is €50 (approximately CAD$80). It is also possible to pay the application fee online after you have submitted the application. Applications made through recognised educational agents will not incur an application fee.
To submit your application, you will be required to upload required documentation. The documentation required varies depending on the programme you have applied for. The preferred method of document submission is via the upload facility in the online application system. If you choose to post the required documents as part of your application, please forward to (note sending via post will delay processing of applications):North America Global Center200 Park Avenue, Suite 1700New York, NY 10166, USA
Copies of official documents will suffice for assessment purposes, but official versions will be required prior to registration.
Official translations must be provided with the original/copy documents where documents are not in English. Applicants who wish to have their original documentation returned should forward a stamped addressed envelope.
A Note on Language Requirements
Canadian students are not required to meet the Other Language or the Irish Language requirement. Exceptions for the following programmes for students who completed their secondary education primarily in English, which require evidence of advanced French language proficiency:
- Law with French Law
- Commerce International
Incomplete applications will not be considered.
No visas are required for Canadian students to study and work up to 20 hours per week in Ireland. See more information on Working in Ireland.
Please see Visa and Immigration Information for detailed information.
Tuition fees are based on the course of studies chosen. Tuition and fees are published yearly and can be found on the UCD Fees and Grants website.
*Note that all fees are charged in Euros - check current exchange rates to get accurate conversions to other currencies
Eligibility for Irish or EU Fees
EU fees are based on EU citizenship and EU residency and income tax
- Parents must be working full-time in the EU for 3 of the 5 years before you apply to UCD, to be eligible for EU Fees
- If you have questions about your status, please check the Fees Office website for clarification, as the international office is not involved in this assessment, nor able to make comment on individual cases.
- Students who are ultimately assessed by the UCD Fees Office and confirmed as EU/Irish will be classified as such for fees as well as application process and timeline.
- To be most fair to all students in the EU or Irish intake, the admissions process and timeline for students classified as EU or Irish for fees purposes is divergent from the process outlined on the UCD International webpage for students classified as Non-EU.
On-campus Housing Fees
The fees for rooms on campus range from €4,901 to €9,067 depending on the residence you choose to live in. Further information regarding the types of residences may be found on the UCD Residences website.
North American students may expect:
- Modern single occupancy, fully furnished bedrooms
- Apartment or dorm style units
- “Catered” or independent meal choice
- As of 2016/17 there is guaranteed on-campus housing for your first year of study only, should you choose it.
Scholarships are available for North American students. Please refer to the Scholarships tab below for more information.
Meet the North America Global Center (left to right): Jim Pierson, Maggie Cardosi, Karina O'Neill, Enda Carroll, Lindsey Siferd
The North America Global Center represents UCD in the Canada and the United States. All inquiries should be directed to:
UCD North America Global Center
200 Park Avenue, Suite 1700
New York, NY 10166, USA
Phone: +1 646 632 3780