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Ireland's Global University 

Undergraduate Programmes

UCD welcomes applications from Chinese students to our undergraduate programmes. Find out about our courses, entry criteria to UCD undergraduate programmes, how to apply, what the visa requirements are, fees, scholarships and who to contact for further information.


Our courses

UCD offers over 70 undergraduate honours degree courses in the following areas of study. Click on the links below in your area of interest to find out more.

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Undergraduate Entry Requirements



Non-EU Undergraduate Entry Requirements



Non-EU undergraduate applicants may present the following recognised exams as consideration for entry.

Undergraduate programmes in UCD are categorised into four programme bands of competitiveness. Please see your desired programme band below to determine your required exam result for entry.


Recognised Exams

Veterinary Medicine

Health & Performance Science
Sport & Exercise Management


Actuarial & Financial Studies

Quantitative Business:
Business Analytics
Economics & Finance


Engineering & Architecture

Human Nutrition

Veterinary Nursing
Biomedical, Health & Life Sciences

Business, Law & Commerce

Computer Science

Agricultural Science
Animal Science – Equine
Dairy Business
Food Science

English w Film
International Languages

Social Science

BA Degree
English with Drama
Planning Geography & Environment

Horticulture & Agri-environmental Sciences

?? Huikao (Senior Secondary Graduation Examination) 

Huikao: 6x A including relevant subjects

Huikao: 6x A

Huikao: 4x A + 2x B

Huikao: 3x A + 3x B


?????? Senior Secondary School Graduation Certificate


Senior Secondary School Graduation Certificate: Average 90% including relevant subjects Senior Secondary School Graduation Certificate: Average 85-90% Senior Secondary School Graduation Certificate: Average 85% Senior Secondary School Graduation Certificate: Average 80%

?? Gaokao (Chinese University / College Entrance Examination)

Gaokao 540 
(Guideline only, 750 scale)
Applicants will be considered on a case by case basis
Gaokao 540
(Guideline only, 750 scale)
Gaokao 520
(Guideline only, 750 scale)
Gaokao 500 
(Guideline only, 750 scale)

*NB The equivalences above are indicative only.

In addition, please note that the equivalences shown are the minimum required to be eligible for consideration on a competitive basis. Entry requirements are reviewed on an annual basis.

If you are presenting with qualifications other than those indicated above please email


If you are presenting with International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) or A Level (+GCSE O Level) Cambridge International please click HERE    




Programme Subject Requirements


 Some programmes in UCD have specific subject requirements. 

Use this table to determine the specific programme subject requirements across the various recognised exams  

Programme Subject Requirements




China Huikao  China Huikao
Structural Engineering w/ Architecture

80% B Good  ?

75% B Good  ?
Engineering 80% B Good  ? 75% B Good  ?

75% B Good  ?

75% B Good  ?
Computer Science
75% B Good  ? N/A 
Business & Law

75% B Good  ?

Commerce & Commerce International 75% B Good  ? N/A
Economics & Finance 80% B Good  ? N/A
Social Science 60% C Pass ??    N/A

*NB The equivalences above are indicative only.

In addition, please note that the equivalences shown are the minimum required to be eligible for consideration on a competitive basis. Entry requirements are reviewed on an annual basis.

If you are presenting with qualifications other than those indicated above please email



English Language Requirements

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.

Please note:

  • 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 UCD Admissions ( 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 recognise 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. 

For further advice please visit the English Language Requirements website, or contact UCD Admissions.

*FOR VISA REQUIRING APPLICANTS, please note that the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service's English Language Requirements can differ from those of University College Dublin. For full details on obtaining a visa for Ireland, please see HERE.

UCD International Foundation Programme

If you do not meet direct entry requirements for the degree you want, you can apply for a place on the International Foundation Year.

The International Foundation Year is specifically designed for international students who need additional study before starting an undergraduate degree programme at UCD.

How to Apply

Undergraduate Applications

To apply for an undergraduate programme please consult your local approved educational agent. Applications made through recognised educational agents will not incur an application fee. Your counsellor will advise you and help you fill out the form. This will then be returned to UCD International and processed quickly.

You can also apply directly using the online application system.

Undergraduate applicants are required to apply before the 1st July.

Please note that applications are accepted from October of the previous year of study and candidates will usually be notified of the status of their application within 4 weeks of application.

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.


Visa Information

Do I need a Visa?

Yes – please apply early as Chinese students require a study visa.  Please see the Irish Embassy in China website and the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service website for further information.

Visa Office Contact Details


Please note that the Visa Office is located separately from the Embassy in Beijing

Please refer to the Irish Embassy in China website for a map to the Beijing Visa Office.

Embassy of Ireland , Visa Office 
Ta Yuan Diplomatic Office Building 2-11-1 
14 Liang Ma He Nan Lu 
Chaoyang District 
Beijing , 100600 
People's Republic of China

Telephone: + 86 10 65326945 / 65326971 / 72 / 73
Fax: + 86 10 65326956 

The Visa inquiry helpline is available from 14:30-16:30 Monday to Friday. Please dial the above number and press 4 when indicated.

The Visa Office is open to the public from 09:30 – 12:00; 14:30 – 16:00 Monday to Friday.

The Visa Office, Beijing accepts applications from the Peoples Republic of China and Mongolia

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Consulate General of Ireland , 
Suite 700A , Shanghai Centre, 
1376 Nanjing Road West 
Shanghai 200040, 
People's Republic of China

Tel: + 86 21 62798729 
Fax: + 86 21 62798739

The Shanghai Consulate General is open to the public from 09:30 – 12:30 Monday to Friday.
Telephone enquiries are only accepted in the afternoon from 14:00 to 16:00, Monday to Friday. 

The Shanghai Consulate General only accepts visa applications from Shanghai , Zhejiang , Anhui , Jiangxi or Jiangsu .

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Making a visa application

Typically it is necessary for applicants to provide the following information when applying for a visa 

  • Valid passport number
  • Date of issue and expiry of passport
  • Date, place and mode of arrival in Ireland
  • Letter from the University indicating that you have been offered a place in UCD
  • Letter from University indicating that the fees have been paid in full

Note: The Irish Government will only issue a student visa to students who have paid their tuition fees in full or paid a minimum deposit to the value of €6,000. Please ensure that you have paid and received a receipt to the value of the minimum visa payment requirement of €6,000, so as to avoid visa refusal on the basis of incomplete tuition fee payment.

UCD would encourage you to use our new payment facility - “PaytoStudy”. This facility is especially useful for International Students who require a VISA to travel and/or study. This service is provided by PaytoStudy and any queries relating to payments should be directed to PaytoStudy.

  • Evidence of sufficient funds to cover living and other expenses for the proposed stay - show that you have enough money to support yourself while in Ireland (bank account statements for six months previously, evidence of access to €7,000, sponsorship letter etc.)

A new pilot project by INIS allows you to lodge an amount of €7,000 to an ‘education bond’. Please refer to the INIS website for further details.

  • Recent passport photographs
  • Visa application fee (non-refundable)
  • Proof of medical insurance
  • show evidence of language proficiency. INIS requires IELTS of 5 but UCD generally require IELTS of 6.5.

Application Forms / On-Line Applications

A new on-line visa application system is now operational in China.

Visa applicants should fill out their application form on-line before delivering their supporting documents to the Visa Office. Please refer to our Study Visa Information page for further details.

On-line applications can be made on the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service website.

The page may take some time to load. Please be patient. Once the page has loaded, click “Apply Now” at the top left of the page to begin the application process.

All questions within the online application are in English and must be answered in English.

Help tips will be available in certain fields which will explain what information is being sought.

You will need to print a summary of your application form as part of the on-line application process. You will therefore need the ability to print from the computer on which you complete your application.

You should have the following information at hand before you apply:

             1. Passport and details of any previous passports – number, date of issue / expiry

             2. Details of any previous Irish visa applications

             3. Contact details for your host in Ireland

             4. Itinerary

During the application process you can save your application, exit the online form and return later to complete and submit it (within 30 days).

Following submission of your online application you will be required to submit a signed summary of your application form, original passport, passport-sized colour photograph, the relevant fee, and all supporting documents, to the relevant Consulate / Visa Office in China.

Please check General Information for All Visa Types for details of the required documentation, appropriate office, the fee payable, and the method of payment accepted.

A comprehensive guide is available to help you complete your on-line application form. Please thoroughly read this guide before applying. Click on the links below to view the guide in your preferred language.

English version

Chinese version

Schengen visa or UK D visa

Please note that a Schengen visa or UK D visa is not valid for travel to Ireland.

Arrival in Ireland – At the Airport

All non-EU/EEA citizens, whether visa-required or not, are subject to ordinary immigration controls at the port of entry/airport.

Please note:

  • The Immigration Officer makes the decision on who is actually allowed to enter Ireland.
  • He/she will stamp your passport for either one or three months.
  • This means you must register with the Garda National Immigration Bureau within the time limit stamped on the passport

To ensure you have no difficulties, we recommend that you have the following documents ready to show to the officer.

  • Passport (with entry visa if appropriate)
  • Letter of Acceptance from University College Dublin
  • Evidence of tuition fees paid or scholarship details if applicable
  • Evidence of private medical health insurance

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees are based on the course of studies chosen. Full information on fees for specific programmes can be found on the UCD Fees page.

Scholarships and Funding

Undergraduate Student Scholarships

We regret that there are no specific UCD scholarships available at undergraduate level for international students. However you may be eligible for the general UCD scholarships. Please visit the UCD Scholarships and Awards webpage for more information.

Meet Us in China

We regularly visit China with academics from the University to meet with potential students. Come along and meet us, and we'll be happy to discuss any questions you have about living and studying in Dublin.

For details of upcoming visits, see our meet us page.

Agents in Your Country

UCD International works closely with a number of education representatives (also known as agents or counsellors) around the world, who can help you find out more information about our university, our programmes and entry requirements, as well as provide guidance on the application process. These agents have the most up-to-date information on the admission process, availability of scholarships as well as visa application. Please see list of agents available to you in your country:



Beijing URSELF Information Consulting Co., Ltd.
Room 5410, No.4 Building, 
Xiyuan Hotel, 
No.1 San Li He Road, 
Haidian District, 
Beijing, 100044, 





Chivast Education International
Level  9&12, 
Office Building B
New World Centre
No.3 Chingwenmenwai Street
P.R China

Contact: Shirley Liang
Tel: +86 10 6708 1731



Zhaolong Go-Abroad Affairs Service Center, No. 8 Dongdaqiao Road, Chaoyang District, 
Beijing, 100020, China

Contact: Kelly Chen
Tel: +86 10 5870 2182



Ireland Education Services Centre
Rm 2101 Block D,
Pufa Plaza 1759# 
North Zhongshan Rd
Shanghai 200061 

Contact: Cathy Zeng
Tel: +86 21 6094 0983



Smith Education
A2001, Zhongshang Plaza Office Building
No.7 Zhongnan Road
Wuchang District
Wuhan CityChina

Contact: Michelle Liu
Tel: +86 27 87738956



The North Tower of SOHO Shangdu,

No.8 Dongdaqiao Rd,

Chaoyang District,


Tel: 86-10-5870 0208




Contact Us

Ms Bei Gao

Regional Manager - China

Tel: +353 1 716 8542
Fax: +353 1 716 1165


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