University College Dublin
Ireland's Global University 

Applying to UCD

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How do I apply to UCD?

Non-EU applicants - for undergraduate or postgraduate programmes must apply using the applications system. You can do this online at www.ucd.ie/international/apply

All EU/EEC applicants who present as eligible for the EU fee category must apply through the Central Applications System (CAO). Applications open in early November each year for entry the following September. For full details on applying to UCD as an Irish / EU undergraduate applicant, please see the MyUCD website here

A student’s fee category is dependent on a variety of different factors. To be eligible for EU fees, students must meet the eligibility criteria listed on the UCD Fees website, please click here for further details. 

If you are still uncertain about your fee category please contact the UCD Fees Office directly. Click here for their details. 

Applicants will be required to create an online profile and then there will be an option to select from a list of our programmes that you wish to apply for.

Applicants will be required to upload documents to support their application; this will typically include high school or University transcripts, references and personal statements. Additional documentation may be required and you will be asked for this information on your application. 

For further information on submitting an application please click here.

For further FAQ’s on graduate studies please click here.

When can I apply?

Applications open in early October each year for entry the following September.

For undergraduate programmes the deadline is usually the 1st of July. 

For graduate programmes, admission is granted on a rolling basis and therefore there are no set deadlines. We recommend applying as early as possible.

Can I transfer to UCD?

Please note that normally, non-EU applicants should apply to Stage 1 of their preferred programme. Successful applicants with appropriate qualifications may be considered for exemption from compatible modules by applying to have their prior learning accredited. RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) applications are approved at the discretion of the Programme Board and are subject to availability of places. The full policy, together with the RPL form, is on the Academic Sectretariat website http://www.ucd.ie/registry/academicsecretariat/rpl.htm. For Bachelor level programmes, the maximum amount of credit will normally be 50% of the whole programme of study.

Can I do a part time course at UCD?

Please note that Part Time programmes are generally not recognised for visa purposes or for registration with the GNIB.

Immigration Requirements

Under immigration regulations, all non-EU/EEA students must be registered to a full-time programme.

Do I need a visa?

Citizens of certain countries require an entry visa for Ireland. Check to see which countries do not require a visa to enter Ireland.

If you require an entry visa for Ireland you will find useful guidelines and details of requirements for study visa applications here.

Further information on visa requirements can be found here.

Registering with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB)

All non-EU/EEA students must register with the Garda National Immigration Bureau after they have registered with UCD and before the expiry date on their passport. Click here for further information.

 

Can I apply through an agent?

UCD works with representatives overseas to promote the university and programme offerings. You can find a list of our official agents on the ‘your country’ page of our website; www.ucd.ie/international

Can I meet with a representative of UCD in my home country?

To support potential international students and partners, we regularly travel overseas to participate in fairs and exhibitions; institutional visits; meet our agent network and prospective students.

Please find information regarding our upcoming trips here.

How do I know if I am eligible for a course?

You can go to the ‘your country’ page of our website to check for entry requirements to our Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes specific to your country http://www.ucd.ie/international/study-at-ucd.

If you are still unsure after reviewing this information, please email internationaladmissions@ucd.ie.

Do I require an English language qualification?

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.

You can find a list of our recognised tests at the following webpage here.

How do I contact my college or school?

You can find a list of College and School contact details at the following link; http://www.ucd.ie/colleges.htm

Can I submit an application before I have my IELTS/ final year's results?

Yes, you can apply before you have taken your English Language Qualification and / or before you have obtained your final academic results  however you will need to meet the entry level before an unconditional offer is made. Conditional offers can be issued in instances where students have not submitted their final results and / or English Language Qualificationyou have submitted all of the necessary documentation. 

I haven't received my academic results yet. Can I still apply?

If you are still waiting for your final results, you may still submit your application in order to minimise delays. If the application does not contain all documents/results, it will still be processed as far as possible. However it is your responsibility to provide the University with a certified copy of your final results as soon as they become available so the assessment of your application may be completed. Your application should be as complete as possible and you should include as much of the requested information as you can. If further information is required you will be contacted.

Do you have courses that start in January?

Most of our taught masters courses begin in September, with some courses offering an alternative start dates in January. Start dates can be found on our graduate studies website. Research courses have more varied start dates throughout the year.

Does UCD offer Foundation programmes?

Yes. For further information on our Foundation programmes, please see: here

Does UCD offer Pre Masters Programmes?

Yes. For further information on our PreMasters programmes, please see contact premasters@ucd.ie

My Application

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Where can I view my application number and application ID?

Both your applicant ID and the individual number of each application can be viewed when you log in to your application account. These details are also sent to you by e-mail. You can log in to your account here

It is not possible to amend an application once it has been submitted, apart from personal details and the uploading of documentation. Please contact us at internationaladmissions@ucd.ie if you wish to make them aware of any changes in your application.

I have applied to a UCD programme. When will I receive my student number?

If you have been successful in your application then UCD will create an online offer for you. You will receive an automatic email advising that your application status has been updated. You should log into your UCD application account to see if an offer has been made.

Upon acceptance of an offer a student record will automatically be created for you. Following this you will receive an e-mail confirmation of your acceptance of the offer. The e-mail will also inform you of your UCD student number

How can I return to my application account in order to continue with an application I started previously?

To return to your application account, please got to www.ucd.ie/international/apply. Select ‘My Applications’ and log in under the section ‘Sign in to Existing Account’.

How can I delete an application that I started in error?

If you have not submitted an application form, it will not go forward to be assessed and you can simply disregard it. If you have submitted the application form, you can use the Withdraw button (which can be found adjacent to the application status in your application) to withdraw the application form.

I haven't heard if my application has been accepted. What should I do?

It may take up to 4 to 6 weeks to assess your application in peak application periods. You are encouraged to check the status online regularly to monitor the progress of your application.

To check the status of your application , please got to www.ucd.ie/international/apply. Select ‘My Applications’ and log in under the section ‘Sign in to Existing Account’.

How long will I have to wait for a response to my application?

We endeavor to process applications as quickly as possible. You can help us to speed up the process of reviewing your application by ensuring that you support your application  by  submitting all documentation that is requested on the online application form.

If your application was for a research degree (e.g. PhD), the decision-making process can take several weeks to be processed as your application may need to be passed to several members of academic staff in order to find a suitable supervisor.

What is the Deferral Policy?

Whether or not a deferral is granted is at the discretion of UCD.


A charge of €500 will be applied to any applicant who receives a deferred offer of a place on a graduate taught course. 

The charge will be set against the fees for the subsequent year and is not an additional financial imposition on the applicant. 

Deferral students will not be required to pay the application fee when reapplying for the subsequent term. In order to facilitate this, the Applications unit will need to be made aware once the new application has been submitted in order that the mandatory payment facility can be overridden.

In cases where an applicant has been granted a deferral, but does not wish to pay the charge, application can be made the following year as normal and assessed in competition with other applicants.

 

 

Fees, Funding & Scholarships

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How much are the fees?

Students are liable to pay programme fees to the University. In addition to programme fees students must budget for their own maintenance (including accommodation). University fees are fixed for each year and are subject to an annual increase.

UCD has two fee categories, EU and Non EU. If you are unsure of which fee category you belong you can contact the UCD Fees Office; http://www.ucd.ie/registry/adminservices/fees/contact.htm 

 

For information on fees and for official fees listing, please visit: http://www.ucd.ie/fees

Do I need to pay a deposit?

A deposit is payable to secure your place on most courses. If a deposit is required it will appear under the ‘checklist’ section of your application once you have been issued with an offer.

Please note that deposits are non-refundable and for further information please see click here.

How can I pay my fees?

There are several ways to pay fees to UCD including online, bank transfer or using a bank giro. 

For individuals who will be applying for a visa, we recommend using our Pay to Study facility as this will generate an automatic fee receipt. You can find more information about paying by clicking here

 

How much money should I budget for living expenses?

It is recommended that international students will need around 1,000 euro per month to cover accommodation and living costs, excluding their tuition fees. Please see UCD International website for further information.

 

What scholarships are available?

To award outstanding achievement and to attract students of the highest calibre from around the world, UCD is pleased to offer a number of scholarships to international students. 

These scholarships are competitively awarded based on academic merit and offered by country and/or by discipline. 

 

Please visit the UCD International website for information regarding scholarships and how to apply for scholarships - http://www.ucd.ie/international/study-at-ucd-global/coming-to-ireland/scholarships-and-funding/.

Visa and Immigration

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What are the Immigration Requirements?

Immigration Requirements

Under immigration regulations, all non-EU/EEA students must be registered to a full-time programme.

Registering with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB)

All non-EU/EEA students must register with the Garda National Immigration Bureau after they have registered with UCD and before the expiry date on their passport. Click here for further information.

Do I need a visa?

Citizens of certain countries require an entry visa for Ireland. Check to see which countries do not require a visa to enter Ireland.

If you require an entry visa for Ireland you will find useful guidelines and details of requirements for study visa applications here.

Visa processing times vary greatly from country to country. Early application is advisable.

Further information on visa requirements can be found here.

 

Can I work during my studies?

For detailed information about working in Ireland during your studies please see here.

What is the Third Level Graduate Scheme?

The Third Level Graduate Scheme allows non-EU/EEA students who have graduated from Irish higher education institutions to remain in Ireland for 12 months to seek employment. Please see here for further information.

Orientation, living & working in Ireland

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Is on campus accommodation available?

Yes on campus accommodation is available however it is not guaranteed to all students.

You will find information about on campus accommodation here. http://www.ucd.ie/residences
For off campus accommodation please visit: http://www.ucd.ie/international/study-at-ucd-global/coming-to-ireland/accommodation/

When does term start?

You can find the academic term dates at the following link; http://www.ucd.ie/students/keydates.htm

Each year for first year students there is also a new student orientation which usually takes during the week prior to the start of term.

Do I need to get my documents verified by UCD?

Yes, you will need to have your documents verified. For the majority of students, this happens after you arrive in UCD. You will be given further information regarding documentation verification after you receive an offer.

Does UCD run pre-departure briefing sessions?

Yes, these are usually offered through our Global Centres in-country and virtually from Dublin. Information about our pre-departure briefings will be communicated by email to students holding offers to study at UCD.

Do you have an international student handbook?

Yes, we do have an international student handbook, you can access the handbook here.