UCD welcomes applications from Japanese 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.
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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Academic Entry Requirements
To be considered for entry into any programmes in UCD, students showing academic transcripts from Japan are required to present one of the following:
1) A final overall grade of at least 4 out of 5 in the High School Certificate (Kotougakkou Sotsugyou Shomeisho) with University Entry Licence Examination Certificate (Daigaku Nyugaku Shikaku Kentei Shiken Gogaku Shosho);
2) An associate degree / diploma from a Junior College (Jun-Gakushi);
3) 1 year of a Bachelor degree (Gakushi).
For students who have completed an international examination such as A Level or the IB, kindly refer to the entry requirement here.
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.
- 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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:
Some courses require a higher level of English language competency. Please check with the relevant UCD School.
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.
To apply for undergraduate and graduate programmes 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.
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. (Note: Undergraduate applicants are required to apply before the 1st July).
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. 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.
After you submit your online application, a list of required documents will be emailed to you. The documentation required varies depending on the programme you have applied for. The preferred method of document submission is via the upload facility which is available once the application has been submitted. Required documents must be uploaded or posted to arrive within 2 weeks of submitting an online application. If you choose to post the required documents as part of your application, please forward to Martin Hurley, Online Applications, Tierney Building, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.
Unless otherwise specified it will be presumed that all documents submitted must be originals, with the exception of academic transcripts which should be photocopies.
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.
Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Please see Visa and Immigration Information for detailed information.
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.
Global Excellence Undergraduate (Bachelor) Scholarship
Open to: All successful applicants to the full time programmes who reside in, and are citizens of Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan and Korea.
(Scholarship Applications for the 2016/2017 academic year are now closed)
Please note that all Clinical Programmes are not eligible for these scholarships. These awards are merit based and terms and conditions apply.
[NOTE: All scholarship and funding schemes are subject to availability of funds, and details given here are subject to change at any time. Potential applicants are urged to check information regularly to ensure they are aware of current procedures, deadlines etc.]
|Title||Description||Terms & Conditions|
|Global Excellence Scholarship (100%)||All successful applicants to eligible full time programs are invited to apply to our prestigious Global Excellence Scholarship. The Scholarship Program is funded by UCD and aims to attract excellent candidates. Early application is encouraged.||Global Excellence Undergraduate Scholarship - East Asia|
|Global Excellence Scholarship (50%)||All successful applicants to eligible full time programs are invited to apply to our prestigious Global Excellence Scholarship. The Scholarship Program is funded by UCD and aims to attract excellent candidates. Early application is encouraged.||Global Excellence Undergraduate Scholarship - East Asia|
|Global Scholarship||Applicants with the following statuses (‘Offer’, ‘Conditional Offer’, ‘Accept’ or ‘Conditional Accept’ status) on their application are automatically considered for partial tuition scholarships by our admissions and scholarship committee. Decisions are made based on your submitted application materials.||Undergraduate T&C's|
UCD will be attending the following events in Japan in March 2017:
SI-UK University Fair (Tokyo & Osaka)
beo International Education Fair (Tokyo & Osaka)
For details of upcoming visits, see our meet us page.
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:
SI-UK Education Council (Tokyo)
5th Floor, Boulevard Building
Contact: David Willoughby
SI-UK Education Council (Osaka)
2F Nissei Building East
Tel: 81 (0)6-6147-5681
BEO Limited (Tokyo)
5th Floor Forecast Shinjuku South Building,
BEO Limited (Osaka)
3rd Floor Inoi Building 2,
JR Shinanomachi Building 6F
Tel: +81 3 5312 4430
Ryugaku Journal Inc.
Nagoya Kokusai Center Building 22F,
Tel: + 81-3-5312-4430
Ryugaku Journal Inc.
., 21F, 1-11-4 Umeda,
Tel: + 81-3-5312-4430