University College Dublin
Ireland's Global University 

Sport and Exercise Summer Study Abroad


The UCD Sport and Exercise Summer Study Abroad program is an exciting opportunity to spend three weeks in Ireland for those studying or interested in Sport Management, Kinesiology, Exercise Science or Nutrition. The proposed program runs in early June each year, and offers a choice of courses as well as an elective module. Classes are held on four days each week leaving long weekends to explore Dublin and Ireland.

The program includes a number of social activities, such as a welcome and orientation evening, cultural events and a chance to experience Gaelic sports. There is also an optional cross-training add-on available for student athletes who would like to maintain their fitness during their stay in Ireland.

Program Structure

The general program structure consists of academic seminars each morning and/or afternoon (Monday to Thursday), with Fridays available for recreational activities and weekends free to explore Dublin and Ireland.

Key features:

  • Academic, credit-bearing program
  • High caliber teaching staff
  • Social and cultural activities


Assessment varies depending on the class and may include individual and/or group assignments, presentations, reports, quizzes and portfolios.

Credit Transfer

Student can choose to study one or two modules for a total of either 3 US credits (5 ECTS) or 6 US credits (10 ECTS), and UCD will provide all necessary information, including an official transcript, to enable Home Institutions to make decisions regarding the transfer of credits.

Academic Program

The academic classes students can choose from are:

  • Health, Fitness and Nutrition
  • Digital Sports Marketing and Analytics
  • Irish History, Culture and Leisure
  • Independent Research Project in Sport (available only to those taking 10 ECTS/6 US credits)

Cultural and Social Program

An essential element of the UCD Sport and Exercise Summer Abroad program is the opportunity for students to experience Irish sporting culture through additional activities and tours. Activities may include:

  • Orientation session and welcome dinner
  • Gaelic Games Experience (hurling, Gaelic football, Irish dance)
  • Tour of Croke Park
  • BBQ and Irish Ceili (dance)
  • Farewell dinner

Cross-Training Add-On

UCD recognises that many students who study or are interested in sport are competitive athletes, and summer is a great time to study abroad for those committed to teams and training schedules through the academic year. We also understand that maintaining fitness and conditioning across the summer can be critical. To that end, we have designed a Cross-Training Add-On for student athletes seeking to maintain their condition while at UCD.

Each afternoon (Monday-Thursday) students will either attend a strength or a conditioning session, utilising UCD’s excellent sporting facilities and grounds. Activities include an initial fitness test and review, weights instruction, aerobic activities (field/indoor), Irish sports and woodland jogs. Students will also have access to the Student Centre gym and pool for additional workouts, and a program can be written for students upon request. Alternatively, if you have an existing program, our strength and conditioning coaches would be more than happy to supervise your progress.


The minimum GPA requirement is 2.70. 

In addition to completing the UCD on-line application process, a copy of your passport and an official University transcript of academic record to date are required.


Applications can be made online. The deadline for applications is Friday, April 1st. 

Summer School Dates

We are sorry to annouce the Sport and Exercise Summer Abroad program will not run in 2017. Stay tuned for 2018 information.


2016 Program Fees


3 US Credits

6 US Credits

Sport and Exercise Summer Abroad - 2016 costs

(3 week program)


Approx $US3,100

Approx $US3,985

Cross Training Add-On - 2016 costs

(12 sessions)


Approx $US390

Not available*

*Not available as training sessions clash with afternoon classes

This fee includes: 

  • Registration
  • Tuition fees
  • On campus accommodation in single ensuite room in shared apartment (19 nights)
  • Lunches (on class days; 12 in total)
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Field trips and extracurricular activities  



Ms Suzanne McMahon
UCD Centre for Sports Studies
Woodview House 
University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4.
Tel: +353 1 716 3439