University College Dublin
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Summer High School Program

Find out about UCD’s Summer Program for High School Students, program timetable, what’s included in the cost and how to apply.

 US high School Summer Programme

University College Dublin offers an exciting summer Program for high school students to experience student life in Ireland and at the UCD campus. The High School Summer Program is an ideal environment for you to challenge yourself academically while enjoying the vibrant student and cultural life of the European capital city of Dublin.

The UCD High School Summer Program lasts for 15 days. It consists of an Irish studies course and a variety of field trips and social activities.

Summer Program Key Features:

  • For students entering 11th or 12th grade who are 16 or 17 years old
  • Pre-college Program for academic and cultural enrichment
  • Irish History and Culture course presented by UCD faculty
  • Faculty-led immersion days in Business, Science, Engineering and Architecture
  • Small course size - maximum enrolment is 50 students
  • Certificate presented to students on completion of the program
  • On-campus accommodation in your own room
  • A variety of field trips, interactive workshops and social activities
  • Students must be aged 16 or 17 at the time of the program
  • Students must be resident in North America

Program Dates: 

  • 11th July - 25th July 2018

Practical information

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Program Outline and Timetable

For further details about the Program elements, please see the UCD HS Program Sample Schedule (PDF)‌.


The fully inclusive cost of the Program is €2,750 (approx USD$3,000).

This fee includes:

  • Airport transfers (flight not included)
  • Tuition - Irish studies course
  • Housing on-campus
  • All meals
  • Field trips
  • Daily & weekend sporting, cultural activities and entertainment

Payment Schedule: 

Total Cost of Program = €2,750 
€500 due on acceptance to the program 
Remainder due by June 1st

Payment details and procedures will be supplied on a student's acceptance on the program. 
Payments can be made by credit card on the program's website or by bank wire transfer.


Please complete the application form linked below to apply for the Summer High School Program.  Note the following requirements for admission:

  • For students entering 11th or 12th grade who are 16 or 17 years old
  • Students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 and submit an electronic copy of their high school transcripts with their application
  • Students must reside in North America

Click here to access the application for the 2018 UCD High School Summer Program.


Application Deadlines:

Early bird application deadline: €250 discount (approx USD$285) 15th February 
Final application deadline 1st May 


For help or more information on the 2018 UCD High School Programme, please contact

Check Out Photos From Previous Years!

You can view photos from the 2015 UCD High School Program by searching the Twitter hashtag #UCDHSProgram. Enjoy!

Testimonials and Student Blog

Student Testimonials:

This program helped me connect with people from all over the country and world.  I made great connections and bonds with many students in this program.  I had such an amazing time learning and exploring Ireland with everyone.  I am definitely thinking about applying to UCD because of this experience.  –Bridget, Philadelphia

I could not have asked for a better way to spend my summer.  I made some great new friends and memories I plan to keep for a lifetime! –Katie, Chicago

Parent Testimonial:

My son James described it as A Trip of a Lifetime and enjoyed every aspect of the program.  I am so impressed with the content of the program and how much was provided to the students educationally and culturally on a daily basis. –Mark, New York City

Check out Marisa's blog. Marisa is a 2013 UCD High School Summer Program alumna. 

Frequently Asked Questions

I’m 15 but I’ll be going into my junior year – can I still participate in the Program?

Unfortunately, we can only accept student who will be turning 16 before the start date of the program.  However, you will be eligible to attend the program the summer before your senior year and we would love to welcome you then! 

Will I receive college credit?

There is no college credit awarded for the completion of the UCD High School Summer Program, though you will receive a certificate upon completion.

Do the program fees include airfare?  Does UCD arrange flights to Dublin?

The program fees do not include airfare to/from Dublin.  Students will need to arrange and pay for their own flights from the US to Dublin, to arrive in time for the start of the program.

I’m flying into Dublin on my own.  How will I get to UCD on the morning of July 11 and back to the airport on July 25?

The UCD High School Program staff will be stationed in the Dublin Airport on July 11th and will meet you in the Arrivals area just beyond baggage claim.  We’ll then escort you to a private bus, which will take us directly to UCD’s campus.  We’ll be wearing UCD shirts and carrying a UCD banner, but we’ll also make sure to circulate our photos ahead of time so you know who to look for. 

We will also accompany you back to Dublin Airport on July 25th, leaving UCD’s campus in plenty of time for you to check in and go through security and customs before your flight departs to the United States.

I’m traveling with my family before the program starts.  Can they drop me off at UCD on July 11th and/or pick me up on July 25th?

Students may be dropped off at and/or picked up from UCD directly on July 11th and/or July 25th.  All students must be signed in and out by a parent or designated guardian.  We’ll provide exact times and locations as the program start/end dates approach.

What do the residences look like?  Will I need to bring my own linens?

You will be living in one of our on-campus residences, which are within a 5-10 minute walk of just about everything you’ll be doing on campus.  You will have a private room with a bed and desk (bedclothes and a towel are provided), and you will share kitchen and bathroom facilities with the other students in your apartment. Each student will be allocated to a room on arrival.

What will my daily schedule look like?

A typical day will begin with breakfast in the Main UCD Restaurant at 8.30 followed by a lecture on Irish history or culture. Afternoon activities will include interactive workshops within some of the different departments of UCD and other sporting or cultural activities. There will also be several excursions from UCD to sites of cultural/historical significance.  We’ll send out a more detailed itinerary closer to the program start date, so keep an eye on your inbox in the coming weeks.

Do I need to bring a laptop?

You will be doing a few group projects that will require some outside research, so if you have a laptop please do bring it with you.  However, if you do not have a laptop you are not required to purchase one for this program.

What kind of phone will I need to bring with me?  Can I use my American phone, or will I need to purchase an Irish phone?

Because you will be in Ireland for a short time, there is no need for you to purchase an Irish phone.  However, we do ask that you do bring a working phone with you so that our program staff can contact you in case of emergency.  Please check with your phone provider to ensure that you will have service while in Ireland; many American providers have inexpensive supplemental plans for international travel.

I’m sure my parents will want me to check in with them – what’s the best way for them to reach me?

There is free wireless internet throughout UCD’s campus and in the residences, so if you have a laptop, iPad or smartphone you will be able to message, Skype and FaceTime to your heart’s content!  We will also provide your parents with our Program mobile phone number, in case they need to contact you or the Program staff in case of emergencies.

I have a food allergy/dietary restriction.  Will I still be able to eat the food provided?

Our campus cafeteria can accommodate most food sensitivities (dairy, gluten, nuts, etc) and also provides vegetarian options at every meal.  Please let us know ahead of time if you have an allergy or restriction so we can make provisions for you. 

What happens if I get sick or injured during the program?

While we certainly hope that this won’t happen, there are many services available if you require medical attention while participating in our program.  We ask that you bring any medications (prescription and non-prescription) that you take frequently with you from home; however, if you need to buy over-the-counter medication you can do so at the UCD Pharmacy on campus.  For non-emergency illnesses and injuries, there are two clinics very close to campus that one of our staff members will be glad to accompany you to if needed.  Saint Vincent’s University Hospital is also less than 10 minutes away if an emergency arises.  Please note that all medical expenses are your responsibility to pay for, and that you are required to have insurance that will cover you during your stay in Ireland.

I have friends/family in Ireland.  Am I allowed to visit them?

Students are required to attend ALL program activities throughout the duration of the program, and no student is to leave UCD’s campus unaccompanied at any time.  If you would like to visit a family member or family friend, you may only do so during designated personal time with express written permission by a parent.  Program deviations are limited to 2 instances and require 72 hours notice to be approved by the Program Manager.  Overnight program deviations will not be permitted. 

I saw that UCD’s campus is close to the sea.  Will we be able to go swimming?

Due to health and safety regulations pertaining to students under the age of 18, students WILL NOT permitted to swim in the ocean at any time.  There is a 50 metre, Olympic-sized pool on UCD’s campus which our Program Managers can arrange for you to visit, however.

Will the program be run in English?  I don’t know any Irish, will I need to learn?

The High School Summer Program is run entirely in English.  In Ireland, both Irish and English are the official languages and though you will not need to know Irish to take part in the program or to travel around Ireland, it is a wonderful and fascinating language.  You should take time before the program starts to explore and learn a bit of Irish to get to know Irish culture.

Can my friends or family stay with me on campus during the program?

No visitors are permitted in your UCD Residence, and no individuals that are not a part of the Program can stay overnight in your Residence.


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