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U21 Student Mobility

U21 Summer School Mexico 2012 Teotihuacan trip 

There are many opportunities open to U21 students who would like to spend time abroad at a U21 partner institution. Whether you are considering attending an international summer school, a semester or a full academic year studying at a U21 institution, you are sure to have an unforgettable and invaluable international experience.

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Joint PhD

U21 has established a unique framework for jointly awarded PhDs. UCD has signed a memorandum of understanding with several other U21 member institutions to award PhD degrees on a one-to-one basis. Under this scheme, 2 U21 institutions will create a tailor-made programme of study for each student based on the candidate’s individual research needs. 

The 14 institutions currently involved in this innovative programme are: 

  • Australia: University of Melbourne; University of New South Wales; University of Queensland 
  • Canada: University of British Columbia; McGill University 
  • India: University of Delhi 
  • Ireland: University College Dublin 
  • New Zealand: University of Auckland
  • South Korea: Korea University
  • Sweden: Lund University 
  • United Kingdom: University of Birmingham; University of Edinburgh; University of Glasgow; University of Nottingham   

Clear benefits for students of these jointly awarded PhDs are access to:

  • an academic research programme enhanced by the collaboration of different high- quality research environments and cultures;
  • training and facilities of two research-intensive universities; 
  • the added value of international networking;
  • a head start in future career planning and professional development.

Semester and year-long exchanges

UCD's membership of Universitas 21 means that UCD students have the opportunity to spend a semester or a year on exchange at a partner Universitas 21 institution. We also welcome students from partner Universitas 21 members to apply for a semester or a year on exchange at UCD. Please visit the UCD International Exchanges webpage for further information.

Universitas 21 Asia & Latin America scholarships for 2016-2017

For the 2016-17 academic year UCD students on exchange at a Universitas 21 partner university in Asia or Latin America will receive a scholarship of €500 per semester from UCD International provided they do not receive a scholarship from another source

Universitas 21 partner universities in Asia:
China - Fudan University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University & The University of Nottingham, Ningbo
Hong Kong -The University of Hong Kong
Singapore – National University of Singapore
South Korea - Korea University

Universitas 21 partner universities in Latin America:
Chile - Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Mexico - Tecnológico de Monterrey



U21 Summer Schools

2017 Summer School at the University of Johannesburg: Fabricating Design Space/s

UCD's Universitas21 partner, the University of Johannesburg, is hosting a short course entitled 'Fabricating Design Spaces' from 26 June 2017 until 14 July 2017. 

The short course brochure is available here.

Universitas 21 is offering 10 paid places for students from the U21 network. The scholarships will cover the tuition fees, accommodation, and basic food for the duration of the 3 week programme (value: US$4,000). In addition, UCD will cover the cost of return flights from Dublin to Johannesburg for one UCD participant. The UJ Summer School offers students an excellent opportunity to engage with global design leaders and students from vastly different backgrounds.

The internal application process is now closed.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants should be full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students at UCD, in Stage 2 or above and from a design background.

If there are any queries, they may be directed to


U21 Summer Schools

The U21 undergraduate summer schools bring together students from all disciplines and from all over the world to study and share ideas. Each year the summer school takes place in a different U21 institution. Each host chooses a theme to base the week of activity around and many take the opportunity to introduce a topic that is of importance to the host university, region or country, thus making it a culturally-relevant experience for foreign students and an opportunity for local students to gain international perspectives on "home" issues.

  • 2016, Shanghai Jaio Tong University: Traditional Chinese Medicine and its Culture'
  • 2015, University of Glasgow : Cities and Citizen Engagement in the Digital Age
  • 2014, UNSW Australia : Shaping the future city
  • 2013, University of Connecticut: Human Rights
  • 2012, Tecnológico de Monterrey: Shaping the Future Global Entrepreneur 
  • 2011, University College Dublin: Conflict Resolution
  • 2010, University of Nottingham, Ningbo Campus: Food Security
  • 2009, University of Queensland: Climate Change Adaptation
  • 2008, University of Birmingham: Embracing diversity through creativity, culture and innovation
  • 2007, University of Virginia: Leadership in a Global Society
  • 2006, University of Hong Kong: Asia as the Global Future
  • 2005, Lund University
  • 2004, National University of Singapore: Global Technology Entrepreneurship

To find out more about upcoming U21 summer schools, visit UCD’s U21 events page.


Undergraduate Research Conferences

The undergraduate research conference gives outstanding undergraduate students from U21 institutions the opportunity to showcase their research to an international audience of fellow students and staff. It aims to attract students from a diverse range of disciplines and typically includes a range of seminars and student presentations interspersed with social activities and tours to promote networking and stimulate discussion. 

The URC also offers academic staff the opportunity to engage with U21 colleagues, discuss topical issues and develop professional networks.

  • 2017 University of Edinburgh: 'Future Societies, Global Citizens'
  • 2016 Tecnológico de Monterrey: 'A Global Perspective on Ageing Socieities'
  • 2015 University of Auckland : Peoples and Places
  • 2014 Shanghai Jiao Tong University : Food Safety: From Farm to Table
  • 2013 University of Amsterdam: Urban Challenges
  • 2012 Waseda University: Connecting to the Future
  • 2011 Fudan University: Share your inspiration 
  • 2010 University of Melbourne: Faculty of Imagining 
  • 2009 University of Glasgow 
  • 2008 National University of Singapore: Sustainability 
  • 2007 McGill University 
  • 2006 University of Queensland
  • 2005 University of Virginia

Graduate Research Conferences

The U21 Graduate Research Conference aims to give participants the opportunity to develop a range of skills relevant to the research process. It is an excellent opportunity for graduate students to showcase their research, to network with other international delegates and to develop research partnerships which will be of great importance in their future careers.

Participants give oral and/or poster presentations and are encouraged to produce short articles on their research which will be reviewed by other participants before final editing.

The themes for the conferences are intentionally general to allow graduate students from a broad range of disciplines to take part and approach the theme from different points of view. 

  • 2015: Shanghai Jiao Tong University: Digital Future
  • 2014: University of Auckland: Ageing
  • 2013: University College Dublin: Energy
  • 2011: University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus: Food
  • 2009: Universities of Melbourne and Queensland: Sustainable Cities
  • 2008, University of Birmingham: Water

To find out more about upcoming U21 conferences, visit UCD’s U21 events page.

The UCD Universitas 21 Team

  • Eve Brosseau
    Senior Global Partnerships Officer
    Tel: +353 1 716 8580
  • Associate Professor Amanda Gibney
    Deputy U21 Senior Leader
    Tel: +353 1 716 3217