News and Events

Wicklow Day Tour

On April 9th, the 21/22 Pre-Master Group along with our 4 Pre-Master Ambassadors visited County Wicklow. During the day the group visited a farm, watching the sheepdogs hard at work and meeting a baby lamb, before visiting the village of Hollywood. From here, we went to the Wicklow Gap before walking around the scenic glacial valley of Glendalough. A fantastic day out!

International Pre-Masters Past Meets Present 2022


In March we held our second annual Pre-Master Past Meets Present Event. The last event took place in 2019 and was a huge success! We were delighted to finally be able to host the event for our current Pre-Master students. We invited Pre-Master alumni to come and share some words of wisdom with the current class. This year was extra special as students from last year were able to meet each other and their teachers in person for the first time.

International Pre-Masters Pathway Programme Alumni Event 2019

Wednesday 5th February saw the International Pathway Programmes Team host a special Past-Meets-Present Student Reception for past and current students of the Pre-Masters Pathway Programme. The event was a great opportunity for the current students to gain valuable insight into the programme from the former students who have entered into their postgraduate degrees in disciplines across all six colleges of UCD. Academic Director, Associate Professor Nicolae Buchete offered his advice for the trimester, again highlighting the importance and opportunity the programme affords the students ahead of their entry into UCD. The teaching staff were also pleased to have the opportunity to catch-up with their former students. Thank you to all who attended the event and the International Pathway Programmes Team look forward to next year’s event!

International Pre-Masters Pathways Graduation

In a ceremony held on Thursday 28th November in the UCD's Applied Language Centre, 10 students (3 in absentia) were the first to be awarded International Pre-Masters Pathways University Diplomas and Certificates. Students were congratulated on their achievement by Professor Paul Fanning, Provost of the Beijing Dublin International College and UCD International Dean for China, Associate Professor Nicolae Buchete, Academic Director of the International Pre-Masters Programmes and Dr Stergiani Kostopoulou, Senior Teaching Fellow in the Applied Language Centre.

As Master of Ceremonies, Dr Kostopoulou led the event by congratulating the students whom she had also taught personally, for their hard work, determination and success. She spoke of the calibre of the students’ performance throughout the programme and also of their motivation which was evident in their course work and exams. Associate Professor Nicolae Buchete spoke of the importance of classroom participation and engagement in students getting the most from their Master’s studies.

Once Professor Paul Fanning had conferred the students with their awards, the graduates had an opportunity to speak with Dr Kostopoulou and the programme’s administrative staff and expressed how valuable their studies in the Pre-Masters Pathway Programme were to them and how well prepared they were for post-graduate study as a result.

On behalf of everyone at UCD’s Applied Language Centre, we offer our congratulations and best wishes for future success to all.