Study Abroad Programme


UCD Architecture & Planning Study Abroad Programme

UCD Architecture & Planning Study Abroad Programme

Study Abroad students may gain studio experiences in design, plan-making or sustainable development. The studios lie at the heart of the School’s teaching.

15-ECTS Design Studio module for students from Architecture Programmes; 10-ECTS Local Planning studio for students from accredited planning schools and one of several Landscape Architecture studios which occur at every level of the curriculum. The students would have a wide and varied choice of lecture-based modules across the School.  Students may also have the opportunity to take part in field trips to European cities.

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  • CC08 Study Abroad Architecture & Planning Autumn - €8,400
  • CV20 Study Abroad Architecture & Planning Spring - €8,400
  • CV21 Study Abroad Architecture & Planning Full-year - €15,800

At UCD we call classes/courses ‘modules’. Details of modules are available to browse on UCD’s online course catalogue at Study abroad students have access to the full range of undergraduate modules available at UCD* (* subject to capacity and timetabling). You can register for up to four modules in your subject area and up to two modules from other programme areas. You may also take all of your modules within your chosen subject area.* Assessment is based on a combination of in-semester components such as projects, class based assignments and formal examinations which take place at the end of each semester in December and May.

The UCD Architecture and Planning Study Abroad Programme has a dedicated administrator, who works with the central Study Abroad Office to help make student admission, registration and participation a smooth, efficient and enjoyable process.

All incoming Study Abroad students will be linked with a peer mentor who is a second or third year UCD student. Where possible, we try to assign peer mentors who have had a similar experience studying abroad and will be able to understand the needs and aspirations of Study Abroad students.

The UCD School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy has a dedicated academic staff member who mentors the Study Abroad students.

One of the essential elements of the study abroad experience is for international students to experience the richness of Irish society and culture.  Our complimentary cultural/social programme will offer you the opportunity to learn about Irish culture through a series of excursions and field trips in Dublin and across the island of Ireland. 

Study abroad students will receive a schedule of planned cultural/social activities prior to arriving at UCD. Some excursions include day trips to Waterford City, Galway City and Kilkenny City and much more.

  • We offer a €1,000 tuition fee scholarship to students who study abroad for the full academic year.
  • We offer a minimum €4,000 tuition fee scholarship to returning study abroad/Non-Eu exchange students towards their graduate studies.

To find out more information click here.

Students can be housed on-campus in shared apartments with their own single room though on-campus rooms are not guaranteed.  UCD Residences won a Go Overseas Community Choice Award achieving top scores in the Housing category for the standard and quality of its on-campus housing in 2020.

The housing process is managed centrally by UCD Global so you will be notified in advance of application dates and deadlines.

Alternatively and by request, UCD Global facilitates students in suitable off-campus housing in private rented houses/apartments in Dublin but on a convenient bus route to UCD. 

You are invited to research the on-campus accommodation options on and direct any query via email to

UCD will send an official academic transcript of your final exam grades to your home institution at the end of the trimester. Your home institution will decide on credits to be awarded for modules pursued at UCD.

To be eligible for any UCD Study Abroad Programme, you should hold a GPA of 3.00. You must submit your transcript and a copy of your passport as part of the application process.

Applications are made on-line at and the application instructions can be found here: Application Instructions

Full year or first semester (fall)                  May 1st

Second semester (spring)                            October 25th

Joanne Reilly
Programme Manager, Engineering & Architecture College Office
Room 320, Engineering and Materials Science Centre
University College Dublin
Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland
Phone:  +353 1 716 1867