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UCD School of Archaeology is Ireland’s leading centre for archaeological research and teaching, offering undergraduate and graduate education programs focusing on Irish, British, European, Mediterranean and World archaeology. The School’s academic staff are international leaders in their fields, directing exciting, multidisciplinary research projects across prehistory, medieval and historical archaeology, landscape archaeology, material studies, experimental archaeology, and archaeological sciences such as geoarchaeology, environmental archaeology and molecular and isotopic analysis. UCD School of Archaeology’s undergraduate archaeology program is Ireland’s largest and most diverse, and it draws on the School’s expertise across these many topics and periods, as well as its location in Ireland’s capital city, Dublin, a hub for the nation’s cultural institutions, museums and cultural heritage bodies. We are recognised internationally as being a friendly, welcoming School and are very popular with our students. We are located in a youthful, vibrant and exciting European city, and are within easy reach of many of Ireland’s leading tourist attractions.

Further information for international students can be found at www.ucd.ie/global

Undergraduate Study Abroad Opportunities

As part of the Study Abroad with UCD Social Sciences programme

You can choose from our extensive range of undergraduate modules. Our modules Discovering Ireland and Discovering Dublin are designed specifically with visiting students in mind and include fieldtrips to some of Ireland’s most fascinating archaeological and historic sites. You can take advantage of your time in Ireland to learn more about Irish archaeology in our module Introduction to the Archaeology of Ireland. Students coming from outside of Europe will enjoy learning about prehistoric and medieval Europe – from megalithic monuments to the Black Death and beyond – in our modules People in Prehistory and Historical Archaeology. We also offer modules on key archaeological topics such as landscapes, material culture and archaeological science.

Study Abroad programme in Irish and European Archaeology

Students majoring in Archaeology or Anthropology at their home institution may be particularly interested in our bespoke Study Abroad programme in Irish and European Archaeology, which provides an exciting opportunity to participate either in our archaeological fieldschool at the Early Medieval monastic complex of Glendalough in the beautiful Wicklow mountains or in an intensive week-long module in Experimental Archaeology at our on-campus Centre for Experimental Archaeology and Material Culture.

This programme consists of an introduction to Irish and European archaeology allowing Study Abroad students with an Anthropology/Archaeology major to study with us for one or two trimesters, working with an academic mentor to select a programme of modules individually suited to their requirements. The programme is taken over one or two trimesters. If you join us for the Autumn trimester there are two special opportunities available in the three weeks before the teaching trimester begins:

  • Our training excavations at the world-famous Irish monastic complex at Glendalough (two weeks); and/or
  • An intensive experimental archaeology programme at our on-campus Centre for Experimental Archaeology and Material Culture (one week)

More details about the programme >>

Contact UCD School of Archaeology

Newman Building, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.
T: +353 1 716 8312 | E: archaeology@ucd.ie