Your Guide to Exchange at UCD
Read on for full information on how to go on an Exchange to UCD, Ireland's Global University.
Please also check our COVID-19 FAQs for Prospective Incoming Exchange Students.
- In order to come to UCD on Exchange, you must be nominated by your home university.
- Contact your home university’s International Office to check if there is an active Exchange agreement with UCD. For reference, please see our list of Exchange Partners here.
- Please consult the UCD Exchange Factsheet for Incoming Students for further information regarding the nomination process.
- Unfortunately, UCD cannot accept free mover Exchange students outside of our agreements.
I have been nominated to go on Exchange to UCD
If you have been nominated to go on Exchange to UCD, congratulations! Here are the next steps:
- Please follow the application instructions we sent you very carefully
- Select the correct programme
e.g. “CD12 - Erasmus Social Sciences Full Year”
e.g. “CV04 - Non-EU Exchange Engineering & Architecture Autumn”
Applications will be reviewed within four weeks of submitting your application. If successful, you will receive an offer, followed by further information explaining how to accept it. Please note that Exchange students are not required to pay tuition fees, or application fees to UCD.
- Please see our UCD Module Guide for Incoming Exchange Students 21/22.
- Find all modules in our Course Search.
- Consider which modules you would like to take in consultation with your home university.
- Have a back-up option for each module that is on your ideal list in case a module is not available.
- Please note that module restrictions may apply in the areas of
Health & Agricultural Sciences, Education, Psychology, Business, Law, English Literature, History, and Master’s level classes.
For further information please reach out to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Law students will find relevant information and courses here.
- Business students will find relevant information here.
Please be aware that rooms in our on campus residences are allocated through a randomised system and we cannot guarantee that every applicant will receive an offer.
You will receive information on how to apply for on-campus accommodation in June (for Full Year & Trimester 1 students) or November (for Trimester 2 & continuing students).
- Find the key dates of the academic calendar here.
- Orientation will take place one week before the start of classes.
- UCD Global will organise an Airport Welcome at Dublin Airport.
The earliest move-in date for on campus accommodation will be Friday before Orientation for Full Year & Trimester 1 students. For Trimester 2 and continuing students, the earliest move in date will be the first day of Orientation.
- Have a look at the Welcome to UCD handbook.
- Reach out to the UCD Access Office and register with them in case you need any additional support during your studies in Dublin.
- Consult the Health Service's FAQ about medication and Health Services in Ireland.
- Order your Student Leap Card for public transport.
- Prioritise events from the schedules for Exchange students which we send to you via email. These events are specifically designed for Exchange students. If there are academic advisories planned for your programme, please attend them.
- Attend the general UCD Global Orientation events in addition.
My semester at UCD has been one of the most enjoyable and valuable experiences of my life. From the moment I arrived I felt welcomed and the numerous Orientation week activities helped me familiarise myself with the campus and meet many people in the same position as myself. The various clubs and societies were a particular highlight for me, as I joined the UCD surf club and took two trips to the stunning west coast, making new friends from all over the world.
Max, Australia, Engineering
Why UCD is the Best University in Ireland for International Students
UCD is the most international university in Ireland and welcomes hundreds of new international students every year. Our 288,000 alumni can be found in almost 170 countries. You can find out why so many choose to study abroad in Ireland and at UCD right here.
At UCD, we take your future seriously. The university has been rated number one in Ireland for graduate employabilty by QS World University Employability Rankings for three consecutive years (2018-2020).
These are just some of the reasons that UCD is the best university in Ireland for international students. To find out more, you can chat directly to our current students and ask them all about life at UCD and in Ireland!