Study Abroad at UCD
University students are very welcome to study abroad at UCD for a semester or a full-year. Our Study Abroad team will support you here in Ireland and help you get the most out of your experience academically, culturally and socially.
We also provide a Cultural and Social Programme to give you an opportunity to learn about Irish culture and make new friends on a series of trips across the island of Ireland.
You can check our COVID-19 FAQ page for Prospective Incoming Study Abroad Students to stay updated on arrangements.
My semester in Ireland as a chemical engineering student has been filled with new faces, new classes, and new experiences. As I look back at the semester, I remember all the times spent studying, laughing, and enjoying myself with friends. UCD does a great job of integrating academics with fun extracurricular activities for its students, like having Yoga and Pilates classes, but also having events like Mario Kart Tournaments. Not only does UCD provide fun activities, but the staff are also so helpful!
Erin O'Brien, U.S.A., Chemical Engineering
1. Go to the UCD Course finder page
2. Click Special Groups > Study Abroad > Search. This will give you the list of available applications for study abroad courses. (Alternatively you can search the desired course code directly in Course Finder).
3. Click the blue 'Apply' button for the preferred course.
4. Create an account on the application portal.
5. Continue to open the application, complete & submit the application for review.
- Autumn Semester – Deadline for applications is May 1.
- Spring Semester - Deadline for applications is October 25.
- Summer Semester - Deadline for applications is March 20.
After the application is processed, you will receive an email notification if an offer is given or not given.
You will then login to the UCD application portal and either accept or reject the offer to study abroad at UCD.
Once you accept the offer, you will be issued a UCD student number, and begin Phase One of registration.
Once you have been offered a place on a Study Abroad Programme, you will be directed by your Study Abroad Programme Manager regarding the module (course) registration process.
Students enrolled in Business, Arts & Humanities and Social Science Study Abroad Programmes will register to their UCD modules online on a specific date.
Students enrolled on STEM Programmes will be manually registered to their modules. Programme Managers will correspond directly with students regarding their module preferences.
Module registration for the Autumn Trimester will commence in August for the Spring Trimester in August.
Students apply to the UCD Study Abroad Programme in the UCD College or School that they will be taking the majority of their modules in.
Students can take up to four core modules and up to two elective modules from other academic programmes across the University subject to capacity and timetabling.
It is the student's responsibility to ensure that all module choices have the approval of their home institution for credit transfer.
Your home institution decides on credits to be awarded for modules completed at UCD. We will be pleased to provide full information on our modules to enable institutions to make decisions regarding the transfer of credits.
Please find the UCD Academic Calendar here.
Students will have access to their class schedule/timetable once the module registration process has been completed.
Students, however, can get an idea of their schedules by checking the times and dates of their classes on the module descriptor on UCD's Course Catalog.
At the end of the semester, UCD sends an official transcript to the home institution. Transcripts will be issued directly to the Sending Agency or Home University. For Direct Enrolment students your transcript will be issued to your permanent home address.
Fall Semester: Transcripts will be issued by early March.
Full Academic Year and Spring Semester: Transcripts will be issued in late July.
Summer Semester: Transcripts will be issued by early September.
Students have the option to either live on campus in UCD Residences or Off Campus in private apartments/houses in and close to the city centre. UCD International facilitates and assists you with accommodation options for your stay here, however, the tenancy agreement is between the landlord, and you, the tenant. Please see here for further details about accommodation.
Why Study at UCD?
With a huge urban campus, state-of-the-art facilities, and the largest student body of any university in Ireland, UCD welcomes hundreds of new international students every year.
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Contact us today for more information or to apply for a place.