Student Supports

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UCD provides a range of academic supports for students throughout their time at UCD. Whether you need additional assistance due to disability, would like to learn a new language or improve your academic English, or want to get the right start on your career pathway, we have the supports that you need.

Applied Language Centre

Improve your language skills with the Applied Language Centre
As part of your studies in UCD, you will have the opportunity to enrol in electives from outside your subject area. The UCD Applied Language Centre offers a wide variety of elective modules in 12 world languages, all of which are open to international students. In order to be registered to a language module, you must have 5 credits available.
 
They provide a range of English Language Modules for Erasmus, non-EU/ Exchange and full time international undergraduate and graduate students. Modules include English for General Purposes, Academic Purposes, Academic Writing and Presentation Skills. Each module is offered at various levels of proficiency and students are registered for the most appropriate class based on the results of a placement test at the beginning of the semester. You can find more information about their selection of English modules and apply for a placement test here.
 
They also offer language electives in 11 other languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Irish Sign Language, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Swahili) at various levels of proficiency from complete beginner to advanced. International students interested in registering for a Global Language Module are advised to have an informal discussion with one of their teachers at their Help Desk (Mon-Fri 11am-2pm), after which they will recommend the most appropriate level.

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UCD Library

UCD Library provides a wide range of services for students including study group rooms and laptop loans. There are five librararies in UCD, with the main James Joyce Library located in the centre of the Belfield campus. The James Joyce Library is also home to the UCD Maths Support Centre and the UCD Writing Support Centre, where students can get free one-to-one tuition to improve these skills.

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UCD Career Development Centre

The Career Development Centre offers a range of services and programmes designed to enable you to make career decisions and develop career action plans, and facilitate effective transitions to graduate study or work by developing effective CV’s, interview skills and techniques.

Services available to UCD students include:

  • One-to-one career guidance at the Career Development Centre
  • A Resource Room packed with information on career entry requirements, industrial/ employment sectors, graduate study, vacancy bulletins and reference books.
  • Weekly workshops on effective CV’s, going for interview, personal statements for graduate study

Overall, the Career Development Centre aims to provide you with high quality information, advice and guidance services.

 

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UCD Access & Lifelong Learning Centre

UCD aims to provide an accessible and inclusive environment for all students. The overarching purpose of Access & Lifelong Learning (ALL) is to be the ‘bridge to inclusion’ offering connections, engagement and building relationships between communities that are ‘distant’ from higher education, and the University community. We offer a variety of services to students including disability support. If you have a disability please advise UCD Global in advance of arrival.

Supports for students with a disability are coordinated by UCD Access & Lifelong Learning. Students with disabilities are advised to contact UCD Access & Lifelong Learning before accepting their offer as the supports available may differ from those available in local Universities e.g. students with disabilities are provided with 10 minutes per hour of additional time in exams. 

Supports include:

  • Alternative exam arrangements
  • Classroom accommodations
  • Assistive Technology advice and training

Students with disabilities should contact Access & Lifelong Learning soon after arrival to arrange an appointment to set up supports. 

The disability team can be contacted by emailing disability@ucd.ie and will be happy to answer any queries you might have.

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