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Why UCD?

UCD has one of the largest urban campuses in Europe, and contains not only the buildings in which students live and study, but also gorgeous parkland teeming with wildlife, art and fabulous facilities.

Ranked in the top 1% of higher education institutes worldwide, students love our flexible curriculum, and our research-intensive academic staff comprises leading national and international opinion leaders and influencers.


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UCD Belfield Campus

The Campus

The UCD Campus has to be experienced to be believed. Our facilities include vaults of historical record, the biggest animal hospital in Ireland (and animal A&E for Dublin), world-class teaching and research facilities, excellent accommodation, a huge sports centre with Olympic-size swimming pool, and interactive laboratories, some of which are unique to UCD. 

The People

At UCD, our faculty and staff are focussed on ensuring that all students have the best experience and receive the best education possible in an exciting, dynamic and supportive environment. One quarter of our student population is from outside Ireland and the EU, and over one third of our academic staff is from outside Ireland. 

We're Number one!

UCD has an excellent reputation, justified by its position as number one in Ireland across so many areas:

  • Almost 8,000 international students, from over 138 countries, study at UCD
  • International students can benefit from UCD exchange programmes with over 400 leading university partners around the world
  • First university in Europe to open a Global Lounge - a hub for international students to socialise and meet students from Ireland and around the world
  • The UCD International Student Society is one of the largest societies on campus
  • The UCD International student support system includes a network of dedicated advisers and student peer mentors
  • Ranked among the top 1% of higher education institutions worldwide
  • The best internationally accredited curriculum in Ireland
  • The widest range and choice of degrees for students
  • The best teaching and learning structure for quality education
  • The most flexible, fully modularised curriculum in Ireland

Many of the 239,000 global alumni network, living in 165 countries, hold positions in leading organisations around the world. The UCD alumni network is influential, successful, active and truly international.

International academics make up over 30% of UCD’s faculty, and over 50% of UCD research-funded staff is non-Irish.

UCD has the highest publications volume of all Irish universities, and is the number one university globally on citations per paper in the area of Food Science.

  • UCD is a member of several international research and education networks such as Universitas 21 (U21), the World Universities Network (WUN), and UNICA
  • UCD has global centres in Beijing, Delhi, Kuala Lumpur, Dubai and New York (as well as staff based out of Chicago, Los Angeles and Singapore)
  • UCD has a presence around the world through overseas programmes: UCD provides and accredits degree programmes in cooperation with partner institutions in China, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Sri Lanka
  • UCD established the first Confucius Institute in Ireland in 2006. It has been declared three times “Confucius Institute of the Year” three times, and 2018 saw the first custom-designed Confucius Institute building in the world open at UCD.

UCD is an outstanding university for sports, with a community of athletes competing at the elite levels of their sports.

  • Olympics: 8 UCD students and graduates qualified for the 2016 Olympic Games, resulting in a silver medal and Ireland’s first ever Irish Olympic rowing medal.
  • Soccer: 2018 Collingwood (national) Cup and Colleges League Champions.  UCD U19's played against Molde FK in the UEFA Youth League through the domestic champions path after they won the SSE Airtricity (national) U19 League title last season. UCD is the first and only university to play in the Europa League (2015/2016). UCD was the only university in Western Europe to compete in the premier division of their country’s men’s national league (2014/2015) and women’s national league (current).
  • Rugby: UCD hosted the pool stages of the Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2017 and hosted the International Women’s Sevens in both 2015 and 2016. Ireland won the 6 Nations and Grand Slam title with UCD students James Ryan, Garry Ringrose and Andrew Porter and graduates Dan Leavy and Rob Kearney all on the winning team.
  • Swimming: UCD won the 2017 and 2018 Intervarsity Swimming Championships. Darragh Greene set a new National record and was selected on the Irish team for the  2018 European Championships in Glasgow.
  • Hockey: UCD Women’s Hockey team won the treble of national senior titles in 2017 and retained the treble in 2018, and qualified for the EuroHockey Clubs Cup in London in May 2018.
  • World University Games: Seven UCD students competed in the 2017 World University Games in Taipei.

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