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Information for US Applicants

The following information will help you prepare to apply to UCD - everything from starting an application to financial aid to registration and beyond will be covered on this page. If you have any questions once you've looked through everything, feel free to contact the representative for your region!


View our 2024 North American Brochure for additional information!

Welcome to University College Dublin, Ireland’s global university, and most popular destination for international students. UCD is home to over 30,000 students, where approximately 9,500 hail from outside of Ireland. Ranked in the top 1% of higher education institutes worldwide, and located in one of the safest and most welcoming cities in the world, UCD’s main campus offers state-of-the-art learning and living facilities, near to the bustling city centre and Ireland’s major business hubs.

UCD has a lively campus community and is well serviced by a public transport network that connects the campus to Dublin city centre and Dublin International Airport.

As an International Student

  • Over 25% of the student body are international students coming from 140 different countries
  • Robust student support including:
    • In country employees to work with you in person or by phone and video call
    • Pre-departure outreach so you know what to expect
    • Airport welcome on arrival
    • International student orientation prior to academic orientation with other first year students
    • Events on throughout the year just for you - including a legendary Thanksgiving celebration and Super Bowl Party!
  • International student centre (the UCD Global Lounge)
  • Active international student society organizing trips, parties and cultural outings
  • No visas are required for North American students to study
  • Work up to 20 hours per week in Ireland during term and up to 40 hours per week during summer or winter break

As a UCD Student

  • UCD has modern, on-campus housing. Please see the UCD Residences website for more information.
  • 140 student societies and clubs to join:
  • Exceptionally interactive Student Union (Student Government)
  • One of the best sports and student centres in the country, featuring a 50M swimming pool, rock climbing wall, black-box theatre, and movie cinema. Please see the UCD Student Centre website for further information
  • Student Health Centre with confidential service for all students

As a Dubliner

  • Soak in being in the modern centre of education, the arts, administrative function, economy and industry of Ireland
  • Be part of one of the youngest cities in Europe with 50% of the population under the age of 25
  • Utilize the robust public transportation to see the beautiful Irish countryside
  • Consider an internship at one of the major companies who call Ireland home, including Google, Intel, Facebook, and Pfizer- just to name a few
  • Push off and spend breaks and weekends traveling Europe – even on a student budget thanks to student discounts and budget airlines at Dublin Airport!

Filling Out Your UCD Application

Applications can be submitted via the Common App or directly to UCD - there is no preference for one application method. Applications made to UCD are online and you can upload your documents directly to our system as well as pay the €50 application fee online once complete. UCD is unable to accept application fee waivers in all cases.

It is important to note that in the UCD application system students are able to apply to multiple academic programs of their choice. Please note that each different course (major) must be applied to separately and that you can apply to up to four courses. Liberal Arts and Sciences may be one of your choices here, which provides an opportunity to explore before finding your best degree fit.  It is possible for you to receive offers of admission to multiple programs!

The following materials will be considered as part of your application (see our Entry Requirements page for detailed testing and grade requirements):

  • Up-to-date official high school transcript
    • Copies of transcripts will suffice for assessment purposes
    • Original transcripts must be provided to Admissions and verified prior to registration
  • Standardized test scores - either ACT or SAT is accepted (no preference). UCD Superscores multiple test results:
    • College Board SAT & AP
      • AP scores of 2 or better will be considered positively in your application review
      • UCD College Board DI Code: 6675
    • ACT scores
      • ACT College Code: 5512
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diplomas are welcomed
    • Minimum score of 26 is required across the degrees with many programs being more competitive
    • Students should request a Predicted IB Score from their counselor/teacher for application purposes
    • IB Certificates are not accepted at this time
    • See our IB Entry Requirements Page for more information

Issues Sitting Exams Due to COVID-19

Standardized tests are not required for all programmes, but will be considered if submitted. UCD encourages all applicants to apply for their programmes of choice regardless of your access to standardized testing upon applying.

Refer to our testing policy FAQs for more information.

Mature Applicants 

If you are at least 23 years of age on 1 January of the year you apply to enter, you may be assessed as a mature student. Mature students may be required to provide additional items such as a personal statement, résumé/CV, letters of recommendation, or be asked to interview with programme boards, depending on the course. If you think you may qualify as a mature student, please submit your application to UCD with all available academic credentials, transcripts, and exam scores, and then reach out to with any questions.

Physical Transcripts  

Physical transcripts are not recommended, but if required can be sent to our International Admissions Department at the following address:

University College Dublin
12 E. 49th Street, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10017

Admissions Time Frame for Fall 2023 Entry

The Admissions team will assess your credentials and contact you promptly with a decision once all materials are received. Applications are processed on a rolling basis with an average 4-6 week return decision.

  • Applications open: October 1 (Common App opens mid-September)
  • Application priority deadline: December 1
  • Absolute deadline: July 1

Please note that students awaiting results of high school examinations may apply and could be made a 'conditional offer', requiring that you maintain academic performance similar to that which was presented in your application.

A Note on Professional Programmes

UCD School of Medicine & Medical Science and UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Population Science (Physiotherapy BSc) only consider applications submitted via authorised educational agents. For more information please contact our North American agent, The Atlantic Bridge Program.

If you are applying to the Veterinary Medicine program, please contact the Veterinary Medicine program office directly at for advice on application procedures and entry requirements.

A Note on Language Requirements

  • American students must achieve a C grade in high school English in Grade 11 or 12 to be eligible for entry
  • American students are not required to meet the Other Language or the Irish Language requirement. Exceptions include the following academic programmes, which require evidence of advanced French language proficiency:
    • BCL/Maîtrise
    • Law with French Law
    • Commerce International: French language combination, if selected

All applications to UCD (except to the clinical programs of medicine, veterinary medicine, and physiotherapy) are under a Rolling Admissions plan. Decisions are returned within approximately 4-6 weeks from receipt of a complete application.

Please note the following dates and contact us with questions.


Applications OpenPriority Deadline1Material Submission Deadline2Global Excellence Scholarship Application Due3Final Application Deadline4
October 1st December 1st December 20th February 1st July 1st


1: Applications must be submitted by the Priority Deadline to be eligible for our Global Excellence Scholarship and for consideration for all courses

2: Transcripts and any available test scores must be received by this date in order to ensure applicants will receive a decision in time to apply for the Global Excellence Scholarship.

For admissions purposes UCD will accept: academic materials submitted by the counselor/school; self-reported test scores reported via the Common App or UCD application; unofficial copies of transcripts and test scores uploaded to the UCD application. Final official transcripts and test scores sent directly from the testing agency must be received before registration in August.

3: Applicants must have an offer or conditional offer to study at UCD to be eligible to apply for the Global Excellence Scholarship

4: Applications are accepted until July 1st, though some specific courses may reach capacity and will no longer accept new applicants following the Priority Deadline

Tuition fees

Tuition fees are based on the course of studies chosen. Tuition and fees are published yearly and can be found on the UCD Fees and Grants website.

*Note that all fees are charged in Euros - check current exchange rates to get accurate conversions to other currencies

Eligibility for Irish or EU Fees

EU fees are based on EU citizenship and EU residency and tax status. UCD Global does not adjudicate EU fee status. Please note:

  • If students believe they are eligible for EU Fees, they must submit the EU Fee Assessment with the Fees Office as early in the admissions process as possible.
  • Students who are ultimately assessed by the UCD Fees Office and confirmed as EU/Irish will be classified as such for fees as well as application process and timeline.
  • To be most fair to all students in the EU or Irish intake, the admissions process and timeline for students classified as EU or Irish for fees purposes is divergent from the process outlined on the UCD Global webpage for students classified as Non-EU.

On-campus Housing Fees

North American students may expect:

  • Modern single occupancy, fully furnished bedrooms in apartment style residences
  • Self-catered accommodation 
  • For the 2022/23 academic year there is on-campus housing set aside for first year students (living on-campus is not required)

The fees for rooms on campus range from €6,745 to €11,591 (approximately USD$7,600-$13,000) depending on the residence students choose to live in. Further information regarding the types of residences, including virtual tours, may be found on the UCD Residences website.


UCD offers many merit based scholarships for US students studying full degrees.  For a full listing of international scholarship and funding opportunities is available on our Global Scholarships and Funding pages.

Please note: Applications for the Global Excellence Undergraduate Scholarship are due by February 1 of the year of entry. To apply for this scholarship, students must already have an offer to study at UCD; therefore, applicants are required to submit their completed application to the university no later than December 1 for full scholarship eligibility.

For further information please contact:

North America Global Center

Tel: +1 646 690 9024

[NOTE: All scholarship and funding schemes are subject to availability of funds, and details given here are subject to change at any time. Potential applicants are urged to check information regularly to ensure they are aware of current procedures, deadlines etc.]

Financial Aid FAFSA Code: G10188

American citizens and permanent residents attending UCD are eligible to receive Federal Student Aid from the US Department of Education. UCD participates in the Direct Loan and PLUS loan programs, and most students are able to finance their entire education costs (including tuition, fees, room and board, transportation and books) through a combination of these programs. Private educational loans are also available. For further information on financial aid, please see the UCD International US Loans webpage.

UCD offers exceptional, high quality on-campus accommodation to international students. On-campus living means single rooms in apartment style suites, with a variety of living options all right on campus!

UCD seeks to guarantee on-campus accommodation for all first-year undergraduate international students, and accommodation is also available for graduate students on a limited basis. Our Residences website with information on accommodation types and availabilities can be found at

Accommodation booking happens online in early summer. After accepting their offer, students should check the email used when applying to UCD often, as we will be sending important information to that email.

Virtual tours of all residences can be seen online here.

*Please email all questions about accommodation booking to

Many postgraduate students and some undergraduate students choose to live off-campus during their time at UCD. We suggest starting your search by visiting (more details here). UCD also advertises these websites as good for off-campus housing search:
More found here.

Areas close to campus to search:

DUBLIN 4: Ballsbridge, Donnybrook, Sandymount
DUBLIN 6: Ranelagh, Rathgar, Rathmines
DUBLIN 14: Clonskeagh, Dundrum, Goatstown
DUBLIN COUNTY: Blackrock, Booterstown, Mount Merrion, Stillorgan, Dun Laoghaire

Map of transport links to UCD

Undergraduate Entry Requirements are listed in detail here

Applicants may have been issued a Conditional Offer to study at University College Dublin. This means that they have been accepted and offered a place to study at UCD conditional on meeting certain specified requirements. Conditions will vary depending on the individual circumstances of each applicant and can be found in the applicants Offer Letter. Some common conditions and what they mean are:

Conditional on completion of high school - all current high school students with offers to UCD are conditional on graduating high school (this is the case for almost any university!). After graduation, offer holders should have their school send official copies of their transcript with their graduation date to and the conditional offer will be updated to a full offer.

Conditional on submission of final transcripts or test scores - all applicants that intend to enroll at UCD are required to have official transcripts sent from their school and official standardized test scores sent from the testing agencies directly to UCD - we cannot accept documents uploaded or emailed by the applicant. These documents should be received by early August, prior to registration.

Conditional on receipt of a specific GPA - an applicant may be required to maintain or reach a specific final GPA before receiving a full offer to UCD. Applicants should have their final official transcripts submitted to UCD by their school - if the required GPA has been reached they will receive a full offer. Note that UCD considers cumulative unweighted GPA and will recalculate weighted GPAs if necessary.

Conditional on receipt of a specific test score - this can refer to any test score (ie on receipt of a minimum score of 2 on an upcoming AP exam) or a specific score on a specific exam (ie on receipt of a minimum score of 3 on AP Calculus). Refer to the Offer Letter for specific scores required.

There can be many different kinds of conditions depending on the applicant's educational background and the course they are applying to. Each course at UCD has different entry requirements, so an applicant may have different conditions to different courses. 

If applicants have any questions about the conditions of their offer please Contact Us

Congratulations, you have accepted your offer to Ireland’s largest and most global university! Please use the information available on the Accepted Students page here.

Upon graduation, students must submit an official copy of their final high school transcripts. The transcripts can be sent:

Via email to directly from a guidance counselor or university

Via mail to:

University College Dublin
12 E. 49th St.
11th Floor
New York, NY 10017

If students have a condition of receiving specific AP exam scores, please make sure to send a copy of your test scores to UCD when they become available. Our College Board AP exam code is 6675.

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