Accepted Student Information
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Congratulations on Accepting Your Offer to UCD!
The following information will help you prepare to attend UCD - everything from housing 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 - just click on "UCD NAGC Staff" to your left to find your rep!
Information for students starting in Fall 2019 is still being updated, but the information from 2018 is still helpful!
There are a lot of steps you'll need to take to prepare for your first day of classes at UCD! The information below will provide direct links to all of the information you need. In addition, please download the Accepted Student Timeline which can serve as a checklist for your next steps over the coming months:
You can also review this information in expanded PDF form in the Offer Pack:
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Types of Offers:
An Unconditional Offer or Full Offer:
-means that you have met all the entry requirements for the course.
A Conditional Offer:
-means that you will be accepted if you meet certain additional requirements, typically graduating from your current school with an equivalent academic record as when you applied or achieving certain marks on AP/IB exams or other standardized tests in progress.
Undergraduate Students - Accept by May 1st
Graduate Students - Accept by June 1st
To Accept Your Offer:
Please log in to your application account (at www.ucd.ie/international/apply). Upon logging in, you will see that your application to: MAJOR appears with the status of ‘Offer/Conditional Offer’. Click on ‘Accept or Reject’ and it will bring you to the page where you can either accept, and pay the deposit if appropriate, or decline the offer.
Your acceptance will not be complete until you successfully record your acceptance and, where appropriate, pay the deposit.
A deposit of €500 is payable to secure a place on most courses. Deposits are non-refundable. The deposit amount will be deducted from your fee obligation in the fall.
If you are considering deferring your offer, please contact a member of the NAGC. Deferrals will not be available in all cases and require a €500 deposit (which will be applied to the fees for the subsequent year).
As an American student, you are eligible to use US Federal Loans to help cover the cost of study at UCD. The first step is to fill out a FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov and send it to us at code G10188.
*Note: Foreign schools are not Pell-eligible at this time, so the only federal aid that is applicable are Direct Loans and PLUS Loans.
Please check your email after you accept your offer, as we will be sending regular updates. For more information please visit our Financial Aid Website.
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 accommdation types and availabilities can be found at http://www.ucd.ie/residences/
Accommodation booking happens online in early summer. After accepting your offer, check the email you 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Many postgraduate students and some undergraduate students choose to live off-campus during their time at UCD. We suggest starting your search by visiting http://www.ucdaccommodationpad.ie/Home (more details here). UCD also advertises these websites as good for off-campus housing search:
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
Book your flights as soon as you can to avail of the best prices. Many international airlines fly to Dublin every day, so there are many options.
If you book a round-trip ticket to return home at the end of the fall semester, ensure that you will be on campus for the entirety of the Final Exam period. See Key Dates here: http://www.ucd.ie/students/keydates.htm
Aer Lingus offers a student special for international students studying in Dublin - book your return trip directly through Aer Lingus and get a free date change for your return trip. See Aer Lingus for full details: https://www.aerlingus.com/plan-and-book/latest-offers/flights-from-usa/student-travel-offer/
Upon graduation, you must send us an official copy of your final high school and/or university transcripts. The transcripts can be sent:
Via email to email@example.com directly from a guidance counselor or university
Via mail to:
University College Dublin
12 E. 49th St.
New York, NY 10017
If you 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.
Non-EU students must obtain private health insurance. You can purchase insurance in your home country or use your current insurance plan, however you will need to ensure that it is valid in Ireland and in any other countries you plan to travel to. There are different levels of private health insurance available; students are advised to read their policy documents carefully and travel with a full printed copy of their insurance documents (not just the insurance card). The GNIB require that if you have health insurance from your own country it must cover you up to €25,000 for in-hospital treatment.
Basic medical insurance which satisfies the visa requirement for private health insurance can be obtained before students arrive in Ireland from two providers.
Throughout the summer, UCD will use the email address you applied with. If your email address changes at any time before starting at UCD, please log in to your application, click "Add/Edit Personal Details" and input your current email address.
Your UCDConnect email account will become available in August and will be used to send communications throughout your time as a student. In August, please visit www.ucd.ie and click on “UCD Connect.” To log in:
Your username is your UCD student number.
Your password is your date of birth (ddmmyy) - you can change your password once you have logged in.
You will need to register online before you can begin your undergraduate studies at UCD. Registration allows you to obtain your student ucard and gain access to the wide range of facilities available to our students. Registration for the majority of programmes takes place in August and is done online. You will receive notification via email when Registration opens. Typically for courses starting in September, registration will open in August. Please see www.ucd.ie/students/registration.html for further details on Registration such as times, guides (including video guides) to registration and other support information. This website will be updated near registration open time in August.
Fee payment is easy and can be done online. Fees are usually not due until September. Up-to-date fee payment deadlines can be found here.
If you are taking out Federal Loans from the US Department of Education, you can elect to have your fees and UCD Residences costs (if applicable) deducted from your loans before disbursement to your bank account. Refer to your Federal Loan Instruction Document for more information.
Once you arrive on campus, US student must open an Irish bank account. This is where you will receive the remainder of your US student loans (if applicable) and we recommend Allied Irish Banks (AIB), as they have a branch on campus and in the Blackrock Town Centre. Other banking options include Bank of Ireland, Ulster Bank, Permanent TSB, KBC, and Rabo Direct.
As a North American student, you do not require a visa to study in Ireland. There is nothing you must do prior to arriving in Dublin. After you arrive in Dublin, you will be required to register with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB). The GBIN requires the following for registration:
- Valid passport (showing entry visa if applicable)
- Valid UCD Student UCARD
- Evidence of financial support; e.g., current Irish bank statement showing your name and balance of at least €3000*, or a letter from your sponsoring body confirming financial status.
- If you are using federal loans to fund your education at UCD, you can use your loan award letter to satisfy this requirement.
- A Certificate of Attendance, available for download through your SISWeb account.
- Evidence of private medical insurance, which must have a minimum coverage of €25,000 for in-hospital treatment in an Irish hospital.
- A €300 registration fee
You can register for a GNIB appointment up to 10 weeks in advance. It is recommended that you register for an appointment in the summer before you arrive in Ireland. Online registration and more information available at: http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/first-time-registration
This GNIB card must be renewed each year that you study in Dublin.
As part of your GNIB agreement, you are eligible to work up to 20 hours a week while in Dublin. For information about working on or off-campus please see:
Orientation is the time to ask all questions, to meet other students, have fun and dive into Irish culture! Orientation introduces you to the University and key staff members, and provides you with crucial information and advice that will assist you in adjusting to the living and learning environment of the University. You will receive academic advice about your course and support in how to enroll in the correct units of study. The UCD Orientation program runs over one week prior to the start of term.
Please note that Orientation Week begins officially on 4th September, so it is wise to arrive in good time. Classes begin on Monday 10th September. Please also check www.ucd.ie/international/study-at-ucd-global/coming-to-ireland/orientation for updates on September 2018 Orientation, with the full schedule available in July.