University College Dublin
Ireland's Global University 

Undergraduate Programmes

Thank you for your interest in University College Dublin! Each year more North American students are joining us on campus to live and learn along with peers from Ireland and 130 other countries. With robust student services and even a North American office, we hope to provide you with all the information and support you may need in your exploration as a student, parent or counselor considering UCD.

You can apply to UCD via the Common App or by clicking here!

Flexibility to choose the best path to your UCD bachelor’s degree.

Most undergraduate degrees in Ireland are four years in length, while some have an option to be completed in three years with early specialization via Direct Entry. Whichever option best fits you, your UCD degree will be internationally recognized wherever you choose to utilize it!

Direct Entry (3 or 4 years): come in with your “declared” degree and dive into more streamlined material right away, cutting back on “general education requirements.”

  • Best fit for students who know exactly what they would like to study and want to get started.
  • Three year bachelor’s degrees are available in areas like Arts, Business, Social Science, and Sport & Performance.
  • Science, Law, and Agriculture, Food & Nutrition are always four year bachelor’s degrees.
  • Engineering is offered as either a 4 year Bachelor of Engineering course or a 5 year, integrated 3+2 bachelor and master programme.

Liberal Arts & Science Entry (4 years): more similar to the American approach, come in with an intended degree, undecided or with multiple academic interests. This approach allows you to sample across Architecture, Agriculture, Arts, Business, Engineering, and Social Science in the first few years before affirming your best fit degree and still graduating in four years!

  • Liberal Arts & Sciences Brochure 2019
  • Due to a highly regimented curriculum, some programmes (including Law) are not able to participate in the Liberal Arts & Sciences degree path.
  • Please note that the programme applied to on your UCD application will be Liberal Arts & Sciences for this option regardless of where your chief academic interest(s) may be.


Our courses

UCD offers over 70+ undergraduate honours degree courses in 489 different subject combinations! Click on the links below in your area of interest to find out more.

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Practical Information

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The Full Student Experience, Beyond the Classroom

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

  • 25% of the student body are international students coming from 130 different countries
  • Over 40 staff members comprise UCD International
  • 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
    • International Student Handbook
    • 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 featuring a 12 screen video wall with satellite channels to ensure you don’t miss your programmes, news or sporting event back home
  • Active international student society organizing trips, parties and cultural outings
  • No visas are required for North American students to study and work up to 20 hours per week in Ireland.  See more information on Working in Ireland.

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!

Financing Your Education

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 income tax status

  • Parents must be working full-time in the EU for 3 of the 5 years before you apply to UCD, to be eligible for EU Fees
  • If you have questions about your status, please check the Fees Office website for clarification, as the international office is not involved in this assessment, nor able to make comment on individual cases.
  • 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 International 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
  • “Catered” or independent meal choice 
  • For the 2018/19 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 €5,896 to €10,480 (approximately USD$6,000-$12,000) depending on the residence you choose to live in. Further information regarding the types of residences may be found on the UCD Residences website.


Scholarships are available for North American students. Please refer to the Scholarships tab below for more information. 

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 many merit based scholarships for US students studying full degrees.  For a full listing of international scholarship and funding opportunities is available on our International 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 15 for full scholarship eligibility.

For further information please contact:

North America Global Center

Tel: +1 646 690 9024
Skype: UCDublin_NAmerica
Twitter: @UCD_NAmerica


[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.]

Application Process

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 (approximately USD$60) application fee online once complete.

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 (see section above for more information on Liberal Arts & Sciences).  It is possible for you to receive offers of admission to multiple programs!

The following materials will be considered as part of your application:

  • Personal/Academic statement
    • Open topic, capped at 300 words
  • 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
  • Two letters of recommendation 
    • College Counselor recommendation
    • Teacher recommendation
  • Standardized test scores (IB students see below):
    • College Board SAT & AP
      • SAT subject tests while not required may be considered as part of application
      • 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

Transcripts and Recommendations 

Physical transcripts and letters of recommendation 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 2019 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 2-4 week return decision.

  • Applications open: October 1, 2018
  • Application priority deadline: December 15, 2018
  • Absolute deadline: July 1, 2019

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.
  • 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

Undergraduate Entry Requirements

Entry requirements vary by programme, however the minimum entry requirement university wide is GPA 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, alongside a 1500 SAT (old SAT, three parts) / 1090 SAT (new SAT) / 22 ACT or an International Baccalaureate Score of 26. Liberal Arts and Sciences Entry is among the programmes at this threshold for entry. Please note that many Direct Entry programmes would require higher scores than the university minimum stated. Our more competitive programs would have a median 1850 Old SAT/1380 New SAT/ 27 ACT.


Non-EU Undergraduate Entry Requirements



Non-EU undergraduate applicants may present the following recognised exams as consideration for entry.

Undergraduate programmes in UCD are categorised into four programme bands of competitiveness. Please see your desired programme band below to determine your required exam result for entry.


Veterinary Medicine

Health & Performance Science
Sport & Exercise Management


Actuarial & Financial Studies

Quantitative Business:
Business Analytics
Economics & Finance


Engineering & Architecture

Human Nutrition

Veterinary Nursing
Biomedical, Health & Life Sciences

Business, Law & Commerce

Computer Science

Agricultural Science
Animal Science – Equine
Dairy Business
Food Science

English w Film
International Languages

Social Science

BA Degree
Drama Studies
City Planning  & Enviro. Policy

Horticulture & Agri-environmental Sciences

Competitive Applicant Profile
GPA 3.75 + SAT combined score 2100 Old/1470 New or ACT composite score 32 + AP combined score 15 (max 4 AP scores at 3 or better will be considered), or equivalent combination.

Requirements may vary according to school standing and grade scale used.

SATII Subject Test scores ≥ 600 may also be considered

Applicants are expected to have completed 4 years of English, at least 3 years of Math, (4 years recommended) at least 2 years of History/Social Science and at least 2 years of a laboratory science subject (4 years recommended).


Competitive Applicant Profile

GPA 3.7 + SAT combined score 1950 Old/1380 New or ACT composite score 29 + two or three AP exam(s) at Grade 3 or better, or equivalent combination

SATII Subject Test scores ≥ 600 may also be considered

Competitive Applicant Profile

GPA 3.5 + SAT combined score 1650 Old/1190 New or ACT composite score 24 + one or two AP exam(s) at Grade 3 or better, or equivalent combination

SATII Subject Test scores ≥ 600 may also be considered

Applicants are expected to have completed at least 3 years of math, (4 years recommended) and at least 2 years of a laboratory science subject (4 years recommended).

GPA 3.0 + SAT combined score 1500 Old/1090 New or ACT composite score 22

*NB The equivalences above are indicative only.

In addition, please note that the equivalences shown are the minimum required to be eligible for consideration on a competitive basis. Entry requirements are reviewed on an annual basis.

If you are presenting with qualifications other than those indicated above please email


If you are presenting with International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) or A Level (+GCSE O Level) Cambridge International please click HERE    

Programme Subject Requirements


Programme Subject Requirements


 Some programmes in UCD have specific subject requirements. In addition to the minimum entry requirements listed above, students must use this table to determine the specific programme subject requirements across the various recognised exams  

Programme Subject Requirements


(AP Scores in Calculus AB or BC Considered)


Structural Engineering w/ Architecture

AP 3 or equivalent

(SAT II Subject Test maths scores > 600 may be considered)

SAT Math > 600 or

ACT Math & Science > 26


AP 3 or equivalent

(SAT II Subject Test maths scores > 600 may be considered)

SAT Math > 600 or

ACT Math & Science > 26


SAT Math > 600 or

ACT Math > 26

SAT Math > 600 or

ACT Math & Science > 26

Computer Science

SAT Math > 600 or

ACT Math > 26

Business & Law

SAT Math > 600 or

ACT Math > 26

Commerce & Commerce International

SAT Math > 600 or

ACT Math > 26

Economics & Finance AP 3 or equivalent N/A
Social Science C Average in Three Years of Maths Courses N/A

*NB The equivalences above are indicative only.

In addition, please note that the equivalences shown are the minimum required to be eligible for consideration on a competitive basis. Entry requirements are reviewed on an annual basis.

If you are presenting with qualifications other than those indicated above please email  


Transfer Students

The policy of transferring to UCD (or any Irish university) is different from that in many parts of North America. You would apply into your programme of choice as a first year student, then once admitted seek RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) for any exempted classes which you have already taken in previous programs in other institutions. This is a highly individualized process based on the academics in the School you would be applying to.

In short however, if you do decide you would like to transfer to UCD, the sooner, the better. Unfortunately it is not a pipeline system, like some colleges would have with institutions in the States. Due to earlier specialization in the Irish system, it is unlikely that transfer students are able to come in at the same stage they are in their North American institution. Usually additional classes are required at UCD to bring them to speed.

With that in mind we advise that if you are truly interested in UCD and completing your degree here, that you think about applying and potentially transferring as soon as possible to get the most credits possible. Please note for undergraduate students, Fall is the only entry option.

Accepted Student Information

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.

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North America Global Center Representatives


Eastern Region


Maggie Cardosi
Northeast Region
+1-646-960-9025 (Eastern Time)


Shannon Farrelly
Mid-Atlantic Region
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Central Region


Jim Pierson
+1-847-373-6731 (Central Time)


Western Region

Sarah Blank
+1-650-255-8532 (Pacific Time)


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