International Students

Life at Our School

Our strong international focus has developed over the past twenty-five years, with significant numbers of North American and South East Asian students enrolling within our medicine programmes. Our diverse student body comprises 49 nationalities, with international students accounting for one third of our total student cohort.

That diversity is one of the defining features of student life at UCD. Our students work, train and socialise in a genuinely multi-cultural environment; an experience that we believe to be a vital cornerstone in the development of truly world-class doctors and healthcare practitioners.

Life at UCD

Ireland's Most International University

Established in 1854, University College Dublin is the largest and most international of Ireland’s universities. UCD has a student population of over 24,000. There are almost 5,000 International students, about 20% of the total student body. There are 122 nationalities within the student body currently in UCD.

The role of UCD within Irish higher education is underscored by the fact that UCD alone accounts for over 30% of international students across all seven Irish universities.

Why Choose UCD?

  • Top 2% World University
  • Ireland’s largest and most international uni-versity
  • Emphasis on Research and Innovation
  • Flexible undergraduate curricula, structured graduate programmes
  • Safe, modern campus offers extensive ac-commodation options with 24 hour security
  • Located in Dublin city, Ireland’s capital
  • Easy access to the Wicklow Mountains, ‘The Garden of Ireland’
  • Large, modern language centre on campus
  • 1 hr flight from London
  • Only Irish university with a dedicated International Student Centre

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Ireland and Dublin

World-Class Education System

Ireland is an island to the west of Great Britain and Europe. The island is divided into two parts – the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, part of the UK. The population is approximately 4.5 million people. Ireland is a member of the EU and is a Eurozone member country.

Ireland has one of the best education systems in the world according to the independent IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook. This has allowed Ireland's small open economy to achieve deep integration within the world economy. Almost one thousand overseas companies use Ireland as their European base including Google, Intel, Yahoo, Adobe, Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, Apple and

Ireland is well known for its stunning scenery and varying landscapes – from rugged coastlines, to inland lakes and rivers, to impressive mountains and rolling pasture farmland. In 2008 and 2010, it was voted by Lonely Planet as the friendliest country in the world.

Dublin - Ireland's Capital City & Home of UCD

Dublin, capital of Ireland, traces its origins to 988 AD. With its wide streets and gracious architecture, Dublin is a historical and contemporary cultural centre for the island of Ireland as well as a modern centre of education, the arts, administrative function, economy and industry.

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