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UCD College of Social Sciences and Law is the largest centre for education, research and outreach in social sciences and related disciplines in Ireland. We are delighted to launch our new summer program, inviting students to explore comparative perspectives on social and political challenges in Europe today.

Programme Overview

UCD College of Social Sciences and Law is the largest centre for education, research and outreach in social sciences and related disciplines in Ireland. We are delighted to launch our new summer program,  inviting students to explore comparative perspectives on social and political challenges in Europe today.  

Over the course of 4-weeks, students will learn from the experts in the field from the School of Politics and International Relations, and from the School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice, with a collaborative approach to learning, with two modules being delivered sequentially for two-weeks each.

About School of Politics: UCD School of Politics and International Relations (SPIRe) is the oldest, largest and most diverse of its kind in the Republic of Ireland, which has a strong international group of students, faculty,  and graduates that  are found all over the world, in governments, universities and other organisation.

About School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice: The UCD School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice is a centre of excellence for research, teaching and professional training in social policy, social work, equality studies and gender studies,  whose faculty  provides world class, innovative educational curricula which is  grounded in cutting edge research and strong links with policy makers, marginalised communities and the social professions.

Contact Details: Please email Social Sciences Study Abroad at socialsciencesstudyabroad@ucd.ie  for more information.


Application Procedure & Deadline

We will be accepting  applications from interested students for Summer 2024 from the 1st November. See below for more information.

How to Apply:

  1. Go tohttp://www.ucd.ie/apply/and select the ‘APPLY TO UCD’ button
  2. Select ‘Start a new course application’
  3. As a first-time applicant, click onCreate a new accountand create your own Login ID (max 9 characters alpha-numeric) and a PIN (six characters, numeric). After entering the Login ID and the PIN, click on LOGIN
  4. Take a note/record of your login and password as it is needed to log back into an application when accepting an offer
  5. Create the security question and then select ‘continue'
  6. You have the option here to edit your personal details
  7. Choose the ‘Course Finder’ tab. Under ‘Special Groups’ select the ‘Study Abroad’ from the drop-down menu and hit the Search button
  8.  Apply to 'Society, Politics & Equality in Europe and Beyond' (CD43) programme
  9. Complete the ‘General Questions’ section by answering all questions asked
  10. Under ‘Application Checklist’ please upload supporting documents: A). An official copy of your academic transcript. B). A copy of your passport or birth certificate
  11. You may save your application and return to it before you finally submit it, but please remember to select the‘submit’option when you are finished
  12. Please take a record of your UCD application number which is a 8-digit numbe

For any enquiries regarding the application, or for more information about the Study Abroad Summer Programme please contact socialsciencesstudyabroad@ucd.ie

Cultural and Social Programme

An essential part of studying abroad is to allow students to have an immersive experience and learn about the local culture and traditions that the host country has to offer. There will be a complimentary and varied Cultural & Social Programme on offer to students who participate on our programme. You will be  taken on various cultural trips and you will have the opportunity to learn about Irish culture through a series of excursions.

By participating in these activities students will also have the opportunity to meet and mingle  with students on other UCD Study Abroad summer programmes, from a  range of interests.

A schedule of cultural and social activities will be shared with you, prior to your arrival at UCD. 

So what are you waiting for? Apply today!



Accommodation fees are not included in tuition fees and must be paid separately.

If you would like to apply for on-campus accommodation, then please indicate this in your application form when prompted to do so. You will then receive information about how to apply and costs for on-campus accommodation via e-mail, once the application deadline passes. To preview the various on-campus accommodation options available, please visit the UCD Residences website: https://www.ucd.ie/residences/

Students are welcome to not stay on campus but must note that finding accommodation off-campus will be solely their responsibility.


Student Supports

Each year, UCD welcomes hundreds of international students to its campus over the summer. The UCD campus is home to a thriving student community and provides a wide range of student support services. As a UCD student you are entitled to use the range of student support services on campus. Learning resources such as the library will guide you in your studies and if you have any personal difficulties we will be there to help. For any academic or personal difficulties students may encounter, a range of student supports is available.

Academic Coordinator:

Prof Chris Jepsen is the academic coordinator for the UCD Social Sciences Summer Programme. Chris has studied and taught in the U.S. before moving to Ireland in 2012. He is  a faculty member in the School of Economics and is available to provide academic support and guidance  to students on the college's summer programme.

Programme Manager:

The UCD College of Social Sciences and Law Global Engagement Programme Manager, Ronan Gough is the first point of contact for programme related queries. Ronan  will communicate with you about your application, registration and other important issues related to your programme. Students are encouraged to review our website, read the emails issued to you, and also to email the programme manager with any questions you have to: socialsciencesstudyabroad@ucd.ie

Student Advisers:

Our team of student advisers are here to ensure that your experience at UCD is as fulfilling and successful as possible. They available to assist students with personal, academic, financial and practical problems. Holly Dignam and Kieran Moloney are  the two dedicated Student Advisers for the college.

UCD College of Social Sciences and Law

UCD College of Social Sciences and Law University College Dublin Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.
T: +353 1 716 7777