Why Dublin?

Founded in 1854, University College Dublin (UCD) has more than 160 years of tradition. Among its alumni are revolutionaries who participated in the struggle for Irish independence, famed novelist James Joyce, and numerous Irish Presidents and Taoiseach (Prime Ministers).

Today UCD is Ireland’s largest university. Known for their top-ranking business school, their notable school of humanities, and their leadership in science and technology innovation, there is something for everyone at UCD.

The UCD campus in Belfield in located in the southern suburbs of Dublin, just fifteen minutes from the coast and thirty minutes to the beautiful Dublin/Wicklow Mountains. The campus stretches more than 300 acres and includes state-of-the-art facilities, museums, and woodland walking paths around campus lakes. Attend classes alongside Irish students and take advantage of all the city of Dublin has to offer young adults as more than half of the city is under 25.

What You'll Study

Join more than 27,000 students pursuing a wide range of academic studies at one of Ireland’s most research-intensive institutions. Take classes from the following disciplines:

  • Agriculture, Food & Nutrition
  • Architecture & Planning
  • Arts & Humanities
  • Business
  • Engineering
  • Science
  • Sports & Exercise Management
  • U.S. & International Affairs


IES Abroad’s mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences. That is why we partnered with University College Dublin.


When studying at UCD, you will choose to study at one of the following:

  • School of Business
  • College of Science *
  • College of Engineering and Architecture *

*Enrolling in a course(s) in the College of Science, College of Engineering and Architecture requires an additional fee.

Advising & Support

In a direct enrollment program, you are enrolled as a full-time student at one of our international partner institutions. Even though your local host institution is where you’ll take your classes, we’re still here to fully support you.

Peer Mentors

All IES Abroad students will be linked with a peer mentor who is a second or third year UCD student. Where possible, you will be assigned to peer mentors who have had a similar experience and have spent some time studying abroad in the United States or in another location.


Choosing and directly enrolling in courses abroad can be confusing and overwhelming. This is why we offer you pre-departure advising that’s specific to your needs. Our goal is to provide support and guidance throughout your application and enrollment process.

On-Site Staff

As an IES Abroad student directly enrolled at local Irish universities, you have access to the IES Abroad Dublin Center and staff who are specifically dedicated to your needs. Our on-site staff work with you and your local institution to answer any questions about academic requirements, housing, or well-being and safety.


Our support services for direct enrollment students are specifically designed to help you achieve your study abroad goals. We know studying abroad is an adventure, and at times, you may need help or just someone to talk to — that’s why our staff is there for you.

Daily Life

Dublin will also be your classroom. Take in an Irish play at Abbey Theatre, the country’s national theater. Learn about Dublin’s history by exploring Dublin Castle which was built in 1204. Visit Trinity College Dublin to see The 7th Century Book of Kells, a masterful example of an illuminated manuscript, that is housed in its own climate-controlled archive in the university’s old library.

We want you to feel at home in Dublin, so we will do everything we can to help you integrate into life in Dublin. Enrolling directly in an Irish institution through IES Abroad provides you with a chance to sample the local academic culture while still benefiting from the support of IES Abroad staff and housing.


The program begins with an orientation that introduces you to the IES Abroad Dublin staff, your fellow students, and the city of Dublin.

Our Comprehensive Orientation & Re-Entry Experience (CORE™) begins right when you arrive and continues through the semester with activities focusing on academic and cultural adjustment. Detailed information about housing, public transportation, culture, health and safety, and other important topics are also covered.

You also take guided tours around the Center and areas of interest in Dublin as part of your orientation.

You will also participate in UCD's orientation program for international students. This begins with an evening reception where the President welcoming new international students. The following day you will learn about safety, visas, transportation and student life.


We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best café—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local students are living. Our goal is that when you leave Dublin, it will feel like home.

As a study abroad student, you will apply for student housing after your acceptance. The majority of students choose to live on campus but there is a limited number of beds also available in town.

You will have shared accommodations at UCD, and you will have your own bedroom, giving you maximum comfort and maximum privacy. The exceptionally well appointed residential accommodation comprises of comfortable 4-bedroom and 6-bedroom accommodations – with free WiFi throughout. Each accommodation has a spacious shared kitchen and living room and a common laundry facility.

Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events

With over 70 student societies, UCD has something for everyone. Being involved in social life is a great way to make friends and develop your skills. The university experience is all about getting involved and getting active, trying something new, having fun and making some great friends and memories along the way. The best way to get involved is to join a society during Fresher’s week.


Getting involved in a sports club is an ideal way to keep fit, learn a new skill, meet people with similar interests, as well as provide a welcome break from academic life. UCD sports clubs are for the most part student-run and student-led, so you can play your sport and if you wish also lead and develop your club. With nearly 60 sports clubs to choose from, ranging from team sports, adventure sports, water sports to martial arts, there is something for everyone!

UCD Cultural Program

The international office organizes a Cultural Program with events and trips throughout the term. Typical events include a day trip to the medieval capital of Ireland, Kilkenny where students visit the local cathedral and castle. Irish music session and sporting events are all part of the fun when studying abroad with UCD.

Get to Know Your New City

1. Take a Day Trip

Just a short train ride away are the towns of Howth, Dun Laoghaire and more. Let the explorer in you roam, and hike along the coast.

2. Catch a Live Performance

From traditional folk music to cutting-edge theatre, Dublin has it all. Venture to the theatre, or enjoy live music at your local pub.

3. Taste the Local Food

Irish stew, shepherd’s pie, boxty, and more—sink your teeth into the various fresh and delicious foods of Dublin.

4. Visit the Book of Kells

See this lavishly illustrated manuscript, located in the beautiful Trinity College Library.

5. Explore the Neighborhoods

Walk along the River Liffey, and meander through the city. Be sure to stop at Fitzwilliam Square and Merrion Square for the famous colorful painted doors.

Dublin Direct Enrollment – University College Dublin Application Requirements

Eligibility Requirements:

  • 18 years of age
  • In good standing at your home school
  • 3.0 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale (GPAs under 3.0 will be considered on a case-by-case basis)

Application Requirements:

  • Online Application: Applications may be considered after the published deadline on a space available basis. Please note that late applicants may be required to submit a non-refundable confirmation deposit upon acceptance in order to secure a place in the program. Please contact us with questions about applying after the deadline.

Submit the following in your MyIESabroad account after your Online Application is processed:

  • Home School Authorization: Your on-campus study abroad advisor can either complete the Home School Authorization electronically through IES Abroad’s PartnerPortal system, or by filling out the PDF form linked above. Consult your study abroad advisor to determine how they would prefer to complete your Home School Authorization.
  • Official Transcript(s) for each college/university you have attended since high school. If you have multiple transcripts, IES Abroad will average the GPAs for all colleges/universities you have attended and use that cumulative GPA when reviewing your application.

*Please note: All application materials should be submitted in your MyIESabroad to IES Abroad Chicago. Do not send application materials to University College Dublin. Any questions regarding this program should be directed to IES Abroad Chicago.

  • Letter of recommendation from a faculty member - this letter should be applicable to multiple departments and should speak to your academic strengths
  • Passport scan
  • Students attending higher education institutions outside of the U.S. may need to submit English language proficiency exam results. Contact your IES Abroad Representative for more information.

These requirements are subject to change according to University College Dublin's admissions policies.

Passport & Visa Requirements:

  • A passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the end date of the program, with at least two blank pages is required. Visit travel.state.gov to locate U.S. passport agencies in your area.
  • U.S. citizens in possession of a valid passport do not need to obtain a visa to enter or study in Ireland. Non-U.S. citizens may be required to obtain a student visa prior to arrival. Please contact us for more information.


  • Language prerequisites: None
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Credits: 15 per semester
  • Housing: Residence Hall
  • Estimated Cost: Price TBD
  • Upcoming Program Dates: Fall 2019: Program Dates Coming Soon!
  • Upcoming Application Deadlines: Application deadline has passed
Program taught in:
  • English
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