University College Dublin

  • Location: Dublin, Ireland
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Minimum GPA: 3.00
  • Class Eligibility: Juniors and seniors.


Dublin is the capital city and major cultural center of Ireland. It is the origin of many prominent artists and writers such as James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett, Bram Stoker, and Roddy Doyle. Because it is the capital, one can Nind many important museums and galleries to visit there, including the National Print Museum of Ireland, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, the National Gallery of Ireland, the Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery, the Chester Beatty Library, and three centers of the National Museum of Ireland. Dublin also has a bustling nightlife: Temple Bar is an important hot- spot, drawing people from Britain and beyond for a weekend visit. Dublin has long had a sizeable number of immigrants, and recently, old and once run-down streets have rapidly become busy ‘ethnic districts’, such as Moore Street’s transformation into ‘Little Africa’ and Parnell Street East’s into the city’s de-facto ‘Chinatown’ and ‘Asian Village’.

  • Visa:

    Required after arrival in Ireland. Students must register with the Garda Siochana (Police) in the area in which they reside within three months of arrival in Ireland.

  • Fees: Students pay Haverford tuition to Haverford College. Haverford will then be responsible for submitting tuition payments to the program. Students pay UCD room and board fees directly to UCD.

  • Requirements

    Some departments may have a higher than minimum GPA requirement.

    Direct Enrollment

    There are no American representatives on site. Students work with university personnel at the International Office.

    Academic Credit

    As the BA course in UCD takes three years, Junior Year Abroad students follow courses at Second or Third Year level. At this level, students normally receive a minimum of 30 ECTS per semester and 60 credits for a full academic year’s work, usually equally divided between two major subjects. Students must take upper division courses at the 2nd or 3rd level in order to receive credit toward their major or minor. Major, minor, and concentration transfer credit will only be granted for courses in which students received a grade of a C or above.


    Study Abroad students will have the flexibility to enroll in courses across the University’s Five Colleges – Arts and Celtic Studies, Human Sciences, Business and Law, Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences and Life Sciences. The UCD Center for Study Abroad will advise students and process course enrollment. Opportunities to study Irish language. Students can join sports clubs and social groups.

    UCD offers program for Pre-Med, Pre-Law, and Business studies.

    Course Highlights

    Arabic, Archeology, Architecture, Biomedical Engineering, Biosystems Engineering, Celtic Civilization, Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering, Civil Engineering, Economics, Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Energy Systems Engineering, Engineering, English, French, Geography, German, Greek, Health Studies, Hebrew, History, History of Art, Information Studies, Early Irish, Irish (An Nua-Ghaeilge), Irish Folklore, Italian, Latin, Linguistics, Mathematics, Mathematical Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Music, Philosophy, Politics, Public Health, Social Policy, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, Statistics, and Welsh. Course offered in the Faculty of Science include Biochemistry, Botany, Chemistry, Computer Science, Experimental Physics, Genetics, Geology, Industrial Microbiology, Mathematics, Mathematical Physics, Pharmacology, Statistics, and Zoology.

    Note: Changes occur frequently. Students are responsible for finding the classes they need and consulting the official site of the institution.

    Review the Full Academic Requirements for Studying Abroad

  • Non-Academic Overview

    Orientation: Students receive a day of orientation to the university, study and student life. The newly established UCD Center for Study Abroad will provide pre-arrival support and information, comprehensive housing assistance, transition management and access to academic advising, in addition to a full program of cultural and social activities.

    Number of Students: Approximately 12,000 undergraduates attend UCD

    Housing/Meal Plans

    Study Abroad students are housed at Merville, Belgrove, Roebuck and Blackrock. Single dorm rooms are standard. A deposit of € 350 is paid at the time of application. This deposit is refundable at the end of the semester or forfeited if the student does not accept their accommodation offer. Haverford students may not opt for housing not arranged by the program.  

    Opportunities / Cultural Events

    Sports: Aikido, archery, athletics, badminton, basketball, boxing, canoe, caving, cricket, cycling, equestrian, fencing, gaelic football, golf, handball, Nield hockey, ice hockey, hurling, horse riding, judo, karate, kite, kung fu, lacrosse, mountaineering, netball, orienteering, riNle, rowing, rugby, sailing, skiing, soccer, softball, squash, surf, swimming, table tennis, tai chi, tennis, tae kwon-do, ultimate frisbee, volleyball, water polo, wind-surNing, wrestling.


Students can access an unofficial copy of their transcript free of charge through their SIS student web account via UCD Connect.

Campus Ambassadors
Jacque Fagan ‘15

Dylan Woloszczuk ‘15

Apply to Study Abroad!

  • Semester I: Early September to mid-December
  • Semester II: Early January to early May
  • Year: Early September to early May
Application Deadlines
  • Semester I: March 5
  • Semester II: October 1
  • Year: March 5
Faculty Contact

Phil Meneely