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University College Dublin
Attend the same classes as University College Dublin students, choosing from a wide range of disciplines. The academic program at UCD is characterized by relatively small classes, independent and self-directed study focused in the major, and easily accessible professors.

Strong disciplines offered at the university include agriculture, archaeology, architecture, art history, biological science, Celtic studies, chemistry, classics, computer science, economics, engineering (including chemical, civil, electrical, and mechanical), English, geography, geology, history, linguistics, mathematics, music, philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology, and women’s studies. Learn more about UCD Science.

The Quinn School of Business is not open to UCEAP students.
Use the following resources to learn about UCD courses on UCEAP:
  • Make sure to check the Academic Guide for all Irish Universities to see if University College Dublin offers the subject areas you want to study.
  • University College Dublin online catalogs or course listings (select a departmental web page)
  • MyEAP Course Catalog lists UCD courses previously taken by UC students. Additional courses are available and not all courses may still be offered.
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad. 21 to 24 quarter/14 to 16 UC units per semester are required. A total of 42 to 48 quarter/28 to 32 semester UC units are required each year.   ​

Research and Independent Study

Research and independent study for academic credit may be possible at UCD. Arrangements are generally made at the EAP Study Center after arrival, and predeparture preparation may be required.

University College Dublin 
Established in 1854, University College Dublin (UCD) has played a key role in the history of the modern Irish state. Traditionally known as the Catholic University of Ireland, it was renamed University College Dublin under the Royal Universities Act in 1881, and by 1908 was incorporated as a constituent college of the National University of Ireland. UCD is located on a beautiful leafy 133-hectare campus close to Dublin’s city centre, which provides a mix of academic facilities, research institutes, libraries and archival collections, enterprise space, student villages, and sports and recreational facilities. As the largest university in Ireland, some 25,000 students attend.

University Facts:
  • The university was established in 1854 by the rector John Henry Newman whose classic work The Idea of a University is one of the most enduring texts on the value of higher education and a source of inspiration for UCD’s current educational philosophy.
  • It is ranked in the top 1 % of higher education institutions world-wide.
  • UCD is Ireland's most international university and this year hosts the European Association for International Education (EAIE) annual conference in Dublin.
  • UCD has the largest Faculty of Science in Ireland with some 1,500 undergraduates and 560 postgraduates.
The campus of University College Dublin is located in Belfield in the southern suburbs of Dublin, and it is within easy access of the city center. The campus buildings are modern, with well-equipped lecture theaters, laboratories, and seminar rooms. There is a central library building with more than one million printed volumes and a wide range of electronic material. The university provides ample facilities for recreation and sports, including a modern sports center.

Test Drive Your Future

Internships abroad are a great way to enhance your resume for today’s competitive job market. Stand out from your peers, gain hands-on experience, and develop your global professional network.

1. UCEAP Internships found through the UCEAP Edinburgh Study Center

Become engaged in internships through the Edinburgh Study Center. The Center has information on how to find internships and can guide you in the process.

Setting Up Your Internship: Contact the Edinburgh Study Center and submit a resume and cover letter. The Study Center can assist by writing a letter of recommendation for you, if needed by the internship provider. 

2. Student - initiated Internships

Be creative and design your own internship. Past participants have interned for community organizations and local businesses, and with various campus departments, faculties, and labs. These internships are frequently not for academic credit; however, if your internship is substantial you can request credit by following these three steps.
Setting Up Your Internship: Contact companies and organizations that align with your interest.  Career Development Offices on campus also offer excellent guidance on CV and cover letter writing. For students who wish to start the internship search prior to departure, we encourage you to look at the online career resources the University College Dublin has to offer. UCEAP staff is available for advice. 
You will live in a university hall of residence, flat (apartment), or a room in a private home.

You must make your own housing arrangements, deposits, and payments (even if you are on full financial aid). Housing information should be e-mailed to you by the host university after notification of acceptance.

The university will hold a few rooms for UCEAP students provided you submit a housing application by the deadline. The campus is in Belfield, a 15-minute taxi ride from Dublin city center. Some students prefer to live close to campus, while others prefer to live close to central Dublin. If you do not want to live on campus, you are encouraged to contact a real estate agent in Dublin before arrival to obtain assistance with searching for private housing in the community. Do not choose housing in the Rialto area of Dublin; it is a less safe area and UCEAP students report serious safety issues there.


Dublin is one of Europe’s oldest cities that can trace its origins back over 1,000 years. From a small Viking settlement it has now evolved into one of the most vibrant capitals in the world with many cultural charms, that rivals Europe’s elite for hip appeal. Situated at the mouth of the River Liffey, this city is full of architectural treats and parks that have been home to many literary figures including Oscar Wilde and James Joyce..
With a population of over one million people, the city of Dublin offers a particularly congenial atmosphere for students. Dublin has all the resources of a capital city, with a full and varied cultural and intellectual scene. The campus of University College Dublin is located in Belfield in the southern suburbs of Dublin, and it is within easy access of the city center. The campus itself provides ample facilities for recreation and sports, including a modern sports center.