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Science & Engineering Summer School, Univ. College Dublin

Study Abroad Program Overview

Attend Ireland’s largest and most international university for the chance to study physics or organic chemistry at the University College Dublin.
Watch this video to learn more about UCD.   

Intensive Program

This intensive, fast-paced physics program offers two four-week modules in the summer for the equivalent credit of a full year. The program requires a substantial time commitment: attending classes, participating in labs, as well as time spent outside of class studying and doing research or homework. Due to the intensive nature of the course it is not possible to make changes to timetables or reschedule assessments. If you find you are struggling during the program, talk to a faculty or associate tutor immediately. Because of the intensive nature of the course, it is important that you continue to keep up with any new material regardless.

If you want to learn physics during the summer earning one full year of credit, and are prepared to invest your time and effort, this is the program for you.


Dublin is the republic’s political capital, the home of past and present writers of international stature, and the center of the island’s phenomenal economic growth. Dublin also affords easy access to the countryside, seashore, and mountains.

Orientation in Dublin

UCD provides a high level of support.  UCD staff will welcome you to campus with an informative and fun MANDATORY orientation, including a guided campus tour and:
  • Information packet on UCD, Dublin, and Ireland
  • Advice on health, safety, and emergency procedures
  • Walking tour of Dublin city center, plus map and visitor's guide
  • Comprehensive academic orientation session
  • Meeting with program assistants and RAs
  • Welcome event and dinner

Participation at all orientation meetings and events is mandatory.

Scholarships are available for this program! See the Cost page for details.​​​​

Students attend classes with UC students only.

Language of Instruction


Language Study



Go to the Participants section to see current or past calendars.
Summer :  
Late June to mid-August









Your accommodations will be assigned and details will be provided to you upon arrival at UCD. Your housing cost is included in your UCEAP fees. You will stay in on-campus housing, in suites of four bedrooms with two shared bathrooms. The suites are cleaned weekly and bed linen is changed at the same time. Dorm buildings have laundry rooms and internet connectivity. Two RAs live in the housing and will assist with any questions or emergencies. There is also 24/7 security staff at the reception desk.
UCEAP fees cover breakfast, lunch, and dinner Monday-Friday at the cafeteria inside the brand-new Science Center complex. You are responsible for your own meals on weekends.

More Information on Housing

Extracurricular Activities

You have access to an exciting social and cultural program that enhances your experience of living in “Irish culture.” This program is included at no extra cost.
Typical activities may include:
  • Two full day trips to County Meath and County Wicklow, including lunch
  • Weekly cinema night at the campus cinema
  • Irish baseball/softball and/or hurling match
  • Photo competitions
  • Irish dancing and traditional Irish music
  • Fourth of July celebration
  • Farewell event and dinner

Also included in the program fees is access to the library and to the main gym with cutting-edge facilities, including an Olympic sized swimming pool, climbing wall, dance and spinning studios, and more.  There is free WiFi throughout the campus and residences.

Beyond the free cultural program, you may wish to explore some of the Emerald Isle's highlights, such as the Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle and the Blarney Stone, Galway, and Connemara.

To get an idea of what life is like at University College Dublin, please check out these videos!

On-site Support

UCEAP programs in Ireland are overseen by the UCEAP Study Center in Edinburgh. UCEAP students are supported by UC's network of EAP offices at every UC campus and partnerships with UCEAP host universities throughout the world. UC and local staff abroad help students integrate into Irish culture and provide assistance with academics, safety, and other issues.
​See the UCEAP Program Guide for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure and courses; academic culture and conduct; internships, research, & independent study; units, exams, and grades; orientation; housing.

Course Opportunities

The physics and organic chemistry tracks at UCD are divided into two, four-week sessions. You enroll in one course during each session, and each course is worth 6 quarter/4 semester UC units. All students must take both modules offered in their tracks.
For both tracks, the program provides electronic textbooks, printed notes, and laboratory manuals. Both individual and group work is included as well as timetabled office hours with teaching staff.

To determine readiness for this intensive physics program, we strongly recommend applicants take these Math Readiness tests.

Comparison of UCEAP summer physics courses
Use the following resources to learn about courses on UCEAP:


You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad: 12 quarter/8 semester UC units. Physics students must take all courses for a letter grade.

Internships, Research, and Independent Study

Internships and research are not possible on this program.

University College Dublin

University College Dublin (UCD) was established in 1854 and is ranked in the top 1% of higher education institutions world-wide. Located on a beautiful leafy campus in Belfield, close to Dublin’s city center, UCD has 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 during the academic year, but no Irish students will be on campus during the summer.
Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.

Estimated EAP Costs *

OptionWeeksUnits (Qtr)Units (Sem)UCEAP Fees 1Additional Costs 2
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.

1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.

2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.

All fees are subject to change without notice.

These expenses are estimated for 2017-18. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2017-18 payment information, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
  • All pre-departure expenses related to visas
  • Round-trip airfare
  • UC fees
  • On-site Orientation
  • Automatic transfer of classes and grades to your UC transcript
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.​


Multiple scholarships can be combined to cover UCEAP costs. Visit our scholarships overview page to apply for additional UCEAP scholarships. 

Please note that the summer 2017 chemistry sequence scholarship is no longer offered due to low enrollments. See other programs eligible for scholarships



Class Level:

Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Language Prerequisites:



2.50 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.
GPA Note: Organic Chemistry Applicants: 2.85 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.

Other Eligibility Requirements:

Organic Chemistry Applicants: UCEAP requires that applicants have completed a basic course of General Chemistry with a passing grade. Students must be familiar with basic concepts and terminology. For UCSD students only: You must have taken CHEM 6B & CHEM7L to apply for this course.

Physics Applicants: UCEAP requires that applicants have taken two sequential courses of Single-Variable Calculus with a minimum grade according to their UC campus of enrollment. The titles for equivalent courses at UC campuses are: • UC Berkeley (C-): Math 1AB, Math 10AB, or Math 16AB • UC Davis (C): Math 16B, 17B, or 21B • UC Irvine (C): Math 2AB or Math5AB • UC Los Angeles (C-): Math 3AB, Math 31AB, or Life Sciences 30AB • UC Merced (C-): Math 012 or Math 022 • UC Santa Barbara (C): Math 2AB or Math 3AB or Math 34AB • UC San Diego (C): Math 10AB • All other UC campuses (C or varies): Titles for equivalent courses vary.

All applicants must also have:

  • Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
  • Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
  • A willingness to abide by program regulations.
  • Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements and be in good academic and disciplinary standing.

Application Information and Deadlines

Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.

Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.

For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.

These are minimum requirements. After selection by your UC Campus EAP Office, final admission is determined by the host institution.

Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: