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Irish Universities - Fall, Spring & Year

This guide was created to help you navigate the different aspects of travelling abroad as a UCEAP student. All important aspects of attending university in your host country are addressed here, including academic information, extension of UCEAP participation, cultural awareness, orientation, transportation, finances and much more.

Remember to also visit the Participants section of the UCEAP website for important information and deadlines.
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Academic Information

Host University Information

There is limited overall capacity in the Republic of Ireland, especially for drama and art studio majors. UCEAP cannot guarantee acceptance by an Irish host university.
Visit the UCEAP Ireland web page to learn more about your host university.
Most Irish universities offer a three-year undergraduate program leading to a bachelor’s degree. In their first year, students are already at the equivalent of the sophomore year in a U.S. university. Rarely do students change majors or undertake a double major in widely disparate fields (e.g., English literature and psychology). Instead, students study a single subject for the entire bachelor’s degree program. Work commonly done at the first-year college level in the U.S., such as lower-division mathematics, is completed in secondary schools and is rarely available at universities. However, many universities now offer beginners foreign language instruction and some also offer broad curriculum courses in other subject areas.
Most UC students are placed at the second-year level for work in their major department, although first-, third-, and fourth-year coursework may be taken, if appropriate. In Ireland, as in the rest of Europe, professional study, such as law or medicine, is done at the undergraduate rather than the post-graduate level. Consequently, if you are in a subject such as physiology or some branch of biology, you may be taking some of your courses in a medical school. If you are in a major such as law and society, you should limit your schedule to one law course per term. Aim to take classes in jurisprudence or international law rather than in areas of specifically Irish legal practice, such as criminal, civil, or family law. Classes in sociology, criminology, politics, and history are appropriate for UC pre-law majors.
Program Overview
Among the many unique opportunities offered by study abroad in Ireland is the chance to experience Irish academic culture. Many UCEAP participants find it to be far more independent than the UC culture, often with suggested (rather than mandatory) readings, a higher expectation of independent study, and final grades highly dependent on just one or two essays or exams. Although this can be daunting at first, UC students who manage this responsibility find it gives them the freedom to tailor their experience and their studies to more closely match their personal academic interests. Be sure to read Exams & Grades in this chapter carefully, as the exam system is very different from UC and requires preparation through the term.
In Ireland, students usually follow a more specialized academic curriculum than is the case at UC. During your program abroad, plan to take most courses in your major at an upper-division level; completion of all lower-division requirements in your major is recommended prior to departure. Many host universities limit the amount of coursework that can be taken outside the major.
Generally, fewer courses are offered than at UC; depth rather than variety is stressed. There are also fewer hours of formal instruction and a greater expectation of independent work. The assigned academic advisor will help you plan an appropriate course of study and will be available to discuss progress and offer advice during your program.
You are encouraged to take advantage of course offerings not normally available at your UC campus. If preparation is adequate, you may enroll in honors courses with second- or third-year host university students.
Most UCEAP students find academic programs in Ireland interesting and challenging. Classes at Irish universities tend to be small by UC standards, particularly in the humanities and social sciences. The smaller size creates a stimulating learning environment, often with more personal instruction and student-teacher interaction than at UC. If you are in the sciences and engineering, you will most likely find a greater emphasis on practical (laboratory) work than at UC. Essays are an integral part of undergraduate life, often even for science and engineering students. There is significantly more writing expected of students in Ireland. Any academic work submitted late will be marked down and may even receive a mark of zero.
You will choose one field of concentration during your program with the expectation that you will do most, if not all, of your coursework in that field. You will concentrate more in a single subject than is done at UC. Depending on the host university, you may be permitted to do some coursework outside that field. However, most host universities limit the amount of such coursework. Plan to deepen your understanding of the field in which you have completed introductory work.
Academic Culture
To the UC student caught up in the intensity of 10-week quarters (or 15-week semesters) and accustomed to the anonymity of large lectures, the Irish university systems may sound like academic paradise. But be prepared; in fact there is much that you will find unfamiliar in the Irish system. You will spend much time during the early weeks at the university simply learning this different university culture.
The pace and the amount of direction you will receive will be different. Rather than receiving a syllabus detailing what to read for each class meeting, expect to simply receive a long reading list. This list will constitute the material of the course and you will likely need to find your own way through the reading. Tutors and lecturers may give some guidance about what will be covered in a certain class meeting, but they may also assume that you are familiar with the works on the list. This lack of specific direction can be frustrating, especially at the beginning. Expect to ask questions about reading, background knowledge, and the like.
Faculty members, most often called lecturers (“professor” is a rare title held only by the head of a department or a chairman), can frequently be found in their offices, but they are not generally required to hold specific office hours. Like their UC counterparts, some are readily available and some are elusive.
You will have to adapt to the relative infrequency of class meetings. Classes typically meet once a week. At some host universities, there will be one lecture and a tutorial/seminar meeting each week. Although you will spend far less time in class, this does not mean less work. You will be expected to read more independently. An exception to this schedule applies to the science classes, which often involve frequent class meetings and long lab sessions, called practicals. Since most classes meet infrequently, each class meeting is extremely important; come to class prepared and expect to participate when appropriate. For the most part, UC students are used to speaking up in class and frequently find that this gives them an advantage over the local students who are sometimes more reticent about participation.
You may need to buy some texts; however, fewer texts are required than at UC and you can use more library resources. Unfortunately, academic libraries in Ireland are generally not as user-friendly as the UC libraries. The collections are typically smaller and the hours are more restricted. Students frequently photocopy the chapters and sections of books they need. (The costs of photocopying are about twice what they are in California.)


You are expected to be more independent than you might normally be at UC. There is rarely any immediate accountability for the material presented in lectures; students often demonstrate their mastery of material in exams at the end of the year. There are no regular tests, and few assignments other than papers provide feedback. As a result, you may not know where you stand academically in some courses until completion of final exams at the end of the academic year. You will need to work with less direction, fewer in-term assessments, and less sense of how your performance will finally be judged. The advantage of such a system is that you can set the agenda of your own education and tailor it to your particular interests.

Writing Ability

There is more emphasis on writing in Ireland than at UC. You may need to submit two or three essays per term, even in the sciences or mathematics. Excellent writing ability is the norm, and marking down for poor writing, spelling, and grammar is common. Seminars and tutorial sessions often require papers and oral reports.
Most Irish students have been trained rigorously in writing. The majority of their entrance exams are written in essay format. Significant emphasis is placed on literacy, not only if you are in the humanities and social sciences, but also if you are in the sciences. It is important to express intelligent ideas clearly and coherently using well-supported arguments. Spelling and grammar errors are unacceptable. This is as important in exams as it is in essays written during the term. Change your laptop setting to “English (Ireland)” and use the Spelling and Grammar function.
You will need to be familiar with a different style of essay writing. Instructors typically expect more outside (secondary) sources to be evident in essays than at UC. A good essay will attempt to insert itself into the critical discourse on the topic, not appear simply as the writer’s personal thoughts. Research your topic thoroughly (or more thoroughly than the hectic pace of UC quarters generally allows) and use that research in your essay. Pay close attention to the correct citation of sources. Plagiarism, even if accidental, will incur severe penalties.

Study Habits

Students in Ireland may appear rather puzzling in their study habits. They may seem to study very little, especially early in the term. This is particularly true of first-year students, who most often are not required to do more than pass their exams. However, some of this appearance may be deceptive. While American students may be accustomed to talking about how much and how hard they have to work, Irish students are not, and in fact like to appear altogether nonchalant about their studies, as if there is always time for a free evening. UC students have come to suspect them of being closet scholars, working in secret on weekends late at night. Whatever the case, you will probably find that your own secret weapon is the study habits formed in the crucible of a pressured quarter or semester system.

Exams & Grades

Irish Examination System

Exams are a serious business in Irish universities—far more so than almost any final exam at UC—and local students prepare for them in earnest since their entire final standing may be riding on the result. Often, 70 percent or more of the final grade is based on exams, and there are still many courses that just have one final exam. Each university has an office with authority over every aspect of the exam system (variously called the Board of Examiners, Grade Board, Review Board, or similar). They are not flexible about changing exam dates.
Exams are “blind double-marked,” meaning that two outside readers judge your anonymously-submitted final exam or paper. This system operates in order to ensure transparency, fairness, and quality assurance. If there is a large discrepancy between the grades given by the two instructors, or you are on the cusp between two grades, your work will be sent to an impartial external examiner. Due to this system, if your performance falls short in an exam, the course grade will not be adjusted, even if you demonstrated substantial effort in the course. If you feel there was a true error in your grade, or you have other concerns, consult the “Grades” section of the UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad academic chapter.
Note that some Irish universities offer their students a chance to “re-sit” or re-take exams, or to submit a paper at a later time. However, regardless of any option given to you by your host university, UCEAP students are never allowed to re-take an exam or submit any assignment after the program ends and/or after you return to California. See the Academic Information chapter of the UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad for full details of this critical regulation.

Preparing for Irish Exams

Keep up with your reading and class attendance throughout the year so that final exam time will not be unnecessarily stressful. Take notes throughout the year so that you can effectively “revise” or study, especially during the spring revision period.
The Edinburgh Study Center staff have years of experience helping UC students adapt to the Irish system, including exams. Review their website, which has much more detail and advice about many aspects of Irish host universities. For example, they note that the goal in “revising” for Irish exams is to draft answers to several likely questions, including references to major authorities or critics with succinct quotes, so that the exam hours are filled with writing what has already been thought through. While some creative thinking is always required in the exam, it is difficult to complete the required essays without a careful process of preparation. This is very different from simply rereading materials (and different from the type of “cramming” that you may do at UC).
Check previous exams for your course, often available at the library or on the website. They will give you many clues about the kind of questions asked and the kind of study required to answer them. Some instructors provide a list of dummy “prompts” or questions for essay exams for students to prepare before the exam. Familiarize yourself with the structure of the exam before the event by asking questions of your instructor or tutor.
If you typically are a disciplined student and are able to keep up with your work, the Irish academic model can actually be more rewarding and liberating, and may even seem easier. However, if you often procrastinate, you’ll need to find ways of staying on track. Do not hesitate to ask your faculty or the Study Center staff if you feel you don’t understand the academic expectations. The earlier you ask for help, the more likely you will be to succeed.
Course Information
You will most likely be assigned an academic advisor who will help you plan an appropriate course of study based on your qualifications and host university offerings. If your host university does not assign such an advisor, you may rely on the staff of the International Office or department course organizers.
Again, if you have difficulty and don’t know who to consult, start with the Study Center staff, who will refer you to the right person at your host university, and can clarify UCEAP academic requirements. You should also take your home UC departmental advisor’s contact information, as you may need to email them questions about new courses or about your home degree requirements. 

UCEAP Minimum Load

While on UCEAP, you are required to take a full-time course of study and enroll in a minimum of 21 UC quarter units each semester. You are also required to enroll in what the host university considers a normal, full-time course load for its students. This load will vary widely among the universities.
If the Irish university requires fewer units – you must still fulfill your UCEAP minimum requirements, unless you have a predeparture disability exemption or get a deficit load petition approved while abroad. Deficit loads are typically only approved in health or other circumstances beyond your control (not needing the units to graduate is not an acceptable justification for a deficit load). See the UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad chapter on Academic Information for more detail regarding minimum UCEAP load.
The Irish course load generally transfers as 42 to 48 UC quarter units for the year. If you are approaching your campus maximum at graduation, refer to the section on Variable Units in the Academic Information chapter UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad.


Try to be flexible as you begin the course registration process at the host university; it can be a cumbersome and decentralized process. You will register in one of three ways depending on your host university:
  1. You will directly visit individual departments, complete a module choice form in which you select courses, and return the completed form to a host university administrator who maintains the academic record.
  2. You will be enrolled in courses directly by the international student office.
  3. In some circumstances, course registration is done in consultation with the academic department(s) of interest. In this case, you will compile a list of courses of interest as part of your application package prior to departure. The host university’s international student office reviews the course list and inquires with the departments about course availability.
Keep in mind that the courses chosen prior to departure are not guaranteed; course registration is confirmed either shortly before or after arrival, depending on your host university’s registration process. Confirmed courses will sometimes appear in your admission letter from the host university.
If you are a graduate student with UCEAP-approved study plans, you can be accommodated in most fields. Admission is more likely if you establish contact during the application process with a possible sponsor for a particular project.
In addition to reviewing information in this guide, contact the Campus EAP Office for more information.
Honors (third-year) courses in the departments of Humanities and Social Sciences have limited space at some universities. This has particularly been the case in the fields of English, history, literature, politics, psychology, and sociology. If you are interested in any of these areas, you must be flexible about course choices.
In addition to registering at your host university, you must also complete your MyEAP Registration Study List. The Study Center staff will guide you through this process and advise you of deadlines for course changes and petitions. Be sure to read all e-mails from her during the registration process and review your final Study List carefully, as it determines how your Irish courses will appear on your UC transcript.
Host universities often have a two- to four-week “revision” period without classes, which is intended for intensive study and final exams. Although you may be able to choose courses you can complete prior to the revision period, you are required by UCEAP to choose at least one course that goes through the entire program, or do an independent study or something similar, in order to remain academically engaged at the host university until the end of the program. There are reciprocal exchange, housing, visa, and other issues involved, and UCEAP cannot make exceptions. If you depart early for any reason, you will be withdrawing from the program and must submit a Petition to Withdraw.

Modes of Instruction

In general, Irish students are expected to engage in more independent study than most students in the U.S. Contact hours with faculty instructors are fewer than in an American university, but usually more intense. Also, instead of textbooks, wide-ranging book lists are employed, giving you an opportunity to read broadly in a given field. Instruction generally consists of lectures, seminars, tutorials, and labs or practicals. Science courses usually integrate the lecture and lab into a single course. The tutorial system includes formal and informal teaching conducted in small groups where you can discuss written work or topics you have prepared. Tutorials may consist of reports and discussions, with each student contributing a different experience to the whole. The tutor facilitates the discussion and gives guidance on future work.
Seminars are larger group discussions, usually based on short papers written in advance by one or two students. In seminars, you will be encouraged to contribute your own views and test your opinions against those of others. Tutorials and seminars are supplemented by lectures, which are often used to cover the groundwork in a subject. Lectures, which may be on very diverse subjects, often are neither required nor tested; instead, the assessed academic work tends to be accomplished in the tutorials. Instruction may also be divided into both core courses (lectures and tutorials) and special papers or projects. You may be expected to select a mix of both kinds of courses in the same fashion as the local students.
Internship Opportunities
You are encouraged to seek out internship opportunities in business and industry, the professions, government, the arts, or with non-profit public interest groups in Ireland. Past UC students have taken part in science research projects with host university professors, archaeological explorations, arts festivals, and other exciting internships which they have found greatly rewarding and often very beneficial to their future studies. While such internships are not arranged directly by UCEAP, host university international offices and Study Center staff will support applications and do their best to facilitate placement.
Extending UCEAP Participation
Cultural Awareness
Educate Yourself
Adjusting to Irish Culture
To begin with the obvious, Californians need to adjust to a significantly cooler, darker, damper climate. In fact, compared to much of North America, Ireland and the British Isles experience a mild climate, warmed by the Gulf Stream. But this may seem increasingly irrelevant after weeks of overcast skies and temperatures in the 30s and 40s. Few Californians are prepared for the increasing dark of November and December. Because of the latitude, the days approaching the winter solstice grow very short, and darkness lasts from approximately four in the afternoon until eight in the morning. Even when it can be seen, the sun is low on the horizon. The compensation, of course, is the impressive explosion of spring and the relatively longer days of May and June.
Making good friends with local students is clearly important to the process of adjusting to student life. UCEAP students report that the best way of doing so is to join some of the clubs and sports teams that are available. Nearly all students have remarked that they find friendships are slower to form than they expect, and some effort is frequently needed to get to know fellow students.
Nearly all students report that they encounter the most difficult times in late November and December, that the combination of gray weather, shortened days, adjustment to a new academic system, and homesickness bears down the hardest. But virtually all report that the first term is the most difficult and that after the winter break they feel considerably more at home in their host universities.
 The Study Center will organize a Thanksgiving lunch event. All students are invited and strongly encouraged to attend.
Social Conduct
Official Start Date & Mandatory Orientation

Mandatory Orientation

You are required to attend two mandatory orientations abroad. One is provided by your host university and, around the same time, UCEAP Study Center staff will travel to Ireland to provide the UCEAP orientation. You are required to attend all UCEAP orientation sessions. The dates and sites appear in the UCEAP program calendar for your host university. Some years the UCEAP orientation occurs before the host university orientation date, and other years it occurs after the host university orientation date, so please be careful to note:
  • The Official UCEAP Start Date
  • The suggested earlier date to arrive if necessary to find your own housing
  • The host university orientation date
  • The date, time of day, and city of the UCEAP orientation
There may be an extra orientation charge by the host university. The UCEAP Student Budget, factors these costs into one of the line items, which means that the UC Financial Aid Office also factors these costs into the financial aid package (if you receive financial aid).
You will receive instruction on course registration during the host university orientation and most universities begin their Registration Week during orientation; therefore, it is not likely that you will be enrolled in your preferred classes if you miss the host university orientation.
If the UCEAP orientation conflicts with a religious observance, individual accommodation is possible. E-mail your request to the UCEAP Systemwide Office so appropriate arrangements can be made ahead of time.
Travel Planning
Travel to Your Host Country

Financial Aid Students

Your financial aid package is based partly on the UCEAP Student Budget for the program. The estimated round-trip airfare amount is based on the cost of a changeable student fare to your host country. If your independent travel costs are greater than the airfare estimate in the UCEAP Student Budget, notify your financial aid counselors. Neither UCEAP nor the Financial Aid Office can guarantee that the additional cost will be funded by financial aid.


Travel Documents
Second Step: Within 30 days of your arrival in Ireland, you will need to register with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB). The International Office at your university will have detailed information for you. You will need to show the GNIB all the same original documents you showed upon arrival to Irish immigration. You will also need to present your student identification card from your university, proof of residence, and a credit card to pay the €300 immigration fee. The UCEAP Participation Letter from UCEAP that you show to Irish immigration upon arrival also contains the proof of insurance required by the GNIB. You can print out an insurance card from the UCEAP website and attach it to the letter. In addition, the GNIB requires you open a bank account in Ireland before registering with them. At time of publication, semester students need to deposit €2000 and year students need to deposit €3000. These amounts are subject to change. Different rules apply to financial aid students (see the Entry Clearance instructions in the UCEAP Predeparture Checklist).
The entry clearance rules for students studying in the United Kingdom and other countries are completely different; do not be confused by other UCEAP students’ visa requirements.
Packing Tips
Storage While Traveling
Return Travel
Financial Information
Understanding Your Finances
Your MyEAP Account & Budget
Handling Money Abroad
Take funds in an easily negotiable form to last through the first few months abroad. Even after you open a bank account, checks will take up to six weeks to clear. Therefore, you should take as much money as possible in the form of travelers checks (issued in the foreign currency) in order to open a bank account with immediately accessible funds. You will initially need a minimum of U.S. $325 for textbooks and basic supplies. Budget additional funds for warm clothing and travel.


In general, banking practices in Ireland are similar to those in the U.S. In order to open an account, you will need to provide proof of a local address, proof of host university registration, and personal identification (passport).
Most large U.S. banks maintain partnerships with prominent Irish banks. Prior to departure, find out which bank your U.S. bank is affiliated with and |what services they offer. Past participants have used Bank of Ireland and Allied Irish Bank.
After arrival, go to a nearby bank and open a special student account (this is called a current account, as distinguished from a deposit account, which is the equivalent of an American savings account). There is often a branch of one of the main banks on campus or nearby.
Banking practices are more restrictive than those in California, and there are some differences. You will receive a debit card instead of a checkbook.

Transferring Money

Wiring funds from a U.S. bank to a foreign bank is an option if funds in your foreign account run low. The sender in California can order a wire transfer from a major bank for a fee; however, most if not all major banks now require the sender to be a customer. The fee is fixed, so the larger the amount sent, the better. The money is electronically transferred to your account abroad and a second fee is charged. Money sent in this way is instantly accessible.
Many financial aid students request (via the UCEAP Electronic Funds Transfer form) that their financial aid be deposited electronically into their U.S. bank account (rather than being mailed as a hard copy check to their U.S. address). This large deposit can then be wired by the student’s power of attorney in the U.S. to the account abroad.
Another way to transfer money is by using a banker’s draft, which can be purchased at a U.S. bank in dollars and sent abroad by mail for deposit. Make sure the foreign bank will accept the banker’s draft without waiting for collection from the U.S.
Communications Abroad
Internet Access
Mail & Shipments
If you already know your host university address, you can arrange for mail to be sent there.
Have your parents or friends mail your packages to your university address after arrival. You will need to time your shipment to be delivered after you arrive. Staff will not collect luggage that has been shipped in advance or pick up any luggage that must be claimed at a customs office or dock.
Study Center Contact
Housing & Meals
General Information
Most universities allocate and send confirmation of housing in late August for fall arrivals. Be sure you have submitted the housing application by the university’s deadline, usually in June or July.
Know Before Choosing Housing
How To Secure Your Housing
Your Host Institution Housing

University College Cork

Housing demand is high in Cork, and limited space is available in the campus-owned Castlewhite apartment complex and in the privately-owned Brookfield Holiday Village. Therefore, you must submit your housing application promptly.
The Castlewhite apartment complex has three, four, five, and six single-bedroom apartments. Some doubles are available. Brookfield Holiday Village offers self-catering, four-bedroom apartments and eight-bedroom town houses. Accommodations have TVs, phones, fully equipped kitchens, and heat. Bed linens are provided. There is a bathroom for every four bedrooms.
If you do not secure university-sponsored housing, you can live in either a private residence or a flat, which are both popular with Cork students. The University of Cork Accommodation Office will assist you in your housing search.

National University of Ireland, Galway

Most UCEAP participants choose to live in private residences or flats in Galway and enjoy living in this lively town.
You may also secure university-sponsored housing. Galway has limited space available in Corrib Village (Baile Na Coiribe) self-catering flats, located halfway between the campus and the town. Phones are not allowed in the rooms. Other accommodations are available in Dunaras and Niland House.
UCEAP students report restrictive rules and rental agreement problems at Corrib Village. However, they highly recommend the main block of Dunaras, not the 100s wing, which is in a more central location.
Galway also offers homestays. Click on “Digs” in the Galway accommodation website for detailed information.

Trinity College Dublin

You will likely need to find your own accommodation in Dublin.
The university offers a limited number of rooms on campus and at Trinity Hall. You must apply online after admission, but TCD usually sends the instructions for applying online very late. Past UCEAP participants note that Trinity Hall is quite a distance from the campus and suggest you look for private accommodation closer to the college. University housing is not guaranteed to UCEAP students.
You are encouraged to contact the university’s Accommodation Advisory Service and/or a real estate agent in Dublin before arrival to obtain assistance with searching for private housing in the community. A new, private complex called Winter Gardens is near the university and students living there report it is reasonable and popular.
The university has a system of temporary accommodation to provide a base while you look for permanent housing. The temporary accommodation must be reserved well in advance of arrival, will cost approximately €30 per night, and can be used for a maximum of two weeks.
Hostels are also an option for temporary accommodation. 


Accommodation Information From Trinity College Dublin:
University Accommodation
Only a very limited number of student rooms are available to one year Visiting and Erasmus students at Trinity Hall. Please see:
If you wish to apply for Trinity housing, complete the application form at the following web address unfortunately, it will not be possible to provide university housing for all applicants. As there is high demand for rooms, early application does not always guarantee that you will be offered a room. If you have any questions when completing the application form, or about housing in general, contact the Accommodation Office directly at +353-1-896 1177 / 2068 or at
The Accommodation Office will notify you directly if you are successful in securing Trinity housing and will send you further information on charges, move in dates, etc. As students often arrive in Dublin a number of weeks before teaching begins and cannot get access to their Trinity housing until mid-September, we recommend booking in to a hostel for the interim period.
Note that in University housing, students are not provided with duvets, bed linen, cooking utensils etc., however, there are a number of department stores close to Trinity where these items may be purchased. Alternatively, international students may purchase a kitchen or bedroom 'starter pack‟ from the Housekeeping Department. You need to let the Accommodation Office know well in advance if you want a pack, so they can arrange to have the pack in your room on the day of your arrival. For further information and the order form, see
Note that it will not be possible to apply for accommodation online until after you have received your Trinity College ID number. This number is included in the Letter of Acceptance which the International Admissions and Study Abroad Office would have sent to you by post.
Direct ALL enquiries regarding Trinity housing and how to apply directly to the Accommodation Office. They can be contacted by telephone at +353-1-896 1177/2286 or by email at or We are not in a position to answer your questions regarding accommodation as this office does not deal with housing matters so please contact the Accommodation Office directly. 
Temporary Accommodation
If you are not offered university accommodation, or would prefer to live elsewhere, temporary accommodation can be arranged on campus to allow you time to search for accommodation. Student accommodation in Dublin is in short supply so it is strongly recommended to start the search early.
Note this temporary housing is only offered to students who have not secured accommodation in advance of arrival. If you are offered a room on campus, you cannot apply for temporary housing. If you arrive in Dublin before your room on campus is available, we suggest you book in to a hotel or hostel for the interim period. Bookings should be made directly with the hotel or hostel. Temporary accommodation is provided, if available from mid-August to mid-September, subject to availability and the maximum period a student is permitted to stay is 2 weeks. Spaces are limited so it is advisable to reserve a place early. The rooms are available at a rate of €30 per night. Linen is provided and there are facilities for light self-catering.
The application forms and further information can be found at If you secure private accommodation in advance of your arrival to Dublin and do not require the temporary housing, you should notify the Accommodation Office and cancel your reservation.

Private Accommodation
If you do not secure Trinity housing or wish to find your own accommodation, TCD Student's Union operate an Accommodation Advisory Service ( from 6th of August until the end of September. It will be run by members of the Students‟ Union and will be located on the ground floor in the Students' Union Building (House 6) on campus ( The service will be open Monday to Friday from 9.30–5.00 and Saturday from 9.30-1.00.
This will offer students an opportunity to use computers and phones free of charge to assist with their search. A full time staff member will be on hand for queries about accommodation related issues. The service will provide information on tenant‟s rights, and health and safety information. The Service also provides an excellent opportunity to meet other students looking for housing.
Many Erasmus and Visiting students, like most Irish students not living at home, live in shared houses or small self-catering flats and apartments in the inner suburbs of the city.
For your information is one of Ireland's biggest property sites and is worth investigating if you want to organise your own room. It also has a section for students wishing to share accommodation. Rent in private accommodation is usually paid by the month, in advance, and a deposit of one month's rent is usually required. The rent excludes electricity and heating costs. Please note that it is not possible to reserve private long term accommodation in advance as landlords will not hold rooms without payment of rent. Please do not put down a deposit on accommodation before your arrival in Ireland or before you see the accommodation. It is also very important that you take advice about suitable areas to live.
There is an extremely high demand for accommodation in Dublin and if you have not secured housing in advance of your arrival, we strongly advise you to arrive at least 2-3 weeks before term begins in order to maximise your chances of finding suitable and affordable accommodation. The earlier you are able to arrive, the more choice you will have!
The University is not in a position to make private accommodation bookings on behalf of students.
Should you have any enquiries about private accommodation please contact

University College Dublin

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.
Temporary Accommodation In Dublin

​For students travelling to Ireland in advance of the program start date, or who require temporary accommodation while viewing private accommodation options, hostels are an affordable and readily available option. See some hostels below recommended by Trinity College Dublin, and refer to for further options, hostel reviews, and booking options.


Dublin Hostels


​Four Courts Hostel

15-17 Merchant's Way

Dublin 8

(+011-353) 1-672-5839

Ashfield House

19-20 D'Olier Street​

Dublin 2

(+011-353) 1-679-7734


Avalon House​

55 Aungier Street, Dublin 2

(+011-353) 1-475-0001

Kinlay House Dublin

2-12 Lord Edward Street, Temple Bar

Dublin 2

(+011-353) 1-679-6644

Isaac's Hostel Dublin​

2-5 Frenchman's Lane

Dublin 1

(+011-353) 1-855-6215

Abbey Court

29 Bachelor's Walk

Dublin 1

(011+353) 1-878-0700



Daily Life Abroad
Local Transportation
After residing abroad for six months, you will be eligible to buy the Interrail pass, good for one month of travel throughout Europe. Students often use this pass during spring break and find it to be an excellent value.
The UCEAP Student Budget does not include funds for recreational travel or personal entertainment.
Extracurricular Activities

University College Cork

The campus, located on the banks of the River Lee, is within walking distance of the town center of Cork, the second largest city in Ireland. The city is a busy seaport with a variety of educational, sporting, and cultural facilities. Among Cork’s cultural offerings are an art school with public painting and sculpture galleries, an opera house, two theaters, and a museum. The city has an active social life and is a center each year for international film, choral, and jazz festivals. Among many others, the university has a rowing club and a canoe club.

National University of Ireland, Galway

The campus is located on the banks of the River Corrib, close to the center of Galway City, and includes social and recreational facilities. Hurling and Gaelic football are popular Irish sports, with clubs on campus. Societies include “chocolate,” quiz, juggling, and arts (with instructors and supplies provided).

Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin

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.
Trinity College Dublin is located in the center of the city, just one block from the National Gallery of Ireland. The campus is home to the largest library in Ireland. Sports, club, and society information is posted on the Front Gate at College Green.
Students with Disabilities
Travel Sign-out Form
UCEAP Insurance
Staying Healthy
Local Medical Facilities
Physical Health

 Recognize that your behaviors have a significant impact on your wellness.  Observe healthy habits, as follows:

  • ​Eat a balanced diet
  • Stay hydrated: Drink water
  • Avoid negative health behaviors (excessive alcohol consumption, smoking, etc.)
  • Do not skip on sleep
  • Maintain a positive outlook
  • Excercise

If you feel sick or have a medical emergency, seek medical attention and contact the Study Center immediately.  The Study Center can provide advice about the Irish health system, the UCEAP insurance claims process, and help if extended absence from class is expected. For information about the UCEAP insurance coverage, refer to the Insurance chapter of the UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad.  

Prescription Medication
Mental Health
Health Risks
Staying Safe
Minimize Risk
Crime & Prevention
Civil Unrest
​Protests and small demonstrations do occur but with no violence. Irish police presence at these events is generally adequate, although Americans are encouraged to avoid areas where protests are taking place.
Traffic & Transportation Safety
UCEAP Contingency Planning
Fire Safety
In An Emergency
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