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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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Local UCEAP Support
Campus EAP Office
The Campus EAP Office coordinates recruitment, student selection, orientations, and academic advising; and serves as your primary contact during the application process.
UCEAP Systemwide Office
The UCEAP Systemwide Office establishes and operates programs and coordinates UCEAP administration for all UC campuses from its headquarters in Goleta, California. You will work closely with the following Systemwide Office staff:
Program Advisors provide academic and operational program information to you and your campus as well as administrative support for all aspects of your participation.
Program Specialists manage the logistics of the program. They coordinate document requirements, visa application instructions, health and safety precautions, acceptance and placement by host institutions, arrival and onsite orientation, and housing arrangements.
Academic Specialists advise on academic policies, review courses taken abroad for UC credit, and document your registration, grades, petitions and academic records.
Student Finance Accountants assist primarily with UCEAP statements, program fee collection, and financial aid disbursements (in conjunction with your campus Financial Aid Office).
Kaitlin de Blanc
Student Finance Accountant
UCEAP Systemwide Office
6950 Hollister Avenue, Suite 200
Goleta, CA 93117-5823
Phone: (805) 893-4762; Fax: (805) 893-2583
Bookmark your Participants program page. This resource lists requirements and policies you need to know before you go abroad, including your Predeparture Checklist, UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad
, Program Calendar, UCEAP Student Budgets, and payment instructions.
Study Centers Abroad
This program is administered from a UCEAP Study Center with a UC Academic Liaison and program officers. Study Center locations are in London and Edinburgh. Study Center staff will advise you on academic matters and ensure that your academic program meets UC requirements. They also provide general information and help with living in Ireland. The host university also has advisors who will work with you to plan your course of study.
The Study Center is the first point of contact for advice or assistance during the year.
London Study Center
3 Bedford Square
London WC1B 3RA, United Kingdom
Phone (calling from the U.S.): (011-44-207) 079-0562
Edinburgh Study Center
25 Buccleuch Street
Edinburgh EH8 9LN
Scotland, United Kingdom
Phone (calling from the U.S.): (011-44-131) 662-8988
Phone Number Codes
U.S. international code ......... 011 (dial this to call from the U.S.)
Ireland country code .............353
Dublin city code .................. 1
Cork city code ................... .21
Galway city code .................91
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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.
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.
You will enroll in either the Physics or the Computer Science track.
PHYSICS: The program is divided into two, four-week sessions. You enroll in one course during each session. As a physics student, you must take both modules: Physics for the Life Sciences 1 and Physics for the Life Sciences 2.
COMPUTER SCIENCE: You are required to take three courses: Computer Forensics and Security, Android Applications, and Data Mining: Theory and Practice. Each course runs for the 8-week duration of the summer program.
Active participation and attendance is mandatory for all classes during the term. There is a strict policy on absences and tardiness. You are required to take all exams and complete all required course work and essays.
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.
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.
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.
You will be taking either two physics courses or three computer science courses. You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad and enroll in a total of 12 quarter/8 semester UC units.
1. Physics for the Life Sciences 1
2. Physics for the Life Sciences 2
You enroll in one course during each of the two, four-week sessions. Physics students must take both modules (6 quarter /4 semester UC units each), and they must be taken for a letter grade. Physics courses will appear as lower division on your UC transcript.
By enrolling in both physics modules, you have the outstanding opportunity to earn credit for a one-year sequence of calculus-based physics at UC.
Computer Science courses:
1. Computer Forensics and Security
2. Android Applications
3. Data Mining: Theory and Practice
You are required to take three courses. Each course runs for the 8-week duration of the summer program and is worth 4 quarter/2.7 semester UC units.
Computer Science students may take one of their three courses P/NP.
UCEAP Course registration
In addition to registering at University College Dublin, you must also complete your MyEAP Registration Study List. The Edinburgh Study Center staff will guide you through this process. Be sure to read all e-mails from the Study Center during the registration process. Completing your MyEAP Study List is the only way for your UCEAP courses and grades to appear on your UC transcript. Note: MyEAP uses UC quarter units exclusively (even for semester campus students).
University College Dublin faculty and staff can help you understand their own rules and regulations. Remember, however, that they work with students from many international universities, and they are not responsible for knowing specific UCEAP academic requirements or exceptions. The people who can answer those questions are the UCEAP Study Center staff based in Edinburgh, who are in close contact with University College Dublin. Contact them to resolve any academic (or other) concerns, confusion, questions, or difficulties throughout your program. You should also let them know about any issues that may impact your academic performance (illness, housing problems, personal issues, anxiety, or similar concerns) throughout your time in Ireland.
Independent Research Projects
Internships and research are not possible on this program.
There are several steps involved before the grades you receive at University College Dublin will be posted on your UC transcript. Grades must be submitted to the Study Center, reviewed by the Study Center, signed at the UCEAP Systemwide Office, transmitted to your campus, and then processed at you UC registrar.
Seniors should especially consider these issues to make sure they do not require grades sooner than what may be possible. No individual expediting is possible until the end of the 90-day window, regardless of graduation or graduate school deadlines.
Grades are usually available mid-September.
If, however, you complete the program with outstanding debts of any kind, either to University College Dublin or to UCEAP, your grades will not be sent to your UC registrar until you have paid all debts.
For general information about grades, see the Academic Information
chapter of the UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad.
Extending UCEAP Participation
Extension is not possible in this program. However, you can participate in back-to-back programs if you submit a separate application to a fall program. Check the calendar dates of both programs before application and also find out the timing and location to get a visa for the second program.
You are encouraged to become acquainted with the Republic of Ireland prior to departure. Keep up with current events by reading articles in newspapers and magazines and by watching films set in contemporary Ireland. UC libraries subscribe to the main daily newspapers published in Dublin, and weekly or monthly magazines of news and commentary also should be available.
UCEAP students report it is wise to acquire a few guidebooks before departure. There are a number of travel books that give comprehensive accommodation, sightseeing, historical, and travel information, covering practically all countries of the world. Suggested travel series include the Rough Guide, Lonely Planet, Blue Guide, Michelin Guide, and Intelligent Traveler’s Guide. Other resources are Time Out, DK, Insight, and Footprint guidebooks.
Adjusting to Irish Culture
You will likely hear about culture shock in your UC campus orientation meetings. Some students feel the term overstates the matter, others feel that shock is just the right term to describe how it feels to adjust to a foreign environment. In any case, adjusting to life, even in a country where the language is the same and much of the popular culture is shared, can present significant challenges.
Though many returned students describe their UCEAP term as “the best time” of their lives, they admit that genuine effort is required to make the adjustment, especially upon arrival.
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.
Although Irish people may be one of the most stereotyped groups of people around the world, Asian-American students report a significant amount of stereotyping by local citizens (e.g., students are assumed to be Japanese tourists and locals speak a few words of Japanese to them). All Asian-American students report this unexpected behavior.
Drinking & Smoking
You will find quite different practices and attitudes toward drinking and smoking. In general, Irish students use pubs for socializing a great deal, and a night out may be more frequent and involve the consumption of more alcohol than you may be used to. You are not required to adopt this cultural practice and should note that pubs serve a range of nonalcoholic beverages. Coffee shops are becoming increasingly popular. Smoking, while more controlled than a few years ago, is still quite common, especially among university students.
Although the Irish are not as open about sexuality, especially in the smaller cities, you will find that larger cities have well established gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) communities. In addition, most universities offer GLBT clubs. The age of consent for gay males is 17 years. There are no legal prohibitions against lesbianism.
Official Start Date & Mandatory Orientation
Orientation in Dublin:
You must arrive in Dublin on the Official EAP Start Date in the program calendar on the UCEAP website. UCD staff will welcome you to campus with an informative and fun orientation, including a campus tour to help you get your bearings. There will be a separate UCEAP orientation to cover important academic, health, and safety information. Participation at all orientation meetings and events is mandatory.
Travel to Your Host Country
The UCEAP program budget does not include funds for recreational travel abroad.
UCEAP strongly recommends purchasing changeable round trip fares, which will allow you to make changes to your return flight for a fee. Carefully research airfare rules prior to purchasing a flight. Standby and courier fares are not appropriate. Plan for this expense. Neither UCEAP nor the Financial Aid office will reserve or pay for your ticket. If you are on financial aid, you will need to purchase a plane ticket before you receive a financial aid disbursement.
No group flights have been arranged by the program. You are responsible for making your own travel arrangements to the Irish university. Even if you are on full financial aid, you are responsible for reserving and purchasing your airline ticket. Your Financial Aid Office is not responsible for purchasing tickets. You are strongly urged to purchase a changeable airline ticket. Standby tickets are not appropriate.
You are subject to dismissal from UCEAP if you do not arrive on the Official Start Date and at the place and time specified in the UCEAP program calendar (Student Agreement, Section 10).
The start date of the program can change due to unforeseen circumstances. You are responsible for making modifications in your travel itinerary to accommodate such changes. In addition, flights are routinely changed or canceled. Confirm your flight schedule with your airline about two weeks before departure. UCEAP is not responsible for any unrecoverable transportation charges incurred for independent travel. In order to be kept informed of any program changes, you must update MyEAP with any changes in your address, e-mail, or phone number.
Do not ask other students to carry any items abroad for you (laptop, camera, extra bags, etc.) and do not volunteer to do so for others. Airlines may not allow you to carry items for others. If you are allowed to board the plane with the items, Customs abroad may charge you a high duty for those items. They will assume you plan to sell them, especially if you already have similar items of your own. This is particularly a concern with electronic goods.
Financial Aid Students
Your financial aid package is based partly on the UCEAP Program 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 Program 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.
You are not required to present a birth certificate to the host university, even if requested. Your passport is sufficient identification.
Make photocopies of all important documents and keep the copies in a separate location from the originals. Have accessible an electronic list of passport and credit card numbers, and any other personal information that would need to be replaced if stolen or lost.
Entry Clearance (Visa)
You are not required to obtain an entry clearance prior to departure. However, you will be required to show proper documentation of your student status and evidence of financial support in order to pass through Irish immigration. Further information about this process can be found in the UCEAP Predeparture Checklist.
Request a "90-day stamp" in your passport when you arrive in Ireland. If you receive a stamp for any other number of days, you will need to register with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) within 30 days of your arrival. The International Office at your university will have detailed instructions 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).
AB540 students should consult an immigration attorney to evaluate the risks of potentially being unable to re-enter the United States and any impact that participation in UCEAP might have on any deferred action applications.
The UCEAP Program Budget does not include funds to purchase clothing abroad.
Identify all luggage on the inside and outside with your name, address, and destination (the international office at the host university is preferable). Pack lightly, as all carriers have weight restrictions. Luggage restrictions vary by airline.
Objects such as scissors, pocket knives, knitting needles, nail clippers, etc., must be packed in your checked luggage; they will be confiscated if found in your carry-on luggage.
- Clothing that is washable and quick drying
- Clothing that can be layered (T-shirt, fleece or lined vest, cardigan/pullover sweater)
- Jeans and fleece-lined pants
- Lightweight and warm jackets
- Warm socks
- Scarf and gloves
- Flip-flops, walking shoes, casual footwear
- One dressy outfit
- Coat (thrift shops sell good quality coats appropriate for the weather)
- Rainwear and rain boots (available at all large department stores)
- Bathrobe and slippers
- Beach towel
- Lightweight blanket
- Seat pad (good for train and bus travel)
- Travel-size sleeping bag
- Empty backpack (to bring home items purchased abroad)
- Travel alarm clock and flashlight
- Small gifts for new friends (with UC logo or California designs)
Do Not Pack
- Medications that are illegal in Ireland
- Fragile items, unless they are bubble-wrapped
The electrical current used abroad is 50 cycles AC rather than the 60 cycles current used in the U.S., and voltage abroad is 220–250 rather than the standard U.S. 110–125 volts for small appliances. Most electrical outlets abroad have three-pronged sockets. In general, North American appliances need both a converter and an adapter for use abroad. However, travel irons, curling irons, blow-dryers, electric razors, etc., can be purchased in the U.S. with either a built-in converter or a dual voltage function. These appliances will need only an adapter to be used abroad. (Appliances without either a built-in converter or a dual voltage function will need an external converter, which can be purchased at electronics stores or travel specialty shops). U.S. clocks must be battery-driven to operate abroad. UCEAP students recommend that you purchase small appliances once abroad, although they will be more expensive than they are in the U.S.
If you plan to take a laptop, be sure that the AC input of its power supply will accept 240 volts and 50hz (AC input: 100–240V; 50–60hz); if it does not, purchase a transformer before departure. The correct adapter plug (for three-pronged outlets) can be easily found in the U.S. or abroad.
Since the cost of electricity abroad is high, and improper use of appliances may damage both the electrical outlets and the appliances, ask before using the outlets. Some university accommodations will test your appliances to make sure they are compatible. Information on purchasing appliances and accessories can be found on the Magellan’s and Distant Lands websites.
Insurance for Personal Possessions
Consider having additional protections for your property, as in spite of your best efforts, it is still possible to experience loss, theft, or accidents that will damage your belongings while traveling. Talk to your parents and analyze their family homeowners’ insurance to determine whether the items brought or bought while abroad are covered by their policy.
UCEAP's travel insurance policy offers limited personal property coverage. UCEAP strongly recommends you to examine the details of the UCEAP travel insurance benefits and to purchase additional property insurance coverage, especially to protect high cost items such as laptop computers, MP3 players, and other valuables. Review the policy carefully before departure and determine if it provides adequate coverage for your possessions before you experience a loss.
You may decide to purchase additional coverage, especially for high-value electronics (e.g., computer, tablets, camera, etc.). If you decide to do so, purchase supplemental coverage before departure because most theft occurs in the airport or while moving into housing. The host university does not protect student belongings—even in university accommodations.
You are responsible for your own personal property. You can safeguard your belongings from damage or theft by locking your room and securing money, travelers checks, jewelry, passport, and other possessions. Use logical precautions to safeguard valuables. Avoid wearing expensive clothing or jewelry and going to questionable parts of the city, especially at night or when alone. Minimize your vulnerability by staying in control of your drinking and your behavior. Do not invite casual acquaintances or strangers home.
UCEAP strongly recommends purchasing changeable round trip fares, which will allow you to make changes to your return flight for a fee. Carefully research airfare rules prior to purchasing a flight. Standby and courier fares are not appropriate. Plan for this expense. If you do not make round-trip arrangements, be sure to book a return flight with plenty of lead time once abroad. Flights to the U.S. fill up fast and economy-fare seats are booked early.
Most airline tickets are good for one year only. When buying round-trip tickets, purchase a ticket that allows changes to the return date.
The estimated airfare amount in the UCEAP Program Budget is based on the cost of a changeable round-trip student ticket.
Understanding Your Finances
It is important that you carefully read all of the information available in the UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad and discuss it with the person who will assist you with your finances while you are abroad.
Understanding your finances before, during, and after your program is crucial to having a successful time abroad. The following list outlines just a few of the many things you will need to know before departure.
Detailed information on the following topics can be found in the Money Matters
chapter of the UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad
- Contact information for finance questions
- How to estimate the cost of your program
- Budget instructions and information
- Who Can and How to make payments to UCEAP
- UCEAP student account information(what fees do I pay to UCEAP and what fees do I pay out of pocket?)
- Banking before and after arrival
- Fees and penalties
- Loan information
- How financial aid works while abroad (how do I get my financial aid from my home campus and how are my fees paid?)
- Various forms (e.g., direct deposit, etc.)
Your MyEAP Account & Budget
Your MyEAP Student Account is similar to your UC campus financial account. It will be available as soon as you are selected for your program in MyEAP. You can make payments through this account using e-checks or credit cards (MasterCard, Visa, American Express, or Discover). The fees that you owe UCEAP will be applied to your account after your program pre-departure withdrawal date, which is listed in MyEAP. For the amount due to UCEAP prior to fees being posted on your account, refer to the UCEAP Program Budget and Payment Schedule located on the second page of your UCEAP Program Budget
. Program fees are subject to change.
Your UCEAP Program Budget lists the fees you will pay to UCEAP and an estimate of the personal expenses you will need to plan for. It does not include the cost of recreational travel or personal entertainment. Review your UCEAP Program Budget frequently. The Payment Schedule is on the second page of the UCEAP Program Budget.
- Download and print your UCEAP Program Budget and Payment Schedule.
- Note the deadlines on the Payment Schedule.
- Give the UCEAP Program Budget and Payment Schedule to the person responsible for paying your UCEAP bills. Sign this person up for Third Party Authorization on MyEAP so they can make payments online.
Refund of Credit balances and Financial Aid Disbursements:
If you are signed up for Direct Deposit on your UC campus, it is not linked to your MyEAP account. You must sign up for eRefund with UCEAP to receive direct deposits from your MyEAP account. For more information, see the UCEAP eRefund Instructions
Before leaving the U.S., exchange $200 into euros. The funds will be useful upon arrival for snacks, transportation, tips, and unexpected purchases. Some U.S. banks will purchase the foreign currency for you; the process may take a week or more. Dollars can also be exchanged for foreign currency at airports.
Take a bank card that enables access to funds in a U.S. bank account at an ATM. The bank card must have a four-digit PIN. Most U.S. banks will charge currency exchange fees when money is withdrawn from an ATM. The fees can be high. However, Irish banks will not charge currency exchange fees.
You can take travelers checks issued in the foreign currency to open a bank account and for immediate use after arrival. Travelers checks are not as widely accepted at retail venues abroad as they are in the U.S. You will first need to cash your travelers checks at a bank. Not all banks provide this service or cash American Express travelers checks, and some banks will charge a fee. You will need to show your passport as ID when cashing travelers checks. If you are opening a bank account, take any amount of travelers checks. If you are not opening a bank account, take only a small amount of travelers checks and rely on your ATM card for cash.
Host University Fees
You are not obligated to pay application or registration fees that are normally required by the host university. Disregard these two kinds of fee requests when returning forms to the host university. You are, however, responsible for all housing deposits and expenses, the international student orientation fee (often called the “freshers’ conference fee”), and other charges.
It is important for you to keep in contact with your Study Center during the year. The Study Center address is noted in Your UCEAP Network in this guide.
Study Center office hours are generally 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The office may be closed for lunch. You may contact the Study Center anytime and leave a message on the answering machine. Until you are settled in at your host university, you can have phone messages left at the Study Center office. Inform callers that the time difference is eight hours ahead of California.
Internet access is available at all host universities in the Republic of Ireland, but facilities and resources are not the same as at UC. You will likely need to wait to access a computer.
Information on computer and e-mail access differs slightly by host university, but you will either receive instructions from your host university in a packet before departure, at the university’s orientation immediately prior to the beginning of the term, or when you register for classes on site. To set up your computer and e-mail access, contact the university’s international office or computing services department, or your academic department.
There are two types of public phones in Ireland: coin and calling card. Calling cards are the most convenient method for making calls from public phones and are available from the post office, travel centers, some news agents, and machines on underground platforms. Many pay phones also take major credit cards and charge cards. Unfortunately, phone card phones may not be available in the residence hall and you may have to walk to one elsewhere on or off campus.
Collect calls are expensive! Do not phone the Study Center this way unless you have an emergency. In Ireland, dial 10 for the operator and for long-distance calls.
For information in Ireland, dial 190 for Directory Enquiries and 114 for international calls.
International Phone Calls
You are strongly encouraged to use Skype for all international calls. If using an international calling card, the direct dialing code to the U.S. is: 001 + area code + number. You can call the U.S. collect through the international operator.
Local mail service is usually fast. Airmail takes from six to ten days to or from California.
Packages generally take six to eight weeks to send by surface mail. Host university offices will not accept or store heavy or bulky packages.
You will stay in on-campus housing, Merville Residences, in suites of 4 bedrooms with fully-equipped kitchen and 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. You must apply online for this housing and pay UCD directly. UCD has created a Summer housing application solely for UCEAP students and you will be emailed a link to that application later.
UCEAP fees cover breakfast, lunch, and dinner Monday-Friday at the cafeteria inside the brand-new Science Center North building, a 5-minute walk from the housing. You are responsible for your own meals on weekends.
How to Secure Your Housing
To ensure host university housing, even when it is guaranteed by the university, you must take the initiative to obtain, complete, and return all housing forms and deposits required by the university. All participants, including those on full financial aid, must make their own reservations and pay the required deposits (in euros) prior to departure. The forms and deposits must be received by the host university by their established deadlines.
Carefully read all housing contracts prior to signing. These contracts are legally binding and commit you to the full cost of the housing for the period of time specified, regardless of the length of time you actually use the housing.
The housing reservation begins on the date specified in the contract. The initial move-in date may or may not be negotiable after the reservation is made, and you will need to make your own arrangements if you arrive earlier than the specified move-in date. Carefully choose your initial move-in date.
Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
Inform your host university of any needs so accommodation in services or housing can be made if at all possible. You must provide a letter from your UC campus Disabled Students Office requesting specific services. Accessible housing is available but needs to be reserved early. Professors will give extra time on exams if required. Note-takers are not available. You will need to borrow notes from your classmates or record the lectures (each professor’s permission must be obtained to record his or her lectures).
The UCEAP program budget does not include funds for recreational travel abroad.
The Eurail pass must be purchased in the U.S. You can select length of time and travel zones. The pass can be mailed by the issuing party only to a U.S. address. The pass is valid in the Republic of Ireland, but not in the U.K.
Storage While Traveling
Numerous sites exist where you can store luggage, either during breaks or while traveling after the end of the program. Most storage sites are usually at airports, underground stations, and train stations. Rates and hours will vary, so confirm all details in advance.
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:
- Wicklow mountain walk
- Hurling match
- Castle Tour
- Irish Dancing
- Traditional Irish Music
- Trip to the Races
The gym within the hall of residence is free for you to use. For a charge, you can make use of the cutting-edge sports facilities, including an Olympic sized swimming pool, climbing wall, dance and spinning studios, and more.
Students with Disabilities
While in Ireland, individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation very different from the United States. Irish law requires access to public buildings for persons with disabilities, and this requirement is enforced. Under Irish law, public service providers should ensure the service is accessible to those with mobility, sensory, and/or cognitive disabilities. Significant changes have been made in recent years to having an accessible public transportation system.
The majority of buses and trains in the main city areas of Ireland are now equipped for individuals with limited mobility, sight, or hearing disabilities, although some train stations and pathways may not be as easily accessible. Mainline and suburban trains require special portable ramps to permit boarding from the platforms to the carriages. These are available at all terminal points and major junctions and stations that have staff on duty. They are also available on some trains. Travelers are advised to contact the local railway station in advance to ensure such facilities are available. There are many resources available online for those with mobility, sensory, and cognitive disabilities.
Have a Plan
- Be realistic about your condition and its impact, on your worst and best days.
- Have a plan for what to do to do during flare ups, along with a list of signs indicative of not being able to copy. Work a realistic day-to-day schedule and needs.
- Regardless of how you have managed your disability on your campus, you may have to address the tension between the program structure and the need for flexibility demanded by the typical, sometimes daily, fluctuations of your condition.
For more information:
When you leave your host city for more than 24 hours, you must complete the online sign out through your MyEAP account. Click on Travel Signout and complete all required fields. During an emergency (abroad or in the U.S.), it is important for UCEAP officials to know where to reach you promptly.
The UCEAP program budget does not include funds for recreational travel abroad.
For more information,
There are no laws that criminalize consensual same-sex sexual conduct between adults. The law prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation with respect to employment, goods, services, and education. However, same-sex couples are prohibited from obtaining a marriage license in the country.
The work situation in Ireland is quite different from other countries due to an impacted job market and high unemployment rates. Visiting students must apply for a work permit, which may or may not be granted. The permit process takes six months to a year. Therefore, do not expect to earn money during your time abroad.
Before you travel:
There is no deductible or co-insurance but the travel insurance works on a reimbursement basis. You can submit a claim for a refund of covered expenses to the UCEAP insurance carrier.
Do not assume that if you seek medical care abroad for a covered illness or injury that the local hospital will bill your insurance. Generally, hospitals around the world, including the US, do not bill insurance companies (unless there is a special arrangement with a local hospital in your UCEAP country). It is the patient's responsibility to inquire with the hospital, at the time of service, and make arrangements to pay any outstanding bills. Payment for medical services abroad is ultimately your responsibility.
Coverage begins 14 days before the official start date of your UCEAP program term. Coverage ends 31 days after the official end of the UCEAP program term. Your UCEAP travel insurance does not include coverage for preventative care, checkups, and vaccinations.
For Questions about Coverage, Benefits and Claims
ACI at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to the following section, read the Health chapter of the UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad.
Before departure, review the U.S. CDC Travelers’ Health
information website for specific health information for all your travel destinations.
Modern medical facilities and highly skilled medical practitioners are available in Ireland, but due to high demand, access to medical specialists and admissions to hospitals for certain non-life-threatening medical conditions may result in extensive waiting lists. Call the Study Center for guidance.
Student Health Service
The Student Health Service provides on-campus medical, psychological and psychiatric care to registered students. Most host institutions do not charge for student health center services appointments. No information is given to others without your permission.
Due to resource constraints, the Student Health Service is unable to see all students who request a same-day appointment. The Student Health Service is in addition to a General Practitioner (GP) or specialist as it does not operate as a General Practitioner Service, does not undertake emergency or routine home visits, and is not in a position to be responsible for your health care out of hours, at night time or week-ends. It is important therefore, particularly if you have an ongoing illness or chronic condition to register with a local GP. Student Health Service can refer you to a list of GPs in the area. You should then contact the GP practice and inquire how to register as a patient.
Most routine medical treatment takes place in a “surgery,” the medical center or office where one or more doctors practice. If you require more specialized services, the student health service will further refer you to a specialist. Although you might be able to make your own appointment directly with a specialist, this is not the usual procedure.
If you plan to request a referral to a specialist, or if your U.S. doctor considers that you should continue with treatment while in Ireland, provide a detailed letter from your U.S. doctor to the student health service. This letter should specify your condition, treatment, and medication regime. Contact details for your U.S. doctor should also be included. This letter will be needed for appropriate referral and further medication prescription.
The specialist, general practitioner, or any other medical services will charge fees. All services will need to be paid up front. You can then submit a claim form
for reimbursement to the UCEAP insurance provider. If you have questions about benefits provided by your UCEAP travel insurance policy or need information about the claim process, contact AC at email@example.com.
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
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.
Arriving in a new country is a very busy time and there are a lot of changes to go through. There are differences in food, weather and customs to cope with. In this type of situation, with all its stresses, you may find yourself paying less attention than usual to your health.
Existing health problems can also be made worse by the effects of adjusting to unfamiliar food, a different climate and the emotional strains of being away from home. It can be easy to concentrate on your studies and forget about taking care of yourself.
Inform yourself before you travel. Just as language and currency vary around the world, so does medical care. Read the Health chapter
of the UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad
and your Program Guide for important information to plan for a healthy stay abroad and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Traveler's Health
web page for health risks present in the country where you will be studying. Know what to do if you get sick.
Good basic personal hygiene and hand washing are critical to help prevent the spread of illness and disease. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, especially before eating.
Plan Before Departure
Continue with your prescription medication, as indicated by your doctor, especially while abroad. Cultural, environmental and academic differences may create triggers.
If you take psychotropic medications (e.g., Adderall, Vyvanse, Zoloft, Prozac, Wellbutrin, etc.):
Talk to your doctor. You can enter the country with up to a three-months supply of medication. You must have a letter from your doctor detailing your condition, treatment and prescription medication regimen, and a copy of the prescription, including your doctor's contact information, to facilitate answering any questions by Customs officers, should that arise upon arrival in Ireland.
Anyone carrying in excess of a three-months supply is considered to be carrying in excess of what would be a personal use amount. You will need to make an appointment with an Irish doctor to be assessed and the Irish doctor will then decide if he/she is in agreement with the treatment and may or may not proceed to issue a prescription. The letter from your doctor will be needed for this appointment. The Irish doctor will need clear and sufficient detail about the your medical condition and medication so the doctor can evaluate you and issue a prescription. The Irish doctor may not be able to reissue your US prescription if the medication is not licensed for use in Ireland, or not licensed for the therapeutic indication given.
If intending to travel with a prescription containing controlled substances, review medication regulations in official government sites. Addresses and excerpted national statutes for most countries can be found at the International Narcotics Control Board
. It is an offense to import or carry on your person controlled substances when travelling to or from Ireland. (Examples of controlled substances are cannabis, cocaine, heroin and amphetamines). The Customs National Drugs Team has dog units located at airports and ferryports. The drug detector dogs are trained to detect drugs such as cannabis, cocaine, heroin and amphetamines. There are penalties for drugs offenses in Ireland. Ask your prescribing doctor if your medicine contains controlled substances.
A prescription issued by a physician in the United States will not be dispensed by a pharmacy in Ireland. The prescription must be issued by a licensed doctor in Ireland. In general, approved prescribed drugs and medicines are provided by the retail pharmacy (chemist's shop). The official term is now community pharmacy but it may also be described as the retail pharmacy or just the pharmacy.
Over-the-counter medications of most types are available, but many U.S. brands are not (ask the pharmacist for substitutes). Some medications available over the counter in the United States may require a prescription in Ireland. Pharmacists may not be able to dispense medication prescribed by U.S. physicians and may direct you to obtain a prescription from a local doctor before providing your required medication.
While the transition to your studies in Ireland through UCEAP can be an exciting opportunity, you may be coping with personal, financial, health, and other stressors.
Culture shock and homesick feelings are normal. They are usually transitory—lasting a couple of weeks—and do not imply mental illness or an inability to cope. Most students who experience culture shock function reasonably well under the stress and are able to keep up with the responsibilities of school and everyday life. It is easy to become worn down from physical and mental stress due to the vastly different environment. To counter this, adjust your expectations, eat well and drink plenty of water, get plenty of rest, and share any concerns with the Study Center.
The Study Center, host institution, and UCEAP Systemwide staff can help you navigate the Irish health care system. We can help you with information about local services, the UCEAP travel insurance coverage, and other considerations to help you restore balance, build strength, gain emotional resiliency, and increase your personal well-being. Do not try to cope alone.
The UCEAP travel insurance will cover your visits to a private physician, if necessary. The UCEAP Travel Insurance Policy covers outpatient visits as any other illness up to $500,000; there is no co-pay or deductible, and you can make an appointment with any doctor. Doctors, hospitals, and clinics will require you to pay bills at the time of treatment. You must then submit receipts to the UCEAP insurance company for reimbursement.
Ask the UCEAP Study Center or host institution staff for referrals and/or read the Insurance chapter in your UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad.
Psychological and counseling services are not available on the University College Dublin campus during the summer. All students are able to access care off-campus at nearby psychological and counseling centers. There is high demand so it is best to contact the UC Physics Summer Session program support staff so they can help you make suitable appointments with any of the following counseling centers.
Counseling Services for Students - Dublin Area
My Mind, 1 Chelmsford Road, Ranelagh, Dublin 6
€20-€50 with Trainee Graduate Practitioner - Limited Service
The Dublin Psychoanalytic Clinic, Kimmage Medical Centre, 202 Kimmage Road West, Dublin 12
Tel. 01 272 2928
€20 with Trainee Graduate Practitioner
Dublin Counselling and Therapy Centre, 41 Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin 1
Tel. 01 878 8236
Clanwilliam Institute, 18 Clanwilliam Terrace, Grand Canal Quay, Dublin 2
Tel. 01 676 1363/676 2881
Arduna Counselling and Therapy , 54 Clontarf Road, Dublin 3
Tel. 01 833 2733
Students with severe food allergies should take precautions.
Precautions to take include:
- Discuss the risks with your doctor; have a plan
- Carry symptom-reducing medications at all times, including epinephrine
- ear a medical alert bracelet with instructions for assistanceear a medical alert bracelet with instructions for assistance
For more information, read the UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad, Health chapter, Allergies section.
UCEAP takes your safety and security very seriously and provides credible and timely advice during predeparture and while in Ireland. However, as in the U.S., you are ultimately responsible for your personal safety.
Before traveling, ensure that you are fully prepared, that you are aware of any risks and have mitigated them. International travel is a great opportunity, and you should know how to optimize the experience for yourself. While UCEAP provides resources aimed at helping you understand how to have a safe experience, it cannot ensure that your travels and stay in Ireland will be problem-free or account for all the potential health and safety risks that you might experience.
You play an active role in protecting your personal health, safety, and well-being.
Staying safe in another country is similar to staying safe in a large U.S. city. Understand the potential threats, know which neighborhoods to avoid, and remain vigilant (pay attention to your surroundings; do not walk around while talking on the phone or while listening to music).
If you will be traveling, think about how you are getting to your destination and/or any travel inside a country. Plan your itinerary carefully, let your friends and relatives know where you will be, and research the safest way to travel. Be proactive about your safety. Be prepared.
The University of California Education Abroad Program (UCEAP) has established policies and procedures and contracted with emergency service and security providers, to help you minimize your risk exposure and enhance your safety.
Steps to manage or minimize risk and avoid being a victim of a crime:
- Assess your surroundings.
- Remain aware at all times. Do not walk around talking on the phone or listening to music on your headphones.
- Be attentive to what is unusual or threatening. Trust your "gut feelings"; if you feel threatened, leave the area immediately and find somewhere more secure.
- Research potential risks you can encounter while traveling.
- Increase your safety and reduce the likelihood of becoming a victim of crime by staying on top of your drinking.
- Practice the buddy system, which promotes safety. This system helps ensure that you, and a partner, will look out for each other. Choose your buddy wisely. The ideal buddy should feel that the buddy system is very important. If you are having a problem, your buddy can help to alert others and get you to safety.
- Have a communication plan. Who will you call on site if you are facing an emergency? Do your friends and relatives know how to reach you when you are traveling?
Putting yourself, fellow students, or the reputation of the program at risk is cause for dismissal from UCEAP.
Register online with the U.S. embassy through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program
(STEP), a free service provided by the U.S. Government to U.S. citizens who are traveling to, or living in, a foreign country.
Ireland is comparable to other Western European countries in that most crime—usually non-violent, petty crime— takes place in the larger, more densely populated cities (Dublin and Limerick). Ireland has drug and violent criminal activity, but these incidents are generally confined to gangland/ organized criminal communities.
Dublin is a reasonably safe city. The only dangerous area into which a visitor might venture would be the northern part of O’Connell Street at night. The Garda (police) recommend that you do not leave valuables exposed in a parked car, be as careful of your handbag or wallet as you would be in any major city, and do not carry your passport or large amounts of cash or leave them in your hotel room.
Because handguns and assault rifles are illegal in Ireland, the level of actual violence, especially the life-threatening sort, is lower than in the U.S. Typically, visitors to Ireland tend to become the victims of crime when they drop normal security practices and vigilance due to excessive alcohol consumption and/ or the misconception that there is little or no crime in Ireland.
Exercise sound personal safety practices to minimize your chance of becoming a victim. Be aware of your surroundings and avoid unlit areas, public demonstrations and showing signs of affluence.
- Keep your valuables, especially wallets, passports, credit cards, and the like, in buttoned or zippered inside pockets, or in money belts or fastened bags.
- Never leave bags, backpacks, or suitcases unattended, not even in locked cars.
- Burglary is on the rise in the student residences. Keep your room door locked at all times, and store valuable items in locked drawers or closets if available.
- Exercise common sense about your personal safety and belongings and do not be lulled into a false sense of security by the perception that Ireland and continental Europe are safer than the U.S.
- Do not carry large amounts of cash and, unless traveling, leave your passport in a safe place in your room.
- Always be aware of your surroundings, especially in highly populated areas or in situations where you would be time or place predictable.
- Do not leave your drinks unattended at bars or restaurants, as there have been some instances of drinks being spiked with illegal substances, leading to incidents of robbery and sexual assaults.
While you are in Ireland, you are subject to local laws, even if you are a U.S. citizen. Foreign laws and legal systems can be vastly different from our own. If you break local laws in Ireland, your U.S. passport will not help you avoid arrest or prosecution. It is very important to know what is legal and what is not in your host country. Penalties for possessing, using, or trafficking illegal drugs in Ireland are severe, and convicted offenders can expect long jail sentences and heavy fines.
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
Ireland’s public transportation system has a good safety record. Bus service in the cities is generally adequate. Pay close attention to where bus stops are in both directions, as the drop-off and pick-up locations could be several blocks away from each other. Intercity bus and train services are good.
Use caution if you lack experience with traffic moving on the left, especially when walking on narrow winding roads. Motorists may drive through red lights, park on pavements, and drive over crosswalks when pedestrians are using them. Motorists often turn left without signaling and may park at bus stops, forcing pedestrians into the road.
UCEAP Contingency Planning
If a local situation requires increased caution or a program suspension and evacuation of participants, UCEAP will activate contingency plans. For security reasons, contingency plans are not public and cannot be shared with anyone except UCEAP officials.
Program Suspension Policy
If the U.S. Department of State or CDC issues a Travel Warning after the start date of the program term, UCEAP may suspend the program. If time and local security conditions permit, UCEAP will consult with the UC Study Center Director, U.S. Embassy, U.S. Department of State regional and security analysts, other organizations that offer programs in the same country, and area experts to determine the appropriate timeframe for suspending the program and/or for the evacuation of the students from the host country.
The UCEAP required security evacuation will override any host institution, or local US Embassy voluntary departure on U.S. government-arranged flights, that require U.S. citizens to sign a promissory note with the government. The safe evacuation of UCEAP students, managed by UCEAP, is covered by UCEAP insurance. UC students are required to follow UC safety directives in the event of an evacuation.
Follow these general fire safety tips. Most college-related fires in the U.S. are due to a general lack of knowledge about fire safety and prevention. Educate yourself about fire safety standards in your UCEAP country. Fire safety standards differ drastically around the world.
- Know where emergency exists are located and check whether exits are passable.
- Know how to call the local fire department.
Do not stay in housing above the sixth floor so you are within range of most fire department rescue ladders.
- Print and take with you the UCEAP brochure, Fire Safety 101 for Students.
- Purchase and use a smoke detector. Before departure contact the Fire Safety Foundation. Choose from a variety of battery-powered smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms, including models with sealed, 10-year batteries. Once purchased, the alarms and a multilingual installation manual – written in English and the host country’s native language - will be shipped to the address where you are residing.
- Have an escape plan and practice it.
- Treat every smoke alarm activation as a likely fire and react quickly and safely to the alarm.
- Check for fire hazards. Make sure exit routes are not blocked.
- If you have a disability, alert others of the type of assistance you need to leave the building.
- Refer to the UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad, Fire Safety section for life-saving information.
What Is an Emergency?
An emergency is a serious, unexpected, and often dangerous situation requiring immediate action. The following are considered emergencies:
- Any life/death situation
- A traumatic event requiring immediate assistance
- An arrest
- Civil unrest or natural disaster in the host country
In an Emergency
Contact local emergency services first and then contact the following:
If you are in the U.S.
- During office hours (8 a.m.–5 p.m. Pacific Time): Contact your Program Specialist at the UCEAP Systemwide Office at (805) 893-4762.
- After office hours: Call the 24-hour emergency phone numbers at (805) 893-4762 or (805) 882-2086.
If you are abroad
Carry the local emergency contact information at all times:
U.S. Embassy in Dublin
42 Elgin Road
During business hours: (+353 1) 668-8777
For emergencies involving American citizens: (+353 1) 668 9612
Main Embassy: (+353 1) 668-9946
American Citizen Services/Passport Unit: (+353 1) 668-8056
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