University College Dublin

About| Course| Entry Requirments| Degree Destination


About The Institute


UCD is Ireland’s Global University, offering the most diverse range of high quality degree programmes in Ireland, across its 350-acre campus – the largest in Europe.


Taking its place within the top 1% of universities in the world, UCD is a leading research intensive university with a curriculum reflective of the latest findings.


Offering the Broad Curriculum option, UCD gives you a chance to broaden your horizons beyond your core specialisms. Like Ireland, the university has a long tradition of welcoming people from all over the world, with the number of international students increasing year after year. With this wealth of experience in helping international students with their transition, studies and careers, at UCD you are in the ideal environment to realise your full potential.




Belfield, the 132-hectare main University College Dublin campus is located 4km south of Dublin city centre. The landscaped parklands of the largest urban campus in Europe provide an attractive backdrop for the modern university buildings, with the University College Dublin Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business located nearby on the Blackrock campus.


The Global Lounge


A dynamic hub for internationalism on the UCD campus, The Global Lounge is a dedicated space for seminars, talks, film evenings, exhibitions and other events organised by, and for, globally-focused student groups and organisations.


Over 350 international TV stations, including Sky Sports and ESPN

One large screen and 12 smaller plasma screens

Wireless headsets to listen to individual TV stations

Xbox Kinect with games including Dance Central and Kinect Adventures

The Global Lounge


Forming global minds


Ireland’s Global University is dedicated to internationalising the student experience, providing you with access to a variety of international exchange, volunteer and summer school opportunities. The university maintains exchange links with over 400 higher education institutions in Australia, the United States, Canada, Singapore, China, and the rest of Europe. Partner universities include the University of British Columbia, University of California, University of Connecticut, University of Miami, University of Edinburgh, National University of Singapore and The University of Melbourne.



Internship opportunities


Work placements and internships form part of the curriculum on many of UCD’s degree programmes. The university has previously arranged opportunities with the following companies: KPMG, L’Oreal, Skype, eBay, Deloitte, LinkedIn, Microsoft, IBM, Ernst and Young and PWC.


CareersConnect is the Career Development Centre career appointments system. Available to UCD students and graduates, the database lists both job vacancies and internships.


Sports and activities


From canoeing and capoeira to computer science and chess, UCD’s wide range of student clubs and societies offers something for everyone. Freshers’ Week, the first week on the university calendar is the perfect time to find out what’s available. The International Student Society arranges activities and excursions all around Ireland. Make sure you sign up for the chance to meet fellow students who are also studying abroad, while getting to know Ireland’s beautiful towns and countryside, and warm-hearted people.




  • Olympic-sized swimming pool
  • 3D cinema
  • 600-seat auditorium
  • TV studio
  • The National Hockey Stadium
  • 17 natural grass sports pitches
  • Climbing wall
  • Drama theatre
  • University College Dublin sports and activities


Support Services


As well as excellent academic support, you’ll have access to…


Student Advisors – support throughout your time at University College Dublin

The Students’ Union – welfare services, from accommodation and health to finance

Niteline – a listening and information service run by students for students

UCD Counselling Service – an accessible, confidential support service

Chaplaincy Centre – a faith directory of contacts and other useful information.



Courses you can do


  • International Foundation Year
  • Engineering and Sciences
  • Business, Economics & Social Sciences



Degree Destination



Engineering and Sciences


Degrees from Trinity include...


  • BA in Nanoscience, Physics and Chemistry of Advanced Materials
  • BA in Computer Science
  • BSc Engineering with Management.


Degrees from UCD include...


  • BSc Computer Science
  • BSc Biomedical, Health and Life Sciences
  • BEng Energy Systems Engineering.


Business, Economics & Social Sciences


Degrees from Trinity include…


  • BBS in Business (single honours)
  • BA in Business and Economics (joint honours)
  • BA in Philosophy, Political Science, Economics and Sociology (single or joint honours).


Degrees from UCD include...


  • BSc Economics and Finance
  • BComm Bachelor of Commerce
  • BBL Business and Law.




Entry Requirements


Age on entry


Students are usually at least 17 years old on entry to the ISC.



Good high school graduation grades or equivalent


English Language


IELTS 5.0 (minimum 5.0 in writing) or equivalent