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  • Locations: Dublin, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 10/01/2019 10/01/2019 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2020-2021 03/15/2020 03/15/2020 TBA TBA
Fall 2020 03/15/2020 03/15/2020 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 3.0 Language of Instruction: English
Click here for a definition of this term Class Standing: 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior Internships or Service Learning Available: No
Housing: Apartment, Dormitory, Other Type of Program: Direct Enroll
Program Description:

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Program Highlights

  • Established in 1854, University College Dublin (UCD), is Ireland’s largest university and one of Europe's leading research-intensive universities
  • UCD is ranked within the top 1% of higher education institutions worldwide
  • There are over 6,000 international students on campus from 127 different countries
  • Students can select from a very wide variety of classes 
  • Dublin, Ireland’s largest and capital city, is known for its friendly residents and rich history of music, culture, poetry, and the arts.

Program Overview

Dublin is the capital of Ireland as well as its largest city. One of the youngest cities in Europe, 50% of Dublin’s population is under the age of 25. Despite its big town cultural appeal, it’s known for a small town feel and friendly residents - some have called Ireland the friendliest country in the world. Dublin has more green space per square kilometer than any other European capital. It’s a dynamic city of old and new; cobblestoned streets bisect a state-of-the-art tram, and historic cathedrals contrast modern buildings housing tech companies and dot-coms. Dublin is a cosmopolitan city filled with top-notch restaurants, world-class art and entertainment, and storied pubs.  It’s home to the famous Guinness Brewery, National Museum of Ireland, St. Stephen's Green, Kilmainham Gaol, and countless pubs filled with traditional Irish music.  Dublin has an extremely rich literary history with homegrown writers and playwrights such as James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett, Bernard Shaw, Bram Stoker, and more.    

University College Dublin (UCD) students benefit from an education delivered by experts at the leading edge of their fields internationally and a curriculum constantly updated by the latest research. Study abroad students can choose from the following program areas at UCD:
  • Agriculture, Food & Nutrition
  • Arts & Humanities and Social Sciences & Law
  • Business
  • Engineering
  • Science
  • Sport & Excercise
  • US & International Affairs
UCD is Ireland’s largest and most global university with over 30,000 students. UCD was the first university in Europe to open a Global Lounge – a hub for international students to socialize and meet students from Ireland and around the world.  Located near the center of Dublin, UCD offers a mix of academic facilities, research institutes, libraries and archival collections, enterprise space, student villages, and sports and recreational facilities situated on a green and leafy campus.





Students typically take 4-6 modules (classes) per semester.  Students that enroll in 5 modules can take one outside of their main area of study, and those that enroll in 6 modules can take 2 from outside of their main area of study.  Students may also take all of their modules within their chosen subject area or college.  (Please note: Students selecting modules from the areas of Science and Engineering (2 or more) will be charged the higher program fee due to the higher tuition rate in these subjects at UCD)

UCD uses the ECTS credit system. *ECTS (European Credit Transfer & Accumulation System) is a standard for comparing the study attainment and performance of students in higher education across the European Union and other collaborating European countries. Most modules are worth 5 or 10 ECTS credits per semester.

5 ECTS credits = 3 UMD credits
7.5 ECTS credits = 4 UMD credits
10 ECTS credits = 5 UMD credits
Modules are generally taught in large or medium sized lecture halls and are the foundation on which you're expected to explore further through independent reading and self study. Smaller seminars or tutorials sometimes supplement lectures and allow for discussion. Most modules have an end of semester examination, however, some modules also include mid-term assignments and/or continuous assessment. Grades can be determined heavily by final exams.

Level 1 modules are generally equivalent to 1XXX and 2XXX level courses at UMD, Level 2 modules are similar to 2XXX and 3XXX, and Level 3 modules are analogous to 3XXX and 4XXX courses.  Students planning on taking courses to fulfill Lib. Ed. requirements should stay away from Level 3 modules.  Level 4 modules are masters level courses, and students would only be permitted access if they have a very strong background in the subject area.

*Access to Business modules is limited.  To see a list available Business modules available to visiting students, visit the Quinn School of Business webpage.
*Psychology modules are fairly restricted and students are rarely able to enroll in more than 3 Psych. modules
  • To view the subject areas and modules offered at UCD, visit the UCD Course Search webpage.  You can browse modules by subject or by school (department)
    • Click on a module to see a description ( fall = semester 1    |    spring = semester 2 ) 
  • If you’re having trouble finding a module description online, Request a syllabus.
  • Understand how your grades abroad will convert at UMD by viewing the UCD grade conversion chart.

Important Dates

View the UCD academic calendar.

Spring Semester 2019 (Semester 2)

  • Arrival: dependent on accommodation contract dates
  • Orientation: begins January 14, 2019 
  • Semester: January 21 - May 18, 2019

Fall Semester 2019 (Semester 1)

  • Arrival: tbd
  • Orientation: tbd
  • Semester: September 9 - December 20, 2019

**Do not make travel arrangements until you have been officially accepted by the UCD** 

Semester Program Costs

Click the links for detailed cost breakdowns for University College Dublin:

Liberal Arts Track

Fall 2018 Term Costs:
Program Cost: $12,769
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Costs: $9,675
Estimated Total Cost: $22,444

Spring 2019 Term Costs:
Program Cost: $12,769
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Costs: $9,725
Estimated Total Cost: $22,494

Academic Year 2018-19 Costs:
Program Cost: $25,538
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Costs: $17,450
Estimated Total Cost: $42,988

Science & Engineering Track

Fall 2018 Term Costs:
Program Cost: $13,859
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Costs: $9,675
Estimated Total Cost: $23,534

Spring 2019 Term Costs: 
Program Cost: $13,859
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Costs: $9,725
Estimated Total Cost: $23,584

Academic Year 2018-19 Costs:
Program Cost: $27,718
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Costs: $17,450
Estimated Total Cost: $45,168

Compare this to UMD's cost of attendance for an academic year.

If you do not see a cost estimate for the semester/term you intend to go abroad, the cost has not yet been determined. Please note cost estimates and fees may change depending on international economic factors. UMD Study Abroad delays the posting of final fees until enrollments, inflation, and exchange rates are determined in order to provide students with the most accurate pricing. We strive to post final fees by October 1 for Spring programs, March 1 for May/Summer programs, and May 1 for Fall and Academic year programs.

What’s included in the program fee?

  • Personalized advising
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Tuition
  • Entry visa guidance
  • On-site staff support
  • Airport reception & pick-up service (fall semester only, sign-up required)
  • Foreign transcript issuance
  • Grade posting at UMD
  • Foreign course evaluation at UMD
  • Re-entry support 

Financial Aid

Consult with One Stop to see how financial aid can apply to study abroad

  • Receive guidance about all things money related
  • Ask for estimates and budget samples
  • Learn when and how financial aid is disbursed
  • Ask about other scholarship opportunities & loan info 


Plan your budget

Download this Study Abroad Budget Planning Form to estimate costs. Create duplicates to compare this program with others. 


Students can choose to live in on-campus student residences or private off-campus residences near the city centre. The majority of study abroad students choose to live on campus to be close to class and have close access to a host of student services.  UCD residences offer a range of different accommodation options from single rooms with shared kitchens and bathrooms, apartments with several single rooms and a shared kitchen and shared bathrooms, ensuite apartments, and catered accommodations.  Click here for virtual tours of the residences.  Refer to the Residences webpage for additional information.  

Please note that once you have applied and been accepted, you will be contacted by a member of the UCD Study Abroad and exchange staff with details about the accommodation application procedures.

Travel & Documents

  • Get a passport. It takes 6 weeks to receive your passport. Make sure your passport expiration date lasts at least 6 months after your program ends
  • Visa or residence permit guidance will be given by our office as applicable
    • US and Canadian citizens do not need a visa to enter Ireland as students but they must register with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) after arrival.
    • UCD can help you with this process when you arrive. The registration fee is €300 which you will pay for once you arrive in Ireland, and this is included in the estimated out of pocket expenses for this program.
  • Roundtrip airfare should only be purchased after official acceptance from the foreign university 

How to Apply

A $50 non-refundable application fee will be billed to your student account upon submission of your online application. Provide the following program info when you apply:

Center Name: UMD Study Abroad
Education Abroad Term: (Fall/Spring/Academic year etc.)
Country: Ireland
Program Name: Study in Dublin, Ireland (select your track)

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After you apply

  1. You will receive an email confirmation with a link to your application checklist
  2. Follow instructions for submitting your checklist items on time
  3. Your UMD study abroad program coordinator will review your application and monitor the progress of your checklist
  4. Your program coordinator (or short-term program leader) will confirm your acceptance
  5. Once accepted, you must complete a confirmation checklist to confirm your participation
  6. Once we receive your confirmation, your account will be billed

If you decide to cancel, you must login to the application system and submit a “Cancel Request.” 

UMD Program Contact

Contact Levi Drevlow, the Study Abroad Program Coordinator with any questions.

UMD Study Abroad
UMD 138 Kirby Plaza
1208 Kirby Drive
Duluth MN 55812
(218) 726 8764 or (877) 755-4200


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