University College Dublin

University College Dublin
Ireland

Language of instruction

English

University College Dublin is Ireland’s largest and most international university and is currently ranked within the top 1% of institutions worldwide. It is a vibrant, modern university, situated on a spacious and leafy campus some 5km to the south of Dublin city centre.

Dublin is the thriving capital of the Republic of Ireland and is the centre of the political, diplomatic, administrative and commercial life of the country. A visit to Dublin allows you to explore both the historical and the modern, from castles and churches to cafés and pubs.

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Semester 2 January–May
Semester 2 Semester 1 September–January

View UCD's academic calendar.

Guides and additional information

UCD has online resources to help get the most out of your exchange:

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Student testimonials

Full-time study load

30 ECTS credits per semester at UCD is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Minimum academic requirements

You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5 to study at UCD.

Find courses

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 

Search the UCD course catalogue if courses do not appear in the database. Business course list are usually confirmed in August for the following academic year.

Ensure you search for the correct level of courses - see "Additional Academic Information" below for more detail.

Study areas taught in English

Undergraduate
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Agriculture
Animal studies
Anthropology
Archaeology
Architecture
Art history
Biological engineering
Biological sciences
Biomedical engineering
Biomedical science
Biotechnology
Chemical engineering
Chemistry and biochemistry
Chinese
Civil and structural engineering
Classical languages
Computer engineering
Computer science
Criminology
Development
Drama
Earth and Geographical Sciences
Economics
Electrical engineering
English
English literature
Environmental studies
Exercise science
Film, TV and media
Finance
Food science
French
German
History and ancient history
Human resources
Information technology
International business
International relations
Italian
Japanese
Law
Marketing
Materials engineering
Mathematics and statistics
Mechanical engineering
Microbiology
Music
Nutrition science
Peace and conflict studies
Philosophy
Physics
Political science
Psychology
Public policy
Regional and town planning
Russian
Sociology
Software engineering
Spanish
Writing
Postgraduate
Architecture

Course restrictions

You can select the majority of your courses (20-30 ECTS credits) from one single faculty and up to 2 electives (5-10 ECTS credits) from another subject area. The following faculties are available to exchange students:

  • Arts & Humanities
  • Business 
  • Engineering & Architecture
  • Health & Agricultural Sciences (only sports science, food science and agriculture).
  • Social Sciences and Law
  • Science

Places in English and Psychology courses are in high demand and are only available to students majoring in these areas. Bachelor of Psychological Science (BPsySc) students are not recommended to apply for UCD.

Master of Architecture students must have relevant studio experience to apply for UCD.

Courses in the following programs are not available to exchange students:

  • Nursing
  • Public Health
  • Physiotherapy
  • Medicine
  • Veterinary Sciences

Additional academic information

UCD has online resources to help navigate their academic policies:

Course code numbering:

Undergraduate:

LEVEL:1 Introductory - 1st year

LEVEL:2 Intermediate - 2nd year

LEVEL:3 Degree - 3rd year

Postgraduate:

LEVEL:4 Masters - 4th year

The main indicator is the first number in the module code, so for example ECON20010 will be a 2nd year course. The level is also mentioned in the course description that can be found on our course search.

There are possible overlaps, however, when it comes to level 4 courses as they can sometimes be open to 3rd year students with a specialisation in the field as well as to graduate students. This often occurs in Science, e.g. Computer Science courses.

Exchange students are allowed to take any level of courses from 1 to 3. If they are interested in taking level 4 courses, we will need to assess each individual case with our academic contacts. If they are postgrad students in their home university, they will likely be able to attend the course. If they are undergrads it will depend on the course being open to undergrad students as mentioned above.

In general, we recommend that you or the student reach out to us directly to inquire about specific level 4 courses

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Accommodation

UCD has accommodation available on-campus in residence halls, catered and self-catering apartments, however, places are limited and accommodation cannot be guaranteed for all international students. If you have not been allocated a room in the student residences on-campus, or if you would rather live off-campus, you can contact the UCD Residences Off-Campus Office or the Student Union Accommodation Services for advice on off-campus options.

Cost of living

UCD has developed a guide to the living costs in Ireland to help budget for your exchange.

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  

Insurance

Students approved to participate in the Student Exchange Program are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

UCD provides advice to students regarding their health, services available and health insurance requirements.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As the Global Experiences team is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

UCD has visa and immigration information for incoming exchange students.

Contact the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) for visa information.

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, Global Experience programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

We recommend that you register your travel plans on the Smartraveller website so that the Australian Government can contact you or your family in an emergency.

Non-Australian citizens should register with their closest consulate.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.