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We invite you to study in Ireland with API at University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland's largest university! Choose from a broad range of courses offered in the fields of American Studies, Arts and Celtic Studies, Business, Engineering, Human Sciences, Law, Life Sciences, and Mathematical & Physical Sciences. With top accreditations (including AACSB and ABET) and a diverse international population, UCD is the ideal setting for an enriching study abroad experience in Ireland's capital city!

Enroll in classes alongside students from across the world, earn valuable academic credit, experience the warm hospitality of the Irish people, and explore this charming European capital!

What's Included?

Highlights

Pre Departure Services

Advising

APIConnect Platform

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking

Scholarships

On Site Services

Airport Reception

On-Site Orientation

Housing

Excursions

Tuition

Medical and Life Insurance

Resident Directors

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Volunteer Opportunities

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation

Transcript

Alumni Network and API Ambassador Program

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Application Requirements

  • Minimum G.P.A. 3.0
  • Open to freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Completed API application
  • University Approval Form
  • One letter of recommendation
  • One official transcript
  • Copy of passport/birth certificate
  • Entry Requirements: Valid passport with supporting documentation
Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Extended Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Spring Jan, 2023 - May, 2023 $25,500 Oct 25, 2022 No Extension Nov 25, 2022
Fall Sep, 2023 - Dec, 2023 $25,500 Apr 15, 2023 No Extension May 15, 2023
Academic Year Sep, 2023 - May, 2024 $49,900 Apr 15, 2023 No Extension May 15, 2023

The prices indicated per session are the standard price. If students wish to take any STEM classes, they will incur an additional fee of $1,150 per semester.

API students participate in excursions designed to help familiarize them with the culture and surrounding areas of their host city and country. The following is a listing of potential excursions for API Dublin programs. API may need to modify the excursions offered in a given term due to travel restrictions or health and safety concerns.

  • Boyne Valley Farm Tour

    The Boyne Valley, located in Ireland’s Ancient East, is Ireland's heritage cultural center, and was once the seat of the High Kings and the political & ceremonial center of the island. The Boyne Valley is scattered with ancient burial tombs older than the pyramids, and ceremonial lands, Medieval Castles that were honored by the Irish clans, and some of the best agricultural land in the country. During this trip, students will stop at a famous castle, visit a working farm, and hike to a stunning Megalithic Tomb on Witches Hill.

  • Galway City Day Trip

    On Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way, Galway City is a look into Ireland’s more traditional gaelic culture, in the setting of a friendly, bohemian city, with a small town feel. Situated alongside a popular seaside destination, students can visit its beautiful beaches and walk the long winding promenade. After exploring its labyrinthine cobbled streets, colorful shop facades, old bookstores, and weekend markets, there’s still more to do! Visitors can kick back and listen to some of Ireland's best traditional musicians, tour the great museums, watch craftspeople make hand-knit pieces, pick up a Claddagh ring in the home of Claddagh, sip on a cuppa beside a turf fire, or test their ears on the Gaelic language sung & spoken. Galway is not called the ‘Capital of Culture' for nothing!

  • Howth Hikes

    Howth is a fishing village just north of Dublin, known for its stunning scenic hikes and views of Lambay Island and the Baily Lighthouse. Howth is also renowned for its seafood and has some of the most famous fish & chip shops in Ireland.

    During this excursion, students can take a hike on Howth Hill to a famous lighthouse, visit the weekend market to browse through an array of Irish crafts and sample the wide selection of organic foods on offer. When done with all of that, students can stroll through Howth Harbor, and hopefully get a glance of the cheeky seals that pop up every now and then!

  • Wicklow Way & Glendalough Trip

    Wicklow has been named “The Garden of Ireland” due to its beautiful fauna & flora, and its breathtaking scenery. The journey will bring students through locations where famous movies such as Braveheart and PS I Love You were filmed. This trip includes stops at waterfalls, the famous Lough Tay, or “Guinness Lake”, the P.S I Love You bridge, a hike in the world famous heritage site of Glendalough (Glen of Two Lakes) with its dramatic and the breathtaking ancient glacial valleys of the Wicklow Mountains, and a visit to the monastic ruins that hold great importance to Irish history.

  • Boyne Valley Farm Tour

    The Boyne Valley, located in Ireland’s Ancient East, is Ireland's heritage cultural center, and was once the seat of the High Kings and the political & ceremonial center of the island. The Boyne Valley is scattered with ancient burial tombs older than the pyramids, and ceremonial lands, Medieval Castles that were honored by the Irish clans, and some of the best agricultural land in the country. Students will visit a famous castle, a working farm, and hike to a stunning Megalithic Tomb on Witches Hill.

  • Glendalough and Wicklow Mountains

    Wicklow has been named “The Garden of Ireland” and with it’s beautiful fauna & flora, and it’s breath-taking scenery, you will see why. Our journey will bring us through locations where famous movies such as Braveheart and PS I Love You were filmed. This trip includes stops at waterfalls, the famous Lough Tay, or “Guinness Lake”, the P.S I love you bridge, a hike in the world famous heritage site of Glendalough (Glen of two lakes) where we will see the dramatic and the breathtaking ancient glacial valleys of the Wicklow Mountains and a visit to the Monastic ruins there which hold great importance to Irish History.

  • Howth

    Howth is a fishing village just north of Dublin, known for its stunning scenic hikes and views of Lambay Island and the Baily Lighthouse. Howth is also renowned for its seafood and has some of the most famous fish & chip shops in Ireland.

    During this excursion, students can take a hike on Howth Hill to a famous lighthouse, visit the weekend market to browse through an array of Irish crafts and sample the wide selection of organic foods on offer. When done with all of that, students can stroll through Howth Harbor, and hopefully get a glance of the cheeky seals that pop up every now and then!

  • Ring of Kerry

    The Ring of Kerry is a tourist trail and part of the mystical & unspoilt region of Ireland that has attracted visitors for hundreds of years. Its spectacular beauty is beyond question and it is a natural centre for outdoor pursuits that include golf, water sports, cycling, walking, running, riding and the very best fishing in freshwater rivers. Above all, the Ring of Kerry provides an amazing insight into the ancient heritage of Ireland and takes in some of the most spectacular landscapes of Ireland’s Southwest.

    There is a huge variety in the excursion including incredible scenery, historical and archaeological sites of national importance, Ceilí dancing, traditional music, Gaelic football, meeting local people, visiting a Gaelic speaking area and learning about local traditions & the way of life. Students get to experience life in Kerry and visit places most tourists never see. It’s always great fun or ‘great craic’ – an experience not to be missed!

  • Boyne Valley Farm Tour

    The Boyne Valley, located in Ireland’s Ancient East, is Ireland's heritage cultural center, and was once the seat of the High Kings and the political & ceremonial center of the island. The Boyne Valley is scattered with ancient burial tombs older than the pyramids, and ceremonial lands, Medieval Castles that were honored by the Irish clans, and some of the best agricultural land in the country. Students will visit a famous castle, a working farm, and hike to a stunning Megalithic Tomb on Witches Hill.

  • Bray to Greystones Coastal Hike

    The beautiful coastal walk to Greystones begins from the pretty seaside town of Bray. Students will navigate one of the region's most picturesque coastal hikes to the quaint village of Greystones, and will visit yummy eateries to suit all tastes!

  • Dingle

    Dingle, a small fishing village, is renowned for its landscape and also for the warmth of its people. Beautiful mountainous and coastal countryside with castle ruins, ancient monuments, and archaeological sites are waiting to be discovered.

  • Glendalough and Wicklow Mountains

    Wicklow has been named “The Garden of Ireland” and with it’s beautiful fauna & flora, and it’s breath-taking scenery, you will see why. Our journey will bring us through locations where famous movies such as Braveheart and PS I Love You were filmed. This trip includes stops at waterfalls, the famous Lough Tay, or “Guinness Lake”, the P.S I love you bridge, a hike in the world famous heritage site of Glendalough (Glen of two lakes) where we will see the dramatic and the breathtaking ancient glacial valleys of the Wicklow Mountains and a visit to the Monastic ruins there which hold great importance to Irish History.

  • Howth

    Howth is a fishing village just north of Dublin, known for its stunning scenic hikes and views of Lambay Island and the Baily Lighthouse. Howth is also renowned for its seafood and has some of the most famous fish & chip shops in Ireland.

    During this excursion, students can take a hike on Howth Hill to a famous lighthouse, visit the weekend market to browse through an array of Irish crafts and sample the wide selection of organic foods on offer. When done with all of that, students can stroll through Howth Harbor, and hopefully get a glance of the cheeky seals that pop up every now and then!

  • Ring of Kerry

    The Ring of Kerry is a tourist trail and part of the mystical & unspoilt region of Ireland that has attracted visitors for hundreds of years. Its spectacular beauty is beyond question and it is a natural centre for outdoor pursuits that include golf, water sports, cycling, walking, running, riding and the very best fishing in freshwater rivers. Above all, the Ring of Kerry provides an amazing insight into the ancient heritage of Ireland and takes in some of the most spectacular landscapes of Ireland’s Southwest.

    There is a huge variety in the excursion including incredible scenery, historical and archaeological sites of national importance, Ceilí dancing, traditional music, Gaelic football, meeting local people, visiting a Gaelic speaking area and learning about local traditions & the way of life. Students get to experience life in Kerry and visit places most tourists never see. It’s always great fun or ‘great craic’ – an experience not to be missed!

  • The Wild Atlantic Way

    The Wild Atlantic Way is a world-famous coastal route that spans seven of Ireland’s counties, taking in some breathtaking scenery along the way. Stops may include the Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, the Cliffs of Moher, the Spanish Point, Doolin, the Ailwee Caves, the Burren, and more!

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 15 credits per semester

Students who choose to study abroad in Dublin at the University College Dublin (UCD) choose from a range of undergraduate courses offered in the Faculties of American Studies, Arts and Celtic Studies, Business, Engineering, Human Sciences, Law, Life Sciences, and Mathematical & Physical Sciences.

Courses are arranged in the seminar and lecture style, and grades are based predominantly on work submitted during the semester and by a final exam.

TRANSCRIPTS

API students receive their transcript from University College Dublin upon successful completion of their program.

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    Rachael O'Malley

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    Emilie Noble

    Emilie Noble will be your Regional Director on-site and will assist you in achieving your educational and professional goals abroad.
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COURSE OFFERINGS

UCD offers a number of unique and in-demand majors for students at all levels, including architecture, business, nursing, international studies, engineering, natural sciences, pre-medicine, and sports management!

Courses are arranged in the seminar and lecture style. Most courses at UCD are equivalent to 2.5 U.S. semester credits. Students may select 3-6 courses (modules) from any one department (e.g., 3-6 modules from the school of Business, 1-2 of which can optionally be from any other school at UCD). Students must enroll in a minimum of 5 modules eligible for up to 15 credit hours per semester. Students must enroll in at least 3 modules from their main department choice.

Students will pre-register for courses prior to arrival. API recommends that after consulting the API website for course listings, students have 10 courses approved by their home university prior to departure, in order to allow for scheduling conflicts and the possible unavailability of certain classes. There is a 1-week add/drop period at the beginning of the semester at UCD.

Please note: not all courses are offered every semester or every year. The course selection may vary, and no course is guaranteed. Contact the API office if you have any questions on available courses.

Students who are interested in taking courses in the schools of Agriculture, Architecture, Nursing, Science, Pre-Med, or the College of Engineering, will be subject to additional fees. Likewise, if a student wants to take the majority of their modules from STEM-related subject areas, they will be assessed an additional tuition fee per semester. The tuition portion of the API program price varies based on the combination of courses chosen. Please check the ‘Dates and Fees’ section or contact the API office for further details.

ENGINEERING INTERNSHIP OPTION (SPRING ONLY)

The UCD College of Engineering & Architecture is offering Study Abroad Engineering Students the opportunity to extend an academic semester of study to include a research or industry placement during the summer. Spring students can be accommodated in a 4-16 week unpaid placement on the basis that they will or have spent an academic semester of study at the UCD College of Engineering & Architecture. While placements cannot be guaranteed, a dedicated Study Abroad Officer will work with the student from the outset to secure their summer placement as early as possible. There is no additional fee for this placement opportunity, though there may be additional fees to extend housing and insurance. Students will be responsible for arranging and financing their own housing to cover the additional time spent in Dublin for the internship. Contact the API Dublin Program Manager for more information on this opportunity.

PROFESSIONAL PROGRAM OPTIONS

UCD has developed a series of programs for study abroad students focused on specific professional disciplines.

These include the following:

  • Pre-Law
  • Pre-Medical
  • Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Pre-Veterinary

For more information about these professional program options, contact the API office.

CREDIT INFORMATION

UCD awards credit based on the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). Semester courses at the university are usually awarded 5 or 10 ECTS credits. Universities in the U.S. typically award .5 credit hour for every 1 ECTS credit. For example, a course worth 5 ECTS would transfer to the U.S. as 2.5 semester credit hours. It is very important that students planning on studying at UCD discuss the transfer of credits with an advisor at their home university – some universities have different standards for transferring ECTS credits. Based on the ECTS credits awarded per course, students usually take 5-6 classes in order to receive 12-15 credit hours per semester. Students are responsible for ensuring that they are enrolled in the required amount of semester credits to meet the requirements of the home university. In all faculties, entrance to specific courses is subject to the approval of UCD and the completion of certain prerequisites. Courses offered on a year-long basis can only be taken by students visiting for the full academic year.

Courses at University College Dublin (Full Curriculum)

For the most up-to-date course availability on this program, explore our Class Finder. Sort courses by term, area of study, and more!

Click here to find courses, syllabi, and more!

Courses at University College Dublin (Full Curriculum)

For the most up-to-date course availability on this program, explore our Class Finder. Sort courses by term, area of study, and more!

Click here to find courses, syllabi, and more!

Courses at University College Dublin (Full Curriculum)

For the most up-to-date course availability on this program, explore our Class Finder. Sort courses by term, area of study, and more!

Click here to find courses, syllabi, and more!

Highlights
  • Courses in English with Irish, international, and American students
  • Unique course offerings
  • AACSB and EQUIS accredited business school
  • ABET accredited engineering school
  • Engineering internship placements (spring semester only)
  • Scholarship opportunities for students taking science courses (up to $450 per semester)

UCD single-semester students stay on the UCD campus, ideally located and a five-minute walk to class. The three-story apartment buildings are formed into a number of blocks over-looking large grassed areas. Students can enjoy the privacy of their own room with shared bathroom and communal area for cooking and socializing. All utilities are included, with wifi available across the entire campus. There is 24/7 security and support for any issues you may experience. The accommodation also offers a social space for the entire complex, equipped with vending machines, pool table, Xbox and Netflix, and students can also make full use of the campus fitness center, swimming pool, cinema, restaurants, cafes, and health center.

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