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University College Dublin
Dublin, Ireland (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 11/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Summer 2019 03/22/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2019 03/23/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA: 3.0
Housing Options: On Campus
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The University College ~ Dublin
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History & Description

University College Dublin is Ireland's largest and most diversified university.  It provides a broad range of Bachelors, Masters, and PhD degrees in five Colleges: the College of Arts and Celtic Studies, the College of Business and Law, the College of Human Sciences, the College of LIfe Sciences, the College of Engineering, and Mathematical and Physical Sciences.  This institution can trace its roots back to the Catholic University of Ireland which was founded in 1854 by Cardinal John Henry Newman.  Since then, the university has played a central role in Ireland's advancement as a dynamic and highly successful European state and has established a long and distinguished tradition of service to scholarship and the Irish and international community.  Today, UCD is a vibrant, modern university with over 24,000 students.  It provides both Irish and international students alike with a supportive and stimulating environment of learning.

UCD is also known for its modern buildings and first-class academic and sporting facilities.  Besides aesthetics, UCD provides a busy extracurricular life and students are encouraged to become actively involved in the wide range of social, cultural, and sporting activities available.  Also, UCD provides comprehensive student support services, including a student health center, student advisors, and career services. 

Dublin, Ireland

Mysterious, mystical, and full of cultural nuances, Dublin leaves everyone wanting more.   To delve into Dublin, one should simply meander through its many streets and parks.  It has become obvious to all that reside there and who visit that through every breath, the Dublin of the past happily resides by the multicultural Dublin of today.  Ireland’s capital has become a delightful mishmash that no one should miss out on.

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About The Program

Orientation & Airport Pick-Up

The institution provides a 2 to 3 day orientation for all exchange and study abroad students. Here is a sample Orientation Schedule  from Spring 2017.
There is no airport pick-up servive, but they do provide instructions on how to arrive to UCD:
Also, this institution provides a very knowledgeable handbook for international students to help them adjust to life at UCD:
Students will receive a check from BW in the amount of BW board (Jacket Express) for the semester.  Housing at UCD is more expensive than housing at BW. The least expensive option is about $1,500 more.  To learn more about housing at UCD, follow this link:  To explore the on-campus residence halls, go to this link:

Food & Laundry
UCD does not have a cafeteria, so students can choose to either cook for themselves, eat at restaurants, or eat at the local cafes.  To learn more about UCD’s meal options, please go to this link: 

As for other amenities, each on-campus residence has access to laundry facilities and there is also excellent Internet coverage.  However, we still do recommend you bringing your own laptop for convenience. 


Public transportation is both dependable and efficient in Ireland.  If you would like to learn more about the transportation system that is accessible to you, go to page 16 in the International Handbook which is located at

Banking & Cell Phones

It is recommended that students keep their American bank accounts and simply use the ATM's instead of opening a local bank account.  It is imperative, however, to inform your bank of your upcoming time abroad and to learn more about your bank’s policy for making withdrawals  in order to best avoid any banking problems.  Usually, you should expect a fee for withdrawals (usually about $3 or $4). More information regarding banking will be discussed during the BW Pre-Departure Orientation Session. 

As for cell phone use, students have recommended that you buy a cell phone and phone cards abroad for both local and international use. 


As in most universities, teaching is done through a combination of lecture, seminar, tutorials, and laboratory classes.  The precise mix of teaching methods varies from subject to subject, depending on what is being covered and on the size of the class.  Lectures and tutorials are usually about 50 minutes, although seminars can be longer.  In general, classes involve fewer lectures and more tutorial and independent study.  Therefore, you should be prepared to do extensive reading and develop a well-disciplined approach to library and laboratory work. 


Cultural/Social Program for International Students – UCD offers all study abroad and exchange students the opportunity to learn about Irish culture through a series of excursions and field trips in Dublin and across the island of Ireland.  Some typical activities include the Wicklow Moutain Walk, the Neolithic Tomb day trip, the trip to the National Theater, a castle tour, Irish dancing, and traditional Irish music.

Sports – The sports facilities at UCD are fantastic.  All levels of proficiency are catered for in the 56 official sports clubs.  UCD has facilities for soccer, rugby, Gaelic games and hockey, in addition to an athletics track and tennis courts.  There is also a large indoor sports center with squash courts, sports halls, and a state of the art fitness suite.  To learn more about sports at UCD, go to this link:

Student Clubs and Societies – There are more than 100 student societies and clubs that are open to all students.  Early in the semester there is an exhibition to promote and provide information on the clubs and societies.  To learn more visit:

All BW students are required to have international health insurance. Students will be automatically enrolled in this insurance. More information regarding insurance coverage will be provided once you begin an online application or contact Explorations for more details. 

The UCD Student Health Center provides confidential and excellent medical service to all registered students at the university.  Male and female doctors are available throughout the day.  To learn more:

 Also, counseling services are available to all registered students too. To learn more:


Current BW Status

You must be a current BW student and have completed at least one semester of on-campus study at BW before you may submit an application.


Your cumulative grade point average has to be 3.0 or above (the host institution might have a higher GPA requirement.)  If lower than a 3.0, students may appeal with the permission of the Explorations Director. Students will also be required to submit 2 letters of Recommendation to UCD as a part of their application.

Student Conduct Record

Serious or multiple violations of college policy may jeopardize your eligibility for Explorations/Study Abroad programs. You will not be eligible for a program if you have been found in violation of any of the following policies within the past 12 months: alcohol, drugs, assault (any type), harassment, stalking, vandalism, theft and more (this list is not all-inclusive).

Bursar's Approval

Your account must be paid in full, or at least, making current payments to the University for the current term.

All BW students are required to have international health insurance. Students will be automatically enrolled in this insurance. More information regarding insurance coverage will be provided once you begin an online application or contact Explorations for more details. 

What Can I Study?

UCD is a large university with many course areas available. To gain a better understanding of the different disciplines offered at UCD, please reference:

Some of the course areas that are available at UCD are: Athletic Training, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Computer Information Systems, Music (Conservatory), Economics, English, Exercise Science, Finance, Mathematical Economics, Philosophy, Physical Education, Physics, Pre-Physical Therapy, Sociology, Sport Management, and Sustainability.

Academic Credit

In order to receive transfer credit from your classes abroad, you need to receive a "C" grade or better.

How Much Does It Cost?

Students who choose to participate in this full semester program can expect to pay charges as a BW residential student--current tuition, room and board, for the respective semester. All of your financial aid and scholarships will apply. As mentioned above, students will be responsible for the additional housing costs at UCD. Addtioanl financial aid may be availabe to help with this extra cost. Students should expect to pay out of pocket for airfare and in-country expenses. These typically run between $2,000 and $4,000. However, this will depend on your personal spending habits. 

Financial Aid and Scholarships

In addition to federal aid, other forms of financial assistance may be available. Public and private organizations, businesses, and churches often award grants, loans, and fellowships to students traveling abroad. Scholarships may be awarded on the basis of personal attributes (ethnic or religious background, parents' field of employment,etc.) For more information about available scholarships/funding, please visit :

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