Recognized as the best European capital in which to live, Dublin is one of those cities that you will find on almost everyone’s must-see travel list. As the most populous city of Ireland, it is home to nearly 1.8 million residents. Dublin is also recognized as a young city, and the relative youth of its population has led to it becoming one of the most active and avant-garde cities in all of Europe. From its creative live music scene to its top-notch restaurants, Dublin is a city that draws students from all over the world providing a uniquely globalized experience. Rich with history, culture and world-class education, Dublin makes an ideal study abroad destination.
University College Dublin, the largest university in Ireland, is a vibrant, modern university of over 24,000 students situated on a spacious and leafy campus some 3 miles south of Dublin city center. Over 5,000 of UCD’s students come from outside Ireland providing a valuable international environment. For students, both Irish and international, it is a supportive and stimulating environment in which to spend a period of intellectual and personal development. UCD offers a lively campus community in which to live and study with modern buildings and first-class academic and sporting facilities. Students are encouraged to become actively involved in the wide range of social, cultural and sporting activities available on-campus. The UCD Global Lounge is a vibrant space for social events, seminars and relaxing with friends. UCD also has comprehensive student support services, including a student health center, student advisors, counseling and careers advisory facilities.
Orientation sessions provide detailed information about student life at UCD. There are university tours, sessions to introduce students to the culture, history and politics of Ireland and social events at which students will meet their peers. Walking tours introduce students to the city and its principal landmarks. It's important to attend the orientation program because it will make your first days and weeks at UCD easier.
UCD is a comprehensive university that offers courses in a wide range of subject areas. At UCD they call courses 'modules'. Generally modules are 5 ECTS credits, the equivalent of 3 U.S. credits and a full course load for the semester is 30 ECTS credits (six modules). Classes are typically three hours per week per module, and study abroad students attend classes alongside Irish and other international students. Grades do not transfer to Marquette University for this program. Only credits will transfer provided that a grade of ‘C’ or higher is earned. To visit their website, please click here.
The UCD College of Engineering & Architecture will offer Study Abroad Engineering Students the opportunity to extend an academic semester of study to include a research or industry placement during the summer. Your fall and spring outgoing study abroad 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 (fall and spring semester applicable). There is no additional programme fee for placing students.
The summer placement will be an extension to their study abroad academic semester so the GPA requirement of 3.0 which they must meet when applying to the UCD Engineering Study Abroad Programme will suffice.
On the standard online application to the Engineering Study Abroad Programme, a question asking the student if they would like to engage in an unpaid summer research/industry placement after their academic semester will be included.
When a student then accepts their UCD offer, interested students will be required to complete a form which will include questions such as:
· Research area of interest
· Indicate duration of placement ( i.e. between 4-16 weeks)
· Any research or relevant work experience to date
· Whether the student plans on studying for a BE, ME or PhD
Students will live on-campus with an approximate cost of between €25-€40 per night depending on the Residence Hall.
University housing is available for 3,000 students and UCD student residences typically consist of apartments of three or four people. Each student has their own single room and shares bathroom and kitchen facilities. There are several different apartment complexes on campus and students are able to identify preferences on their housing application. Space can be limited, and UCD’s International Office provides assistance to international students who must seek accommodation off-campus.