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  Location   Dublin, Ireland
  Autumn Semester / Academic Year
  Spring Semester
  Credits   20-25 UW credits per semester
  Eligibility   Junior standing or above by time of  
  departure; min. 3.0 GPA
  Language   Instruction in English
  Adviser   Mike Renes |
  Jan. 15 (Autumn Semester and Academic Year)
  Spring Semester priority deadline
  May 15 (Spring Semester)
  General   Study an extensive range of subjects at a top
  university in a modern, hard-working,
  dynamic center of commerce and industry.
  Dublin is a cultural capital; it is home to some
  of Europe's most accomplished artists and
  Where You Will Study
  Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships
  Application Process
  Program Evaluations


Where You Will Study

Dublin has a world famous history, having produced many prominent literary figures, including Nobel laureates William Butler Yeats, George Bernard Shaw and Samuel Beckett. Other influential writers and playwrights include Oscar Wilde, Jonathan Swift and the creator of Dracula, Bram Stoker. It is arguably most famous as the location of the greatest works of James Joyce, including Ulysses, which is set in Dublin and full of topical detail. Apart from being the focus of the country's literature and theater, Dublin is also the focal point for much of Irish Art and the Irish artistic scene.

Since the late 1990s, Dublin has experienced a significant level of net immigration making it a very multicultural and diverse city. Dublin is also the primary center of education in Ireland, with three universities and many other higher education institutions. In addition, Dublin has more green spaces per square kilometer than any other European capital city, with 97% of city residents living within 300 meters of a park area.



Since its inception in 1854, University College Dublin (UCD) has established a long and distinguished tradition of service to scholarship and to the community; succeeding generations of graduates have played a central role in the shaping of modern Ireland and in the conduct of international affairs. Today, University College Dublin is acknowledged as a center of excellence for teaching and research, and its degrees are recognized and respected worldwide. It is also Ireland's largest university.

For students, it is a stimulating and exciting place in which to spend some very formative years of intellectual and personal development as University College Dublin played a key role in the history of the modern Irish State and today it plays a leading part in shaping Ireland's future.

The main campus of University College Dublin is situated at Belfield, very nearby to the center of dynamic Dublin. This campus is an attractively landscaped complex of modern architectural buildings, accommodating most of the Colleges and Schools of the University as well as its student residences and numerous leisure and sporting facilities.

Typically, students take five to six modules during a semester at UCD. Modules are chosen from an extensive range available from UCD's undergraduate degree programs, including Celtic Studies, Irish Folklore, Art History, Modern Languages, Political Science, Engineering, Business, Mathematics, Life Sciences, and much more.

When compared to American university courses, first and second-year courses in Ireland are typically more advanced and akin to Junior and Senior-level courses in the United States. Due to the highly specialized and structured compositions of Irish curricula, UW exchange participants should have a background in their proposed area of study and not plan to enroll for courses in more than one or two specializations. In general, Irish universities place a greater emphasis on independent learning than most undergraduate programs in the United States. Although many Irish courses are designed as full-year units, most allow students the option to enroll on a semester or per-term basis. Irish university classes generally meet as large lectures, seminars, group discussions and/or tutorials. Lectures, seminars and discussions are similar to those taught at the UW in terms of size and general format. Tutorials are smaller discussions with the professor teaching the course.

You can begin your search for courses right here:

UCD course catalog

If you’re looking for a record of how courses from this institution have been transferred in the past, visit the credit equivalency database to help you determine what foreign courses might satisfy your academic needs here at the UW.

For more information on how these courses will appear on your UW transcript, please visit: credits for exchanges



Students are responsible for securing and funding their own housing in Ireland but are encouraged to apply for university accommodations. Student housing is an exceptional way to meet Irish students and to integrate into campus life. Although university housing is not guaranteed, most international student applications are accepted.

Program Expenses, Financial Aid & Scholarships

As a participant of a university exchange, you pay an exchange fee equivalent to UW tuition (1.5 quarters of UW tuition for semester-long exchanges, and 3 quarters of UW tuition for academic year exchanges). Exchange fees are determined by UW residency status: in-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to in-state tuition, and out-of-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to out-of-state tuition. The exchange fee and IPE administrative fee are charged to your UW account and due by the UW tuition deadline for your term(s) of study abroad. You should also budget for additional expenses such as international airfare & transportation, books & course materials, visa & passport fees, study abroad insurance and personal expenses.

For the total estimated costs of this particular program, you may request a budget by filling out a Budget Request Form.

For more information about budgeting, financial aid, and scholarships for study abroad visit our page on Finances.


Application Process

To apply for this exchange, click the "Apply Now" button and follow the prompts to create an application. After you create your application, click on each of the links on your study abroad application homepage and complete the remaining application requirements: questionnaires, material submissions, and electronic signature documents.

University exchanges may also require completion of a secondary application specific to the host institution. Instructions about this process will be provided to you by your study abroad advisor following your selection for the exchange.

See  Applications and Recommendations for additional information about the application process and tips for recommendations.

See Withdrawal for UW program withdrawal policies.



Program Evaluations

After participating in a UW Study Abroad program, students are asked to complete a Program Evaluation Report detailing their experiences abroad and giving advice for future students. These reports cover all aspects of a student's time abroad, including orientation, academics, housing, finances, and cultural differences. 

To see past students' evaluations for the University College Dublin Direct Exchange program, click on the link below.

University College Dublin Exchange.pdf

Note: student names and contact information have been crossed off for confidentiality reasons. If you would like to get in contact with a previous participant of this program, please inquire at the Study Abroad Office or email