University College Dublin

  • Location: Ireland - Dublin
  • GPA Requirements: 3.0 GPA
  • Other Requirements: None.
  • Program Structure: Direct enrollment
  • Program Term(s): Fall, Spring
  • Official Website: University College Dublin
Program Dates
Term Start Date End Date
Fall 2024 September 2nd, 2024 December 21st, 2024
Spring 2025 January 13th, 2025 May 17th, 2025

These dates are tentative. Confirm program dates before booking travel.


This program is open to students who are at least first-semester sophomores. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required to participate.

Where: Dublin, Ireland

Studying abroad abroad in Dublin is a great choice for Allegheny students. As the capital of Ireland, Dublin City has just over 1 million inhabitants.

UCD is also one of Ireland’s most diverse universities with 8,400 international students from 140 different countries. 30% of the academic staff at UCD are also from outside Ireland. UCD is situated on 133 hectares of beautiful, green parkland – one of the largest urban campuses in Europe.

UCD Global provides a complimentary Cultural & Social Program for their Study Abroad students. They’ll take you on various cultural nights out in the city and day tours across the island! Music, theatre, and comedy shows; national parks and heritage sites; hiking and cycling trips; castle, cave, and factory tours!


UCD offers courses in a range of disciplines including Business, Computer Science, Humanities & Social Sciences, Law, Health Systems, Agriculture & Food Science, Pre-Physical Therapy, International Studies, Natural Sciences, and many more.

Academic Structure

Students enroll directly in university courses open to visiting international students. Students take classes alongside local Irish and other international students.  Lecture class sizes at UCD tend to be large, but each module (what they call classes at UCD) also has weekly tutorial sessions which are small sections of the main class.

Students apply and are admitted to one specific school at UCD where they take the majority of their modules. If desired, students can take 1-2 modules outside of their main department to broaden their disciplinary focus of study.

Course Credit

UCD uses the European Credit Transfer System, ECTS for short, and most modules at UCD are 5 ECTS. Students take 5-6 modules for a normal, full-time load of 25-30 ECTS per semester.  


View available modules in UCD’s module directory. Filter by subject area and make sure to select courses from Module Levels 1-3, which are undergraduate levels at UCD. Allegheny students cannot take courses in module levels 4-5.

Housing & Student Life

UCD has nine different residences on campus and Allegheny students typically live with other international students and Irish students in their apartment-style housing. Rooms have either shared or private bathrooms. At UCD, when they refer to a room that is “ensuite” that means it has a private bathroom. One residence (Roebuck Castle) offers a meal plan for its residents.  The rest of the residences are called “self-catered” meaning students living in them will not have a meal plan and will cook on their own in shared kitchens. Students have easy access to food and grocery delivery services from local supermarkets.

UCD has a vibrant student life on campus. There’s a huge cinema, student activities hub, a plethora of student clubs that international students are encouraged to join,

Application Process

Allegheny students must apply for approval to study off-campus from the Global Education office AND apply directly to their chosen program. For this program, students should work on the Allegheny approval application at the same time as the host program application. The Allegheny approval application deadline is February 20 for fall programs and September 20 for spring programs. Study away approval applications will be reviewed immediately following the appropriate semester deadline. The separate application deadline to apply directly to this program will vary and could be before or after Allegheny’s approval application due date. Check directly on their website (linked at the top of this page) for deadline information. For more information about the study away application process, please visit the application steps page.

Visa Information

U.S. citizens do not need to apply for a student visa for their study abroad period in Ireland. Non-U.S. citizens should consult their home country’s Irish embassy or consulate. All international students must register with

Fees & Costs

Below find information on estimated costs for a semester abroad. You will receive a bill from Allegheny College, as you normally would, for the amount shown under “Costs Paid to Allegheny College.” All other study away program costs will be paid directly to a non-Allegheny entity and are listed in part two below. These amounts are estimates and will vary depending on individual choices. A total estimated cost of attendance for this program is shown at the bottom.

All financial aid awards can be applied to study abroad costs with the exception of federal work-study awards and certain tuition exchange scholarships. For more information, visit our page about Financing Study Away.

Part One: Costs Paid to Allegheny College

Tuition (12 to 20 credits)
Students do not pay tuition directly to UCD. Instead, students continue to pay tuition to Allegheny College. This covers tuition at UCD.
Study Away Fee $800
SUBTOTAL Paid to Allegheny College $28,710

Part Two: Costs Paid to non-Allegheny Entity

– Paid directly to UCD; UCD has a variety of housing options and costs at each facility vary. Some include catered meal plans, some do not. The cost quoted here is for non-catered standard housing. Students could pay more or less than this estimate depending on their housing selection.
Estimated Costs for Meals
– Most students live in non-catered housing without a meal plan. Students grocery shop and cook on their own. If students want a meal plan, they can live in Roebuck Castle, which houses students with a meal plan. Quoted here is approximately $20/day for independent meals.
Estimated Airfare $1,200
Estimated Visa and Immigration Expenses $350
Estimated Books and Academic Materials $200
Estimated Local Transportation $120
Estimated Personal Expenses
Personal expenses include: the basic expenses for laundry, toiletries and other incidental expenses. It does not include an estimate for personal travel, entertainment or social outings.
SUBTOTAL Paid to NON-Allegheny entity $8,020


Subtotal Part One: Fees paid to Allegheny College (in section 1. above) PLUS $28,730
Subtotal Part Two: Fees paid to non-Allegheny entity (in section 2. above) $8,020
***Compare this to the cost of a semester at Allegheny in Meadville: $37,694.


Study Away Fee includes: administrative support, transcript translation and processing, pre-departure orientation, and emergency travel insurance.