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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Contact: Ben Briggs Program type: Exchange, Non-exchange
Area of study: Business administration, Environmental health sciences, Information sciences, Media & Journalism, Nursing, Nutrition Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 3.0
Eligibility: First-Year, Junior, Senior, Sophomore Open to Non-UNC students: No
Graduate courses available: Yes Housing options: Apartment (shared), Residence Hall, Student responsibility
Language prerequisite: No Language of instruction: English
Program Description:
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University College Dublin

On this program, UNC students directly enroll at University College Dublin (UCD) for a semester or academic year for an opportunity to fully integrate into the academic, social, and cultural life at UCD. You may apply as an exchange or non-exchange student. No matter your classification, you will take courses alongside degree-seeking UCD students and participate in all aspects of student life.

UCD is Ireland's largest and most diverse university, with a combined undergraduate enrollment of over 19, 000. Its modern, vibrant campus is situated 3km south of the Dublin city centre, providing study abroad students with an ideal location to explore the thriving capital of Ireland. UCD offers a lively campus community in which to live and study, with state-of-the-art buildings and first class academic and sporting facilities. It has a busy extracurricular life and study abroad students are encouraged to become actively involved in the wide range of social, cultural and sporting activities available.

Attention Dramatic Art Students! Participants on the University College Dublin exchange program may be eligible for the Elizabeth Malone Roughton Study Abroad Scholarship. This UNC scholarship is awarded to a student pursuing a Dramatic Art focused study abroad program in Dublin, Ireland. To apply, open an application for "Study Abroad Office General Scholarships."


The main site of UCD is at Belfield, a beautifully landscaped 300-acre campus, about three miles from the centre of Dublin. The campus libraries contain over a million volumes, including premiere collections of Irish manuscripts. The main campus houses a state-of-the-art sports complex and numerous playing fields. Also, there are more than a hundred student Clubs and Societies that UNC-CH students can participate in. UCD's terrific location enhances the study abroad experience. The city of Dublin is the capital of the Republic of Ireland and the nation's principal sea port. With its wide streets and gracious architecture, Dublin is a capital city offering numerous theatres, museums, art galleries and cinemas, and is also the setting for many international sporting events and rock concerts.

Courses & Credits

Academic Offerings at UCD

UCD offers a semesterized system with a student-focused curriculum and unparalleled choice and flexibility. Study abroad students have the option of choosing from a diverse course catalog and are placed alongside Irish students in the same lectures and examinations.

Exchange students are eligible to take classes in the following:
  • College of Arts and Humanities
  • College of Social Sciences and Law (except Law)
  • College of Science (including Computer Science)

Level 4 courses in all fields of study and Level 3 courses in Psychology and English are restricted and student access is subject to approval by the college/school at UCD.

Students wishing to enroll in UCD’s other colleges or special programs, including the College of Business and the School of Public Health, Physiotherapy, and Sports Science must apply to UCD as a “non-exchange” student and pay UCD’s tuition and fees rather than UNC’s (see the budget sheet for the cost breakdown).   

The Irish Academic System
UCD coursework consists of a diverse combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practicals and laboratory classes. The Irish educational system positions students to be more independent and pro-active in their learning. Rather than multiple assessments throughout the semester, students may be graded only on a final essay and/or exam. You may find that they are spending less time inside the classroom and should be prepared to do extensive reading and develop a well disciplined approach to library and laboratory work. While this system may prove challenging for U.S. students, many students thrive on the freedom to direct their education and welcome the exposure to a Graduate School-style approach.    
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Study abroad students can live in on or off campus housing facilities. On the grounds of UCD, student housing exists in four locations-Roebuck Hall, Delgrove, Glenomena and Merville Residences-all within one minute's walk of academic buildings and other amenities. Each apartment consists of a study bedroom, bathroom and fully equipped kitchen/dining room. Students generally have single, private rooms and share residences with 3 or 4 people. Although none of the student housing options are catered, the campus hosts a full service restaurant and numerous snack bars. UCD's on campus housing options are sometimes limited due to the large number of students that attend UCD. Therefore, UCD will help students find off campus accommodations if needed. Students who do not live on campus are advised to arrive 2-3 weeks early to make housing arrangements.
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Program Costs

Review the Budget Sheet posted above for detailed information on costs and fees. Costs vary per term and are subject to change. 
Tuition and fees for the program are set based on the host institution’s rates, and will be charged to the participant’s UNC student account. Always refer to the Budget Sheet on this page, and not the host institution’s posted rates, as it is customized for UNC students. Review the Budget Sheet for additional Cashier Billed Expenses and Out-of-Pocket Costs.The Study Abroad Office strongly encourages students to budget carefully for their time abroad. 
Getting Started: Funding Study Abroad  

Participants on the University College Dublin exchange program may be eligible for the Elizabeth Malone Roughton Study Abroad Scholarship. This UNC scholarship is awarded to a student pursuing a Dramatic Art focused study abroad program in Dublin, Ireland. To apply, open an application for "Study Abroad Office General Scholarships."

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Application Process

Follow these steps to apply for this program:
  1. Complete the required UNC application by clicking “Apply Now” at the top of the page. If you have not done so already, create a profile to start your application.
  2. The Study Abroad Office will review applications and nominate qualified students to the host institution.
  3. Nominated students are required to complete an application for the host institution. Follow instructions provided by the Study Abroad Advisor and make note of all deadlines.
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More Information

For information on requesting ARS accommodations (academic, health, and mobility concerns) for a study abroad program, contact the Advisor for Access.
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2021 09/10/2020
10/04/2020 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2021-2022 04/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2021 04/01/2021 ** 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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