Dublin, Ireland

Arts + Sciences (University College Dublin)

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This program has been suspended for fall 2021.

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Immerse yourself in Ireland’s largest university and CIEE’s partner school by enrolling in courses at University College Dublin (UCD) alongside Irish and international students. Select coursework across six colleges: Arts & Humanities; Business, Engineering, and Architecture; Health and Agricultural Sciences; Science; and Social Sciences and Law. Students can opt to take a full course load at UCD (five courses per semester) or combine UCD courses with CIEE electives, taught by adjunct lecturers at CIEE Dublin, located on Dublin City University’s All Hallows campus. All courses are complemented with CIEE co-curricular activities and excursions beyond the city to enhance classroom learning and provide intercultural understanding.

Unique Experiences


    at UCD’s start-up incubator – one of the biggest in Ireland


    hosting world-class facilities


    like Dublin Castle, Temple Bar, Henrietta Street, and Guinness brewery





Location & Culture

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With a young, vibrant population of more than one million people, Dublin is a city on the move and an emerging high-tech European hub. Still, the charm and culture of old Dublin shine through, and the echoes of literary giants like Joyce, Shaw, Swift, Wilde, and Beckett remain. Since the late 1990s, a multicultural Dublin has emerged with immigration from around the world. Today, the city is a dynamic, lively multicultural space nestled between the jewel green landscape and the Irish Sea.

Excursions & Activities

  • Get to know Dublin with cultural activities such as guided walking tours, visits to museums, cathedrals, galleries, and historic sites.
  • See more of Ireland with day trips that bring your coursework to life. Excursions could include visits to the Wicklow mountains of Glendalough, the medieval town of Kilkenny, or immersion into the farm life of rural Ireland.
  • Experience Irish culture with live music, theatre, and more.
  • Get involved in the hub of student life at the UCD Student Centre and the extensive range of amenities at the UCD Sport and Fitness complex.

Volunteer Opportunities

CIEE Dublin works with a variety of charities and NGOs and will assist students who are interested in volunteer opportunities.

Daily Life

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  • Housing

    Student Dorms:  Students share dorms on the University College Dublin campus. Each dorm has 4-5 rooms with a common area and kitchen. Students have private rooms with an individual bathroom.

  • Meals

    Students are responsible for their own meals while on the program. UCD campus offers a large selection of restaurants, cafes, and shops.

Dublin, Ireland

Where You'll Study

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    UCD Campus Belfield

    Located on the southside of the city, UCD is a 30-minute bus ride to Dublin city centre.

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    The Ha’penny Bridge

    Visit this historic landmark.

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    Saint Stephen's Green

    One of Dublin's many parks.


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Students attend University College Dublin (UCD), one of Europe’s leading research-intensive universities and immerse themselves in the Irish academic system. Ranked in the top 1% of universities internationally, UCD hosts 30,000+ students, 27% of which are international.

University College Dublin (UCD) is located less than three miles from the center of Dublin, and offers 60 sports clubs, 100 societies and clubs, and an active student union.



Language Prerequisites

There are no specific language requirements for this program.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Program Requirements

Students are required to provide a transcript from their home school as part of the application process.

Students can choose from two CIEE courses and a range of direct enrollment courses at UCD. Students will take a U.S. semester load equivalent to 15-18 U.S. credits while studying at UCD. To meet the full U.S. semester credit load requirement, students may opt to take exclusively host institution courses or combine host university courses with CIEE courses.

Program Credit

  • Total credit per semester: 15-18 semester/22.5-27 quarter hours
  • Contact hours for CIEE courses: 45; credit – 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours per course

Course Credit

UCD course credits are converted to U.S. credit equivalents as follows:

5 ECTS Credits = 3 U.S. Semester / 4.5 Quarter Credits
7.5 ECTS Credits = 4 U.S. Semester / 6 Quarter Credits
10 ECTS Credits = 6 U.S. Semester / 9 Quarter Credits

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Academic Culture

The Irish educational system requires students to take greater responsibility for learning in a less-structured environment than in the U.S. Students are provided with a syllabus and a broad reading list. Students are required to show initiative regarding research and critical analysis. Courses are called ‘modules’ in Ireland and are academically challenging, dynamic, and involve daily reading and homework assignments.

Class Format

Students attend class with local and international students at UCD. The format is similar to U.S. classes in terms of scheduling and registration. CIEE classes are taught by CIEE instructors.


UCD professors give numerical grades which CIEE converts to U.S. letter grades. Assessment is based on overall performance, including essays, coursework, and final papers and examinations. In many classes, students are graded on class participation, in-class activities, homework assignments, quizzes, and oral presentations.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

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Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.


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Course Information



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CIEE students can enroll in courses across more than 10 disciplines. Students learn of the semester’s final list of courses in time for course registration, which occurs after arrival. Certain university courses require prerequisites. The following is a representative sample of university course topics that have been available in the past and may be subject to change. For a more detailed list of course offerings, please click here.

Sample List of Course Topics

Applied and Computational Mathematics
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Biophysical Chemistry
Business in Society
Computer Science
Constitutional Law
Contemporary Irish Writing
Data Science
Energy Engineering
EU Law
European Cinema
Foundations of Political Theory and International Relations
Globalization and Development
Human Ethics
Introduction to Finance
Irish Literature in English
Management Theory
Materials Science and Engineering
Mechanical Engineering Design
Modern Europe 1500- 2000
Organizational Behavior
Public International Law
Renewable Energy Systems
Research Methods in Political Science
Rural and Landscape Planning
Science Medicine and Society
Social Psychology
Sociological Theory
Theoretical Physics
Theory and Design of Structures
Urban Design

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.
"(GI)" denotes courses that originated at CIEE's Global Institutes and that are offered at multiple Global Institutes and CIEE Centers.


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Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers scholarships and grants annually to help students like you make your study abroad dream a reality.

Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.

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Dates & Fees

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