Dublin, Ireland

Arts + Sciences (University College Dublin)

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Information for term Arts + Sciences (University College Dublin)

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

May 1, 2019

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Sep 3 – Dec 21, 2019 (16 weeks)*
  • Credit: 15-18 semester hours / 22.5-27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 3.0 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

November 1, 2019

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Credit: 15-18 semester hours / 22.5-27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 3.0 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

May 1, 2019

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Credit: 15-18 semester hours / 22.5-27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 3.0 Overall GPA

Location & Culture

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Excursions & Activities

  • Explore the medieval city with a tour of the old walls, St. Audoen’s Church and Christ Church Cathedral
  • Take day trips to Belfast and Northern Ireland where you can explore relationships between different identities and cultures crossing the border into the UK
  • Visit Kilkenny and its Castle, built in 1195, and one of the few furnished castles in Ireland
  • Take an overnight trip to the western seaboard of Ireland and discover the history of the famine and how it shaped modern Ireland
  • Experience local culture with live music, theater, museum visits, and more

Projects, Volunteer Opportunities, or Internships

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

  • A

    UCD Campus Belfield

    on the southside of the city

  • B

    The Ha’penny Bridge

    visit this historic landmark

  • C

    Saint Stephen's Green

    one of Dublin's many parks

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What you need to know

The program details

The program offers students the opportunity to study at University College Dublin. The university boasts many famous alumni such James Joyce and Gerard Manly Hopkins, both of whom have buildings named after them. Students select classes from a broad range of disciplines with clear instructions and advice on level and pre-requisites. Students begin with a CIEE and UCD orientation on location, living in Dublin, and significant advice on classes and academics.

Students enroll in five classes, selected from CIEE elective courses and courses offered at UCD, where they will study alongside Irish and international students within the Irish academic system. UCD is Ireland’s largest university offering a of internationally recognized colleges and classes.


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  • Class Format

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

  • Grading

    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.

  • 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.


  • Overall GPA

    Students need to have a GPA of at least 3.0.

  • Program Requirements

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

  • Program Credit

    Total credit: 15-18 semester/22.5-27 quarter hours per semester


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.

  • 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

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

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.

Fall 2019

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University College Dublin Sample Course List

  • Politics and International Relations
  • Social Justice
  • Law and Irish
  • Celtic Studies, Art History and History
  • English, European & World Literatures
  • Human Nutrition
  • Agricultural Science
  • Food Business with Chinese Studies
  • Irish Folklore
  • Dairy Business
  • City Planning & Environmental Policy
  • Modern Languages
  • Music, Film and Dram


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Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers more than $8 million in 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, Deadlines & Fees

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.


  • Full registration and classes in University College Dublin
  • Accommodations for the duration of the program
  • An overnight excursion, day trips, and city site-visits

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, ask your college or university study abroad advisor if your school charges additional fees for study abroad.

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Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Fall 2019 16 weeks May 1, 2019 Sep 3, 2019* Dec 21, 2019*
Spring 2020 16 weeks Nov 1, 2019 TBD* TBD*
Academic year 2019-2020 16 weeks May 1, 2019 Sep 3, 2019* TBD*

*Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

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