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Graduate Offer Pack Congratulations 01 CONGRATULATIONS Welcome to University College Dublin and congratulations on being offered a place in one of Europe’s leading research-intensive universities. UCD is Ireland’s leader in graduate education with over student. This includes information about the admissions 9,300 graduate students (2017/2018) of which almost a process and what you must do next in order to accept quarter are graduate research students. your offer, as well as information about the University and the city of Dublin. UCD offers a unique campus environment with world class degree programmes and research sitting side-by- Upon entering one of our graduate programmes you will side with a wonderful array of clubs, societies, sporting begin on a path of intellectual stimulation, learning new facilities, student residences and woodland walkways. skills and expanding your knowledge of your chosen University life should be a journey of academic and discipline. It is a tremendously rewarding experience and personal discovery and the UCD campus facilitates both. one which will both enrich your life and enhance your We encourage our students to “Learn Today, Lead career prospects. Tomorrow”. Many of UCD’s graduates have gone on to leadership positions in Ireland and across the globe in I look forward to welcoming you to graduate academia, medicine, engineering, the arts, sports and studies at UCD. politics. UCD graduates are consistently ranked highly by global employers and enjoy excellent job prospects. This Graduate Offer Pack has been prepared with the intention of making your transition to UCD as smooth as possible. In the coming pages, we have included what we Professor Barbara Dooley think might be some helpful information to you as a new Dean of Graduate Studies
Graduate Offer Pack Contents 03 CONTENTS What to Do Now 05 Financial Information 10 Funding and Scholarships 14 Accommodation 16 Visa Information 18 Staying in Touch 22 Registration 23 Orientation 24 Destination UCD 26 UCD Global Centres 31 Student Support Services 32 Sport and Recreation 36 Destination Ireland 38 Destination Dublin 42 Visiting UCD 45 Recommendations from our Students 46
04 University College Dublin Ireland’s Global University Congratulations on receiving an offer to come and study at University College Dublin, Ireland’s largest and most international university. At UCD, we pride ourselves on our excellent teaching and research, our broad and diverse curriculum, and our brilliant student body, 25% of whom hail from 138 countries around the world.
Graduate Offer Pack What to do now 05 What to DO NOW As soon as you receive your offer you need to: ACCEPT DEFER or DECLINE ACCEPTING YOUR OFFER You must accept your offer in order to reserve your place TYPES OF OFFER at UCD. You may be required to pay a non-refundable deposit which will then be deducted from your fee Unconditional Offer or Full Offer obligations. The deadline for accepting your offer will be An Unconditional Offer or Full Offer means stated in your official online offer letter. An offer, whether that you have met all the entry requirements conditional or unconditional, will be made in good faith for the programme. taking into account information as supplied by the applicant and/ or referee at the time of the application. Conditional Offer A Conditional Offer means that you will be UCD reserves the right to withdraw any offer if deemed accepted if you meet certain entry requirements, necessary at a later stage. By acceptance of an offer of as specified in your offer letter. admission, the applicant agrees to be bound by the rules, regulations and policies of the University.
06 University College Dublin Ireland’s Global University • Log in to your application account at www.ucd.ie/international/apply • Upon logging in, you will see that your application appears with the status of ‘OFFER’. Click on ‘ACCEPT OR REJECT’ and it will bring you to the page where you can accept the offer, and pay the deposit, if appropriate. ACCEPT • Your acceptance will not be complete until you A FULL OR successfully submit your acceptance online and, where CONDITIONAL appropriate, pay the deposit. OFFER • Upon acceptance of your offer UCD will automatically create a student record for you. Following this you will receive an email confirmation of your acceptance, including your student number. • If for some reason you are unable to take up your offer of a place at UCD, please contact the UCD International DEFER Admissions team so see if you can defer your offer to the next academic year. You can view the Deferral Policy AN OFFER on our website at www.ucd.ie/registry/admissions/ Deferral_Policy.pdf
Graduate Offer Pack What to do now 07 • Log in to your application account at www.ucd.ie/international/apply • Upon logging in, you will see that your application appears REJECT with the status of ‘OFFER’ or ‘CONDITIONAL OFFER’. AN OFFER Click on ‘ACCEPT OR REJECT’ and it will bring you to the page where you can reject the offer. Please indicate your reason for doing so. MEETING THE CONDITIONS OF YOUR OFFER sure to check the English language requirements English language condition for your chosen programme of study. All UCD programmes are taught through English, and applicants from non-English speaking countries must Academic condition provide evidence of competence in English language If your offer is conditional upon obtaining a degree, through a recognised English language test, or equivalent. the offer letter will state the level required. When your degree results are known, please upload a certified copy Please refer to UCD English language requirements of your results. We may also ask for original transcripts and specific programme requirements. to be mailed. Official translations must be provided with the original/copy documents where documents are not For all proficiency tests the results must be dated within in English. Any offer will be conditional until we have two years of the programme start date. Some courses received satisfactory original transcripts. have higher English language requirements. Please make
08 University College Dublin Ireland’s Global University Deposit condition A deposit of c500 is payable to secure a place on PRE-ARRIVAL CHECKLIST most courses. Deposits are non-refundable. The deposit amount will be deducted from your fee obligation. Pay your fees Proof of identity Applicants should be aware that, if admitted to a programme, they will be required to present either Organise health insurance their birth certificate or passport as part of the registration process. pply for a visa A Contacts (if applicable) UCD International Admissions Team email@example.com UCD School Contacts ake accommodation M www.ucd.ie/graduatestudies/contact/schools/ arrangements Make travel arrangements Start registration rrive in time for A orientation
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10 University College Dublin Ireland’s Global University FINANCIAL Information PROGRAMME FEES In order to complete the registration process, you must confirm your registration and pay the appropriate fee. A detailed breakdown of your fee obligation is available while registering in the SIS (Student Information System) through your UCD Connect account. When to pay fees to UCD Students may pay fees by semester: • You may pay one third of your fee in semester one and the remainder in semester two • If you are on a 3-semester programme you may pay your fee in thirds by semester Further information on payment dates is available at: www.ucd.ie/students/fees/feepaymentdates.html student visa to students who have paid their tuition fees If you require a visa to study in Ireland, visa application in full or paid a minimum deposit to the value of c6,000. requires that you pay the greater of c6,000 or half the Please ensure that you have paid and received a receipt tuition fee prior to submitting your visa application to the value of the minimum visa payment requirement – see page 23 for further information. of c6,000, so as to avoid visa refusal on the basis of incomplete tuition fee payment. Note 1: If you require a visa to study in Ireland please be advised that the Irish Government will only issue a Note 2: Using PaytoStudy is the quickest method to receive a fee receipt for visa purposes. Note 3: Where a student is receiving funding from a third party source, students must pay either a half or a third (whichever is applicable to the programme) of any balance of fees and charges in order to be a registered student of the university. HOW DO I PAY FEES? You can pay directly by credit or debit card using UCD’s online payment facility. This is available at www.ucd.ie/sisweb. A receipt will be emailed to you at your default email address or another that you specify. Pay via the PayToStudy payment facility. This facility is especially useful for students who require a visa to travel and/or study. You may access this service via webpage: www.ucd.ie/students/fees/howtopay.html
Graduate Offer Pack Financial Information 11 Students making payments from outside Ireland may also pay UCD directly by International Bank Transfer to: IMPORTANT NOTES UCD Fees Account, Bank of Ireland, College Green, Dublin 2, Ireland. UCD regrets that it cannot accept cash IBAN: IE82 BOFI 9000 1720 6115 11 payments for any portion of a student’s fees. Swift Code: BOFI IE 2D If you pay UCD directly by International Bank Transfer it is essential that you include your Please ensure you enter your Student Number or student number (or application number) as the Application Number as the narrative/description on sole narrative. A copy of the Bank Transcript should the transfer so it can be identified as your payment also be sent to UCD at firstname.lastname@example.org and added to your record. or faxed to +353 1 716 1228 Third Party Payment allows individuals and The UCD Fees and Grants office does not issue organisations to pay fees on behalf of a UCD student by invoices to individual companies or to students debit or credit card without having access to confidential for the purposes of paying fees. If you are in a student information. Further information is available at situation whereby you are in receipt of private www.ucd.ie/students/fees/thirdparty.html sponsorship this is a matter between you and your sponsor directly. The fee liability for your RECEIPTS programme rests in full with you as a student of If you pay by bank transfer, you will need to contact UCD UCD. You can upload you your sponsorship letter for receipts relating to visa applications etc. This may take at www.ucd.ie/students/studentdesk/ some time; therefore we urge international students to fundingletter.html use the PaytoStudy option to expedite payment and visa applications.
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Graduate Offer Pack Financial Information 13 If you pay online you will be emailed a receipt. You may This is based on 2018/19 costs and is to help you also print your own receipt for the current year. work out the costs for living expenses such as Log into www.ucd.ie/sisweb accommodation, food and other basics. Lots of things can affect how much money you’ll need, so these For further information on UCD fees visit www.ucd.ie/fees numbers are indicative only and subject to change. COST OF LIVING The estimates above do not include the cost of flights This table gives a rough guide to the cost of living or insurance. You should also budget for any initial costs in Dublin over the course of one academic year you will likely incur (e.g. you might need to budget for (nine months). short-term accommodation upon arrival in Dublin). Cost for the Also please note that all non-Irish nationals, who are academic year not citizens of the EU/EEA or Switzerland, must register Expense (9 months) in person with the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) after arrival and after completion of Rent (based on UCD Merville / c7,383 registration at UCD. The INIS will issue you with a Belgrove rates) residence permit/card. As of July 2018, the fee for Food (including lunches) c2,250 this card is c300 and should be included in your Travel (Leap Card) c720 budgeting calculations. Books and materials (including c630 photocopying and printing) Clothes / medical c405 Mobile phone (excluding c180 handset cost) Social life / miscellaneous c1,170 Total d12,738
14 University College Dublin Ireland’s Global University FUNDINGand Scholarships Check out www.ucd.ie/international/scholarships for information on scholarships and funding available for international students. FUNDING FOR US CITIZENS OR ELIGIBLE Some sponsors will require you to provide them with a NON-CITIZENS (FINANCIAL AID) fee statement prior to confirming your sponsorship. You The University is approved by the US Department of can access your fee statement online via your SISWeb Education to certify loans under the ‘William D. Ford account. Log into your account, click on the ‘Registration, Direct Loan’ Program. For details in relation to applying Fees and Assessment’ tab. Select ‘Programme Fee & for US Federal Loans please see the Incoming Student Payments’. On this page there is a ‘Generate Statement’ Portal for a comprehensive instruction guide. If you do button. Click this to download a PDF fee statement. not have access to the incoming student portal yet, you may contact email@example.com for further details. If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org SPONSORED STUDENTS If you are receiving funding from your government or LIVING AND WORKING IN IRELAND another organisation, you are required to submit official Entitlement to work (casual employment) confirmation of sponsorship prior to, or on registration. Students who are attending a full-time course of Failure to do so may result in you being liable for tuition at least one year’s duration are entitled to seek fees. You may email your sponsorship letter or Financial employment on a casual basis. Casual employment Guarantee Letter to email@example.com means you can work for 20 hours per week during term
Graduate Offer Pack Funding and Scholarships 15 time or full-time (up to 40 hours) for the months • Have a valid passport of June, July, August and September and from 15 • Have your Irish Residence Permit Card December to 15 January inclusive. Please note • Pay c300 by credit/debit card term dates at www.ucd.ie/students/keydates.htm • After 12 months, you may be eligible for the Green Card or Work Permit Scheme. UCD International provides information about living and working in Ireland on their website: www.ucd.ie/ UCD International provides information about living international/study-at-ucd-global/coming-to-ireland and working in Ireland on their website: www.ucd.ie/ international/study-at-ucd-global/coming-to-ireland/ Third Level Graduate Scheme This allows non-EU/EEA students who have graduated from Irish higher education institutions to stay in Ireland for 12 months to seek employment after graduating from an undergraduate degree, or for 24 months if students are awarded a postgraduate degree. Students are eligible for the scheme if they have a CONTACTS Bachelor, Master or PhD degree. If you have graduated UCD Fees from UCD you can avail of this scheme. Employers can www.ucd.ie/fees hire graduates who are eligible to work for up to 40 hours per week. You must have a valid Irish Residence UCD International Applications Team Permit (formerly known as a GNIB card) card which will Tel. +353 1 716 8500 be extended for 12 months. After your results are issued, firstname.lastname@example.org you apply directly with the Burgh Quay Registration Office. You must: International Scholarships Information • Provide a letter from the UCD Student Desk www.ucd.ie/international/scholarships indicating you have obtained your examination results and are eligible to graduate
16 University College Dublin Ireland’s Global University ACCOMMODATION Ireland’s largest university campus, UCD is a vibrant student community with over 3,000 students living on our state-of-the-art campuses at Belfield and Blackrock only 5km from Dublin city centre. UCD RESIDENCES PROVIDES accommodation for A deposit is payable at the time of booking. This is students in a mix of apartments, halls and catered refundable at the end of the academic year less the cost accommodation, and all UCD accommodation is single- of any damage/breakages. All residences will also have a room and apartment-style. As a guideline, accommodation utility charge. Information on the utility charge can be fees for the 2018/19 academic year range from c6,629 – found on www.ucd.ie/residences/residential-services/ c11,686, depending on the type of accommodation. finance. Please note that should a student vacate their residence during the occupancy period they will forfeit The “Res Life” social programme helps to foster a sense their deposit and rent. of community within the residences. There are games rooms located in three of our residences, and a gym in HOW TO APPLY? one of our newest builds. Specially adapted facilities Due to the high demand for a limited number of are provided for students with disabilities. graduate places on campus, UCD randomly selects students for these limited places. The eligibility for this UCD has set aside on-campus rooms for graduate process is dependant on acceptance of your programme students. For up-to-date information and allocation and payment of your programme deposit fee where policy regarding on-campus accommodation please applicable. see: www.ucd.ie/residences
Graduate Offer Pack Accommodation 17 CONTACTS Off-Campus Accommodation Office Merville Residence Reception Office Those who are selected will be advised via email on University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4 how to proceed in order to obtain a place in on-campus email@example.com accommodation. Opening Hours: Monday – Friday, 09:30 – 13:00 All students must accept their accommodation offer and 14:00 – 17:00 within 72 hours. When this time has elapsed, the offer will expire and another student will be selected at Student Union Accommodation Services random. We expect all rooms to be filled quickly due Student Union Centre to the large demand. University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4 www.ucd.ie/residences Tel: +353 1 716 3164/3112 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Tel: +353 1 716 1031 firstname.lastname@example.org OFF-CAMPUS LIVING The following websites have advertisements If you are looking for information on off-campus for available accommodation in Dublin: options, and information on rented, private and www.ucdaccommodationpad.ie family-based accommodation, please visit www.daft.ie www.ucd.ie/residences/bookings/offcampus www.let.ie www.myhome2let.ie
18 University College Dublin Ireland’s Global University VISA Information DO I NEED A VISA? INIS REGISTRATION Some, but not all, students from outside the All students from outside the EU/EEA, after they have EU/EEA require an entry visa for Ireland. You can registered with UCD, must register with INIS in order to check on www.inis.gov.ie to see if you require a visa. obtain permission to remain in Ireland. INIS registration (Examples – USA, Canadian, Brazilian, Malaysian must take place before the expiry date stamped on their students do not require a visa whilst Indian, passport by immigration officials at the airport. This also Chinese, Russian students do). includes countries such as USA, Canada, Australia and Brazil, which though they do not require a visa to enter Ireland, You must make your visa application online using are required to register with INIS after arrival. Further the AVATS online facility. Completing the online information on registration will be provided at orientation. application form is the first step. The application will only be processed when the online form is completed Important note: When you have applied for your visa, AND the required documentation, passport photograph please alert us by updating your profile on the Incoming and appropriate fee are received by the relevant office Student Portal. The Incoming Student Portal is available as indicated by the online system. If you are applying on your SISWEB account. Apply for your visa as early from China, India, Nigeria, Russia, United Arab Emirates as possible. or the United Kingdom, please also check the Irish Embassy website for details of further documentation HEALTH INSURANCE which may be required. Non-EU students must obtain private health insurance. You can purchase insurance in your home country, You should read the visa application details very however you will need to ensure that it is valid in Ireland carefully. If you do not provide the documentation and in any other countries you plan to travel to. There required, your visa will be refused. are different levels of private health insurance available.
Graduate Offer Pack Visa Information 19 When making a visa application you must: Complete an online application E nsure your passport is valid for 12 months Check the Irish Embassy details where your documentation is to be sent Have private health insurance (please visit UCD International Student Support Services for information on health insurance P rovide a passport providers). Please note that private sized photo health insurance is not provided by UCD Show that you have enough Pay the application fee money to support yourself while in Ireland (bank account statements for six months previously, evidence of access to c7,000, sponsorship letter, etc.) Provide a signed letter of application which explains Show evidence of language why you require the visa proficiency. INIS requires IELTS of 5 but UCD generally require IELTS of 6.5 Provide evidence from UCD that you have been accepted Any other documents as requested on a full-time course of study by INIS or the Irish Embassy through which you are applying S how evidence of tuition fees paid. Where fees exceed c6,000 then at least this amount must Make sure you keep copies be paid in advance of all documents submitted
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Graduate Offer Pack Visa Information 21 Students are advised to read their policy documents may take longer than this. You can check online at Visa carefully. INIS requires that, if you have health insurance Decisions to see if your visa has been processed (using from your own country it must cover you up to c25,000 your Visa Application Number). This list is updated weekly. for in-hospital treatment. If you get approval for a visa, the Embassy to which you Many of our international students tend to opt for sent your documents will affix a visa to your passport. a basic medical expenses insurance policy, which satisfies the Irish immigration requirements, and For visa-related queries you can contact us: can be purchased online for c130 with a company Applying from India: email@example.com now called Study and Protect, formerly ODON Applying from China: firstname.lastname@example.org www.studyandprotect.com Applying from SE Asia: email@example.com The contact there is Brian O’Riordan Applying from Japan, Korea, Taiwan or Hong Kong: BORiordan@odon.com firstname.lastname@example.org Applying from Middle East or North Africa: email@example.com More comprehensive plans are available from one of the Applying from all other regions: three main private health insurance companies in Ireland. firstname.lastname@example.org VHI: www.vhi.ie Irish Life: www.irishlifehealth.ie If you are refused a visa you may appeal the decision Laya Healthcare: www.layahealthcare.ie within two months. However, as this would affect your date of arrival in UCD, you would need to seek advice Please note that in order to apply for a policy from on final acceptable arrival date from the course one of these companies you will need to provide an director/administrator. address in Ireland. Also note that medical cover does not normally begin immediately with VHI. There is usually a ‘waiting period’ of six months. www.ucd.ie/international/current-students/ student-support/health-insurance NEED MORE HELP? Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service CHECKING ON YOUR VISA STATUS www.inis.gov.ie You should apply as early as possible for your visa as it can take eight weeks for it to be processed but in busy periods
22 University College Dublin Ireland’s Global University Staying in TOUCH CHECK YOUR EMAIL ACCOUNT OFTEN! SOME IMPORTANT FEATURES AND You will receive regular communications from the WAYS TO ENGAGE University to the email address detailed in your • Update your Visa Application Status (if you require application to UCD and you should take careful a visa to study in Ireland) note of any instructions in these emails. • ‘Make Connections’ with other incoming students • Download a Cost of Attendance (sometimes required LOGIN REGULARLY TO THE INCOMING if looking to secure a bank loan to cover the cost of STUDENT PORTAL your studies) The Incoming Student Portal is a dedicated portal for • Check out UCD’s jargon buster, which will explain students with offer of study to UCD to access important words and phrases you’ll hear used in UCD information about coming to UCD as well as helping www.ucd.ie/students/jargon.html to connect you with other students from your country/ state and with other students on your programme. Your Programme Director may also post important TIP messages about your degree programme so Make sure that ‘email@example.com’ remember to check frequently! and ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’ are added to your list of safe senders so emails from these accounts do HOW TO ACCESS THE INCOMING not end up in your spam folder! STUDENT PORTAL Log in via www.ucd.ie/sisweb
Graduate Offer Pack Registration 23 REGISTRATION Once you accept an offer the next step is registration. You will need to register online before you can begin your graduate studies at UCD. Registration allows you to obtain your UCD Student Card (UCARD) and gain access to the wide range of facilities available to our students. REGISTRATION FOR the majority of programmes Please see www.ucd.ie/students/registration.html for takes place in August and you will receive notification further details on registration such as times, guides via email when registration opens. (including videos) to registration and other support information. This website will be updated near Registration will be available through UCD Connect registration open time in August. at www.ucd.ie. Please note that your UCD Connect account will be available 48 hours in advance of online registration - access is not available immediately. Your username is your UCD student number, and your PLEASE NOTE password is your date of birth (in ddmmyy format). To access UCD Connect email, you will need to log into UCD Connect at www.ucd.ie In UCD Connect, click on the “Student Life” tab, then Your username is your UCD student number, enter the SIS (Student Information System). If you were and your password is your date of birth a student of UCD in the last three years your computer (in ddmmyy format). account and email details remain the same. If you have any questions or problems with the registration process, please contact your College/School directly.
24 University College Dublin Ireland’s Global University ORIENTATION When you come to UCD, you will be among 4,000 other new incoming students, many of whom you will interact with both during orientation and throughout your time at UCD. You are now part of the UCD family! ORIENTATION IS THE TIME to ask questions, meet ample opportunity to meet UCD International staff other students, have fun and dive into the Irish culture! and students through events such as the President’s Orientation introduces you to the University and key Welcome, Student Café & Fair, social and cultural staff members, and provides you with crucial information excursions, and many other exciting events that operate and advice that will assist you in adjusting to the living out of the UCD Global Lounge, the University’s hub for and learning environment of the University. You will international students receive academic advice about your course and support in how to enrol in the correct units of study. The UCD Orientation programme runs over one week. UCD GLOBAL LOUNGE EVENTS The UCD Global Lounge is staffed by Global Guides Please note that Orientation Week begins officially on who are student ambassadors. They are available to 3rd September so it is wise to arrive in good time. answer questions regarding student life. You will have opportunities to interact with our Global Guides Classes begin on Monday 9th September. Please also during Orientation and throughout the year. check www.ucd.ie/international/study-at-ucd-global/ coming-to-ireland/orientation for updates on Once orientation week is over, the UCD Global September 2019 Orientation. Lounge calendar of events is packed with opportunities Alongside student orientation, we also have an for students to take advantage of their time in Ireland. extensive, fun and dynamic programme of activities for You can explore the island of Saints and Scholars international students. During this time, you will have through road trips, walking tours, and by taking part in
Graduate Offer Pack Orientation 25 celebrations of Irish culture right here on campus. There Semester Dates Exam dates is also an extensive calendar of celebrations of different cultures throughout the year, including national day Orientation 3rd September – celebrations. All students are invited to attend these 6th September events, which are often organised in conjunction with Semester One 9th September – 9th – 20th student societies. 29th November December Semester Two 20th January – 5th – 16th May 2019/2020 TERM DATES 24th April 2019 Most programmes start at the beginning of the Semester Three* academic year in early September. The start date 18th May – for your programme will be stated on your 30th August 2020 offer letter. *If applicable For details on term, revision and exam dates please see the academic calendar for 2019/2020 at www.ucd.ie/students/keydates.htm CONTACT Student Desk www.ucd.ie/students/studentdesk/contact.html
26 University College Dublin Ireland’s Global University Destination UCD UCD has one of the largest urban campuses in Europe, and contains not only the buildings in which students live and study, but also gorgeous parkland teeming with wildlife, art and fabulous facilities. RANKED IN THE top 1% of higher education institutes size swimming pool, and interactive laboratories, some worldwide, students love our flexible curriculum, and our of which are unique to UCD. With such a large campus, research-intensive academic staff comprises leading we have the ability to house an incredible breadth of national and international opinion leaders and influencers. amenities (such as the UNESCO-recognised National Folklore Collection), all of which make the UCD UCD is Ireland’s leader in graduate education with over experience second to none. 9,300 graduate students (2016/17) with almost a quarter being graduate research students. Blackrock campus The UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School is CAMPUSES located at the Blackrock campus, approximately 3km The main campus of UCD is situated at Belfield, a 133 from Belfield. The campus is within walking distance hectare site 5km south of the centre of Dublin city. of the thriving seaside town of Blackrock, one of the Facilities include vaults of historical record, the biggest prime residential and shopping areas of suburban Dublin, animal hospital in Ireland (and animal A&E for Dublin), which is linked by light rail and bus services to the city. world-class teaching and research facilities, excellent The Blackrock campus is connected to the Belfield accommodation, a huge sports centre with Olympic- campus by a scheduled bus service. Left: UCD’s Sutherland School of Law, overshadowed by the Dublin Mountains and right: the Bloomberg Trading Room in the Quinn School of Business.
Graduate Offer Pack Destination UCD 27 UCD’s Sports Centre is home to state-of-the-art facilities, including an Olympic-sized swimming pool. Lyons estate that all students have the best experience and receive Other University buildings include the Lyons Estate in the best education possible in an exciting, dynamic and Co. Kildare which houses the UCD School of Agriculture, supportive environment. Food Science and Veterinary Medicine’s research farm. One quarter of our student population is from outside THE PEOPLE Ireland and the EU, and over one third of our academic At UCD, our faculty and staff are focussed on ensuring staff is from outside Ireland. This ensures that the experience of all students at UCD is truly global, and encompasses a multitude of attitudes, formed from different life and learning experiences. A multitude of clubs and societies make it easy for students to meet each other, and get involved in activities that not only mean a lot to them, but that also offer invaluable life experience. TOP 1% f higher education o institutes worldwide 25% of our student population is from outside the EU
28 University College Dublin Ireland’s Global University OUR CELEBRATIONS! Our international admissions team are on hand to At UCD, we celebrate many national days. Organised by, answer any questions you may have about coming to or in collaboration with, relevant student societies, these UCD and you can find them in Dublin and further afield! events really make students feel like they are in a home away from home. Pictured on the next page: Holi, the Festival of Colour, run by the UCD India Society. Kuwait National Day celebrations, organised by UCD International. Chinese New Year, run by UCD International and the UCD Chinese Students and Scholars Association. Thanksgiving dinner, organised by UCD International. Malaysia Night, run by the UCD Malaysia Society.
Graduate Offer Pack Destination UCD 29 Holi, the Festival of Colour, run by the UCD India Society.
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Graduate Offer Pack UCD Global Centres 31 UCD GLOBAL CENTRES UCD has a network of Global Centres located in five cities around the world. Staffed by UCD employees, these centres are contact and information hubs for students and parents when students are making an application to UCD. Make a call, drop them an email, or even visit a Global Centre in person. Each Global Centre serves a specific region, if your country isn’t listed alongside a centre, please contact our central office in Dublin. NORTH AMERICA SOUTH ASIA University College Dublin North America Global Centre, University College Dublin South Asia Global Centre, 12 E. 49th Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10017, USA Access Work Business Centre, Building 8C, 11th Floor, Skype: UCDublin_NAmerica DLF Cyber City, Gurgaon – 122002, Haryana, India Email: email@example.com Tel: +91-9384810500 / +91-9940633500 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Northeast & Mid-Atlantic Regions Tel: +1-646-690-9024 (Eastern Time) ASIA PACIFIC University College Dublin Southeast Asia Global Centre, Central Region Suite 9.07, North Block, The Ampwalk, No.218, Jalan Tel: +1-847-373-6731 (Central Time) Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Tel: +60 (03) 2715 1662 West Coast Region Skype: ucdseasia Tel: +1-650-255-8532 (Pacific Time) Email: email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org CHINA MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA University College Dublin Global Centre Beijing, University College Dublin Dubai Global Centre C612A, Lufthansa Office Building, Liangmaqiao Road, Dubai Knowledge Park, Block 2B, Office F-06, Dubai. Chaoyang District, Beijing, PR China 100125 Tel: +97145898204 Email: email@example.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 都柏林大学 | University College Dublin DUBLIN OFFICE UCD全球中心(中国) | 北京市朝阳区亮马桥路 UCD International, Gerard Manley Hopkins Building, 50号燕莎中心办公楼C612A Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland 邮编：100125 Email: email@example.com 电话：＋86 010 8448 4288 / 4287 / 4290 Tel: +353 1 716 8500
32 University College Dublin Ireland’s Global University Student Support SERVICES INTERNATIONAL OFFICE STUDENT ADVISERS The UCD International Office offers a wide range of Student Advisers provide support for all students throughout support to both international students and Irish students their university experience, particularly during their first year. who wish to study abroad. International students make They are attached either to particular programmes (e.g. Arts) up about 25% of the UCD student population. The or to specific groups of students (e.g. international students). services offered by the International Office include: Student Advisers are there to help make students’ time at • Pre-arrival information for new international students UCD as fulfilling and enjoyable as possible. They are available • Orientation programmes for private meetings with students so they can express their • Cultural and social events concerns regarding social, personal or practical issues, and help • Assistance with University procedures students to access other support services where necessary. • Handbook for International Students • International Student Adviser who assists with For more information please visit: personal and practical issues www.ucd.ie/studentadvisers For further information please visit: UCD LIBRARY www.ucd.ie/international UCD’s libraries stock one million print books, 650,000 e-books, numerous subject databases and approximately
Graduate Offer Pack Student Support Services 33 84,000 print or electronic journals. There are also 3,150 reading places for quiet study time, group learning rooms and social learning spaces. Many services can 1 million rint books are available p be used online via the e-library, which also provides across UCD’s libaries assistance and advice about library facilities, collections, information resources and opening hours. There is also an open access toolkit to support bibliometrics training and awareness. Library staff are available to help you make the most of library resources. UCD CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE Maths Support Centre Whether you have a clear vision of what you Located in the main James Joyce Library, the Maths Support want to do upon graduation or are just beginning Centre (MSC) offers free help to students with maths, to look at your career options, the UCD Career applied maths and statistics. This support is available to all Development Centre can help you to: UCD students, whether you are studying maths or not, and • Understand the range of national and support is offered on a one-to-one or small group basis, international career opportunities with tuition by friendly and experienced tutors. available to you • Find out what other UCD graduates from your Writing Support Centre programme have gone on to do Also located in the James Joyce Library, the Writing • Take credit bearing and non credit bearing Support Centre offers free, high-quality tuition in writing programmes & workshops to develop your to students interested in improving their writing skills. skills, competencies and attitudes that One-to-one tuition and a range of workshops/seminars employers seek are delivered by our team of friendly and non- • Develop a winning C.V., cover letter and judgemental writing tutors, who strive to ensure that interview techniques for face-to-face, students are helped to communicate, structure and telephone, Skype and group interviews and present their knowledge and ideas in writing. learn how best to compete for jobs For further information please visit: www.ucd.ie/library
34 University College Dublin Ireland’s Global University UCD APPLIED LANGUAGE CENTRE (ALC) directory, and Blackboard Mobile Learn so you can The UCD Applied Language Centre offers programmes check announcements on the go! There is also a Library in the following areas: Foreign language electives and Catalogue Search facility so you can look up journals on English language courses. your smart phone. Just search for “UCD Mobile” in the Android Marketplace or your App store! For further information please visit: www.ucd.ie/alc UCD Access Centre IT SERVICES UCD Access Centre provides support for students with UCD Belfield is the largest campus in Ireland and is digitally disabilities. UCD Access Centre assists students in many enabled with wireless access available campus-wide different ways from academic support to exam support. (including residences). Online services can be accessed 24/7 Registration with Access Centre is confidential. All you whether you are at home or abroad through UCD Connect. need to register is a letter from your medical consultant UCD Connect gives you access to your personal files, library or an educational psychologist’s report (no more than 3 resources and online learning resources. years old). You will meet one-to-one with a member of the UCD Access Centre team and together you will put A large amount of software is available to students at in place your individual learning plan. The UCD Access no charge when you come to UCD, including AutoCAD, Centre is here to support you. EndNote, Microsoft Office and SPSS. You can find more information and contact details at: There are two IT Centres on campus, located in the www.ucd.ie/openingworlds Daedalus and Health Sciences buildings. Look out for our mobile IT Centre which will be on the move across campus during term time! UCD is a BYOD (Bring your UCD STUDENT DESK own device) campus so come to us for all your device The UCD Student Desk offers a range of services queries. UCD also has 1,000 computers available in to students including registration/student open-access laboratories across campus. records, fees, assessment, regulations and transcripts to name but a few. Online support is available at www.ucd.ie/it For the full range of services available to students UCD Mobile please visit www.ucd.ie/students/studentdesk This app gives you an interactive campus map with information on campus facilities, tours, a staff
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36 University College Dublin Ireland’s Global University SPORT and Recreation SPORT CLUBS With 56 official sports clubs, excellent facilities and a huge programme of fitness classes, there’s something for everyone. So make the most of your time in UCD, get involved, get active and have fun! UCD SPORT AND FITNESS Our modern Sport and Fitness Centre has an extensive range of amenities, catering for students of all fitness levels, from casual gym-user to Olympic athlete. Facilities include a 50 metre swimming pool, gym, dance and spinning studios, sauna and jacuzzi, three multi-purpose sports halls, four squash courts, you-go basis or can pay a once-off annual charge for handball/racquetball alley, climbing wall, changing unlimited access to the pool area. facilities, performance and squad gyms, 17 natural grass pitches (including the UCD Bowl, home ground to both For more information about our Sports Facilities, UCD RFC and UCD AFC), six synthetic 5-a-side pitches, please visit: www.ucd.ie/sportandfitness sand-based hockey pitch, synthetic rugby, GAA and soccer pitches and the National Hockey Stadium. STUDENT SOCIETIES Regularly recommended by international students as the Student Gym Membership entitles current UCD students best way to make friends and fill your social calendar to free access to UCD Sport & Fitness Gym and the in UCD, when you get here find a club, society or group Performance gym. Students who activate their Student that interests you, and JOIN IT! Membership can gain access to the pool on a pay-as-
Graduate Offer Pack Sport and Recreation 37 Student societies and networks are a great way to UCD STUDENTS’ UNION (UCDSU) explore your interests and develop new ones. UCD has All UCD students are automatically members of over 80 active student societies so there is something UCDSU, which represents students’ views and opinions, for everyone. Many of our societies bring together and works on a number of university committees from international students from different backgrounds, and all areas of university life as the voice of the student networks such as the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) population. Five elected officers offer support and advice and International Student Society run lots of events and to students during their time in UCD – the President, activities throughout the year, including trips around Welfare Officer, Education Officer, Graduate Officer Ireland. and Campaigns & Communications Officer. For more information on UCD Societies, please visit: The UCDSU is there to advise, support and direct www.ucd.ie/sportandsocieties.htm students through any kind of situation in which they may find themselves. All the UCDSU officers are UCD students, so they understand the issues facing students. Students can call over at any time and have a chat with them. Throughout the year, the UCDSU Entertainments (Ents) Office runs class trips and parties, gigs, comedy nights, mystery tours and The Freshers Ball. They also run an award-winning newspaper, The University Observer. For more information about the UCDSU, please visit: www.ucdsu.ie
38 University College Dublin Ireland’s Global University Destination IRELAND Recognised as having one of the best education systems in the world, and graduates who are sought after in governments, industry, NGOs and organisations the world over, Ireland is an ideal choice for students who want the best possible springboard for their futures. DESPITE BEING a small country with a population of • University education that meets the needs just over five million, we are a well-connected nation, of a competitive economy with over 70 million people around the world who • Knowledge transfer between universities claim Irish heritage! and companies. OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM IS EXCELLENT WE’RE SAFE Ireland’s education system is amongst the best in the Ranked 10th out of 163 countries in the Global Peace Index. world. We lead in the skills race with a higher percentage of 3rd level graduates than the UK, US and OECD WE’RE HAPPY averages. Ireland also ranks in the top 10 globally for: Ireland is ranked 14th in the World Happiness Index • Quality of the education system 2018. This happiness leads to friendliness, and the Irish
Graduate Offer Pack Destination Ireland 39 people are renowned for their friendly and welcoming by students with ease while they are based in Dublin. nature the world over. An island located off the western edge of Europe, next to the United Kingdom, Ireland is within easy reach of WE HAVE DIVERSE… WEATHER all major European capitals, so you can enjoy European In Ireland, a hot (or cold, or rainy) topic daily is the adventures during your time with us too! weather! You might experience four seasons in one day – so be sure to pack your sunscreen, umbrella, rain YOU’VE SEEN US ON SCREEN jacket, sweater and sunglasses when heading to class! Ireland is famous for its beautiful countryside, and is featured in many films and TV shows. In Kerry you can WE’RE YOUNG see Sceilg Mhichíl (Skellig Michael), AKA planet Ahch-To Ireland has the youngest population in Europe with in Star Wars; in Wexford you can wander the beaches a third of the population under 25 years old and featured in ‘Saving Private Ryan’, in Clare you can explore almost half the population under the age of 34. the incredible Cliffs of Moher and see the location of the Horcrux Cave from Harry Potter and the Half Blood WE SPEAK ENGLISH Prince, and in Down you can travel the Kingsroad from Ireland is soon to be the only member state of the ‘Game of Thrones’. European Union (apart from Malta) whose first language is English. WE’RE PROUD OF OUR CULTURE AND HISTORY WE’RE COMPACT, EASY TO NAVIGATE Ireland’s incredible culture and history is celebrated – AND CLOSE TO EUROPEAN CAPITALS countrywide. With two UNESCO World Heritage As a small country, Ireland’s beautiful landscapes and Sites, and many museums, cathedrals, parks and vibrant cities are easily accessible. Dublin is just a two- monuments, Ireland’s past and present can be hour drive from Galway in the west and Cork in the explored on every corner. south, meaning that the entire country can be explored
40 University College Dublin Ireland’s Global University Great career opportunities In a 2017 study, Ireland was ranked 2nd in Europe for ‘Life/Career’ for students. With a one year stay back visa for graduates, many UCD students now choose to stay in Ireland beyond their studies and start their careers here. The Irish economy is also the fastest growing in the Eurozone and the 6th most competitive in the world. ICT MED TECH ENGINEERING FOOD & FINANCIAL & PHARMA AGRICULTURE SERVICES ICT ENGINEERING Ireland is known as the internet and games capital The Engineering industry in Ireland is strong and of Europe and is home to nine of the top ten global vibrant. It supports a very broad range of companies software companies, nine of the top ten US tech in various fields, including environmental, biomedical, companies, all of the top three global security and global aerospace, energy, ICT and medical devices to name but enterprise software companies, four of the top five IT a few. The industry is also a very strong contributor to services companies and all ten of the top ‘born on the Irish exports generating c4.2 billion in exports annually. internet’ companies. FOOD AND AGRICULTURE MED TECH AND PHARMA The manufacture of food and drink is Ireland’s most Ireland is home all of the top ten global pharma important indigenous industry, with over c11 billion of companies and has over 25,000 people employed in product exported every year to 175 markets worldwide. the industry. Over c10 billion has been invested in Ireland supplies 10% of the world’s infant milk formula new biological production in the last decade. Ireland and three of the four best-selling infant formula has exported almost c40 billion in biopharmaceutical companies in the world are based in Ireland. product, and was the 6th largest medicinal and pharmaceutical manufacturing hub in the world in 2017. FINANCIAL SERVICES Ireland is the 7th largest provider of wholesale Financial Services in the EU, and is home to over 500 international financial institutions in world-leading areas such as fund administration and aircraft leasing.
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42 University College Dublin Ireland’s Global University Destination DUBLIN Dublin is located on Ireland’s east coast, and is served by a large international airport which sees over 30 million passengers pass through annually. With major European capitals just a short flight away, Dublin is an ideal base from which you can easily explore the rest of Europe. A COMPACT, COSY, yet bustling city, Dublin is easy to WE’RE EUROPE’S TECH HUB navigate and the city centre is within walking distance, Regarded as Europe’s tech capital, Dublin’s thriving or just a short bus ride, from UCD. Split in two by the digital hub is home to international IT giants such as River Liffey, Dubliners identify as either ‘Northsiders’ or Google, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, AirBnB, Hubspot and ‘Southsiders’. UCD is located in Dublin 4, on the city’s Squarespace. south side. WE’RE AN EVENTFUL CITY WE’RE FRIENDLY AND POPULAR! Dubin hosts many annual events such as the St Patrick’s Dublin is one of the three most visited capital cities in Festival, a Chinese New year festival, Culture Night, the Europe, and is regularly voted friendliest city in Europe Dublin Film Festival, and is home to the national football by TripAdvisor. and rugby teams.
Graduate Offer Pack Destination Dublin 43 WE HAVE AN INCREDIBLE ARTS AND WE HAVE FOOD TO CATER FOR PERFORMANCE SCENE EVERYONE’S TASTES! Dublin has spawned jaw-dropping creative talent, and Dublin has a vibrant, young, multicultural population, amazing authors such as James Joyce, Roddy Doyle, and and the city centre is packed with shops and restaurants Anne Enright hail from the city. Dublin is also home to a to suit everyone’s budget and tastes. There is an Asian multitude of world famous bands, including U2 and The strip just north of the River Liffey, home to many Script, and actors such as Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson authentic and award-winning restaurants, and the many and Domhnall Gleeson. supermarkets in the city centre stock ingredients from around the world. Storytelling is not just confined to books, music and movies – Dublin has a vibrant stage scene and theatres EXPERIENCE THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS such as The Gate and The Abbey have performance runs Flanked by beaches to the east and mountains to the throughout the year. You can also take many tours in south, and dotted with parks, Dublin boasts wonderful Dublin, where the guides will make history come alive amenities for everyone to enjoy. through their stories! WE’RE ALL ABOUT THE CRAIC (IT’S OUR WORD FOR FUN!) The pubs, coffee shops, and music venues of Dublin are important meeting and social venues for both Dubliners, and visitors to the capital. You can enjoy coffee in a bookshop, have a drink overlooking the city, or see musicians perform any night of the week.
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Graduate Offer Pack Visiting UCD 45 VISITINGUCD BY PLANE CAMPUS TOURS Dublin is served by Dublin International Airport, which is If you wish to take a tour of the UCD Belfield located north of Dublin City Centre. There are frequent campus, details and booking information can connecting buses from the airport to the city centre. be found at: www.ucd.ie/international/ Aircoach operates a service from Dublin Airport to study-at-ucd-global/meet-ucd/campus-tours Leopardstown/Sandyford/Stillorgan which passes UCD. Further details available at www.aircoach.ie. For further information on Dublin Airport and flights please visit www.dublinairport.com HOW TO VIDEOS We have created a bank of videos showcasing BY TRAIN the best ways to get to UCD, and these can be Dublin is served by two main railway stations, Connolly viewed on our YouTube channel. Station and Heuston Station. It is a short walk from www.youtube.com/ucdglobal Connolly Station to O’Connell Street, where the Dublin Bus numbers 2, 11 and 46A can be boarded for UCD. The route 145 provides a direct route from Heuston Station to Belfield via the city centre.
46 University College Dublin Ireland’s Global University Recommendations from our STUDENTS As Ireland’s Global University, UCD welcomes thousands of students from around the world to campus each year. Here are some top tips from our current and past students for incoming first years! FOOD, DRINK AND COFFEE! Other options nearby: Tesco, Centra (on-campus), Dublin has a large array of excellent supermarkets, Dunne’s Stores, SuperValu restaurants, pubs and coffee shops, with a food and drink culture that is truly global. The city centre is bursting Eating out / lunch with stores stocking ingredients from around the world, For vegetarians & vegans: Umi Falafel (meal deals and a world food market pops up on campus every before 5pm), Cornucopia, Veginity, Sova Vegan Butcher Thursday for lunch! Markets: Dun Laoghaire People’s Park (Sundays, crafts Supermarkets For everything on a budget: Lidl and Aldi For affordable Chinese groceries delivered to your MY FAVOURITE SPOT door: www.chinese.ie “Kilmainham Goal is one of my favorite spots, Asian staples: Asia Market in the city centre, and also go to a GAA match at Croke Park or a Eurasia in Fonthill (huge supermarket, with great cheap Rugby or Football match at Aviva Stadium and hot food too – their onion bhajis are amazing!) grab pre-drinks at a pub close to the stadiums.” For Halal butchers and grocers try the shop at Miesha Roberts the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland (10 minute walk from UCD)
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