Graduate Offer Pack 2019 2020 - University College Dublin

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                                                                                               Congratulations      01

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
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                                              Contents    03

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
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 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.
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   What to

As soon as you receive your offer you need to:

           ACCEPT                           DEFER                or                DECLINE

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.
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                                   •	Log in to your application account at
                                   •	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.
                                   •	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
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                                                       •	Log in to your application account at
                                                       •	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
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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
                                                                 (if applicable)
UCD International Admissions Team
UCD School Contacts                                               ake accommodation
                                                                 M                      arrangements

                                                                 Make travel arrangements

                                                                 Start registration

                                                                  rrive in time for
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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:
                                                              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
                                                     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:
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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
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                        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
some time; therefore we urge international students to          fundingletter.html
use the PaytoStudy option to expedite payment and
visa applications.
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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                                    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     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
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FUNDINGand Scholarships
Check out 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 for further details.            If you have any questions, please contact
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                           means you can work for 20 hours per week during term
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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                • 	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:          UCD International provides information about living
international/study-at-ucd-global/coming-to-ireland           and working in Ireland on their website:
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
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,
you apply directly with the Burgh Quay Registration
Office. You must:
                                                                 International Scholarships Information
• 	Provide a letter from the UCD Student Desk
    indicating you have obtained your examination
    results and are eligible to graduate
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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
 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.
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                                                         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
                                                         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
                                                         Tel: +353 1 716 3164/3112
Tel: +353 1 716 1031
                                                         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
family-based accommodation, please visit
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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 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.
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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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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:
now called Study and Protect, formerly ODON                     Applying from China:                                         Applying from SE Asia:
The contact there is Brian O’Riordan                            Applying from Japan, Korea, Taiwan or Hong Kong:                                    
                                                                Applying from Middle East or North Africa:
More comprehensive plans are available from one of the          Applying from all other regions:
three main private health insurance companies in Ireland.
Irish Life:                              If you are refused a visa you may appeal the decision
Laya Healthcare:                          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.
student-support/health-insurance                                    NEED MORE HELP?
                                                                    Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service
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
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 Staying in

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  
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 ‘’
remember to check frequently!
                                                              and ‘’ are added to your list of
                                                              safe senders so emails from these accounts do
                                                              not end up in your spam folder!
Log in via
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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 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 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
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.
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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.
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
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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                                 CONTACT
                                                                 Student Desk
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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.
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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
                                                                                       institutes worldwide

                                                                                        25%          of our
                                                                                         student population
                                                                                         is from outside the EU
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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.
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Holi, the Festival of Colour, run by the UCD India Society.
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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:                               Tel: +91-9384810500 / +91-9940633500
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: /

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:

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:
电话:+86 010 8448 4288 / 4287 / 4290                       Tel: +353 1 716 8500
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  Student Support

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                 

For further information please visit:                       UCD LIBRARY                                    UCD’s libraries stock one million print books, 650,000
                                                            e-books, numerous subject databases and approximately
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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
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:
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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:
                                                                 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     
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

                                                                     For the full range of services available to students
UCD Mobile
                                                                     please visit
This app gives you an interactive campus map
with information on campus facilities, tours, a staff
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SPORT   and Recreation
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!

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:
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-
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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                           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:
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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.

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
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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
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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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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.
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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!

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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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:
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 For further
information on Dublin Airport and flights please visit                                            HOW TO VIDEOS
                                                                 We have created a bank of videos showcasing
                                                                 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
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.
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Recommendations from our

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

For everything on a budget: Lidl and Aldi
For affordable Chinese groceries delivered to your             MY FAVOURITE SPOT
                                                               “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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