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Undergraduate Offer Pack Welcome 01 CONGRATULATIONS Welcome to University College Dublin and This UCD Undergraduate Offer Pack has been prepared congratulations on being offered a place to study in with the intention of making your transition to UCD as Ireland in one of Europe's leading research-intensive smooth as possible. In the coming pages, we have universities. We have a diverse community of almost included what we think might be some helpful 34,000 students enrolled in study at UCD with over 25% information to you as a new student. This includes of our students choosing UCD from outside of Ireland. information about the admissions process and what you must do next in order to accept your offer, as well as At UCD we want each student who comes to the information about the University and the city of Dublin. University to experience a unique educational journey, supporting their academic development with excellent Upon entering one of our undergraduate programmes teaching while also encouraging their own social and you will begin on a path of intellectual stimulation, personal growth. To assist in that goal UCD offers a acquiring new knowledge and skills enabling you to unique, spacious campus environment with world class become a highly-qualified graduate in your chosen degree programmes and research sitting alongside a discipline. In broader terms I know that you will also find wide array of clubs, societies, sporting facilities and studying in UCD a life-changing experience, where you on-site student residences. We also have increasing will be helped to grow both personally and professionally, opportunities for work-based internships, field trips and preparing you for a rewarding career. also chances to become involved with volunteering and community-based co-curricular activities. I look forward to welcoming you to your studies at UCD. We encourage our students to “Learn Today, Lead Tomorrow” and we are proud that so many of UCD's students have gone on to leadership positions in Ireland and across the globe in academia, the health professions, engineering, business and law, the arts, Associate Professor Marie Clarke sports and politics. UCD graduates are consistently Dean of Undergraduate Studies ranked highly by international employers and enjoy excellent job prospects.
Undergraduate Offer Pack Contents 03 CONTENTS What to do now 05 Financial Information 10 Funding and Scholarships 13 Accommodation 14 Visa Information 16 Staying in Touch 20 Registration 21 Orientation 23 Destination UCD 24 UCD Global Centres 29 Student Support Services 30 Sport and Recreation 34 Destination Ireland 36 Destination Dublin 39 Visiting UCD 41 Recommendations from our Students 42
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.
Undergraduate 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 accepting the offer of as specified in your offer letter. admission, the applicant agrees to 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 DEFER International Admissions team so see if you can defer your offer to the next academic year. You can view the AN OFFER Deferral Policy on our website at www.ucd.ie/registry/ admissions/Deferral_Policy.pdf
Undergraduate 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 REJECT appears with the status of ‘OFFER’ or ‘CONDITIONAL AN OFFER 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 by Princeton University is a minimum score from 600 English language condition paper based TOEFL (with a minimum score of 475 All UCD programmes are taught through English, and in the Test of Written English), 250 computer based applicants from non-English speaking countries must TOEFL or 90 internet based TOEFL (iBT). Additional provide evidence of competence in English language recognised English language tests are listed at through a recognised English language test, or equivalent. www.ucd.ie/international/elr The minimum English Language Requirements in relation For all proficiency tests the results must be less than to International English Language Testing System (IELTS) two years prior to the programme start date. Some is an average score of 6.5 over all components and a programmes have higher English language requirements. minimum of 6.0 in each band on the Academic Version. Please make sure to check the English language The English Language Requirements in relation to Test requirements for your chosen programme of study. of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) administered
08 University College Dublin Ireland’s Global University Academic condition If your offer is conditional upon obtaining your final PRE-ARRIVAL CHECKLIST high school results, the offer letter will state the level and grades required. When your results are known, please Pay your fees upload a certified copy of your results. We may also ask for original transcripts to be mailed. Official translations must be provided with the original/copy documents where documents are not in English. Any offer will be Organise health insurance conditional until we have received satisfactory official final transcripts. pply for a visa A Deposit condition (if applicable) A deposit of c500 is payable to secure a place on most courses. Deposits are non-refundable. The deposit amount will be deducted from your fee obligation. ake accommodation M arrangements Proof of identity Applicants should be aware that, if admitted to a programme, they will be required to present either Make travel arrangements their birth certificate or passport as part of the registration process. Start registration rrive in time for A orientation
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10 University College Dublin Ireland’s Global University FINANCIAL Information PROGRAMME FEES c6,000. Please ensure that you have paid and received In order to complete the registration process, you must a receipt to the value of the minimum visa payment confirm your registration and pay the appropriate fee. requirement of c6,000, so as to avoid visa refusal on A detailed breakdown of your fee obligation is available the basis of incomplete tuition fee payment. while registering in the SIS (Student Information System) through your UCD Connect account. Note 2: Where a student is receiving funding from a third party source, students must pay either a half or a When to pay fees to UCD third (whichever is applicable to the programme) of any Students may pay fees by semester: balance of fees and charges in order to be a registered • You may pay one third of your fee in semester student of the university. one and the remainder in semester two Note 3: Using PaytoStudy is the quickest method to Further information on payment dates is available at: receive a fee receipt for visa purposes. www.ucd.ie/students/fees/feepaymentdates.html HOW DO I PAY FEES? If you require a visa to study in Ireland, visa application You can pay directly by credit or debit card using requires that you pay the greater of c6,000 or half the UCD’s online payment facility. This is available at tuition fee prior to submitting your visa application www.ucd.ie/sisweb. A receipt will be emailed to you at – see page 16 for further information. your default email address or another that you specify. Note 1: If you require a visa to study in Ireland please Pay via the PayToStudy payment facility. This facility be advised that the Irish Government will only issue is especially useful for students who require a visa to a student visa to students who have paid their tuition travel and/or study. You may access this service via fees in full or paid a minimum deposit to the value of webpage: www.ucd.ie/students/fees/howtopay.html
Undergraduate Offer Pack Financial Information 11 Students making payments from outside Ireland may For further information on UCD fees visit also pay UCD directly by International Bank Transfer to: www.ucd.ie/fees UCD Fees Account, Bank of Ireland, College Green, Dublin 2, Ireland. IBAN: IE82 BOFI 9000 1720 6115 11 BIC: BOFI IE 2D IMPORTANT NOTES UCD regrets that it cannot accept cash Please ensure you enter your Student Number or payments for any portion of a student’s fees. Application Number as the narrative/description on the transfer so it can be identified as your payment If you pay UCD directly by International Bank and added to your record. Transfer it is essential that you include your student number (or application number) as the Third Party Payment allows individuals and sole narrative. A copy of the Bank Transcript should organisations to pay fees on behalf of a UCD student by also be sent to UCD at firstname.lastname@example.org debit or credit card without having access to confidential or faxed to +353 1 716 1228. student information. Further information is available at www.ucd.ie/students/fees/thirdparty.html The UCD Fees and Grants office does not issue invoices to individual companies or to students RECEIPTS for the purposes of paying fees. If you are in a If you pay by bank transfer, you will need to contact situation whereby you are in receipt of private UCD for receipts relating to visa applications etc. This sponsorship this is a matter between you and may take some time; therefore we urge international your sponsor directly. The fee liability for your students to use the PaytoStudy option to expedite programme rests in full with you as a student payment and visa applications. of UCD. You can upload your sponsorship letter at www.ucd.ie/students/studentdesk/ If you pay online you will be emailed a receipt. You may fundingletter.html also print your own receipt for the current year. Log into www.ucd.ie/sisweb
12 University College Dublin Ireland’s Global University COST OF LIVING This is based on 2018 costs and is to help you work out This table gives a rough guide to the cost of living the costs for living expenses such as accommodation, in Dublin over the course of one academic year food and other basics. Lots of things can affect how (nine months). much money you’ll need, so these numbers are indicative only and subject to change. Cost for the academic year These estimates do not include the cost of flights or Expense (9 months) insurance. You should also budget for any initial costs you will likely incur (e.g. you might need to budget for Rent (based on UCD Merville / c6,750 short-term accommodation upon arrival in Dublin). Belgrove rates) Food (including lunches) c2,250 Also please note that all non-Irish nationals, who are Travel (Leap Card) c720 not citizens of the EU/EEA or Switzerland, must register Books and materials (including c630 in person with the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration photocopying and printing) Service (INIS) after arrival and after completion of Clothes / medical c405 registration at UCD. The INIS will issue you with a residence permit/card. As of July 2018, the fee for this Mobile phone (excluding c180 card is c300 and should be included in your budgeting handset cost) calculations. Social life / miscellaneous c1,170 Total d12,105
Undergraduate Offer Pack Funding and Scholarships 13 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 NON-CITIZENS (FINANCIAL AID) The University is approved by the US Department of Education to certify loans under the ‘William D. Ford Direct Loan’ Program. For details in relation to applying for US Federal Loans please see the Incoming Student Portal for a comprehensive instruction guide. If you do not have access to the incoming student portal yet, you may contact email@example.com for further details. SPONSORED STUDENTS If you are receiving funding from your government or (up to 40 hours) for the months of June, July, August another organisation, you are required to submit official and September and from 15 December to 15 January confirmation of sponsorship prior to, or on registration. inclusive. Failure to do so may result in you being liable for tuition fees. You may email your sponsorship letter or financial Please note term dates at guarantee letter to firstname.lastname@example.org www.ucd.ie/students/keydates.htm Some sponsors will require you to provide them with UCD International provides information about living a fee statement prior to confirming your sponsorship. and working in Ireland on its website: www.ucd.ie/ You can access your fee statement online via your international/study-at-ucd-global/coming-to-ireland SISWeb account. Log into your account, click on the 'Registration, Fees and Assessment' tab. Select 'Programme Fee & Payments'. On this page there is a 'Generate Statement' button. Click this to CONTACTS download a PDF fee statement. UCD Fees www.ucd.ie/fees If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com UCD International Applications Team Tel. +353 1 716 8500 LIVING AND WORKING IN IRELAND firstname.lastname@example.org Entitlement to work (casual employment) Students who are attending a full-time course of at least International Scholarships Information one year’s duration are entitled to seek employment on www.ucd.ie/international/scholarships a casual basis. Casual employment means you can work for 20 hours per week during term time or full-time
14 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 a state-of-the-art campus only 5km from Dublin city centre. UCD RESIDENCES PROVIDES accommodation in you may need a little more support to help you get single-room, apartment style halls, complete with started at UCD. Up-to-date information and allocation living area and kitchen, with limited options for catered policy will be sent out to you directly by email. accommodation. As a guideline, accommodation fees for the 2018/19 academic year range from c6,757 – HOW TO APPLY? c10,675, depending on the type of accommodation. Please note you are required to have an offer of a place of study to apply for on-campus accommodation. The “Res Life” social programme helps to foster a sense Application is made online via the Incoming Student of community within the residences. There are games Portal. Communication will be sent to you regarding rooms located in three of our residences, and a gym in on-campus accommodation in early summer and this one of our newest builds. Specially adapted facilities are will include details of application dates and deadlines. provided for students with disabilities. www.ucd.ie/residences UCD seeks to guarantee first year non-EU undergraduate email@example.com students on-campus accommodation, as we recognise Tel: +353 1 716 1031
Undergraduate Offer Pack Accommodation 15 OFF-CAMPUS LIVING If you are looking for information on off-campus options, CONTACTS and information on rented, private and family-based accommodation, please visit www.ucd.ie/residences/ Off-Campus Accommodation Office bookings/offcampus Merville Residence Reception Office, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4 firstname.lastname@example.org Opening Hours: Monday-Friday 09:30 – 13:00 and 14:00 – 17:00 Student Union Accommodation Services Student Union Centre, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4 Tel: +353 1 716 3164/3112 email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org The following websites have advertisements for available accommodation in Dublin: www.ucdaccommodationpad.ie www.daft.ie www.let.ie www.myhome2let.ie www.letbynet.com
16 University College Dublin Ireland’s Global University VISA Information DO I NEED A VISA? to obtain permission to remain in Ireland. INIS Some, but not all, students from outside the EU/EEA registration must take place before the expiry date require an entry visa for Ireland. You can check on stamped on their passport by immigration officials at www.inis.gov.ie to see if you require a visa. (Examples the airport. This also includes countries such as USA, – USA, Canadian, Brazilian, Malaysian students do not Canada, Australia and Brazil, which though they do not require a visa whilst Indian, Chinese, Russian students do). require a visa to enter Ireland, are required to register with INIS after arrival. Further information You must make your visa application online using the AVATS on registration will be provided at orientation. online facility. Completing the online application form is the first step. The application will only be processed when the Important note: When you have applied for your visa, online form is completed AND the required documentation, please alert us by updating your profile on the The passport photograph and appropriate fee are received by Incoming Student Portal. The Incoming Student the relevant office as indicated by the online system. Portal is available on your SISWEB account. If you are applying from China, India, Nigeria, Russia, HEALTH INSURANCE United Arab Emirates or the United Kingdom, please also Students from ouside the EU must obtain private check the Irish Embassy website for details of further health insurance. You can purchase insurance in your documentation which may be required. home country, however you will need to ensure that it is valid in Ireland and in any other countries you You should read the visa application details very plan to travel to. There are different levels of private carefully. If you do not provide the documentation health insurance available. Students are advised to required, your visa will be refused. read their policy documents carefully. INIS requires that, if you have health insurance from your own INIS REGISTRATION country it must cover you up to c25,000 for All students from outside the EU/EEA, after they have in-hospital treatment. registered with UCD, must register with INIS in order
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18 University College Dublin Ireland’s Global University 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
Undergraduate Offer Pack Visa Information 19 Many of our international students tend to opt for (using your Visa Application Number). This list is a basic medical expenses insurance policy, which updated weekly. satisfies the Irish immigration requirements, and can be purchased online for c130 with a company If you get approval for a visa, the embassy to which now called Study and Protect, formerly ODON you sent your documents will affix a visa to your www.studyandprotect.com passport. For visa-related queries you can contact us. The contact there is Brian O’Riordan Applying from India: email@example.com BORiordan@odon.com Applying from China: firstname.lastname@example.org Applying from SE Asia: email@example.com More comprehensive plans are available from one Applying from Japan, Korea, Taiwan or Hong Kong: of the three main private health insurance companies firstname.lastname@example.org in Ireland. Applying from the Middle East or North Africa: VHI: www.vhi.ie email@example.com Irish Life: www.irishlifehealth.ie Applying from all other regions: Laya Healthcare: www.layahealthcare.ie firstname.lastname@example.org Please note that in order to apply for a policy from If you are refused a visa you may appeal the decision one of these companies you will need to provide an within two months. However, as this would affect your address in Ireland. Also note that medical cover does date of arrival in UCD, you would need to seek advice on not normally begin immediately with VHI. There is final acceptable arrival date from the course director/ usually a ‘waiting period’ of six months. administrator. www.ucd.ie/international/current-students/student- support/health-insurance CHECKING ON YOUR VISA STATUS NEED MORE HELP? You should apply as early as possible for your visa as it Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service can take eight weeks for it to be processed but in busy www.inis.gov.ie periods may take longer than this. You can check online at Visa Decisions to see if your visa has been processed
20 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 application to UCD and you should take careful (if you require 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 remember Make sure that ‘email@example.com’ to check frequently! and ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’ are added to your list of safe senders so emails from these accounts HOW TO ACCESS THE INCOMING do not end up in your spam folder! STUDENT PORTAL Log in via www.ucd.ie/sisweb
Undergraduate Offer Pack Registration 21 REGISTRATION Once you accept an offer the next step is registration. You will need to register online before you can begin your undergraduate 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 takes Please see www.ucd.ie/students/registration.html for place in August and you will receive notification via further details on registration such as times, guides 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 password is your date of birth (in ddmmyy format). PLEASE NOTE To access UCD Connect email, you will need In UCD Connect, click on the “Student Life” tab, then to log into UCD Connect at www.ucd.ie enter the SIS (Student Information System). If you were Your username is your UCD student number, a student of UCD in the last three years your computer and your password is your date of birth account and email details remain the same. If you have (in ddmmyy format). any questions or problems with the registration process, please contact your College/School directly.
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Undergraduate Offer Pack Orientation 23 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 students to take advantage of their time in Ireland. other students, have fun and dive into the Irish culture! You can explore the island of Saints and Scholars Orientation introduces you to the University and key through road trips, walking tours, and by taking part staff members, and provides you with crucial information in celebrations of Irish culture right here on campus. and advice that will assist you in adjusting to the living There is also an extensive calendar of celebrations of and learning environment of the University. You will different cultures throughout the year, including national receive academic advice about your course and support day celebrations. All students are invited to attend these in how to enrol in the correct units of study. The UCD events, which are often organised in conjunction with Orientation programme runs over one week. student societies. Please note that Orientation Week begins officially on 2019/2020 TERM DATES 3rd September so it is wise to arrive in good time. Most programmes start at the beginning of the academic year in early September. The start date for Classes begin on Monday 9th September. Please also your programme will be stated on your offer letter. check www.ucd.ie/international/study-at-ucd-global/ coming-to-ireland/orientation for updates on For details on term, revision and exam dates please September 2019 Orientation. see the academic calendar for 2019/2020 at www.ucd.ie/students/keydates.htm Alongside student orientation, we also have an extensive, fun and dynamic programme of activities for Semester Dates Exam dates international students. During this time, you will have ample opportunity to meet UCD International staff Orientation 3rd September – and students through events such as the President’s 6th September Welcome, Student Café & Fair, social and cultural Semester One 9th September 9th – 20th excursions, and many other exciting events that operate – 29th December out of the UCD Global Lounge, the University's hub for November international students. Semester Two 20th January – 5th – 16th May 24th April 2019 UCD GLOBAL LOUNGE EVENTS The UCD Global Lounge is staffed by Global Guides who are student ambassadors. They are available to answer questions regarding student life. You will have opportunities to interact with our Global Guides during CONTACT Orientation and throughout the year. Student Desk www.ucd.ie/students/studentdesk/contact.html Once orientation week is over, the UCD Global Lounge calendar of events is packed with opportunities for
24 University College Dublin Ireland’s Global University Clockwise from above: UCD’s Sports Centre is home to state-of-the-art facilities, including an Olympic-sized swimming pool; the Bloomberg Trading Room in the Quinn School of Business and UCD’s Sutherland School of Law, overshadowed by the Dublin Mountains. 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 such a large campus, we have the ability to house an worldwide, students love our flexible curriculum, and our incredible breadth of amenities (such as the UNESCO- research-intensive academic staff comprises leading recognised National Folklore Collection), all of which national and international opinion leaders and influencers. make the UCD experience second to none. THE CAMPUS THE PEOPLE The UCD Campus has to be experienced to be believed. At UCD, our faculty and staff are focussed on ensuring Our facilities include vaults of historical record, the that all students have the best experience and receive biggest animal hospital in Ireland (and animal A&E for the best education possible in an exciting, dynamic and Dublin), world-class teaching and research facilities, supportive environment. excellent accommodation, a huge sports centre with Olympic-size swimming pool, and interactive One quarter of our student population is from outside laboratories, some of which are unique to UCD. With Ireland and the EU, and over one third of our academic
Undergraduate Offer Pack Destination UCD 25 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 25% of our student population different life and learning experiences. A multitude of clubs and societies make it easy for students to meet is from outside the EU each other, and get involved in activities that not only Top 1% mean a lot to them, but that also offer invaluable life experience. We also have excellent student support services, f higher education o including our Peer Mentor Programme, which pairs institutes worldwide groups of first year students with a senior student who can support them throughout their first year at UCD.
26 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 opposite: 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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Undergraduate Offer Pack UCD Global Centres 29 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 and all other countries are served through our central Dublin office. 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 Email: email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: +1-650-255-8532 (Pacific Time) MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA CHINA University College Dublin Dubai Global Centre University College Dublin Global Centre Beijing, Dubai Knowledge Park, Block 2B, Office F-06, Dubai. C612A, Lufthansa Office Building, Liangmaqiao Road, Tel: +97145898204 Chaoyang District, Beijing, PR China 100125 Email: email@example.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org DUBLIN OFFICE 都柏林大学 | University College Dublin UCD International, Gerard Manley Hopkins Building, UCD全球中心(中国) | 北京市朝阳区亮马桥路 Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland 50号燕莎中心办公楼C612A Email: email@example.com 邮编：100125 Tel: +353 1 716 8500 电话：＋86 010 8448 4288 / 4287
30 University College Dublin Ireland’s Global University Student Support SERVICES INTERNATIONAL OFFICE The UCD International Office offers a wide range of support to both international students and Irish students who wish to study abroad. International students make up about 25% of the UCD student population. The services offered by the International Office include: • Pre-arrival information for new international students • Orientation programmes • Cultural and social events • Assistance with University procedures • Handbook for International Students • International Student Adviser who assists with personal and practical issues social, personal or practical issues, and help students to access other support services where necessary. For further information please visit: www.ucd.ie/international For more information, please visit: www.ucd.ie/studentadvisers STUDENT ADVISERS Student Advisers provide support for all students throughout UCD PEER MENTORING their university experience, particularly during their first Every new student in UCD is assigned a Peer Mentor, year. They are attached either to particular programmes who is usually a second or third year student from the (e.g. Arts) or to specific groups of students (e.g. international same or similar subject area as you. They will be your students). Student Advisers are there to help make informal point of contact during your transition into students' time at UCD as fulfilling and enjoyable as college, guiding you through Orientation week, helping possible. They are available for private meetings with you settle in and arranging group activities in your students so they can express their concerns regarding first year. They also provide important advice around
Undergraduate Offer Pack Student Support Services 31 assignments and exams and introduce you to other first year students, making it easier to meet new friends. 1 million print books are available UCD LIBRARY across UCD’s libaries UCD’s libraries stock one million print books, 650,000 e-books, numerous subject databases and approximately 84,000 print or electronic journals. There are also 3,150 reading places for quiet study time, group learning rooms and social learning spaces. 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 Development Centre can help you to: all UCD students, whether you are studying maths or not, • Understand the range of national and and support is offered on a one-to-one or small group inter-national career opportunities basis, with tuition by friendly and experienced tutors. available to you • Find out what other UCD graduates from Writing Support Centre your 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 programmes & workshops to develop your writing to students interested in improving their writing skills, competencies and attitudes that skills. One-to-one tuition and a range of workshops/ employers seek seminars 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 telephone, Skype and group interviews and present their knowledge and ideas in writing. and learn how best to compete for jobs For further information please visit: www.ucd.ie/library
32 University College Dublin Ireland’s Global University UCD APPLIED LANGUAGE CENTRE (ALC) Catalogue Search facility so you can look up journals The UCD Applied Language Center offers foreign on your smart phone. Just search for “UCD Mobile” language electives and English language courses. in the Android Marketplace or your App store! For further information please visit: www.ucd.ie/alc UCD Access Centre UCD Access Centre provides support for students with IT SERVICES disabilities. UCD Access Centre assists students in many UCD Belfield is the largest campus in Ireland and is digitally different ways from academic support to exam support. enabled with wireless access available campus-wide Registration with Access Centre is confidential. All you (including residences). Online services can be accessed need to register is a letter from your medical consultant 24/7 whether you are at home or abroad through UCD or an educational psychologist’s report (no more than 3 Connect. UCD Connect gives you access to your personal years old). You will meet one-to-one with a member of files, library resources and online learning resources. A the UCD Access Centre team and together you will put large amount of software is available to students at no in place your individual learning plan. The UCD Access 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 own device) campus so come to us for all your device queries. UCD also has 1,000 computers available in UCD STUDENT DESK open-access laboratories across campus. The UCD Student Desk offers a range of services to students including registration/student records, Online support is available at www.ucd.ie/it fees, assessment, regulations and transcripts to name but a few. UCD Mobile This app gives you an interactive campus map with For the full range of services available to students information on campus facilities, tours, a staff directory, please visit www.ucd.ie/students/studentdesk and Blackboard Mobile Learn so you can check announcements on the go! There is also a Library
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34 University College Dublin Ireland’s Global University SPORT and Recreation SPORT CLUBS rugby, GAA and soccer pitches, and the National With 56 official sports clubs, excellent facilities and a Hockey Stadium. huge programme of fitness classes, there’s something for everyone. So make the most of your time in UCD, Student Gym Membership entitles current UCD students get involved, get active and have fun! to free access to the UCD Sport & Fitness Gym and the Performance Gym. Students who activate their Student UCD SPORT AND FITNESS Membership can gain access to the pool on a pay-as- Our modern Sport and Fitness Centre has an you-go basis or can pay a once-off annual charge for extensive range of amenities, catering for students unlimited access to the pool area. of all fitness levels, from casual gym-user to Olympic athlete. Facilities include a 50 metre swimming pool, For more information about our sports facilities, gym, dance and spinning studios, sauna and jacuzzi, please visit: www.ucd.ie/sportandfitness three multi-purpose sports halls, four squash courts, handball/racquetball alley, climbing wall, changing STUDENT SOCIETIES facilities, performance and squad gyms, 17 natural Regularly recommended by international students as the grass pitches (including the UCD Bowl, home ground best way to make friends and fill your social calendar to both UCD RFC and UCD AFC), six synthetic in UCD, when you get here find a club, society or group 5-a-side pitches, sand-based hockey pitch, synthetic that interests you, and JOIN IT!
Undergraduate Offer Pack Sport and Recreation 35 Student societies and networks are a great way to students, so they understand the issues facing students. explore your interests and develop new ones. UCD has Students can call over at any time and have a over 80 active student societies so there is something chat with them. for everyone. Many of our societies bring together international students from different backgrounds, and Throughout the year, the UCDSU Entertainments (Ents) networks such as the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) Office runs class trips and parties, gigs, comedy nights, and International Student Society run lots of events mystery tours and The Freshers Ball. They also run an and activities throughout the year, including trips award-winning newspaper, The University Observer. around Ireland. For more information about the UCDSU, For more information on UCD Societies, please visit: please visit: www.ucdsu.ie www.ucd.ie/sportandsocieties.htm UCD STUDENTS’ UNION (UCDSU) All UCD students are automatically members of UCDSU, which represents students’ views and opinions, and works on a number of university committees from all areas of university life as the voice of the student population. Five elected officers offer support and advice to students during their time in UCD – the President, Welfare Officer, Education Officer, Graduate Officer and Campaigns & Communications Officer. 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
36 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 WE’RE SAFE just over five million, we are a well-connected nation, Ranked 10th out of 163 countries in the Global with over 70 million people around the world who Peace Index. claim Irish heritage. WE’RE HAPPY OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM IS EXCELLENT Ireland is ranked 14th in the World Happiness Index Ireland’s education system is amongst the best in the 2018. This happiness leads to friendliness, and the Irish world. We lead in the skills race with a higher percentage people are renowned for their friendly and welcoming of 3rd level graduates than the UK, US and OECD nature the world over. averages. Ireland also ranks in the top 10 globally for: • Quality of the education system WE HAVE DIVERSE… WEATHER • University education that meets the needs of a In Ireland, a hot (or cold, or rainy) topic daily is the competitive economy weather! You might experience four seasons in one day • Knowledge transfer between universities and – so be sure to pack your sunscreen, umbrella, rain jacket, companies. sweater and sunglasses when heading to class!
Undergraduate Offer Pack Destination Ireland 37 WE’RE YOUNG YOU’VE SEEN US ON SCREEN Ireland has the youngest population in Europe with a Ireland is famous for its beautiful countryside, and is third of the population under 25 years old and almost featured in many films and TV shows. In Kerry you can half the population under the age of 34. see Sceilg Mhichil (Skellig Michael), AKA planet Ahch-To in Star Wars; in Wexford you can wander the beaches WE SPEAK ENGLISH featured in ‘Saving Private Ryan’, in Clare you can explore Ireland is soon to be the only member state of the the incredible Cliffs of Moher and see the location of European Union (apart from Malta) whose first the Horcrux Cave from Harry Potter and the Half Blood language is English. Prince, and in Down you can travel the Kingsroad from ‘Game of Thrones’. WE’RE COMPACT, EASY TO NAVIGATE – AND CLOSE TO EUROPEAN CAPITALS WE’RE PROUD OF OUR CULTURE As a small country, Ireland’s beautiful landscapes and AND HISTORY vibrant cities are easily accessible. Dublin is just a Ireland’s incredible culture and history is celebrated two-hour drive from Galway in the west and Cork in the countrywide. With two UNESCO World Heritage south, meaning that the entire country can be explored Sites, and many museums, cathedrals, parks and by students with ease while they are based in Dublin. monuments, Ireland’s past and present can be An island located off the western edge of Europe, next explored on every corner. to the United Kingdom, Ireland is within easy reach of all major European capitals, so you can enjoy European adventures during your time with us too!
38 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 a few. The industry is also a very strong contributor to top five IT services companies and all ten of the top Irish exports, generating c4.2 billion in exports annually. ‘born on the internet’ companies. FOOD AND AGRICULTURE MED TECH AND PHARMA The manufacture of food and drink is Ireland’s Ireland is home to all of the top ten global pharma most important indigenous industry, with over c11 companies and has over 25,000 people employed in billion of product exported every year to 175 markets the industry. Over c10 billion has been invested in worldwide. Ireland supplies 10% of the world’s infant new biological production in the last decade. Ireland milk formula and three of the four best-selling infant has exported almost c40 billion in biopharmaceutical formula 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.
Undergraduate Offer Pack Destination Dublin 39 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’ Google, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, AirBnB, Hubspot or ‘Southsiders’. UCD is located in Dublin 4, on the and Squarespace. city’s 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 Festival, a Chinese New Year Festival, Culture Night, the in Europe, and is regularly voted friendliest city in Dublin Film Festival, and is home to the national football Europe by TripAdvisor. and rugby teams.
40 University College Dublin Ireland’s Global University 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.
Undergraduate Offer Pack Visiting UCD 41 VISITINGUCD BY PLANE The route 145 provides a direct route from Heuston Dublin is served by Dublin International Airport, which is Station to Belfield via the city centre. If you wish to take located north of Dublin City Centre. There are frequent a tour of the campus for details and bookings please visit connecting buses from the airport to the city centre. www.ucd.ie/international/study-at-ucd-global/meet- Aircoach operates a service from Dublin Airport to 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.
42 University College Dublin Ireland’s Global University Wild deer roam freely in the Phoenix Park, the largest enclosed public park in any capital city in Europe. 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 and food), Blackrock Food Market, UCD Food Market Supermarkets (Thursdays) For everything on a budget: Lidl and Aldi Burritos and Burgers: Bunsen, Wowburger, Boojum For affordable Chinese groceries delivered to your (student discounts and giant portions), Tolteca door: www.chinese.ie Restaurants: Milano’s (pizza and Italian), Neon Asian staples: Asia Market in the city centre, Eurasia in (affordable, large portion Asian food with a fill-your- Fonthill (huge supermarket, with great cheap hot food own ice cream cone option!), Crackbird, Platform 61 too – their onion bhajis are amazing!) (bottomless brunch), 3 Leaves Blackrock (affordable For Halal butchers and grocers try the shop at the Islamic home cooked Indian food with good vegan options) Cultural Centre of Ireland (10 minute walk from UCD)
Undergraduate Offer Pack Recommendations from our Students 43 Coffee Miami Café Dun Laoghaire, The Wooden Spoon MY FAVOURITE SPOT Blackrock, 3FE, Coffee Angel, Accents (near Grafton “Kilmainham Goal is one of my favorite spots, Street), Beanhive, Mochaland, Insomnia (chain), Bear and also go to a GAA match at Croke Park or a Market Blackrock Rugby or Football match at Aviva Stadium.” Miesha Roberts THINGS TO DO IN DUBLIN! A true mountains to sea experience, Dublin is a vibrant capital that is both steeped in culture and at the forefront of technology. The city centre is compact, and everything is within easy walking distance. Venture further afield Sports and Entertainment (via foot, bus, tram or train) and find the real gems. Go to a game in Croke Park (GAA) or Aviva Stadium (football and rugby), Comedy @ the International Bar Outdoors (keep an eye on big acts performing in Dublin, as they Glasnevin Cemetery (followed by a visit to The are known to appear in the International Bar the night Gravediggers’ pub), Dublin Bay cruise to Howth and before their big gigs!). Howth cliff hikes (good seafood and views), Viking Splash Tour, Phoenix Park (find the deer, visit Dublin Zoo, hire DISCOVER IRELAND a Segway, see Áras an Uachtaráin (President’s house), From your base in Dublin, the whole island of Ireland is have a picnic, or check out Farmleigh House for cultural readily accessible. Hire a car, or take a bus or train, and events), Marley Park (for markets, open air movies, and explore one of the most beautiful countries in the world. walking), Happenings (sign up to their mailing list and Visit Planet Ahch-To from Star Wars (Skellig Michael, Co. follow them on social media for outdoor yoga, outdoor Kerry), experience the majestic Wild Atlantic Way (maybe cinema, and other events), Botanical Gardens (Birdwatch try surfing!), and visit places like Galway, Cork, Kilkenny Ireland do amazing talks here – watch out for their and the Aran Islands. insanely popular crow series!). UCD Res Life and the International Students’ Society Indoors organise trips around Ireland, so keep an eye on their Christchurch & St Patrick’s Cathedrals, Guinness Storehouse, social media for information. Kilmainham Gaol, IMC Cinemas do special discount days. Left: Dublin is well known for its many colourful and atmospheric pubs and right: the Baily Lighthouse on Howth Head, popular for walking, hiking and stunning views of Dublin Bay and coastline.
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