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                                                                                                  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.
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                                                   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
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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

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.
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                                   •   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                      Global 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
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                                                      •   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/registry/admissions/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
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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.

                                                                      Apply for a visa
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.                     Make accommodation
                                                                      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

                                                                      Arrive in time for
                                                                      orientation
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Photo by UCD Student Diana Markina
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FINANCIAL
      Information
PROGRAMME FEES                                                Irish embassy or consulate to ensure that you have paid
In order to complete the registration process, you must       an adequate amount. Please ensure that you have paid
confirm your registration and pay the appropriate fee.         and received a receipt to the value of the minimum visa
A detailed breakdown of your fee obligation is available      payment so as to avoid visa refusal on the basis
while registering in the SIS (Student Information System)     of incomplete tuition fee payment.
through your UCD Connect account.
                                                              Note 2: Where a student is receiving funding from a
When to pay fees to UCD                                       third party source, students must pay either a half or a
Students may pay fees by semester:                            third (whichever is applicable to the programme) of any
• You may pay one third of your fee in semester               balance of fees and charges in order to be a registered
   one and the remainder in semester two                      student of the university.

Further information on payment dates is available at:         Note 3: Using PaytoStudy is the quickest method to
www.ucd.ie/students/fees/feepaymentdates.html                 receive a fee receipt for visa purposes.

If you require a visa to study in Ireland, visa application   HOW DO I PAY FEES?
requires that you pay the greater of c6,000 or half the       You can pay directly by credit or debit card using
tuition fee prior to submitting your visa application         UCD’s online payment facility. This is available at
– see page 16 for further information.                        www.ucd.ie/sisweb. A receipt will be emailed to you at
                                                              your default email address or another that you specify.
Note 1: If you require a visa to study in Ireland please
be advised that the Irish Government will only issue a        Pay via the PayToStudy payment facility. This facility
student visa to students who have paid their tuition fees     is especially useful for students who require a visa to
in full or paid a minimum deposit. This is usually c6,000,    travel and/or study. You may access this service via
but varies in some countries. Please contact your local       webpage: www.ucd.ie/students/fees/howtopay.html
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                                                                                         Photo by UCD Student Neeti Jain

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 student.payments@ucd.ie
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
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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 in     the costs for living expenses such as accommodation,
Dublin over the course of one month.                        food and other basics. Lots of things can affect how
                                                            much money you’ll need, so these numbers are indicative
 MONTHLY COSTS                                              only and subject to change.

 Rent (based on UCD Merville                                These estimates do not include the cost of flights or
 accommodation rates)                               €835    insurance. You should also budget for any initial costs
 Food (including lunches)                           €250    you will likely incur (e.g. you might need to budget for
                                                            short-term accommodation upon arrival in Dublin).
 Travel (Student Leap card)                           €80
 Books and materials (including                             Also please note that all non-Irish nationals, who are
 photocopying and printing)                           €70   not citizens of the EU/EEA or Switzerland, must register
                                                            in person with the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration
 Clothes / medical                                    €45
                                                            Service (INIS) after arrival and after completion of
 Mobile phone (excluding                                    registration at UCD. The INIS will issue you with a
 handset cost)                                        €20   residence permit/card. As of July 2018, the fee for this
 Social life / miscellaneous                         €130   card is c300 and should be included in your budgeting
                                                            calculations.
 Total:                                           €1,430
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FUNDINGand Scholarships
Check out https://www.ucd.ie/global/study-at-ucd/
scholarshipsfinances/ 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 federalaid@ucd.ie for
further details.                                                                     Photo by UCD Student Junhyoung Lee

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 sponsors@ucd.ie                           www.ucd.ie/students/keydates.htm

Some sponsors will require you to provide them with           UCD Global provides information about living
a fee statement prior to confirming your sponsorship.          and working in Ireland on its website: www.ucd.ie/global
You can access your fee statement online via your
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
sponsors@ucd.ie
                                                                 UCD Global Applications Team
                                                                 Tel. +353 1 716 8500
LIVING AND WORKING IN IRELAND
                                                                 internationaladmissions@ucd.ie
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/global
a casual basis. Casual employment means you can work
for 20 hours per week during term time or full-time
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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 2019/20 academic year range from c7,514 -            HOW TO APPLY?
c11,591, 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        internationalaccommodation@ucd.ie
students on-campus accommodation, as we recognise            Tel: +353 1 716 1031
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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
                                                            roombookingsupport@ucd.ie
                                                            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
                                                            accommodation@ucdsu.ie
                                                            welfare@ucdsu.ie

                                                            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
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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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 When making a visa application you must:

                Complete an
                online application

                                                      Ensure 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 Global Student
                                                      Support Services for information on
                                                      health insurance providers). Please
                Provide a passport
                                                      note that private health insurance
                sized photo
                                                      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

                Show evidence of tuition fees paid.
                                                      Make sure you keep copies
                                                      of all documents submitted
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Many of our international students tend to opt for
a basic medical expenses insurance policy, which            If you get approval for a visa, the embassy to which
satisfies the Irish immigration requirements, and            you sent your documents will affix a visa to your
can be purchased online for c130 with a company             passport. For visa-related queries you can contact us.
now called Study and Protect, formerly ODON                 Applying from India: india@ucd.ie
www.studyandprotect.com                                     Applying from China: chinaoffice@ucd.ie
The contact there is Brian O’Riordan                        Applying from SE Asia: southeastasia@ucd.ie
BORiordan@odon.com                                          Applying from Japan, Korea, Taiwan or Hong Kong:
                                                            eastasia@ucd.ie
More comprehensive plans are available from one             Applying from the Middle East or North Africa:
of the three main private health insurance companies        dubai@ucd.ie
in Ireland.                                                 Applying from all other regions:
VHI: www.vhi.ie                                             internationaladmissions@ucd.ie
Irish Life: www.irishlifehealth.ie
Laya Healthcare: www.layahealthcare.ie                      If you are refused a visa you may appeal the decision
                                                            within two months. However, as this would affect your
Please note that in order to apply for a policy from        date of arrival in UCD, you would need to seek advice on
one of these companies you will need to provide an          final acceptable arrival date from the course director/
address in Ireland. Also note that medical cover does       administrator.
not normally begin immediately with VHI. There is
usually a ‘waiting period’ of six months.
                                                                NEED MORE HELP?
CHECKING ON YOUR VISA STATUS                                    Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service
You should apply as early as possible for your visa as it       www.inis.gov.ie
can take eight weeks for it to be processed but in busy
periods may take longer than this. You can check online
at Visa Decisions to see if your visa has been processed
(using your Visa Application Number). This list is
updated weekly.
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 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 ‘internationaladmissions@ucd.ie’
to check frequently!
                                                              and ‘onlineapps@ucd.ie’ 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

                                                                                      Photo by UCD Student Diva Gallo
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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.

Photo by UCD Student Xinyue Xu                                                     Photo by UCD Student Shuyue Wang
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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               You can explore the island of Saints and Scholars
other students, have fun and dive into the Irish culture!    through road trips, walking tours, and by taking part
Orientation introduces you to the University and key         in celebrations of Irish culture right here on campus.
staff members, and provides you with crucial information     There is also an extensive calendar of celebrations of
and advice that will assist you in adjusting to the living   different cultures throughout the year, including national
and learning environment of the University. You will         day celebrations. All students are invited to attend these
receive academic advice about your course and support        events, which are often organised in conjunction with
in how to enrol in the correct units of study. The UCD       student societies.
Orientation programme runs over one week.
                                                             2020/2021 TERM DATES
Please note that Orientation Week begins officially on        Most programmes start at the beginning of the
1st September so it is wise to arrive in good time.          academic year in early September. The start date for
                                                             your programme will be stated on your offer letter.
Classes begin on Monday 7th September. Please also
check www.ucd.ie/global for updates on                       For details on term, revision and exam dates please
September 2019 Orientation.                                  see the academic calendar for 2020/2021 at
                                                             www.ucd.ie/students/keydates.htm
Alongside student orientation, we also have an
extensive, fun and dynamic programme of activities            Semester           Dates               Exam dates
for international students. During this time, you will
                                                              Orientation        1st September –
have ample opportunity to meet UCD Global staff
                                                                                 4th September
and students through events such as the President’s
Welcome, Student Café & Fair, social and cultural             Semester One       7th September –     7th-18th
excursions, and many other exciting events that operate                          27th November       December
out of the UCD Global Lounge, the University's hub for
                                                              Semester Two       18th January –      4th - 15th May
international students.                                                          23rd April 2019

UCD GLOBAL LOUNGE EVENTS
The UCD Global Lounge is staffed by Global Guides
who are student ambassadors. They are available to               CONTACT
answer questions regarding student life. You will have
                                                                 Student Desk
opportunities to interact with our Global Guides during
                                                                 www.ucd.ie/students/studentdesk/contact.html
Orientation and throughout the year.

Once orientation week is over, the UCD Global Lounge
calendar of events is packed with opportunities for
students to take advantage of their time in Ireland.
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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
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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
mean a lot to them, but that also offer invaluable life
experience.
                                                           TOP 1%
                                                           of higher education
We also have excellent student support services,
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.
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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 opposite: Holi, the Festival of Colour, run by the UCD
                                                                  India Society.

Kuwait National Day celebrations, organised by UCD Global.

Chinese New Year, run by UCD Global and the UCD Chinese Students and Scholars Association.

Thanksgiving dinner, organised by UCD Global.                     Malaysia Night, run by the UCD Malaysia Society.
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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: northamerica@ucd.ie                               Tel: +91-9384810500 / +91-9940633500
                                                         Email: india@ucd.ie
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: southeastasia@ucd.ie / eastasia@ucd.ie
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: dubai@ucd.ie
Email: chinaoffice@ucd.ie
                                                         DUBLIN OFFICE
ĝყ‫ڄ‬ęƓ | University College Dublin                        UCD Global, Gerard Manley Hopkins Building, Belfield,
UCDƽЎġķ(ġŚ) | Ѐҷ̤࠷іҡб҈਋ɢ                                 Dublin 4, Ireland
50̸ිႇġķѩȔ֞C612A                                          Email: internationaladmissions@ucd.ie
࡬ৠ뻭100125                                                Tel: +353 1 716 8500
ǗƸ뻭뻞86 010 8448 4288 / 4287
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   Student Support

SERVICES
UCD GLOBAL OFFICE
The UCD Global 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 UCD Global 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/global                                                  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
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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
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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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Photo by UCD Student Yat To Leung
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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!
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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
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Photo by UCD Student Mary-Loup Bonnett                                                   Photo by UCD Student Diva Gallo

     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 16th in the World Happiness Index
Ireland’s education system is amongst the best in the        2019. 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!
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                                                                                   Photo by UCD Student Abigail Lynch

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!
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Great career opportunities
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 €4.2 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 €11
companies and has over 25,000 people employed in             billion of product exported every year to 175 markets
the industry. Over €10 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 €40 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.
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     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.

                                                                                      Photo by UCD Student Kartik Sharma
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Photo by UCD Student Hayley Meyers                                                   Photo by UCD Student Rohit Gupta

WE HAVE AN INCREDIBLE ARTS AND                              WE HAVE FOOD TO CATER FOR
PERFORMANCE SCENE                                           EVERYONE’S TASTES!
Dublin has spawned jaw-dropping creative talent, and        Dublin has a vibrant, young, multicultural population,
amazing authors such as James Joyce, Roddy Doyle, and       and the city centre is packed with shops and restaurants
Anne Enright hail from the city. Dublin is also home to a   to suit everyone’s budget and tastes. There is an Asian
multitude of world famous bands, including U2 and The       strip just north of the River Liffey, home to many
Script, and actors such as Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson   authentic and award-winning restaurants, and the many
and Domhnall Gleeson.                                       supermarkets in the city centre stock ingredients from
                                                            around the world.
Storytelling is not just confined to books, music and
movies – Dublin has a vibrant stage scene and theatres      EXPERIENCE THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS
such as The Gate and The Abbey have performance runs        Flanked by beaches to the east and mountains to the
throughout the year. You can also take many tours in        south, and dotted with parks, Dublin boasts wonderful
Dublin, where the guides will make history come alive       amenities for everyone to enjoy.
through their stories!

WE’RE ALL ABOUT THE CRAIC
(IT’S OUR WORD FOR FUN!)
The pubs, coffee shops, and music venues of Dublin are
important meeting and social venues for both Dubliners,
and visitors to the capital. You can enjoy coffee in a
bookshop, have a drink overlooking the city, or see
musicians perform any night of the week.
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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/global
Aircoach operates a service from Dublin Airport to
Leopardstown/Sandyford/Stillorgan which passes UCD.
Further details available at www.aircoach.ie. For further
                                                                 HOW TO VIDEOS
information on Dublin Airport and flights please visit
www.dublinairport.com                                            We have created a bank of videos showcasing
                                                                 the best ways to get to UCD, and these can be
BY TRAIN                                                         viewed on our YouTube channel.
Dublin is served by two main railway stations, Connolly          www.youtube.com/ucdglobal
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.
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Photo by UCD Student Xiaoyue Zhang

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)
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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: Photo by UCD Student Sela Betz
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