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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 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
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/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
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. 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
Undergraduate Offer Pack What to do now 09 Photo by UCD Student Diana Markina
10 University College Dublin Ireland’s Global University 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
Undergraduate Offer Pack Financial Information 11 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 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 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
Undergraduate Offer Pack Funding and Scholarships 13 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com UCD Global 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/global 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 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 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 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
Undergraduate Offer Pack Visa Information 19 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: email@example.com www.studyandprotect.com Applying from China: chinaofﬁce@ucd.ie The contact there is Brian O’Riordan Applying from SE Asia: firstname.lastname@example.org BORiordan@odon.com Applying from Japan, Korea, Taiwan or Hong Kong: email@example.com More comprehensive plans are available from one Applying from the Middle East or North Africa: of the three main private health insurance companies firstname.lastname@example.org in Ireland. Applying from all other regions: VHI: www.vhi.ie email@example.com 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.
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 ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’ to check frequently! and ‘email@example.com’ 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
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. Photo by UCD Student Xinyue Xu Photo by UCD Student Shuyue Wang
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 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.
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 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.
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 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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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: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: +91-9384810500 / +91-9940633500 Email: email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org Email: chinaofﬁce@ucd.ie DUBLIN OFFICE ĝყڄęƓ | University College Dublin UCD Global, Gerard Manley Hopkins Building, Belﬁeld, UCDƽЎġķ(ġŚ) | Ѐҷ̤࠷іҡб҈ɢ Dublin 4, Ireland 50̸ිႇġķѩȔ֞C612A Email: email@example.com ৠ뻭100125 Tel: +353 1 716 8500 ǗƸ뻭뻞86 010 8448 4288 / 4287
30 University College Dublin Ireland’s Global University 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
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
Undergraduate Offer Pack Student Suports 33 Photo by UCD Student Yat To Leung
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 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!
Undergraduate Offer Pack Destination Ireland 37 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!
38 University College Dublin Ireland’s Global University 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.
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. Photo by UCD Student Kartik Sharma
40 University College Dublin Ireland’s Global University 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.
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/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.
42 University College Dublin Ireland’s Global University 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)
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: Photo by UCD Student Sela Betz
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