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University College Dublin

University College Dublin, also known as UCD, is a leading research-focused university located in Dublin, Ireland. Established in 1854, UCD is one of the largest universities in Ireland and is recognized as one of the country's most influential academic institutions. With a strong reputation for academic excellence and research, UCD offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in areas such as arts, humanities, social sciences, engineering, and natural sciences.

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The overview

The main things you need to know about studying at the University College Dublin.

  • Rankings

    This year UCD has been ranked as number one in Ireland, up from third last year in the inaugural 2022 rankings, and is now 50th globally, having climbed over 120 places. The impressive rise comes following the appointment of Professor Tasman Crowe as Vice President for Sustainability at UCD, a new top level role placing sustainability at the heart of the University's education, research, governance, operations, and engagement activities.

  • Employability

    University College Dublin has a strong reputation for preparing its students for successful careers after graduation. The university has strong links with a wide range of employers and offers a variety of employability initiatives, such as career fairs, internships, and work placements. Many of the university's graduates go on to careers in a variety of fields, including finance, technology, law, and education.

  • Fees

    The fees for international students at University College Dublin vary depending on the course and program of study. However, on average, international students can expect to pay around €20,000 to €30,000 per year for undergraduate courses. In the EU you can expect to pay between €7,500 and €23,500

  • Bursaries

    University College Dublin offers various bursaries and scholarships to students to help with the cost of tuition and living expenses. These bursaries are awarded based on financial need and academic merit, and they can cover a portion or all of the tuition fees. There are also a number of other funding opportunities available, such as research grants, travel grants, and internships, which are open to students at UCD.


A range of accommodation options is offered to UCD students, including on-campus residence halls, off-campus apartments, and private housing options. On-campus accommodation is available for first-year students and is located within a short walking distance from the main campus. Off-campus accommodation is also available and is typically located in the city center, near the university. For hassle-free, comfortable, and affordable student lets--when you're ready to move out of halls, or when you miss out on halls allotment, check out our AFS Dublin page for the best student lets in town!

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Students' Union

UCDSU is the heart of student life at UCD, providing a range of services, activities and opportunities for students to get involved, develop new skills and connect with their peers. The union offers support for advocacy and representation, as well as social events and student-run organizations, including student media outlets like "The University Observer" newspaper and "Belfield FM" radio station. Whether you're looking to build your leadership skills, connect with like-minded people, or simply have a good time, UCDSU has you covered.

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Famous for

Some of the university's most notable alumni include Nobel Prize winners Ernest Walton and William Butler Yeats, politician and former Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald, and entrepreneur and philanthropist Bill Cullen. The university is also famous for its beautiful campus, which features a mix of modern and traditional architecture, and its commitment to sustainability and environmental responsibility.


A new €31.5 million sustainable Co-Centre aiming to transform food systems in Ireland and the UK will be co-led by University College Dublin. Bringing together world-leading researchers from institutions across both countries for the first time, the Co-Centre will work closing with government and industry to deliver innovative solutions to drive societal and political change in the transition to climate neutrality by 2050.

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Dublin is the perfect city for students looking for a fun and vibrant atmosphere. With its rich history, lively nightlife, and endless opportunities for exploration, Dublin is the ideal place to call home for your university years.

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