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University College Dublin
Dates to Remember

Exchange Dates to Remember

2019-20 Applications

Applications Due: February 19, 2019
Interviews: February 25 – March 1
Decisions: March 5, 2019


University College Dublin is Ireland’s largest and most richly diversified university.  UCD traces its origins to the Catholic University of Ireland, founded in 1854 by Cardinal John Henry Newman, author of the celebrated text “The Idea of a University”.  The UCD’s key initiatives include providing a top-notch education with the resources, programming, training opportunities and innovation needed to be a leading institution in Europe.

With over 23,000 students UCD offers over 70 degree courses and doctoral degrees in seven different practice areas.  The 320 acre campus provides a unique mix of academic facilities, research institutes, library and archival collections. UCD is rich in tradition and scholarship and situated just 5km outside the city center, one of Europe's fastest growing cosmopolitan urban areas.

UCD is Ireland's University of first choice, leading in first-preference applications in Ireland year after year; as well as being the university of first choice for international students coming to Ireland. The role of UCD within Irish higher education is underscored by the fact that UCD alone accounts for over 30% of international students, over 25% of all graduate students and almost 28% of all doctoral enrolments across the seven Irish universities.

Language Requirement

No language requirements. All instruction in English.


Each year the International Programs department and the Office of Financial Aid work together to create an appropriate semester or year budget for the exchange program. This budget is based on the UConn Law rate of tuition plus the living costs associated with the program. 

Term of Schedule

Students choosing to study at University College Dublin can opt to attend the university for the full academic year or for one semester in the fall and spring.

Fall Semester September to mid-December
Spring Semester Mid-January to mid-May
Full Year September to early June
Program of Study

The program at the University College of Dublin is designed to give students a chance to study International Human Rights Law, European Law, Commercial Law, Intellectual Property/Information Technology and Criminal Justice in an Irish law school.

Undergraduate programs at University of College Dublin:

Graduate programs at University College Dublin:

Exchange student information:

The Culture

Dublin, the capital of the Republic of Ireland, enjoys one of the best settings of any European city. Stretching around the wide expanse of Dublin Bay, few parts of the city are far from the sights and smells of the sea, while many center-city streets seem to end in a vista of mountains.

Dublin was originally a Viking settlement known as Dyflin, the Black Pool. Being the principal city of Ireland for most of its thousand-year history, Dublin experienced a period of rapid expansion in the eighteenth century when it attained the status of one of Europe's great cities, replete with magnificent squares and stately public buildings.

Small by present-day international standards, Dublin nevertheless has the resources of a capital city with a full and varied cultural and intellectual life. Both the National Museum and the National Gallery are conveniently located in the city center.  In the work of its writers, playwrights, actors, and musicians Dublin is exceptional. It is renowned particularly for its theatrical life. It boasts established theatres (such as the Abbey and the Gate) and small experimental theatres, like Trinity’s Players. In the literary field the contribution of Dubliners has been outstanding. Jonathan Swift, Oliver Goldsmith, Oscar Wilde, Bernard Shaw, W.B. Yeats, James Joyce, and Samuel Beckett are only some of the most prominent names. A particular feature of Dublin life is the tradition of live music. From street busking, to the National Concert Hall, to the singing pubs, traditional music still lives and flourishes.

Dublin, with one of the youngest populations of any of Europe’s major cities, offers an unusually congenial atmosphere for students. While the economic upsurge of recent years has brought a proliferation of fashionable boutiques and expensive restaurants, there’s a profusion of second-hand bookshops, street markets, fast food outlets and ethnic eateries of all kinds, many located in the revitalized Temple Bar opposite the front entrance to the College.

The weather in Ireland is neither too hot nor too cold. The average temperature is about 50° F and, although time may change, it is rarely extreme.

In spring (February to April), the average of the highest temperatures is between 46 and 54° F, and April is considered especially pleasant. In summer (from May to July), the average of the highest temperatures is 64 to 68° F. In the summer months, July and August, there are about 18 hours of sunlight and dusk only after 11 o'clock at night. Therefore the well-known expression in Ireland: "Sure there's a grand stretch in the evenings" (certainly there will be plenty of time at night).

Student life:

Clair Collins
Erasmus and International Exchange Coordinator 
T: 011-353-1-7164154

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