Dublin is the capital city of the Republic of Ireland. It was officially founded in the year 988, although there were settlements on the site long before then. The city's history is Celtic, Norman, and Viking, and historic artifacts and structures abound in and around the city. Dublin is quite compact and easy to get around on foot. There is much to do in the city including shopping, visiting museums and cultural sites. University College Dublin (UCD) began as the Catholic University of Ireland in 1854. It is location about 2.5 miles to the south of central Dublin.
University College Dublin is the largest and most international of Ireland's universities. UCD has a student population of over 24,000. There are almost 5,000 International students, about 20% of the total student body. Students will take regular courses with local students at this institution. Course registration takes place during your on-site orientation period, so enrollment in particular courses cannot be guaranteed in advance of arrival. Information about the range of courses on this program can be found on the UCD course catalog website.
Student must choose a primary area of study. You will take four UCD courses within one of the programmes listed (Agriculture Food and Nutrition, Business, Science, Engineering, etc.) and then may take up to two addtional elective courses from other Colleges (e.g. the College of Arts and Celtic Studies/Human Sciences or Architecture). Please note that program fees will vary depending on the academic programme that the student takes the majority of courses in with the University College Dublin.
You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas on a Pass/Fail basis. Students may not take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad. These courses will not be credited at Penn State.
You may enroll in any courses in which space is available and for which you meet the host institution's requirements or prerequisites. You must take what the host institution considers to be a full-time load (generally, the equivalent of 15 Penn State credits/30 ECTS). This is typically about 5 courses.
To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the University College Dublin Course Equivalency List. Keep in mind you will need to complete the course equivalency process once you have been accepted to your program and after you have completed your registration abroad. To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies webpage.
Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program.This program is only available to regularly enrolled Penn State undergraduate students.
Junior class standing or higher at time of study
3.0 Cumulative GPA
Housing and Meals
Students will arrange their housing directly with the University College Dublin. You will live in a residential college, where you will be responsible for providing your own meals.
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Fall budget sheet or Spring budget sheet. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.
Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.
The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please visit theFunding Study Abroadsection of the Global Penn State website.
For More Information
For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative.
To learn more about the specifics of each program, schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.
For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the GeoBlogs of Penn State students currently studying abroad.
How to Apply
If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page.
You must complete the following materials in your application:
Education Abroad Questionnaire
Two academic recommendations
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.
Please note that you will also be instructed to complete an application with UCD as a part of your Penn State application either at time of application or upon acceptance.
Studying Abroad with a Disability
Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.
NOTE: Students may arrive between 9/5-9/7/2016. Students must be present for mandatory orientation beginning on 9/8/2016. Final exams run from 12/10-12/22/2016. Students may depart after their last final exam, but no later than 12/23/2016.
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks the day following final day of exams.
NOTE: NOTE: Students may arrive between 9/5-9/7/2017. Students must be present for mandatory orientation beginning on 9/8/2017. Final exams run from 12/11-12/22/2017. Students may depart after their last final exam, but no later than 12/23/2017.
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.