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Dublin: University College Dublin
Dublin, Ireland (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Host Program Website: Visit host website for more information
Program Dates &
View program dates and deadlines
Historical Course List: View Historical Course List
Restrictions: PSU applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall,
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA:
Class Standing:
3 - Junior
Courses Offered:
Agriculture, Archeology, Architecture, Art History, Biology, Business, Business/Management/Finance, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Engineering, Film Studies, Geology, Irish Studies, Law, Math, Nursing, Psychology, Science, Social Sciences/Sociology, Sociology, Veterinary Science
Type of Program:
Direct Enrollment
Language of Instruction:
Language Requirement:
0 - none
Education Abroad Adviser:
Whitney Strickler
Internship Available:
Non-Penn State Students:
Global Programs Scholarships:
Diversity Grant-in-Aid, Grant-in-Aid
Program Description:
Dublin at night

Program Overview     

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).

To view a list of other programs available in this region, visit our Education Abroad Regional Program Brochures.

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Education Abroad Credits

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 fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad.

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.

Program Costs

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 the Funding Study Abroad section 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
  •  Signature Documents
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. 

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2015 09/15/2014
09/30/2014 01/12/2015 05/18/2015
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing.
Fall 2015 03/01/2015
03/17/2015 09/01/2015 12/19/2015
Academic Year 2015-2016 03/01/2015
03/17/2015 TBA TBA
Spring 2016 09/15/2015
Rolling Admission 01/18/2016 05/22/2016
Fall 2016 03/01/2016 03/15/2016 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2016-2017 03/01/2016 03/15/2016 TBA TBA

** 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.

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