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Pour yourself a cup of tea and stay awhile. FIE has partnered with the University College Dublin (UCD) for a semester-long program that combines direct enrollment in University College Dublin courses in conjunction with FIE’s unique Irish Life and Cultures course. With this program, you can step dance — we mean, uh, study —  alongside Irish, American, AND international students! Ranked among the top 200 higher education institutions worldwide, the luck of the Irish is on your side by studying abroad at UCD.



University College Dublin Ireland (UCD) is one of Europe’s leading research-intensive universities. Here, undergraduate education, postgraduate masters, PhD training, research, innovation, and community engagement form a dynamic continuum of activity. The university was established in 1854 by John Henry Newman, whose written work on the value of higher education, titled “The Idea of a University,” remains a long-respected text and an ongoing source of inspiration for UCD’s educational philosophy.

Today, UCD is Ireland’s largest university with almost 25,000 students. Excitingly, UCD recently received a 50 million euro sports development investment. Located just on the outskirts of Dublin and a quick bus ride from the city center, it actively promotes university life as a journey of academic and personal discovery. UCD is home to almost 5,000 international students and, in addition, places great emphasis on the internationalization of the Irish student experience – preparing all UCD students for future employment and life that crosses borders, boundaries, and cultures. A University College Dublin study abroad experience is one of a kind!



  • Semester (14-15 weeks)



  • Irish Life & Cultures Course
  • Housing in Binary Hub
  • Co and extra-curricular activities
  • 3/4 Electives within one of UCD's Colleges
  • Access to UCD campus, clubs, and societies


FIE programs in partnership with University College Dublin include FIE's signature Irish Life and Cultures course and four or University College Dublin elective courses.FIE's Irish Life and Cultures course explores Irish history, language, culture, and politics, with special emphasis on the history of peace and conflict in Ireland. Irish Life and Cultures includes co-curricular activities to complement in-classroom learning. Examples are:

  • Included study weekends away to Northern Ireland (Derry and Belfast) and the west of Ireland (Galway, Connemara, and the Aran Islands)
  • National Museum
  • Croke Park
  • Glasnevin Cemetery

In addition, you enroll in four elective courses through UCD. At least three of the electives must be within one college (i.e. the College of Business). Your fourth elective may be taken in another College, but is not guaranteed as it is outside your ‘home College’.The UCD Colleges and related disciplines are listed below.

The 'What Can I Study?' section of the UCD Study Abroad webpage is a helpful start in exploring what is available to you as an international semester student studying at UCD. 



  • GPA: 3.0
  • Minimum Freshman standing
  • NOTE: Your home institution may require a higher GPA and other prerequisites
  • If you attend an FIE partner institution, contact your study abroad advisor on campus for any additional requirements
  • If you do not attend one of our partner institutions, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions or concerns



  • Check with your study abroad advisor for course equivalencies, credit approval and transcript information on your campus
  • You will receive a transcript from University College Dublin



If our University College Dublin semester study abroad program doesn’t feel like the perfect fit, consider directly enrolling at our other Irish partner institutions:

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