University College Dublin


UCD is one of Europe's leading research-intensive universities; an environment where undergraduate education, masters and PhD training, research, innovation and community engagement form a dynamic spectrum of activity.

Since its foundation, the University has made a unique contribution to the creation of modern Ireland, based on successful engagement with Irish society on every level and across every sphere of activity. The international standing of UCD has grown in recent years; it is currently ranked within the top 1% of higher education institutions world-wide. UCD is also Ireland's most globally engaged university with over 30,000 students drawn from 136 countries, including almost 4,000 students based at locations outside of Ireland.

As Ireland's largest university, with its great strength and diversity of disciplines, UCD embraces its role to contribute to the flourishing of Ireland through the study of people, society, business, economy, culture, languages and the creative arts, as well as through research and innovation. The University's Strategy 2020-2024 Rising to the Future outlines the objectives and major strategic initiatives set in place in order to accomplish UCD's vision for this era.

Why Study at UCD?

With a huge urban campus, state-of-the-art facilities, and the largest student body of any university in Ireland, UCD welcomes hundreds of new international students every year.

  • 93% of UCD graduates move into employment or further studies within 6 months.
  • 287,000 Alumni across 169 countries.
  • 133 Hectares making UCD one of Europe's largest urban campuses.
  • 29% of our students are from outside of Ireland, making UCD a truly global community.
  • #1 university in Ireland for graduate employability 2018 & 2019 & 2020.

Defining Educational Excellence: Teaching and Learning at UCD

UCD is Ireland's University of first choice, leading in first-preference applications in Ireland year after year. The first year retention rate is 94%. For the last three years UCD has ranked number one in Ireland for Graduate Employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2018, 2019, 2020).

UCD is globally recognized for its excellence in teaching and learning – 14 subjects are ranked in the top 100 in the world (QS World University Ranking by Subject 2019). This quality of teaching is complemented by a high standard of support. Every incoming first year is assigned a peer mentor and there are student advisers for every program.

UCD is ranked number one university in Ireland in the US News & World Report's Best Global University Rankings and is Sunday Times University of the Year 2020.

UCD is also Ireland's leader in graduate education with over 9,500 graduate students; almost 20% of whom are graduate research students. 1,611 PhD students benefit from a structured PhD program as well as the research-led education culture at UCD.


  • Arts and Humanities
  • Business
  • Engineering and Architecture
  • Health and Agricultural Sciences
  • Social Sciences and Law

International Foundation Year

Studying at the International Study Centre will develop the English language and academic skills you need to succeed in an undergraduate degree at University College Dublin. We offer one program—the International Foundation Year—with a choice of two subject routes. Studying on UCD's main campus you will prepare to make a confident start to your degree.

The International Study Centre programs are provided by Study Group in collaboration with UCD.

Choose from two subject routes:

  • Business, Economics and Social Sciences
  • Engineering and Sciences


The table below outlines the tuition fees and associated supplements for the University College Dublin International Study Centre pathway programs.

International Study Centre course

Subject route

Tuition fees 2019/20

Tuition fees 2020/21

International Foundation Year

Business, Economics and Social Sciences



Engineering and Sciences



English Language Preparation - per term




Studying in a new country is an exciting experience. You'll meet lots of new friends, and living with other students is a great way to settle into life in Dublin.

When you study at the International Study Centre you can choose to live in student residence or arrange your own accommodation.

Belgrove Residence Hall

  • Located on UCD’s main Belfield campus, close to restaurants, shops, gym, sports centre and swimming pool
  • Choice of apartments with shared kitchen and living room
  • On-site launderette, bicycle storage, social spaces and 24-hour security
  • Events organised throughout the year with the ResLife program.



Cost per week*



*Accommodation is subject to availability. The cost shown is intended as a guide only and is subject to change. The cost of your room will be confirmed in the tenancy agreement.

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