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    University College Dublin: Rankings, Courses, Admissions, Tuition Fee, Cost of Attendance & Scholarships

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    The University College Dublin (UCD) was established in the year 1854 and has emerged as the #1 University in Ireland for education, sport, student welfare, research, and global connections, respectively. Originally founded as the Catholic University of Ireland, the institute became UCD in 1908. The university has produced many major figures and continues to do so. Its best known graduates include the famous writer James Joyce who completed his BA in 1902.

    With 29% of its students coming from all over the world, UCD is truly a global university. Students from 136 nations come to UCD to pursue their higher education in Ireland. The university is an established research institute with over 500 million EUR funds in the last 5 years and is among the best research universities in Europe.

    The campus is sprawled over an area of 133 hectares and has a total student population of 33,285 students. There are over 5,000 international students from 139 countries. Worldwide, 14 subject areas have been placed in the top 100. The popular majors offered by UCD are Agricultural Sciences and Arts & Humanities.

    University College Dublin Rankings

    Ranked among world’s top 1% institutions, UCD has been ranked as follows by various ranking agencies:

    • #1 among the universities in Ireland as per US News and World Report's Best Global University Rankings 2020
    • UCD is Sunday Times University of the Year 2020
    • #1 in Ireland since last three years for its Graduate Employability according to QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020
    • 14 subjects of UCD are ranked among the top 100 as per QS World University Ranking by Subject 2019
    • #87 globally in QS's Alumni Outcomes due to their high number of outstandingly successful graduates.

    University College Dublin Highlights

    Founded 1854
    University Type Public University
    Campus Setting Urban
    Total number of Students 33,000+
    Total number of Graduate Students 9,645
    Number of International Students 8,428
    % of International Staff 30%
    No. of Campuses 3
    No. of Accommodation Complexes 8
    Global Employability Ranking #1 in Ireland
    #78 in World
    Acceptance rate 10-20%
    Retention rate (1st year) 94%
    Average Cost of Attendance About 23,800 EUR
    Research funding 122.4 million EUR
    Applications Accepted Online
    Work-Study Available
    Intake Type Semester wise
    Mode of Program Full time and online
    Official Website

    University College Dublin Campus

    • The main campus of the University is spread across 132 hectares. The campus is equipped with internet connection, parking, medical and fitness center, and eating outlets.
    • Also famous for being Ireland’s largest university, the campus has one of Ireland's best Sports and Fitness Complex, the Student Centre and various clubs and organizations offering a range of facilities to the students.
    • UCD campus also has the Biggest animal hospital in Ireland and boasts of UNESCO-recognised National Folklore Collection.
    • Most popular facilities include a 50 metre Olympic swimming pool, 3 multi-purpose sports halls, jacuzzi, climbing wall, squad gyms, rugby patch and a lot more.
    • The student centre offers a 600-seat auditorium, meeting rooms for clubs and societies, seminar rooms and many places to chill out.
    • The libraries at UCD have about 1 million books available with 3,150 reading spaces available.


    • A lot of on-campus housing facilities are available at UCD, ranging from apartments, halls and even catered accommodation.
    • All first-year non-EU undergraduate students are guaranteed accommodation at UCD campus.
    • Students may choose on-campus accommodation at 8 residence halls or off-campus accommodation such as rented, private, or family-based accommodation.
    • There are also options for off-campus living for which UCD provides ample support.
    • Interestingly, most UCD housing is single-room and mostly apartment-style.
    • For the academic year 2020-2021, the residence fees range from 6,982 to 11,926 EUR for two trimesters and 10,571 to 12,450 EUR for three trimesters.
    • Accommodation fees depend on the type of residence opted, as well as they may change year to year.


    • Students get to choose between 70 majors across 6 colleges and 38 schools.
    • Interestingly, about 50% of students opt for module-based programmes other than their subject areas.
    • UCD is Ireland's top choice university with maximum undergraduate applications.
    • Most popular courses at University College Dublin are in the study areas of Business, Science, Engineering, Computer Science, Agriculture, Architecture and more.
    • Each academic college has a separate Graduate School offering postgraduate programs.
    • In graduate studies, degree types include Graduate Certificates, graduate Diplomas or any taught masters courses. A dissertation is required to graduate.
    • Other than taught programs, PhD programs are available to international students, given they contact a potential supervisor beforehand.
    • The Business School of UCD is Ireland's only business school with 'triple crown' of accreditation.

    University College Dublin Application Process

    Undoubtedly the most diverse university in Ireland, UCD attracts a lot of international aspirants each year. Following should be kept in mind while applying for admission at University College Dublin:

    • Application: Students can apply through an online application system.
    • Application fee: 50 EUR
    • Application deadline:
      • UG Courses- July end
      • PG Courses- Rolling basis or as specified by the program
    • Application Requirements:
      • Official academic transcripts and mark sheets
      • Proficiency in English language
      • Two Letter of recommendation
      • Statement of purpose
      • Resume, CV or Portfolio (wherever applicable)
      • Copy of a passport

    English Proficiency Requirements for International Students

    The acceptable English test scores are:

    English proficiency tests Minimum Scores
    IELTS (Academic) 6.5
    Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) 90
    Paper-based TOEFL 600
    Cambridge Examinations 180+ on Cambridge English scale
    UCLES Grade C
    GCE O-Level/GCSE English/ GCSE English Literature Grade C
    PTE Academic Grade C
    Trinity ISE 3 Merit in each skill category
    QQI FETAC ESL Distinction in English as 2nd language

    University College Dublin Cost of Attendance

    • University fees are fixed each year, however additional expenses while studying in Ireland must be planned beforehand.
    • Tuition fee for the academic year 2020-2021 is given below:

    Tuition Fee

    Programmes Undergraduate Graduate
    Arts and Humanities 18,700 7,955-11,885
    Business 18,700 7,955-11,885
    Engineering and Architecture 24,200 8,915-13,360
    Social Sciences and Law 18,700 7,955-11,885
    Health and Agricultural Sciences 24,200 8,915-13,360
    Science 24,200 8,915-13,360

    University College Dublin Cost Of Living

    Types of Expense Monthly Cost (EUR)
    Rent 835
    Food 250
    Electricity/Gas/Bins 30
    Travel 80
    Books and materials 70
    Clothes or Medical 45
    Mobile phone 20
    Miscellaneous 130
    Total 1,460

    Financial Aid

    • International applicants may seek financial aid in form of student loan/part-time job/scholarships.
    • University College Dublin offers many awards like the President's Awards, UCD Ad Astra Academy recognizes high performing students on the basis of subject, student achievements, volunteering and more.
    • The most popular scholarships offered by UCD are:
      • UCD Global Excellence Graduate Scholarships: These are based on academic merit and offered by the country or discipline.
      • University Scholars: 200 scholars are awarded every year based on their merit and performance.
      • The government of Ireland Scholarships for India
      • UCD CSC Scholarship Scheme
    • These scholarships offer rebates up to 50-100% on tuition fee.
    • There are many other sources for international students to fund studying in Ireland.


    • UCD has produced more than 200,000 alumni which come from all over the world.
    • The University boasts of five Nobel Laureates among its alumni.
    • They may enjoy benefits such as library membership, adult education courses, sports facilities and discount on VHI membership.
    • Few notable UCD alumni are James Joyce, Noel Kinsella, and Dara Ó Briain.
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    University College Dublin Overview

    Student Population
    Average Cost of Attendance
    $21,814 / Year

    Attendance Cost


    attendance cost

    The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees

    Tuition fees
    Undergraduate Programs
    $27,041 / Year
    Post Graduate Program
    $21,814 / Year

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    Based on 19 Students Rating

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    8.2 /10

    I wanted to study in Ireland and came to know about this college as i was looking for colleges to study in Ireland. For the admission process, applied through the official college portal and paid $50 for it.

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    The course was taught was better as taught in India. I never regret studying abroad.

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    7.8 /10

    I had received a study abroad mail link in my mailbox from collegedunia, which directed me to this college portal. During that time I was in fact looking for a college to study with my subject being in veterinary medicine, and since this program was available in this college I decided to give a go for it. I was charged $70 dollars for the application fee. I applied from the college portal itself.

    Course Curriculum :

    The subject consists of animal physiology and anatomy, disease identification including veterinary ayurveda.

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    7.3 /10

    I completed my higher secondary and thought of taking admission in this particular University as I have heard a lot about this University from my friends after researching a bit, I decided to take admission here. I was required to pay an application fee and apply through the online portal of the college.

    Course Curriculum :

    I was taught about the course curriculum in which I was taught about the business environment and the ways to handle it.

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    7.2 /10

    After completing my bachelor's from the University of Calcutta I went to a Consulting agency and they gave me three choices among which I chose this one as a found it to be the best suited for me. I was required to pay an application fee and applied through the online portal of the college.

    Course Curriculum :

    Show my course I was taught about the computer from a very basic and advanced level. I was taught about programming languages and their uses.

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    8.2 /10

    One day while I was surfing my browser, an ad popped up, which happened to be an ad of this college. During that time, i was looking for a college to study abroad. This college lso had the subject that I wanted to study. I paid $70 for the application fee and it was non refundable.

    Course Curriculum :

    The course focused on animal problems and diseases and how to cure it and also it studied about how diseases from animals to humans spread.

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    Belfield, Dublin 4

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    Bus Station

    Belfield, University College of Dublin UCD0.19 km
    Belfield, University College Dublin0.32 km
    Dublin (UCD Stillorgan Rd Flyover)0.41 km
    Booterstown, Woodbine Road0.49 km
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    Book Store

    Opening Minds2.59 km
    The Company Of Books2.59 km
    Big Bang Comics2.63 km
    Nimble Fingers2.70 km
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    Shopping Mall

    Merrion Shopping Centre1.38 km
    Stillorgan Village2.63 km
    Dundrum Town Centre2.64 km
    Green Car Park Dundrum Town Centre2.70 km
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    Illawarra Regional Airport10000.00 km
    Gosford Airport10000.00 km
    Camden Airport10000.00 km
    Bankstown Airport10000.00 km
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    *All distance are measured radially. Actual distance may vary

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