University College Dublin

This week, University College Dublin is our Higher Education Institution of the week. UCD was founded in 1854 with John Henry Newman as Rector. It was the Catholic University of Ireland.

UCD is a research university with over 30,000 students and 6 colleges; College of Arts and Humanities, Business, Engineering and Architecture, Health and Agricultural Sciences, Social Sciences and Law and College of Science. With 60 undergraduate courses on offer it also offers a wide range of high quality graduate courses across its six Colleges . UCD offers 41 different entry routes in to degrees you can study.

University College Dublin is frequently ranked among the top universities in Europe. There are five Nobel Laureates amongst University College Dublin’s alumni and current and former staff. The 2016 QS World University Rankings ranks UCD #176 worldwide.

UCD campus

“As the number one ‘university of destination’ for international students coming to Ireland, UCD’s 6,500 international students, make up 25% of the student body and degrees are delivered to over 5,500 students on overseas campuses. International academics make up 35% of UCD’s faculty, while some 50% of UCD research staff are non-Irish.” (UCD, Engaging Globally)

Here are some of the reasons UCD think they should be your No.1 choice when it comes to furthering your education in Ireland:


For postgraduate students, UCD is part of Universitas 21, which is an international network of 25 leading research-intensive universities in sixteen countries.

UCD offers many scholarships to students:

Graduate scholarships include the UCD Global Excellence Graduate Scholarships, Government of Ireland Scholarships for India and the UCD CSC Scholarship Scheme, which has been established to assist Chinese students to pursue postgraduate research in UCD leading to a PhD. These scholarships are managed through the International Office and further details can be found on their website here.

campus life UCD

Don’t let the rather large campus intimidate you, all newcomers get a map and are assigned a peer mentor group. All maps are colour coded and quite easy to navigate. If you do find yourself lost there will be lots of friendly faces more than willing to help you find your way. They have all been in your position starting out in a new campus, map in hand.

Look out for the Fresher’s Tent during Fresher’s Week, to sign up for a range of different Clubs and Societies.

If literature and history peak your interest, be sure to join the Literary & historical Society which are one of the most popular societies. If debating is your passion, then join Law Society to participate in school debates. If you are a creative and dramatic person be sure to join Drama Society or Musical Society and take part in some amazing productions. There are over 70 societies and 55 clubs to choose from, so you will find the one for you!

UCD drama

When it comes to the library, the best seats in the house are the window seats, with a view out over the lake. A pro tip from an inside source is to be sure you have a charging point while you study, the big brown desks in the main are of the library are where you want to be. For a more relaxed studying spot, Café Brava, the old Student’s Centre is the perfect place to keep caffeinated while you work.

education services coffee quote

When the sun shines in Ireland you have to make the most of it. Find yourself a nice spot by the lake for studying, relaxing or just catching up with friends over the study season, when the sun tends to shine!

UCD dusk

Pi is in the science building and is a student favourite for breakfast and hot chocolate. In the old Student Centre you will find pool tables and in the new Student Centre there is a cinema, gym and Olympic size swimming pool.

For a little indulgence after a swim or just for a Friday treat, The Readers deli near the James Joyce library does amazing Nutella crepes and waffles.

UCD library

Read more about the international student experience from Jing Lim, from Singapore, who is studying Medicine in UCD:…

International student ambassador UCD


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