University College Dublin

UCD is Ireland’s Global University, offering the most diverse range of high quality degree programmes in Ireland, across its 350-acre campus – the largest in Europe. 

Taking its place within the top 1% of universities in the world, UCD is a leading research intensive university with a curriculum reflective of the latest findings.

Offering the Broad Curriculum option, UCD gives you a chance to broaden your horizons beyond your core specialisms. Like Ireland, the university has a long tradition of welcoming people from all over the world, with the number of international students increasing year after year. With this wealth of experience in helping international students with their transition, studies and careers, at UCD you are in the ideal environment to realise your full potential.


Belfield, the 132-hectare main University College Dublin campus is located 4km south of Dublin city centre. The landscaped parklands of the largest urban campus in Europe provide an attractive backdrop for the modern university buildings, with the University College Dublin Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business located nearby on the Blackrock campus.

The Global Lounge 

A dynamic hub for internationalism on the UCD campus, The Global Lounge is a dedicated space for seminars, talks, film evenings, exhibitions and other events organised by, and for, globally-focused student groups and organisations.

  • Over 350 international TV stations, including Sky Sports and ESPN
  • One large screen and 12 smaller plasma screens
  • Wireless headsets to listen to individual TV stations
  • Xbox Kinect with games including Dance Central and Kinect Adventures

The Global Lounge

Forming global minds 

Ireland’s Global University is dedicated to internationalising the student experience, providing you with access to a variety of international exchange, volunteer and summer school opportunities. The university maintains exchange links with over 400 higher education institutions in Australia, the United States, Canada, Singapore, China, and the rest of Europe. Partner universities include the University of British Columbia, University of California, University of Connecticut, University of Miami, University of Edinburgh, National University of Singapore and The University of Melbourne.

Internship opportunities 

Work placements and internships form part of the curriculum on many of UCD’s degree programmes. The university has previously arranged opportunities with the following companies: KPMG, L’Oreal, Skype, eBay, Deloitte, LinkedIn, Microsoft, IBM, Ernst and Young and PWC.

CareersConnect is the Career Development Centre career appointments system. Available to UCD students and graduates, the database lists both job vacancies and internships.

Sports and activities 

From canoeing and capoeira to computer science and chess, UCD’s wide range of student clubs and societies offers something for everyone. Freshers’ Week, the first week on the university calendar is the perfect time to find out what’s available. The International Student Society arranges activities and excursions all around Ireland. Make sure you sign up for the chance to meet fellow students who are also studying abroad, while getting to know Ireland’s beautiful towns and countryside, and warm-hearted people.


  • Olympic-sized swimming pool
  • 3D cinema
  • 600-seat auditorium
  • TV studio
  • The National Hockey Stadium
  • 17 natural grass sports pitches
  • Climbing wall
  • Drama theatre

University College Dublin sports and activities

Support Services 

As well as excellent academic support, you’ll have access to…

  • Student Advisors – support throughout your time at University College Dublin
  • The Students’ Union – welfare services, from accommodation and health to finance
  • Niteline – a listening and information service run by students for students
  • UCD Counselling Service – an accessible, confidential support service
  • Chaplaincy Centre – a faith directory of contacts and other useful information.

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Key Facts

  • Ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide
  • University College Dublin’s Business School holds the triple accreditation crown, part of a group of only 1% of universities in the world
  • Ireland’s largest – over 26,000 students
  • Ireland’s most international university – students from 122 countries, 25% international staff
  • Established in 1854 – over 150 years of tradition
  • Last year 87% of UCD graduates used their education to move into employment or graduate study
  • Ireland's most popular university for international students – more than 5,000
  • 30% of international students in Ireland study at University College Dublin
  • Global Alumni – 160,000+ around the world