About University College Dublin
Established in 1854, University College Dublin
is part of the National University of Ireland system and has been an integral part in the making of modern Ireland. UCD has produced many of the country’s political, cultural, and business leaders. Ranked in the top one per cent of higher education institutions worldwide, it enrolls over 31,000 students each year, about one-fifth of whom are international students. UCD is located in Dublin, a capital city known for its dedication to the preservation of history as well as the modernization of its economy. Dublin also houses the European headquarters of companies such as Microsoft, Google, Amazon, eBay, Paypal, Yahoo!, Facebook, and Twitter.
Learning at University College Dublin
University College Dublin offers a wide variety of academics, including Business, Arts & Celtic Studies, Engineering & Architecture, Health Sciences, and Sciences, allowing students from different GW majors to pursue their academic interests. Students may select courses
from among hundreds at the undergraduate level in the general course catalogue, including Irish language classes. Departmental options include:
- Business Administration
- Economics and Finance
- Pre-medical Sciences
Life at University College Dublin
UCD’s International Office helps to orient exchange students to their new city. During the two weeks before the official start of the semester, the university holds an orientation
and introduces exchange students to Irish students and university staff. The orientation program includes a welcome from the President of UCD, day trips to local shopping streets and IKEA, a traditional Irish music performance, and a semester opening party. Students can also get involved in campus life
by joining organizations such as Young Fine Gael, Investors & Entrepreneurs, and engineering societies and participating in campus sports, including hurling, Gaelic football, cricket, and capoeira.
UCD helps exchange students secure housing for their time abroad. There are a number of available on-campus apartments
that allow students the opportunity to live with local Irish students. If on-campus housing is unavailable for GW students on a given semester, UCD will assist in securing off-campus housing.
Early September to mid-December
Mid-January to mid-May
: Early September to mid-May
Important Application Information
Students can begin a GW Exchange program application at anytime during an application cycle; however, they must meet with their study abroad advisor prior to the GW Exchange program deadline for their applications to be considered.
Please refer to our Advising Services
page to find the appropriate study abroad advisor for your school.
The Office for Study Abroad will review all applications received for each exchange program and will nominate students for available exchange positions based on the quality of the application materials submitted. Students who are nominated must complete applications with exchange partners as directed to be accepted and enrolled in the program. Due to the limited exchange spots available, the Office for Study Abroad strongly encourages students to apply to a backup program in the event they are not selected for nomination. Students cannot not select a GW Study Program or a GW Exchange program as a backup option. Please note: applicants are required to commit to attending this exchange program if they are nominated to attend by the Office for Study Abroad.