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University College Dublin (UCD)
Dublin, Ireland (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
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|Restrictions:||SJSU applicants only|
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|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Program Type:||SJSU Bilateral Exchange||Class Eligibility:||Junior, Senior, Sophomore|
|Language of Instruction:||English||Language Requirement:||None|
|Housing Options:||On-Campus Housing||GPA Requirement:||3.0|
|Internship Option Available:||Yes||Eligible Majors & Concentrations:||Analytics, Architecture, Astronomy, Biological Sciences, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, College of Applied Arts and Sciences, College of Engineering, College of Humanities and Arts, College of Science, College of Social Science, Computer Science, Economics, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, English, Environmental Studies, Film and TV, Finance, Geography, Geology, Health Science, History, International Relations, Kinesiology, Library Science, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Music, Nursing, Physics, Physiology, Political Science, Psychology, Social Science, Social Work, Sociology|
|How competitive is admission to this program?:||Somewhat Competitive|
- Earn SJSU resident credits for all completed courses
- Pay your normal SJSU tuition and fees
- Use your financial aid and apply for scholarships
- Immerse yourself in Irish culture
- Study for one semester or an academic year
- Gain an advantage when applying for jobs and graduate school
Dublin is the capital, principle port, and trading center of the Republic of Ireland. With its broad avenues and stately squares, Dublin is the home to the National Museum, National Gallery, Abbey Theatre, Dublin Castle, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral which is named after the patron saint of Ireland. Dublin’s history is both tragic and inspirational: captured by the Danes in the 9th century, the Irish wrestled for control over Dublin three times over the next century, before they were expelled by the Anglo-Normans in 1171, led by King Henry II of England. England’s rule over Dublin remained unchallenged until 1543, when Irish patriots rebelled against them for the first time. Centuries of rebellion and revolts followed, finally ending in 1922 with the establishment of the Irish Free State. In the 21st century, with a population of over one million people, Dublin is the thriving capital of the Republic of Ireland and is the centre of the political, diplomatic, administrative and commercial life of the country. Famous for its literary tradition, Ireland's capital has been home to writers from Jonathan Swift to William Butler Yeats and James Joyce. A visit to Dublin allows you to explore both the historical and the modern, from castles and churches to cafés and clubs.
University College Dublin is Ireland’s largest and most richly diversified university. It provides a broad range of courses grouped into six Colleges: Arts and Humanities, Business Engineering and Architecture, Health and Agricultural Sciences, Social Sciences and Law, and Science. UCD traces its origins to the Catholic University of Ireland founded in 1854 by Cardinal John Henry Newman, author of the celebrated ‘The Idea of a University’. Today UCD is a vibrant, modern university of approximately 25,000 students situated on a spacious and leafy campus some 5km to the south of Dublin city centre. 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. The University's main Dublin campus occupies an extensive parkland estate of more than 130 hectares and offers world-leading facilities including theUCD O'Brien Centre for Science, UCD Sutherland School of Law, UCD Lochlan Quinn School of Business and UCD Student Centre.
- be enrolled as an SJSU student for one semester prior to departure, or be a California community college student eligible to enter SJSU by the semester of departure,
- have Sophomore, Junior or Senior standing by the semester of departure,
- have completed lower division requirements,
- have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
The academic calendar consists of two 15-week semesters: 12 week of instruction, 1 week of revision, and 2 weeks for examinations.UCD uses the European Credit Transfer System (ETCS). A full course load is 30 credits per semester (20 SJSU credits). At undergraduate level each module is worth 5 ETCS credits and students take six modules per semester. Exchange students in UCD can take less than six modules per semester if they have the permission of their home university but they must take a minimum of four modules per semester in order to be considered full-time. Students will be registered for their chosen courses depending on capacity, timetabling and prerequisites.You can register for up to four modules in your subject area and up to two modules from other Programme areas. You may also take all of your modules within your chosen subject area.*
At UCD there is a strong reliance on personal learning and initiative. Classes are student-centered and participants are encouraged to voice opinions in group work and seminars. Assessments are specific to subject areas but can include essays, examinations, and course work. For some courses, 70–100% of the assessment may be based on the final examination.
Agriculture, Food & Nutrition: Agricultural Science, Animal Science, Dairy Business, Food Science, Human Nutrition, Horticulture, Forestry, Landscape & Sportsturf Management
Architecture: Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Planning and Environmental Policy
Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences: Economics, English, English with Drama, English with Film, Planning, Geography and Environment, History, Music, Psychology, International Languages, Sociology, Political Science, Library and Information Studies, Social Policy, and Social Science
Business: Please Note that UCD's business courses are not open to SJSU students.
Engineering: Structural Engineering with Architecture, Biomedical Engineering, Biosystems Engineering, Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Energy Systems Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
Medicine, Nursing, & Health Related Fields: Medicine, Biomedical, Health & Life Sciences, Nursing (General), Nursing (Children’s & General), Midwifery, Nursing (Psychiatric), Physiotherapy, Radiography, Heath & Performance Science and Veterinary Medicine
Science: Applied & Computational Mathematics, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Cell & Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Climate & Earth System Science, Computer Science, Environmental Biology, Genetics, Geology, Mathematical Science, Mathematics, Medicinal Chemistry & Chemical Biology, Microbiology, Neuroscience, Pharmacology, Physics, Physics with Astronomy & Space, Physiology, Plant Biology, Statistics, Theoretical Physics, and Zoology
For more information on modules/programme UCD offers Click Here.
INTERNSHIP/ WORK OPPORTUNITIES
Students may participate in internships while studying at UCD. The exchange program does not have formalized internship programs, but the university can provide support with internship placements or students can arrange their own internship.
Exchange students who are non-EU citizens are not permitted to work in Ireland if they study at UCD for one semester. Full-year exchange students who are non-EU citizens can work up to 20 hours per week part-time during term-time and full-time during the university holidays either on or off–campus. Students will need to obtain the appropriate visa if they decide to work while in Ireland.
Global Lounge: UCD Global Lounge provides state of the art facilities coupled with a unique and innovative venue experience. The Lounge’s key features include: Over 350 international TV stations, including Sky Sports and ESPN, which can be viewed on one large screen or 12 smaller plasma screens; Wireless headsets to listen to individual TV stations; X box Kinect with games including X Factor, Dance Central, Lips, Kinect Adventures and PES 2009; A dedicated space for seminars, talks, film evenings, exhibitions and other events relating to internationalization; A friendly and relaxed environment to meet informally or to hang out with friends or family. For more information Click Here.
Student Centre: In the Student Centre, you can spend time in the state of the art 3D cinema where we will be screening the latest blockbusters and classic films. If you prefer, why not attend any number of great events in the new drama theatre or debating chamber. Within the Student Centre you can also find a 600-seat auditorium, meeting rooms, a new TV Studio, Radio Pod, Seminar Room, a medical centre, pharmacy, barbers, newsagents and a host of great places to eat or just chill out. There is also the UCD Club House bar, where you can meet friends to have a chat or relax and watch some sport on the big screens. For more information Click Here.
Sports and Fitness: Within the Student Centre are housed sports and fitness opportunities. New facilities are open to students, an Olympic sized swimming pool; a brand new gym; as well as dance and spinning studios. After your workout you can even wind down in the sauna or the jacuzzi. All of these facilities are available for you to enjoy throughout the year. Other sports facilities are available for Sand Based Hockey, Tennis, Rugby, Soccer, Table Tennis, Martial Arts, Squash, Racquet Ball, Hand Ball, Swimming, Climbing, and more. UCD sports clubs are at the center of student sport at the University. The Athletic Union Council (AUC) is the governing body for UCD sports clubs and all clubs are affiliated to the AUC. Clubs provide a huge range of opportunities to train, play and compete in sport, no matter what your passion, ability or level. For more information on fitness facilities Click Here and for Sports Clubs Click Here.
UCD Clubs and Societies: UCD has a wide variety of clubs and societies to cater for every interest. Joining a club or society is an excellent way of meeting new people and enriching your college experience. During Fresher’s Week (second week of Autumn term) there will be an opportunity to find out more about each club and society, and sign up to those you are interested in. To find out more about the clubs and societies in UCD please visit the UCD Sports & Societies website: Click Here.
UCD International Students’ Society
International and Irish students are welcome to join this society, which organizes a range of social and cultural events during the year. Further information may be found on their facebook page: Click Here.
UCD Erasmus Student Network (ESN): The UCD Erasmus Student Network organize a number of events including language exchanges and weekend trips around Ireland. They also offer advice for international students on exchange at UCD. Further information may be found on their facebook page: Click Here.
Students can choose to live either on campus in UCD Residences or off campus. Students are strongly encouraged to live on campus as it provides a better opportunity to meet Irish students and experience campus life. A number of spaces within the residence halls are reserved for study abroad students, both one semester and full academic year students. There are three resident halls of 4–5 bedroom, self-catered apartments. After students have been accepted to UCD, the International Office e-mails them instructions on how to apply for the UCD Residences. Please note that on-campus accommodation is not guaranteed. Information about accommodation can be found Here.
If you have not been allocated a room in the student residences on-campus, or if you would rather live off-campus, you can contact the UCD Residences Off-Campus Office or the Student Union Accommodation Services for advice on off-campus options. Check out the UCD student accommodation search engine website Here.
Fall semester: September–December
Spring semester: January–May
BUDGETING FOR YOUR SEMESTER
**These costs are current as of 2015–16. These are estimated costs for the whole semester. Consult the Bursar’s Office for up-to-date information on tuition and fees. Personal expenses do vary between students: those who eat out at restaurants or plan to travel frequently should estimate higher.
- SJSU Tuition & Fees: 3,689.00
- Round Trip Transportation: 1,500.00
- Room & Meals: 6,000.00
- Books & Supplies: 610
- Insurance: 350.00*
- Personal Expenses: 2010
- Total: $14,159.00
FINANCING YOUR SEMESTER
Financial Aid: Students who are participating in certified SJSU study abroad programs can use all of the financial aid including grants, scholarships, and loans (except work study) for which they are normally qualified. For more information click Here.
Scholarships: Scholarships for study abroad come in many forms: SJSU Study Abroad Scholarships, Program Specific, National and International scholarships. Find links for these scholarships and online scholarship search engines by clicking Here.