University College Dublin Admissions 2022: Requirements, Fee Details & FAQs ,,Ireland

  • Dublin,Ireland

University College Dublin is one of Europe’s leading research-intensive universities. Ranked in the top 1% of higher education institutions worldwide in the overall 2022 QS World University Rankings, UCD was named 173rd in the world. Established in 1854, the university has a student body of over 34,000 students with more than 8,500 international students drawn from 130 countries.

Today UCD is proud to have more than 850 Indian students studying with us. To learn more about the Indian student community, please visit the IndSoc Facebook page or connect with the university team in Delhi. UCD has a long and proud history of engaging with India with one distinguished former student, V.V. Giri, going on to become the fourth president of India.

Students are attracted to UCD by the university’s strength of teaching and research. Another huge draw for international students is the programme portfolio - UCD offers Ireland’s widest range of programmes which are recognised and valued by academic institutions and employers throughout the world. Our students also benefit from a holistic studying experience at UCD.

Table of Contents
  1. Courses Offered
  2. Eligibility & Documents Required
  3. Application & Tuition Fees
  4. Scholarships & Financial Aid
  5. Admission Process
  6. Student Diversity & Preferred Profile
  7. Part Time Work While Studying
  8. Campuses & Accommodation
  9. University Contact Information

Courses Offered

What all courses are available to international students?

The undergraduate curriculum is large, diverse and offers UCD Horizons, where students can explore other areas they are interested in alongside their chosen degree. All programmes have both core and optional module selections, so everyone can adapt and grow in a unique way.

For postgraduate students, UCD is home to a vibrant graduate community based on two campuses and associated research and teaching centres. A wide variety of programmes are available to study, including doctoral, taught and research master’s, graduate diploma and certificate programmes.

More than 100 undergraduate and postgraduate courses are offered by UCD. Besides, there are various certificate and diploma programmes, PhD, MD, and professional doctorate courses. There are various colleges under which different courses are offered at UCD. These are:

  • UCD College of Arts and Humanities
  • UCD College of Business
  • UCD College of Engineering and Architecture
  • UCD College of Social Sciences and Law
  • UCD College of Science


Some of the notable course streams of UCD are:

  • Veterinary Science
  • Nursing
  • Library and Information Management
  • English Language and Literature
  • Engineering– Mineral and Mining
  • Social Science

Note: For details on various courses of University College Dublin, visit the official website and download the brochure.

Eligibility & Documents Required

What are the eligibility requirements?

The eligibility requirements at UCD differ from course to course and country to country. The English language eligibility requirements are: 

  • TOEFL iBT: An applicant should have a minimum score of 90 in the Internet-based test with no score less than 21 in writing and at least 19 in every other section.
  • IELTS: An applicant should have an overall score of 6.5 minimum (with not less than 6.0 in each section.
  • Duolingo English Test (DET) – Temporary measure for 2020  and 2021 ONLY (response to Covid 19): The minimum requirement will be a  DET score of 110 is required with at least 100 in each subscore. This test of English will be reviewed during 2021 and a decision taken as to whether it should continue to be acceptable.
  • PTE: Minimum of 63 and at least 59 for each item in the Communicative Skills section.
  • Cambridge English176+ on Cambridge English scale (with no less than 169 in each skill and use of English)

UCD has an International Study Centre that offers International Foundation Year with an aim of developing the English language and academic skills of international students for their success at the undergraduate level. If you are an Indian student applying for an undergraduate course, you need to consider the following factors for admission into UCD: 

  • Must have completed Class 12
  • Intermediate degrees should be affiliated with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) or the Council for the Indian School Certificate (CISCE). Most of the state boards are accepted too
  • Those who have done an undergraduate diploma need to refer to the course requirements on the official website before applying
  • 80% in the English Language for CBSE/AISSCE/CUSCE/ISC students or IELTS/TOEFL or equivalent

What all documents are needed for admission?

To secure an admission, a candidate needs to submit various documents for undergraduate or graduate course based on the course selected and country of origin.

Some of the common documents required are:

Application & Tuition Fees

Is there any application fees?

The application fee for admission to University College Dublin is Euro 50. The UCD application fee can be paid by credit or debit card in the checklist section of the application.

What is the fee structure of these courses?

The UCD fee structure varies with each course and is revised from time to time. The approximate fees in high and low range for different courses at UCD are graphically represented below:

University College Dublin Fees

The above course fee comparison includes fees of both part-time and full-time courses on an annual basis.

It is to be mentioned that a non-refundable deposit is imperative for securing a place on your intended course. Once the deposit is done and an offer is received, the same is reflected in the application checklist. The deposit can be done through a debit or credit card or through any other payment method that the university accepts.

Note: Do check the latest tuition fee details on the official website for more information.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Are there any scholarships or financial aid available for international students?

There is a range of UCD and Ireland scholarships for international students. Before applying for a scholarship, you must first apply online to your chosen UCD programmes.

When you have been offered a place in an eligible UCD programme, you can then apply for the scholarship of your choice.

Admission Process

When do the admissions start?

Generally, one can apply at UCD throughout the year at various stages for both graduate and undergraduate programmes. This year, the applications for undergraduate programmes were accepted until July. For some graduate courses, there is an earlier deadline. It is suggested that the students should apply as early as possible so that they can have sufficient processing time for admission and visa applications.

Note: Deadlines vary depending on the academic programme. Do check the school/department’s website for specific deadlines.

What are the steps to the application process?

International students can apply online for both undergraduate and graduate courses. At first, they need to register themselves on the university website.

Step 1: For this, you need to go to the ‘Services Portal’ page and create a new account.


University College Dublin Application process


Step 2: In the ‘Create a New Account Section’, you need to enter your name, email address, and password. Contact details are optional. After clicking on the ‘Create Account’, your user credentials are generated.



Step 3: Subsequently, you need to fill the ‘Personal Details’ and ‘Contact Details’ sections by clicking on the Add/Edit button. After that, you need to fill in the course details for the completion of the application form.



When will I hear from the university after I submit my application?

At UCD, there is a rolling admission policy for applications. Once you submit your complete application, you will get the result as soon as possible. You need to provide all the required items on the checklist including the application fee, or else your application will be considered incomplete. Applications for a particular course are usually open unless all seats are filled. You will receive an offer once your application is successful. This will be notified to you through an automatic email. A student record is generated upon acceptance of the full unconditional offer. You can use your existing UCD student number if you have otherwise a new one will be created for you. An automatic email will be sent to confirm your acceptance and inform you regarding the UCD student number.

Student Diversity & Preferred Profile

What are the chances to get into this university?

The acceptance rate of University College Dublin is 20%. Hence, one needs to be very competitive for admission to this university.

How many international students are studying in the university?

UCD is considered as one of the most diverse universities in Ireland. In the main campus of UCD, there are about 8,500 international students from 138 different countries. Currently, more than 850 Indian students are studying at UCD. The university consistently works on providing enhanced support to international students in different areas to ensure a better learning environment for them.

Part Time Work While Studying

Can we work while studying here?

If you want to work while studying in Ireland, you should foremost collect information regarding the visa regulations on part-time work for international students. It is to be noted that stamp numbers specify Ireland visas. Generally, visa stamp 2 is granted for students who are permitted to work part-time during the session. visa stamp 2 is for those who do not get permission to work part-time at all. With a valid stamp 2, international students are allowed to work during the academic session for 20 hours per week. They can work 40 hours per week during vacation times.

For part-time work, you need to qualify the following:

  • Need to register with Garda National Immigration Bureau or GNIB (local police)
  • Need to be accepted to a course that has been recognized by the Minister for Education and Skills
  • Need to get enrolled in a full-time course that is at or above NFQ Level 7
  • Need to attend classes between 8 AM and 6 PM on a weekly basis
  • Need to enrol in a course that has a duration of at least one year

You need to acquire a Personal Public Services Number (PPS Number) if you are eligible to work on a part-time basis in Ireland. With a PPS number only, your employer will be able to pay you. Besides, you are required to open an account with any Irish bank for payment purposes. Most importantly, you need to strictly adhere to the Irish tax laws, employment laws, and taxation requirements.

Campuses & Accommodation

How many colleges and campuses does the university have?

There are two campuses of University College Dublin. With an extensive area of 133 hectares (330 acres) of land, the main campus is at Belfield. UCD has six colleges and various schools under them. The colleges and their respective schools are tabulated below:

UCD College of Arts and Humanities


  • UCD School of Art History and Cultural Policy
  • UCD School of Irish, Celtic Studies and Folklore
  • UCD School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics
  • UCD School of Music
  • UCD School of Classics
  • UCD School of English, Drama and Film
  • UCD School of History

UCD College of Business


  • UCD School of Business
  • UCD Lochlann Quinn School of Business
  • UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business 

UCD College of Engineering and Architecture


  • UCD School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy
  • UCD School of Biosystems and Food Engineering
  • UCD School of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering
  • UCD School of Civil Engineering
  • UCD School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • UCD School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering

UCD College of Health and Agricultural Sciences


  • UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science
  • UCD School of Medicine
  • UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems
  • UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science
  • UCD School of Veterinary Medicine

UCD College of Social Sciences and Law


  • UCD School of Archaeology
  • UCD School of Economics
  • UCD School of Education
  • UCD School of Geography
  • UCD School of Information and Communication Studies
  • UCD School of Law
  • UCD School of Philosophy
  • UCD School of Politics and International Relations
  • UCD School of Psychology
  • UCD School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice
  • UCD School of Sociology

UCD College of Science


  • UCD School of Biology and Environmental Science
  • UCD School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science
  • UCD School of Chemistry
  • UCD School of Computer Science
  • UCD School of Earth Sciences
  • UCD School of Mathematics and Statistics
  • UCD School of Physics



Is on-campus housing available?

UCD provides safe, beautiful and comfortable on-campus student accommodation on campus. The UCD residences consist of a single bedroom with options of both private and shared bathrooms. Student apartments are equipped with kitchens, and fully catered packages are also available. Adapted facilities are available for students with a disability. The on-campus residences of UCD are:

Some of the common features of these residences are:

  • Walking distance to all amenities of UCD
  • 24/7 availability of Wi-Fi
  • Multiple bedrooms with bathroom and shared kitchen
  • On-site laundry
  • Secure accommodation
  • On-site maintenance facilities

The rentals of these residences differ from each other based on their features and facilities. For the upcoming session, the lump sum price of the residences is graphically represented below so that international students can compare the prices based on their budgets.

Accommodation expenses vary depending on where students live. The table below will give you an idea regarding the sundry expenses that you can have at UCD. However, these costs may differ from person to person and location to location.

Expense Type

Approx. Monthly Cost (in EUR)



Food (including lunches)


Travel (student Leap card)


Books & Materials




Mobile phone (excluding handset)


Social life/miscellaneous


UCD accommodation*




*UCD accommodation rate based on the majority of 2021/22 campus residences. At UCD, your electricity, gas and bins are included in your rental price.


It is to be mentioned that international students willing to apply for residence at UCD need to pay a refundable deposit amount of Euro 400 at the time of booking. This amount is inclusive of insurance and utilities.

UCD also offers off-campus accommodation facilities to international students who could not have on-campus housing. For this purpose, UCD has joined hands with Uninest Student Residences.

University Contact Information

Whom should I contact in case of any doubts?

If you have any doubt or query, you can contact at the address given below:

UCD Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland (postal address)


Contact Number: +353 1 716 8500
Email Id:


You can visit the International Students Website at

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