University College Dublin: Rankings, Courses, Admissions, Tuition Fee, Cost of Attendance & Scholarships

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    Ranked among the top 1% universities across the globe, University College Dublin is one of Europe's leading research intensive universities. Renowned as Ireland’s most international university, UCD is home to over 8,574 international students on the main campus and 3,761 international students in the overseas campus belonging to 144 diverse countries worldwide. International students comprise 29% of the total student population of 33,321 students enrolled in six academic schools and colleges where 400+ UG and PG programs are offered by University College Dublin.

    Admissions at UCD open for fall and spring sessions every year. A highly selective acceptance rate of 20% indicates that international students planning to pursue their higher studies in UCD need to demonstrate academic excellence and must be prepared to submit strong recommendation letters, personal statements and required ELP scores such as IELTS, TOEFL scores. Apart from the admission requirements, the prospective indian students must be prepared to spend 30 to 40 lakhs per annum for their tuition fees and living expenses.

    University College Dublin has a global alumni network of 288,000 graduates across 169 countries who hold prestigious positions in top companies like Microsoft, Johnson & Johnson, EY, KPMG, Deloitte, Google, etc. UCD is ranked #1 in Ireland and #78 worldwide by QS for its graduate employability. The top notch companies recruit UCD graduates with a starting salary of 40 to 50 EUR annually.

    University College Dublin Rankings 2021

    Ranked among top 1% universities across the globe, UCD offers world class research intensive education to the students from over 144 countries. UCD is recognised as the best university by QS World University Rankings in Ireland in 15 subjects. Furthermore, four subjects taught at UCD have made it to the top 50 list that include Veterinary science, sports related subjects, library & information management and agriculture & forestry.

    The rankings of University College Dublin by top ranking agencies are given below:

    • #177 as per QS World University Rankings 2021
    • #1 in Ireland and #78 in the world for graduate employability by QS Rankings 2021
    • #251–300 by Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021
    • #22 in Impact Rankings as per THE rankings 2021
    • #226th in best global universities, #97 in Europe and #1 in Ireland by U.S. News & World Report 2021

    University College Dublin Highlights

    Established 1854
    Type of University Public
    Total Students 33000+
    Percentage of International students 29
    International Students 8500+
    International Staff 32%
    No. of Campus 3
    Accommodation Available
    Retention Rate 93%
    Alumni 279,000
    Mode of Program Full time, Online
    Financial Aid Scholarship, Loans

    University College Dublin Campus

    University College Dublin is regarded as one of the largest urban campuses in all over Europe with fabulous wildlife, art and research facilities.

    • Ireland’s largest university campus of UCD is based in Beifeld covers a huge area of 133 Hectares with a myriad of facilities including state-of-the-art 3D cinema, drama theatre, debating chamber, 600 seat auditorium, TV studio, pharmacy, medical centre, and much more.
    • The UCD campus is home to the biggest animal hospital in all over Ireland which is recognised by UNESCO National Folklore Collection. In addition to that, the vibrant campus houses an olympic size swimming pool, multi purpose sports halls, 17 grass pitches, sports and fitness complex, and the student centre.
    • With over 55 sports clubs and 80 student societies, the students get a wonderful opportunity to pursue their interests and showcase their talents.
    • UCD comprises well equipped research and computer laboratories and a well stocked library with one million print books, 650,000 e-books, 84,000 print and electronic journals.
    • A numerous cafes,restaurants, bars, stores, bookshops are located on campus for the recreational purpose of the students.

    University College Dublin Accommodation

    University College Dublin offers housing facilities to a vibrant student community of 3000 students every year. A wide range of housing options such as apartments, residential halls, catered and self-catered accommodation is offered by UCD to its UG and PG students. However, accommodation is not guaranteed to any of the students studying at University College Dublin.

    Students are offered housing facilities in 12 residential halls owned by the University College Dublin. Housing facilities offered at the halls include kitchen, wifi, Tv lounge, laundry, bike storage, etc. Rents of residential halls vary according to the date of application.

    Detailed information regarding residential halls at UCD are tabulated below:

    Residential Halls Room Types No of Beds Rents in EUR
    Ashfield Ensuite 354 beds and 59 apartments 2,309- 12,910
    Blackrock Halls Traditional dormitory halls 142 NA
    Glenomena En suite 736 2,309-12,910
    Proby en-suite 25 2,309-12,910
    Merville Shared kitchen,living area with two bathrooms 610 bed and 150 apartments 2,309- 4,570
    Roebuck Hall Ensuite 50 apartments 3 blocks 5,498- 12,910
    UCD Village Ensuite and Single Occupancy 164 5,498- 13,732

    University College Dublin Application Process

    UCD has an international student population of over 10,000 students living on the vibrant university campus. International students wishing to pursue UG and PG degrees at UCD must follow the following guidelines of admission:

    Application portal: University application portal
    Application fees: 50 EUR
    Admission requirements

    • Official transcripts or certificates of high school level
    • Statement of Purpose
    • Academic Letters of recommendation
    • English Language Proficiency Test scores, IELTS- 6.5, TOEFL- 90, PTE- 63
    • CV/Resume
    • Work Experience
    • Research proposal

    Application Deadline: UG Program: July 1st; PG: Rolling basis

    University College Dublin Cost of Attendance

    The estimated cost of attendance of UCD including the tuition costs and costs of living in Ireland are tabulated below:

    Tuition costs

    Degree Fees per year in EUR
    Undergraduate Programs 19,900-25,600
    Postgraduate Programs 8,660-25,600
    MBA 34,500

    Living costs

    Expenses Cost per month in EUR
    Rental Cost (Campus Accommodation) 582.90-814.10
    Utilities 44
    Food 250
    Travel Expenses 119
    Books and materials 71
    Clothes Expenses 45
    Mobile 20
    Miscellaneous 130
    Total 1,261-1,493

    University College Dublin Financial Aid

    UCD offers a wide range of financial assistance to the international students studying in Ireland in the form of scholarships and fee waivers. Some of the scholarships offered by UCD to Indian students are:

    Scholarship Eligibility Criteria Award value
    Global Excellence Scholarship Academic Merit 100%-50% tuition fee waiver
    V.V Giri Global Excellence Scholarships Academic excellence Tuition fee waiver
    Govt of Ireland International Scholarship UG, PG and PhD candidates on the basis of academic merit 10,000 EUR stipend, full fee waiver
    International student scholarship Ug and PG students based on overall academic Performance Tuition fee waiver
    Michael Smurfit MBA Scholarship MBA Students of UCD Smurfit Business School based on academic excellence 100% tuition fee waiver

    University College Dublin Alumni

    With a strong alumni network of 300,000 graduates across 169 countries, UCD is recognised worldwide for its world class educational and research standards.

    Some of the notable alumni members of the UCD are:

    • Niall Fitzgerald, CEO of unilever
    • Aidan Heavey, CEO of Tullow Oil
    • David J. O'Reilly, Chairman and CEO of Chevron Corporation
    • Thomas J. Laffey, Mathematician known for group theory and matrix theory
    • V. V. Giri, 4th President of India
    • Douglas Hyde, 1st President of Ireland
    • Dalton Philips, CEO of Morrisons

    University College Dublin Placements

    Ranked #1 in Ireland, and #78 globally for graduate employability by QS, University College Dublin offers internship opportunities to students in UG and PG programs. Over 204 employers participate in recruitment fairs organised by UCD and 3,508 graduate jobs are offered to the UCD career development centre.

    As per Emolument, the top paying jobs of UCD graduates and alumni and their respective salaries are given below:

    Jobs Average Salary in EUR
    Executive Management and Change 82648.05
    Financial Services 82648.05
    Finance Control and Strategy 68597.88
    Programme and Project Management 63639.00
    Legal Department 58680.12
    IT and Software Development 54547.71

    Over 95% of UCD graduates are placed in top companies across the globe. Over 160 years, UCD has maintained a global reputation for its intensive research driven academics and inclusive multicultural campus. UCD is ranked among the best universities of Europe and within 1% of institutions worldwide. The prestigious university boasts of being ranked #1 in Ireland and #78 globally for its graduate employability.

    Important Dates

    ProgramApplication DeadlineFees
    B.Sc Computer Science
    September (7th Jan 2019)
    CAO/PAC Admission (5th Jan 2019)
    $27,041 /Yr
    B.A Management Actuarial & Financial Studies
    September (7th Jan 2019)
    CAO/PAC Admission (5th Jan 2019)
    $19,769 /Yr
    Grad.Cert Management of Elder Abuse
    September (7th Jan 2019)
    USD 21,073/Yr

    Bachelor of Science [B.Sc] Computer Science

    4 years
    Full Time
    USD 27,041/Yr
    Application Deadline: 07 Jan, 2019

    Bachelor Actuarial & Financial Studies

    4 years
    Full Time
    USD 19,769/Yr
    Application Deadline: 07 Jan, 2019
    USD 18,121/Yr


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    Law #201 out of 1200 in Global Ranking
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    I got to know about this college from Chopras. They gave me a lot of assistance with the entire admission process and it went smooth. For getting into any college in Ireland to do a bachelor's degree, class 10 and class 12 results are the most important. If you have any extracurricular activities, that boost the application by a huge margin and it can help students get valuable scholarships as well. I received a scholarship of around 8000 Euros per year and the application fees per year after the scholarship is 16800 Euros. You can also mention your SAT scores but it isn't necessary. One mandatory test is IELTS where you should score at least 6.5. Dublin is a great place to study at the moment as it's truly International and it's one of the best growing IT hubs in the world. All the headquarters of the top 10 IT companies are based in Dublin which makes it a great place to study anything related to Computer Science especially!

    Fees :

    The fee structure is usually 23,800 Euros per year where most of the students scoring more than 85-90% in class 12 get scholarships worth 8000-10000 Euros. Other than that, there are two 100% scholarships offered as well and a few 50% of scholarships are on offer as well. I had availed a loan of worth Three Lakh INR from Avanse Financial Services which initially helped me to settle down in Dublin and it made my visa application stronger as well.

    9 /10 academic/food
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    10 /10 infrastructure
    8 /10 accomodation
    9 /10 placement
    10 /10 extracurricular

    Attendance Cost


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    The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees

    Tuition fees
    Undergraduate Programs
    $3,409 / Year
    Post Graduate Program
    $21,814 / Year

    Schools, Faculties & Campuses


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    Address: Carysfort Ave, Carrysfort, Blackrock
    Belfield, Dublin 4

    Nearby This Campus

    • Bus Station
    • Shopping Mall
    • Book Store
    • Airport

    Bus Station

    Belfield, University College of Dublin UCD0.19 km
    Belfield, University College Dublin0.32 km
    Dublin (UCD Stillorgan Rd Flyover)0.41 km
    Booterstown, Woodbine Road0.49 km
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    Book Store

    Opening Minds2.59 km
    The Company Of Books2.59 km
    Big Bang Comics2.63 km
    Nimble Fingers2.70 km
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    Shopping Mall

    Merrion Shopping Centre1.38 km
    Stillorgan Village2.63 km
    Dundrum Town Centre2.64 km
    Green Car Park Dundrum Town Centre2.70 km
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    Illawarra Regional Airport10000.00 km
    Gosford Airport10000.00 km
    Camden Airport10000.00 km
    Bankstown Airport10000.00 km
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    *All distance are measured radially. Actual distance may vary


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