General information 

Ireland is an island in the North Atlantic to the west of Great Britain. Politically, it is divided between the Republic of Ireland, which covers five-sixths of the island, and Northern Ireland, a part of the United Kingdom, which covers the remaining area and is located in the north-east of the island. Ireland is famous for its rugged landscape, Guiness, and friendly population. A strong indigenous culture exists, as expressed for example through Gaelic Games, Irish music and the Irish language.


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Dublin, University College Dublin

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Fast facts

  • Language of instruction: English
  • Number of students enrolled: 33,500
  • Number of campuses: 3
  • Academic year: September - June
  • Autumn Semester Equivalent: September – December
  • Spring Semester Equivalent: January - May


University College Dublin is Ireland’s largest university; the main campus occupies an extensive parkland estate of more than 130 hectares at Belfield, 4km south of Dublin city centre and offers world-leading facilities. UCD offers a lively campus community in which to live and study, with excellent public transport links to the centre of Dublin.

Areas of study include agriculture, architecture, arts, humanities, business, engineering, law, sciences and social sciences.


  • 3 hours by bus to Cork
  • 3 hours by bus to Galway

Dublin is the thriving capital of Ireland and is the centre of the political, diplomatic, administrative and commercial life of the country. The city offers a fantastic social life including pubs and bars, nightclubs, cinemas, theatres, museums and art galleries, restaurants and live sport. Dublin also has 13 miles of coastline and in 2015 the whole of the bay was named a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

Things to do

The city offers a fantastic social life including pubs and bars, nightclubs, cinemas, theatres, museums & art galleries, restaurants and live sport.

Top attractions: Guinness Storehousemuseum, St Stephen's Green and Temple Bar (Bohemian quarter).

Travel opportunities

Dublin is an excellent base for exploring Ireland either by car or public transport. Popular places to visit include Belfast, Cork, Galway and Connemara.

Dublin Port is Ireland’s busiest passenger Ferryport with up to 18 sailings daily to the UK and the continent.


Dublin has a maritime temperate climate. The average temperature is lowest in January–February at about 6°C, and highest in July–August, peaking at about 20°C.


Finance 2019/20

  • Students studying at UCD in 2018/19 received an Erasmus grant of £300 per month during their study placement. Further information will be provided at Erasmus grant information presentations in April 2019. The grant amounts for 2019/20 have not yet been released.
  • Means-tested Global Travel Bursary of £750 dependent on household income for students starting their studies in 2016 or after. Students who started their studies before 2016 should see the finance webpage, as the award criteria differs (available to students classed as Home Students for fees purposes and accepted to study abroad as part of the University-wide exchange programme)

Approximate living costs per semester:

  • Return flight from UK (av. 1.25 hours): £40-90
  • Visa costs: € 0 for EU nationals
  • Student European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) (compulsory): € 0 for EU nationals*
  • Accommodation: € 400 - 1,300 per month
  • Cost of living: approx. € 680
  • Travel insurance: approx. 94p. per day, dependant on personal circumstances (taken from STA insurance estimate)

Approximate living costs compiled from external sources and partner university website. *In-country healthcare costs vary.

*In-country healthcare costs vary.

The cost of living in Dublin is higher than in Nottingham though it very much depends on each student’s individual needs. 

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  • Private accommodation: The majority of students will look for accommodation in the private sector. Private rented accommodation is plentiful but students are advised to allow at least 3 weeks to find suitable accommodation, or travel to Dublin prior to the start of semester. 
  • University accommodation: UCD has on-campus accommodation for over 2500 students in 3, 4, 5 and 6 bedroom self-catering apartments in four locations. UCD has set aside a proportion of on-campus rooms for international students, althoughplaces are limited and on-campus accommodation is not guaranteed for Erasmus students.

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Application success rate

Percentage of students placed at this partner out of total applications received (including 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice).

2016/17 = 38%
2017/18 = 38%
2018/19 = 21%

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