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University College Dublin (UCD): Admission 2024, Ranking & Courses

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University College Dublin Highlights 2024

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Year of establishment1854
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Also Known AsUCD
Accepted Exams
Total International Students8574
Size of Campus in acres330
No.of Campuses2
Accommodation expenses7391 Euro for 1 sharing (UG),10173 Euro for 1 sharing (PG)
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Q:   Is University College Dublin a good university?

University College Dublin (UCD) is one of Europe's leading research-intensive universities. Currently, UCD Dublin ranks within the top 1% of higher education institutes worldwide. University College Dublin is a great university to study in Ireland for international students and the number of international students at the university, which is over 9,500 justifies the same. Also, once students graduate from here, they will have numerous career opportunities. UCD Dublin is ranked number 1 in Ireland for graduate employability by QS.

Q:   Is University College Dublin good for international students?

Yes, UCD Dublin is one of the world's best universities where a student can pursue higher education according to QS World University Rankings 2023. In the QS World University Rankings 2023, UCD ranks at #181 position. Many international students choose to study at UCD Dublin. It is also one of the best universities in Ireland for Masters studies. The university has a thriving international graduate community. Graduate programs here are led by academic experts and students have a wide variety of graduate programs to choose from like Doctoral programs, Taught Masters, Research Masters, Graduate Diploma, and Certificate programs, and higher Diplomas.

Q:   Does UCD Dublin give scholarships to international students?

Yes, a wide range of scholarship options is available for students studying at University College Dublin. Some of the scholarships available for Indian students at UCD Dublin are Global Excellence Scholarship, UCD Michael Smurfit Business School Scholarships, V.V. Giri Scholarship, etc. In order to apply for the scholarships, first of all, apply to study at UCD, then review the terms and conditions of scholarships, apply for the relevant scholarships, review the scholarship application, and lastly, if awarded, accept your scholarship offer.

Q:   Is it difficult to get into University College Dublin?

The acceptance rate at the University College Dublin is around 20%. This means that admissions at UCD is highly competitive. For admission into the undergraduate courses of UCD, students must have passed class 12. The overall average is calculated on best 5 recognised subjects. Also, apart from these requirements, students are required to meet the English language proficiency requirement.

University College Dublin Fees & Eligibility 2024

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Courses1st Year Tuition FeesDuration & Eligibility
MS(66 courses)
INR 9 L - 25 L
Duration12 months-3 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6.5 - 7, TOEFL: 90 & Above, PTE: 63 - 65
MIM(33 courses)
INR 12 L - 25 L
Duration12 months-2 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6.5 - 7.5, TOEFL: 90 - 100, PTE: 63 - 65
M.A.(89 courses)
INR 10 L - 25 L
Duration1 year-2 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6.5 - 7.5, TOEFL: 90 & Above, PTE: 63 & Above
PG Diploma(42 courses)
INR 11 L - 18 L
Duration9 months-2 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6.5 - 7, TOEFL: 90 & Above, PTE: 63 & Above
B.Sc.(35 courses)
INR 19 L - 30 L
Duration3-5 years
Exam AcceptedTOEFL: 90 & Above, IELTS: 6.5 & Above, PTE: 63 & Above
LL.M.(9 courses)
INR 18 L - 19 L
Duration1 year-2 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6.5 & Above, TOEFL: 90 & Above, PTE: 63 & Above
B.A.(17 courses)
INR 18 L - 19 L
Duration3-4 years
Exam AcceptedTOEFL: 90 & Above, IELTS: 6.5 & Above, PTE: 63 & Above
MEng(8 courses)
INR 23 L - 25 L
Duration1 year
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6.5 & Above, TOEFL: 90 & Above, PTE: 63 & Above
B.E. / B.Tech(9 courses)
INR 23 L - 25 L
Duration3-4 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6.5 & Above, TOEFL: 90 & Above, PTE: 63 & Above
MPH(3 courses)
INR 18 L - 19 L
Duration1 year
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6.5 - 7, TOEFL: 90 & Above, PTE: 63 & Above
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Q:   Does University College Dublin require IELTS?

Yes, in order to take admission into University College Dublin, you are required to show an IELTS score. An average score of 6.5 overall is required with 6.0 in each band. Note that for admission into undergraduate courses, if students do not want appear for IELTS then they need to have 80% in English language in CBSE / ISC / AISSCE / CUSCE exams. Apart from the IELTS score, students can submit the scores of TOEFL / PTE / Duolingo (as applicable).

University College Dublin Scholarships 2024

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Q:   What is V.V Giri Global Excellence Scholarship?

India’s fourth President, Varahagiri Venkata Giri, was an alumnus of University College Dublin. This scholarship is granted in his honour to successful applicants from India who are eligible to pursue a full-time course here. More information on the same can be found on the university’s Global Excellence Scholarship page.

University College Dublin Admission Dates 2024

  • Application fees :Euro 45 - 57.3
  • Type of deadline :Depends on course
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SOPNot required
LORNeeded for few courses
EssaysNeeded for few courses
CVNeeded for few courses
Additional documentsRequired
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Fall1ˢᵗ Feb 2022 - 15ᵗʰ Jul 2023
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Students Ratings & Reviews

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Vibe of Campus
  • Academically oriented
  • Friendly
  • Fun loving
  • Sporty
Student Views
  • 80% students never faced discrimination in this university
Part time work4
Post study jobs4.3
Quality of faculty4.5
Student Life4.3
Value for money4.1
Public transportation4.6
Indian Food3.7
Permanent Immigration3.8
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MSc Food Business Strategy - Batch of 2023
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I had a great time in this university.
Tips: Do proper research on your choice of course before joining any university. UCD is one of the best universities in Ireland. You can focus on your studies and side by side you can enjoy your student life. Also, look for the career opportunities for your choice of course.
Likes (Safety): For me, I feel completely safe while roaming in Dublin. But some of my friends are having a few bad experiences. Some of my friends faced racism but the number of such cases is less. Because of this issue, some of my friends got attacked. But fortunately, I didn’t face such an issue.
Dislikes (Indian Food): I prefer cooking myself because there are limited Indian food options in Ireland. And the available options are expensive. So, for me, it is better to prepare my meal at home. In Dublin, we just had a few options for Indian food. I am facing an issue regarding that.
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LLM International Commercial Law - Batch of 2024
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Life of an international student at UCD is amazing
Tips: The university is great. But the thing the students should keep in mind is the weather in Ireland. Very different from India. It can start training any time of the day. Also, the university does give out scholarships to students which is how I got a scholarship worth 7500 euros. Overall it's a fun place to be. Also, keep in mind the housing crisis as well.
Likes (Student Life): Since I am a masters student I only have three classes in a week. It gives me plenty of time to go over my reading and assignments and to have a social life as well. The campus organises career fairs and talks regularly and they have a dedicated team as well. There are numerous societies to build up your social life, they have a bit of everything.
Dislikes (Indian Food): Unlike UK, Ireland does not have many Indian restaurants and the ones that are here are somewhat expensive comparatively. Also, vegetarian food is a bit expensive if you want to eat out but the groceries are priced okay so you can cook for cheap at home.
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MEngSc Food Engineering - Batch of 2024
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Best place to study. Everyone should give it a try.
Tips: I was so enthusiastic about the course and university, moreover I am an easy going person so I easily adapted to the cultural differences and it didn't make any negative impact on my life. I availed the university merit scholarship. UCD proved to be the best in terms of environment studies and all other extracurricular activities. They also provide career guidance and train you to get into placements by conducting occasional fairs.
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MSc in Marketing - Batch of 2023
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The best Business University
Tips: It will be a little difficult since the Indian system of education is very easy compared to here. So you will genuinely have to study and do your assignments yourself. I had no scholarship but you are no less than those who have. Everything is the same for everyone.
Likes (Post study jobs): Well you can easily get Grad Roles. And if you have a good CV you get interview calls easily. So you do get a job here. I would suggest one to start looking for jobs around May and June so that you are not left out but even if you start around in October or next year in late January you do get one.
Dislikes (Permanent Immigration): It takes about more than 5 years for PR to come. The procedures are a little different here. I have not thought about permanent immigration as yet. But who is firm on staying here you just need a company to sponsor your visa so that it gets easy for you to get a PR
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MSc Social Data Analytics - Batch of 2021
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UCD, one of the top colleges in Ireland
Tips: The education system is of next level and need to study more in order to pass. I got a sponsorship of 2000 euros and the tuition fee was 20000 euros which is very high. The education is good and there will be more things to learn. It will be difficult to maintain both college and personal life working part-time.
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University College Dublin Placements

Top Recruiters

Rolls Royce
Glaxo Smithkline
Western Union
Procter Gamble
General Electric
Ford Motors
Ericsson India
Goldman Sachs
JP Morgan Chase
GE Capital Services
KBC Bank
Johnson Johnson
Boston Scientific
Ernst & Young
Grant Thornton
Hewlett Packard
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Accommodation & Meals

University College Dublin Rankings 2023

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Average Accommodation Expense

INR 3.9 L (based on 4 colleges)

Part Time Work

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Post Study Work Permit

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Cost of Visa Application
Euro 100 = INR 8,914
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Q:   What is the No. 1 university in Ireland?

According to Times Higher Education, the No. 1 university in Ireland is Trinity College Dublin. University College Dublin is at the second position in Ireland, with a world ranking of #201-250 in 2023. UCD is also known as Ireland's Global University because it hosts thousands of international students. According to U.S. News & World Report as well, University College Dublin ranks at the 2nd position among the best universities in Ireland.

Q:   Does an Indian student require an entry visa to study at University College Dublin?

There are many countries where visa exception is applicable, but India is not one of them. So, an Indian student planning to pursue a course from UCD Dublin will need to apply for an entry visa. Also, the visa processing time is different for all the countries.

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University CityDublin, Other - Ireland, Ireland
Size of cityMedium
Population of City5,53,165

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