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About University College Dublin

Established in 1854 as the Catholic University of Ireland, a counterpart to the non-denominational colleges in Galway and Cork, University College Dublin, is home to over 30,000 students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. UCD was recently ranked #1 in Ireland and #75 among the top 400 universities in the world for graduate employability (according to QS World University Rankings, 2018). UCD offers a decidedly international flavor, with an international student population that is about 20% of the student body.  Check out the international student blogs from UCD to learn more about the experience. 

The city of Dublin began as a Viking settlement over a thousand years ago, and by the nineteenth century had become the center of two cultural movements to restore the Irish language and literature. Dublin is the capital of Ireland, and is the center of the political, diplomatic, and commercial life of Ireland. UCD is located just 2.5 miles from the heart of Dublin. 

Students along Ireland coast


Open to all majors. Students interested in this program should have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or better. Interested students should also have completed three semesters on campus prior to the period of study abroad. Transfer students must have completed at least three semesters of college or university study, one semester of which is to have been completed on campus at Richmond.

Interested students must attend a general information session before submitting an application. Robins School of Business students must also attend a business-specific session. Click to open the information session schedule.

Note: Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the university to study abroad. When reviewing applications for approval, disciplinary records will be taken into consideration and students must be cleared by the Dean's Office to study abroad. Students on conduct probation will not be able to study abroad if their probationary period extends beyond the start date of the semester abroad program.


Non Business students

Richmond students may study at UCD via the Centre for Study Abroad as long as they meet the course prerequisites and other eligibility requirements.  A wide range of courses are availableStudents select one home College (for example, College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Human Sciences) and can take courses (modules) from the variety of subjects within the arts, and may also take two electives from a different programme (for example, modules from the science or the business study abroad programmes).  Of particular note are the courses available to students in the Clinton Institute for American Studies.  Students at UCD take an average of 5-6 modules (classes) per semester (or 25-30 ECTS credits).  UR students studying abroad should take note of the credit conversion below to determine the appropriate number of courses they need to take to remain full time students.

Typically registration priority is given for students who have a major in that subject field (for example, a History major will be given priority registration for history courses).  Non-majors can select courses in a certain field, but these are subject to availability.  In oversubscribed or popular majors (like psychology or English), students may be limited in the number of courses they may take (for example, English majors may only take one level 3 course). Typically study abroad students take courses at stage (or level) 2 or 3.  Students are not allowed to take Level 4 courses (graduate).


Business students

The UCD-Quinn School of Business was established in 1908 and there are currently over 100 faculty and over 3,000 students. UCD-Quinn is the only business school in Ireland to hold accreditation from the American College of Business accreditation, AACSB (International), and the top European accreditations, EQUIS and AMBA. Fewer than 1% of business schools in the world hold this "triple crown of accreditation." All courses in the Quinn School of Business, the undergraduate school located at the Belfield campus, are available to University of Richmond students who meet minimum prerequisites. Prior to departure, students will pre-select courses with the assistance of Dr. Tom Cossé in the E. Claiborne Robins School of Business. Students can select from Level 1, 2, or 3 courses (courses will start with the number 1, 2, or 3). Level 1 courses are introductory, level 2 courses are intermediate, and level 3 courses are advanced. Courses ending in letters 'S' or 'D' are not available for undergraduate students.

The normal load for business students equals 5 courses per semester.  This is usually equivalent to 50 ECTS for full year and 25 ECTS for semester.  However, students may take a maximum of 6 courses if they desire.  Once students have selected 4 business modules, they may be allowed to take up to 2 modules outside of the business school (subject to approval). Students should ideally take a class on the economy, political system, culture, and/or history of the host school’s country, if such a course is available.

To see the list of Quinn business modules, click UCD Quinn 2018-19 modules. Typical subjects of study include Accounting, Business Administration, Economics, Finance, Int'l Business, Marketing, and Celtic/Irish Studies. More information can be found here

All students

All credit will be transferred back to UR using the Conversion to Units system.  Each UCD course weighted at 5 or 6 ECTS would equal 0.9 unit under Richmond's unit system.  A 10 ECTS course would equal 1.5 units. 


Unit Conversion Chart
5 ECTS/6 ECTS .9 units
10 ECTS 1.5 units

Students should also be certain to read the information on the UR Registrar's Office website regarding the "First Five" rule to determine whether the courses would be bumped up to a full unit.  Note that UCD is one of the few universities where both 5 and 6 ECTS courses are treated the same in terms of UR credit and thus a 5 ECTS course is eligible for transfer as a full unit (if the student has not already used their five bump-ups). 

A+, A, A- A (70-100%) Excellent
B+, B, B- B+ (60-69%) Very Good
C+, C, C- B (50-59%) Good
D+, D, D-

C (40-49%) Acceptable

E+ or under F (less than 40%)
Since a grade in the "D" range is equivalent to a U.S. "C" grade, students must achieve a "D-" or better (equivalent to a "C" or better) in order to transfer credit to Richmond.

NOTE:  Students should complete all their coursework and exams at UCD and must follow the instructions on the UCD course syllabus carefully as exams or coursework submitted incorrectly may result in a failing mark.  If a student should fail a course at UCD, exam re-sit grading is on a pass/fail basis only (and UR does not accept pass/fail grades for transfer credit).  

Important!  Any students planning to apply for an advanced degree (such as law school, medical school, etc.) are still encouraged to attempt an exam re-sit because graduate programs typically require the submission of all transcripts (including the abroad transcript) and a passing re-sit grade reflected on the UCD transcript, even if it did not result in credit transfer to Richmond, will be better than a failing grade.

Room and Board

Students must meet stated housing application deadlines, and all efforts will be made to place students in on-campus accommodation. Students will live on the Belfield campus (Blackrock is the graduate campus and living there would entail a commute).  Unless UCD is unable to provide accommodation, students are not allowed to book off-campus/independent housing.

All of the on-campus accommodations are equipped with kitchens since many Dublin students cook for themselves. There are also campus cafeterias, however, for students who do not wish to cook. To learn more about the housing and "meal deals," see

Building in Dublin

Dates and Costs

Click on the link for: Dates and Costs for UCD.

For More Information

To learn more, see the UCD Orientation Manual.  Students may contact Fae Bell in International Business or Amy Bergmann in the Office of International Education with any questions.






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