University College Dublin Courses

You are required to maintain a full-time course load of 6 courses (equaling 15 American credits) per semester. Quinn School of Business is the only exception to this rule. Since all QSB courses are weighted at 3 American credits, a full course load taken strictly at the Quinn School of Business is five courses.

  • Make sure your credits transfer back for credit with your home school and that you are registered for a full academic load according to your home school policies – this is your responsibility.
  • Please be flexible about courses – we can’t guarantee placement in specific courses.
  • Please review your course choices with your academic or study abroad advisor, and submit the online course registration form to The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University.
  • Arcadia University does not issue pass/fail grades for work completed overseas.

Course Restrictions

  • Arts (Humanities): Certain departments are grouped together and can’t be taken together because of scheduling conflicts/timetable constraints (for example English & Politics, Sociology & Philosophy). Please view the subject groupings (Groups A-F) on the UCD Course Catalog to make sure the departments you wish to study in are not grouped together. Typically, students enrolling in the College of Arts divide their course work between three departments.
    • English: Level 1 and 2 English classes are open to all students. These classes are small and so capacity can be an issue. Level 3 English classes are only open to English majors.
    • History: Level 1 and 2 History classes are available to all students. Level 3 History classes are only open to History majors.
    • Psychology: Psychology classes are only open to students who major in Psychology. Psychology majors can take a maximum of 3 psychology classes.
  • Business: Students enrolling in classes at the Quinn School must take at least 4 Quinn courses. One or two additional courses may be selected from outside Quinn. Students attending the Quinn School of Business are required to take SBUS 30060 "Irish Business History". This class will introduce you to Irish history and culture; field trips to places of historical interest are an integral component of this class.
  • You may be required to enroll in one or two lecture courses for the semester depending on your departments of study. Be certain to take these into consideration during the preliminary course selection process.

Choosing Your Courses

When selecting your courses from UCD, you should be aware of some differences in terminology. In Ireland, the word for class or course is called a module. Major and Minor indications refer to full degree requirements, not to visiting student course selection. Certain departments require lectures, referred to as Cores, or seminars, referred to as Options.  

Students enrolling in classes at UCD must take at least four courses within their chosen primary college (for example, Business, Arts, Engineering, etc). One or two additional courses may be selected from outside your primary college. Please note that course levels 1-3 are available to study abroad students; however, level 4 is a master's level and not an option to you.

In addition to your proposed list of 6-10 courses, we recommend that you choose a series of alternate courses. Your first choice selections may not be available due to scheduling changes, time conflicts, prerequisites or cancellations.

Special courses for study abroad students may be available within certain colleges:

Special Courses for Study Abroad Students
Course ID Title Credits School Term Syllabus
SCI 30010 Introduction to Scientific Research 2.5 UCD Spring/Fall PDF
  • SCI 30010: Introduction to Scientific Research is a special course offered to College of Science study abroad students only. It introduces students to the principles of scientific research through attachment to an active research group in the College of Science. Students will become active members of a research group and work under the direction of the group's Principal Investigator. Students will learn about the research focus of the group and conduct independent research into the scientific literature of relevance to the group's activity. They will shadow a member of the research team in the laboratory and master one basic and one advanced laboratory skill, in addition to learning how to develop a hypothesis, analyse the research data, and write a scientific abstract.

Enrollment Process

English, Psychology, and History majors will receive priority registration for classes in those departments.

If your enrollment in the program is conditional upon entry into specific courses, it is very important that you indicate these requirements at the bottom of the preliminary course form on your Arcadia Passport.

Miscellaneous Fees

There is a surcharge that is assessed by University College Dublin for coursework completed in science, engineering, or agriculture courses. This surcharge will be added to your account after you register for courses at University College Dublin.