University College Dublin Courses

You are required to maintain a full-time course load of 6 courses (equaling 15 U.S. credits) per semester. Courses are worth 2.5 U.S. semester credits each.

  • Please review your courses with your academic or study abroad advisor to ensure they will transfer back to your home school and that you are following your home school’s policies.
  • Please be flexible – we can’t guarantee specific courses. If your participation in the program depends on a particular course, be sure to make a note on your online course form.
  • Please indicate 7-10 courses, including alternates, on your academic preferences form that you are pre-approved for and can take while abroad. In the event of scheduling changes, time conflicts, prerequisites or cancellations, this ensures that you will be prepared to finalize your courses once overseas.

Optional Independent Study

Fall or Spring applicants have the option to take a 3 credit independent study course through Arcadia. You will work with an Arcadia faculty supervisor on a semester-long independent research project to produce an original research paper and presentation of your findings. If you are interested, see the course syllabus below and indicate your interest on your Academic Preferences Form.

DUBS STIS 370 Independent Research - Dublin 3 Spring/Fall PDF

Course Restrictions

  • Arts (Humanities): Certain departments are grouped together and can’t be taken together because of scheduling/timetable  (for example English & Politics, History & Music).  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.
  • English and History: Level 1 and 2: open to all students, limited class capacity. Level 3: majors only. Students are only allowed to enroll in one level 3 English module per semester.
  • Psychology: open to majors only, maximum 3 classes.
  • Business: must take at least 4 courses from the Quinn School of Business. One or two additional courses may be selected from outside business school. Any course with a course code ending in a letter is not available to undergraduate students. Neither are courses with a number code commencing with '4'.

Special Nomenclature

  • In Ireland, the word for class or course is 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.

Choosing Your Courses

When selecting your courses from UCD, note you must take four courses within your chosen primary college (for example, Business, Arts, Engineering, etc). One or two additional courses may be selected from outside your primary college.

  • Course levels 1-3 are available; level 4 is a master's level and not an option for you.
  • In addition to your proposed list of 6-10 courses, choose a series of alternates. 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,

Consider the following special course for study abroad students offered by UCD:

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, analyze the research data, and write a scientific abstract.

Enrollment Process

Official course registration will take place about a month prior to your program start.

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

The online course form students submit to Arcadia prior to departure does not guarantee approval or enrollment in those courses. There is a drop/add period at the beginning of each semester that allows students to make changes to course enrollments. If you make any changes it is your responsibility to inform your home institution.


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 UCD.

Grade Scale

The following information is vetted and provided by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) on the Electronic Database for Global Education (EDGE).

A+/A/A- 70 – 100% First Class A
B+/B/B- 60 – 69% Second Class Honours Upper B+
C+/C/C- 50 – 59% Second Class Honours Lower B
D+ 45 – 49% Third Class Honours C+
D/D- 40 – 44% Pass C
F 0 – 39% Fail F