Course Offerings

UCD offers a number of unique and in-demand majors for students at all levels, including architecture, business, nursing, international studies, engineering, natural sciences, pre-medicine, and sports management!

Courses are arranged in the seminar and lecture style. Most courses at UCD are equivalent to 2.5 U.S. semester credits. Students take 6 courses and receive 15 credit hours per semester. Students in the business school take 5 courses, 4 of which must be Business courses + a required course in Irish History (run by the Business School).  Students in the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Human Sciences may take up to five Arts courses + an optional elective from any other School or College (Business, Science etc ).  All the other programs – Engineering, Science, Agriculture, Sports Management, Nursing, Pre-Architecture,  Pre-Law, and Pre-Medicine – permit students to take 4 courses from their chosen faculty and 2 from any other School at UCD. The tuition portion of the API program price varies based on the combination of courses chosen. Please check the ‘Dates and Fees’ link or contact the API office for further details.

Not all courses are offered every semester or every year. The course selection may vary, and no course is guaranteed.  Some courses may have prerequisites. Students will pre-register for courses prior to arrival.  API recommends that after consulting the API website for course listings, students have 10 courses approved by their home university prior to departure, in order to allow for scheduling conflicts and the possible unavailability of certain classes. There is a 1-week add/drop period at the beginning of the semester at UCD.


Students may find a link to the UCD course listings below. Please pay attention to prerequisites and restrictions.

Students who are interested in taking courses in the schools of Agriculture, Architecture, Nursing, Science, Pre-Med, or the College of Engineering, will be subject to additional fees.

Contact the API office if you have any questions on available courses.

UCD courses for visiting students – click here!



Offered for fall and academic year students, this unique program allows participants to participate in an ongoing dig in Glendalough, Ireland prior to beginning their studies at UCD . Students can earn 5 U.S. credits for participating in this module. For more information about this option, contact the API office.

Please be aware that this option will have different dates and require additional fees in order to participate.


UCD has developed a series of programs for study abroad students focused on specific professional disciplines.

These include the following:

  • Pre-Law
  • Pre-Medical
  • Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Pre-Veterinary

For more information about these professional program options, contact the API office.

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