PROGRAM TYPE: Direct Enrollment
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MINIMUM AGE: 18 (17-year-olds considered on a case-by-case basis)
ACCOMMODATIONS: Student apartments. Between term housing is included for academic year students. All Dublin housing includes internet access. 

Academic Program


15 semester credits

Students who choose to study abroad in Dublin at the University College Dublin (UCD) choose from a range of undergraduate courses with local Irish and international students in the arts, business, engineering, law, and sciences. 


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, Sport and Exercise, Nursing & Midwifery, Architecture, Pre-

Law, Pre-medicine, and Pre-Veterinary - 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. Visit the API website for complete course listings. 


API students receive their transcript from University College Dublin upon successful completion of their program.

ACCEPTANCE TO U.S. UNIVERSITY REQUIRED: No, but a high school G.P.A. of 3.0 and SAT scores of 1500 (or equivalent ACT score) are required.
  Academic Year 17-18 September 4, 2017 - May 20, 2018 $38,500
  Spring 2018:  January 15, 2018 - May 20, 2018 $19,750
  Fall 2018: September 1, 2018 - December 22, 2018 $20,200 ($21,350 if taking any science classes)
  Academic Year 18-19: September 1, 2018 - May 19, 2019 $38,800 (41,100 if taking any science classes)
  Spring 2019: January 13, 2019 - May 19, 2019 $19,750


All gap students in Dublin will be linked with a peer mentor who is a second or third year Irish student at UCD.

As the capital of the Republic of Ireland, Dublin is one of the liveliest cities in Europe. With one of the youngest populations comprising people from many different parts of Europe and the globe, the city has a full and varied cultural and intellectual life, which brings together the best of traditional Ireland and of modern Europe.

Students taking their gap year in Ireland will quickly find that Dublin is particularly fortunate to have many theaters, museums and galleries throughout the city. Famous for its literary and musical tradition, Ireland’s capital has been home to well known writers, playwrights, actors, and musicians for many years. A particular feature is the tradition of live music in every conceivable venue, from street artists to the National Concert Hall to the many pubs where traditional Irish music still flourishes. In the literary field, the contribution of native sons has been outstanding, with Jonathan Swift, Oliver Goldsmith, Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, W.B. Yeats, and Samuel Beckett amongst the most prominent.

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