Ranked among the top 1% of world universities, the University College Dublin (UCD) is eyed by students for its research based outlook and a campus vibrant with international students. The university was established in 1854 and is Ireland’s largest international university with over 25,000 students, of which over 6,000 are international.
In this series of #Admissions Connect, we have the admissions team of University College Dublin which decodes the university for you. Know all about the admissions criteria, popular courses and the admission cycle of University College Dublin.
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Q. What is the strength of the Indian student community in the university?
A: University College Dublin (UCD) has the largest number of Indian students studying in Ireland. Currently, there are over 300 Indian students studying at all levels across all UCD programmes.
Q. What is unique about your university in terms of academic culture and overall student experience?
A: University College Dublin (UCD) is Ireland’s Global University. Established in 1854, UCD is Ireland’s largest international university with over 25,000 students, of which over 6,000 are international (from 127 countries). A public, government-funded institution located in Dublin Ireland’s capital, UCD receives the highest levels of research funding in the country and is ranked within the top 1% of world universities. Five of Ireland’s Prime Ministers are alumni of UCD as are 3 former Presidents of Ireland. UCD has the largest urban campus in Europe (350 acres). It is a safe, modern campus with 24 hour security and offers extensive accommodation options and cutting-edge sports and campus facilities, including a 50-metre swimming pool, theatre and cinema.
UCD offers the widest range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Ireland in all subject areas, including, Business, Science, Engineering, Medicine, Architecture, Agriculture, Veterinary Medicine, Arts and Human Sciences. Undergraduate courses at UCD provide a wide level of flexibility and choice, while equipping students with broad-based skills, and offering definite career and graduate pathways. There is an extensive range of taught masters programmes across all of the colleges – many of which are one year in duration. The structured PhD programme aims to enable UCD PhD students to achieve the best possible experience of graduate research and training.
UCD has a long standing relationship with India. V. V. Giri, the fourth President of India, studied law in UCD from 1913 to 1916. UCD can objectively be considered the Irish university with greatest profile in India and today UCD is the most popular university for Indian students studying in Ireland. Last year, UCD launched the V.V Giri Global Excellence undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships for Indian students.
Q. What are some of the popular programmes among Indian students?
A: Indian students are studying across programmes in all colleges and schools within the university but have shown particular interest in the areas of Business, Science and Engineering.
Q. What are the admission criteria for international graduate students?
A: Holders of Bachelors and Masters Degrees with good grades from competitive and well ranked universities and colleges can be considered for entry to graduate degrees at UCD.
Taught Masters – Academic Entry Requirements
The normal requirement for entry to a taught Master’s Degree programme is a second class honours degree in a relevant subject. However, intending applicants should check the individual requirements listed on the school website, as some degrees may require a higher standard for entry. Applicants must provide evidence of equivalent competence in English language through a recognised English language test also.
Q. When do applications open?
A: Applications for the university generally open by October 1st .
Q. Does your school offer financial aid to international students, particularly Indians? Please elaborate.
A: In 2013, UCD launched the V.V Giri Global Excellence undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships for Indian students. UCD's commitment to attracting top Indian students is evident in it's scholarship which is the largest offered by an Irish university. UCD has launched the Indian scholarship portfolio for the coming year. 100%, 50%, 25% and additional scholarships will be available to top Indian students.
Q. Many foreign students are worried about leaving the country because they do not know whether they will be able to find work to pay off their student debts. Do you guide your students find internships and jobs?
A: In Ireland, the Third Level Graduate Scheme offers non-EEA graduates of Irish Higher Education Institutions, a period of 12 months after examination results during which candidates can remain in Ireland and seek work experience.
UCD’s Career Development Centre prepares our students throughout their time in UCD with organised career advice workshops for international students. Many UCD programmes also feature internships and work placements as part of the programme.
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