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Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0
Credit Available For: SEAS, Wharton Type of Program: Semester/Year Study Abroad
Housing Options: Apartment/Off-Campus, University Residence Hall/Apartment Application Deadline: Fall/Year: March 1, Spring: October 1
Program Description:

Program Snapshot

BQW LogoUniversity College Dublin (UCD) 

University College Dublin is a walkable and green campus in Ireland, home to nearly 33,000 students. The Lochlann Quinn School of Business is the top business school in Ireland, and the UCD College of Engineering & Architecture is the largest engineering school in Ireland. The beautiful UCD College of Science is home to UCD's computer science department. UCD offers many courses to study abroad students, and many chances to integrate into Irish culture. Though UCD is located outside downtown Dublin, buses serve the campus for a 20-minute commute to the city center. The university offers many clubs, societies, and excursions to local and regional destinations.
For additional information, visit the UCD Study Abroad website.
The City of Dublin

Dublin, the capital of the Republic of Ireland, enjoys one of the best settings of any European city. Stretching around the wide expanse of Dublin Bay, few parts of the city are far from the sights and smells of the sea, while many center-city streets seem to end in a vista of mountains. The principal city of Ireland for most of its thousand year history, it experienced a period of rapid expansion in the 18th century. Small by present-day international standards, Dublin has nevertheless the resources of a capital city with a full and varied cultural and intellectual life. With one of the youngest populations of Europe's major cities, Dublin offers an unusually congenial atmosphere for students.

Did you know…?

Dublin’s Phoenix Park is the largest walled park in Europe, twice the size of Central Park in New York and five times as large as Hyde Park in London.

One of the largest monuments on UCD’s campus is Noah’s Egg, a large cast-bronze egg statue, which represents the beginning and potential of life. 



The program at University College Dublin is open to Wharton students and SEAS students.

Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0


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A full course load at UCD consists of between four and six modules per semester.  Penn students must maintain a full course load while abroad and may only enroll in courses at the undergraduate level.

Beginning, intermediate and advanced business modules are available. Students electing to take advanced modules must pay attention to any pre-requisite courses.  All modules are worth five ECTS credits. Students can enroll in a maximum of six modules (30 ECTS credits), but most students enroll in five modules. A minimum of 3 modules must be within the admitting college. Lochlann Quinn School of Business recommends study abroad students to take the service-learning intermediate business module to experience the local community.

UCD Academic Calendar
UCD Quinn School of Business Course Catalog for Incoming Exchange Students
UCD Campus-wide Course Catalog
UCD Science Sample Course Catalog for Incoming Study Abroad Students
UCD Welcome Guide for Visiting Students

Grading Scale

As on all Penn Abroad programs, grades are recorded on the Penn transcript and are calculated in the cumulative grade point average.  The pass/fail option can be exercised according to the Penn on-campus policy of your home school. For more information on Penn Abroad’s academic policies, click here.

Grades are reported to Penn on the UCD scale and then converted to Penn grades according to the following grade equivalencies:
UCD Grade UCD % and Grade Point Penn Grade
A+ 76.67/ 4.2 A
A 73.33/ 4.0 A
A- 70.00/ 3.8 A-
B+ 66.67/ 3.6 A-
B 63.33/ 3.4 B+
B- 60.00/ 3.2 B+
C+ 56.67/ 3.0 B
C 53.33/ 2.8 B-
C- 50.00/ 2/6 B-
D+ 46.67/ 2.4 C+
D 43.33/ 2.2 C
D- 40.00/ 2.0 C

Special Features

BQW Special FeaturesOrientation Activities

All Penn students are required to attend the orientation activities organized by University College Dublin prior to the start of each semester.  More information on UCD’s orientation activities can be found here and here.

Language Courses

Students are encouraged to join an Irish language course while they are abroad.

Group Excursions

Students have access to trips around Dublin and Ireland with a comprehensive, free cultural program including trips to Glendalough for a hike, Kilkenny to see castles, and more.

Internship Opportunities

Though one semester students cannot seek employment, students who attend a full-time course of one year’s duration are entitled to seek employment on a casual basis. Casual employment means you can work for 20 hours per week during term time or full-time (up to 40 hours) during June, July, August and September and between 15th December and 15th January. You are encouraged to use the UCD Career Development Centre for internship inquiries and recruitment fair information.

Service Learning Module

UCD Quinn School of Business offers a service learning module in which students complete a business project for a local charity or non-profit organization. By making that important link between theory and practice, students will also be able to explore the key management issues affecting the non-profit sector, while making a valuable contribution to the local community.

Buddy Program                           
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The UCD International Office organizes a voluntary buddy program, in which exchange students are put in groups with UCD students at the start of the semester.

Student Associations

Penn students studying at University College Dublin have access to more than 200 student activities, sport societies, and clubs. Student Life is vibrant at UCD, including options in the Global Lounge and at many other Campus Facilities


BQW CampusParticipants must be willing to live under local conditions for students.

There are three housing options: en-suite style rooms, non en-suite style rooms, or off-campus housing. 

En-suite on-campus includes a private bedroom w/toilet and shower, shared living room, and kitchen (stove top, toaster, kettle and refrigerator). Accommodates 4-6 people.

Non en-suite on-campus: includes private bedroom, shared living room, kitchen (stove top, toaster, kettle and refrigerator), and two community bath rooms. Accommodates 3-4 people.

Off-campus: UCD can provide students with a list of landlords and facilitate apartment leasing and landlord contact. UCD will handle keys for off-campus accommodations. UCD will not (co) sign the lease nor assume any responsibility for the apartment.

Students can also choose to find their own apartments in Dublin and not utilize UCD's off-campus services, although it is recommended that students either live on-campus or take advantage of UCD's off-campus resources.

Catered meals for en-suite and non en-suite accommodations are available for students living in designated residential buildings.  Catered accommodations comprise breakfast and evening meal, Monday to Friday, with brunch on Saturday and a lunch on Sunday.

Further information regarding accommodation can be found here.

Cost and Finance

Penn Abroad Financial Policies

Students are charged Penn tuition and academic fees for all Penn Abroad programs.  Additional expenses will typically include items such as housing, visas, and airfare.  Please see the program budget sheets below for more information.  For more on Penn Abroad’s financial policies, click here.

Financial Aid and Study Abroad

In most cases, financial aid applies to Penn-approved programs.  Student Financial Services reviews program budget sheets each semester to determine how to appropriately adjust your aid package. For more information on how Financial Aid will work during your semester abroad, click here.

Budget Sheets

Academic Year

Scholarship Opportunities

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program: Competition for awards for study abroad, for US citizen students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at a 2-year or 4-year college or university. 

UCD Lochlann Quinn School of Business Study Abroad Scholarship: Two tuition fee scholarships worth €1,000 are granted every semester. All study abroad students are eligible to apply. Successful recipients will have the exciting opportunity to serve as Student Ambassadors and share experiences and advice about their time at UCD and in Dublin.

UCD Generation Study Abroad Scholarship: Any student who studies abroad for the academic year at UCD Engineering is eligible for a €2,000 GSA scholarship. After acceptance to a full-year program, students should email to confirm their eligibility for this award.

Next Steps

For information on the Penn Abroad application process, click here.

To open an application or learn more about the program, please click here to schedule an appointment with a Penn Abroad Global Programs Manager.

For a student perspective on life and academics in Dublin, contact a Penn Abroad Past-Participant or Exchange Student.