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IFSA-University College Dublin

Program Location Dublin, Ireland
Sponsor IFSA-Butler
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 34020
Duration Semester or
2 Semesters
Upcoming Program Dates
Spring 2020 01/12/20 to 05/17/20

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Overview Purdue Credit
Eligibility Academics
Housing Program Costs
Financial Aid Deadline
Returnee Info Resources


Green hills and gregarious people await you in this fabled land of poets and playwrights. Most students know the Republic of Ireland as the richly historic and traditional Emerald Isle, but they will also experience a modern, well-educated society that is dedicated to political, social and economic progress.

University College Dublin (UCD) is one of Europe’s leading research-intensive universities. The university was established in 1854 and was renamed "University College Dublin - National University of Ireland, Dublin" in 1998.  Originally located in the city center, most of the university's faculties have since been relocated to a 370-acre park campus at Belfield, four kilometres south of the city.

UCD is Ireland’s largest university with almost 25,000 students. UCD is home to over 5,000 international students and, in addition, places great emphasis on the internationalisation of the Irish student experience – preparing all UCD students for future employment and life that crosses borders, boundaries and cultures.

For more program information, please visit the program website. This program is sponsored by:IFSA-Butler.


The program is open to Purdue students who have completed at least two semesters of university study by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity and a desire to experience another culture.

GPA Requirement: 2.8 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit
Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Liberal Arts][Krannert School of Management][College of Health and Human Sciences][College of Science][Interdisciplinary and Special Programs]
Specifically from: ENTR (Interdisciplinary & Special Programs)

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

Students apply to one college or program at UCD and take the majority or all of their classes within that college or program.

Regarding the Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program: Click here for a list of the specific classes that have been approved for the Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program.


Excursions included in the IFSA program fee are:

  • Adventure Weekend at Killary Harbour in rural Connemara:  Activities include water skiing, clay-pigeon shooting, laser combat, tubing, hill walking, high-rope challenges and kayaking
  • 4-day Northern Ireland weekend:  Includes tour of Belfast, day tour of Derry city/Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge, Dunluce Castle, Antrim coastline, and Giants Causeway.
  • Cultural activities and excursions in Dublin


Housing is in one of seven residential complexes on campus or in IFSA-Butler-operated housing a short commute away. In all housing, students purchase or prepare their own meals.

Estimated Program Costs

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

The IFSA-Butler program fee includes tuition for UCD's courses in liberal arts, business, or sport & exercise; excursions & special events; orientation; a host family visit; and many helpful, additional services.

Additional fees apply for coursework in science, pre-med, or nursing. Please see IFSA's website for the additional expenses. 

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Spring 2020

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee$17,400.00
Study Abroad Fee$914.00
Purdue International Insurance (per month)$32.00
Program Discount for Purdue Students- $2,000.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare$1,000.00
Local Transportation$430.00
Books and Supplies$430.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 -$2,080.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos)$175.00

Financial Aid

IFSA-Butler offers a monthly payment plan option for its fees as well as scholarships. Please see its website for more information.

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline.  To insure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an on-line application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Most Fall Semester Programs Mar 1
Most Spring Semester Programs Sep 15

Returnees Information

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email

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