IFSA-University College Dublin

Program Details

Program Location Dublin, Ireland
Sponsor IFSA-Butler
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 34020
Duration Semester or
2 Semesters
Upcoming Program Dates
Fall 2024 08/28/24 to 12/22/24
Past Dates
Spring 2024 01/14/24 to 05/19/24
Page Links
Click here to apply for this program!
Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice


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 in good standing 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] [Daniels School of Business] [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. IFSA's website provides more information on courses here.

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.


Activities and excursions are designed to pull you into the communities you visit and encourage cultural connections of every kind. There’s no extra fee to participate in these optional outings—everything is included in your program fee.

Below are examples from previous terms; outings may be different for your program and are subject to change.

  • Dun Laoghaire Afternoon
  • Gaelic Games at Croke Park
  • Rugby Match at Royal Dublin Society
  • Stand-up Comedy or a Play
  • Alternative Dublin Walking Tour
  • Day Trip to the Hill of Tara and Newgrange (Brú na Boinne)
  • Kilkenny Weekend


IFSA arranges housing for you.

Students live in university-owned and operated student apartment buildings or townhouses on campus or less than five miles away. Your roommates are other visiting students, or students from Ireland or other countries.  There is no meal plan available, though you will have a kitchen.

Estimated Program Costs

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss.
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 2024

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee $17,745.00
Study Abroad Fee $914.10
Housing $5,250.00
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 $396.00
Visa $330.00
Books and Supplies $495.00
Meals $2,176.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 - $1,887.00
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 (typically an essay, transcripts, 1-2 recommendations, and copy of passport) before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline. To ensure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an online 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 studyabroad@purdue.edu.