University College Dublin English Language Standalone Program

Language Standalone
Globally Recognized
Delivery Method:
In-Person
Duration:
Multi Term, Single Term

About the Program

Established in 1854, University College Dublin has a long tradition of teaching and research excellence. An ambitious and innovative university, it ranks in the world’s top higher-education institutions. In more than 130 hectares of expansive parkland estate, and just a short hop from Dublin city center, the state-of-the-art campus has everything you need for a rewarding university experience.

Ireland’s best attractions are all within easy reach of Dublin

70-plus student-led clubs and societies at to keep you busy outside of...

Dublin is a literary town, producing world-famous authors like Oscar Wilde

James Joyce, Colm Tóibín, Mairead McGuinness, V. V. Giri all studied here

Program Advisor

Saffy Winter
SAFFY
Your Student Counselor is your study abroad ambassador and supporter. They join your application journey when you’ve confirmed you’re interested in studying abroad. At this point, they guide you through each stage of the application, notify you of the documents you need, let you know when your admission results are in, and walk you through the next steps, including class enrollment and organizing pre-arrival tests.
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At a Glance

Language of Instruction:
English
Language Prerequisite Level:
None
Academic Level:
Undergraduate
Academic Strengths:
Biological & Physical Sciences, Archaeology, Language, Linguistics & Cultural Studies, English, Literature
Housing:
Homestay
Visa Required:
Maybe

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WHAT STUDENTS SAY

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When I'm in Tokyo, I'm surrounded by tall buildings and many people, but in Dublin it felt like time slowed and I could live comfortably.

University College Dublin SAF Alumni

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About the University

University College Dublin

Established in 1854, University College Dublin has a long tradition of teaching and research excellence, and it ranks in the world’s top one percent of higher education institutions. The campus encompasses an expansive parkland estate, providing ample space for its facilities and students. The main campus is downtown, but public transportation makes it easy for you to explore Ireland’s capital and largest city and mingle with the locals in this vibrant, popular literary town.

Learn more at University College Dublin's official website

Academics

University College Dublin's Academic Approach

UCD has over 180 years of teaching and research excellence. The university is ranked in the world’s top 1% of higher education institutions, offering a blend of English language learning support with cultural education. You will improve your English abilities while getting an in depth understanding of Irish culture and its people.

Courses

Classroom Hours

In 20 hours per week, your study four hours of English per day, Monday to Friday, two courses per day of two hours each.  

  • English for Academic Purposes components
  • Academic Skills components
  • Grammar and Vocabulary for Academic and Everyday Life seminars
  • Information and Communication technology skills
  • Induction to university life and systems
  • Irish Culture and Society Workshops

If you attend 25 or more weeks of English language courses at UCD, you are required to take an IELTS exam at the end of the term at the UCD ALC IELTS Test Exam Centre (UCD will register you if appropriate).

*SAF program fee tuition rate is based upon enrollment in 20 hours of language instruction per week. 

Language Levels

There are six levels, each running between 10 and 15 weeks.

Get To Know Our Application Process

From academics to visa requirements, our structured process helps you choose the right program and university for your goals. Complete a strong application, and prepare for success abroad.

Personalize Your Study Abroad Plan With Your SAF Counselor

Each student has unique academic goals for a study abroad experience. As you think about studying abroad, your SAF Counselor will help you plan for success and support you every step of the way.

Application Requirements

When applying to study abroad, you must meet the entry requirements set by the host university—and SAF is here to set you up for success.

The requirements outlined in this section include the language proficiency scores you may need to demonstrate your language skills, a guide to the GPA range and other academic prerequisites required by your host university, and a list of documentation and other application materials you will need to finalize your application. You may need to supply additional information throughout the process, and you will be alerted through your emails and SAF Student Portal if this is the case for you.
  • Language Proficiency
  • Academics & GPA
  • Application Documents & Materials

Language Test Score Requirements

A language test when you arrive determines your skill level. 

Learn More About Language Requirements

Program Dates

When studying abroad, you will want to consider the time of year and how long you are away. Most programs follow the host university's academic calendar.

The dates shown below are general estimates, and as you get closer to the start of the term, you will get more detailed information from SAF. If you have any questions, your Student Counsellor and Program Specialist are always here to support you and point you to the correct information.

Spring 2023 + Summer 2023

Program dates:
Late March - Early August
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:
17,180

Spring 2023 + Summer 2023 + Fall 2023

Program dates:
Late March - Mid December
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:
24,650

Spring 2023 + Summer 2023 + Fall 2023 + Winter 2024

Program dates:
Late March - Mid March
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:
31,270

Fall 2022

Program dates:
Late August - Mid December
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:
10,280

Fall 2022 + Winter 2023

Program dates:
Late August - Mid March
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:
17,450

Fall 2022 + Winter 2023 + Spring 2023

Program dates:
Late August - Early June
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:
22,580

Housing Information

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Homestay

During your time in Dublin, you become part of a homestay family, sharing in the day-to-day life of your English-speaking hosts. You have your own private bedroom, and share a bathroom, kitchen, and common area with your family, who provide you with 16 meals a week.

The SAF program fee includes break-stay housing if you stay for more than one semester. It does not include early arrival housing.

About Dublin

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Why Dublin

Dublin, Ireland’s capital and largest city, is a culturally rich place to study. From its historic roots and ancient castle to modern buildings and attractions, it is a vibrant, popular literary town with a very friendly welcome. Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Dropbox have all made their European home, here, too.

Learn more about Dublin

Student Health & Safety

We champion health, safety, and security. As part of IES Abroad, the largest study abroad organization in the United States, we have set the standard for health and safety in study abroad for decades. We plan for the ‘what if’, so you can get on with the experience of a lifetime.
International Health Insurance

International health insurance included in the cost of your program

24/7 Emergency Phone Support

Total coverage to support you while traveling and in your new city

Location-Specific Information

Health and safety information prepared based on your destination

Health In Your Language

Highly trained multilingual staff to connect you to healthcare providers

Secure Housing

Quality, safe, secure housing within close proximity to your classes

Dedicated Expertise

Protection by a Dean of Students Office advocating for your interests

Orientation

On Arrival

Your SAF pre-departure process will arm you with all the information you need for a smooth arrival to your new campus, city, and country.

To Housing

Your SAF program will include a safe transfer from your arrival airport to your new study abroad housing. We'll even provide you with top tips to make the most of your new city!

Home Sweet Home

Your SAF Program Specialist will coordinate with you to ensure you have arrived safely and settled into your new secure housing.

Keeping You Safe

As you settle in, you will learn about the SAF emergency alert system, our 24/7 phone support, and any safety concerns relevant to you.

Get Social

Your new university and SAF will arrange social and cultural events so that you can meet other study abroad and local students. Make the most of your adventure!

Advising and Support

The process of studying abroad could quickly feel overwhelming, but we have been doing this for decades and do everything we can to support you through it. 

Many SAF staff are alumni and have walked this path. They have real-life experience to draw on as they advise and support you through every step of our comprehensive services. They’re in your corner, taking care of all the details and explaining what you need to do next.

Take the first step in your study abroad journey by scheduling a consultation with your closest Student Counselor. You can discuss your for-credit academic courses and language programs and explore internships, research programs, and study tours. When you know what you want to do, we guide you through the pre-program steps, help you arrange your visa and transport, and finalize your accommodation or digital experience.

Get To Know Our Application Process

From academics to visa requirements, our structured process helps you choose the right program and university for your goals. Complete a strong application, and prepare for success abroad.

Personalize Your Study Abroad Plan With Your SAF Counselor

Each student has unique academic goals for a study abroad experience. As you think about studying abroad, your SAF Counselor will help you plan for success and support you every step of the way.

Commonly Asked Questions About Studying Abroad

Why Travel With SAF?

Studying abroad is an unforgettable experience, one that stays with you in your career, your contacts, your future. It can define you. At any of our prestigious university partners, you can build personalized for-credit programs that can last up to a whole year.

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