IFSA-Butler: University College Dublin

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Academic Program

Students at UCD are only permitted to apply for admission to one college or program within the university. Students must take the majority of their courses within their college or chosen program. The credit system at Irish universities varies from the US and students typically take 5-7 courses per semester to equal 15 semester units or 3.75 courses at Scripps. Because most classes carry .5 Scripps credit, students must obtain permission from the corresponding department at Scripps, to combine two courses from the same department in order to fulfill a major or minor requirement.

  • Fields of study: Courses in either the College of Arts and Human Sciences, the College of Sciences, or the American Studies program (spring only)
  • Eligibility: 9.0 cumulative GPA. In order to qualify for upper division courses, 3-4 courses should be completed in the intended field of study prior to participation.
  • Size of the student body: 22000

Living Arrangements

Students live in university residences or flats, sharing bathroom and kitchen facilities with 3-4 other students. Students shop for and prepare their own meals with a stipend provided by Scripps, based on the IFSA Butler recommendation.

Term Dates

  • Fall: Mid-September to mid-December
  • Spring: Mid-January to mid-June


  • Advising Tips: Most IFSA Butler programs require a faculty reference but not all, depending on the university partner. Contact a program adviser for specific program requirements. The Irish credit system typically requires students to take 6 classes that total 3.75 courses at Scripps.
  • Visa Information: After acceptance, your program will provide you with specifics about the visa required. The embassy site will have information on visa requirements for planning purposes.
  • Budget Planning: For budget planning purposes, click here to view the current cost of living comparison between Dublin and Los Angeles.
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