University College Dublin



University College Dublin is the largest university in Ireland and was founded in 1854 as the Catholic University of Ireland. It was renamed University College Dublin in 1882 and is mostly located at a campus at Belfield to the south of the city centre. There are currently more than 33,000 students including 9,500 international students, making it the most international Irish university.

It has been ranked in the top 200 global universities in the QS World University Rankings and top 250 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. In the QS and Times Higher Education national rankings in Ireland, University College Dublin ranks second and third respectively. It has also been named the number one university in Ireland by US News & World for the last two years.

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University College Dublin’s main campus is set within 133 hectares of parkland. The city itself has topped Conde Nast lists of Europe’s friendliest cities, ensuring that international students will receive a warm welcome. On the Global Peace Index Ireland is ranked 12th in the world as well as 22nd in the World Happiness Index.

The university has a wide range of world class facilities including the O'Brien Centre for Science, Sutherland School of Law, Lochlan Quinn School of Business, Moore Centre for Business and the Student Centre.

There are more than 70 student societies, offering something for everyone. Film fans can enjoy exclusive screenings at the UCD Cinema on campus with with 3D, HD digital and 35mm compatibility and superb surround sound.


University College Dublin is ranked number 1 in Ireland for graduate employability by QS World Rankings and has been in first place for five consecutive years. These rankings are based on Employer Reputation, Alumni Outcomes, Partnerships with Employers, Employer-Student Connections and Graduate Employment Rate. Its Careers Network aims to enable and empower individuals to develop the skills, self-confidence and attitudes needed to flourish in learning and work. This is done through careers workshops, interview skills preparation, 1-2-1 sessions with experts, career mentoring, internships and volunteering.



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