University College Dublin
Dublin, capital of the Republic of Ireland, is on Ireland’s east coast and is home to about one million people. Dublin's elegant Georgian architecture makes it one of Europe's most attractive capitals. Dublin is a relatively small and accessible city, small enough and safe enough to get around on foot, while tram systems provide excellent transport links throughout the city. Its medieval buildings include 13th-century Dublin Castle and imposing St. Patrick’s Cathedral, founded in 1191. Temple Bar is a riverside nightlife and cultural quarter, home to the Irish Film Institute, and visitors find bustling Grafton Street a hub for shopping. With a large city Victorian park, St. Stephen’s Green provides green space in the heart of the city.
Established in 1854, University College Dublin is Ireland’s largest and most international university. Originally known as the Catholic University of Ireland and the Royal University, the university became UCD in 1908 and a constituent college of the National University of Ireland (NUI). UCD has a student population of almost 30,000. There are more than 6,000 International students from 124 countries, which is nearly 25% of the total student body.
University College Dublin brings together the disciplines of architecture, environmental policy, landscape architecture and regional and urban planning to provide a unique multidisciplinary teaching and research environment for design and policy analysis for the built and natural environment. UCD offers a range of undergraduate and graduate teaching programs that are professionally accredited by the Royal Institute of British Architects, the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland, the Royal Town Planning Institute, the Irish Planning Institute and the Irish Landscape Institute. These programs enable students to think creatively, critically and holistically about sustainable places, whether in design practice or through transferring knowledge to action in the policy and planning process. Among the expert faculty are Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Royal Gold Medal 2015 awardees Sheila O’Donnell and Professor John Tuomey, both of whom are also graduates of the School - click here for video. (Excerpt from the UCD Website)
The University at Buffalo and the University College Dublin have a formal agreement outlining an exchange program for students and faculty. Students may attend classes and a studio for one semester (spring) or one year abroad in Dublin while continuing to pay tuition at UB. Individual courses of study are developed by faculty advisors at both institutions. Up to two full-time exchange positions are open each year (two semester slots). The Dublin Exchange Program is open to Architecture majors who have completed the Junior Year, students in the 3.5 Graduate Program who have completed the first two years and students enrolled in the Graduate Program in Architecture. Please visit the UCD Course Search to research course offerings.
For more information, please also visit the UCD Department of Architecture website. UCD operates on the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). The UB Study Abroad Programs Office converts half credit for ECTS credits. For example, a 6 ECTS credit course taken at UCD will convert back as 3 UB credits. In many cases a course at UCD may be worth 5 ECTS credits which will be rounded up to 3 UB credits (not 2.5 credits). Students should enroll in a minimum of 24 ECTS credits per semester to earn 12 UB credits (full time status); however, most students enroll in 30 ECTS credits per semester to earn 15 UB credits. Please see UB Study Abroad Programs with any questions on credit conversion.
UCD provides on-campus accommodation for over 2,800 students in residence halls and student apartments, where students will have a single bedroom with shared living space. As rooms are limited and on-campus housing is not guaranteed, exchange students are strongly encouraged to apply for housing as soon as they’ve been accepted. More details surrounding types of accommodations available, costs and payment polities, and locations may be found in the International Student Handbook (pages 27-33).
For students who do not secure on-campus housing or wish to live off-campus, the UCD Residences Off-Campus Office will advise you on off-campus options.
Estimated costs for this program can be found at the top of this page next to Budget Sheets by clicking on the term.
UB students are encouraged to apply for study abroad scholarships. To learn more about the scholarships available to UB students, please visit our scholarships page.
Fall Semester: Early September – Late December
Spring Semester: Mid January – Late May
Academic Year: March 15
Spring Semester: October 1
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Visit the UCD website.
Also, please contact the University at Buffalo Faculty Program Director:
Professor Ken MacKay