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Study Abroad Spotlight: University College Dublin


This week we are going to learn about University College Dublin, Ireland’s largest university! 


School: University College Dublin (UCD) – Quinn School of Business

Location: Dublin, Ireland

Program Terms: Fall Semester, Spring Semester

Language of Instruction: English

Housing: Dormitory/Residence

Program Advisor: Christine Hollenhorst [email protected]

Prerequisites: Either GLS 101, 102, 110, 114, 116, or any ML course

Santander Scholarship Available!





General Overview: UCD was originally founded in 1851 and was reorganized in 1881. It is now part of the National University of Ireland system and includes branches in other areas of Ireland. UCD is located in the southern suburbs of Dublin on a 350 acre campus called Belfield. The UCD School of Business was established in 1908.

Academics: The academic setting at The School of Business is a mix of formal lectures and classes. Upper level year courses will have smaller lectures of around 50 students whereas first and second year course could have up to 200-400 students. All Bentley students studying at UCD may take four or five courses and everyone must take an Irish History and Culture course (SBUS 30010). There are also two great special program features at UCD for Bentley students including Service Learning and the World Trade Centre Dublin Internship Program!

List of Previously Approved Classes at CBS can be found here!


I was lucky enough to get a little bit of help from fellow Peer Advisor Katie Miller who studied abroad at UCD in the fall of her junior year. Here are some of her thoughts!

Social Scene: There is a pub on campus that many students frequent in between classes. When the weather is nice there is a beautiful pond and a lot of green space where students can hang out and relax or study. The student center on campus is also a place to hang out with friends and catch up. There are food places in the student center for students to grab a bite to eat.

Transportation and Travel: Dublin doesn’t really have a metro system but they have a bus system which runs throughout the city. There is a bus that comes to UCD and goes pretty much all over Dublin; however, it only runs until 11pm. The bus and walking are the two most popular methods of transportation recommended. The Dublin Airport is about 20 minutes away from UCD’s campus and students can get there easily by the bus/Airport Coach. Cabs tend to be expensive so if you take them try to share!

Some Recommended Places to Go:

For Food: Hairy Lemon, Joe Burger, Café en Siene, Abrakababra, Thai Yum

Bars/Clubs/Pubs:  Mssrs., Peter’s Pub, Temple Bar, Wholshed, Poterhouse, Gogarty’s

The Palace: Really fun club with great dancing music. Drinks are on the expensive side (but so is everything in Dublin). There is no cover to get in and it’s a pretty young crowd. This is best on Friday nights.

Flannery’s: It’s a combination of a pub and a club. There are two floors for dancing. Friday night is oldies music which can be fun but Saturday night is more common. 

Site Seeing: St. Stevens Green, Grafton Street, Guinness Factory, Jameson Distillery, Trinity College, The Dublin Castle, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Croke Park, Phoenix Park/Dublin Zoo



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Bentley University Class of 2013 Candidate for a B.S. in Marketing Minor in Information Design and Corporate Communication
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