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University College Dublin (UCD)

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GENERAL OVERVIEW

Overview of University College Dublin (UCD)

UCD was established in 1854 and is located 5km South of Dublin’s city centre. The main Belfield campus is huge and is home to around 25,000 students, including 5,000 international students. Famous alumni include the novelists Maeve Binchy, Roddy Doyle and most famously James Joyce, from the world of film; Gabriel Byrne, Brendan Gleeson, Neil Jordan and Jim Sheridan as well as the captain of Ireland’s rugby team Brian O’Driscoll. Campus Everything you need is on campus and nobody really l ...Read More

What the students say

The subject, Psychology was the correct choice for me. However I am not too sure about the University. My only other options were DCU, Maynooth or Trinity.DCU and Maynooth would be a bit too far to commute everyday and I did not bother putting down Trinity as I felt I wouldn't achieve the points (Big Mistake). In the end I could have gone to Trinity, where their Psychology course is much more in Depth and focused. In UCD at the moment I am only doing one third of my classes in Psychology, and the other two thirds on other general arts subjects such as sociology, history etc... As well as not doing pure psychology from first year, UCD also differs as it is a 3 year course, whereas the other courses in the previously mentioned colleges are 4 years. In short, I am doing 2 years of pure Psychology to get the same degree as other colleges, where they do 4 years. However from a social aspect, UCD is much better and I would prefer this to 4 years of a relatively worse social life.
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great atmosphere
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I would definitely recommend UCD to a friend. It just has so much to offer and every interest in catered for. There really is something for everyone in UCD. The atmosphere is great and despite it being such a big college you do really feel at home and comfortable there once you settle in. I would warn a friend however that it is really important to get involved in college life, be it a sport a society or class events. UCD is big and it can be daunting and feel lonely unless you put yourself out there and participate in university life.
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