You are invited to participate in a unique experience as a SUNY Oswego student--the opportuntity to spend one semester of your freshman year in Dublin as part of the UCD Freshman Program. This exciting new program allows for first year students to complete part of their general education curriculum while studying abroad at one of the top universities in the world.
Ireland is an island on the western edge of Europe and is a member of the European Union. Ireland's capital, Dublin, features a young, friendly, exciting population which allow for international visitors to feel welcomed with open arms. For more information on Dublin, click here.
University College Dublin is Ireland's largest and most richly diversified university. UCD is a vibrant, modern university of more than 24,000 students and is ranked in the top 1% of the world. Students at UCD are able to study a variety of programs including, but not limited to, business, arts, science, and engineering. Located three miles outside the city of Dublin, UCD is a traditional-style campus located on 350 acres of land, giving students a global perspective in a safe and welcoming environment. For information about UCD, read the UCD Ireland Fact Sheet.
You have been selected to paricipate on the SUNY-Oswego UCD Freshman Program. This unique experience will allow for you to start your college career in Dublin through SUNY Oswego's long-time partner, University College Dublin. While at UCD, you will be taking classes that count toward your general education requirements (see Curriculum below). UCD and SUNY Oswego provide robust academic advising and support throughout the entire semester to ensure that your semester at UCD is a success. You will have a dedicated UCD coordinator, Nicola Fortune, who you will meet at your orientation at Oswego in July and who will be your designated contact person throughout your entire semester at UCD. For more information read the Freshman Study Abroad Brochure.
A range of customized activities and events are co-ordinated for first year international and local students, giving you the opportunity to make friends and integrate with the Irish culture. To see an example of past events calendars, click here. Also, each Freshman Program participant is partnered with a current upperclassman at UCD. Where possible, these peer mentors will have spent time studying in the United States and will be able to understand the needs of study abroad students.
The UCD Freshman Program is unique in that it allows for students to take first year class from across all departments. SUNY Oswego students will complete classes in alignment with their General Education requirements to ensure that they are on track within their degree program. Students must be full time students at UCD, which means that they must take at least 4 classes. While most classes will come from the Arts, Celtic Studies, and Human Sciences faculty, classes can come from a variety of subject areas including the following:
|Agriculture, Food & Nutrition
||Nursing and Mid-Wifery
|Arts, Celtic Studies & Human Sciences
||Sport and Exercise
All students on the Freshman Program are guarenteed on-campus housing at UCD. There are a variety of living options available, including self-catered options and options with full meal plans. Prices for these options will vary. Please see UCD Residences for more information
Costs (budget sheet)
All students participating in this program are covered by the SUNY full health and accident insurance (http://www.hthtravelinsurance.com/students/benefits_abrd.cfm) as well as medical evacuation and repatriation insurance.
Students currently receiving financial aid can use their aid for overseas study, and may, in some cases, have their awards increased. Students not currently receiving financial aid may be eligible. Those interested in financial aid for this program should contact the financial aid office on their home campus.
Late applications are accepted on a space-available basis. Please contact the program coordinator for further details.
A non-refundable deposit of $250, applicable to the program cost, must be paid by the deadline to confirm your participation on the program. This is in addition to the SUNY Oswego Admission deposit that you are also required to submit. Any deviation from program requirements must be requested in writing and authorized by the Director of International Education and Programs before the final payment date.