One of Europe's oldest nations, Ireland is a modern European country with one of the world's fastest growing economies. Dublin, its capital, has a tradition of the arts, literature, music, and a vibrant theatre scene. Travel in Ireland is made easy through the highly developed tourism support and information services. Continental Europe is within easy reach through the wide variety of air and sea connections.
Dublin is a major, cosmopolitan city with a population of more than one million people. Shopping centers, a variety of restaurants, pedestrian zones, large green squares, and extensive public transportation, make it an easy and pleasant city for students to enjoy. Historic sites such as Dublin Castle and Christ Church Cathedral contrast with a boom in new construction. The central part of the city is quite walkable and other areas are easily accessed by bus, train, or taxi.
University College Dublin (UCD) dates its origins from the foundation in 1851 of the Catholic University of Ireland. The Catholic University was reorganized in 1881, and UCD was then established as a separate entity.
The university is now part of the National University of Ireland system, including branches in Cork, Galway and Maynooth. UCD is located on a 350 acre campus called Belfield in the southern suburbs of Dublin. It is attractively landscaped and has a large complex of teaching and research facilities, student amenities and residences. UCD enrolls about 22,000 students, including some 2,000 international students.
The UCD School of Business was established in 1908, and is now the largest business school in Ireland. There are more than 80 full-time academic staff as well as part-time lecturers, drawn from both the business and public sectors. Study abroad students will study in the Quinn School of Business, the undergraduate division of the school.
Most students will be enrolled at the Quinn School, however students who are interested in taking more arts and science courses are welcome to enroll in the Arts and Sciences school. UCD follows a European standard of higher education. Courses are taught by a series of formal lectures/classes together with a strong emphasis on coursework outside class, including individual project work, group project work, computer skills, library work, and class presentations. Students may find they have more free time during the week with less day-to-day homework than they are used to, but professors may expect a great deal more from them on exams. The Quinn School uses "Small Group Teaching" in which upper-level class sizes are capped at fifty. There will likely be multiple sections of each class. Students enrolled in first- or second-year courses at Quinn may be in larger lectures with 200-400 students. Three-hour formal examinations in each class are held at the end of each semester.
Bentley students at UCD may take either four or five classes. A majority of classes must be taken in the school your are studying in (either the business school or arts and sciences), however you are welcome to take a minority of your classes in another school.
Accommodations and Meals
Program participants will live in on-campus student dormitories with Irish, American and other international students. Dormitories are self-catering with a small kitchenette. Students are placed in single rooms and bathrooms are shared. A brief overview of the residences available can be found here.
The Merville Student Residences, Belgrove Student Residences, and Roebuck Hall Residence are located on the UCD Belfield campus within a few minutes walk from the Quinn School and the main student cafeteria. A small convenience store is located in the ground floor of the Merville complex. Students are responsible for their own kitchen goods and bedding.
Service Learning: Bentley students studying at the Quinn School have an option to enroll in a three-credit Service-Learning course. The course relates theory to practice through readings, lectures, journaling, and a service placement. The program is conducted in conjunction with community partners from the non-profit public service sector. This experiential component of the study abroad program is an excellent way for students to enhance their academic experience, contribute to their host community, and more fully immerse themselves in Irish society beyond UCD.
World Trade Centre Dublin Internship: Bentley students studying at UCD have the opportunity to apply for an internship with the World Trade Centre Dublin. This is a career-enhancing opportunity to gain significant work experience in an Irish and global work environment. The WTCD encourages students to apply, regardless of major, and various aspects of the internship will be tailored to the intern's specific interests and career goals. Previous interns have completed projects in sales, marketing, business administration, social media and public relations. Most internships span several of these fields, providing the intern with a well-rounded global and general business experience. This internship is eligible for credit at Bentley; however, students may work with the internship coordinator of their department to receive major credit instead. Application details will be provided to accepted students the semester before they depart.
Previous Bentley intern Alex Hill described his internship: "While my schedule was far busier than most of my flatmates, as I worked 20 hours per week on top of my classes at UCD, I wouldn't trade away this internship for any down time in our apartment. Not only did this keep me busy during the school week, but it opened my eyes to opportunities abroad that not many of my classmates have gotten."