We offer dedicated support services to our international students to assist with the transition to life at UCD Smurfit School.

Jola Meagher

Jola Meagher

International Students Liaison Officer


Some students will require an entry visa for Ireland. All students from outside the EU/EEA must comply with Irish immigration requirements, which can be different for every country.  Please visit this link for further information.

Stamp 1G

The Third Level Graduate Programme (Stamp 1G) allows non-EU/EEA students who have graduated* from Irish higher education institutions after 1st January 2017, with a Level 8 or above degree (bachelor’s, masters or doctorate), to remain in Ireland to seek employment.  Please visit this link for more information on the Stamp 1G programme

*While the INIS regulations refer to ‘graduated’, students generally apply for this scheme following the issuing of successful examination/degree results. In UCD the graduation ceremony takes place some months after the issuing of results.

The UCD International Students' Society (ISS) was voted 2013 Society of the Year and welcomes all nationalities. The society has a local branch in UCD Smurfit School.

Among the activities organised are:

  • free coffee afternoons
  • diverse cultural and social events
  • discounted trips around Ireland & Europe

ISS is your opportunity to meet new people from all over the globe.

To get involved please email iss@ucd.ie

The UCD Global Lounge located in the International Office on the main Belfield Campus provides state of the art facilities, these include:

  • Over 350 international TV stations
  • Wireless headsets to listen to individual TV stations
  • X box Kinect with games
  • A dedicated space for seminars, talks, exhibitions and other events including national day celebrations, movie nights, career workshops and open mic evenings to name a few
  • A friendly and relaxed environment to meet informally with friends

Opening hours during term time for the UCD Global Lounge are:

Monday - Friday: 09:00 to 21:00
Saturday: 14:00 to 18:00

Sunday: 16:30 to 21:00

Booking form available here.

The university experience is all about getting involved and getting active, trying something new, having fun and making some great friends and memories along the way. There are over 70 societies on campus, for full lists please click here.  

Whether you want to try out a new sport or continue training in a sport you are already familiar with, UCD sports clubs invite you to get involved and have fun. You can join most sports clubs at any time throughout the year and the majority of the clubs organise new member and/or introductory training sessions. A list of active clubs in UCD can be found here.

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