The best thing about my semester abroad: "...was the opportunity I had to immerse myself in Irish culture and make Irish friends." Fall 2014
Since 1954, CALS has offered their students unique opportunities to study abroad via the CALS Exchange program. CALS students are able integrate themselves into a partner university abroad, taking classes and living alongside degree-seeking students. The CALS Exchange programs are rooted in, and in many cases designed by, CALS faculty affiliated to an international academic institution or university department that complements your academic program. Students who have previously gone on exchange have found it to be a rewarding experience as it has added an international dimension to their degree, challenged them academically and facilitated the development of new skills, and enhanced their personal growth and self-confidence.
This exchange program is suitable to nearly all CALS major, especially for undergraduate students majoring in Animal Science, Agricultural Sciences, Biology, Biometry, Environment and Sustainability, Food Science, Horticulture, Nutritional Science, or Plant Science. Students in majors outside of those recommended may also be able to participate, depending on your interests and academic needs.
What is unique about this program?
University College Dublin is Ireland’s largest and most richly diversified university. Through an agreement between the 1) College of Agriculture, Food Science & Veterinary Medicine and 2) the College of Science at University College Dublin (UCD) and CALS, undergraduate students may apply to enroll directly in the two colleges with which we exchange at UCD for a semester or a year.
UCD is a vibrant, modern university of approximately 25,000 students situated on a spacious campus about 3 miles to the south of Dublin city center. It is ranked in the top 1% of the world's universities. UCD offers award-winning facilities and has been ranked Nr. 1 #1 For Research in Ireland (Times Higher Education Ranking, 2016). With over 100 clubs and student societies, UCD has something for everyone.
What is unique about Dublin?
Located on the western edge of Europe, Ireland is an island in the North Atlantic. Dublin is Ireland's largest and most diverse city, and one of the most visited cities in Europe. Dublin is home to 1.5 million people and is the center of the political, diplomatic, administrative and commercial life of the country. With a young and cosmopolitan population, the city is known for its friendly, open, and welcoming people.
We encourage you to reach out to past participants with inquiries regarding your host country and their experiences. The advisor would be happy to introduce you via email.
To read more about past participants experiences in Wageningen, visit the following links:
- Student Reports (available in 140 Roberts Hall)
"The International Office is very helpful and accessible at UCD for questions and also offers a wide variety of opportunity for social activities and events. If you are not interested in socializing through the international office there are clubs and sports at the university and the Irish students welcome international students to participate." Fall 2014, Major: Biological Sciences
"The University College Dublin is a fantastic place for your study abroad experience. I found that the classes lined up with my program very well and the campus environment was very enjoyable. I met some amazing people and got to travel all over Europe. i loved my experience and would highly recommend choosing this school!" Fall 2016, Major: Animal Science
How do I apply?
Step One: Attend a CALS Study Abroad 101 Session
• These meetings cover policies and factors to consider when selecting a program, the study abroad application and approval process, and other important information. You can find the schedule here.
Step Two: Meet with a CALS Exchange Advisor
• The CALS exchange advisor meets personally with every student interested in going on an exchange. In this meeting, you will have the opportunity to ask any questions you might have and the advisor will help you select the program that fits your interests best. Appointments can be made here.
Step Three: Application
• Apply for the CALS Exchange Program by clicking on the "Apply" button on this webpage. You can apply on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this webpage
• As part of your application, you need to get the proposed courses you want to take abroad signed off by your major advisor AND a CALS advisor
Step Four: Nomination
• Once your application is complete, our office will contact you with next steps.
For additional information on this program please refer to the UCD website.