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UK Partner: Celtic Blue: University College Dublin (Arcadia)
Dublin, Ireland (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Partner Website: Click to visit
Restrictions: UK applicants only
Program Cost and Budget Academic Year,
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2017 10/15/2016 ** Rolling Admission 01/14/2017 05/20/2017
NOTE: Dates approximated based on Spring 2016 semester dates. Spring 2017 dates will be updated when available.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be notified of acceptance into this program and will then need to complete post-decision materials prior to departing for the program.
Fact Sheet:
Experience Type:
Study Abroad
Area of Study:
Agriculture, Agriculture Engineering, Animal Sciences, Biology, Dietetics & Human Nutrition, English, Food Science, Forestry, Gender and Women's Studies, History, Kinesiology, Plant and Soil Science, Psychology
Course Language:
Minimum Language Requirement:
Housing Options:
2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior
Minimum GPA:
Student Type:
Undergraduate students only
UK Travel Medical Insurance:
Provided by program partner
Program Description:

$1,000 scholarships available for UK students!

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Program Overview
University College Dublin (UCD) combines the excitement of living in Dublin with the convenience of studying at a suburban campus. With over 25,000 students on its 300 acre site, only 3 miles from thecenter of Dublin, UCD offers the housing, entertainment, and recreational facilities you expect to find on a campus. Some of the subjects students can choose from include architecture, history, English literature, languages, politics, economics, geography, music, philosophy, biology, chemistry, physics and engineering. Typically students will take six courses per semester earning 15 semester hours of credit. Beyond campus, you’ll have all of Dublin to explore! Dublin’s graceful architecture and lush gardens make it an attractive capital city. Noted for its support of the arts, Dublin recently added the Writer’s museum (which commemorates Irish contributions to literature) to its long list of cultural amenities including numerous theaters, museums, art galleries and cinemas.

University of Kentucky, in partnership with Arcadia University, introduces Celtic Blue – a unique study abroad experience in Ireland and Scotland. Students can complete courses and/or an internship during the semester or summer, while drawing connections between Celtic lands and Kentucky. The heritage of Celtic culture is evident in Kentucky culture - whether in music, art, language, or folklore - and students will have the opportunity to study and encounter these connections directly.

Co-curricular Learning Certificate
One of the most important and potentially challenging aspects of the study-abroad experience is creating a meaningful engagement with the culture of the host country. Arcadia’s Co-curricular Learning Certificate (CLC) offers students a formal incentive for your not-for-credit development. This is Arcadia's way of recognizing thoughtful participation, reflection and rich learning achieved from getting involved in the local culture and communities. Read about other students' CLCs in blogs, or as published works in IMPACT magazine.

Possible CLC themes in Ireland include Roots of Irish America, Gaelic Language, Irish Identity, and Irish Campus Life. Students may also work with the on-site staff to design their own CLC theme.

- $1,000 scholarships available for UK students!
- Choose courses from among UCD's seven colleges: Arts, Celtic Studies and Human Sciences; Quinn School of Business; Engineering and Architecture; Agriculture, Food Science and Nutrition; and Science.
- Complete a Co-curricular Learning Certificate (CLC) – document your experiences in words, video or pictures - show graduate schools and employers how your activities have impacted you.
- Engage both local and other international students - with over 26,000 students, UCD is the largest university in Ireland, with the most international student body.

Academic Credit
Students will earn transfer credit from Arcadia University. For all successfully completed courses, the credit hours, course title and course equivalency will be indicated on the UK transcript. Students must complete the coursework during this program according to the established guidelines by Arcadia University. The grades earned will be important to progression in future academic endeavors, including graduate or professional school; however the grades earned will NOT be indicated on the UK transcript. For more information visit the UK Education Abroad Academic Credit website.

- PRIOR to participating on this program, students must complete an Academic Approval Form (AAF). The AAF indicates how the course will be used, or course equivalency, once they are transferred back to UK. Instructions on how to complete the AAF are included in application materials. 
- Upon completion of the term abroad, the transcript should be sent to the UK Education Abroad office. Once received, Education Abroad staff will facilitate the transfer of credits to UK. 
- All students will be enrolled in EAP 599: Study Abroad (1 credit hour) at UK during their term abroad. 

Student Life
The UCD campus stretches through the southern Dublin suburbs and offers students a contained and practical environment in which to learn and live, while the culture opportunities of Dublin’s city center are only a short ride away. Students will be housed in on-campus, apartment-style flats with single bedrooms and shared living room, kitchen, and bathrooms. Student flats may be co-ed and are located only a short walk to the UCD Arts Building and Quinn School of Business. Each flat is self-catered and students should expect to go off-campus for their shopping needs. Laundry facilities are available within the housing complex. Wireless internet access is provided and public phones are available within the complex. Please also see Arcadia's general Ireland Accommodation information.
Scholarships & Financial Aid
Students are strongly encouraged to explore multiple funding opportunities for programs abroad. There are numerous opportunities available based on area of study, program type, length and country of destination. Smaller scholarships can often be "stacked" together to help fund education abroad.
$1,000 scholarships available for UK students! 
- UK Education Abroad Scholarship - a campus wide selection committee awards needs-based scholarships to UK students in amounts of $750, $1,000 & $1,500. The deadline to apply is March 1 for Summer/Fall programs and October 1 for Spring/Winter programs.
- Arcadia offers additional scholarships for participation on this program. Please visit the UK EA website for Arcadia Scholarships for more information. 
- Usually, financial aid (scholarships, loans and grants) used for on-campus study can be applied to education abroad programs. Students who qualify for financial aid should consult with UK Financial Aid as soon as possible to identify possible financial aid opportunities. 

For more information about scholarship and funding resources, please visit the UK Education Abroad Financial Aid & Scholarships website.

Program Costs
Costs and cancellation policies vary by program. Please see the "Program Cost and Budget" information page in the program header at the top of this website. Be sure to consider the associated UK costs, program specifications, and related travel expenses. 

UCD3aRequired Applications
Students must complete two applications to participate in this program - one to UK Education Abroad and one to Arcadia. For the Arcadia application, click the "Partner Website" link at the top of this page. 

Passport & Visa Requirements
Participants must have a passport valid for at least 6 months after the expected date of return to the U.S. The Wildcat Passport Acceptance Facility accepts U.S. passport applications. For more information about U.S. passport applications, please visit the U.S. Department of State website.

U.S. Passport holders are not required to obtain a visa to participate on this program, but will be required to obtain a residency permit upon entry. For more visa information, visit the country's Department of State information site. It is strongly advised that students work with a visa expediting service, such as ABriggs or VisaHQ. Non-U.S. passport holders must investigate the visa regulations of the host country's embassy as well as the associated regulations for their current U.S. student visa. 

Health & Safety Abroad
All participants of this program will be enrolled in Travel Medical Insurance for the duration of the program. Participants wishing to travel before or after the official program dates are strongly encouraged to purchase additional coverage for the extended travel dates. Please see the UK Education Abroad Health & Safety website for more information.

All students will participate in UK pre-departure orientation activities. Students will often participate in orientation activities upon arrival in the host country as well. In addition to pre-departure orientations, students will have access to on-going orientation resources during and after their program to maximize the intercultural and intellectual learning potential at each phase of the education abroad experience. Students are strongly encouraged to independently research their host country. Participants should consider the history, current politics, social media outlets, tourism boards, etc. 

Diversity Abroad
In support of the University of Kentucky's compelling interest in the educational benefit of diversity within the UK Student body, UK Education Abroad encourages all students to apply for an education abroad program that best suits their academic and personal needs. For more information, please see our diversity abroad resources, here.

For More Information
For additional information about the program, please contact:
EA Peer Ambassadors, Education Abroad Resource Center, 315 Bradley Hall - Walk ins are welcome Monday-Friday 9am - 5pm
EA Advisors assist students according to academic major. To find your EA Advisor, visit EA Contact Us.

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