Dublin City University
Dublin City University (DCU) is a progressive and rapidly growing university. Located just outside of the capital city of Dublin, DCU’s large main campus and many satellite campuses attract international students from all over the world. If you want to combine an innovative and forward-thinking university with the fun and adventure of student life in Dublin, then DCU will tick all the boxes.
DCU is a young university. Founded in 1980, it has built a strong reputation for innovation, research and sustainability. It has ranked consistently in the Times Higher Education Top 100 universities under 50 years old, and attracts more and more students every year. The student population has grown by over 50% in the last five years, and one reason is the high graduate employment rate which is 19th in the world according to the 2020 QS Graduate Employability Rankings.
DCU’s culture is progressive and forward-thinking. In 2017, DCU received the Athena Swan Bronze Award for gender equality, and in 2018 it became the world’s first autism-friendly university. In 2019 the university was shortlisted for a Sustainable Energy award for its progress in energy efficiency and its plans to be carbon-neutral in the future.
Ashoka U has designated DCU a ‘Changemaker Campus’ for its work in social entrepreneurship, and the university is a member of the European Consortium of Innovative Universities (ECIU), a network committed to innovation and entrepreneurship.
DCU has five main faculties which together offer over 70 taught programs. Humanities and Social Sciences, Science and Health, Engineering and Computing, Education, and the DCU Business School all have their own modern facilities and excellent standalone reputations.
The DCU Business School has AACSB accreditation which has been earned by less than five percent of the world’s business schools.
The Politics & International Studies program, as well as Communication & Media Studies, are ranked in the top 200 in the world for their subject area (QS World University Subject rankings 2019). The DCU Communications program is considered the best in Ireland and many DCU alumni hold high profile positions in the media including Anne-Marie Tomchak, Digital Director at British Vogue, Noel Curran, Director-General of the European Broadcasting Union, and Laura Whitmore, MTV and ITV Presenter.
DCU’s engineering schools are well known for the research expertise of staff, state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, and industry collaboration.
The DCU campus
DCU is located 20 minutes north of Dublin City with regular bus services to and from the city centre. The main 72-acre campus has a strong community feel and here you’ll find the new Student Centre, a huge library, campus residences, cafes, restaurants and bars, and The Helix; the award-winning conference and event venue. There’s always a buzz on campus and over 100 Clubs and Societies to join.
DCU’s sports complex is one of the best in the country with a 25 meter swimming pool and spa, superb fitness gym, basketball courts, squash courts and a sprint track.
Courses to study in DCU
DCU makes the course choice for international students really simple with five ‘Study Abroad’ streams. The five streams match the five DCU faculties so you can study a subject related to your Major and complement it with a range of other hand-picked modules. Each semester offers up to 30 ECTS credits, the equivalent of 18 US credits.
DCU has two academic semesters. Semester 1 is from late September to late January, while Semester 2 is from early February to late May.
Exploring Dublin and beyond
Dublin appears on every list of the world’s friendliest cities, and once you get here you’ll see why. Nowhere else combined the welcoming atmosphere and chatty locals of a town and the endless calendar of festivals, music and cultural events of a big city. Dublin has a high concentration of students and many of those are international. They rave about Dublin’s diversity, cracking nightlife, world-class museums and walkability – it really is perfectly sized for a capital city.
Ireland is an ideal base for exploring the rest of Europe during your stay. DCU is 20 minutes from Dublin airport, and from there London is an hour’s flight away. Regular, short hop flights mean you can do Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam and other European cities in a weekend.