Activities & Excursions

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One of the goals of The Program is to foster the development of a tightly-knit community. One avenue for community-building is programming, planned by both UCD and staff. International Student Advisors (ISAs) are involved in planning weekly, free or low-cost activities to encourage students to come together for some fun. Please note that the following are examples from past years, and that programming varies from year to year.

Sligo from NUin Ireland on Vimeo. Activities & Excursions

  • Weekend in Sligo - Students stay at the Gyreum Ecolodge and explore the natural world while trying new experiences like surfing and paddleboarding. Check out the video above, made by our 2012 ISAs!
  • Day Trip to Cork - While in Cork, students have the opportunity to visit the Blarney Castle and kiss the Blarney Stone!
  • Kayaking on the Liffey - This is a unique opportunity to see Dublin by kayak on the River Liffey for an afternoon of exploration.
  • Newgrange - Students explore mesolithic tombs olde rthan the pyramids and more mysterious than Stonehenge.
  • Family Dinners - Students and staff gather together to have dinner at various places around Dublin.

UCD-Sponsored Activities & Excursions

  • West of Ireland - This study tour brings students to see popular sites such as the Cliffs of Moher, the Aran Islands, Galway City, Connemara, and Kylemore Abbey.
  • Viking Splash Tour - Viking era Dublin comes alive for students as they tour it by land and water.
  • National Leprechaun Museum - Students becorme a part of the story as they explore Irish folklore.
  • Howth - Students stroll along County Dublin's picturesque seaside cliffs and take time to stop by the local farmer's market.
  • Northern Ireland - Another study tour takes students to the north to visit Giant's Causeway, the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, and the famous murals of Belfast & Londonderry.
  • Rugby Match - Students are treated to a great seat at the Leinster vs. Zebre rugby game.