On-site Orientation

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All N.U.in Ireland: UCD students participate in an orientation program once they arrive in Dublin. This orientation introduces participants to their new neighborhood and to the services available at University College Dublin, builds community amongst the group, and reviews academic policies and expectations. An additional Service-Learning session provides students with all of the information that they will need to be prepared for this element of the program. Students will also participate in Fresher's Week at UCD.


During the orientation, students receive a housing welcome and walking tour of their neighborhood, Belfield. Registration and academic sessions are also offered, with certain meals provided for students, including a welcome dinner during the first few days. A bus tour of Dublin takes place early on in the week, which gives the students a chance to get to know the city and their classmates better before classes commence. A tour of UCD facilities and buildings, and an additional supplementary introduction to college workshop is provided as part of the comprehensive orientation. A guest presentation from the GARDA (Irish Police) on safety abroad gives students further understanding of their surroundings and how to stay safe in a new culture.

A day-long excursion to Howth and a day trip to Causey Farm in Meath round out the orientation experience and foster socialization and inclusiveness.