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About Our Dublin Program

The program's purpose is to afford eligible ILR undergraduate students opportunities to enhance their understanding of various international dimensions of the field of industrial and labor relations through courses taught by leading scholars at one of Europe's most vibrant and dynamic universities.

The curriculum, which reflects a special emphasis on illuminating the most urgent and compelling issues of work and workplace relations affecting the twenty-eight member nations of the world's largest trading bloc, the European Union, is a joint design of ILR and UCD faculty members.

Students enrolled in the ILR/UCD Semester in Dublin Program will earn ILR credits through both required and elective coursework especially designed by ILR and UCD faculty members.  Students will also take a highly-praised course in Irish history and culture that is specifically designed to provide a frame of reference for international students seeking to understand the vibrant and dynamic nation that Ireland is today.

The ILR School strives to provide the knowledge, skills and tools necessary for students to successfully prepare and participate in the ILR/UCD Semester in Dublin Program.  We require several pre-departure orientations, and provide referrals to relevant university offices including the Office of Financial Aid, the Bursar's Office, Disability Support Services, the Office of Student Services, and the Office of Career Services, among many others.

In addition to the support services offered by staff at the ILR School, we have arranged for our students to have their own academic liaison while at University College Dublin.  Dr. Roland Erne, a professor of Industrial Relations at the Lochlann Quinn School of Business, will provide academic support to our students during their semester in Dublin.  UCD also has a well-staffed study abroad office, headed by Ms. Madeline Molyneaux, that will see to any programmatic and personal needs that students require assistance in meeting.


Eligibility for the ILR/UCD Semester in Dublin Program will be determined on the basis of class standing, academic performance and educational motivation. Participation will be limited to ILR juniors and seniors; applicants must have a Grade Point Average of 3.0 or higher; and, applicants must explain how a semester of study in Dublin will enhance their education and facilitate their career development.

All admissions decisions will be made by the Managing Director of ILR Off-Campus Credit Programs following consultations with appropriate faculty and staff of University College Dublin and in accordance with previously established enrollment limitations.


Students enrolled in the ILR/UCD Semester in Dublin Program will pay the same tuition charged during a semester in residence on the Ithaca campus. The differential costs of tuition set by Cornell University on the basis of residence or non-residence in New York State will remain in force.


ILR students enrolled in the ILR/UCD Semester in Dublin Program are guaranteed on-campus housing. At their option, however, students may also live in off-campus housing arranged through UCD. The cost of on-campus housing is set annually by UCD. The semester cost of on-campus housing, which consists of a private room in a three or four person apartment with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities, is approximately $5,500 USD (depending on exchange rates) plus $750 USD refundable housing deposit (less any cleaning or damage charges if necessary). Final cost will be determined by the specific residence hall you select.

The estimated cost of off-campus housing, which is available in privately-owned houses and apartments throughout the greater Dublin area, is approximately $6,000 USD  including all utilities (depending on exchange rates) plus $750 USD refundable housing deposit (less any cleaning or damage charges if necessary).