The University College Dublin gap year program is intended for high school graduates who are looking for a unique international experience. By immersing themselves in the largest university in Ireland, the program offers students the opportunity to embark on their academic career while improving their cultural competency. Gap students can study at UCD for the fall or spring semester or for a full academic year. As the capital of the Republic of Ireland, Dublin is one of the liveliest cities in Europe. With one of the youngest populations comprising people from many different parts of Europe and the globe, the city has a full and varied cultural and intellectual life, which brings together the best of traditional Ireland and of modern Europe. Students taking their gap year in Ireland will quickly find that Dublin is particularly fortunate to have many theaters, museums and galleries throughout the city. Famous for its literary and musical tradition, Ireland’s capital has been home to well known writers, playwrights, actors, and musicians for many years. A particular feature is the tradition of live music in every conceivable venue, from street artists to the National Concert Hall to the many pubs where traditional Irish music still flourishes. In the literary field, the contribution of native sons has been outstanding, with Jonathan Swift, Oliver Goldsmith, Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, W.B. Yeats, and Samuel Beckett amongst the most prominent.
Students in this program select a combination of French language and cultural electives, and have the option of taking cultural electives in English.
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