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Through an agreement negotiated between the UIC's Office of International Affairs for the Department of Urban Planning and Policy (UPP) and the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy at University College Dublin (UCD), an exchange program is available for graduate students from each institution to progress towards their degrees while accumulating course credit at the exchange partner institution. At UIC, the exchange is open to full-time enrolled graduate students in the MUPP or PhD program.

The Master of Regional and Urban Planning degree offered by UCD is considered the foremost Masters planning program in both Ireland and the UK. It is the only planning degree with professional accreditation from both the Irish Planning Institute and the Royal Town Planning Institute. Unlike many European Masters degree programs, it is a two-year program, with an academic calendar and credit structure that make exchange between the two institutions very practical for students in either program. A curriculum review of courses offered in both programs has established equivalencies for transfer both of credit and fulfillment of requirements to the degree.

UPP students attending UCD will be registered as international exchange students at UCD, and have rights to classes and facilities. Students will register for credit at UIC, will be assessed UIC range tuition and fees, and may apply financial aid to pay their tuition and fees at UIC.

Students interested in studying at UCD and seeking more information about how to plan their course of study to satisfy their degree requirements at UIC with coursework at UCD should contact Ann Barnds at 312-996-2165 or It is suggested that students plan for participation in the exchange early.