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Have you ever thought about studying overseas for a semester or two? Do you want to learn more about the global sports industry? Does the idea of spending a few months in another country appeal to you? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then a study abroad or exchange programme may be for you!

Students registered to the BSc in Sport and Exercise Management or the BSc Health and Performance Science are encouraged to study abroad at one of the Centre's partner institutions. We have agreements with a number of universities around the world and can structure an academic programme to complement your current degree programme.

Why should I study abroad? 

Where can I go?

Do I gain credit for my international studies?

Am I eligible to study abroad?

What are the fees and costs?

How do I apply?

Why should I study abroad?

Studying overseas is a wonderful opportunity to live in another country for an extended period of time, allowing you to experience another educational system whilst enjoying the sights and sounds of your new surrounds. You will mix with local students, integrate into a new culture and broaden your horizons, all whilst earning credit towards your UCD degree.

Despite the amazing experiences you will have, studying abroad is not simply an educational or social experience and has valuable outcomes for your later careers. A CV that includes an international experience demonstrates to employers that not only have you a degree, but you have a global outlook and experience living overseas.

Where can I go?

UCD and the Centre for Sports Studies have a number of institutional partnerships around the world, including in the USA, Australia and Canada, and these are being added to all the time.

Click on each institution  to learn more.



University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, Michigan


 University of Tennessee

Knoxville, Tennessee


 Baldwin Wallace University

Berea, Ohio


 Purdue University

West Lafayette, Indiana


   University of British Columbia


   The University of Queensland


   University of Otago

Do I gain credit for my overseas studies?

Students studying on exchange for a semester typically gain credit towards their UCD degree if their modules have been preapproved by the Programme Director in advance. Credit is GPA-neutral.


To be eligible for the Centre for Sport Studies Exchange Programme, students must be registered full-time in either BSc programme and will normally have:

  • completed Stage 1 at UCD (60 credits)
  • achieved at least an academic average GPA of 3.0 (C+ average)

The approval process relies on additional criteria, including the number of applications received, the number of places available, your personal statement and letters of support from your personal referees.

Fees and Costs

Students studying on exchange at one of UCD’s partner institutions do not pay tuition fees at the host institution. You simply register at UCD and pay your Student Contribution Fee and Student Levy to UCD as normal. Before applying to study abroad, you need to consider whether you have sufficient funds to support you whilst you are away. The cost of living varies considerably for different countries and you will be responsible for your travel costs, accommodation, meals, living costs, health insurance (compulsory), academic materials (such as textbooks) and spending money. Living costs can range from €4,000 to €6,000 per semester.


To apply for this programme, you will need to contact Dr Tara Magdalinski for a copy of the CSS Exchange Programme Application form, which much be completed and submitted together with a copy of your academic transcript and signed statements (max 1 page) from two personal referees. Completed applications should be handed to:

Dr Tara Magdalinski
Centre for Sports Studies
University College Dublin
Woodview House
Dublin 4

For more information about incorporating a semester abroad as part of your UCD undergraduate studies, contact Dr Tara Magdalinski on (01) 716 3439 or For more information about UCD exchanges in general, please visit the UCD International Office website.