Exchanges & Study Abroad


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Why Go On Exchange?

Our past students say they have had the time of their lives on their semester abroad. Here are the reasons why!

Yara Wooning

Going on exchange at the University of Auckland for a year has really changed the way I see the world! To have the opportunity to study unique subjects like Maori and Pacific studies was incredible, and to experience living in another country has been so rewarding. It might sound like a cliché, but I feel like studying abroad truly has given me so much confidence in myself and my future!

Yara Wooning, The Netherlands, Politics and History BA Student

Interested in going on Exchange?

    • Attend

      an information talk which are run between September and November.

    • Request

      access to this Google Drive and read reports from students that went on exchange last year.

    • Speak

      to the exchange coordinator in your school or college (Google Drive link above).

    • Think

      about the extra costs and start saving.

    • Research

      locations and universities you are interested in attending.

How to apply to go on Exchange to Asia, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, North America and South America.

Fill in the online application form through your SISweb account. It is a quick application form and should not take too long to apply. Please note that applications are selected based on academic merit. Most universities require you to have a minimum 3.0 GPA but there is some flexibility. It is always worth applying.

You will be required to:

  • Select the universities you would like to apply to. The list is specifically developed for your college so you can apply to any of these universities.
  • Confirm that the universities  you select offer your programme
  • Note how you will finance your semester/year abroad

Application Deadline: 22 January 2019

The above information relates to exchanges administered by UCD Global.

The School of Architecture, School of Business, the School of Law, the School of Agriculture and Food Science and the School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Population Science also have non-EU exchange places in various universities, including some of those mentioned here. Students studying in these schools should find their School Academic Coordinator by requesting access to this Google drive and contact them directly for more information.

Congratulations you have been nominated.

Nominated students will receive a nomination pack via email.  This pack will include

  1. A letter of nomination
  2. Step by step guide
  3. Instructions on how to apply to the partner university. It is your responsibility to apply and follow all instructions provided by the partner university
  4. Terms and Conditions that need to be signed and emailed back to
  5. Course Approval Form which you will need to complete and get signed by your school/college and emailed back to
  6. Inform the exchanges team when you have been accepted by the partner university

You are not permitted to go on exchange until all of the paperwork is completed and sent to UCD Global.


UCD Global are here to support you while you are on exchange so if you have any academic, health or personal issues please contact


While you are on exchange you are representing UCD. Most importantly you should doing your best academically.  Also you should ensure you are following all of the partner universities rules and regulations. Finally please take any opportunity to represent UCD. Many students help out at study abroad fairs or speak at information sessions about UCD. If you do something like this please let us know and we will send you some UCD goodies.


You must submit your transcript to by September 30th and February 27th. Please contact us if your transcript is going to be later. Your transcript needs to be approved by your school or college. Failure to produce your transcript will affect your graduation from UCD.

Student Report

The international office requires you to complete a report on your exchange. This is to help students that intend to go to the partner university in the following years. UCD students may contact you regarding the time you spent abroad. We know that you will be thrilled to answer their questions.

Peer Advisor

We would be delighted to welcome you to the exchanges team and help with us with the promotion of exchanges. If you are interested in advising second year students please sign up here. You can help in multiple ways, including, information talks, social media, attending coffee mornings and meeting students one to one.

Take the Next Step

Contact us today for more information or to apply for a place.

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