Considering Studying Abroad in Stage 3?

As a BSc Social Sciences major with Humanities (Art History, Celtic Civ, English, Geology, Greek & Rom Civ, History, Irish Folklore, Irish, Linguistics, Music) minor student, there are lots of exciting destinations available for you to study abroad during Stage 3.  Below is some important information to help you decide whether to apply for an exchange or Erasmus opportunity, but if you have any further questions, please call in to the Social Sciences Office.

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  • Who is eligible to apply?

The below eligibility requirements are applicable to 2020/2021 travel. Eligibility for outbound students for 2021/22 will be published in August 2020. As a Social Sciences Major/Humanities Minor student, you can apply to study abroad on Erasmus or Exchange if you have: 

  • achieved a minimum GPA of 2.8 and
  • C- in subject cores during Stage 1 and Trimester 1 of Stage 2.  

Additionally, for any student who achieves a GPA of 3.08 or higher, during Stage 1 and trimester 1 of stage 2, the minimum grade for programme cores of C- will not apply. If you are successful in your application, you will need to have completed 60 credits at Stage 1 including all cores, and at least 50 credits in Stage 2, to be eligible to take your exchange or Erasmus place.

  • When and for how long can I go abroad? 

You can study abroad in a host university for either a year or a trimester (either Trimester 1 or Trimester 2) in Stage 3 of your programme.

  • How many modules do I need to take and what do I need to study while I am abroad? 

You are required to complete a number of ECTS credits at your host university. The number of modules this equates to may differ from one partner university to another and some Universities may require students to take a minimum number of credits per trimester. The below indicates the requirements for students on your specific degree pathway:

For students going abroad for a trimester:

You are required to pass a minimum of 20 ECTS credits at your host institution. However, it is recommended that you attempt up to 30 ECTS credits when abroad for a trimester. 

  • The majority of your modules should be taken in your Social Sciences subject (eg. 20 ECTS in Archaeology). 
  • You are not required to take your Humanities subject if abroad for a trimester, however, you should study at least 5 ECTS if suitable modules are available. 
  • Students may also take a module outside of their subject area (similar to electives in UCD, eg. you may choose a host country culture module or a module from a different subject). 


For students going abroad for a year (two trimesters): 

You are required to pass a minimum of 45 ECTS credits at your host institution. However, it is recommended that you attempt up to 60 ECTS credits when abroad for a year (two trimesters). 

  • You should choose the majority of your modules in your Social Sciences subjects 
  • You should choose between 10-15 ECTS credits in your minor subject.
  • You may also choose up to 10 ECTS worth of modules outside of your subject disciplines, similar to electives in UCD (eg. you 
  • may choose a host country culture module, a language module or a module from a different Area of Study or Faculty)

Note: You are not required to take elective modules, you can choose to take additional modules in one of your disciplines if you wish (eg. Archaeology). 

You should be aiming to balance your academic workload over the two trimesters as evenly as possible. You are required to attend lectures during the whole academic year (two trimesters) and the minimum number of credits that a student is required to take during any trimester is 20 ECTS.

  • Where Can I go?

The destinations available depend on how long you wish to go abroad and your degree subjects. They are linked in the information below by subject below.

  • Who can I contact for additional information?

Joanna Kozielec, Programme Manager for Social Sciences Outbound Mobility (Erasmus and Non-EU Exchanges) will answer your queries.  outgoing.socialsciences @  

Destinations by Subject 

The desinations available for application are based on current agreements between UCD and our partner Universities. They may be listed as being available for only one trimester if UCD only has an agreement with one of your subjects or your second joint major subject is not delivered in the University (or on the same campus).

Please note: Destinations listed are for guidance and are subject to change, based on a number of factors, including availability of places and agreements with host universities. If a University is of particular interest and is not listed (or is not listed for the duration you would like), please contact Joanna Kozielec, Erasmus Exchange Programme Manager (  to explore this further. 

Destinations for 1 trimester by Social Sciences Subject (Archaeology, Economics, Geography, Info & Comm Studies, Maths/Stats, Philosophy, Politics & International Relations, Social Policy/Work/Justice, Sociology) are listed on the UCD Global website.

All Full-Year opportunities for Erasmus and Exchange are listed in the document below:

Social Sciences with Humanities for 2020/21

Notes regarding studying for a full year: 

  • Both major and minor subjects must be delivered in partner universities to be suitable for Major / Minor students. 
  • Irish, Celtic Studies and Folklore are of global interest, such is our diaspora and reach. As leaders in these fields, the UCD School of Irish, Celtic Studies and Folklore have multiple research and teaching links with partner universities around the world and we are keen to make opportunities available to students during your degree.  Students who are studying a Social Sciences subject with a minor in Irish, Celtic Civilisation, or Irish Folklore and are interested in studying abroad for a year, please contact the Exchange programme manager ( to explore where your interests and opportunities lie.
  • Students studying with a Geology minor who wish to go abroad for a year can apply to study at any of the partner universities that have an agreement with your Social Sciences subject. Online UCD Geology modules are available at stage 3, therefore students can fulfil their minor programme requirements remotely and focus on attending their Social Sciences subject at the host university.