Considering Studying Abroad in Stage 3?

As a BSc Social Sciences joint major 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 contact Joanna Kozielec, Erasmus Exchange Programme Manager (outgoing.socialsciences@ucd.ie).

See our FAQ section below which answers questions about costs, your grant, application timelines and much more.

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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 Joint Major 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 one host university for either a year or a trimester (either Trimester 1 or Trimester 2) in Stage 3 of your programme. Note that you may not split your time abroad between two partner universities.

  • 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. 

During your trimester abroad you should study one or both of your joint major subjects (you are not required to study both subjects while abroad for a trimester, if you do not wish to or if your second subject is not 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 area of study or faculty). 


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. 

You should choose modules in both of your Social Sciences subjects (eg. if you are studying Politics and Sociology, you should choose modules in both Politics and Sociology). You are not required to have an equal balance of modules in each subject you are studying, however you must study a minimum of 15 ECTS credits in each of your subject areas. 
You may also choose up to 10 ECTS credits 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).  You are encouraged to consider modules in one of the host country's languages.
Note: You are not required to take elective modules, you can choose to take additional modules in one of your joint major disciplines if you wish (eg. Politics). 

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 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 joint major 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 @ ucd.ie  

Destinations by Subject 

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

Destinations listed are for guidance and are subject to change. 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 (outgoing.socialsciences@ucd.ie)  to explore this further.  

Destinations for 1 trimester by Joint Major 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 opportunities for full year Erasmus and Exchange are listed in the document below:

 

Destinations 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).

The destinations listed under 2 trimesters offer your two subjects (subject to availability, logistics, timetabling etc.) and are therefore suitable for a full year abroad. However, you can also apply to these destinations for a single trimester, if you wish.