Considering Studying Abroad in Stage 3?

If you are considering studying Archaeology, Economics, Philosophy or Politics & International Relations as a single major in Stages 3 and 4, there are a number 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 Single Major student in BSc Social Sciences (Archaeology, Economics, Philosophy or Politics & International Relations), 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 if 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.

Note: It is strongly advised that any student who does not pass all stage 2 modules, does not take up an opportunity to study abroad for a full year as it will be very difficult to remediate your outstanding modules and successfully complete stage 4 on your return. Should you wish to discuss this further please contact Joanna Kozielec, Erasmus Exchange Programme Manager ( to explore this further.

  • When and for how long can I go abroad? 

You can study abroad in a host university for either a year (two trimesters) 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. Your academic adviser and the Social Sciences Office will guide you through this.

For students going abroad for a Single 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. 

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 subject.
You may also choose up to 10 ECTS worth of modules outside of your subject area, 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 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. 

* Note: You are not required to take elective modules, you can choose to take additional modules in your single major disciplines if you wish. You are encouraged to consider modules in one of the host country's languages.

  • Where Can I go?

Some of the destinations available for 2020/21 Stage 3 are linked below, for discussion with your subject Erasmus/Exchange Academic adviser.

Destinations by Subject 

The desinations available for application are based on current agreements between UCD and our partner Universities. The destinations below are suitable for either a trimester or an academic year, and may be available for either duration.

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. 

SubjectErasmus DestinationsNon-EU Exchange Destinations
Archaeology Destinations for application are listed by School on the UCD Global website Agreements available for application by Social Sciences students are listed on the UCD Global website.  You will need to discuss with your Erasmus / Exchange coordinator whether the subjects offered in the University are suitable for your degree.
Politics & International Relations