Outgoing Erasmus and Exchange Programmes on Single Major Psychology

Every year, students from UCD's Psychology degree class travel abroad through Erasmus and Non-EU Exchange programmes to experience undergraduate study in another country.  Choosing an international opportunity during your degree is exciting and challenging, with huge room for personal and academic growth.

The information signposted below will help you decide whether and where to apply to study abroad in Stage 3 of your degree.  The Psychology Exchange Coordinator and Psychology Office are available to discuss any questions you may have.

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If you are studying the BSc in Psychology at UCD, you may choose to apply to study abroad for your third year in France, Spain, The Netherlands, Germany or the USA. 

When and how long can I study for?

You apply for this option in second year, spend third year studying abroad, and return to UCD to complete your final, fourth year of study. If you spend this additional year in one of UCD's partnership universities studying your degree, and successfully complete the academic programme abroad as well as in UCD, you will graduate with a BSc (International) in Psychology after four years' of study.

How many and what modules do I need to take?

You are required to pass a minimum of 45 ECTS credits at your host institution to be awarded a full year's academic credit in UCD following completion of the year. However, it is recommended that you attempt up to 60 ECTS.  Academic advice in advance of travel is provided by your International Exchange Coordinator (contact details below).


Erasmus+ agreements entitle students at EU universities to travel to more than 4000 university institutions from 31 countries. The universities specific to Psychology are available here: Erasmus agreements for Psychology


University Wide Agreements (UWA)

The University Wide agreements list available at the link below shows the other possible desinations, subject to availablility of suitable curriculum choices for Psychology students. University Wide Agreements.

Current Psychology students will receive email invitations to briefing events, where you will have the opportunity to speak to students who have returned from Erasmus and Exchange and are now in Stage 4.

Academic advice for Psychology students interested in exchange/Erasmus is provided by:

Dr. Laura K. Taylor, Assistant Professor
School of Psychology (Newman F212)
laura.taylor@ucd.ie / +353 (01) 716 8184

More information is available on the School of Psychology's website for current students

Why Study Abroad?

Studying abroad during your university studies is a fantastic opportunity to study at leading universities in Europe and beyond. Studying abroad builds on your own life experiences to date, giving you fresh perspectives and new directions. It is not just about seeing and visiting new places, it is about living in that place, forming friendships there, experiencing a different university system and their expectations, learning the local language, and discovering the culture, history and politics of the country.  The experience of studying abroad enables you to enhance understanding of how different people can be and yet how similar in their common human concerns. Studying abroad can present challenges, testing and developing your resourcefulness and resilience but in a way that further supports your development and preparation for the next stage of life after your degree.  The Erasmus programme has been running successfully for many years across Europe, providing a reliable structure for your study abroad. It allows you to see something of what 'Europe' really means, and to understand European issues better. UCD also has exchange agreements outside Europe: with North and South America, with East Asia, and with Oceania.