Outgoing Erasmus and Exchange Programmes on BSocSc Social Policy and Sociology

Every year, students from UCD's BSocSc Social Policy & Sociology 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 Exchange Coordinators in both Social Policy and in Sociology, as well as your Programme Director, are available to discuss any questions you may have.

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You can apply to study abroad on Erasmus or Exchange with Social Policy's exchange partners or Sociology's exchange partners- minimum GPA requirements may vary by school and by agreement, so please contact the school offices if you are intersted. 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 your Programme Director

When and how long can I study for?

You can apply to study abroad in a host university during Stage 3 of your degree. This will add an academic year to your degree, therefore you will return to complete Stage 4 of your degree in UCD.

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. However, it is recommended that you attempt up to 60 ECTS credits when abroad for a year (two trimesters). While studying at the host university you should study modules in both of your subject areas covered of the BSocSc Social Policy and Sociology (this may not be possible and an equal balance of subjects is not required).

Erasmus+ agreements entitle students at EU universities to travel to university institutions from 31 countries. Please search for the available universities specifically available to you as a Social Policy and Sociology at the link here. Erasmus area (note, separate sets of agreements for each subject)


University Wide Agreements (UWA)
The University Wide agreements list available at the link below shows the other possible desinations availalble to you for students that wish to study abroad. Please search for the available universities specific to your subject choices at the link below. University Wide Agreements.

For more information about international exchange opportunities, contact the Academic Coordinators for International Exchange for your subjects:

Social Policy:
Academic Coordinator: Assoc Professor Naonori Kodate, naonori.kodate@ucd.ie 
or Social Policy's student office on sp-sw-sj@ucd.ie 

Academic Coordinator: Dr Lea David, lea.david@ucd.ie
or Sociology's student office on sociology@ucd.ie 

UCD Global are available to answer queries on their contact website.

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.