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Your Guide to Exchange at UCD

Read on for full information on how to go on an Exchange to UCD, Ireland's Global University.

Please also check our COVID-19 FAQs for Prospective Incoming Exchange Students. 

  • In order to come to UCD on Exchange, you must be nominated by your home university.
  • Contact your home university’s International Office to check if there is an active Exchange agreement with UCD. For reference, please see our list of Exchange Partners here.
  • Please consult the UCD Exchange Factsheet for Incoming Students for further information regarding the nomination process.
  • Unfortunately, UCD cannot accept free mover Erasmus or Non-EU Exchange students outside of our agreements. For information on UCD's fee-paying Study Abroad options click here.

Find a handy overview on UCD's accessibility and the support we offer on our Inclusive Mobility EU profile (Link opens in new window).

I have been nominated to go on Exchange to UCD

If you have been nominated to go on Exchange to UCD, congratulations! Here are the next steps:

  • Please follow the application instructions we sent you very carefully
  • Select the correct programme
    e.g. “CD12 - Erasmus Social Sciences Full Year
    e.g. “CV04 - Non-EU Exchange Engineering & Architecture Autumn

Applications will be reviewed within four weeks of submitting your application. If successful, you will receive an offer, followed by further information explaining how to accept it. Please note that Exchange students are not required to pay tuition fees, or application fees to UCD.

  • Please see our UCD Module Information for incoming Erasmus and Exchange students 2022/23.
  • Find all modules in our Course Search.
  • Consider which modules you would like to take in consultation with your home university.
  • Have a back-up option for each module that is on your ideal list in case a module is not available.
  • Please note that module restrictions may apply in the areas of
    Health & Agricultural Sciences, Education, Psychology, Business, Law, English Literature, History, and Master’s level classes.
    For further information please reach out to or
  • Law students will find relevant information and courses here.
  • Business students will find relevant information here.

Please be aware that rooms in our on campus residences are allocated through a randomised system and we cannot guarantee that every applicant will receive an offer.

You will receive information on how to apply for on-campus accommodation in June (for Full Year & Trimester 1 students) or November (for Trimester 2 & continuing students).

  • Find the key dates of the academic calendar here.
  • Orientation will take place one week before the start of classes.
  • UCD Global will organise an Airport Welcome at Dublin Airport.

The earliest move-in date for on campus accommodation will be Friday before Orientation for Full Year & Trimester 1 students. For Trimester 2 and continuing students, the earliest move in date will be the first day of Orientation.

  • Prioritise events from the schedules for Exchange students which we send to you via email. These events are specifically designed for Exchange students. If there are academic advisories planned for your programme, please attend them.
  • Attend the general UCD Global Orientation events in addition.
  • Get involved in Campus Life by joining clubs and societies!
  • If you encounter any difficulties, please see our overview for all available Student Supports
    Remember, you are always welcome to come by the Global Lounge and talk to us if you have any issues.

My semester at UCD has been one of the most enjoyable and valuable experiences of my life. From the moment I arrived I felt welcomed and the numerous Orientation week activities helped me familiarise myself with the campus and meet many people in the same position as myself. The various clubs and societies were a particular highlight for me, as I joined the UCD surf club and took two trips to the stunning west coast, making new friends from all over the world.

Max, Australia, Engineering

Why UCD is the Best University in Ireland for International Students

UCD is the most international university in Ireland and welcomes hundreds of new international students every year. Our 300,000 + alumni can be found in over 180 countries. Visit our UCD Global Alumni page and hear from UCD alumni who recently graduated from UCD and are enjoying career success all over the world!

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