How to go on exchange
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How to go on exchange?

Before you can go on exchange, there are quite a few things students will have to think about. UCD Global is here to help & guide students along the way. In Autumn UCD Global hosts many talks & office hours to assist students with this decision-making process, and the further timeline to keep in mind can be found below. It is also important students review all considerations listed on this page to make sure they go on exchange well-prepared.


  • 3.0 GPA is the recommended minimum requirement for students going on exchange. 
  • Generally Stage 1 and Stage 2 (Trimester 1) GPA is taken into account.
  • Make sure you also meet the academic requirements provided by your College.
  • Contact the Erasmus/Exchange Academic Coordinator in your school.
  • Research the universities you would like to attend, in particular, the courses they offer.
  • Research the cost of living to ensure it is within your budget.
  • Apply to your Academic Coordinator before the deadline.
  • We have a limited amount of places available at the so-called Erasmus Open Places.
  • To apply for these places you submit an application through SISweb.  
  • It is the same application form as the universities outside of Europe (see below for more details).
  • Research the universities you would like to attend, in particular, the courses they offer.
  • Research the cost of living to ensure it is within your budget.
  • Apply online under the application menu on SISweb.
  • Applications are assessed primarily on academic merit.


  • On the application form you will be expected to do the following:
  • Select if you want to go for a full year/semester 1/semester 2.
  • List the 6 universities you would like to apply to.
  • Confirm that the universities you select offer the modules you would like to take.
  • Outline how you expect to fund your exchange for your top choice.

Things to think about

The majority of our university partners have a page on their website outlining the cost of living at the university.  This is a great place to start when researching the cost of living of the area you are going to. Here is an outline of items to include when budgeting.

  • Tuition: You will continue to pay the UCD tuition fee. You will not have to pay the partner university tuition but there may be a small administration fee.
  • Monthly Costs: Accommodation, Bills, Groceries, Travel, Personal items
  • Incidentals: Insurance, Flights, Passport, Visa, Vaccinations, Study Materials

The majority of universities will have a different academic calendar to UCD. Please ensure that you research the academic calendar for all of the universities you are interested in going to, especially if they are in the Southern Hemisphere.

Our partner universities will advise you on accommodation options before you go on exchange.  In some cases you will be offered on campus accommodation, however, at the majority of our partner universities you will be required to find your housing. The partner universities will give you tips and recommendations. Make sure to carefully follow any deadlines they might give you for registering for accommodation.

A visa may be required when going on exchange. The partner university that you are nominated to will assist you with this process. 

Within Europe:
Most countries in Europe are part of the Erasmus+ Programme. The Erasmus+ Grant is approx €250 or €300 per calendar month depending on destination.  The total amount is based on precise mobility dates. Some countries offer some other/additional form of financial assistance, e.g. France – students can apply for CAF (Caisses d’Allocations Familiales) to help with accommodation costs.

*Additional funding may be available for upper-level SUSI grantees as well as HEAR students. Students who have been selected for an exchange destination within Europe, will automatically receive more details about applying for the grant. This information will be sent approximately three months before departure.

Outside of Europe:
Scholarship of €500 per semester is available for students at Universitas 21 ( partners in Latin America and Asia. Some partner universities in Asia offer other scholarships which students can apply for e.g. DUO Scholarship in Korea, JASSO scholarship in Japan