FAQs for Outgoing Exchange Students
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Updated Tuesday 22 September

For some time, UCD has been considering the impact of the current COVID-19 pandemic on our plans for 2020, including our international mobility programmes. Unfortunately, the University has taken the difficult decision to suspend student exchange for the upcoming Autumn Trimester running between September and December 2020

We will regularly update this page as more information becomes available, so please check back regularly. If you have any immediate concerns or need assistance, please email us at outgoing.exchanges@ucd.ie. You can also reach us at outgoing.erasmus@ucd.ie


Advice for Prospective Outgoing Exchange Students

At the moment, applications for outgoing exchanges in Spring 2021 are proceeding as planned and it is important that you complete your application and meet all relevant deadlines. Typically partners accept applications from August to October. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, UCD has commenced a consultation and decision-making-process in September 2020, in order to reach a decision by October 2020. If the situation changes with any of our partner universities, applicants for outgoing exchange will be notified immediately by your contact in UCD Global or your College/School. Please remember to check your UCD email for updates. 

However, we recommend that you do not book travel or accommodation at this time.

Because of deadlines in our partner universities, it will not generally be possible to change location during the Fall trimester. However, if there are options open to you, we will inform you.

Universities worldwide are aware that delays may be unavoidable in relation to providing the documentation needed to support your application. Most will be as flexible as possible, so if you require extra time to gather requested documentation, please contact your host university so that they are aware of any delays.

If a payment is required, you should check with your host university to see if they can extend the payment deadline. If not, you should check the refund policies in place.

UCD recognises the significant disruption that this will have to your study plans for the coming year. If exchanges are cancelled in Spring 2021, your UCD College/School/Programme will work with you to develop an alternative study plan, which may include suitable future exchange options for your programme so that your academic progression can be safeguarded.

UCD strongly advises all nominated students to defer purchasing flights or accommodation for the time being. It is your responsibility to ensure that you do not incur costs that cannot be reimbursed.