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UCD Sutherland School of Law welcomes Erasmus Exchange students

University College Dublin is Ireland's largest and most richly diversified University. Today UCD is a vibrant, modern university with around 24,000 students situated on a spacious and leafy campus some 5km to the south of Dublin city centre.

To study at UCD Sutherland School of Law as an Erasmus exchange student you must be from one of the partner universities listed below and you must be selected and nominated by your home university.

Term dates

UCD runs its academic year with three trimesters, exchange students can study for either the Autumn Trimester (September to December), the Spring Trimester (January to May) or the full academic year (September to May). For information on term dates and other useful information click here.

Exam dates

UCD examination sessions run at the end of each trimester. December for the Autumn Trimester  and May for the Spring Trimester. There is no repeat session for Law examinations, if students fail a class in one trimester they can opt to enrol in a capped sitting during the next examination session. See here for details on resits and repeats.

Nomination deadlines

Important Dates

Trimester                                  Nomination Date              Application Date

Full Academic Year                       1st October                          15th October

Autumn Trimester                         1st May                                15th May

Spring Trimester                           1st May                                15th May


  • Austria 
    • Karl-Franzens Universitaet Graz 
    • Leopold Franzens Universität Innsbruck
    • University of Vienna  
  • Belgium 
    • Université Catholique de Louvain
    • University Antwerp
  • Croatia 
    • University of Zagreb
  • Cyprus
    • University of Cyprus
  • Czech Republic 
    • Charles University Prague
  • France 
    • Université Côte d’Azur (Nice)
    • Université d’Aix-Marseille
    • Universite de Bordeaux
    • Université de Rouen
    • Université Panthéon-Assas
    • Université Toulouse 1 Capitole
    • Université Jean-Moulin Lyon 3
  • Germany 
    • Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
    • Universität Mannheim
    • Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München
  • Hungary
    • University of Szeged
  • Italy 
    • Alma Mater Studiorum
    • Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi
    • Universita Degli Studi di Padova
    • University of Urbino
  • The Netherlands 
    • Maastricht University
    • Utrecht University
  • Portugal
    • University of Lisbon
  • Spain 
    • Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
    • University of Navarra
    • Universitat Pompeu Fabra
  • Sweden 
    • Stockholm University
    • Uppsala University
  • Switzerland 
    • Université de Fribourg
  • United Kingdom 
    • University of Sheffield

For information on the Law modules offered by the school, students can view the course search page is at www.ucd.ie/students/course_search.htm

Most, but not all, Law modules are available to incoming students. There is also the possibility (dependant on pre-requisites and availability) of enrolling in one module from another school. 

UCD uses the European Credit Transfer System. A full semester workload is 30 ECTs. At undergraduate level courses in Law are worth 5 ECTs and graduate level courses in Law are worth 10 ECTs.

Exchange students in UCD can take less than six modules per semester if they have the permission of their home university but for the purposes of VISA requirements, students must take 20 ECTs per semester to be considered full-time.

Students from European partners that are not EU citizens and hold citizenship from a country that requires a VISA to enter Ireland should view information by clicking here


The level of a module is an indication of the level of difficulty of the learning outcomes and the material that will be encountered, and broadly indicates the stage in your academic career when you are likely to attempt the module.

  • Level 1 modules are usually taken by first year undergraduate students
  • Level 2 modules are usually taken by second year undergraduate students
  • Level 3 modules are usually taken by second and third year undergraduate students
  • Level 4 modules are usually taken by LLM/JD/Masters students – Erasmus students that have completed 180 ECTs in Law are eligible to enrol in Level 4 modules*

Continuing to complete and LLM at UCD for award

Students that enrol in Level 4 Graduate modules may return to UCD to complete an LLM and use the credits achieved on the exchange towards programme credits. For example a student that completes 30 ECTs from Level 4 Law modules on exchange can return to complete one more Semester of 30 ECTs and a *dissertation worth 30 ECTs to be awarded an LLM award. Both academic credits and tuition fee discounts are applied for these students.

*The dissertation lectures take place during the Spring Trimester (January to April) of each academic year with materials available online. Dissertation submissions are made online in August.


Students can apply to the Applied Language Centre to enrol in English language or other language modules. All language classes are taken for credits. There are closing dates to enrol so students should check www.ucd.ie/alc for information

Students wishing to apply must first complete the selection process with their home university and be officially nominated to UCD.

Once you have been nominated your details will be sent to the School of Law and you will be invited to apply. Students’ applications will not be processed unless their home institution has sent nomination details to UCD School of Law/UCD International Office.

All students must apply on-line, full information on the application process will be send to students directly once they have been nominated.


Application deadlines

Full Year (September to May): online application deadline 15th May

Semester One (September to December): online application deadline 15th May

Semester Two (January to May): online application deadline 15th October

The following two supporting documents will need to be uploaded onto the online application:

  1. A copy of your most recent academic results in Law
  2. A signed and completed UCD Confirmation of Nomination Form (which will be emailed to nominated students)

Accommodation / Residences / Housing

Information on accommodation application dates will be sent to students directly once UCD Residences confirm the details – students who wish to avail of campus accommodation will then need to apply directly through UCD Residences office using SISWeb. Please note accommodation is not guaranteed.

Please note in previous years only a limited amount of places have been made available for European exchange students and not until late in the process (August). Therefore we strongly recommend you research off-campus housing. The Residences office can also assist students with this and further information can be found by clicking here 

For all Law related queries please contact:

Law Erasmus and International Programmes


+353 1 716 4164

UCD Sutherland School of Law, Belfield Campus

Dublin 4, Ireland

UCD Sutherland School of Law

University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.