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Why choose the Sutherland School of Law for your International Exchange?

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 International exchange student you must be a student at one of partner universities in the list at the bottom of this page and you must be selected and nominated by your home university.

Term dates

UCD runs its terms with two semesters. Semester One runs from September to December. Semester Two runs from January to May. For full information click here

Exam dates

UCD examination sessions run at the end of each semester. December in Semester One and May in Semester Two. There is no repeat session for Law examinations, if students fail a class in one semester they sit it during the next semester exam session. 

Nomination deadlines

Exchange students should be nominated by the 1st May if they are coming for the Full Year or Semester One. Semester Two students should be nominated by the 1st October.



Europe and UK

  • 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


  • University of California, Davis
  • University of Connecticut
  • Stetson University
  • University of Texas
  • University of Miami
  • University of Minnesota


  • University of British Columbia
  • Osgoode Hall Law School York University, Toronto
  • Concordia University

Australia & New Zealand

  • Australian National University, Canberra
  • University of Queensland, Brisbane
  • University of Western Australia, Perth
  • The University of Melbourne

New Zealand 

  • The University of Auckland

Asia & India

  • China
    • China University of Political Science and Law
    • Renmin University of China
  • Hong Kong 
    • University of Hong Kong (HKU)
  • Singapore 
    • National University of Singapore
    • Singapore Management University (SMU)


For information on the Law modules offered by the school the main 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.

Some International students will require a VISA 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 classes take place during Semester One of each academic year with materials available online and students can submit their topics from abroad but it is recommended you complete it in Dublin with access to resources and your supervisor. Thesis submissions are made 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 application process with their home University.

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 the nomination details to UCD School of Law/UCD International Office.

All students must apply on-line, full information on the application process will be sent 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

Students must upload their most recent academic results in Law with their application. If English is not the students first language, they must also upload IELTS results or a letter from their home university attesting to their ability to follow courses through English.

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.

For off-campus accommodation students can also get assistance from the Residences office, further information can be found by clicking here

For all Law related queries please contact:

Claire Collins

Senior Administrator

Law Erasmus and International Programmes

(opens in a new window)claire.collins@ucd.ie

+353 1 716 4154

UCD Sutherland School of Law, Belfield Campus

Dublin 4, Ireland

UCD Sutherland School of Law

University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.