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Study Abroad with UCD Social Sciences

Information for students visiting UCD

University College Dublin’s Social Sciences Study Abroad programme provides an exciting opportunity for visiting students to expand their academic and cultural horizons. Our Social Sciences programme is ever-evolving and provides students with a strong understanding of contemporary world issues.

Why do people behave the way they do? How do social, cultural, political and economic forces shape our lives and the world in which we live?

If these types of questions about society and social relationships spark your interest, prepare to be challenged and fascinated by studying abroad with UCD Social Sciences. You will examine the nature of our society and the issues confronting humanity, including climate change, crime and violence, social and economic inequality, gender justice, sustainable cities, human development, economic growth and big data.

Studying Social Sciences at UCD provides students with the academic understanding necessary for a wide range of careers across areas such as business, politics, the not-for-profit sector, and economics. Your ability to research and critically analyse information will place you in a strong position when starting out on your career.

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  • CD28 Study Abroad Archaeology Autumn
  • CD29 Study Abroad Archaeology Full-Year
  • CD38 Study Abroad Social Sciences Autumn 
  • CD39 Study Abroad Social Sciences Spring 
  • CD40 Study Abroad Social Sciences Full-Year

Please see the below links for the most up-to date fees:

Non-EU Fees

EU Fees

At UCD we call classes/courses ‘modules’. Social Sciences Study abroad students have access to a large range of undergraduate modules available at UCD (subject to capacity and timetabling). Study Abroad students must take at least 4 modules and at most 6 modules for their trimester. The majority of your modules must be registered under Social Sciences. You can register for up to four modules in your subject area and up to two modules from other programme areas (subject to capacity and timetabling). You may also take all of your modules within your chosen subject area. Social Sciences Study Abroad students may also take modules in Arts and Humanities. Assessment is based on a combination of in-trimester components such as projects, class-based assignments and formal examinations which take place at the end of each trimester in December and May. **Please note: Psychology modules are allocated to Psychology majors only.**

Schools within the College of Social Sciences:

The UCD Social Sciences Study Abroad Programme has a dedicated Programme Manager who works with the central UCD Global Office to help make student admission, registration and participation a smooth, efficient and enjoyable process.

One of the essential elements of the study abroad experience is for international students to experience the richness of Irish society and culture.  The UCD Global complimentary cultural/social programme will offer you the opportunity to learn about Irish culture through a series of excursions and field trips in Dublin and across the island of Ireland. 

Study abroad students will receive a schedule of planned cultural/social activities prior to arriving at UCD. Some excursions include day trips to Waterford City, Galway City and Kilkenny City and much more.

Students can be housed on-campus in shared apartments with their own single room. However on-campus rooms are not guaranteed.  

The accommodation booking process is managed centrally by UCD Global so you will be notified in advance of application dates and deadlines.

Alternatively, and by request, UCD Global facilitates students in suitable off-campus housing in private rented houses/apartments in Dublin but on a convenient bus route to UCD. 

You are invited to research the on-campus accommodation options on www.ucd.ie/residences and direct any query via email to (opens in a new window)residences@ucd.ie

UCD will mail an official academic transcript of your final exam grades to your home institution at the end of the trimester. Your home institution will decide on credits to be awarded for modules pursued at UCD. You do not need to request a transcript.

To be eligible for any UCD Study Abroad Programme, you must hold a GPA of 3.00. You must submit your transcript and a copy of your passport as part of the application process.

Applications are made on-line at www.ucd.ie/apply

(Start a new application and select “Course Finder” to access the full Study Abroad programme list. Social Sciences codes: CD38 Fall CD39 Spring Full Year CD40)

Full-year or first trimester (Fall)                  May 1st

Second trimester (Spring)                           October 25th

UCD College of Social Sciences and Law

UCD College of Social Sciences and Law University College Dublin Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.
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