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Outgoing Social Sciences with Humanities Minor

Considering Studying Abroad in Stage 3?

As a BSc Social Sciences major with Humanities (Art History, Celtic Civ, English, Geology, Greek & Rom Civ, History, Irish Folklore, Irish, Linguistics, Music) minor student, there are lots of exciting destinations available for you to study abroad during Stage 3.  Below is some important information to help you decide whether to apply for an exchange or Erasmus opportunity, but if you have any further questions, please contact the Global Engagement Programme Manager: outgoing.socialsciences@ucd.ie

BHSOC010 Exchange Programme & Subject Pathway Credit Requirements

Exchange Duration

ECTS Credit Programme Requirements*

Credit Requirements breakdown per subject pathway

 One Trimester


Min of 20 ECTS

15 ECTS credits must be earned in your Single Major subject

The remaining 5 credits can be earned in your minor subject or electives.

 Full Year

Min of 45 ECTS

The majority of credits earned must be in your Social Sciences subject

You can earn 10-15 ECTS in your minor subject

You may also earn 10 ECTS in electives.


  • It is recommended that students studying abroad  register to 30 ECTS at host university for one-trimester and 60 ECTS at host university for the full academic year.
  • Or Course Load equivalent: Applicable to students on a Non-EU Exchange. Please see here.

  • Who is eligible to apply?

To be eligible for an exchange you must achieve an average of 3.0 GPA in stage 1 and stage 2 of your degree. Generally, for students going on exchange in stage 3, the average GPA is calculated as follows:(Stage 1 + Stage 1 + Stage 2 trimester 1) divided by 3.

If you are successful in your application, you will need to have completed 60 credits at Stage 1 including all cores, and at least 50 credits in Stage 2, to be eligible to take your exchange or Erasmus place. N.B Please note that your progression to stage 4 might be affected if you don’t achieve 60 credits in Stage 2.

Note: It is strongly advised that any student who does not pass all stage 2 modules, does not take up an opportunity to study abroad for a full year as it will be very difficult to remediate your outstanding modules and successfully complete stage 4 on your return. Should you wish to discuss this further please contact  Erasmus Exchange Programme Manager (outgoing.socialsciences@ucd.ie) to explore this further.

You should be aiming to balance your academic workload over the two trimesters as evenly as possible. You are required to attend lectures during the whole academic year (two trimesters) and the minimum number of credits that a student is required to take during any trimester is 20 ECTS. 

Note: If you take exchange outside of Europe, you will be required to take specific course workload relevant to each university, as outside of Europe institutions don’t use the ECTS system.

  • Where Can I go?

The destinations available depend on how long you wish to go abroad and your degree subjects. They are linked in the information below by subject below.

  • Who can I contact for additional information?

 Programme Manager for Social Sciences Outbound Mobility (Erasmus and Non-EU Exchanges) will answer your queries: outgoing.socialsciences@ucd.ie.  

It is important that you research the language requirements for any institution that you wish to apply to. As the exchange programme is very competitive and you may not be offered your top preference, you are encouraged to check at least a few options -  which you can then include in your application.

It will be your responsibility to ensure that you check in advance the course catalogue on a host university website to see if there are sufficient subjects/modules offered through English.

You don’t need to select modules before you apply but you must check their suitability in advance so you are fully aware of subjects choices should you be nominated to that institution. Your Academic/ Erasmus exchange Coordinator  will be able to advise you if you have a specific question on particular subjects offered in host university.

For more information on requirements please check the  UCD Global website.

Destinations by Subject 

The desinations available for application are based on current agreements between UCD and our partner Universities. They may be listed as being available for only one trimester if UCD only has an agreement with one of your subjects or your second joint major subject is not delivered in the University (or on the same campus).

Please note: Destinations listed are for guidance and are subject to change, based on a number of factors, including availability of places and agreements with host universities. 

Destinations for 1 trimester by Social Sciences Subject (Archaeology, Economics, Geography, Info & Comm Studies, Maths/Stats, Philosophy, Politics & International Relations, Social Policy/Work/Justice, Sociology) are listed on the UCD Global website.

All Full-Year opportunities for Erasmus and Exchange are listed in the document below:

Destinations Major with Humanities 2021

Notes regarding studying for a full year: 

  • Both major and minor subjects must be delivered in partner universities to be suitable for Major / Minor students. 
  • Irish, Celtic Studies and Folklore are of global interest, such is our diaspora and reach. As leaders in these fields, the UCD School of Irish, Celtic Studies and Folklore have multiple research and teaching links with partner universities around the world and we are keen to make opportunities available to students during your degree.  Students who are studying a Social Sciences subject with a minor in Irish, Celtic Civilisation, or Irish Folklore and are interested in studying abroad for a year, please contact the Exchange programme manager (outgoing.socialsciences@ucd.ie) to explore where your interests and opportunities lie.
  • Students studying with a Geology minor who wish to go abroad for a year can apply to study at any of the partner universities that have an agreement with your Social Sciences subject. Online UCD Geology modules are available at stage 3, therefore students can fulfil their minor programme requirements remotely and focus on attending their Social Sciences subject at the host university.

UCD College of Social Sciences and Law

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