- 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 the Social Sciences office.
- When and for how long can I go abroad?
You can study abroad in a host university for either a year (two trimesters) or a trimester (either Trimester 1 or Trimester 2) in Stage 3 of your programme.
- How many modules do I need to take and what do I need to study while I am abroad?
You are required to complete a number of ECTS credits at your host university. The number of modules this equates to may differ from one partner university to another and some Universities may require students to take a minimum number of credits per trimester. The below indicates the requirements for students on your specific degree pathway.
For students going abroad for a trimester: You are required to pass a minimum of 20 ECTS credits at your host institution. However, it is recommended that you attempt up to 30 ECTS at your host institution. While studying at the host university you should study modules in some (at least one of your subjects) or all of the subject areas covered in your programme (an equal balance of subjects is not required).
For students going abroad for a year (two trimesters): You are required to pass a minimum of 45 ECTS credits at your host institution. However, it is recommended that you attempt up to 60 ECTS credits when abroad for a year (two trimesters). While studying at the host university you should study modules in at least two of your subjects or all three subject areas covered in your programme (an equal balance of subjects is not required).
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 for 2022/23 Stage 3 are listed below, to discuss with your Programme Director.