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Considering Studying Abroad in Stage 3?

As a BSc Computational Social Science student, there are a number 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 must be earned in your Thematic Subject areas.

The remaining 5 credits can be earned 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 3.00 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.

  • When and for how long can I go abroad? 

You can apply to study abroad in a host university for one 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.
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 two, or all of the 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 normally use the ECTS system.

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.

Potential Destinations

BSc Computational Social Science students wishing to go abroad for a trimester in Stage 3 can apply to the following universities, noting that some universities may not cover all CSS subjects and will need to be discussed with the Programme Director in advance.

If you want to apply to Outside of Europe partner university:

The destinations are available on  the UCD Global website under Social Sciences section.  You can apply to any partner university as long as you’ve checked they offer courses for both your subjects.  Contact Progamme Director Associate Professor Taha Yasseri  at taha.yasseri@ucd.ie if you have questions about suitability of modules offered in a host university.

European Destinations

If you want to apply  to European/Erasmus partner university, you can apply to any of the below destinations. Please make sure you research modules they offer in advance.

The following universities will be available for CSS students if places are not filled by students who are required to go abroad for a year:

Contact for more information:  The Programme Director of Computational Social Science will advise on academic requirements when you are abroad.

Assoc Professor Taha Yasseri: taha.yasseri@ucd.ie

Mathematics & Statistics Students should contact Associat Professor Christoper Boyd christopher.boyd@ucd.ie

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