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Considering Studying Abroad in Stage 3?

As a BSc Economics Mathematics and Statistics 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 3.0 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.

  • When and for how long can I go abroad? 

Students Entering Stage 1 of the Programme in 2019/20 and subsequent years will be eligible to study abroad in the Spring Trimester only.

  • 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. Your academic adviser and the Social Sciences Office will guide you through this.

Specific requirements to EMS: You should take appropriate modules which do not have significant overlap with stage 4 core modules.  These modules can be agreed with the Programme Director beforehand, however students should be aware that sometimes they will not be permitted to register for certain modules on arrival at the university. 

Going abroad for a trimester:  A minimum of 20 ECT credits is to be completed at your host institution. While studying at the host university you should study modules in some (minimum two) or all of the subject areas covered in your programme (an equal balance of subjects is not required). Academic oversight will be provided to guide the students when selecting suitable modules and electives.

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 Erasmus/Exchange Academic adviser.


EMS students wishing to go abroad for Stage 3 Trimester 2 can apply to go to one of the following universities:

Host University Host University website:

University of Edinburgh

University de Rennes 1



University of Perugia (Italian needed)
Università degli Studi di Perugia
University of Connecticut http://www.uconn.edu/
University of California, San Diego www.universityofcalifornia.edu/

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. In addition, there are some  Open Erasmus places available. Please check for more information UCD Global website

Contact for more information:  The Programme Director of Economics, Mathematics and Statistics will provide more details on academic requirements when you are abroad.
Dr. Kevin Hutchinson at kevin.hutchinson@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 Programme Director Dr. Kevin Hutchinson at kevin.hutchinson@ucd.ie 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.

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