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Considering Studying Abroad in Stage 3?

As a BSc Philosophy, Politics & Economics 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: (opens in a new window)outgoing.socialsciences@ucd.ie

BHSOC010 Exchange Programme & Subject Pathway Credit Requirements

Students studying abroad should register to 30 ECTS  (or Non-EU credit equivalent). at host university for one-trimester.

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.

Non-EU  Exchange Credit equivalent is applicable to student who go on a exchange outside Europe. Please see here for conversion guide.

  • 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? 

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? 

As a PPE student, 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 or all of the PPE subject areas; an equal balance of subjects is not required. Note that this credit quantity might equate to different numbers of modules at different partner universities. 

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.


BSc PPE students wishing to go abroad for one trimester in Stage 3 may apply to the following universities:


The following universities will be available for PPE students if places are not filled by students who are required to go abroad for a year (e.g. Language students):

The following Universities are options for students who wish to study subjects in Economics and Philosophy only:

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. If a University is of particular interest and is not listed (or is not listed for the duration you would like), please contact Ronan Gough, Erasmus Exchange Programme Manager ((opens in a new window)outgoing.socialsciences@ucd.ie)  to explore this further. 

Contact for more information:

The Programme Director of Philosophy, Politics and Economics will advise on academic requirements when you are abroad.

(opens in a new window)Vincent Hogan <vincent.hogan@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  for PPE 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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