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Considering Studying Abroad in Stage 3?

If you are considering studying Archaeology, Economics, Philosophy or Politics & International Relations as a single major in Stages 3 and 4, 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 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 at host university for one-trimester & 60 ECTS at host university for the full academic year (or Non-EU credit equivalent).

Exchange Duration

ECTS Credit Programme Requirements*

Credit Requirements breakdown per subject pathway

 One Trimester


Min of 20 ECTS

15 ECTS credits must be in your Single Major subject

The remaining 5 credits can be electives.

Full Year

Min of 45 ECTS

35 ECTS credits must be in your Single Major subject.

The remaining 10 credits can be electives.

Note: Non-EU  Exchange  Credit equivalent is applicable to students 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.

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 ((opens in a new window)outgoing.socialsciences@ucd.ie) to explore this further.

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

For students going abroad for a Single 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 credits when abroad for a trimester. 

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).  You should choose the majority of your modules in your Social Sciences subject.
You may also choose up to 10 ECTS worth of modules outside of your subject area, similar to electives in UCD (eg. you may choose a host country culture module, a language module or a module from a different Area of Study or Faculty). *
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: You are not required to take elective modules, you can choose to take additional modules in your single major disciplines if you wish. You are encouraged to consider modules in one of the host country's languages.

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?

Some of the destinations available for 2020/21 Stage 3 are linked below, for discussion with your subject Erasmus/Exchange Academic adviser.

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. The destinations below are suitable for either a trimester or an academic year, and may be available for either duration.

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.  

Subject Erasmus Destinations Non-EU Exchange Destinations
Archaeology Destinations for application are listed by School on the UCD Global website Agreements available for application by Social Sciences students are listed on the UCD Global website.  You will need to discuss with your Erasmus / Exchange coordinator whether the subjects offered in the University are suitable for your degree.
Politics & International Relations

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