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Erasmus and JYA

Erasmus and JYA Exchange Programme

The School of Politics and International Relations operates a number of student exchanges under the ERASMUS scheme. This leads to the BA International on completion of studies in UCD. The scheme enables students who have successfully completed their second year of studies to spend a full academic year at selected universities in Belgium, France, Germany, Norway and Sweden. No fees are charged to students and limited funding is available. Students in receipt of grants will continue to avail of them when studying abroad.

The advantages of ERASMUS are many: it provides an opportunity to expand your knowledge of political culture and student life in another country. It gives access to areas of study and specialisations which are not available in UCD and an understanding of different approaches to the study of politics. In each case, the universities have a strong international reputation in politics. In many cases, the exchange also provides an opportunity to perfect a foreign language. Also, it is usually possible to take courses in your other subject, in new subject areas and in the language of the host country.

School Erasmus/JYA Coordinator (2023-24)

Dr Aidan Regan
Email: (opens in a new window)aidan.regan@ucd.ie

In addition to the School’s direct links below, it is also possible to avail of exchanges managed by the International Office with other universities. Click on the link below for the International Office website.‌

All Exchange Programmes (Outside of the EU)

Other Overseas Opportunities

Student exchanges, with the exception of post-graduate study, are for the full academic year. A programme of study is agreed with the School of Politics and International Relations and the local co-ordinator in the host university prior to departure. Courses are usually at a level corresponding to third year politics in UCD. Students must pass examinations (written and/or oral) in order to qualify for the BA International which is received on completion of their studies in UCD. These must be to the value of 45 ECTS credits.  


Students must pass their second year examinations. Selection is made on the basis of a good academic record, a personal statement (250 words - see the application form) and where necessary, language proficiency. In the case of the IEP, Paris, students are advised that a high level of competence in French is required, and they may be required to pass a specific language test. The application deadline for Erasmus in the academic year 2022/23 is the end of January 2022 (The exact date TBC).

Costs and Accommodation

No registration fees are payable to the host university - you must be registered with UCD for 2021-22 prior to departure. ERASMUS provides financial support for study visits. The exact allocation varies from year to year; details of the amounts may be obtained from the International Office website.

Each of the host universities operates a service responsible for finding accommodation, sometimes in student residences, for ERASMUS students. Usually, this costs less than accommodation in Dublin. Students will be given details of relevant services and are themselves responsible for organising accommodation.


Up-to-date information on availability of places etc. will be posted on the SPIRe homepage throughout the year.

The International Office has further details on ERASMUS on its website. An ERASMUS fair for all interested students is held in the first semester.

Note: Once accepted into the programme, students must complete relevant forms and procedures for acceptance by the host university. Upon arrival, students are encouraged to make early contact with the academic co-ordinator and the International Office. Most universities operate special introductory sessions for ERASMUS students immediately prior to the first week of the academic year.

  • Belgium, Université Libre de Bruxelles
  • Belgium, Université de Liège
  • Belgium, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • Croatia, University of Zagreb
  • Czech Republic, Univerzita Karlova v Praze
  • France, Institut D’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po – Paris)
  • France, Université de Cergy-Pontoise (Sciences Po Saint-Germain-en-Laye)
  • Germany, Universität zu Köln
  • Italy, Università Commerciale, Luigi Bocconi di Milano
  • Italy, Università degli Studi di Milano
  • Netherlands, Universiteit Utrecht
  • Norway, University of Bergen
  • Spain, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
  • Sweden, Lunds Universitet
  • Sweden, Stockholms Universitet
  • Switzerland, Universität Luzern

All Exchange Programmes (Outside of the EU)

Other Overseas Opportunities

UCD School of Politics and International Relations (SPIRe)

School Office: G301, Newman Building, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.