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Exchange Opportunities

Have you ever thought about studying overseas for a semester?

Do you want to learn more about the global sports industry?

Does the idea of spending a few months in another country appeal to you?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then a study abroad or exchange programme may be ideal for you!

Students registered to the BSc in Sport & Exercise Management or the BSc Health & Performance Science are encouraged to study abroad at one of UCD Sport and Performance's partner institutions. We have agreements with a number of universities around the world and can structure an academic programme to complement your current degree programme.

Why should I study abroad?

Studying overseas is a wonderful opportunity to live in another country for an extended period of time, allowing you to experience another educational system whilst enjoying the sights and sounds of your new surrounds. You will mix with local students, integrate into a new culture and broaden your horizons, all while earning credit towards your UCD degree.

Despite the amazing experiences you will have, studying abroad is not simply an educational or social experience as it also has valuable outcomes for your later careers. A CV that includes an international experience demonstrates to employers that not only have you a degree, but you have a global outlook and experience of living overseas.

Where can I go?

UCD has a number of institutional partnerships around the world, including in the USA, Australia and New Zealand, with new agreements being added all the time.

Do I gain credit for my overseas studies?

Students studying on exchange for a semester typically gain credit towards their UCD degree if their modules have been preapproved by the Programme Director in advance. Credit achieved is GPA-neutral.


To be eligible for the UCD Sport and Performance Exchange Programme, students must be registered full-time in either BSc programme and will normally have:

  • completed Stage 1 at UCD (60 credits)
  • achieved an academic average GPA of at least 3.0 (C+ average)

The approval process relies on additional criteria, including the number of applications received, the number of places available, your personal statement and letters of support from your personal referees.

Fees and Costs

Students studying on exchange at one of UCD's partner institutions do not pay tuition fees at the host institution. You simply register at UCD and pay your Student Contribution Fee and Student Levy to UCD as normal. Before applying to study abroad, you need to consider whether you have sufficient funds to support yourself whilst you are away. The cost of living varies considerably for different countries and you will be responsible for your travel costs, accommodation, meals, living costs, health insurance (compulsory), academic materials (such as textbooks) and spending money. Living costs can range from €4,000 to €6,000 per semester.


For more information about incorporating a semester abroad as part of your UCD undergraduate studies, contact UCD Sport and Performance on 01 716 3478/3271 or (opens in a new window)sport.management@ucd.ie/(opens in a new window)performance.science@ucd.ie For more information about UCD exchanges in general, please visit the UCD Global Website.

Contact UCD Sport and Performance

Woodview House, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.
T: +353 1 716 3478 | E: sport.management@ucd.ie