Experience a different culture and study environment and go abroad as part of your studies. We offer students the opportunity to spend a semester abroad in one of our 300+ partner universities around the world.

Study Abroad Placements are typically for one semester and are a fully recognised academic component of a UL degree. During the semester abroad, students remain full-time registered students of UL and do not pay tuition fees at the host University.

Study abroad placements can be carried out in the Americas, Asia or Oceania (through non-EU Exchange) or within Europe (through the ERASMUS+ programme).

Who can go?

  • Any student enrolled in a full-time course at UL, leading to a degree or postgraduate qualification
  • Typically students embark on a study abroad placement in their 2nd or 3rd year
  • Most humanities degrees include an integrates Erasmus academic placement
  • Seven UL programmes have a compulsory Erasmus semester

Where can I go?

  • Depending on what you're studying and how big your sense of adventure is, there is likely to be an exciting opportunity that is right for you!
  • We have over 300 partner universities around the world, so the possibilities are endless
  • See a full listing of the partner universities here

Why study abroad?

  • Studying abroad can offer you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience a different culture and study environment
  • Not only will you enhance your skills but also your employability
  • Be a part of the best Erasmus Programme in the country - UL was awarded Best Erasmus Programme by the Irish Education Awards in both 2018 and 2019
  • UL has the largest outgoing cohort in Ireland with approx. 500 UL students studying abroad at European partner institutions each year

Studying abroad in Europe - ERASMUS+

  • ERASMUS stands for European community Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students
  • The Erasmus+ programme is the EU's flagship educational exchange programme set up to encourage student mobility within Europe
  • The programme enables 200,000 students to study abroad each year

Studying outside of Europe - Non-EU Exchange

How much will it cost?

  • Students embarking on Erasmus or a non-EU exchange do not pay tuition fees at the host University
  • Students on the ERASMUS+ programme receive a mobility grant of between €230-280 per month depending on the cost of living in the host country, to assist with added costs such as travel expenses and higher general costs of living in the host country.
  • The Erasmus grant is not means-tested and should not affect any other local grant funding
  • Please note there is no specific grant available for non-EU exchange placements