Located in the heart of Dublin city and founded in 1592, Trinity College Dublin is an historic university making a modern impact. As Ireland's leading university, ranked No. 1 in Ireland by the QS World University Rankings, Trinity holds a global position as a leader in top-quality, internationally recognized higher education. Trinity has a diverse and multicultural community of over 17,000 students pursuing courses at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral level.
Trinity College Dublin offers a wide variety of courses and appeals primarily to those students who are ready for the challenge of adapting to an entirely new academic culture that requires significant independent work. For students interested in studying modern drama or Irish Studies, we strongly endorse a year abroad at Trinity College Dublin. Also, students interested in religious themes in literature have often found the Trinity curriculum especially engaging.
Students should take the equivalent of 15-16 WU credits (25-30 ECTS) per semester, including the Semester Start-up Program for fall/academic year students. 2 ECTS (European Community Course-Credit Transfer System) units usually equal 1 WU unit. 5 ECTS courses are worth 3 WU credits and 10 ECTS courses are worth 5 WU credits.
Dublin is the cultural center (and the heart) of Ireland. You'll be studying in the City of Literature that's home to such literary greats as George Bernard Shaw, Oscar Wilde, William Butler Yeats, and Samuel Beckett. Dublin’s historic architecture blends with modern design. Dublin also has a unique and lively atmosphere that attracts millions of visitors every year. The city is steeped in culture through arts, theatre, and folklore. Art galleries and museums, such as the National Museum, are available. Students can visit Croke Park to see a football match or Lansdowne for some rugby. Dublin has restaurants, bookstores, street markets, and ethnic restaurants all over. There are numerous pubs and clubs for the nightlife scene.
On campus, there is a wide range of activities to suit all tastes. While enrolled in Trinity, students are welcomed as full members of the academic community and encouraged to participate fully in student life in the University. All students are welcome to join student clubs, sports clubs, and student government. There are also countless special events and guests on campus.
Students stay in IES apartments that are located in various residential areas of central Dublin. Between four and six students usually share an apartment that consists of a kitchen, two or three bedrooms, and a common area. The apartments are completely furnished and include a computer, printer, and wireless Internet access. Students usually prepare meals on their own or eat at inexpensive local restaurants. Meal plans are not included. Commute time from student apartments to the IES Dublin Center is 15-30 minutes by foot or via the light-rail system, Luas.
(One can enroll for the fall or spring semester, but because so many American students seek opportunities to study abroad in Dublin, it can be difficult for students to find places in their preferred classes if they’re only going for the spring: they have much better chances of getting into the classes in which they’re most interested if they enroll for an entire year.)
Term Dates Application Deadline
Academic Year mid-September to late May February 1
Fall mid-August to mid-December February 1
Spring early January to late May May 1
Minimum 3.3 GPA overall and within the major. Strong preparation in the subject area(s) to be studied.