You won’t need the luck of the Irish to have an unforgettable study abroad experience in Dublin. By directly enrolling at Trinity College Dublin (TCD), you’ll have the joy of befriending the Irish, who are known for their hospitality. You’ll feel more at home knowing that Dublin has a young population (more than half of the city is under 25).
What You'll Study
Trinity College Dublin offers a wide variety of challenging courses and appeals primarily to those students who are ready to adapt to an entirely new academic culture that requires significant independent work.
Dublin will be your classroom. Take in an Irish play at The Abbey Theatre, the country’s national theatre. Learn about Dublin’s history by exploring Dublin Castle, which was built in 1204. Visit Trinity College Dublin to see the 7th-century Book of Kells, a masterful example of an illuminated manuscript, that is housed in its own climate-controlled archive in the university’s historic library.
We want you to feel at home in Dublin, so we will do everything we can to help you integrate into life in the city. Enrolling directly in an Irish institution through IES Abroad provides you with a chance to sample the local academic culture while still benefiting from the support of IES Abroad staff and housing.
IES Abroad’s mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences. That is why we partnered with Trinity College Dublin.
You take 15-19 credits per semester. Trinity College Dublin follows the ECTS (European Credit Transfer System), the standardized European Union credit system. Most classes are worth 5 ECTS which equates to 2.5 IES Abroad credits.
You have the opportunity to enroll in courses in the following faculties and disciplines. Visit Trinity's Course Directory for specific course information.
Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
- Centre for Language and Communication Studies
- Education (You must be an Education major to apply)
- European Studies
- Gender Studies
- Germanic Studies
- Hispanic Studies (Please contact your IES Abroad advisor)
- History of Art
- Irish Studies
- Near and Middle Eastern Studies
- Political Science
- Religions, Peace Studies, and Theology
- Russian and Slavonic Studies
- Social Work
Faculty of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science*
*Enrolling in a course(s) in the Faculty of Engineering, Mathematics and Sciences requires an additional fee of $3500
- Botany (Please contact your IES Abroad advisor)
- Chemistry (Spring term or Full-year students only)
- Computer Science & Statistics
- Environmental Studies
- Plant Sciences
- Zoology (Please contact your IES Abroad advisor)
Faculty of Health Sciences*
*Enrolling in a course(s) in the Faculty of Health Sciences requires an additional fee of $3500
Trinity advises that students not take courses in both the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and the Faculty of Engineering, Mathematics and Science due to scheduling difficulties.
You will be able to take 1 Trinity Elective per semester, but these courses have limited availability. You will be able to choose a course during your on-site registration process, so you do not need to list anything on your Trinity College Dublin application. Please see the Trinity Electives webpage for further details on the courses offered.
Please note that course offerings vary from semester to semester. Exact course availability is determined shortly before the start of each semester. For this reason, it will not be possible for you to officially register until your arrival in Dublin; however, you will need to refer to current course offerings in order to preregister as part of your application.
Trinity College Dublin
As a 400-year-old university, Trinity College Dublin (TCD) has a long history of high academic quality and scholarship. It is Ireland’s oldest and one of its finest higher education institutions. TCD also houses The 7th Century Book of Kells, a masterful example of an illuminated manuscript, in its own climate-controlled archive in the university’s old library and open to the public during the day.
In recent years, the college has increased its enrollment and diversity. The current student population represents 70 countries over six continents and totals more than 16,000 students.
Because of TCD’s high academic standards, the college usually requires the students to have a cumulative 3.3 GPA on a 4.0 scale. However, GPAs under 3.3 will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Trinity also requires one year of full-time enrollment at a bachelor's degree-granting institution.
Trinity College Dublin is located in the heart of Dublin near St. Stephen’s Green. The campus’ buildings and open space span across 40 acres.
Advising & Support
In a direct enrollment program, you are enrolled as a full-time student at one of our international partner institutions. Even though your local host institution is where you’ll take your classes, we’re still here to fully support you.
Choosing and directly enrolling in courses abroad can be confusing and overwhelming. This is why we offer you predeparture advising that’s specific to your needs. Our goal is to provide support and guidance throughout your application and enrollment process.
As an IES Abroad student directly enrolled at local Irish universities, you have access to the IES Abroad Dublin Center and staff who are specifically dedicated to your needs. Our on-site staff work with you and your local institution to answer any questions about academic requirements, housing, or well-being and safety.
Our support services for direct enrollment students are specifically designed to help you achieve your study abroad goals. We know studying abroad is an adventure, and at times, you may need help or just someone to talk to — that’s why our staff is there for you.
Field Trips & Events
Even though your adventure starts in Dublin, our field trips take you beyond the city to discover the culture and traditions of your host country. You share a portion of the cost with IES Abroad. Here are a few possible destinations.
3 days | Fall and Spring
Take a guided tour of Belfast, visit the Giant's Causeway (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and explore the countryside on a Game of Thrones experience tour.
1 Day | Fall and Spring
Visit an open farm where you will have the chance to try Irish dancing, bake traditional Irish bread, learn to play an Irish drum called the bodhrán, and jump in a bog.
Celtic Origins of Halloween
1 Day | Fall only
Join a guided tour of historic sites around County Meath where the festival of Samhain (more commonly known today as Halloween) originated more than 2,000 years ago.
Part of making you feel at home in Dublin is doing our best to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it is an orientation program that makes you feel prepared, housing that is well-located and comfortable, or the field trips that take you to places off the beaten path—we’re all about our student services. This is just one of the things we’re known for.
The program begins with an orientation that introduces you to the IES Abroad Dublin staff, your fellow students, and the city of Dublin.
Our Comprehensive Orientation & Re-Entry Experience (CORE™) begins right when you arrive and continues through the semester with activities focusing on academic and cultural adjustment. Detailed information about housing, public transportation, culture, health and safety, and other important topics are also covered.
You will also participate in TCD's orientation program for international students.
We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best café—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local students are living. Our goal is that when you leave Dublin, it will feel like home.
Private Student Residence - You live in a private student residence with your own bedroom and bathroom within a four or five-bedroom apartment. Live with other IES Abroad students and share a fully-equipped kitchen and living area. Mixed-gender and single-gender apartments are available. The private student residence is completely furnished and has WiFi along with other amenities. No meals are included.
Consider these prices as a starting point. We encourage you to contact your study abroad office to determine the actual cost to you when factoring in financial aid, scholarships, your home school policies, and other factors.
Scholarships & Aid
John Gearen Need-Based Dublin or Developing Regions Scholarship
Up to $1,000; awarded to 2 students each year.
John Gearen, a member of the IES Abroad Board of Directors for many years and past chair of the Board for six years, is a leading real estate attorney and Rhodes Scholar who is involved in numerous philanthropic causes. Mr. Gearen has generously established this scholarship to support students who have an interest in studying on an IES Abroad Center in a developing region of the world (Argentina, Chile, China, Ecuador, Ireland, Morocco, or South Africa).
Robert McNeill Need-Based International Business Scholarship
Up to $3,000; awarded to 2 students each year
This scholarship is named in honor of Robert McNeill, a member of the IES Abroad Board of Directors for 25 years (6 years as Chairman). Open to students who have an interest in international business. Majors might include management, marketing, economics, finance, international relations, and social and behavioral sciences.
Dr. William Louis Gaines Need-Based History or International Relations Scholarship
Up to $1,875; awarded to 4-6 students each year
This scholarship is named in honor of Dr. William Louis Gaines, President of IES Abroad from 1974-1992. Dr. Gaines was dedicated to strengthening IES Abroad's academic framework, broadening the scope of IES Abroad locations, and securing the financial foundation of the organization.
Open to students majoring in History or International Relations.
The IES Abroad Dublin Center occupies a red-brick Victorian building that was originally a post office and has been completely renovated. The Center is walking distance from St. Stephen’s Green and Trinity College.
- High-speed Internet, printer, photocopier, and scanner access
- A student lounge with study desks
- 4 laptops and 2 desktops
- A small library and travel planning area
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