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).
Trinity College Dublin offers a wide variety of challenging 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. Dublin will also be your classroom. Take in an Irish play at Abbey Theatre, the country’s national theater. 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 old library.
Welcome to study abroad! We want you to feel at home in Dublin, so we will do everything we can to help you integrate into life in Dublin. 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.
- Center: IES Abroad Dublin
- City: Dublin
- Country: Ireland
- Program Credits: 15-19 credits
- Language of Instruction: English
- Language Prerequisites: None
After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.
August 16 - December 16
Upcoming Application Deadlines:
Spring 2019 - October 01, 2018
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.
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.
Semester Start-Up Program
You start off your semester with TCD's Semester Start-Up Program (SSP), of the School of Histories and Humanities. The SSP provides you with a set curriculum, Understanding Ireland: An Interdisciplinary Module in History, Archaeology, Art, Architecture, and Literature. The SSP covers approximately 2.5 credits in the fall term, and you complete the remaining two-thirds of your credit through standard undergraduate courses. The five-day spring semester Start-Up Program does not carry credit. Academic Year students do not enroll in the Semester Start-Up Program; they take a full course load and earn all of their credits from the standard undergraduate curriculum. 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.
- These courses are all open to visiting students. Students do not need to list these courses on their Trinity College Dublin application. Please see the Trinity website for details
Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
- Centre for Language and Communication Studies
- Drama and Film
- European Studies
- Germanic Studies
- Hispanic Studies (Please contact your IES Abroad advisor)
- History of Art
- Religions and Theology
- Russian and Slavonic Studies
- Business Studies
- Education (You must be an Education major to apply)
- Political Science
- Social Studies
Faculty of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science*
*Enrolling in a course(s) in the Faculty of Engineering, Mathematics and Sciences require an additional fee of $3000.
- Botany (Please contact your IES Abroad advisor)
- Chemistry (Spring term or Full year students only)
- Computer Science
- 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 $3000.
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. 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 to preregister as part of your application.
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. But our advising services don’t stop there. While you’re in Dublin, our local staff is available to help you transition into your new home.
The support services we offer IES Abroad direct enrollment students are specifically designed to help you achieve your study abroad goals as effectively and smoothly as possible. 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 will be there for you.
As an IES Abroad student directly enrolled at a local university in Dublin, you have access to on-site IES Abroad 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 wellbeing and safety.
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 will live in a private student residence, Binary Hub, in Dublin. At Binary Hub, you will be given your own private bedroom and bathroom. You will share the floor with up to four other flat mates, which consists of a fully-equipped kitchen and a shared living area. The private student residence is completely furnished and has WiFi Internet access along with other amenities. You are responsible for your own meals, and can prepare your own food at home or eat at local, inexpensive restaurants.
The program begins with a two-day orientation that introduces you to the IES Abroad Dublin staff, your fellow students, and the city of Dublin. Topics such as academics, housing, transportation, and health and safety are covered during this time. You also take guided tours around the Center and areas of Dublin as part of your orientation. Additionally, CORE™, IES Abroad’s Comprehensive Orientation & Re-entry Experience, begins during orientation and continues throughout the semester with activities focusing on cultural adjustment, goal achievement, and preparing for the return home. You will also take guided tours around the Center and areas of interest in Dublin as part of your orientation. You also participate in TCD's orientation program for international students.
Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events
TCD has an active student body, with over 90 college societies and 50 sports clubs. Joining one or more is a great way to integrate into the local campus culture.
- 18 years of age
- In good standing at your home school
- 3.3 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale (GPAs under 3.3 will be considered on a case-by-case basis)
- Must be second-semester sophomore, junior or senior standing when program begins
- One year of full-time enrollment at a bachelor's degree-granting institution
Passport & Visa Requirements
A passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the end date of the program, with at least two blank pages is required. U.S. citizens in possession of a valid passport do not need to obtain a visa to enter or study in Ireland. Non-U.S. citizens may be required to obtain a student visa before arrival. Please contact us for more information.
- Tuition: $17,885
- Housing: $4,700
- Insurance: $230
- Total: $22,815
- Tuition: $32,175
- Housing: $10,585
- Insurance: $455
- Total: $43,215
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.