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Dublin Direct Enrollment - Trinity College Dublin

Why Dublin?

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 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. See the 7th Century Book of Kells, a masterful example of an illuminated manuscript, that is housed in its own climate controlled archive in Trinity College Dublin's old library.

Daily Life

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.

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$5 Million in Financial Aid

We firmly believe that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad Program. This is why we commit $5 million to our financial aid programs.


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. If prompted to contact Trinity for module information, pease contact your IES Abroad advisor at [email protected] directly. 

Broad Curriculum

  • 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
  • Classics
  • Drama and Film
  • English
  • European Studies
  • French
  • Germanic Studies
  • Hispanic Studies (Please contact your IES Abroad advisor) 
  • History
  • History of Art
  • Irish
  • Italian
  • Music
  • Religions and Theology
  • Russian and Slavonic Studies
  • Business Studies
  • Economics
  • Education (You must be an Education major to apply) 
  • Law
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Social Studies
  • Sociology

Faculty of Engineering, Mathematics and Science*

*Enrolling in a course(s) in the Faculty of Engineering, Mathematics and Sciences requires an additional fee of $3000

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Botany (Please contact your IES Abroad advisor) 
  • Chemistry (Spring term or Full year students only)
  • Computer Science 
  • Engineering 
  • Genetics
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Mathematics
  • Microbiology
  • Physics
  • 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

  • Medicine
  • Nursing

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 in order to preregister as part of your application. 

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.

Partner Institution(s)

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 cumuluative 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.

On-Site Staff
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.

Northern Ireland
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.

Causey Farm
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.

Following in the Footsteps of St. Brigid
1 Day | Spring only
Go off the beaten track to the ruins of Faughart and the town of Kildare to explore St. Brigid’s birthplace and learn the legends surrounding her as a Celtic Goddess and Christian saint.

IES Abroad field trip destinations, activities, and lengths of stay may vary according to term and availability.

Daily Life

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 also take guided tours around the Center and areas of interest in Dublin as part of your orientation.

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 five-bedroom apartment. You live with up to four 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.

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.

Get to Know Your New City

Take a Day Trip

Just a short train ride away are the towns of Howth, Dun Laoghaire and more. Let the explorer in you roam, and hike along the coast.

Catch a Live Performance

From traditional folk music to cutting-edge theatre, Dublin has it all. Venture to the theatre, or enjoy live music at your local pub.

Taste the Local Food

Irish stew, shepherd’s pie, boxty, and more—sink your teeth into the various fresh and delicious foods of Dublin.

Visit the Book of Kells

See this lavishly illustrated manuscript, located in the beautiful Trinity College Library.

Explore the Neighborhoods

Walk along the River Liffey, and meander through the city. Be sure to stop at Fitzwilliam Square and Merrion Square for the famous colorful painted doors.

Program Cost

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.

Term: Fall 2019
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Fall 2019
Academic Year
Term: Spring 2019
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Spring 2019 $19,185 $7,100 $230 $26,515

Scholarships & Aid

Program-Specific Scholarships

Semester/Year/J-Term Need-Based Financial Aid
Up to $5,000 for semester/academic year; $500 for J-Term

Open to students who apply to and attend an IES Abroad semester, academic year or J-Term program.

Criteria reviewed to determine award:

  • Level of financial need as determined from information provided on the application. Priority is given to Pell Grant recipients.
  • IES Abroad program location.
  • IES Abroad membership status of home school campus.
David Porter Need-Based Diversity Scholarship
One (1) award given each term of up to $5,000 off the IES Abroad program fee.

Named in honor of David Porter, who has served on the IES Abroad Board of Directors since 1995, this scholarship is open to students of diverse cultural backgrounds who have been traditionally under-represented on study abroad programs.

John Gearen Need-Based Dublin or Developing Regions Scholarship
Ranges up to $1,000

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
Ranges up to $3,000

This scholarship is named in honor of Robert McNeill, 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.

HACU IES Abroad Scholarship
Summer: Up to $2,500; Semester: Up to $5,000

Open to students who are currently attending a Hispanic-Serving Institution that is a member of Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities (HACU -

Dr. William Louis Gaines Need-Based History or International Relations Scholarship
Ranges up to $1,875

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.

Adelyn Dougherty Leander Need-Based Urban Issues Scholarship
Ranges up to $3,000

Open to students who have an interest in urban studies (a major in urban studies is not required).

Vera Isaacs Schwartz Endowed Stipend
$500 cash stipend

The Vera Isaacs Schwartz Endowed Stipend has been established by Alan and Ronnie Schwartz in loving tribute to Alan’s mother. Vera valued learning in the classroom, but also recognized that there is an education to be had in museums, cafes and pastry shops around the world. Alan is a current member of the IES Abroad Board of Directors and he has established this stipend to honor his mother Vera and her commitment to providing her grandchildren funds to expand their college education outside of the classroom.

Kathryn M. & Dan E. Moore Endowed Scholarship
Up to $2,000

Dedicated the IES Abroad’s mission to develop global competency among today’s students, Dr. Kathryn M. Moore has given many years of service by serving as an IES Abroad Board Member. Most recently, she served as Chair of the Board for two terms. The Dan and Kathryn M. Moore Endowed Scholarship is a further show of commitment to provide financial assistance to student(s) participating in one (or more) of IES Abroad’s study abroad programs and who currently is a student in good standing at a US land grant institution.

Ezio & Fiammetta Vergani Endowed Scholarship
Up to $2,000

Ezio Vergani lives in Milan, Italy. Ezio is the current Chair of the IES Abroad Board of Directors and has served as member of the Board since 1994. When he was a high school student in Italy, Ezio was awarded a scholarship by AFS International (American Field Service) to study his senior year at Schozing High School in Florida. In response to his own life-changing experience, he created the Vergani Scholarship at IES Abroad.

Paul & Brita Koutny Founders Scholarship
Up to $2,000

The late Paul Koutny, along with Clarence and Alberta Giese, founded IES Abroad in 1950 and enrolled 23 American students. Held as a political prisoner by the Nazis at the age of 17 for his activity in the anti-Nazi underground, Paul dedicated himself to rebuilding Austria after World War II. It was his year abroad at St. Thomas University, sponsored by the Fulbright Commission in 1949, that inspired his ambitious dream: the founding of an organization that would create life-changing experiences for young Americans and help bridge the cultural divide between two continents.

Marion & Luis de Hoyos Endowed Scholarship
Up to $2,000

The Marion and Luis de Hoyos Endowed Scholarship is named in honor of the parents of IES Abroad Board Member, Debora de Hoyos. Marion and Luis de Hoyos traveled extensively for both business and pleasure, appreciating the people and their cultures with whom they interacted. Their daughter, Debora, learned from her parents' firsthand accounts of their travels and accompanied them on some of these excursions. She credits this early exposure as "opening (her) eyes to the world".

Study Abroad Scholarship for Future Engineers
Up to $5,000

The Study Abroad Scholarship for Future Engineers was established by an anonymous donor to encourage more engineering students to have the enriching, life changing experience of study abroad.

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$5 Million in Financial Aid

We firmly believe that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad Program. This is why we commit $5 million to our financial aid programs.

Our Center

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.

Features include:

  • High-speed Internet, printer, photocopier and scanner access
  • A student lounge with study desks
  • 4 laptops and 2 desktops
  • Classrooms
  • A small library and travel planning area

Take a virtual tour of what it’s like to be in Dublin and what the IES Abroad Dublin Center is like!

Our Staff

Megan Markey

Center Director

Megan Markey earned an MBA in Education Management from the Institute of Education, University of London and a Masters in Sociology from University College Dublin. Employed by IES Abroad since 2004, Megan teaches our service learning seminar, Service Learning: Youth Engagement and Education in Ireland. She has also taught qualitative research for the Sociology Department at University College Dublin. Megan was the Assistant Director of the Dublin Center from 2010-2014 and became the Center Director in 2015. 

IES Abroad Staff

IES Abroad Dublin Staff

Regina Fitzpatrick
Assistant Director 

Shane Fitzgerald
Internship Coordinator

Andrew Diviney
Student Affairs Coordinator

Stephen McMahon
Senior Faculty and Writers Program Coordinator

Cristin O'Gorman
Internship Coordinator

Mairéad White
Accountant Assistant