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 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.
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.
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.
- 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 requires 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 in order to preregister as part of your application.
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.