Trinity College Dublin - Semester or Year Abroad


GlobaLinks Learning Abroad offers programs at Trinity College Dublin through our partner International Studies Abroad.

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GlobaLinks Learning Abroad has designed this program in Ireland  with your individual student goals in mind. It is built around a unique Discovery Model which is delivered by some of the best staff in study abroad, both in the U.S. and overseas, in order to provide you with an individualized experience through discovery in 5 key areas: personal, academic, cultural, social, and career. Learn more about the Discovery Model.


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Trinity College Dublin is recognized internationally as Ireland's leading university and as one of the top universities in the world. Founded in 1592, Trinity College Dublin is one of the oldest universities in Europe. Today, cutting edge research, technology and innovation places the university at the forefront of higher education in Ireland and internationally. It is ranked 1st in Ireland, 21st in Europe and 65th in the world by the 2011 QS World University rankings.

Trinity alumni include Irish scholars, Swift, Berkeley, Burke, Goldsmith, Wilde, and Beckett in the Arts, and Hamilton and Walton in the Sciences, and the influence of the university is to be found in their work. Two of these, Beckett and Walton, are Nobel prize-winners.

Trinity’s Library is the largest research library in Ireland and one of the largest in Europe with 4.25 million books and electronic access to over 30,000 journals. In addition to collections gathered over four centuries, the library has had 200 years of legal deposit, allowing the university to claim a copy of every book published in Ireland and the UK. It is also home to an extensive collection of maps, music and manuscripts, the most famous being the legendary Book of Kells. The Old Library, one of Ireland’s most iconic buildings, celebrates its tercentenary in 2012. Over 500,000 visitors come to enjoy the Library every year, to see the Book of Kells Exhibition, and to experience the Long Room. As the sole College library for over 200 years, it was the place of study for many of Trinity’s most famous alumni and is one of Ireland’s most popular tourist attractions 

Facts & Figures

  • 17,000 total student body
  • 11,800 undergraduates 
  • 5,000 postgraduates
  • 2,500 International Students
  • 96% of UGs are full-time
  • 32% of students are PGs
  • 79% are Irish
  • 12% are European 
  • 4% are North American
  • 5% are from other countries
  • 41% male
  • 59% female
  • 2,700 total employees
  • 40% of staff from outside of Ireland


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Ireland is situated on the western seaboard of Europe. An independent Republic since 1922, Ireland is a vibrant and thriving European country offering visitors an eclectic mix of old world Celtic charm and modern commercial dynamism.


Ireland’s vibrant capital city, Dublin, was named as one of the best student cities in the world by the first global rankings of student cities published by the 2012 QS World University Ranking. As an active member of the European Union the currency in Ireland is the Euro and the spoken language is English, although the national language is Irish (Gaelic). The population of Ireland is approximately 4.5 million which includes a sizeable multi-ethnic populace. As a result, Ireland has developed into a dynamic, diverse and yet extremely safe and tolerant environment in which to study and live.


Ireland has one of the best education systems in Europe (2004 IMD World Competitiveness Report) with a history rich in tradition and learning. The quality of the Irish education system has been a major contributing factor to the rapid rate of economic growth that Ireland has experienced over the past few decades. As a result, Irish higher education institutions are widely recognised as centres of excellence in many disciplines. Not surprisingly, Ireland is an increasingly popular destination for students from all over the world who wish to take advantage of the higher education standard and share in the unique cultural experience.


Above all Ireland is renowned worldwide for its friendliness and its welcome to visitors. These core values are as prevalent in Irish society today as ever. You can be sure that an integral part of ‘The Irish Experience’ will be the welcome you receive!



As the capital of Ireland, Dublin is one of Europe’s liveliest student hubs. With one of the youngest populations comprising people from many different parts of Europe and the globe, the city enjoys an atmosphere which is particularly congenial for students. With over 1.5 million people, the city has a full and varied cultural and intellectual life which brings together the best of traditional Ireland and of modern Europe.


Dublin is particularly fortunate to have manytheatres, museums and galleriesthroughout the city and one of Ireland’s most famous relics, ‘The Book of Kells’ is on permanent display at Trinity College.


Famous for its literary and musical tradition, Ireland’s capital has been home to well known writers, playwrights, actors and musicians for many years. A particular feature is the tradition of live music in every conceivable venue, from street busking to the National Concert Hall – not forgetting the pubs where traditional Irish music still flourishes.


In the literary field, the contribution of native sons has been outstanding with Jonathan Swift, Oliver Goldsmith, Oscar Wilde, Bernard Shaw, W.B Yeats and Samuel Beckett amongst the most prominent. For more information on Dublin visit the official online tourist office at:  




The Trinity Campus

Trinity is located on a forty seven acre campus in the heart of Dublin, a major European capital city. Trinity houses state-of-the-art academic, research and sports facilities in a mixture of new and modern buildings situated alongside architecturally beautiful and historic buildings.


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Academic Highlights


  • Founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I, Trinity College Dublin is Ireland’s oldest and most prestigious university
  • Ranked Ireland’s No 1 university, 65th in the World, and 21st in Europe in the 2011/2012 QS World University Ranking across all indicators
  • Situated in an historic campus at the heart of Dublin, the capital city of Ireland
  • 17,000 students from 122 countries, with 40% of its staff from outside of Ireland
  • Ranked 16th in the world in terms of ‘International Outlook’ by Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2011
  • Recognized as a top international centre for research
  • World leader in Nanotechnology, Information Technology, Immunology, Mathematics, Engineering, Physics, Psychology, Politics, English, and many more
  • Offers a vibrant student experience with over 100 College societies and 50 sports clubs
  • Over 92,000 alumni


Catch a glimpse of the famous Trinity library


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The city of Dublin offers a wide range of housing options. To assure that students have housing reserved prior to arrival, GlobaLinks Learning Abroad works with a Dublin-based private rental company that specializes in study abroad student accommodations. They secure and manage the properties while placing students from a variety of study abroad programs together. You may be with other GlobaLinks students or other international students participating in short term study in Dublin.

There are a variety of housing options available including Student Residence, shared houses, or shared apartments across the city. All housing is “self-catered” meaning that you shop for and prepare your own meals. The housing options include wireless Internet connections, basic cable television, and are fully furnished including extra amenities such as a television set and kitchenware. You may choose a single room, shared rooms, different size apartments and different locations. The cost of the housing will vary depending on your individual choice. Some will require an easy commute via bus or tram while others are a short walking distance from the city center and Trinity College Dublin. 



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University Services

The University provides a range of services to support students during their period at Trinity College Dublin. A composite list can be found here. Some of the main services that would be of interest to new students include:

  • Disability Services
  • International Office
  • Student Counselling 
  • Careers Advisory Service   
  • College Chaplaincy   
  • College Health Service   
  • Students’ Union  
  • Tutor Support
  • Accommodations Office


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Bridging Cultures Program

The GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Bridging Cultures Program is our signature orientation program for all semester and year abroad students. The cost for this multi-day program is included in your program fees and covers several nights accommodation, most meals, local transportation, and excursions.

Typically 4-6 days in length, each orientation program includes:

Exciting excursions and activities

A chance to meet other students

Orientation sessions to help you adapt to your new country

Orientation sites vary based on the location of your program. Each site is selected based on the proximity to your host university as well as for the unique activities available within the area. Read more about the Bridging Cultures Program>

University Orientation

In addition to the GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Bridging Cultures Program, all students will participate in a university specific orientation.

The staff of the International Office would like to ensure that you have a smooth transition into life at Trinity College Dublin. Prior to departure, you will be provided with details on the orientation program.

When you arrive, the International Office will be happy to help you if you have any questions or concerns about settling into Trinity College. You will also be directed to the many Student Support Services, including the College Health Service, Student Counselling, Students’ Union, and the Disability Service. As a student at Trinity you are encouraged to enhance your ‘Trinity Experience’ by joining some of the student sports clubs and societies, which is a great way to meet other students.

The first week of the academic year prior to the start of lectures is called Freshers’ Week. Freshers’ Week is the induction week for all new undergraduate and visiting students. You are strongly encouraged to attend your orientation sessions offered during this week. The orientation sessions cover such topics as introduction to university life and services; computer access; and Library, campus, and Sports Centre tours.



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Scholarships Available

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad strives to offer the most reasonable abroad fees to Europe.  To further enhance the affordability of the semester/year study abroad programs, we encourage you to apply for scholarships through all available scholarship sources.  Learn more about our scholarship opportunities.

Get Involved Abroad

Extracurricular Activities

As a GlobaLinks Learning Abroad participant, you will be directly enrolled as a student in the university abroad. This allows you to take advantage of every opportunity to be culturally integrated in the campus environment and culture by participating in university activities with resident students. The Central Societies Committee is the body responsible for student societies in Trinity College. Explore all of the different societies (clubs) available at Trinity


Community Involvement

Getting involved abroad can enable you to meet local students, make a meaningful connection with your campus and community, and enhance your study abroad experience. Your coordinator will connect you with local resources if you wish to volunteer for community projects through your host university. It is important for you to find the right combination of academic, cultural, and leisure activities in order to take full advantage of international learning and cultural immersion.


All students are encouraged to participate in volunteer activities at or near their campus, where permitted under host-country immigration regulations. Service learning is an integral piece of a well-rounded education, and we support students’ efforts to integrate into the local culture through volunteer activities. Students are provided with information on volunteer opportunities on campus or within the community during the orientation and preparation process.

Special Programs and Excursions


Semester Start-up Program

The Semester Start Up Programme: Understanding Ireland (or SSP) at Trinity College Dublin provides international students with an ideal introduction to a full Semester’s (or a full year’s) study at Ireland’s leading university.   The SSP runs for three weeks at the start of the Fall Semester and one week at the start of the Spring Semester. The three week SSP is unique in Ireland, combining an interdisciplinary approach to undergraduate study with the highest academic and educational standards. The SSP is therefore a viable option for undergraduate students from all disciplines. This is an optional program with an additional costs that is not included in the EuroLearn program fee.  Contact your GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Coordinator if you wish to register for this module.


Understanding Ireland - Module Description

The class ('module'), Understanding Ireland, comprises three compulsory strands, which must all be completed by students in order to gain credit. The three strands are (i) Irish history, (ii) archaeology, art and architecture and (iii) literature in a historical context. Each strand is taught by lecture and small-group tutorial and the main focus throughout are upon detailed assessment of key events, personalities, debates, influences and texts. Students receive guidance on relevant readings and sources in order to gain a broader overview of the relevant period and topic. In many instances, online packs with source material and readings are also provided. The lectures and tutorials take place in the mornings while afternoons are dedicated to field trips which compliment the different strands. In recent years destinations outside Trinity College Dublin have included the Abbey Theatre and Croke Park (home of the GAA) in Dublin, in addition to day trips to the Boyne Valley and Kilkenny City. The module is run under the auspices of the School of Histories and Humanities at Trinity College Dublin. Teaching is carried out by the School’s academic staff and teaching assistants. The Semester Start-up Program is a most enjoyable and informative introduction to Ireland and will greatly benefit international students.
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Bridging Cultures Program

The GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Bridging Cultures Program is our signature orientation program for all semester and year abroad students. The cost for this multi-day program is included in your program fees and covers several nights accommodation, most meals, local transportation, and excursions.

Typically 4-6 days in length, each orientation program includes:

Exciting excursions and activities

A chance to meet other students

Orientation sessions to help you adapt to your new country

Orientation sites vary based on the location of your program. Each site is selected based on the proximity to your host university as well as for the unique activities available within the area. Read more about the Bridging Cultures Program>

Discovery Activities

Planned Excursions & Events

Our in-country resident staff arranges scheduled activities with students throughout the year. Activities are optional and designed to explore the five key areas of discovery: academic, social, personal, cultural, and professional. These are not just visits to tourist attractions. For example, these are activities such as networking opportunities, local festivals, gallery openings, and other similar events that you can’t find in a travel book. These activities will truly enhance your experience.

On-Going Activities

Your exploration of the culture, the academics, the people, and yourself is what will truly enhance your experience. Through the Discovery Model, our in-country staff will provide you with advice and recommendations for other types of activities you can undertake in order achieve your individual goals.


Other Trips and Travel Available

Beyond our included orientation and excursions, you will be able to pre-book a wide variety of day, weekend, and week-long tours at a discounted price through our travel partner, STA Travel. These trips provide the ultimate flexibility for you to travel where you want to go, when you want to go, and with whom you want to go. Most trips have open dates, so you can pre-book the trip(s) that interest you, yet choose your dates later on in your semester. This flexibility also means friends that you make from other countries/programs or even your friends and family who are visiting you abroad can also participate. Learn more>


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Course Catalog

To determine if the classes you need are available at this university, select Courses/Subjects to view the specific course options.


Tips: For advice on navigating the university’s course catalog, use the Selecting Courses link. You may also view the suggested grade and credit transfer information through the Grade Conversion.


If you have any questions about course availability, please contact


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Trinity College Dublin
All fees listed are for first term onlyYear Abroad Advice
Program FeesTBD
Housing without MealsApproximately $4,300 - $5,700 (Spring); $2,500 - $5,000 (Fall)
What's includedSee below

Fee Includes

Your Personalized Semester/Year Program Includes

  • Tuition and instruction
  • Host university activity and insurance fees
  • 24/7 support for students and parents at home and abroad
  • Pre-departure materials and travel gear
  • Comprehensive assistance
  • Personal program manager
  • Scholarship and financial aid assistance
  • Facilitation of course selection / credit transfer

Activity and Excursion Package

  • Multi-day on-site Bridging Cultures Program
  • Local Discovery Activities hosted by on-site Resident Coordinator
  • Welcome and farewell events
  • HTH Worldwide health insurance protection
  • Alumni opportunities, including professional ambassador program
  • International Student Identity Card
  • Exclusive Career-Building Alumni Institute (add-on option)

Additional Housing Fee

Housing amenities are generally:

  • Single room
  • Technology package available
  • Linen package available

An additional refundable housing deposit may be required for your housing selection. This housing is self-catered, therefore you will have access to a kitchen where you can prepare your own meals.

*All fees are subject to change.



Should you receive an offer, your offer letter will provide you with the most up to date university start dates. GlobaLinks Learning Abroad will attempt to provide you with the most up-to-date information as we receive it. Be sure to confirm dates before finalizing any travel plans. 

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have the required GPA and have completed at least the equivalent of two years of full-time study at the university/college level (Junior or higher) at the time of enrollment. Students with a lower GPA than the requirement may be considered on a case by case basis. Please contact our office for more information.

Required GPA: 3.30

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