Ireland Study Abroad Program at Trinity College
Trinity College Dublin
Cead Mile Failte! We’re so excited that you’re preparing to study abroad on an IFSA-Butler program and have chosen Trinity College as your destination. Founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I, Trinity College is the oldest University in Ireland. We’re sure you’re going to love studying in Dublin!
What Trinity College Dublin has to offer
We look forward to working with you! You can learn more about Trinity College Dublin by visiting their website.
Where can I find a list of courses that the university offers?
Students should not enroll if full year courses unless they are studying for the full academic year. If, however, a student must have a specific course and it is only offered as a full-year course, the student may petition to enroll if:
Please note that this is on a case by case basis and cannot be confirmed until after arrival at Trinity College Dublin
What if I need to take a required course?
What courses am I eligible to take?
When determining which courses to take, remember that in Ireland students usually come to university with a two-year background in their area of study. Therefore first-year courses at Trinity are usually equivalent to sophomore-level courses and Senior Sophister courses (fourth year courses) are equivalent to graduate level study.
How many departments can I apply to?
Please Note the Following Departmental Comments:
How many courses am I able to take, and how do I determine U.S. semester credit hours?
When calculating credits, 1 ECTS credit =.5 US semester credit hours.
RegistrationThe course preference form is not a registration form; it is a guideline to let your host university know which courses you are interested in taking abroad. You should discuss your course selections with your academic advisor at your home institution and have several backup choices in mind. This schedule will be based on the courses listed on the course preference form.
What are the registration conditions?
You must take a full Trinity College Dublin course load as determined by IFSA-Butler. Credit will be awarded on a Butler University transcript based on a typical U.S. full course load. All courses are graded on an A-F scale, and there is no provision for pass/fail or auditing courses unless pass/fail is the only method of assessment for the course. You are not allowed to register for online, distance education or hybrid courses.
You should also be aware that you may be charged additional fees by your home institution or host university to take or process additional credits. Taking less than a full course load may jeopardize your student status and result in personal academic repercussions and/or loss of financial aid.
ExamsWhat do I need to know about exams?
Because of the differences in the academic systems, you will not know your exam schedule until after you arrive at your host university. Please refer to your program calendar to review the exam period for your host university. Your host university's policies do not permit you to reschedule any exams, request alternate assessments or arrange to have your exams proctored in the United States. If this occurs, IFSA-Butler cannot assist you in conducting a grade appeal or academic follow-up for the course in which you made this arrangement. You will need to complete and submit all academic work prior to departing the program.
How will my home university know what my classes were and what grades I received?
Exploring Community & Culture
IFSA-Butler's Exploring Community & Culture program (C&C) at Trinity College Dublin is designed to take students' study abroad experiences to another level. It encourages them to get the most out of their time abroad by blending intercultural learning with an exploration of the local community and local community groups.
Each IFSA-Butler student attending Trinity will be offered the chance to take Exploring Ireland: Community & Culture for a certificate. The success of C&C is demonstrated in the students' fluent knowledge of Irish society and sense of connection, their positivity to face the challenges that come with study abroad and to see this discomfort as opportunities to learn and to be open and curious about diversity and the different ways that people live. That success can also be attributed to the access to Ireland staff and to the support of the other students in the C&C group where they can share their experiences and difficulties.
C&C in Ireland consists of eight group sessions of two hours each. This class time is supplemented by field trips, events and on-campus meetings. Students will be expected to write weekly journals, read articles and prescribed readings and take on projects to do with exploring their campus and Dublin city. The reflection and engagement that these activities allow is central to the students' authentic experience of living in Ireland. They also undertake a short presentation of their experience here, reflecting on either their time here as a member of an on campus society or club, or of their engagement with the wider communities they enjoy in Ireland.
Assessment is calculated by the following criteria:
Social media links to Exploring Community and Culture in Ireland:
Housing OptionsStudents on the Trinity College Dublin program may live in IFSA-Butler-operated housing or Griffith College accommodations. Please note that on your housing form you will be given the opportunity to rank your housing preference, but IFSA-Butler cannot guarantee a particular placement. Due to the differences in location and rent, the housing fee varies based on students' housing placements. Please see the Dates and Fees tab for the housing fees.
IFSA-Butler operated accommodations consist of flats with two double rooms and shared kitchen and living areas. You may request a single room, but please note that the availability of single rooms is very limited. The kitchens have adequate refrigerator and cupboard space and are fully equipped with pots, pans and other necessary utensils. Students share bath and shower facilities, and wireless Internet is provided. All beds are twin size and linens are provided, but you will need to provide your own towels. There are coin operated laundry facilities on site. IFSA-Butler housing is located in central Dublin, an approximate 15-minute walk to campus.
Griffith College accommodations are flats with two double rooms with shared kitchen and living areas. Single rooms are available and carry an additional fee. The kitchens have adequate refrigerator and cupboard space and a kitchen pack of basic kitchen supplies is available for purchase. Students share bath and shower facilities, and wireless Internet is provided. All beds are twin size and linens are provided, but you will need to provide your own towels. Coin operated laundry machines are in the building. Griffith College accommodations are located slightly out of the city center, about a 35-minute walk or a 15-minute bus ride to campus. The bus leaves from the front of the college on a regular schedule.
There is no meal plan for students living in IFSA-Butler housing, but if you tire of cooking, you can take advantage of the many dining options available on campus and in surrounding Dublin on a pay-as-you-go basis.
Griffith College accommodations are self-catered, but you can purchase a meal plan on site.
Is my housing included in the program fee?
When will I receive my housing assignment?
Please keep in mind that while IFSA-Butler guarantees housing, we cannot guarantee your preferences.
Do I have to pay a housing deposit?
Can I arrange my own housing?
Please be advised that housing costs can be high abroad, and many times students living independently end up spending more money than students living in IFSA-Butler arranged housing. If you are hoping to save money by arranging housing on your own, please research your options early so you can compare costs. You must notify us of your intention to live in independent housing by the program application deadline for your term abroad, listed at the top of this page. We are not able to accommodate independent housing requests after the deadline.
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Dates & Fees
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Independent travelers must arrive in their orientation city by 1 p.m. and check in with IFSA-Butler Ireland staff at the orientation hotel. More information about the orientation hotel will be included in the final travel newsletter.
Students must have a round trip ticket to enter the country. Please use the program end date when initially booking your return.
Your program end date may change due to circumstances beyond IFSA-Butler's control. Upon arrival at your host university, be sure to verify your exam schedule and program end date. We also strongly recommend that you investigate fees and penalties associated with your airline tickets in case you need to make date or route changes.
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Academic Year and Fall Payments Due: July 1
Program Fee Bills
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Personal Cost Estimates
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Note for Early Start students: Be sure to budget additional Meals and Personal Miscellaneous funds for the weeks of the Early Start program. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor can help you estimate expenses if necessary.
These figures are designed to assist students with financial planning but are only estimates based on past students’ experiences at the current exchange rate. They do not include any entertainment or vacation travel costs.
The above numbers are general estimates of expenses during a program abroad. We recommend taking into account your current spending habits, the cost of living in your host country and the current exchange rate. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor can be helpful as you attempt to work on a personal budget for your experience abroad.
Personal Miscellaneous: Covers general expenses of college life, including course supplies, photocopying, toiletries, snacks, personal care, etc.
Commuting: Estimates are for transportation between housing and university. Transportation for personal or recreational purposes is not included in the above estimates.
* U.S. citizens do not need to apply for a visa to study in the Republic of Ireland. However, citizens of certain countries may need to do so. If this applies to you, you will be notified by your IFSA-Butler program advisor. All students, regardless of citizenship, will need to register with the Garda (Irish police) upon arrival in the Republic of Ireland. Registration will cost €300 (approximately $400).
All costs are in U.S. dollars.
To apply to the Trinity College, Dublin program, use our easy online application.
Applicants to Trinity College, Dublin must complete three additional forms as part of the application process:
We must receive these forms before we can send your application to Trinity College Dublin for an admissions decision. They can be sent to IFSA-Butler via email, fax or regular mail. Please submit these forms with the remainder of your program application.
If you have already started an application to Trinity College, Dublin program, you can check the status of your application using the Student Portal.
Meet Your IFSA-Butler Team
IFSA-Butler has a dedicated team of staff who are here to help students prepare for their program in Ireland:
Program Advisor Matt Free assists with the application process and is here to answer program, cultural and academic questions before departure. Matt studied abroad in Valparaíso, Chile in the fall of 2010 and completed his undergraduate coursework in Anthropology and Spanish at Butler University. He currently advises students planning to study abroad in England, Scotland and Ireland. Matt can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 4200.
Student & Parent Services Manager Donnetta Spears is available to both students and parents for travel questions and information. Donnetta has worked with IFSA-Butler since 2000, and she has traveled through parts of Europe, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand. As the mother of 4 college students (including one who studied abroad on an IFSA-Butler program), she has a deep understanding of the ins-and-outs of study abroad from a parent perspective. Donnetta can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4252.
Academic Records Coordinator Lindsye Craig graduated from Indiana University and then spent five months living and studying in Dublin, Ireland. Study abroad was the best part of her collegiate experience and Lindsye is excited to work with IFSA-Butler students on their academic records. She can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 4261.
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Early Start Option
Trinity College Dublin offers fall and year students an optional early start course, Understanding Ireland: An Interdisciplinary Module in History, Archaeology, Art, Architecture, and Literature, which takes place approximately three weeks before the regular start of term. The course is split into three compulsory strands: Irish History, archaeology art and architecture, and literature in a historical context. Morning lecture and small group tutorials are supplemented with afternoon field trips focusing on detailed assessment of key events, personalities, debates, influences and texts. Past field trips have included the Abbey Theatre and Croke Park with day trips to the Boyne Valley and Kilkenny.
Students will receive 5 ECTS (2.5 US semester credit hours) upon successful completion of the course.