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.
RegistraitonThe 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. Accepted students will receive their provisional schedule shortly after an admissions decision is made. 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 query 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:
Click here to view the C&C syllabus.
Housing OptionsAll students on the Trinity College, Dublin program live in IFSA-Butler-operated housing consists of self-contained flats in Dublin.
The flats change every year as rent prices fluctuate, but most flats consist of double rooms with shared kitchen and living areas. The availability of single rooms is rare, but you can request one. 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 washing machines and dryers in the residences.
Accommodations are generally located within walking distance (15 minutes to 20 minutes) to campus. Shops and supermarkets are also located nearby. Keep in mind that living in central Dublin means a lot of hustle and bustle and you will be required to do a lot of walking.
There is no meal plan for students attending Trinity, 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.
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:
Senior Program Advisor Beth Ehrsam assists with the application process and is here to answer program, cultural and academic questions before departure. Beth can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, extn. 9279. Beth has been with the Institute for Study Abroad since 2008. Beth spent her junior year studying abroad at Trinity College Dublin with IFSA-Butler and now enjoys being on the other side of the application process advising students during the application and predeparture process.
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.
Upon return from your study abroad program, Academic Affairs Coordinator Paige Ward processes your Butler University transcript and assists with any academic record queries. Paige graduated from Butler University, and she studied abroad for a semester in Paris, Belfast, London and the English Lake District. Studying abroad for Paige was an eye-opening and knowledge-gaining experience, and she is excited to work with students who are looking for the same. Paige can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229 ext. 4254.
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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.