IFSA Trinity College Dublin Partnership

Dublin, Ireland


Fall, Spring, Year
Language of Instruction


Language Prerequisite


Finance Options

Scholarships, grants, financial aid, monthly payment plan, credit card payments and more!

Application Deadlines:
  • Fall: April 1
  • Spring: September 15

YEAR OPTIONS: Students interested in calendar or academic year-long options should contact IFSA-Butler for deadlines, fees and more.

Min. GPA for Consideration:
Typical Credit Load:

About Trinity College Dublin

Trinity College Dublin encapsulates all that is best about Ireland today. You can spend an afternoon exploring the Old Library, which houses the famous Book of Kells, or attend a DIY periscope workshop the Science Gallery, Dublin. Between challenging academics, active clubs and societies, the vibrant life of the city, and the accessibility of Europe, studying at TCD ensures that you'll have a once-in-a-lifetime semester abroad!

Trinity College Dublin Benefits

  • Live and learn in the heart of Dublin on a campus set on 47 acres near museums, libraries, theatres, cinemas, shops and restaurants
  • Oldest university in Ireland with renowned academics
  • Trinity offers up to $2,000 in travel grants for visiting students with high financial need
  • Many small classes and high faculty-to-student ratio


Your success is our success! Whatever your goals, our approach is carefully designed to help you achieve them.

You will experience challenging, rewarding coursework in the highest quality classes, while receiving the academic support you need.

More than a tourist in a foreign country, you will engage in the community, build competencies, and develop yourself as a citizen of the world.

Our programs and practices reflect the value we place on diverse perspectives and are designed to support a variety of learners.

Round out your classroom experience with hands-on opportunities like internships, directed research, student teaching, community-based learning or volunteering, and cultural excursions.

You will have academic and personal mentors to assist with program choice, application, travel, cultural acclimation, language acquisition, class registration, academic issues, health and safety, and everything in between.

Academics at Trinity College Dublin Partnership


Students are accepted to specific academic departments; please note that applications are judged on a case by case basis by departments and some may have higher departmental GPA requirements, above the minimum GPA of 3.3. Whenever possible, we will publish higher GPA requirements as communicated to us by Trinity College Dublin.

You can apply to up to six departments at Trinity, and you must apply to a minimum of two. If you list a department, you should plan on taking at least one course in that department. The course preference form is not a registration form; while you will be provisionally accepted to departments, you will not officially register for courses until after you arrive at Trinity College Dublin. You should discuss your course selections with your academic advisor at your home institution and have several backup choices in mind.

Check out the Broad Curriculum offerings, which are open to all study abroad students. Please note that the fall term is called the Michaelmas Term and the spring term is called the Hilary Term.


Credit Conversions

At Trinity College Dublin, a semester course load is 30 ECTS (equivalent to 15 US semester credit hours). Individual departments at Trinity reserve the right to designate full course loads that are greater than the standard ECTS. Check with your departments and with your home institution during registration to ensure you are meeting the full course load requirements of each.

1 ECTS credit =.5 US semester credit hours.


Early Start = 2.5 ECTS credit


Please review all your syllabi and course materials when you are registering for classes (both pre-arrival and on-site). Certain classes may have a one-off lab or field trip fee that is disclosed in the syllabus or first meeting of class. You will be responsible for these fees, whether they are billed and paid by IFSA or billed to you.

Special Curriculum Options


An early start optional course is available for fall and academic year students only. A supplemental fee to cover the additional housing and course will apply (see Dates & Fees section). Please verify early start dates with your program adviser. 


Understanding Ireland: An Interdisciplinary Module in History, Archaeology, Art, Architecture, and Literature

5 ECTS (2.5 U.S. semester credit hours)

Starting approximately three weeks before the regular start of term, this 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. 

Course Restrictions


Entry-level modules are generally available. Fewer upper-level modules are available, and admission is subject to student background in English. English majors are given preference for English module approval.


Students studying for the fall (Michaelmas) term only will not be permitted to enroll in chemistry (CH) modules. These modules are available to academic year and spring (Hilary) term students only because final exams for all CH modules will occur in the spring.


Courses are not available to study abroad students.


Only higher-level modules are available and admission is subject to student background in Drama and Film.


Courses in Modern Irish are taught in Irish and are not normally suitable for study abroad students. However, there are a few courses specifically designed for non-Irish speakers. Modern Irish Language and Literature is specifically designed for visiting students, while some courses in Early Irish are taught in English.


Political science modules are typically reserved for political science majors only.


Students may take courses within these departments as long as they are either 5 or 10 ECTS, equaling 2.5 or 5 U.S. semester credit hours. Trinity College Dublin charges higher fees for enrollment in the Faculty of Engineering, Mathematics and Science, which can range into several thousand dollars. 


After you return to the U.S., IFSA will send a Butler University transcript to your home university and to your permanent address. The transcript reflects the courses taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost

Subjects offered at Trinity College Dublin Partnership
Accounting Art History Biochemistry Biology Biomedical Engineering Botany/Plant Science Business Chemistry Civil Engineering Classics Communication Science/Disorders Computer Science Computer/Software Engineering Cultural Studies Cybersecurity Earth Science Economics Electrical/Electronic Engineering Elementary Education English English Literature Entrepreneurship and Innovation Environmental Science/Studies European History European History French Genetics Geography Geology German History Human and Child Development Irish / Gaelic Italian Latin American Studies Law/Legal Studies Management Mathematics Mechanical Engineering Music Studies Nursing Peace/Conflict Studies Philosophy Physics Political Science Religious Studies Secondary Education Social Policy Social Work Sociology Spanish Special Education Statistics Theater/Drama Theology

Housing & Meals

Housing Type
Apartment/Flat, Residence Hall/Dormitory
All housing in Dublin is self-catered, with shared kitchens for students to prepare meals. Students can also purchase meals on campus, or if housed in Griffith College, purchase a meal plan (associated with Griffith College dining, not Trinity College dining).

The IFSA-Butler Team

IFSA-Butler has a dedicated team and staff who are here to help every student prepare and be ready to achieve their goals at every step of the way.

Program Advisor

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Kendall Hook

Program Advisor - Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, England, Italy

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Finance Advisor

Resident Director

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Maria Keane

Resident Director, Ireland

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Dates and Fees

Spring 2018

Program Dates

Program Start Date
January 8, 2018
Program End Date
May 26, 2018

Program Fees

Total Program Fee
Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the total program fee.
Supplemental Fees
Housing is based on the cost of a twin room in Griffith College. A separate fee of $3,500 will be charged to program participants living in a single room. Program participants housed in Stay City [$4,525] or in Adelaide Square [$2,900] will receive a separate charge per semester. Trinity charges higher fees for enrollment in the Faculty of Engineering, Mathematics and Science. The surcharge is approximately $3,300 for the semester.

Estimated Costs

Books & Supplies
Local Transportation
Personal Expenses
(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs

Fall 2018

Program Dates

Program Start Date
Early Start: August 15, 2018 Regular Start: August 30, 2018
Program End Date
December 16, 2018

Program Fees

Total Program Fee
Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the total program fee.
Supplemental Fees
Trinity charges higher fees for certain courses. Students enrolled in the Faculty of Engineering, Mathematics and Science will incur a supplemental fee of approximately $3,450. Housing is based on a self-catered, shared room in Griffith College. Students who request a single room will incur a housing supplemental fee of $3,725. Students assigned to Adelaide Square, Charlotte Quay or Stay City will incur a housing supplemental fee of approximately $2,840. EARLY START Students enrolled in the Early Start program will incur a supplemental fee of $3,700 for tuition and housing. Early start students live in the Adelaide Square or Charlotte Quay apartments, and may be placed in Stay City.

Estimated Costs

Books & Supplies
Local Transportation
Personal Expenses
(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs