Study Abroad at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

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Giant's Causeway
Giant's Causeway
Arthur's Pub, just across the road from our student housing
A "Trinity Coffee"
Day trip to the Wicklow Mountains
Pictured here: Trinity visiting and full time U.S. student's with Provost Patrick Prendergast.
Pictured here:Liz Maguire enjoys a sunny visit to the Cliff's of Moher, made possible by her time studying abroad at Trinity.
Trip to Connemara

About

Studying abroad at Trinity College Dublin offers an ideal experience:
- An unbeatable location in the heart of Ireland’s vibrant capital city
- A beautiful, historic and modern campus
- A friendly and welcoming student atmosphere, with nearly 200 student societies, clubs and sports which all welcome study abroad students, including some of the oldest societies in the world
- The perfect location to explore everything Dublin city has to offer, with transport links to the rest of Ireland and Europe at your doorstep!
- World-class academics at Ireland’s top university
- One of Europe’s ancient universities, founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I
- Gain access to Trinity’s worldwide alumni network
- Notable alumni include Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett, and former Presidents of Ireland Mary Robinson and Mary McAleese

Choose Trinity and come study abroad in Dublin for one semester (either Fall or Spring) or for a full academic year!

Highlights
  • Be a Global Citizen - Interact with students from around the globe. Trinity is home to students from every county in Ireland and more than 120 countries around the world.
  • Join our Clubs and Societies - Trinity's extracurricular life is in a league of its own - boasting over 200 societies, sports clubs and publications, including some of the oldest in the world.
  • Be at the Centre of Things - Dublin is a vibrant, multicultural, European capital and in recent years has become a hub for some of the world’s leading technology companies, housing the European headquarters of a number of the world’s tech giants.
  • State of the Art Facilities - Trinity’s main campus of historic buildings and green playing fields also includes state-of-the-art facilities for teaching and research plus a Sports Centre with a complete gym, climbing wall, and swimming pool.
  • World Class Education - With world class education over the past 425 years, education at Ireland’s leading University will include work at the highest academic level with some of the most influential people in your field.

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Reviews

9.67 Rating
based on 9 reviews
  • Academics 8.3
  • Support 8.3
  • Fun 8.8
  • Housing 8.7
  • Safety 9.1
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Tess
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Semester Abroad at Trinity College Dublin

I would highly recommend Trinity College Dublin as a place to study abroad. I enjoyed my time there incredibly so and even considered extending the time I planned study there. The campus is gorgeous. The academics were challenging and engaging. Students were very friendly. And Dublin is an incredible city to live and study in!
Future participants should know that logistics such as course selection and credit transfer is quite tedious and completed very slowly at Trinity, but is worth that hassle.
Post- study abroad in Dublin, I had a more significant culture shock trying to adjust back to my regular life at school in California because I continuously compare it to my life in Dublin which seemed exponentially more intellectually and socially stimulating. My favorite memory is intensely writing final papers for hours in the Trinity library and then taking a break to grab a pint casually with friends at the pub across the street or at the Pav and then going back to the library to continue writing.

What would you improve about this program?
Resources and help during course selection could be enhanced and timelines of transferring credits back to home universities could be improved.
Katelyn
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Go abroad, it is so much fun

I went to Trinity College Dublin in Dublin Ireland. I had a lot fun, the culture does not tend to be too different from the US so it won't make you extremely homesick. It is different though and really great. Trinity was not great for academics for me just because a lot of the work was learning on your own and I do not like doing that. I love class discussions. Learning on your own is what a lot of European programs do though. Trinity is also very old fashioned with registration. I loved the city of Dublin and would love to live their in the future. I also got to go to so many countries while abroad, my favorite was either Amsterdam or Berlin. Both are incredibly unique and diverse in how they live. The people I went with were lovely and I made some great connections. The trips provided by IFSA Butler were a lot of fun and educational. I learned a lot about the country of Ireland in my five months but also about myself and what i want and need in the future. Going abroad is an amazing experience and even if you do not study abroad I would recommend going on trips to other countries! The program I went through was phenomenal and all the people that worked there were so personable and helpful.

What would you improve about this program?
Registration is hard at Trinity but I do not know how to fix that unless the school does it. The program I went through was phenomenal and all the people that worked there were so personable and helpful.
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Anna
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My Trinity College Experience

It is one word to perfectly describe my studying abroad experience at Trinity College. This word is challenging. I watched countless times a YouTube video presenting Trinity campus and College students testimonials before my exchange. It made me impatient to come to Dublin and have similar experience of studying at Trinity. During the first days of my Erasmus I realised that my dream of studying abroad finally came true and a place where I would study and live for a few months meets my expectations.
I was impressed by unique and enormous campus and an extraordinary Long Room in the Old Library. Additionally, accessible libraries with wide range of books and supportive academic staff helped me to exceed my knowledge from my faculty.
Experience of studying abroad taught me that students from different part of the Europe and world have similar problems to overcome in their lives. Not only did I learn a lot from studies but also through many valuable talks with my new international friends I realised that I want to explore world and travel as often as I can.
I can strongly recommend studying abroad to everybody who wants to develop herself or himself and have unforgettable memories.

Anna Bazylska

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Gonzalo
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

STUDY ABROAD EXPERIENCE AT TRINITY

My name is Gonzalo, I’m 23 years old and I’m a Spanish student. I´m presently completing the 4rd year of the Bachelors’ degree in Chemistry. My Erasmus experience has been AMAZING.

I arrived the 10th of January, the first days I was shaking like a leaf, I was completely lost and I felt that everybody spoke much better English than me. The day of the welcome meeting for new foreign students I didn’t know anybody and I started talking with other international students. After the welcome meeting, everybody vanished so my first impression was that it was so difficult making new friends in an Erasmus programme.

Since the day after, all my fears disappeared. I signed up a Dublin tour that Trinity College had advised me to go tanks to an email. This was the key to start knowing new friends from many different countries: Poland, Sweden, France, Italy, Belgium, Finland, Austria, Switzerland, Canada, etc. We have had the chance to share our time, to visit this wonderful country, to learn about other cultures and countries and above all, to become great friends. I’ve also made Irish friends in trampoline or in incredible societies that I joined or in the events I assisted such as quizzes and parties.

On the other hand, talking about academics, I was working on my Final Degree Project in a chemistry group. It has been difficult because of the language but very enriching at the same time. I’ve learnt many new things in terms of chemistry and I’ve been able to work in a high level laboratory different from my home university’s labs.

I would strongly recommend to everyone this experience. If you ask me, getting out of our comfort zone is one of the most important things to live in life.

Gonzalo

Ruby
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Pick Ireland!

I decided to go to Trinity College for three reasons: firstly it was a historic institution (founded in 1592!), secondly I'd be able to easily visit other European countries, and finally, Irish accents. Maybe these are some of the reasons you're checking out reviews of Trinity for your exchange or study abroad experience but, with the wisdom of hindsight, I'd like to offer a few more.

Even before I landed at Dublin Airport, I received so much help and support from the college staff. I took part in the Semester Start-Up program, which is optional but which I HIGHLY recommend, so I had a full three week course packed full with helpful information about Trinity (and Irish art, history and culture) to set me up before the other thousands of Irish students arrived. Even if you don't choose to take part in that program though- I had to pay extra for mine- you will still have plenty of information and support before and after your arrival. Something that I really loved was the Trinity Greet Program, a free service where a Trinity student comes to pick you up at the airport and make sure you make it to your accommodation. My greeter was Cyndi and she gave me the loveliest welcome to Ireland, patiently waiting while I tried to track my lost luggage, and ensuring I got into a cab with a driver she trusted. That sort of concern and kindness was more or less characteristic of my Irish/Trinity experience. During the college semester, you can always go to what's called the Global Room, a space dedicated to international students, for guidance or just a place to study and meet other students in the same boat as you. As an exchange student I found that there are always plenty of people able and willing to help you at Trinity, but especially if you don't take part in the Semester Start Up Program, you have to be prepared to ask.

Another reason that I thanked my lucky stars I'd spontaneously chosen Trinity as my exchange destination is how darn nice almost everybody is. That goes for both Ireland generally and Trinity in particular. I don't mean to get your hopes up and say that literally everyone you meet will be a kindly leprechaun ready to make all your wishes come true: there were less than savoury characters, like everywhere in the world, and some snobby people, like every university in the world. But it does make a huge difference to an exchange student lost in a brand new country if you can be pretty sure that most people around you would be willing to help, and probably happy to chat as well. A MAJOR tip I have for a Trinity exchange, which you'll hear from everyone but should definitely take on board is to join a society or three. It's easy to end up only hanging out with other exchange students while on exchange, but the best way to burst out of that international student bubble and make friends with real Irish people with real Irish accents is to join the Phil (oldest debating society in the world just quietly), or the hiking club, or a Gaelic football team, or the chapel choir any of the other clubs, teams and societies. Auditioning for a play at Trinity was a big step for me, partly because I didn't know if I wasn't to commit to so much rehearsal time while I was supposed to be living it up on university exchange, but it would have to have been one of the best decisions I made while in Ireland. So go join a society and make lovely Irish friends!

One more reason to go to Trinity to study, before I sign of, is its great location right smack bang in the middle of a really cool city in a really beautiful country just hours away from a really interesting continent. On an hour-long break between two classes you could pop over for a visit to any of the National Gallery, the National Museum, Temple Bar, the Oscar Wilde House, the National Library, Grafton Street, the historic General Post Office or a great falafel place called Umi, and still make it back with time to spare. What's more it's so easy to take day or weekend trip to all sorts of lovely parts of Ireland: I recommend Howth and Galway and wish I could have gone to Killarney. I love Dublin for its great pubs and historic buildings but the Irish countryside is so beautiful it makes me want to either sing or cry. What's even MORE, if you have some savings to spare you can take an hour or two hour flight to one of the amazing nearby countries- Scotland and Hungary were my favourites. I know that I'm probably straying away from reviewing Trinity itself here but I really do think its location is a big plus.

Just a couple of other tips/ warnings:
- In the lead-up to exchange Trinity wasn't very clear about accommodation arrangements and I thought that I had to organise a place for me to live myself. Turns out they organise it for you- you just fill out a form once it's sent to you.
- Go to a pub called Flannery's if you want a fun night with friendly, rowdy people but no cover charge.
- Don't be dumb: I know I said Irish people are nice but that doesn't mean you don't need to be careful at night.
- The Trinity system of class registration is way old-fashioned, so just try to accept that's it's going to be a long and sometimes frustrating process of going to and fro between unknown professors' offices to get signatures. It'll be worth it!
- For European plane trips go for Ryanair for the cheapest flights, although you should check first how far away the destination airport is from the city you're aiming to get to. For flights to Paris for instance, it's worth paying the extra to go AirFrance and land right in Charles de Gaulle airport.

Hopefully I've been helpful, let me know any questions :)

What would you improve about this program?
- Make the class registration system easier, or at least explain it more clearly to international students before the process begins.
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Liz
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Year Abroad: To TCD from D.C.

I chose to spend my Junior year abroad at Trinity College Dublin (2014-15). I found this experience rewarding in many ways. I was able to further my English degree focused on Irish literature from top-rate professor's in the field with weekly lectures, personal sessions with tutors and comprehensive final exams. I also found Trinity's "Global Room" a great resource for anyone transplanted to Dublin from abroad, with helpful tips on topics from immigration registration to phone plans. By living in Rathmines at "Trinity Hall" I was safe and secure, while only a half hour walk from campus. Attending college in the heart of Dublin made every day a new adventure. I found favorite places to study (like the National Library) and coffee shops for the perfect chai lattee ("Beanhive" on Dawson Street). Attending Trinity College Dublin was the best decision in my academic career and I highly suggest anyone interested in learning more about the opportunities of the college reach out and learn how Trinity can help you make life-long memories.

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Samantha
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Grand Time in Dublin

My time at Trinity has been unforgettable. So far this semester I have met people not only from Ireland, but from around the world. The friends I met here will be close to me for the rest of my life. Trinity has, as a school, been a wonderful environment to grow and learn. There are so many societies to join that allow you to meet people from lots of different subjects. Attending debates with the Phil, meeting an exorcist with the Theo, having the chance to go on the Harry Potter Hogwarts Express, and Christmas commons in the Dining hall have all made my time at Trinity absolutely unforgettable. The international society has provided me with the opportunity to have some great craic. Doing my exchange at Trinity College Dublin was one of the best decisions of my academic career. It has given me the chance to join a historical institution with such deep roots. Coming from Canada it is amazing to have the chance to be a part of such a school. This history has allowed me to participate in campus traditions that we don't have at home. I've had a class time Trinity, its been grand. Thank you.

What would you improve about this program?
Housing for incoming visiting students could be improved as they only offer it to students from the United States and Australia it seems. It is frustrating and difficult otherwise to find accommodation in Dublin, especially near the school.

Likewise, signing up for classes has to be done in person on paper, would be much easier if they had an online system that allows you to add and drop classes without visiting professors or the academic registry.
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Antonin
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

1 semester in Trinity College Dublin

My first is full of branches, you lay on my second when you pray, and my last is a famous drink for Irish people. My whole is an extraordinary place to study. Guess what it is...
Trinity! (Tree-knee-tea). Yes, Trinity College Dublin is a wonderful university. I have been studying there for the Michaelmas semester of 2015, and while writing these lines I realise how I appreciated my experience there, and how I will miss Dublin. Everything was made to allow an outstanding semester. Among the key points: welcoming people, hundreds of student societies, many conferences ran by schools on interesting thema, an opening of the courses onto the world, a college located in a green bower in Dublin, close links with professors, intensive night-life, etc...
And to those who are still sceptical concerning the weather, of course it rains and winds, but never for a long time and it is never cold. It is therefore possible to visit the country. From Cork to Connemara, and from Howth to Belfast, it is not enough of one semester to discover everything, there is indeed so much to see and to learn about Irish culture.
In conclusion I would recommend to everyone a stay in Dublin at Trinity College. A student experience there seems to be always terrific and exciting!

Antonin Fauret,
Unitech Programme Student 2015

What would you improve about this program?
Compared to France standards, the academic difficulty of courses is really less challenging.

It is hard to find an accommodation for only one semester in Dublin