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Ireland Study Abroad Program at Trinity College

Trinity College Dublin

  • Minimum GPA: 3.3 (4.0 scale)
  • Application deadlines: April 1 for fall and full year
    September 15 for spring
    Application deadline for spring extended to October 1
  • Program advisor: Kendall Hook
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Program Snapshot


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

  • Established in 1592, one of Europe's oldest universities
  • Only Irish University to rank in world top 50 universities (THES)
  • The alma mater of many of Ireland's most famous historical figures, including Jonathan Swift and Samuel Beckett
  • A vigorous academic atmosphere and highly competitive admission
  • Set on 47 acres in the heart of Dublin near museums, libraries, theatres, cinemas, shops and restaurants
  • The largest research and teaching library in Ireland, which houses the priceless eighth-century Book of Kells
  • An active student union and many student clubs and societies that serve a wide range of political, social, academic, athletic and recreational interests
  • Trinity offers up to €2,000 in travel grants for students with high financial need and €1,500 scholarships for full year students. Click here for more details.
  • Click here to read an IFSA-Butler student's blog about life in Dublin


  • Housing options are off campus with other IFSA-Butler students in IFSA-Butler-operated student apartments in the city center or with other IFSA-Butler students in Griffith College accommodations
  • Furnished apartments have kitchen facilities where you can prepare your own meals
  • Students may stay in their housing during vacation periods between semesters


  • Many small classes and high faculty-to-student ratio
  • Focus on traditional subjects
  • Students take all their courses within the schools or departments to which they are admitted. In most cases, usually no more than four schools or departments
  • Students usually take four to eight courses per semester
  • Early start option, Understanding Ireland, available for fall students
  • The early start option comprises Irish history, art, architecture and literature in a historical context

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?
You can access Trinity College Dublin's online course catalog here.

  • Click on each department/subject to view list of available courses.
  • Broad Curriculum courses are open to all study abroad students. Students do not need to be accepted to the Broad Curriculum in advance as they do all other departments. Click here to view the Broad Curriculum offerings.
  • When choosing courses, the fall term is called the Michaelmas Term and the spring term is called the Hilary Term.

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:

  • The course is required to meet graduation requirements as confirmed by the home school advisor
  • The student takes the course in the semester the full-year course commences
  • The instructing professor is willing to provide assessment at the end of the first semester and record the grade at that time.

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?
Please be aware that IFSA-Butler cannot guarantee that your host university will offer a particular course, or that you will be allowed to take that particular course. However, if you need to take a required course, you may indicate that it is required on your course preference form. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor will communicate your needs to your host university.

What courses am I eligible to take?
As an IFSA-Butler student, you are entitled to enroll in undergraduate courses for which you are qualified and in which space is available. Course descriptions in the online course catalog (see above) include prerequisites you must fulfill in order to enroll in each course.

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.

  • First-year (1000 level) courses are appropriate for departments in which you have little or no prior experience.
  • Second-year (2000 level) courses will be equivalent to advanced sophomore or junior-level U.S. courses.
  • Third-and-fourth year (junior/senior sophister or 3,000/4,000 level) courses will be equivalent to senior-level U.S. courses. You will need a very strong course background to be considered for these courses and also most likely arrange to meet with the department tutor upon arrival to discuss course options.

Course Restrictions

How many departments can I apply to?
You can apply to up to four 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.

Please note the following departmental comments:

  • English: Courses available at freshman level. Fewer courses available at sophister level and subject to background.
  • Chemistry: Students studying at Trinity for the Michaelmas term only will not be permitted to enroll in chemistry (CH) modules. These modules are available to academic year and Hilary term students only because final exams for all CH modules will occur in the spring.
  • Creative writing courses are not available to study abroad students.
  • Drama and Film Courses: available in Drama at sophister level only, subject to appropriate background.
  • Irish: Courses in Modern Irish are taught through the medium of the language and are not therefore 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: Political science modules are only available to political science majors.
  • Faculty of Science, Math & Engineering: 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. For more information, please see the program fees page of the IFSA-Butler website.


How many courses am I able to take, and how do I determine U.S. semester credit hours?
IFSA-Butler requires students to enroll in a full course load at the host institution. The number of courses you take depends on the credit value of the courses you select. At Trinity College Dublin, a full-year course load is 60 ECTS credits for the academic year (equivalent to 30 U.S. semester credit hours) and 30 ECTS for one term only (equivalent to 15 US semester credit hours). Please be aware that 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.

When calculating credits, 1 ECTS credit =.5 US semester credit hours.


The 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.


What 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?
After you have returned to the U.S., your home university will receive a Butler University transcript with the credit you earned at Trinity College Dublin. The Butler University transcript will report the equivalent U.S. semester credit hours and letter grades. We also will send an official transcript to your permanent address.


Housing Options

Trinity College Dublin students are placed in several different accommodation options around the city. Please note that some housing options have limited availability, and some incur supplemental fees. Because housing that is located closest to the Trinity College campus is in high demand and comes at a higher cost, IFSA-Butler is able to offer a limited number of places in city-center apartments (Adelaide Square or Stay City), which are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Students living in these apartments should expect to share a room and bathroom. IFSA-Butler is also able to house students in Griffith College, but spaces are extremely limited. Griffith offers both single and double bedrooms. Single will incur a supplemental housing fee.

Please note that IFSA-Butler cannot guarantee housing preferences. Supplemental cost information is available on the Dates and Fees tab.

Griffith College Apartments (full for Spring 2018 semester)
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 sized. Linens are not provided, but a bedding pack (containing a pillow and pillowcase, duvet and cover and a fitted sheet) is available for purchase. All students must provide their own towels.

Griffith College accommodations are located in the city center, though slightly further from campus. Students should plan for about a 25-minute walk or a 15-minute bus ride to campus. The bus leaves from the front of the college on a regular schedule. We recommend purchasing a transit pass (called a leap card) and planning your travel to and from the city center via bus, as past students have found frequent taxi travel expensive. In addition to access to Trinity facilities, students in these accommodations also have access to Griffith facilities such as coffee shops, social events and IT support.

Adelaide Square Apartments
IFSA-Butler operated accommodations in Adelaide Square consist of flats with two double rooms with shared kitchen and living areas. 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. All apartments have a washing machine. IFSA-Butler housing is located in central Dublin, an approximate 12- to 15-minute walk to campus.

Adelaide Square Apartments incur a supplemental fee for students except those in the Early Start program. Please see the Dates & Fees tab for details.

Stay City Apartments
Stay City apartments are flats housing four residents each in double rooms with shared kitchen and living areas. 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. All apartments have a washing machine. Stay City is located in central Dublin, an approximate 12- to 15-minute walk to campus.

Stay City Apartments incur a supplemental fee. Please see the Dates & Fees tab for details.


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.

Housing FAQs

Is my housing included in the program fee?
Yes. Your program fee includes accommodation at the university while classes are in session. You will be responsible for the cost of your meals (whether a meal plan or self-catered) and any commuting costs you may incur. Some university housing requires students to move out during winter and spring breaks. If you wish to remain in residence during the vacation period(s), you must notify the university housing office upon arrival to make necessary arrangements. Staying in residence during university breaks may incur additional costs not covered by the IFSA-Butler program fee.

When will I receive my housing assignment?
You will most likely receive your housing assignment one to two weeks before your departure. However, in some cases you may not receive your housing assignment until you arrive in Ireland for orientation. Your program advisor will notify you of your housing assignment via e-mail when it is released by the university.

Please keep in mind that while IFSA-Butler guarantees housing, we cannot guarantee your preferences.

Can I arrange my own housing?
Yes. IFSA-Butler recognizes that some students require independent housing for their time abroad. If you choose not to take advantage of our guaranteed housing, you may sign up for independent housing on the housing preference form. Once you've made this choice, we will not provide housing for you or bill you for the accommodation fee.

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.

Location Info

Population: 1.5 million
Location:In the East, near the coast of the Irish Sea

City features

  • Ireland's largest city and its capital
  • An economic center with one of the fastest growing populations of any European capital city
  • Friendly and down to earth
  • A vibrant cultural scene with music of all kinds, theatre, art and literary activities
  • Restaurants, pubs and clubs make it a weekend destination for the under-30 crowd from across Europe
  • The modern Temple Bar area, with a history dating to 300 BC, is popular for its galleries, pubs, restaurants and shops
  • Learn more about living and studying in Dublin with this video

Do more!

  • Use Dublin as your starting point for traveling the country on trains and buses that run from Dublin to all major cities in Ireland
  • Take a ferry to Wales and the Isle of Man
  • Take advantage of student fares on flights from Dublin International Airport

Time Out: Dublin
Visit Dublin
City of Dublin
The Irish Times

Dates & Fees

Program Dates

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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.
Program housing is available only until the program end date.

Exams must be taken where and when scheduled. Under no circumstances may students request that an exam time be changed. In Ireland, exams are taken under formal examination conditions and changes cannot be made for individuals. 

Program Fees

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What's included in our Ireland program fees
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Academic Year and Fall Payments Due: July 1
Spring Payment Due:
November 15

Program Fee Bills
IFSA-Butler will send a single bill for tuition, services and housing. Any bills for tuition differentials and/or supplemental housing fees will be sent separately. Students who opt for independent housing will not be charged the housing component of the program fee.

The housing component of our program fee is based on the average cost of local student self-catering accommodation, usually a shared room in a regular dormitory, apartment or house without any extra features.

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. Meals are estimated based on the cost of a weekly standard grocery shop with one or two meals out.  If you plan to eat out once a day or more, we recommend using a higher estimate.  If you have dietary restrictions or follow a specific diet (gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, organic, etc), you may also wish to budget more due to the higher cost of specialty food items.

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.

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:

kendallProgram Advisor Kendall Hook assists with the application process and is here to answer program, cultural and academic questions before departure. Kendall studied abroad twice during her undergraduate career, in Florence, Italy for a summer term, and London, England for a semester internship program. In addition, she has personally traveled all over Europe and the U.K. She graduated from Baylor University and completed a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from Vanderbilt University, specifically concentrating on International Education Policy Management. She is very excited to help students find their fit, plan their own study abroad adventures and help them step outside of their comfort zone. She can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 4205.

altStudent Accounts Coordinator Angelita Shaffer assists with the financial side of study abroad and processes payments and invoices. Angelita can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4221.




donnettaStudent & 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.

Once abroad, our students are in the capable hands of our on-site office in Dublin. Click here to read more about Resident Director Maria Keane.

abbyAcademic Records Coordinator Abby Miller graduated from Butler University where she worked as a guide for international students from all over the world. From that experience and combined with her own world travels, she knows the amazing experiences that studying abroad can provide. Abby is excited to work with IFSA-Butler students and to help answer any questions about their academic records. Abby can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 4217.

Get Connected

Connect with IFSA-Butler Students

If you really want to know what it's like to study abroad, connect with IFSA-Butler alumni and students who are currently abroad on an IFSA-Butler program. Check out the following:

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.


Trinity College Dublin offers travel grants and scholarships between €1,500 and €3,000. Awards available to IFSA-Butler students include the Study Abroad STEM Scholarship, the Global Study Abroad Excellence Scholarships and the Trinity College Dublin Generation Study Abroad Travel Grant. Click here for more details.

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