Trinity College Dublin Courses

You are required to maintain a full course load of 15 American credits. If you’re applying for the fall semester, you have the option of applying for the Semester Start-Up Program (SSP) that runs for 3 weeks and is worth 2.5 credits.

Trinity College offers semester or full year programs. You will be accepted to study within a single teaching department such as English or Art History, or within an interdisciplinary faculty such as Business, Economics and Social Science (which includes economics, sociology, political science, social studies, and business studies).

  • Make sure your credits transfer back for credit with your home school and that you are registered for a full academic load according to your home school policies – this is your responsibility.
  • Please be flexible about courses – we can’t guarantee placement in specific courses.
  • Please review your course choices with your academic or study abroad advisor, and submit the online course registration form to The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University.
  • Arcadia University does not issue pass/fail grades for work completed overseas.

Course & Department Restrictions

You will select up to four departments of study, and then list courses of interest in those selected areas. Your application will not be submitted to any department that you do not list classes from on your preliminary course form.

Trinity College Dublin accepts students by department. Only select departments in which you have already completed some course work.

The English and History departments are extremely competitive. Upper level (Sophister) courses in the English Department will have limited spaces and are only available to English majors. The English Department limits study abroad students to 2 Sophister classes.

Chemistry courses are only available to Academic Year students, and are not an available option for single semester students.

Computer Science and Engineering courses are only available to Spring semester or Academic Year students, due to the examination schedule.

Choosing Your Courses

A full course load at Trinity must total 30 ECTS credits per semester, which translates to 15 American credits. A full academic year must total 60 ECTS credits, which translates to 30 American credits. The optional Semester Start-Up Program for the fall is worth 2.5 American credits.

Trinity has a system where all classes should either weigh 5 ECTS or 10 ECTS; however, not all departments may have adopted this two weight system yet.

ECTS Credits U.S. Credits
1 0.5
1.5 1
2 1
3 1.5
4 2
5 2.5
6 3
7.5 4
8 4
10 5
12.5 6.5
15 7.5
20 10

When selecting your courses from the overseas university’s website, you should be aware of some differences in terminology. In Ireland, the word for class or course is called a module.

In the Trinity College Dublin course catalog, you will see a listing of each Faculty.

  • Select the Faculty which you are interested in studying, then the corresponding Department. Each Department will list its course offerings and include a short course description, means of assessment, credits, entry requirements, and course duration.
  • Courses offered each semester generally remain consistent from year to year. Irish universities usually don’t post next academic year’s course catalog until just weeks before the fall semester starts.
  • Carefully review the courses when making your selection. For students attending for the academic year, you may select courses ranging from a single term (Michaelmas, Hilary, and Trinity), a combination of terms, or courses labeled as “academic year.”
    • The Michaelmas term is the fall semester.
    • The Hilary term is the spring semester.

Students are allowed to take several Broad Curriculum courses. Broad Curriculum is not a Department and does not count as one of your departmental choices. If interested, you will need to apply for these classes after you arrive at Trinity and will be allowed to take them so long as there is room on the courses.

In addition to your proposed list of 6-10 courses, we recommend that you choose a series of alternate courses. Your first choice selections may not be available due to scheduling changes, time conflicts, prerequisites or cancellations.

Enrollment Process

Official course registration will take place upon arrival at TCD. The preliminary course form you submit to Arcadia prior to acceptance is not set in stone. You will have a two week drop/add period at the beginning of the semester where you can make changes to your course registration.

If your enrollment is conditional upon entry into a specific course or courses, it is very important that you indicate these requirements at the bottom of the preliminary course form on your Arcadia Passport.

Getting a Linguistics class at Trinity College Dublin will be challenging. Most of the Linguistics courses are Master's level and occasionally on offer to study abroad students. You should expect a longer admissions decision time frame. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis and the courses fill up very quickly.

Miscellaneous Fees

There is a surcharge (special course fee) that is assessed by TCD for coursework completed in certain science, math, or engineering courses. This surcharge will be added to your account after you register for courses at Trinity.