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).
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.