Trinity College Dublin Courses

Most students will take 15 credits per semester.

  • Please review your courses with your academic or study abroad advisor to ensure they will transfer back to your home school and that you are following your home school’s policies.
  • Please be flexible – we can’t guarantee specific courses. If your participation in the program depends on a particular course, be sure to make a note on your online course form.
  • Please indicate 7-10 courses, including alternates, on your preliminary course form that you are pre-approved for and can take while abroad. In the event of scheduling changes, time conflicts, prerequisites or cancellations, this ensures that you will be prepared to finalize your courses once overseas.

Optional Cornerstone Course

DUBS HIIC 290 Ireland Connect 3 Spring/Fall PDF 


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.

Course Restrictions

Admission into the English and History departments is competitive. 

  • English - Space is limited in upper level (Sophister) courses in the English Department and are only available to English majors. Students are limited to enroll in a max of two Sophister courses.
  • Political Science - open only to Political Science majors.
  • Chemistry - open to Academic Year and Spring Semester students only.
  • Film Studies - limited spaces.
  • Linguistics - most courses are Master's level and occasionally on offer to study abroad students. You should expect a longer admissions decision time frame.
  • Broad Curriculum - this is not a Department and does not count as one of your departmental choices. If interested, apply for these classes after you arrive at Trinity. Admission is granted when space is available.
  • The Lir National Academy of Dramatic Art at Trinity College Dublin degree program is not open to study abroad students.
  • Law - open to study abroad students, although not applicable to law in the U.S. Many U.S. schools do not give credits for these classes. 

Special Nomenclature

In Ireland, the word for class or course is module.

When choosing courses: 

  • The Michaelmas term is the fall semester.
  • The Hilary term is the spring semester.
  • Academic Year students may also take Trinity term courses.

Choosing Your Courses

  • Select up to four departments of study.
  • List courses of interest in those selected departments/subject areas. 
  • Arcadia can only submit to departments from which you list classes on your online course form. Example: if you select History but list no History courses, you will not be considered for admission in the History department.

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

  • Semester = 30 ECTS credits (15 American credits). 
  • Academic year = 60 ECTS credits (30 American credits). 
  • Semester Start-Up Program (pre-session) for the fall is worth 2.5 American credits.
  • In general, courses are 5 ECTS or 10 ECTS; however, not all departments may have adopted this two weight system yet.
ECTS Credits U.S. Credits
5 2.5
10 5

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

  • Select the Faculty, 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. 

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.


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

Grade Scale

The following information is vetted and provided by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) on the Electronic Database for Global Education (EDGE).

Percentage Ranking Suggested U.S. Equivalent
70 – 100% First Class Honours A
60 – 69% Second Class Honours Upper B+
50 – 59% Second Class Honours Lower B
45 – 49% Third Class Honours C+
40 – 44% Pass C
0 – 39% Failure F