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Students who choose to study abroad in Dublin with API at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) choose from a range of undergraduate classes open to Irish and international students.
**These prices reflect tuition for courses in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Students who are interested in taking courses in the fields of engineering, math, and science will be subject to an additional fee of $3,500 per semester; $7,000 per year.
API students participate in several excursions per session designed to help familiarize them with areas of their host city, country, and surrounding region. The following is a listing of all excursions for API Dublin programs. All excursions are subject to change.
On Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way, Galway City is a look into Ireland’s more traditional gaelic culture, in the setting of a friendly, bohemian city, with small town feels. Situated alongside a popular seaside destination, you can visit beautiful beaches and walk the long winding promenade. When you are done exploring its labyrinthine cobbled streets, colorful shop facades, old bookstores, and weekend markets, there’s still more to do! Kick back & listen to some of Ireland's best traditional musicians, tour the great museums, watch craftspeople make hand-knit, pick up a Claddagh ring in the home of Claddagh, sip on a cuppa beside a turf fire, or test your ears on the Gaelic language sung & spoken. Galway is not called the ‘Capital of Culture for nothing”
The Boyne Valley is considered Ireland's Heritage cultural centre, where it was known at once to be the seat of the High Kings, and the political & ceremonial centre to this Island. The Boyne Valley is scattered with ancient burial tombs older than the pyramids, and ceremonial lands, Medieval Castles that were honoured by the Irish clans, It also has some of the best agricultural land in the country. During this trip, you will get to stop at a famous Castle, visit a working farm, and hike to a stunning Megalithic Tomb on witches Hill.
Howth is a fishing village just north of Dublin, with stunning scenic Hikes and views of Lambay Island and the Baily Lighthouse. Howth is also renowned for its Seafood and has some of the most famous Fish & Chip shops in Ireland.
During our trip, we can take a Hike on Howth Hill to a Famous Lighthouse, You can also visit the Weekend Market, where there is an array of Irish crafts to browse, and you can sample the wide selection of organic foods on offer. When done with all of that, taking a stroll through Howth harbor, and see if you can get a glance of the cheeky Seals that pop up every now and then is always fun!
Wicklow has been named “The Garden of Ireland” and with it’s beautiful fauna & flora, and it’s breath-taking scenery, you will see why. Our journey will bring us through locations where famous movies such as Braveheart and PS I Love You were filmed. This trip includes stops at waterfalls, the famous Lough Tay, or “Guinness Lake”, the P.S I love you bridge, a hike in the world famous heritage site of Glendalough (Glen of two lakes) where we will see the dramatic and the breathtaking ancient glacial valleys of the Wicklow Mountains and a visit to the Monastic ruins there which hold great importance to Irish history.
TOTAL CREDITS - 12-15 credits per semester
SEMESTER START-UP PROGRAM
The Semester Start-Up Program (SSP) offers an ideal way to gain an introduction to Irish studies through a carefully guided introduction to Ireland’s history, archaeology, culture, and literature. This program allows students to acclimate to the Irish university system, better preparing them to be able to integrate with the local Irish students when regular fall classes begin. It is recommended that students apply early if they are interested in the SSP program. More information is provided on the Course Offerings page.
Students receive an official transcript from Trinity College Dublin upon successful completion of their program.
Nikki Madden will be your Resident Director and a resource for you while you are in Ireland!
Rachel Mogan will be your Program Manager and help prepare you to go abroad!
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Courses are arranged in the seminar and lecture style. Most courses at TCD are equivalent to 2.5 U.S. semester credits. Students take 5-6 courses and receive 12-15 credit hours per semester.
Not all courses are offered every semester or every year. The course selection may vary, and no course is guaranteed. Some courses may have prerequisites, and some courses may require minimal additional fees for labs, equipment, etc.
On the course form (available in the student’s @api account) students must list the specific subjects in which they are interested in (i.e. music, history, classics, etc.). Students should list at least two, but no more than four subjects. Students will also be asked upon application to list the specific courses they would like to take, as this will give the schools/departments at Trinity an indication of each applicant’s particular areas of interest. Please note that acceptance of one’s application does not necessarily entail acceptance into any particular course.
Registration takes place upon arrival; however, we recommend that after consulting the course listings, students have 10 courses approved by their home university prior to departure, in order to allow for scheduling conflicts and the possible unavailability of certain classes. There is a 2-week add/drop period at the beginning of the semester at TCD.
Course times, course descriptions and the semester a course is offered are subject to change and no course is guaranteed.
Students who are interested in taking courses in the fields of engineering, math, and science will be subject to an additional fee.
The innovative Semester Start-Up Program (or SSP) at Trinity College provides international students with an ideal introduction to a full semester’s (or a full year’s) study at Ireland’s leading university. The fall/academic year SSP, which runs for three weeks in August, covers the first one-sixth (5 ECTS or 2.5 U.S. semester credits) of a student’s semester commitment at Trinity, with the remainder being covered by the other undergraduate courses that students choose to take during October-December. The three week SSP is unique in Ireland, combining an interdisciplinary approach to undergraduate study with the highest academic and educational standards.
SEMESTER START UP MODULE DESCRIPTION
The module, “Understanding Ireland”, comprises three compulsory strands, which must all be completed by students in order to gain credit. The three strands are (i) Irish history, (ii) archaeology, art and architecture and (iii) literature in a historical context. Each strand is taught by lecture and small-group tutorial and the main focus throughout is upon a detailed assessment of key events, personalities, debates, influences, and texts. Students receive guidance on relevant readings and sources in order to gain a broader overview of the relevant period and topic. Online packs with source material and readings are also provided. The lectures and tutorials take place in the mornings while afternoons are dedicated to field trips that complement the different strands. In recent years destinations outside TCD have included the Abbey Theatre and Croke Park (home of the GAA) in Dublin, in addition to day trips to the Boyne Valley and Kilkenny City. The module is run under the auspices of the School of Histories and Humanities, Trinity College Dublin. On completion of the module students should be able to: demonstrate knowledge and understanding of Ireland in a historical, cultural and political context; present both oral and written analysis of aspects of Irish history, culture and society; engage in discussion of seminal events, personalities, debates, influences and texts relating to Ireland; and record and present information in a systematic manner.
Please pay attention to prerequisites and restrictions. Contact the API office if you have any questions about available courses.
Trinity College Dublin awards credit based on the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). Semester courses at the university are usually awarded 5 or 10 ECTS credits. Universities in the U.S. typically award .5 credit hour for every 1 ECTS credit. For example, a course worth 5 ECTS would transfer to the U.S. as 2.5 semester credit hours. It is very important that students planning on studying at TCD discuss the transfer of credits with an advisor at their home university – some universities have different standards for transferring ECTS credits. Based on the ECTS credits awarded per course, students usually take 5-6 classes in order to receive 12-15 credit hours per semester. Students are responsible for ensuring that they are enrolled in the required amount of semester credits to meet the requirements of the home university. In all faculties, entrance to specific courses is subject to the approval of TCD and the completion of certain prerequisites. Courses offered on a year-long basis can only be taken by students visiting for the full academic year.
Please visit the university site for more detailed individual class descriptions.
Trinity College Dublin Class Catalog
Trinity College offers housing for students at Parkgate Highlight. A 20-minute walk from campus, this new student residence is conveniently located in Dublin City Center. Students are housed in a single room of a co-ed apartment with 6-8 bedrooms. Each apartment comes with a spacious kitchen and dining area with cozy sofas and a bright living room, staffed with security and reception services 24/7. Social spaces throughout the complex are complete with study rooms, an on-site gym and an outdoor courtyard. Students are responsible for purchasing a bath towel, but linen and bedding is provided. The campus itself offers the following facilities at your door; laundry, fitness room, library access, bike storage, and restaurant/café. Non-Griffith students are encouraged to take part in the Griffith Students’ Union clubs and societies calendar of events.