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Visiting Students (Study Abroad)/Incoming Erasmus Students

School Co-Ordinator

Dr Mark Faulkner currently serves as the School‘s coordinator for all incoming visiting students. He can be reached at and during his office hours as specified on the staff pages. His office is Arts 4026, which is opposite the School of English Library.

Visiting Student Handbook 2018-19

Visiting Student Handbook 2018-19

Michaelmas Term 2018: Important Dates

Michaelmas Term 2018 Dates: The FIRST DAY of Michaelmas Term will be 10 September and the LAST DAY will be 15 December. All Visiting and Erasmus students should plan to stay at least until this day. Michaelmas-only students will need to have submitted all of their essays by this date.

Michaelmas Term Essays General Information and Style Sheet will appear here after the beginning of the term.

Information for Students Arriving in September 2018 (Michaelmas Term and Year-Long)

Arrival: All visiting students should plan to arrive before the first day of the term (see above). We encourage all students to come for Orientation and Freshers' Week (3-7 September) to attend the various orientation and welcome events and, in particular, to be available for the Orientation Meeting in the School of English on Wednesday 5 September.

Orientation Meeting:  A meeting for all new visiting students intending to take modules in the School of English will take place on Wednesday 5 September, from 11 am in Room 2041B (Teatar M.Ui Chadhain) in the Arts Building.

Module Admission: Although all students were required to list modules on their application or Learning Agreement, the School does not guarantee admission into any particular modules in advance. You will sign up for specific modules when you arrive and register at Trinity. For more information on how to enrol in modules, please read the sections below carefully.  

Enrolling in Modules (classes) in the School of English:
Students are accepted to study in the School of English on either Fresh only modules or Sophister and Fresh modules. You will need to bring your module enrolment form with you to the Orientation Meeting (and for students admitted into Sophister modules to your individual meeting with Dr. Faulkner) in order to register. Please note that we cannot accept any student who has not been pre-accepted in advance of arrival by the School of English.

If you are registering for Fresh modules only and/or for Reading Ireland and/or the Broad Curriculum module only you can register with Dr Faulkner at School of English Orientation Meeting on Wednesday 5 September at 11 am in Room 2041B (Teatar M.Ui Chadhain), Arts Building.

If you were also approved in advance to take one or more Sophister modules, you will be able to sign up for an individual meeting slot with Dr. Faulkner via a Doodle Poll available on this website after August 27th. You will receive an email reminder before the Doodle Poll will go live.

Sophister Module Registration Procedure in September 2018 (Michaelmas Term and Year-Long)

All incoming students accepted for Sophister modules will be asked to sign up for an individual meeting slot with Dr. Faulkner via an online scheduling poll. Their sign up for both Sophister and Fresh modules will be completed during this meeting. A link to the poll will be posted on this page after August 27th and students will also be reminded to sign up by email once the poll goes live. You should only sign up for this poll if you were approved in advance to take one or more Sophister options in the School.

Doodle Poll for students to sign up for individual registration meetings for Sophister Options with Dr. Faulkner will appear HERE after 27th August 2018.
Only students already pre-approved to take Sophister Options should sign up. Please note that the sign-up works on a first-come first-served basis--the earlier slot you get, the better your chance to get places in Sophister modules you want.

Module Codes and Credits  

All School of English modules with codes in the form EN1XXX and EN2XXX as well as BCENG (Broad Curriculum: Understanding Literature) count for 5 ECTS per term; all modules with codes in the form EN3XXX and EN4XXX count for 10 ECTS per term, except for the Book A and Book B modules, which count only for 5 ECTS per term. Students are allowed to take a maximum of 30 ECTS only per term. Students can take less, if this is allowed by their home university and/or study abroad provider. 

Module Descriptions

Links to detailed information on the modules to be offered during academic year 2018-19 can be found below. Please consult these when deciding which modules you would like to register for:

Sophister Module Descriptions 2018-19

Fresh Module Descriptions 2018-19

Special Courses also open to VS and Erasmus Students: 

  • Reading Ireland A and Reading Ireland B (Lecture based Sophister module; students can take both components or only one of them): only available to students approved for Sophister Options in advance)

Please click here for further information on how to register for modules in the School of English.

Module Reading Lists

Freshman Course Reading Lists 2018-2019 can be found here.
Sophister Course Reading Lists 2018-2019 can be found here.
Reading Ireland A Reading List 2018-2019 can be found here.

Assessment Advice

Students studying in the School of English should consult the School of English Style Booklet for citation guidelines and the Junior Fresh Guidelines on Essay Writing for Visiting and Erasmus Students.

Information for Students Arriving in January 2019 (Hilary Term)

This information will be updated in due course.

How to Apply to Study in the School of English

Information on the application process for Visiting and Erasmus students can be found on the Study at Trinity webpage.  We can only sign you up for modules in the School of English (which start with the prefix ‘EN’).

You will have to enrol with the co-ordinators in other departments if you also wish to take modules there. English is one of the most popular subjects chosen by Visiting Students, and so we generally have a very large and geographically diverse body of international students with us at any one time. For this reason, places here are limited, and we cannot guarantee that a student will be able to enrol on all the modules that they have applied for, particularly at Sophister level.

We ask that all students who are accepted to study here carefully study our Visiting Students Handbook and list of available modules prior to arrival so that registration goes as smoothly as possible.

Many of our Visiting Students are particularly interested in Irish Writing, and this is indeed one of the School's major strengths. However, we also have several other areas of research and teaching specialty - amongst them Anglo-Saxon, medieval, Renaissance, eighteenth-, nineteenth-, and twentieth-century literature, contemporary writing, and popular literature, American and postcolonial literature. We encourage prospective students to consider the full range of courses available.

Important Further Information for Incoming Study Abroad/VS/Erasmus Students

  • Trinity Student Learning and Development have published a new guide: How to Study in Trinity: A Guide for International Students. This guide aims to inform international students on the various aspects of Trinity’s academic culture and expectations and offers practical advice on how to approach certain academic challenges that international students might experience.
  • General information about module registration, module enrolment forms and change of mind forms can be found on the Academic Registry Study Abroad webpage later in August.
  • Are you travelling a long way from home? Study abroad students can sign up for our free Meet and Greet Service.
  • The latest up-to-date information on application procedures and Visiting/Erasmus Student life at Trinity College Dublin can be found here.
  • A helpful Orientation Map of Trinity College Dublin can be found here.
  • New2Dublin is a meet-up group held every Monday night in the Global Room for all students new to the city (Irish and International).  You can read all about the group and find links to their social media sites here.
  • Securing Housing in Dublin: 
    For those students planning to secure their accommodation after they arrive, please note that there has been a serious shortage of accommodation in Dublin and prices are high. Please plan to spend some time looking for a place and do plan to arrive before the beginning of the term so that looking for a flat/room does not keep you from starting your academic work. Beware of scams that offer to secure you a place and request that you send them money before you arrive. You can find more information on finding housing in Dublin on the Students’ Union webpage here. If you need a document verifying your status as a visiting student at Trinity in order to secure a lease, Dr. Faulkner can issue you with this.

Student Experience

The School of English has a lively and very welcoming body of undergraduate and postgraduate students who have set up their own literary societies, journals, magazines and reading groups. We encourage visiting students to get involved in student life in College. More information about student societies can be found here. You can also follow information about the School events on our Facebook page.

Students studying at Trinity College Dublin have access to a comprehensive level of student support. Information about student support can be found here.

Frequently Asked Questions

I have been accepted for Sophister options. What can I do to prepare for my registration meeting?
Unfortunately, the amount of time the co-ordinator can spend registering each student is limited due to high visiting student numbers and the necessity to meet with every new arrival before the start of classes. Whilst he is happy to provide advice to those unsure of their options, he will not have the time to talk you through your potential choices in detail. It is therefore expected that students will have familiarised themselves with the modules which interest them in advance of their registration meeting. Please check this page regularly for updates. Students should also consult the Fresh and Sophister timetables posted at the links above and also available in hard copy in the Orientation Meeting in order to avoid schedule clashes.

Can I leave Trinity and Ireland before the end of the teaching term?
Visiting and Erasmus students must plan on staying in College until the end of the assessment period. Only students with a documented medical or family emergency may request to leave early. If you find yourself in an emergency situation while studying abroad, please contact your Tutor, Visiting Student Coordinator or the Global Officer for advice.

How can I secure my place on a chosen module?
Please note that places on a particular module cannot be reserved in advance of arrival and places on Sophister Modules are allocated on a strictly ‘first come, first served’ basis.  Whilst we generally have no problem in finding students a place on most Fresh courses, when it comes to Sophister modules, it is a very good idea to have several reserve choices in mind in case your first, second, or even third choice is not available. 

Who can enrol in School of English modules?
Only students who have been accepted by us in advance of arrival, which means in most cases that they listed the School of English on the relevant application forms and were subsequently informed by Academic Registry that they have been accepted into English. The only exception is the School's Broad Curriculum module Understanding Literature, which can be taken by any Visiting Student.

Can I take any module within the School of English?
If you have been pre-accepted for both Sophister and Fresh modules in advance of arrival, yes (although in the case of Sophister options, this depends upon the availability of places on individual modules). There is one small exception: the module Anglo-Saxon Identities requires some prior familiarity with Old English.

I have been accepted for Fresh modules only, but I’ve seen a Sophister module I’d love do too.
Is this possible?

This is not possible. There is a lot of pressure on places in Sophister level modules, and we can only accommodate students who have already been approved to take them in advance of their arrival.

Can I audit a module?
No, auditing modules in the School is not permitted.

Can I register for any Postgraduate modules within the School of English?
No, visiting undergraduate students cannot take postgraduate modules in the School.

Can I register for modules in other departments/schools during my meeting with Dr Faulkner?
The School co-ordinator can only register you for English modules. You will need to see the co-ordinators for the other departments in question in order to sign up for their modules. Any questions about study in another department should be addressed to the Department or School co-ordinator.

How do I collect my marked essays if I am still in Trinity College?
Marked essays will be available from Brenda in room 4013, Arts Building. You will be informed that marked essays are ready for collection by an email from Brenda.

How do I get my marks/results/transcripts/essays returned after I leave Trinity College?
A Transcript of Results is sent by the Academic Registry to the student’s home university. The School of English does not give out results. Marked essays may be mailed to students who have left College by providing a mailing address to Brenda Brooks. Brenda will mail all essays after the results are finalised at a School meeting and results are returned to the Academic Registry. Results will be also be made available through the TCD student portal. This process is not carried out by the School of English, so students with any queries regarding online access to results should contact Academic Registry.








Visiting and Erasmus Student Co-Ordinator

Dr Mark Faulkner Course registration +353 (0)1 896 1515 Arts Building, Room 4026
Visiting Students Executive Officer Brenda Brooks Visiting Students Enquiries, induction and administration +353 (0)1 896 1839 Arts Building, Room 4013
International Admissions   All Non-EU Undergraduate Visiting Students +353 (0)1 896 4500 Academic Registry, Watts Building
International Admissions   All EU Visiting Undergraduate Students +353 (0)1 896 4500

Academic Registry, Watts Building
International Admissions   Erasmus Inbound +353 (0)1 896 4500 Academic Registry, Watts Building
Global Officer
(On leave)
Dr Julia Maher Prospective Student Enquiries +353 (0)1 896 4723 Arts Building, Room 4015