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English for Academic Purposes at Trinity College

The In-Sessional English For Academic Purposes weekly two-hour evening modules are open to all registered TCD students for whom English is not a first language. The EAP modules commence in Week 1 of the first term (Michaelmas term) and run for 12 weeks. Students can choose to attend on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evenings (6-8pm or 7-9pm each evening). 

Details of the course fee (€50 per term) and how to apply can be found at the links below. For further information, please email or telephone 01 896 1560.

Information about the course can be downloaded here:

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EAP Programme Information

Students can enrol in two types of English for Academic Purposes courses at TCD.

  • Intensive Pre-Sessional EAP course (20 hours per week for 4 weeks), available to all those who do not have English as their first language, including registered TCD students and other students from outside the university.
  • In-Sessional EAP course (2 hours per week for 12 weeks), available only to registered TCD students who do not have English as their first language. For further information, please

The EAP programme at TCD is designed to meet the needs of students whose first language is not English (including those who have applied through the CAO system), who wish to study at undergraduate or postgraduate level in our university, or in another English-speaking university. Each course focuses on academic writing and academic spoken discourse, and aims to help students consolidate their English language proficiency in areas which are vital to successful university study. Each course asks students to work on tasks relevant to their own academic field of interest, and involves the completion of written and spoken presentations. Students can also access our self-study resources, including online testing, and can participate in tailor-made English language writing clinics. Students are given a certificate of completion if they satisfy all aspects of the course, confirming their English language proficiency level.


This programme is designed for students engaging in third or fourth level education, whose first language is not English (including those who have come through the CAO system in Ireland). Applicants must be aged over 18 years at the time of the course, or have received an offer of a place at university. If English is your second language, you may enrol in an intensive summer course (pre-sessional course), or weekly English language evening  modules which run on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evenings in the first and second term (in-sessional course). The pre-sessional course is open to new and continuing students intending to study at TCD or any other university. The in-sessional course is open to all full-time TCD students (undergraduate and postgraduate) in 2014-2015.

How to reserve a place

If you would like to apply for the 2014-2015 In-sessional EAP course, please email the CLCS office, Please note that applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis, so the sooner you apply, the more likely you are to receive a place.

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Start Dates, Course Fees and Entry Requirements


Start date

Course fees

Entry requirements

Intensive Pre-Sessional EAP course 2014-2015

Monday 18th August 2014  - 12th September 2014

€1200 for 4 week course (20 hours per week).

Course fee must be paid in full and includes €200 non-refundable enrolment fee.

IELTS 5.5 (with no individual band less than IELTS 5.0) or 550 TOEFL (196 CBT / 69 IBT) or above.

Open to students intending to study at TCD or any other university.

In-Sessional EAP course 2014

Monday 22nd September 2014 - Friday 12th December 2014

No course fee but €50 non-refundable enrolment fee (2 hours per week, 12 week programme).

Enrolment fee must be paid before commencing the course.

Must be registered TCD student

In-Sessional EAP course 2015

Monday 12th January 2015 - Friday 3rd April 2015

No course fee but €50 non-refundable enrolment fee (2 hours per week, 12 week course).
Enrolment fee must be paid before commencing the course.

Must be registered TCD student

Payment options

Payment can be made via cheque, postal order or bank draft.

Cheques, postal orders or bank drafts should be made payable to: Trinity College Dublin No. 6 Account, and returned with your application.
  • Cheques/postal orders/bank drafts must be in Euro and drawn on a bank in the Republic of Ireland. Cheques/postal orders/bank drafts received in any other currency, from a bank in any other country, or made out to any other name will be returned for re-issue.
  • Please note that for security reasons, bank drafts should not be sent in the post, and should instead be delivered to the CLCS office in person, or sent via registered mail.

How to obtain a postal order:
A postal order can be used for payment even if you do not have an Irish bank account or a chequebook. This can be done by visiting any Irish post office and asking for a postal order. Upon receiving your payment in cash (including a small additional fee), the post office will issue you with a postal order, which is a piece of paper similar to a cheque. You should enter the relevant details (payment should be made to ‘TCD No. 6 account’), attach the postal order to your application form and submit it with your application.

Applicants are liable for transaction fees incurred by any method of payment.
Unfortunately we cannot accept payments via credit card at this time.


Refunds/cancellation charges

In the event of withdrawal from the course before it begins, course fees will be refunded, excluding a non-refundable €200 administrative fee (pre-sessional courses)/non-refundable €50 administrative fee (in-sessional courses). Requests for refunds must be made by email to

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Visa Information

The citizens of many countries do not need an entry visa before coming to Ireland. It is advisable to contact your nearest Irish embassy or consulate before travelling to check whether you need a visa and whether you need to comply with any other requirements. Even if you do not need a visa, you should have certain documents to show the immigration officer at the point of entry into the country: your passport; your Trinity College acceptance letter for your degree course; your return airline ticket (helpful but not strictly necessary).
If your documents are in order you will receive a passport stamp indicating the time period during which you should visit the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) in Dublin to receive your permission to stay and registration certificate. The time allowed between entering the country and registering with the GNIB usually varies between 7 days and 1 month. Trinity College’s International Office can advise on this process,


Non-EU students are advised to have adequate insurance cover for medical treatment and hospitalisation before leaving their home country; please check that you are sufficiently insured for your period of study in Ireland. Students from EU states should apply for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) in their home country before departure.

Accommodation Options

Different types of accommodation options are available for non-TCD students planning to take the intensive pre-sessional course in the summer, including:

  • Self-catering accommodation in university residences during the summer months
  • Home-stay accommodation in selected families, in a single room, with breakfast and evening meals
  • Half-board accommodation in independent student residences located in the city centre
  • Students may also wish to make their own accommodation arrangements by renting a room or apartment

TCD students from outside the EU with an offer for a degree course at Trinity College and who have received their TCD ID number are eligible to apply for a room in one of the university’s residences for the academic year. Students who have applied through the CAO system can apply once they have received an offer. Applications should be made through the university’s Accommodation Office. Staff at the Centre for Language and Communication Studies will also be able to put students in contact with the relevant accommodation offices and to provide information about different options.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What sort of topics will be covered on the English for Academic Purposes programme?

The EAP programme aims to help students consolidate their English language proficiency in areas which are vital to successful university study. Classes are small, and are delivered by instructors with Masters and Ph.D.-level qualifications. The course content focuses primarily on written and spoken academic discourse, and includes:

  • the development of communication and oral presentation skills;
  • extensive development of academic vocabulary;
  • a review of plagiarism and how to avoid it;
  • preparation and delivery of group projects featuring both written and spoken components;
  • tailor-made feedback on written submissions;
  • the provision of self-study resources, which include online testing.

The pre-sessional course also includes a social programme that provides students with an opportunity to build relationships outside class time.

I have an IELTS score of 5.5 and a conditional offer at a university if I get a score of IELTS 6.5. Can I take the pre-sessional EAP course instead of retaking the IELTS examination?

While the pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes course may help you in preparing for an IELTS examination, it does not act as a substitute for achieving a score of 6.5 or higher. Unless your university department advises you otherwise, you must still achieve the required IELTS score in order to take your place at university.

I would like to take the in-sessional course but I am only going to be free on Tuesday evenings. Can I request that I join a class that is held on a particular day?

If you have a preference for a particular day, you should submit your application as usual following the instructions on our website, and include a note on your application that indicates which day you would prefer to attend class. While we cannot guarantee that all students' preferences will be met, we will do our best to allocate you to a class that will suit your schedule.

Contact us by email or telephone, or visit our office

CLCS Office, Room 4091 (between 10am and 5pm, Mon-Fri)
(located between Staircases A & B, near Italian/French department offices)
Level 4, Arts Building
Trinity College
Dublin 2

Postal address

English for Academic Purposes
Centre for Language and Communication Studies
Room 4091, Arts Building
Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland

Telephone: + 353 (0) 1 896 1560



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About Trinity College

Trinity College is recognised internationally as Ireland’s premier university. It was founded in 1592, and is one of the great universities of the world, situated on a beautiful historical campus in the centre of Dublin. There are some 17,000 students registered in our three Faculties of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Health Sciences, and Engineering, Mathematics and Sciences.

Language study at Trinity College

Trinity College is a world-leader in university language learning, and has earned many plaudits for the innovative language learning tools and courses designed and delivered by its Centre for Language and Communication Studies. Trinity College is a multilingual university, and offers many opportunities for you to improve your language skills. English for Academic Purposes courses run regularly at the Centre for Language and Communication Studies (part of the School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences) for students registered at TCD and for other students from who wish to improve their English before they start a course at another university.

English language teaching and learning is an important part of the School’s academic activities, not just through teaching English for Academic Purposes, but also by training and upskilling English language teachers, testers and course designers in our postgraduate courses (for instance, M.Phil. in English Language Teaching), and by conducting cutting-edge research on many aspects of English language, such as the varieties and status of English, its sound system and its morpho-syntax.

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