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How to apply


Before applying for admission as an Erasmus student

  • Please ensure that your university has a Erasmus Exchange agreement with Trinity College
  • Please ensure that you have been nominated by your university to participate in the exchange.
  • Have an excellent command of the English language, both written and verbal.

Please complete the application form for Admission as an EU Exchange Student. Please read the instructions on the last page of the application form carefully before completing it. It is very important that you enclose a transcript of your results from your home university with your application, we cannot process your application without this transcript. The completed application form must be sent by post directly to:

Admissions Team
Academic Registry
Watts Building
Trinity College
Dublin 2

Please note the deadlines for receipt of applications as follows:

Apply by For admission in
1 June September
15 October January

Students coming to study at Trinity College through the Erasmus Programme do not pay tuition fees.

When will I receive my letter of acceptance?

Letters of acceptance will be posted during July and August to students commencing their studies in September, and in November to students commencing their studies in January. An information pack will be sent to you electronically at the same time as your letter of acceptance, so it is important that you write your email address very clearly on your application form.

What should I do if I must withdraw from the Erasmus Programme?

If you cannot take up the Erasmus exchange place offered to you, it is most important that you advise the Academic Registry immediately using the “ASK AR” button in the portal.

Students with Disabilities

Erasmus Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Trinity College Disability Service The Student Disability Service is the support service for students with disability or special learning difficulties. Students requiring support from Trinity College due to the impact of their disability or specific learning difficulty are advised to contact the Service as early as possible to explore what supports can be provided.

Please note that Trinity College is unable to accept 'free-movers' under the Erasmus programme.

Academic requirements

Module choices

The selection of modules which students will follow, the form of assessment expected, and the form in which results are returned to the home university are determined between participating Faculties or Departments. Each student must complete a Learning Agreement, signed by both the home university and Trinity College. Please note that acceptance of your application does not guarantee acceptance into particular modules listed on your application. This may be for one of the following reasons:

  • Because you have the possibility to take a module combination which is not available to home students, it is likely that some of the module choices that you make will result in timetable clashes, so obliging you to make alternative choices;
  • The module for which you have applied may be over-subscribed;
  • In consultation with the department in which you wish to take a module, it is deemed that you do not have the necessary background to successfully complete the module.

You will be required to make a final choice of modules after you have registered in September (or early January for students coming in the second semester). Your Department Erasmus Coordinator will be able to give you advice about your module choices.

The Module Directory gives details of the modules from which you may chose in the coming academic year.

How many ECTS must I take?

At Trinity College, 60 ECTS is the equivalent of a full year's work-load. All full-year Erasmus students are required to take a minimum of 45 ECTS. One semester students are expected to take 20-30 ECTS. Modules at Trinity will have a 5, 10 or 15 ECTS value depending on the length of the module and the number of hours. As an Erasmus student, you must complete all assessments, examinations, and laboratory work, associated with each module for which you are registered.

The academic year is currently two semesters: Michaelmas Term/First Semester (September to December), Hilary Term and Trinity Term/Second Semester (January to May). The examination periods runs for 4 weeks in Trinity Term ending in mid-May. Please see Term Dates for more information.

What is ECTS?

The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) is a student-centred system based on student workload. ECTS makes study programmes easy to read and compare for all students. The System facilitates the recognition of periods of study abroad.


The International Admissions and Study Abroad team processes exam results attained by Erasmus and other exchange students, non-EU visiting and EU visiting students. The transcripts of those results are then forwarded directly to the student's home university, usually during the summer months. Students attending for Michaelmas Term only will have transcripts issued during the month of March. Unfortunately, it is not possible to give results by phone or email, however results will be published to the portal. Please see the Grading systems and transcripts document for more information.

Contact Us

Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions -  we can be reached through the “ASK AR” button in the portal, or by emailing




Last updated 19 April 2016 Web Administrator (Email).