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Going abroad on exchange is a truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity which can transform your life and the direction of your career in ways you may not imagine. If you’ve any questions about studying abroad, there are lots of people you can talk to for more information about how you can build an international experience into your Trinity degree, how to make the most of your time abroad, and how best to articulate what you’ve learned from your experience overseas.

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Applying for Exchange

The application process for exchanges varies depending on where you want to study. The best place to start is to attend one of the exchange information sessions, which take place in every October in the Global Room and Academic Registry. You should do this whether you want to go on a one-semester, either Michaelmas or Hilary term, or a full-year programme. Even if you are only in your first year, if you think you might be interested in integrating an overseas experience into your degree, it is a good idea to sit in on one of these sessions. JF/1st year students should attend a talk in the Spring of that year to start investigating their options.

Next, talk to your Departmental Co-ordinator and, if you want to stay within Europe, contact the Erasmus Co-ordinator in the Academic Registry at academic.registry@tcd.ie, or if you want to go outside the EU, contact the Student Mobility Officer in the Study Abroad team at study.abroad@tcd.ie.

Every year throughout Hilary term there are regular drop-in clinics held for you to talk through the application process.

Keep an eye on social media and your College email for announcements on upcoming events from the Academic Registry and Global Relations.

Making the most of an exchange placement?

Maximise your time away! Go to classes (keep up those grades for final year!) and immerse yourself in different teaching styles and learning approaches.

Explore your new campus, city, country, and more! There are all sorts of interesting things to see and do no matter where you’re based – you may never find yourself in your exchange destination country again, so make the most of a genuinely once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Tell the world about your progress and experiences on our Student Blog!

Struggling with being away?

You’re never more than a phone call away from friends and family at home, who will be delighted to hear from you – but don’t forget the time zone difference! A phone call for a casual check in with your loved ones may well get a different reception at lunchtime their time rather than 2am! And remember: always keep in touch.

Always remember that you’re still a registered student with Trinity while you’re away, so you’ll still be able to access your Personal Tutor or your home department, and there are often similar support services available to visiting students at your host university. 

Stay in touch with the equivalent of the Study Abroad team at your host university for advice on how to access any support services you need. And, of course, we at the Study Abroad Team in Trinity are always here for you, contact us at study.abroad@tcd.ie.  

Please remember that we cannot and will not discuss student issues with anyone other than the student without explicit written consent. 

Prepare for your return to Trinity

Don’t forget that your grades in your year away count towards your degree. Take your classes seriously, and make the most of the opportunities available to you at your host university to prepare yourself academically for your final year! Check in with the exchange co-ordinator in the Academic Registry at Trinity to make sure your transcripts have been sent from your host institution.