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Study Abroad

Trinity College provides study abroad opportunities for undergraduate students through formal agreements with a large number of partner institutions, mainly in the context of the European Erasmus/Socrates programme. Certain degree courses incorporate a year abroad, usually the third year of course, for all students. A limited number of student exchange programmes are also in operation with EU and non-EU institutions. Students should consult their course handbook for details of mobility/exchange opportunities in their subject area. Information is also available on the International Office website

Study abroad for credit

Study abroad, which is normally only permitted at a foreign institution with which Trinity College has a formal exchange agreement, is governed by regulations which are set out in the General Regulations section of the University Calendar, Part I, pg H14/15 . These regulations set out the principles for assessment and credit transfer, registration and fee status of students. Information on Erasmus/Socrates is also available from the International Office.

All study abroad must be approved by the academic discipline(s) or school(s) in which the student is based before the end of the academic year immediately preceding the proposed period of study abroad, and notified to the International Office. A Learning Agreement, detailing the content, level and ECTS credit weighting of the programme of study at the host institution, must be completed and signed by the student and the member(s) of academic staff responsible at TCD; the Learning Agreement must be retained by the student’s discipline/course office, and a copy forwarded to the International Office.

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Study abroad at an institution with which Trinity College has no agreement for student mobility

Students in good academic standing who, with the approval of their school(s)/disciplines, wish to study abroad at an institution with which Trinity College has no student mobility agreement, may, through their tutor, apply to the Senior Lecturer for permission to intermit their studies and go off books, normally for a maximum period of one year. In such cases, there is no transfer of academic credit from the foreign institution to Trinity College.

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Last updated 7 November 2016