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International Exchange Programme (Undergraduate)

Outgoing Students

In Senior Freshman year, Trinity students who want to take Moderatorships in Biochemistry or Immunology (Molecular Medicine on a case by case basis) can apply to the International Exchange Programme to spend their Junior Sophister year (third year) abroad. Currently the School has agreements with various Universities for the ERASMUS+ scheme and any College-wide non-EU exchange programmes. A year spent in another country is an invaluable experience particularly in the case of France or Germany where acquisition of proficiency in the use of the language and experience of the culture may confer benefits later when seeking employment. A number of these exchanges have been selected because some or all of the content lectures are provided in English. However, for France, Spain, Poland or Germany you should study the language in the College CLCS from the start of the Senior Freshman year, unless you are already proficient.

The ERASMUS+ scheme has a bursary available of €250/month to help support the exchange student. All rising Senior Freshman students who wish to be considered must contact Dr Andrei Budanov (budanova@tcd.ie) before the end of Michaelmas semester for ERASMUS+ and before the end of October for non-EU exchange programmes. Only students who obtain a 2:1 average in Senior Freshman year will be allowed to take up a place abroad. In the event of more candidate applications than places, exam results will be used to identify the successful applicant.

Incoming Students

The School of Biochemistry & Immunology is research intensive and has a strong international reputation for the quality of its scholarly activities. The areas of research in Biochemistry include membrane proteins, enzymology, folic acid biochemistry, structural biology, tRNA biology, neurochemistry, systems biology, cancer biology, molecular parasitology, apoptosis, energy transduction and drug discovery. In the area of Immunology our School is active in immunoregulation, immunomodulation, cell signalling in immunity and inflammation, immunoparasitology, vaccine adjuvant research, innate immunity and inflammation, and viral subversion of immunity.

Our success in these areas is complemented by our substantial investment in cutting-edge facilities for nuclear magnetic resonance, protein crystallisation, X-ray crystallography, transgenics, histochemistry, electron microscopy, confocal microscopy, and fluorescence activated cell sorting. The School has a passion for discovery, an ability to generate new knowledge, expertise in cutting-edge technologies, a flair for entrepreneurship and innovation, as well as a commitment to communicating their passion and knowledge to students. The School funds three moderatorships, leading to degrees in Biochemistry, Immunology and Molecular Medicine.

International students who have relevant backgrounds from their home Institutions and at least 1-2 years of comparable subjects similar to those necessary for entry into a specific moderatorship can elect to take the full Junior Sophister year. For ERASMUS+ students hosted by School, we have set up specific agreements with your home Institutions in either Biochemistry or Immunology. Visiting non-EU students, including TASSEP, Science Without Borders (SWB) or similar can apply through College for a full academic year in Biochemistry (TASSEP, ERASMUS+ by agreement or SWB), Immunology (TASSEP, ERASMUS+ by agreement or SWB) or Molecular Medicine (TASSEP or SWB).

International and Visiting Student Options

The module options available can be viewed at the School of Biochemistry and Immunology Visiting and Erasmus Students webpage.

Please contact Dr Andrei Budanov budanova@tcd.ie, Erasmus/International Coordinator for the School of Biochemistry and Immunology, for further information.