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Visiting Students

The Department warmly welcomes visiting students who may be attending Trinity College for just one academic year or one semester.

welcome meeting organised by the Business, Economics, Political Science, Sociology and Philosophy course office for Semester 1 and Annual incoming visiting students will take place at the beginnig of the term. Details to follow. 

This page contains links to all individual undergraduate modules taught by the Department of Political Science staff that are available for visiting students, arranged by year. For each module there is a brief module description, module outline, recommended texts and assessment requirements. Students should consult their Trinity portal page for the most up-to-date module times and locations (subject to change).

Further information, including Visiting Students orientation events details and Visiting Students Coordinator contact details, is available below:

Current Visiting Students

Political Science Visiting Student Coordinator

Mr Liam Kneafsey ( is our Incoming Visiting Student Coordinator in 2018-19. You should consult Mr Kneafsey if you are coming to Trinity on an Erasmus or Socrates exchange or need module choice forms signed. His office is located in room 4.09 4th Floor, 3 College green. His office hours are on Monday 3-5pm.

Course Registration Forms

If you need to get the Department's permission to take a module for the 2018-19 academic year or one term only, please bring the Module Enrolment Form to our Erasmus Coordinator, Mr Liam Kneafsey (room 4.09 4th Floor, 3 College green) during his office hours on Monday 3-5pm.

Course Requirements

Visiting students are expected to fulfil the same course requirements, in terms of coursework and exams, as Trinity students. These will vary depending on the module. Please consult the lecturer/module outline.

Please note that the 2019 -20 annual exam dates will be confirmed later in the year.


For both full year and one term students, all Senior Fresh (2nd Year) and Junior Sophister (3rd year) modules are worth 5 ECTS.

Please note that visiting students are not eligible for JF or SS modules.

Buddy Programme for Incoming Visiting Students

The Buddy Programme is an international networking program which aims at matching up incoming visiting students from across the world with a TCD student, who will act as mentor or guide to their International Buddy. If you are interested in signing up for a Buddy please complete the form here. You can email the Buddy Programme on:

Prospective Visiting Students

Further details on how to apply to come to Trinity as a visiting student are available from the university's Study at Trinity webpage.

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