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Hear from our graduates.

Marie-Louise O'Callaghan, from County Limerick, Ireland.  Went to Gaelcholaiste Luimnigh and Limerick Tutorial.  Trinity Business Student of the Year 2019.

It was Trinity’s reputation, incredible history and central location that initially attracted me to the University. Having spoken to family members and friends who had attended Trinity, they all spoke highly of the opportunities available for those who are willing to take them. Another factor that inspired me to apply to Trinity, was the wide range of alumni that had studied here, from Mary Robinson, Mary McAleese to Michael O’ Leary.

I chose to study Business and French at Trinity, with the intention of striking a balance between my passion for business and my love of the French language. The course exceeded my expectations in more ways than one. The degree itself offered an incredibly wide range of business modules along with the opportunity to study in Paris for my year abroad.

I would highly recommend studying in Trinity College. Both inside and outside of the classroom student life in Trinity is unparalleled. I have thoroughly enjoyed and embraced the wide range of societies, sports clubs and initiatives around campus. From my involvement in the finance society, to captaining the ladies’ tennis team to having the opportunity to establish the Women in Business Conference for the Trinity Student Managed Fund, Trinity gave me the platform to forge my own path. From the location, facilities, educational culture, network, standard of the lecturing and the friends you make during your four years, I truly believe Trinity’s offers the best possible university experience for students in Ireland.


Arthaud Mesnard, Paris, France. Studied Business Studies & French 2014-2018.  Trinity Business Student of the Year 2018.

Business and French wasn’t my first choice, I initially wanted to study Business and Spanish but I didn’t get the points. Some people might think that studying Business & French while being half French is redundant but, in addition to the language classes, we studied Politics, Business and Economics which I had never studied in France. Spending a year abroad in third year at a Business School in France was very interesting as their way of teaching is more practical. I would say that their objective is to prepare you for a job whilst Trinity prepares you for life by helping you develop a critical spirit and systems thinking. Doing an internship in a startup in France was also a great experience as it gave me a better understanding of how people think and do business. This experience led me to decide to pursue a masters’ degree in France.

Trinity College Dublin is a great environment for you to find yourself and decide who you want to become. The student societies offer lots of opportunities and there is a wide variety of classes to choose from. I was involved in the tennis club, Enactus (social entrepreneurship), TES (the entrepreneurial society), the SMF (finance society) as well as events like JailBreak and the Google Startup Weekend. These activities complemented my studies with a practical learning.

I am most thankful to Trinity for its desire to support students in their extracurricular learning. Without Trinity’s support, Eirloop (Ireland’s Hyperloop Team that placed 5th at the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition) wouldn’t have been able to compete in Los Angeles.

Rachel Bothwell

Over the course of four years, I studied Business Studies & French (BSF) at Trinity College Dublin, which was both a challenging and rewarding experience. Since leaving TCD, I have worked in retail marketing and I am now studying Fashion Buying and Management at Dublin Institute of Technology and hope to go on to have a long career in the business of fashion.

The BSF course was designed to cover a broad scope of business subjects, while also developing the ability to work in a French business environment through language and culture modules. I spent my third year of college in EM Strasbourg Business School in Alsace, France, which was an incredible experience, both educationally and personally. In Strasbourg, I developed my language skills by studying over 60% of my modules in French, while also learning from different styles of teaching and living. The business teaching at Trinity comes from both academic and industry standpoints, and requires students to really engage with both academic materials individually and interact with students and staff in groups and tutorials. I also developed both teamwork and leadership skills through the numerous group projects throughout the four years.

On reflection, one of the most valuable things I will take away from my years at TCD is my level of critical thinking. This is taught through an engaging, accessible teaching staff and is something that is essential to go far in the increasingly competitive and complex world of business. The other most valuable thing is my wonderful network - from my Irish classmates of BSF and my first year in Trinity Hall, to my international friends that I met in France - who are now scattered across the world. 

Karolina Mikitaite

With confidence I can state that Trinity College provides full spectrum of educational and career opportunities for any individual who is ambitious and driven to succeed in the business environment. Professors provided each student with a high level of education and most importantly they evoked enthusiasm for acquiring academic knowledge.

On third year of the program, I had a chance to spend a year abroad in Russia (GSOM, St Petersburg) where I received invaluable experience of seeing beyond known and a chance to fulfil my urge and commitment to do, see and learn something different. A year abroad redefined my world as I acquired a greater understanding of the complexities of the world around me. I have also been a part of the Russian Society in Trinity College which allowed me to build leadership skills and self-confidence that are one of the most important skills for becoming successful in any career you pursue. 

Donna Hogan

Studying at the Trinity Business School involved hard work and commitment, but was an incredibly fun four years! I found there to be a great rapport between students and staff, who were always encouraging and supportive of new ideas and entrepreneurial endeavours.

The interactive class structures enable students to learn from one another and to develop invaluable organizational, teamwork and leadership skills. Lecturers also introduce students to the business world outside the classroom: through the Business School, I had the opportunity to study abroad, attend global student business conferences and interact with students from prestigious Universities worldwide. 

Studying at the Trinity Business School opened up a wide range of career possibilities. Having enjoyed my undergraduate business studies so much, I decided to continue, and am currently studying for a Masters in International Business and Law at the University of Sydney, Australia!

Alan Foy

Firstly, I would consider myself a keen advocate of the Trinity School of Business Studies. Studying Business Studies in Trinity has contributed towards my personal development in ways I could never have imagined when I first filled in TR081 on the CAO form in school! Through the combination of excellent academic staff, well structured courses and a friendly and active student community – studying Business was a wonderful experience for which I am very thankful. The decision to study business is one that I definitely don’t regret.

During my time in the Business School, I was fortunate to have been involved in strategic planning projects in a financial services firm close to Trinity College. This experience provided me with an excellent environment to put the content of the business studies course to practical use. The other members of the project teams were very impressed with the sheer wealth of knowledge I had brought from my Business Studies courses which proved helpful to the successful delivery of a number of key projects. This has led me to understand that the knowledge and skills we learn in Business Studies are highly valued. Most importantly, I would suggest that the Trinity Business School brand is well recognised among the business community.

In addition to work experience, I got really involved with the Foresight Business Studies Group of students. This group fosters links between leading businesspeople and business students in the college. Getting involved in an organisation like Foresight allowed me to make new friends and have a lot of fun while also planning and organising networking events throughout the year. These types of organisations (of which there are many in college) permit students to make contacts which may provide helpful advice or guidance which can help shape the future careers of Business students.

The journey of studying Business Studies in Trinity College has brought me many wonderful experiences ranging from establishing my own enterprise to becoming a member of the community service organisation, Rotary International. The skills I gained through group projects, interactive lectures/tutorials and involvement in a student organisation have equipped me well to build what I hope will be a successful future. The choice to study Business Studies at Trinity College was perhaps the first critical building block to reaching my potential and securing that successful (and happy) future!"

Naomi McMahon

My time at Trinity College Dublin was a rewarding experience providing me with a deep and thorough fundamental academic knowledge, which I continue to practically apply to my professional pursuits.

The Business course took the learning's to a higher level laying a solid foundation upon which I could build on and leverage. It helped me to better understand what would be required to succeed within a dynamic business environment. The diversity of content was relevant to today's economic challenges and the curriculum created by the Faculty encouraged me to be resourceful and adopt an unconventional and creative approach in seeking customized solutions to diverse business problems. The faculty challenged students to think beyond what was apparently 'obvious' and to investigate the best alternative options to help promote sustainable growth.

The strong relationships which I developed during my tenure at Trinity continue to serve me today and the principles of learning taught to me ensure that I continuously challenge myself to grow. As the world in which we live continues to evolve, ones ability to adapt to any given situation and to develop strengths that differentiate oneself in the business world has become increasingly important. The Business course was the beginning of a life-long commitment to learning and there is no doubt in my mind that my time at Trinity will be of continuous value to me as I continue to pursue my personal ambitions and career goals.