The Department of Classics encourages students to avail of opportunities to study abroad, for example, to improve their language skills or diversify their study experience. Trinity College Dublin has two types of exchanges, each with their own rules and application deadlines:
Erasmus + exchanges
The easiest way to spend an academic year or half year at another university is through the Erasmus programme, which facilitates exchanges within the EU and affiliated countries, co-ordinated by academic departments. The co-ordinators of Erasmus exchanges are familiar with the situation at your host university, you will not pay fees abroad, and you will be able to apply for a small stipend for the cost of travel and living. Classics has exchange agreements with the Universities of Bordeaux, Geneva, Cyprus and Koç (Istanbul). Students in TSM or AMHC also have the option to go abroad through an exchange agreement co-ordinated by their other department(s). Classics’ minimum requirement for studying abroad is a mark of 2.2 in the examinations of the previous academic year. Erasmus exchanges can be undertaken in the Senior Fresh or Junior Sophister year. In the case of a Junior Sophister exchange, marks achieved abroad count towards your final degree result. For further information about the options available in different departments and the application procedure, please see www.tcd.ie/study/study-abroad/outbound/. The Erasmus application deadline typically falls in February.
Trinity’s non-EU exchanges are open to Junior Sophister students only (which implies that marks achieved abroad count towards your final degree result). You must have attained a 2.1 in your Junior Freshman examinations and be in your Senior Freshman year at the time of application. These exchanges are college-wide and applicants compete for available places on the basis of academic results. Classics students generally apply to go to the USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand; most other non-EU destinations do not offer Classics modules. For further information about options and procedure, please see www.tcd.ie/study/study-abroad/outbound/. The application deadline typically falls in November.
Please keep in mind that studying abroad calls for initiative, resilience and careful organisation and that you will be expected to show your ability to plan and self-manage also in the preparation phase. If you would like to go abroad next year, it is expected that you:
- Attend relevant information meetings to gather basic information;
- Research the available options, regulations and procedures on the Trinity website;
- Look for suitable modules on the website of your preferred exchange destination(s);
- Contact the Study Abroad Co-ordinator for Classics, Dr Martine Cuypers well before the relevant deadline to discuss your plans;
- If you are a TSM student: liaise with your other department to discuss your options and plans;
- Present application forms, learning agreements, etc, for signing in a timely manner, as last-minute queries and applications can generally not be facilitated.