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Students to Descend on Campus for Start of New Academic Year

Posted on 11 September 2013

front square trinity college dublin during freshers week

Along with autumn's cooler temperatures, September marks the return of over 17,000 students to Trinity College Dublin's city centre campus.

The term begins with Freshers' Week, running from 16-20 September. Freshers' Week combines orientation events for new students, opportunities to join clubs and societies, and a range of social activities. One of the week's highlights is the buzz of activity centered in Trinity's Parliament Square. Representatives from Trinity's 200 societies, sports clubs and publications set up stands to introduce themselves to new members. Students can peruse the societies' displays, chat with officers and sign up for everything from Amnesty International to the Juggling Society. The 'Phil' and the 'Hist', Trinity's historic debating societies, are always popular draws, attracting world-renowned guest speakers throughout the year. The Students Union also organises several social events throughout the week, including nights out and tours of College.

The academic year begins with Michaelmas Term, the College's first semester, when a full teaching schedule will commence on 23 September. After the relative quiet of the summer months, Trinity's cobblestone walkways are bustling with activity as the College prepares to welcome its new cohort of students from all over Ireland and the world, with sizeable numbers coming from the US, Canada, India, China and Brazil.

Since its founding in 1592, Trinity College Dublin has attracted Ireland's top students. In recent years, Trinity's international student population has grown significantly. Top international rankings, with particular notice for Trinity's high ratio of international faculty members, strong international research collaborations and overall international outlook, have made Trinity a popular destination for both international undergraduate and postgraduate students. This year marks the first time Trinity will welcome a group of Brazilian visiting students through the Science Without Borders programme, funded by the Brazilian government. Over sixty high-achieving science undergraduates will spend the year in Trinity through this bold new Brazilian initiative.

The Academic Registry will be an invaluable resource for both new and returning students. Student services such as admissions, fees and records have been brought together in a single space, providing a "one stop shop" for students. After registering for classes, exploring the University's extensive range of extracurricular opportunities and getting a taste of Dublin's social life, students will surely be well-prepared to return to their studies when teaching commences on the 23rd. On behalf o the Global Relations Team, we wish a hearty welcome back to all returning students. And to all new students: Welcome to Trinity. Enjoy every minute!