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Trinity Featured in NY Times Article on ‘A Guide to Getting a Bachelor’s Abroad’

Posted on 2 November 2016


The New York Times has highlighted Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin in its article today on A Guide to Getting a Bachelor’s Abroad.  The article points out how undergraduates are now seizing the opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree abroad, as opposed to studying abroad for a single semester. 

Paul Hockenos, who authored the article, discusses the benefits of obtaining an international education in the age of globalization. The key game-changer he identifies is that undertaking a degree abroad can save parents tens of thousands of dollars.  He cautions that a degree abroad isn’t for everybody, saying “students must be prepared to immerse themselves in the customs of an unfamiliar habitat far from home. It’s an endeavor for the intensely curious and resourceful, those who can adapt to systems that do grading, testing and instruction quite differently. Forget intercollegiate sports, frats and clubs. Even partying is not the same — less binge drinking, for example — and campus life, when there is any, isn’t as cozy. But the rewards are great, say graduates and educators, and recognized by employers seeking go-getters”.

The article focuses on specific countries where US students might study abroad, such as the UK, Ireland, Continental Europe, Australia, Singapore and China.

In describing study in Ireland, the author notes a 2015 survey by StudyPortals of 17,000 international students, which found that students were “happiest on the Emerald Isle, appreciative of the community atmosphere, support structures for foreigners and vibrant student life. (Of 18 countries, Britain polled a lowly 10th; students gripe about high living costs and subpar housing. France came in dead last on account of poor student services.)”.

The article focuses specifically on Trinity, “the alma mater of Beckett and Swift, is highest ranked of Irish institutions and so most desirable. You’ll bump up against almost 700 American students on campus, some 200 of them working toward a bachelor’s — 48 percent more than just three years ago. Trinity requires a minimum 1290 SAT or 28 ACT and a B+ average. Tuition, about $20,000 to $25,000, is competitive with top British programs”.

Further information for international students interested in studying at Trinity, in addition to the university’s wide range of programmes can be found at: https://www.tcd.ie/study/

The full article can be viewed at: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/06/education/edlife/a-guide-to-getting-a-bachelors-abroad.html?smid=fb-share&_r=0