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Frequently Asked Questions

Is the course entirely online?

Yes, it is entirely online. You do not need to leave your home country or home town in order to attend it.

Do I need a visa for this course?

No. The course is taught entirely online, and there is no requirement for you to be in Ireland. Therefore, the course does not qualify you for an Irish visa.

Should I apply via Trinity or via the Al-Maktoum College?

Both options are equally fine. Your application will in each case be assessed by the same Trinity staff.

Are scholarships available?

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Do I need prior knowledge?

No. The course is suitable both for those who have previous knowledge of the Middle East, and for those who do not. You do not need to have studied a Middle Eastern language previously.

Do I need to follow a specific timetable?

It is expected that students on the course will attend live (synchronous) sessions.

Part of my degree was taught in English. Does this exempt me from certifying my English-language proficiency?

Unfortunately, no.
You are exempt from this if you are a native speaker of English, and/or if the whole of your degree was done by medium of English.
If only part of your degree was done by medium of English, you will need to show evidence of your language competence, as per Trinity’s standard requirements.

What do I do if my degree certificate is in a foreign language?

You should append a translation by a professional translator, and a statement in English by the translator confirming that the translation is accurate. Providing they are a professional, the translator does not need to be accredited by any specific body.

Is there a minimum number of students?

The course will only run if a minimum number of students are enrolled. In the unlikely event this number should not be reached, applicants' application fees will be refunded.