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Covid-19 FAQs for prospective students 

We are working to ensure that we manage any impact that COVID-19 might have on students who hope to join us in September 2020. We will regularly update this page as more information becomes available, so please check back regularly to stay informed.

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General Admission Queries


Are applications still open for 2020/21?


Yes, we welcome applications and continue to assess applications and issue offers for entry in 2020. We are constantly monitoring the situation and will inform you of any changes and/updates.


Will deadlines for application/acceptance/documents/registration be affected?


Undergraduate Non-EU application deadline for the majority of programmes is 30 June. Go to course pages for further details.


Deadlines for many Postgraduate Taught programmes have been re-opened or extended to 31 July. Go to course pages for further details.


Most acceptance deadlines have been extended to 1 June.  If you wish to have your deadline extended please contact the Academic Registry at academic.registry@tcd.ie


The deadline for Study Abroad Inbound Non-EU Inbound applications is 15 April 2020. Will this be extended?


Yes, the deadline for Non-EU students who wish to study at Trinity or the first semester (Michaelmas Term) or for the full academic year 2020/21 has been extended to 15 June 2020.


I am having difficulty getting the documents required for admission. What can I do?


Trinity will be as flexible as possible in the documentation we will accept. Please contact Academic.Registry@tcd.ie to explain what documents you are unable to provide.


My school/university is closed due to COVID-19 and I have been unable to complete my exams/degree programme. Can I still be admitted?


Trinity will be as flexible as possible with applicants whose education has been affected by COVID-19. If your programme was completed online or with alternative assessment, Trinity will recognise any qualifications awarded by universities and exam boards. Please note that formal documentation from the awarding body will still be required once it is available.


I am unable to take the English language test I had planned to. What are the alternatives?

  1. Trinity is accepting Duolingo English Test scores on a temporary basis for 2020/21 applications.
  2. Trinity is also accepting the IELTS Indicator and the TOEFL IBT Special Home Edition test on a temporary basis.
  3. The accepted score equivalences and related requirements are listed on our website under our revised English Language Requirements.
  4. Undergraduate: Click here
  5. Postgraduate: Click here
  6. Please also note that existing IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge and PET scores up to three years old (rather than two) will be accepted for 2020/21 applications in light of test centre closures.


I wish to take the English pre-sessional programme. Can this be taken online?

Trinity's pre-sessional EAP  (English for Academic Purposes) programme will be running online this summer. The start dates and tuition fees for both the 10-week PMPP  (Pre-Masters’s Pathway Programme) programme and 4-week EAP short course remain the same as per the website (Centre for English Language Learning and Learning, www.tcd.ie/slscs/English). Please contact the Centre for English Language Learning and Teaching Director with queries at cellt@tcd.ie


Is there a later intake to the Pre-Master’s Pathway programme?


Please contact the Centre for English Language and Learning Director with queries regarding the possibility of a slightly later start date for the 10-week PMPP programme, at cellt@tcd.ie. See www.tcd.ie/slscs/English for full details.


Offer Holders


I wish to hold off accepting my offer until we know more about the COVID-19 situation. Is this allowed?


The dates for all stages of the admissions process are being revised and will be updated online soon. We will work with applicants to be as flexible as possible where they are affected by Covid-19.


I have accepted my place at Trinity but now do not wish to travel because of concerns around COVID-19. Will my deposit be refunded?


Trinity will process acceptance deposit refunds based on circumstances arising from the COVID-19 situation.


Can I defer my place to September 2021?


Offer-holders for September 2020 admission may request a deferral of their place until September 2021. Note however that it may not be possible to grant a deferral in all cases as there is a limit to the number of deferrals we can grant.


If I am delayed in accepting my offer, will this affect my chances of getting university accommodation?


There should be no issue. Once you have your Trinity student number and have accepted your course offer, you can apply for accommodation. Accommodation applications are currently open. On the application, ensure that you apply through the “Trinity College Student” stream rather than the CAO stream.


I am unable to provide the documents required for a study visa application. What can I do?


Trinity is engaging with the Visa Office to look at solutions to these problems. The Visa Office will accept digital documents where originals are not available. For updated information on visa applications, please refer to www.inis.gov.ie


I may not be able to arrive in Dublin in time for the start of my programme. How late can I arrive?


All dates for registration, orientation and the beginning of teaching are currently being reviewed. Updates on these and the latest allowed date of arrival will be posted online in the coming weeks.


Is there a possibility of a January intake for 2020/21?


Trinity is monitoring the development of the COVID-19 situation and considering a variety of options for the delivery of programmes in the next academic year.


I have missed 2/4/6 months of school in 2020 - will this be taken into account for admission to Trinity in 2021?


Trinity will monitor the impact of COVID-19 and will assess how it has affected students.  But it is too early to give any indication of any changes for 2021 entry.


CAO Applicants


My school-leaving examination has been cancelled. How will I be assessed? 

If your examination is one which we normally recognise, we will continue to accept the results provided they are formally issued by the examining body, in accordance with the timelines for 2020 admissions.


However, we will keep the situation under review and if there is a significant difference in grade distribution relative to Leaving Certificate, we reserve the right to implement a system of proportionality.


I have applied for Music. What is happening with the entrance test?


The Department of Music has cancelled the Entrance Test for 2020. As a result all applicants for Single Honor Music (TR002) and Joint Honors Music with another subject will be assessed solely on the basis of their final school-leaving examination results and places allocated accordingly.


I have applied for Music Education. Will there still be an entrance test?


Yes, all applicants for Music Education has been sent a test paper to complete and return by 6 April 2020. The papers will be marked and some applicants short-listed for a practical test which will be held online during April.


I have applied for Drama and Theatre Studies. Will the auditions still take place?


The Department of Drama cancelled the practical workshops/interviews for 2020 entry. All applicants have been sent a questionnaire to complete which must be returned by 16 April  2020. Successful candidates will go forward to compete for admission on the basis of their school-leaving examination results.


What is happening with the Trinity Matriculation Examination?


The examinations were scheduled to take place on 15 April but have been postponed. All candidates will be notified when alternative arrangements have been put in place.

 

How can I apply for accommodation in Trinity Hall?


Application for accommodation in Trinity Hall is open to CAO students until 11 May 2020. Full details are available here


Finance


Any issue relating to FAFSA / Student Loans being impacted by COVID-19
"The FAFSA form remains open until June 30, 2020. Any student or family who has not yet completed a FAFSA may still do so."


For those who have completed a FAFSA, and whose financial circumstances have changed considerably, we encourage you to reach out to our Financial Aid Administrator
Barry Finnegan at FINNEGBA@tcd.ie.


Our Administrator can work with students and families whose incomes have been negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.


For other questions related to the COVID-19 outbreak and federal financial aid, visit https://studentaid.gov/announcements-events/coronavirus"


I have accepted my place at Trinity but now do not wish to travel because of concerns around COVID-19. Will my deposit be refunded?


Trinity will process acceptance deposit refunds based on circumstances arising from the COVID-19 situation.