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Welcome to Trinity College Dublin, Ireland’s leading university. Prospective students from the Netherlands can discover more about Trinity including contacts and equivalent entry qualifications for undergraduate and postgraduate study below. You can also register your interest to find out more.

Register Your Interest

Undergraduate Requirements

Trinity is delighted to accept students who have completed the below qualifications from the Netherlands:

Recognised School Leaving Qualifications
Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO) (Gymnasium A/B and Atheneum A/B) diploma

Minimum Entry Requirements
6 distinct recognised subjects which must include 3 subjects grade 8 and 3 subjects grade 6 in the VWO to include English, Mathematics and another language.

English Language Competence
Please list of acceptable English Language qualifications.

Specific Course Requirements
This table shows what is required in terms of the Dutch examinations to meet specific course requirements. See the full details of specific course requirements.

Subject Grade Comparison: 
NB NOT for points conversion - for this see separate table below

Irish Leaving Cert


Irish Leaving Cert

























6 or Pass in HAVO



* For a higher maths requirement these scores must be in Maths B or D

Indicative Points Equivalence
As a guideline it is anticipated that the indicative equivalence will be calculated, based on the average of the best 6 distinct recognised subjects as follows:

Points Equivalence Table

Average Mark










6 250



Single Sitting

All subjects are examined at the same time and points are calculated based on a single sitting.

Bonus points for maths: Bonus points of 25 will be awarded for grade 6 or better in Advanced level Mathematics (i.e., B or D) where mathematics is one of the subjects counted for points.

Students who have not completed the above qualifications can apply using one of the international examinations recognized by Trinity.

In addition, to qualify for admission to a degree course at the University you must:

  1. Meet the minimum matriculation requirements (pass grades in English, Mathematics, a language other than English, and a full set of valid subjects for your examination system)

  2. Display a high level of competence in the English language in one of the examination systems recognised by Trinity College Dublin.

    Details on accepted English proficiencies are available on our Admission Requirements page

  3. Satisfy course specific requirements. Some courses will have additional requirements and restrictions for admission.

    They will be detailed on the relevant course page at and on our Admission Requirements page

  4. Meet competitive standards for admission to the course.

     Please note that posted scores are minimum entrance requirements only and do not guarantee admission. Where places are competitive, a student must have excellent examination results to qualify for a place on their preferred course.

These standards are indicative only and final assessment will be made by Trinity's Academic Registry.

Important note on your application

Applicants from your country will normally be defined by Trinity as EU applicants; this is based on residency rather than nationality.

Your EU/Non-EU status is an important part of your application and it is your responsibility to determine your correct status before making an application, as the method of application and requirements will differ.

Determining EU/Non-EU status (Undergraduate)

Determining EU/Non-EU Status (Postgraduate)

There are many different ways to come to University and Trinity encourages applicants from all backgrounds and circumstances to apply. For more information on alternative paths to Trinity, such as advanced entry transfers, please see our guide to non-standard applications here

Postgraduate Entry Requirements

Postgraduate work in Trinity is academically challenging and the University has high academic entry requirements.

Applicants will need to:

• hold at least a 2.1 honors degree from an Irish university or equivalent result from a university in another country.

• display a high level of competence in the English language in one of the examination systems recognised by Trinity College Dublin. Details on accepted English proficiencies are available on our Admission Requirements page

Some courses may require higher standards or require you to take further tests or attend an interview. More detailed requirements for each course are listed on
the relevant course page

If you have questions about the specifics of the admission requirements for a given course, or about the course itself, you should contract the course coordinator directly using the contact information available on the courses page.

Determining EU/Non-EU Status (Postgraduate)

Fees, Funding, Scholarships

The fees you will be expected to pay to attend Trinity College Dublin are determined by a number of factors.

For more information on how to determine your course fees, and methods of payment, please see our detailed information on Fees and Finances.

Undergraduate Fees and Finances

Postgraduate Fees and Finances

Trinity College Dublin offers a number of scholarship opportunities for prospective and current students interested in study or research at Ireland's leading university. Since its foundation in 1592, Trinity College Dublin has sought to assist students of limited means and reward academic achievement. Students are always encouraged to explore external funding options in their home countries.

For more information on scholarship, funding and grant opportunities, please see below.

General Undergraduate Scholarships and Funding

General Postgraduate Scholarships and Funding

International Scholarships


Do I need a Visa to come to Ireland to study at Trinity?

EU/EAA and Swiss students do not require a visa to study in Ireland. If you are unsure about whether you are an EU/EAA national, see here for a list of all EU/EAA countries.

For general information on visas and immigration please visit our Visa Information section.

Meet us in your country

Our EU Recruitment Officer is here to help you find out more about Trinity College Dublin, through on campus Open Days, visits to Trinity with your school, assistance for your guidance counsellors and more. For more information please see Visit Our Campus


Contact Details

If you have further questions about the application process you can contact the Applications and Admissions Team in Trinity’s Academic Registry


Phone +353 1 896 4500


Student Testimonials

  • Peter Benson
    LL.B. (Law & Business)

    I chose to study at Trinity for a number of reasons including its students and alumni of Trinity with whom I spoke prior to sitting my leaving cert. Every one of them talked passionately about the remarkable student experience on offer in Trinity, driven primarily by the unparalleled culture of extra-curricular activities (societies and sports clubs) in the College, each with their own unique features. I got the impression that Trinity was a place in which you could become a more well-rounded person, form your world-view, and forge your identity. After 4 years of walking the corridors of Trinity, this has proven to be true.

  • Rathaya Treeratt
    MFA Stage Design

    I wanted to study abroad in a country that speaks English. I found out about the Lir Academy, which is in Trinity. And I heard good things about Trinity. One of the things I enjoy most about me experience here at Trinity is to have a full facility ready to support when I study; Library, Clinic, Mental health clinic etc. Dublin is a very lovely cute city and people are friendly. Lots of culture and theatre. Outside of Dublin is also beautiful.

  • Eva van de Burgt
    M.Phil. Modern and Contemporary Literary Studies
    The Netherlands

    As a postgraduate student in Modern and Contemporary Literary Studies, I choose to study at Trinity because of the university’s interesting programs and high quality of education, and because I wanted to go on an adventure. What I enjoy most about being a Trinity student is that it has allowed me to further pursue my passion for literature, in a place that loves literature just as much as I do, surrounded by people who are equally passionate about the work and research.