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The Trinity IFP Pre-Sessional

The Trinity IFP Pre-Sessional Programme is a 4-week summer intensive academic English programme for all applicants with an offer for the International Foundation Programme. It is designed to give IFP students a strong grounding in the academic English skills necessary for the year ahead, focussing in particular on written discourse skills and spoken interaction within an English-speaking university environment.

Programme Overview

The full-time, intensive 4-week IFP Pre-sessional Programme is for international students who already hold an offer to study the Trinity International Foundation Programme delivered at the campus of Trinity’s associated college, Marino Institute of Education. The programme is designed as springboard for students who wish to consolidate their academic English skills prior to the start of their International Foundation Year studies. The 4-week Pre-sessional programme is a highly interactive and rewarding learning experience specifically for IFP students that will enable you to step into your classes with confidence.

Dates & Schedule

The programme will run from 16th August – 10 September 2021. The 2021 programme will run in an online live format with options for hybrid classes and face-to-face teaching on the main Trinity campus, health and safety restrictions permitting. Weekly social activities will be included for students who are on-site, subject to prevailing government guidelines.

The programme’s content is delivered by a team of Trinity staff through a combination of online live lectures and tutorials which are timetabled between 10am and 3pm (Irish Summer Time, GMT+1) from Monday to Friday. There are 20 contact hours of classes per week, supplemented by self-study activities provided in our online learning environment.


The programme fee is €1380 for 4 weeks of full-time, intensive English language study, to be paid in advance.

Programme Design

We support students’ development of academic literacy and oral communication skills in English through learning and assessment activities associated with pathway. Our activities maximise authentic opportunities to use English in an academic context, immersing students in Trinity’s academic culture.

Topics covered include:

  • Academic writing for clarity, precision and argument
  • Note-taking, paraphrasing, and academic referencing
  • Reading and evaluating academic texts and using academic/technical vocabulary in Law, Business, Economics, and Social Sciences
  • Reading and evaluating academic texts and using academic/technical vocabulary in Engineering, Science and Health Sciences
  • Active listening for understanding in a lecture format
  • Spoken production and spoken interaction, including giving fluent academic presentations and succeeding in groupwork through the medium of English
  • Cross-cultural communication in an Irish Higher Education context
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