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Ways to come to Trinity

Types of Study Abroad Student

If you are applying to Trinity for a term or a year, there are several different categories of study abroad student at Trinity:

Visiting Non-EU

If you are a resident of a country outside the EU and wish to study at Trinity for a semester or year.

Please note: While most students apply directly to Trinity, Visiting non-EU students have the option of applying to Trinity through a provider programme if they choose, or if their home institution recommends. Providers are independent organisations that coordinate their own application process and accommodation. If you would like further guidance on which route is right for you, please email Providers include:

• Trinity Semester Start-Up Programme: Histories and Humanities

• Academic Programs International:

• Arcadia University, The College of Global Studies:

• Foundation for International Education:

• IES Abroad:

• Institute for Study Abroad, Butler University:

• International Studies Abroad:


If your home institution has a previously arranged exchange programme with Trinity for a semester or year.


If your home institution has an Erasmus exchange agreement with Trinity College Dublin and you wish to study at Trinity for a semester or year.

Visiting EU

If you are a resident of a country belonging to the EU, but do not wish to participate in an Erasmus exchange.

Staff Mobility

Staff members at other institutions interested in visiting Trinity College Dublin for a staff mobility can contact or speak to the host academic school within Trinity directly.

Erasmus Traineeships

Students who are visiting as a researcher or on Erasmus work placement where there isn’t an Erasmus agreement in place must be set up via Trinity College Dublin Human Resources.

Please fill in the following form and submit it to HR who arrange access to buildings, Wi-Fi etc. for you.

Study Abroad Programmes for Non-EU Students Section

General Enrolment

The first option open to Non-EU Study Abroad students is to come to Trinity for one semester or a full academic year, enrol in various modules and courses across the university, and become immersed in the richness of Trinity student life. For more information on what you can study at Trinity as a Study Abroad student, see:

Many of these students choose to come to Trinity before the start of term and attend Understanding Ireland: The Semester Start-Up Programme (SSP). The SSP offers an introduction to Dublin, Ireland and Trinity’s academic life before teaching term begins. Combining excursions, small group teaching and engaging lectures, Understanding Ireland is a wonderful way to get to know Ireland and Trinity before beginning the academic term. The programme is optional and incurs an extra charge to the Study Abroad programme. For Autumn entry students, the programme runs for three weeks and is worth 5 ECTS. For January entry students, the course runs for one week and is not credit-bearing. (Please note, this course is not available to Erasmus or EU students). To apply to the programme, mark the SSP box on your online application to study abroad at Trinity.

Semester Start-Up Programme Website:


As an alternative to general enrolment, Non-EU Study Abroad students can also enrol in the following programmes:

Conflict, Religion, Peace-Building in International Affairs Semester Programme

This spring semester programme provides an innovative and challenging opportunity for students who are interested in the increasingly relevant field of religion and conflict. The course is distinguished by a strong inter- and multidisciplinary approach, drawing upon collaborations between the academic staff from the Masters programmes Intercultural Theology & Interreligious Studies and International Peace Studies. Students will develop a critical grasp of the interplay of conflict, peace and religion, facilitated through organised orientation processes and structured opportunities for cultural and fieldwork visits to Northern Ireland, the International Criminal Court in The Hague or the United Nations in Geneva. Participants will also be able to apply their knowledge to current issues and selected case studies. Modules offered include: EM2302 – Religion and International Relations EM2303 – Engaging Religious Fundamentalism EM2304 – Gender, War and Peace.

Students in this programme are welcome to enrol in the one-week January Understanding Ireland: Semester Start-Up Programme, described above.

Consortium for Advanced Studies Abroad at Trinity Programme

In partnership with the Consortium of Advanced Studies Abroad, Trinity College Dublin offers a programme open to students from CASA member institutions who wish to study at Trinity for a semester or year. Students are fully immersed in Trinity’s vibrant academic and social life, have access to programme-specific events, excursions and a weeklong orientation program, Understanding Ireland.

Programme Website:

Modern Irish Writing January Term Programme

Trinity’s School of English offers a Modern Irish Writing programme to Non-EU Study Abroad students who wish to be introduced to the best of the Irish literary tradition and culture from 1900 to the present day. This is a 3-week programme, held in January. Please Note: Due to the programme dates, this programme cannot be taken in conjunction with Spring semester Study Abroad at Trinity.

Programme Website: