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How to Apply to International Exchanges

Going on an International Exchange (College-wide) requires you to work with three key people: the Academic Coordinator(s) in your School/s for everything academic; the International Exchange coordinator in the Academic Registry; and the Exchange Officer in your host university. 

College-wide exchanges are not focused on a department-department exchange like Erasmus+ exchanges. They are open to students from most departments across College. You might be the first student from your course to go on an exchange to your host university, so your Departmental Coordinator may not have prior experience with that university or knowledge of the modules they offer in your discipline. They will be able to tell you if your department has a strict requirement for specific modules you need to complete in third year so you can be admitted to modules you want to do in fourth year. However, please note that you will have to carry out your own, independent research to ensure that you will be able to meet the course requirements at your preferred host university. No point applying to a university that does not even offer your course!

International Exchange Application Form 2022/23

  • You can find the application form by clicking here.
  • Make sure to list your top six universities in order of preference.
  • Please note, places will be allocated on a competitive basis based on merit, similar to CAO
  • Grade requirement of a 2:2 overall in 19/20 to be eligible to apply
  • Include with application: official transcript (from your mytcd.ie portal) & copy of Passport information page
  • You are now required to submit a 150 word personal statement for each of your top three host university preferences. This will allow you to raise any specific needs such as subjects, health-related issues, sporting needs, suitability of location, etc.
  • Ensure you receive your academic coordinator/s approval before submitting the application.

Academic Coordinators List for International Exchange 2022/23

  • Click here for the 2022/23 List of Academic Coordinators for International Exchange
  • In order to be able to study abroad on exchange, you will require your academic coordinator's permission. Ensure you receive your academic coordinator/s approval before submitting the application by sending them an email outlining the list of exchange destinations you intend to apply for.
  • For those students who are studying across departments/schools/disciplines, you will require the permission of all relevant academic coordinators. Ensure that they have all approved your exchange choices, otherwise it will be deemed null and void. Make sure to also discuss the suitable exchange term with your coordinator!
  • You cannot submit an application without your academic coordinator/s consent!

Erasmus and International Exchange

The Global Relations Office has opened an Erasmus and International Exchange Hub in the Global Room (first floor of the Watts Building, next to the Academic Registry Service Desk). Students are invited to arrange a face to face or virtual meeting with a Global Relations Office staff member who can advise them on their options for an Erasmus or International Exchange and support them with their application. This is in addition to the need to engage with the relevant academic coordinator/s regarding your academic programme and learning agreement. Please contact goglobal@tcd.ie to make an appointment.

Bursaries & Grants

Studying overseas as part of your Trinity degree can be an amazing experience, but it can also involve costs you need to budget for. Depending on the location of your exchange, and which type of exchange programme you opt for, there are different financial supports available to you to help you along your journey to becoming a global citizen and offset the expenses associated with studying abroad.

Global Mobility Bursaries
Under the new Global Relations Strategy “GRSIII” Global Mobility is a key strategic focus. The Global Relations Office aims to facilitate an increase in the number of undergraduate students engaging in mobility to 50% of eligible students. One way of achieving this is to ensure access to the Global Mobility programmes through the provision of Global Mobility bursaries. GRSIII introduces, for the first time, funding for scholarships/bursaries to be used towards the costs involved in undertaking a Global Mobility programme.

These bursaries will be available to students going on International Exchange or any other credit-bearing mobility programme at least four weeks in duration. Please note, Erasmus+ students cannot apply for this funding as they are eligible for the Erasmus+ grant.

Information on how to apply for these bursaries will be provided when you are offered an exchange placement. Please note that a condition of receiving these funds is that you write a testimonial about your time studying abroad.

Provost Asian & African Travel Bursaries
The Provost’s Asian & African Travel Bursary is allocated from the Provost’s Office through the Global Relations Office to students embarking on an exchange to Asia for either an academic semester or full-year exchange. This is a stipend of €1,000 which you may only receive once in an academic year and is in place to defray the cost of your flights/travel/ help with living costs while you’re abroad. All students who go on exchange at one of our African or Asian partner universities who apply for this will automatically receive this funding once they arrive at the host university. Information on the application process will be sent out to all students closer to their exchange (August/September for Michaelmas Term or Full Year students and February/March for Hilary Term students). A condition of the receiving this bursary is submitting a testimonial/blog post to the Global Relations Office.

Your Loans/Grants on Exchange
If you are currently in receipt of any type of grant or loan, please note that these should not be affected by your exchange e.g. SUSI grant, Northern Ireland Student Loan. You will still be entitled to receive these during your exchange. The exception to this is any student who is in receipt of the US Title IV Federal Aid – the student should ensure that they remain eligible for this loan if choosing to study abroad. Please contact the Financial Aid Officer in the Academic Registry for assistance.

If you would like to clarify the status of your loan/grant during your studies abroad, please get in touch with Academic.Registry@tcd.ie for further information.