Skip to main content

Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin

Trinity Menu Trinity Search



You are here Study Abroad & Exchange > Outbound > Where Can I Go?

International Exchange

What is International Exchange?

International Exchanges, or ‘College-wide’ exchanges, are open to eligible students at Trinity. They are exchanges with universities outside Europe, so if you’re interested in studying in the USA, in Canada, in China, Hong Kong, Singapore or other such destinations these are the exchanges for you! It is important to check in with your School to know whether you are eligible for a "College Wide" exchange programme, and in what year you should expect to apply (usually second year but for some students' applications are made in third year). Trinity’s International Exchanges are academically competitive and allow students to demonstrate their initiative, flexibility, and willingness to adapt to new cultures – all of these skills are hugely transferrable to a work context after exchange, and are highly valued by employers!

We strongly encourage students thinking of going on International Exchange to investigate and research all of their options before choosing which exchanges to apply to. While International Exchanges can be integrated into many degree pathways, there are some restrictions for students studying Law or General Science. These exchanges are also not suitable for students in the Health Sciences. Students in these subjects: don’t despair! Talk to your Departmental Co-ordinator about the options in these fields, as you can still often spend time overseas through ‘Departmental Exchanges’ or other international placements.

International Exchange Partner Universities

Australia

University of Melbourne

Website(s)

Semester Dates
  • Semester 2
  • Teaching period: July – October
  • Examination Period: November

  • Semester 1
  • Teaching period: February – May
  • Examination Period: June

  • Please note that semester dates in Australia are flipped compared to Trinity, however this will not affect your exchange. You will finish in Trinity in April/May and then have a shorter summer break before you begin your exchange. However, you will have a very long break over the Christmas (usually until February) which, circumstances permitting, allows you time to travel.

  • For more details on the University of Melbourne, please see the Information for Students in Australia Brochure. https://study.unimelb.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0023/50684/Profile.pdf
  • *Please note that ALL Study Abroad and Exchange students should plan to be in Melbourne until they complete all required assessment items. In the unlikely event that you are offered a special exam due to extenuating circumstances such as medical illness, you may be offered to re-sit the exam during the University's supplementary exam period. The supplementary exam period dates can be found here.
  • If you have been offered a supplementary exam, University policy requires students to be available to attend the examination in Melbourne.
  • Note, the University of Melbourne does not make exceptions for students to sit exams at home invigilated.
  • You must be in Melbourne ready to attend Briefing Day. If you can't make it to Briefing Day, you must seek prior approval to arrive late. You must contact the University of Melbourne office via studyabroad-exchange@unimelb.edu.au to advise of your difficulties and request permission to arrive late.
  • Please note: Late arrival is not always approved, and if you cannot arrive before semester starts, you may be asked to defer your study to the following semester.
  • If your late arrival is approved, you will need to make arrangements to meet with an Education Abroad Advisor when you arrive.
  • Please see here https://study.unimelb.edu.au/how-to-apply/international-exchange-and-study-abroad-applications/important-dates for orientation and briefing day dates. The academic calendar can be viewed here. https://www.unimelb.edu.au/dates
Academic Requirements
  • As well as being approved by Trinity for an Exchange, you'll also need to meet academic eligibility, English language and faculty-specific requirements to gain entry to undergraduate and graduate subjects.
  • Please note that for elite athletes on exchange, you'll also need to meet all entry requirements mentioned to be eligible to apply for the elite athletes’ program Interchange.
  • You need to have completed two semesters of full-time tertiary study outside Australia at the time of entry to the University of Melbourne.
  • The University of Melbourne requires a 'C' average in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) or higher from European countries.
  • For more information on all of these requirements, please make sure to have a look at the following link: study.unimelb.edu.au/.../entry-requirements
Course Load
  • Australian immigration regulations require that international students are enrolled as full-time students during their studies in Australia.
  • You are required to take three to four subjects (per semester) while at Melbourne to equal a total credit load of 37.5 to 50 points (each subject is usually worth 12.5 credit points).
  • For each subject, you will usually attend a combination of large lectures and small group tutorials or laboratory classes. Contact hours vary depending on the subjects you choose, but are usually between 12–18 hours per week.
  • As long as you meet the prerequisite requirements, you can combine these from any area. For example, you could take two subjects in science, one in business and one in arts. Of all the subjects listed in the University Handbook, there are only a few specialist areas that are not open to exchange and study abroad students. These include medicine, dentistry, health sciences, veterinary science and film and television. Some biomedicine and law subjects are also restricted.
  • To see how this course load is converted at Trinity, please familiarise yourself with the Grade Conversion Table. https://www.tcd.ie/study/assets/PDF/Grade%20Conversion%20Tables_November%202017.pdf
Course Availability Restrictions to Study
  • There are a few specialist areas that are not open to exchange and study abroad students. These include medicine, dentistry, health sciences, veterinary science and film and television. Some biomedicine and law subjects are also restricted.
  • There are restrictions in Drama, Film and Biomedicine. Students from these disciplines should only apply for this exchange if they have discussed these restrictions with their Departmental Coordinators and have their express permission. This must be made clear on your application.
  • There are specific application requirements for certain disciplines including Education, Engineering, Psychology, Science and Music.
  • Some subjects have prerequisites. You can find these on every course page and in the University of Melbourne Handbook https://handbook.unimelb.edu.au/search
Additional Notes
  • When applying for a student visa, you must meet the Genuine Temporary Entrant criteria (https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/) and have sufficient funds to pay your tuition fees and living costs (and the living costs of any dependants, if applicable) for the duration of your studies.
  • Australian student visas usually allow full time degree students (undergraduate and postgraduate) to work up to 40 hours per fortnight in the academic year and unlimited hours during summer holidays. The minimum wage in Australia is currently $15.96 per hour before tax.
Estimated Cost of Living
  • You should consider the following expenses when planning to study in Melbourne:
  • Living costs
  • Visa application fee
  • Overseas Student Health Cover
  • (OSHC) – a requirement of the Australian Government
  • Personal spending, including travel to and around Australia
  • More information on the cost of living can be found on the University of Melbourne website.
  • You can use websites such as Numbeo to compare the cost of living between Melbourne and Dublin.
Accommodation
  • The University of Melbourne offers exchange and study abroad students a range of accommodation options to suit different personalities, budgets and lifestyles. A detailed guide is available on the UMelb website and they have a full-time staff member assisting incoming exchange and study abroad students: study.unimelb.edu.au/.../accommodation-options
  • The University also has a fantastic online noticeboard which allows University of Melbourne students (or soon to be students) to search for shared housing.
Insurance
  • You need to arrange your Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) in order to receive your student visa, as this is a condition of the Department of Home Affairs.
  • It could be the University of Melbourne preferred provider (Bupa) or your own choice of provider.
  • Your OSHC must be supplied by an Australian insurer, and the insurer must have an agreement with the Australian Government to offer OSHC. Health insurance that isn’t approved by the Australian Department of Health will not meet the OSHC criteria for getting a student visa.
  • If you arrange your own OSHC through a different provider you must include evidence of your insurance when you accept your offer. It is important that your OSHC matches your visa length; where it is shorter, the Department of Home Affairs may reduce your visa duration to match your period of OSHC cover.
  • It is your responsibility to check and comply with all student visa requirements.
  • For more information about the OSHC please see the following link: students.unimelb.edu.au/admin/student-visas/overseas-student-health-cover-oshc

Australian National University

Website(s)

Semester Dates
  • Semester 2
  • Teaching period: July – October
  • Examination period: November

  • Semester 1
  • Teaching period: February – May
  • Examination period: June
  • Semester 2
  • Teaching period: July –October
  • Examination period: November
  • Suggested arrival dates: early February (for semester 1) and early July (for semester 2)
  • Please note that semester dates in Australia are flipped compared to Trinity, however this will not affect your exchange. You will finish in Trinity in April/May and then have a shorter summer break before you begin your exchange. However, you will have a very long break over the Christmas (usually until February) which, circumstances permitting, allows you time to travel.

  • You can view the detailed academic calendar here: https://www.anu.edu.au/directories/university-calendar
Academic Requirements
    Exchange students must meet the following criteria in order to be accepted at ANU.
  • You must be approved and nominated to study at ANU
  • You must have completed at least one year (full time or equivalent) at your home institution.
  • You need to have a minimum GPA of an equivalent to 4 out of 7 - or as per your institution’s specific agreement.
  • You need to meet the ANU English language requirements https://www.anu.edu.au/study/apply/english-language-requirements
Course Load Course Availability
  • You can find the list of all available courses in the ANU course catalogue: programsandcourses.anu.edu.au/Search
  • Many courses are not available in every semester; when using Programs and Courses you must ensure that you filter it by the semester you have been offered to ensure only appropriate options are displayed.
  • When reviewing courses on the ANU Programs and Courses website, it is important that you review the 'Requisite and Incompatibility' section. This will tell you what previous knowledge is expected or required to be successful in the courses you are interested in.
Restrictions to Study
  • Visual arts and digital arts courses: taught in the School of Arts require submission of a portfolio for entry
  • Music courses taught in the School of Music require performance tape for entry
  • Law courses: are only available to students in a Law program at their home university (excepting that LAWS3103 and LAWS3104 which are available to non-law students)
  • Internship courses (ANIP) require an additional special application to the Australian National Internships Program in addition to the online exchange application
  • Engineering courses are only available to students in Engineering and some Physics programs
  • Business or economics: Applicants wishing to study a full-time load (24 units per semester) must be studying these disciplines at their home university.
  • 4000 level honours courses are not available to visiting students (except some ENVS, ENGN, LAWS courses)
  • Graduate courses (6000-8000) are not available to undergraduate students
Additional Notes
  • When applying for a student visa, you must meet the Genuine Temporary Entrant criteria (https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/) and have sufficient funds to pay your tuition fees and living costs (and the living costs of any dependants, if applicable) for the duration of your studies.
  • Australian student visas usually allow full time degree students (undergraduate and postgraduate) to work up to 40 hours per fortnight in the academic year and unlimited hours during summer holidays. The minimum wage in Australia is currently $15.96 per hour before tax.
Estimated Cost of Living
  • You should consider the following expenses when planning to study overseas:
  • Living costs
  • Visa application fee
  • Overseas Student Health Cover
  • (OSHC) – a requirement of the Australian Government
  • Personal spending, including travel to and around Australia
  • For more information on the cost of living, please make sure to familiarise yourself with the cost breakdown as outlined here: https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/fees-payments/cost-of-living
  • Also, keep in mind that in Australia, your student visa allows you to work on a part-time basis for up to 40 hours per fortnight during the semester.
  • You can also use websites such as Numbeo to compare the cost of living between Canberra and Dublin.
Accommodation Insurance

The University of New South Wales

Website(s)

Semester Dates
  • Semester 1
  • Teaching period: February – May
  • Examination period: April – May

  • Semester 2
  • Teaching period: May – August
  • Examination period: August

  • Semester 3
  • Teaching period: September – December
  • Examination period: November – December

  • Please note that semester dates in Australia are flipped compared to Trinity, however this will not affect your exchange. You will finish in Trinity in April/May and then have a shorter summer break before you begin your exchange. However, you will have a very long break over the Christmas (usually until February) which, circumstances permitting, allows you time to travel.

  • You can check the detailed academic calendar here. https://student.unsw.edu.au/calendar
Academic Requirements
  • You need at least 18 remaining units of credit in your degree at the start of your exchange.
  • Where language proficiency is required, you need to have studied that language at university level for at least 2 years. You may also be eligible if you've studied the language significantly outside of university or at high school level. Some universities require you to do a language proficiency test.
Course Load
  • Australian immigration regulations require that international students are enrolled as full-time students during their studies in Australia.
  • The full time academic load at UNSW is 48 UNSW credits (60 ECTS) per year, which is usually taken over 8 courses.
  • For semester-based programs, you have the choice of 18 UNSW credits (3 courses, 22.5 ECTS) over a standard Semester, or 24 UNSW credits (4 courses, 30 ECTS) over a Tailored Semester.
  • UNSW offers two tailored semesters for Trinity Exchange Students
  • Tailored Semester 1: Summer Term + Term 1, from early January until mid-May
  • Tailored Semester 3: T2C (August) Term + Term 3, from mid-August until mid-December.
  • For more information, please see the UNSW website which shows you what options are available to you based on the number of courses you will be taking: https://student.unsw.edu.au/calendar/exchange/inbound and you can also find more information on tailoring your term on page 16 in the UNSW 2021 Study Abroad and Exchange Guide.

  • * Orientation is compulsory for all incoming Exchange Students. Students commencing in the January or August Semesters only need to attend the orientation at those times.
Course Availability
  • You can study almost any course at UNSW (subject to availability) as long as you have the required background knowledge and approval from Trinity.
  • Enrolment is subject to course availability and your academic background. It is important to be flexible with your course choice as some fill up quickly or may not be offered in a particular term. Some courses are restricted.
  • You can find all available courses in the UNSW handbook: https://www.handbook.unsw.edu.au/
  • UNSW recommend you check the UNSW Online Timetable http://timetable.unsw.edu.au/2021/subjectSearch.html to ensure that your chosen courses are available.
Restrictions to Study
  • Trinity exchange students at UNSW cannot take courses in the areas of Doctor of Medicine, MBA Program, courses part of the Honours degree (4xxx), courses from the Australian Defence Force Academy, UNSW Canberra or courses beginning with ‘z’.
  • For a full list of restrictions please see pages 2 and 3 of the UNSW Factsheet.
Meal Plans Additional Notes
  • When applying for a student visa, you must meet the Genuine Temporary Entrant criteria (https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/) and have sufficient funds to pay your tuition fees and living costs (and the living costs of any dependants, if applicable) for the duration of your studies.
  • Australian student visas usually allow full time degree students (undergraduate and postgraduate) to work up to 40 hours per fortnight in the academic year and unlimited hours during summer holidays. The minimum wage in Australia is currently $15.96 before tax
Estimated Cost of Living
  • You should consider the following expenses when planning to study overseas:
  • Living costs
  • Visa application fee
  • Overseas Student Health Cover
  • (OSHC) – a requirement of the Australian Government
  • Personal spending, including travel to and around Australia
  • Also, keep in mind that in Australia, your student visa allows you to work on a part-time basis for up to 40 hours per fortnight during the semester.
  • You can also use websites such as Numbeo to compare the cost of living between Sydney and Dublin.
Accommodation
  • On-campus housing
  • A variety of room types and apartments are available, including catered colleges, self-catered university apartments or privately-run colleges on (or very close) to campus. University accommodation should be pre-arranged as places are limited and not guaranteed even if applied by the deadline.
  • UNSW Accommodation includes very limited accommodation at the self-catered University Terraces, Barker Apartments, Mulwarree Apartments, and fully-catered Kensington Colleges. Information including fees, application form and deadline is sent to students after they have been accepted into the exchange program.
  • UNSW also has eight other affiliated Colleges and Apartments that provide high quality accommodation. You should apply directly to the College or Apartment as soon as possible.
  • Off-campus housing
  • For more information on off-campus housing, please see the following link: https://accommodation.unsw.edu.au/off-campus-accommodation
Insurance
  • All students are required by the Australian government to have OSHC medical insurance for the duration of their student visa with the exception of Norwegian, Swedish and Belgium passport holders. The Study Abroad team will purchase health cover on your behalf through Medibank Private.
  • More information can be found here. https://student.unsw.edu.au/overseas-student-health-cover

University of Queensland

Website(s)

Semester Dates
  • Semester 2
  • Teaching period: July – November
  • Semester 1
  • Teaching period: February – June
  • Please note that semester dates in Australia are flipped compared to Trinity, however this will not affect your exchange. You will finish in Trinity in April/May and then have a shorter summer break before you begin your exchange. However, you will have a very long break over the Christmas (usually until February) which, circumstances permitting, allows you time to travel.

  • You can access the detailed academic calendar here: https://studyabroad.arcadia.edu/find-a-program/programs-by-country/australia/university-of-queensland/program-dates/
Academic Requirements

In order to be eligible for exchange at University of Queensland, you must:

  • have completed at least one full-time year of study at an accredited university
  • be currently enrolled at an accredited or exchange partner university
  • meet specific course prerequisites for admission into certain courses
  • meet UQ’s English language proficiency requirements
  • hold average to above-average results in university studies to date
  • for Incoming Exchange students be nominated by your home university
Course Load
  • Australian immigration regulations require that international students are enrolled as full-time students during their studies in Australia.
  • You must plan to enrol in a full-time load during each semester you study at UQ. A standard full-time load is eight units, which usually equates to four courses per semester.
  • UQ allows exchange students to take a reduced load of three courses per semester which also satisfies visa requirements. Check with your Trinity co-ordinator if this is an option for you.
Course Availability
  • You can find available courses on: my.uq.edu.au/programs-courses
  • If a course is pre-approved for exchange students, you will see a note on the sidebar to the left stating this.
  • More information on how to search for courses can be found on page 2 of the UQ Fact Sheet.
Restrictions to Study
  • Most Clinical Health Science courses (Medicine, Dentistry, Physiotherapy, Occupational and Speech Therapy and Vet Science courses) are not available for Incoming Exchange Students.
Additional Notes
  • When applying for a student visa, you must meet the Genuine Temporary Entrant criteria (https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/) and have sufficient funds to pay your tuition fees and living costs (and the living costs of any dependants, if applicable) for the duration of your studies.
  • Australian student visas usually allow full time degree students (undergraduate and postgraduate) to work up to 40 hours per fortnight in the academic year and unlimited hours during summer holidays. The minimum wage in Australia is currently $15.96 before tax.
Estimated Cost of Living
  • You should consider the following expenses when planning to study overseas:
  • Living costs
  • Visa application fee
  • Overseas Student Health Cover
  • (OSHC) – a requirement of the Australian Government
  • Personal spending, including travel to and around Australia
  • Also, keep in mind that in Australia, your student visa allows you to work on a part-time basis for up to 40 hours per fortnight during the semester.
  • You can also use websites such as Numbeo to compare the cost of living between Sydney and Dublin.
  • For more information visit UQ’s guide to living in Brisbane: https://future-students.uq.edu.au/university-life/living-in-brisbane/cost-living?studentType=international
Accommodation
  • Students have three main accommodation options:
  • On-campus colleges:
  • If you want to arrange your accommodation ahead of time, have your meals catered and lots of support and activities at your fingertips, consider living at one of UQ’s Residential Colleges. Spaces at the Colleges are very limited and in high demand. Apply early to avoid disappointment.
  • Off-campus student accommodation:
  • If you want to be a little more independent but still have your accommodation arranged before you arrive, consider living in off-campus student housing. This is self-catered, furnished accommodation designed for students that can be booked online. Preferred providers are listed on the website: my.uq.edu.au/student-support/accommodation/approved-providers
  • Private housing:
  • The third option is to book temporary accommodation and wait until you arrive in Brisbane to secure permanent accommodation. If you choose this option, plan to arrive in Brisbane at least two to three weeks before the start of Orientation because it can take some time to find a suitable place and get settled in. This option offers the widest variety of choices and prices. You can find more information here: my.uq.edu.au/student-support/accommodation
  • Guaranteed accommodation
  • Please note, UQ offers guaranteed accommodation to incoming Exchange students commencing at St Lucia or Herston campus. You can apply for it here: https://my.uq.edu.au/guaranteed-accommodation.
  • More information can be found here: https://www.uq.edu.au/studyabroad/prepare-uq/frequently-asked-questions
Insurance
  • Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) provides international students with basic cover for medical and hospital care costs while in Australia. OSHC is a compulsory requirement for a student visa. UQ can organise OSHC for you through its preferred provider. For more information, please see the following link: future-students.uq.edu.au/international/health-insurance

University of Sydney

Website(s)

Semester Dates
  • Semester 1
  • Teaching period: March – June
  • Examination Period – June
  • Semester 2
  • Teaching period: August – December
  • Examination period November - December
  • Please note that semester dates in Australia are flipped compared to Trinity, however this will not affect your exchange. You will finish in Trinity in April/May and then have a shorter summer break before you begin your exchange. However, you will have a very long break over the Christmas (usually until February) which, circumstances permitting, allows you time to travel.

  • The detailed academic calendar can be viewed here. https://www.sydney.edu.au/students/study-dates.html
Academic Requirements
  • To be eligible for a semester and year-long exchange program at the University of Sydney, you must meet the following minimum requirements:
  • You must be nominated by Trinity
  • You must have achieved cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 or an average grade of ‘C’ on the European ECTS scale.
Course Load
  • The University of Sydney offers over 2500 units of study to Exchange students.
  • A 'unit' is an individual subject or class that you’ll be taking within your course. As an incoming student, you will be looking for units of study (also known as subjects) rather than a 'course', which is a complete degree. Courses are not what you need to be looking at when considering what you can study at USydney. You need to select the 'Units of Study' drop down before searching for suitable subjects.
  • For one semester, you’ll typically enrol in four units of study – each valued at 6 credit points – to make up a workload of 24 credit points. For a one-year program, you will enrol in 48 credit points across two semesters.
  • The undergraduate units of study have the numbers 1000-3000 appearing in the course code. Codes in the 1000 range typically correspond to first year study, 2000s to second year study and 3000s to third year study. Codes for postgraduate students are typically numbered 5000-6000 level.
Course Availability Restrictions to Study
  • While this exchange is open to students from most departments in college, there are many disciplines at the University of Sydney which have special admission requirements which may affect your acceptance into modules in your area of study.
  • Health Science: This exchange may be suitable for some Health Science students.
  • Law: The University of Sydney have a separate exchange agreement with the Law School and Law students should contact the Law School about that rather than applying for a place on this College-wide Exchange.
Additional Notes
  • When applying for a student visa, you must meet the Genuine Temporary Entrant criteria (https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/) and have sufficient funds to pay your tuition fees and living costs (and the living costs of any dependants, if applicable) for the duration of your studies.
  • Australian student visas usually allow full time degree students (undergraduate and postgraduate) to work up to 40 hours per fortnight in the academic year and unlimited hours during summer holidays. The minimum wage in Australia is currently $15.96 per hour before tax.
Estimated Cost of Living
  • You should consider the following expenses when planning to study overseas:
  • Living costs
  • Visa application fee
  • Overseas Student Health Cover
  • (OSHC) – a requirement of the Australian Government
  • Personal spending, including travel to and around Australia
  • Also, keep in mind that in Australia, your student visa allows you to work on a part-time basis for up to 40 hours per fortnight during the semester.
  • You can also use websites such as Numbeo to compare the cost of living between Sydney and Dublin.
  • For more information visit UQ’s guide to living in Brisbane: https://future-students.uq.edu.au/university-life/living-in-brisbane/cost-living?studentType=international
Accommodation Insurance
  • Health insurance is compulsory for most international students who are studying in Australia. It is a condition of your student visa that you maintain Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of your studies in Australia. This cover needs to be arranged before you can apply for your student visa. For more information on how to arrange your health cover, visit the website. – sydney.edu.au/study/oshc

Monash University

Website(s)

Semester Dates
  • The Monash academic year runs from the end of February to the beginning of November and is divided into two semesters, each with a mid-semester break.
  • Semester 1
  • Teaching Period: late February – June
  • Semester 2
  • Teaching Period: late July – November
  • Each semester has 12 weeks of classes and the majority of classes have three to four contact hours per week per unit. These are followed by a three week exam period. You must study a full-time load of on-campus units while at Monash. This is normally 24 credit points made up of four units or 18 credit points to satisfy visa regulations.
  • Please note that semester dates in Australia are flipped compared to Trinity, however this will not affect your exchange. You will finish in Trinity in April/May and then have a shorter summer break before you begin your exchange. However, you will have a very long break over the Christmas (usually until February) which, circumstances permitting, allows you time to travel.

  • Key dates for exchange students can be found here. https://www.monash.edu/study-abroad/inbound/apply/key-dates
  • You can access the detailed academic calendar here. https://www.monash.edu/students/dates/summary-dates
Academic Requirements

You need to fulfil the below requirements in order to be accepted for exchange at Monash University:

  • You have completed at least one full year at your home institution by the time your Exchange program commences.
  • You have achieved one of at least a 60% overall average, or a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or a ‘C’ average in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), or the home institution equivalent.
  • You have met all the pre-requisites of the units you would like to study at Monash University as published in the Handbook.
Course Load
  • You must enrol in full-time study (18-24 credit points).
  • At Monash, degrees are referred to as courses and subjects are referred to as units. Students take a series of units as part of their course.
Course Availability Restrictions to Study Additional Notes
  • When applying for a student visa, you must meet the Genuine Temporary Entrant criteria (https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/) and have sufficient funds to pay your tuition fees and living costs (and the living costs of any dependants, if applicable) for the duration of your studies.
  • Australian student visas usually allow full time degree students (undergraduate and postgraduate) to work up to 40 hours per fortnight in the academic year and unlimited hours during summer holidays. The minimum wage in Australia is currently $15.96 per hour before tax.
Estimated Cost of Living
  • You should consider the following expenses when planning to study overseas:
  • Living costs
  • Visa application fee
  • Overseas Student Health Cover
  • (OSHC) – a requirement of the Australian Government
  • Personal spending, including travel to and around Australia
  • For a comprehensive breakdown of the approximate cost of living (for both on-campus and off-campus accommodation) please see the Monash cost of living page: https://www.monash.edu/study/why-choose-monash/our-locations/life-in-melbourne/cost-of-living
  • Also, keep in mind that in Australia, your student visa allows you to work on a part-time basis for up to 40 hours per fortnight during the semester.
  • You can also check websites such as Numbeo for a comparison between life in Melbourne and Dublin.
Accommodation
  • As an Exchange student, you can apply for a place at the Clayton or Peninsula campuses. Even if you study at Caulfield campus in Melbourne, you can still stay at Clayton and use a free shuttle bus service offered by Monash University, which runs between the two campuses. If you prefer to stay off-campus, Monash Residential Services can help you find a place to live. To find out more, please visit www.monash.edu/accommodation
  • The Monash Abroad office will email students instructions on how to apply online for on-campus accommodation once they have successfully submitted their exchange application; students should not apply directly to Monash Residential Services (MRS).
  • Read more about all the accommodation options available to you on the Life at Monash page https://www.monash.edu/study-abroad/inbound/before-you-arrive/accommodation
Insurance
  • Overseas Student Health Cover is a requirement for issuance of a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) which you will require for your student visa application.
  • Under Australian Government visa regulations, all international students (except those from Norway, Belgium and Swedish students with insurance provided by CSN International or Kammarkollegiet) must have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) before they can apply for a student visa.
  • The purchase of OSHC is the first step in Monash being able to issue your CoE, which is a visa application requirement.
  • Failure to purchase OSHC will result in students being non-compliant with their student visa requirements. Students can arrange to pay for their OSHC when accepting their offer through Monash. Monash University’s preferred provider is OSHC with Allianz Global Assistance and we would highly recommend students take this option. Students retain the right to choose their own OSHC provider which must come from the list of providers below.
  • For more information, please see the Insurance section of the Monash University website or alternatively please familiarise yourself with the Overseas Student Health Cover section of the Australian Department of Health website.
  • Non-Monash University OSHC preferred suppliers:
  • Australian Health Management
  • BUPA Australia
  • Medibank Private
  • NIBli

University of Technology Sydney

Website(s)

Semester Dates
  • Semester 1
  • Orientation (compulsory): February - March
  • Teaching period: March - June
  • Examination period: June - July
  • Semester 2
  • Orientation (compulsory): Late July
  • Teaching period: July - November
  • You can access the detailed academic calendar here: https://www.handbook.uts.edu.au/dates_academic.html
  • Please note that semester dates in Australia are flipped compared to Trinity, however this will not affect your exchange. You will finish in Trinity in April/May and then have a shorter summer break before you begin your exchange. However, you will have a very long break over the Christmas (usually until February) which, circumstances permitting, allows you time to travel.
Academic Requirements
  • You must have completed one full year or more of study at Trinity College Dublin at the time of application.
  • A ‘credit’ or ‘good’ average; or a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale; or an average grade of ‘C’ or higher on the European ECTS grading scale.
Course Load Course Availability
  • When choosing your subjects, UTS encourages students to download their Study Abroad and Exchange Subject Guides from their website. The guides highlight popular and recommended subjects they offer in:
  • Arts & Social Sciences: Communication, Education, International Studies
  • Business
  • Design, Architecture & Building
  • Electives - subjects open to all study backgrounds
  • Engineering & Information Technology
  • Health
  • Law
  • Science and Mathematics
  • You can download the Subject Guide for your study area here: uts.edu.au/study-abroad-subjects
  • For further subject information across all study areas at UTS, visit the UTS Handbook: handbook.uts.edu.au
Restrictions to Study
  • Please make sure to look through the UTS handbook and the subject guide linked above to ensure you meet any prerequisites for your desired course/modules.
Additional Notes
  • When applying for a student visa, you must meet the Genuine Temporary Entrant criteria (https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/) and have sufficient funds to pay your tuition fees and living costs (and the living costs of any dependants, if applicable) for the duration of your studies.
  • Australian student visas usually allow full time degree students (undergraduate and postgraduate) to work up to 40 hours per fortnight in the academic year and unlimited hours during summer holidays. The minimum wage in Australia is currently $15.96 before tax.
Estimated Cost of Living
  • You should consider the following expenses when planning to study overseas:
  • Living costs
  • Visa application fee
  • Overseas Student Health Cover
  • (OSHC) – a requirement of the Australian Government
  • Personal spending, including travel to and around Australia
  • Please see page 31 of the UTS Study Abroad and Exchange Guide for a comprehensive breakdown of estimated costs on a weekly versus annual basis.
  • Also, keep in mind that in Australia, your student visa allows you to work on a part-time basis for up to 40 hours per fortnight during the semester.
  • You can also check websites such as Numbeo for a comparison between life in Sydney and Dublin.
Accommodation
  • UTS-Owned Accommodation
  • UTS students can choose from four residences, all of which are close to campus. Check them out on housing.uts.edu.au
  • All UTS residences have spacious communal and barbecue areas, study rooms, games and computer rooms. Yura Mudang also has a music room and Gumal Ngurang has a garden rooftop.
  • All UTS residences are self-catered, secure and competitively priced. Most bedrooms are for one person (except twin shares), with shared kitchens, bathrooms and living areas. Apartments are fully furnished and rent includes gas, electricity, water, cabled internet in bedrooms and limited wireless internet access in communal areas.
  • You will need to provide your own bed linen and cooking equipment.
  • Due to the high volume of accommodation requests, UTS Housing has also sourced reserved beds for students with off-campus providers (Urbanest, Unilodge and Iglu).
  • For more information about UTS-owned students accommodations, visit: housing.uts.edu.au
  • Renting Private Accommodation:
  • If you are organising private accommodation, we recommend you arrange short-term accommodation in Sydney so you can view properties on your arrival and choose something that really suits your needs for the longterm. Visit UTS Housing’s off-campus accommodation website, to find share rooms in private houses and apartments around UTS: uts.studystays.com.au
  • Share accommodation means you usually have your own room and share a kitchen, living area and bathroom with other students or people who work. Alternatively, you may choose a studio or one-bedroom apartment to live in on your own, but this is more expensive.
  • All accommodation rentals should come with a residential or tenancy agreement.
  • If you need any help or advice, please contact the UTS Housing Off Campus Officer at housing.welfare@uts.edu.au or the UTS Student Legal Service at studentlegalservice@uts.edu.au who are here to help you.
Insurance
  • Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)
  • You must have OSHC* for the full duration of your proposed Australian student visa.
  • For current OHSC costs and payment options, visit the fees section of the UTS Study Abroad and Exchange website.
  • *Belgian, Norwegian and some Swedish students who have health cover in their home country may be exempt from OHSC.
  • For further information about your visa requirements, please visit the Department of Home Affairs website: immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-finder/study

University of Western Australia

Website(s)

Semester Dates
  • Semester 2

  • Teaching period: July – October
  • Examinations (including 1 week study break): October – November
  • Non-teaching study break: September – October

  • Semester 1

  • Teaching period: February – May
  • Examinations (including 1 week study break): June – June
  • Non-teaching study break: April – April

  • Please note that semester dates in Australia are flipped compared to Trinity, however this will not affect your exchange. You will finish in Trinity in April/May and then have a shorter summer break before you begin your exchange. However, you will have a very long break over the Christmas (usually until February) which, circumstances permitting, allows you time to travel.
Academic Requirements
  • If you wish to go to UWA on your exchange you must fulfil the following requirements:
  • Have completed at least one semester of study at Trinity
  • Be in Good Academic Standing at Trinity
Course Load
  • Standard academic load per semester at UWA is equal to 24 credit points.
  • Most units (courses) have a value of 6 credit points.
  • The term ‘course’ at UWA refers to the degree program, e.g. Bachelor of Science.
  • The term ‘unit’ at UWA refers to an individual class, e.g. BIOL1130 Core Concepts in Biology.
  • Undergraduate units are at: Level 1, 2 or 3
  • Postgraduate units are at: Level 4 or 5
Course Availability
  • You can search for available courses here: https://handbooks.uwa.edu.au/undergraduate
  • Internships for credit: Placements or internships may be arranged as part of your study abroad experience. They’re usually one day a week in a supervised workplace run between 80 to 100 hours in total and can be anything from getting a feel for a legitimate working environment to participating in live projects. These practicums are available through Arts, Commerce and Science degrees. For more information please contact the Global Learning Office at studyabroad@uwa.edu.au
  • Service learning units: These units are another way to gain experience and they involve unpaid work with not for profit, community or government services. Some can earn you academic credit as well as the chance to put your degree skills to use. The McCusker Centre for Citizenship provides this kind of learning. Established in 2015, it offers all UWA students structured, quality internships with not-for-profit, community and government organisations locally, regionally and globally. Students will be matched based on their application and the internship opportunities available, and you can gain academic credit. You can find more information here: mccuskercentre.uwa.edu.au
  • Guild Volunteering: Guild Volunteering gets you off campus and into the real world to start making a difference. Broaden your mind, meet new people and develop skills in an area you’re interested in. You may also find that some volunteering is eligible for your supplementary academic transcript. You can find more information at the following link: volunteering.guild.uwa.edu.au
Restrictions to Study
  • Students may apply for any unit which is part of a standard course of study except for:
  • Units within the Medical School and the Dental School.
  • Postgraduate units in the School of Psychological Science are not available to exchange/Study Abroad students.
  • Core Law units are not available to exchange/Study Abroad students
Additional Notes
  • When applying for a student visa, you must meet the Genuine Temporary Entrant criteria (https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/) and have sufficient funds to pay your tuition fees and living costs (and the living costs of any dependants, if applicable) for the duration of your studies.
  • Australian student visas usually allow full time degree students (undergraduate and postgraduate) to work up to 40 hours per fortnight in the academic year and unlimited hours during summer holidays. The minimum wage in Australia is currently $15.96 before tax.
  • When applying for a student visa, you must meet the Genuine Temporary Entrant criteria (https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/) and have sufficient funds to pay your tuition fees and living costs (and the living costs of any dependants, if applicable) for the duration of your studies.
Estimated Cost of Living
  • You should consider the following expenses when planning to study overseas:
  • Living costs
  • Visa application fee
  • Overseas Student Health Cover
  • (OSHC) – a requirement of the Australian Government
  • Personal spending, including travel to and around Australia
  • Also, keep in mind that in Australia, your student visa allows you to work on a part-time basis for up to 40 hours per fortnight during the semester.
  • You can also check websites such as Numbeo for a comparison of living costs between Perth and Dublin.
Accommodation
  • Living on campus
  • UWA’s five residential colleges – University Hall, St Catherine’s College, St George’s College, St Thomas More College and Trinity Residential College – provide more than just a room. Each offers a world-class living and learning environment only a few minutes away from campus. Make lifelong friends from across Australia and around the globe, and enjoy a lifestyle that includes meals, internet, all your utilities and academic support, as well as social, cultural and sporting activities and programs.
  • You can apply up to 12 months before you want to live on campus. There is no deadline, but UWA recommend applying as early as possible – you don’t have to wait until you receive an offer from UWA.
  • Find more information at the following link: uwa.edu.au/study/student-life/accommodation/live-on-campus
  • You can also find information on page 5 of the UWA Fact Sheet.
  • Living off campus
  • UWA owns and manages a group of houses, units and studio apartments, collectively known as Crawley Village. They are available for UWA students to rent and are offered either unfurnished or with partial furnishings.
  • Properties are located within walking distance of the UWA campus, shops, cafés and restaurants, banks and other amenities, and are ideally suited to postgraduate students or students with families.
  • You can rent an apartment, unit or house on your own or you can share with others. Whether you choose to rent a UWA-owned property or one that is privately or commercially listed, please note that you take full responsibility for the property and sign a rental contract.
  • As a guide, the average cost of renting or leasing an unfurnished one- or two-bedroom unit close to UWA is between AUD$265 and AUD$500 per week. There are also upfront costs to consider, such as a bond or security deposit, and utility connection fees. Other costs, such as electricity and/or gas, telephone and food, are usually not included in the weekly rent.
  • Find more information at the following link: uwacrawleyvillage.studystays.com.au/, https://www.uwa.edu.au/study/student-life/accommodation/uwa-off-campus-accommodation, or on page 5 of the UWA Fact Sheet.
  • You can find more information on all the housing options available to you during your exchange at UWA on their accommodation website: www.uwa.edu.au/study/student-life/accommodation/guaranteed-accommodation
Insurance
  • Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)
  • The Department of Home Affairs requires international students applying for a student visa to have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the entire duration of their student visa.
  • This is not applicable to students from Belgium, Norway and Sweden, who are covered under a separate arrangement. OSHC is offered by a number of providers.
  • You may obtain OSHC from the provider of your choice.
  • Find more information here: https://www.uwa.edu.au/study/international-students/moving-to-perth/health-requirements

Canada

McGill University

Website(s)

Semester Dates
  • Semester 1
  • Teaching period: September - December
  • Examination period: December

  • Semester 2
  • Teaching period: January - April
  • Examination period: April
  • Please note that semester dates in Australia are flipped compared to Trinity, however this will not affect your exchange. You will finish in Trinity in April/May and then have a shorter summer break before you begin your exchange. However, you will have a very long break over the Christmas (usually until February) which, circumstances permitting, allows you time to travel.
  • The academic calendar can be found here. https://www.mcgill.ca/importantdates/key-dates#Winter_2022 Please make sure to check it often for updates.

Academic Requirements
  • A minimum CGPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale), B average
Course Load
  • The maximum course load at McGill for exchange students is 15 credits (12 credits are considered full-time).
  • Exchange students are permitted to take 1 course outside of their admitted faculty from the School of Continuing Studies with Faculty Approval only.
Course Availability
  • McGill's course calendar includes a full description of courses available and university regulations which will govern your stay at McGill. You can browse by course, faculty or school or by programme - please see the following link which will bring you to the course calendar: https://www.mcgill.ca/study/2021-2022/ or alternatively you can browse through all the course on offer at McGill: https://www.mcgill.ca/study/2021-2022/courses/search
  • The majority of undergraduate courses are available to all exchange and study abroad students. The prime determinant of entry is that a student has completed the specified prerequisite or a course of similar content and level. Students may study across different course areas (however please make sure to familiarise yourself with the restrictions).
  • Please note that the courses listed on your exchange application serve only as a guide when evaluating the application for admission. Most courses have limited enrolment, and course access and registration to any given course is not guaranteed, but is subject to availability, and may be subject to the approval of a McGill adviser. Successful completion of courses does not guarantee entrance into a future degree program at McGill. It is understood that limited enrolment, normal timetabling and scheduling constraints apply to all students, including exchange students
Restrictions to Study
  • Faculties not available to Exchange students: Medicine, Dentistry, Centre for Continuing Education
  • Desautels Faculty of Management
    Courses in finance have extremely limited enrolment. Students who wish to study at the Desautels Faculty of Management may participate in this exchange but should note that as McGill have difficulty trying to place students in Accounting and Finance courses, they ask that the student is flexible with their course selection.
  • Music
  • The School of Music strongly recommends that:
  • Exchange students start in the Fall term
  • Must be registered in same program at home university
  • Certain course restrictions apply and students may be responsible for supplemental fees associated with particular courses
  • Applicants who wish to participate in lessons, ensembles, or other performance classes are required to submit a recorded audition for evaluation
  • Engineering, Management
  • Limited spaces in Chemical, Civil and Mechanical Eng. disciplines
  • Limited nominations to this faculty
  • Students may be responsible for supplemental fees associated with particular courses
  • Law
  • Normally not open to university-wide agreements (space permitting)
  • Must be registered in same program at home university
  • Graduate Programmes
  • Courses at the 600-700 level ONLY
  • MUST verify if exchange is possible (not all programs are open)
  • Must apply by program specific deadlines (not general deadlines)
  • Science
  • The following Science programs have limited enrolment:
    Anatomy and Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Biology, Computer Science, Mathematics, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Physiology
  • Lab courses are not available
  • General
  • Normally, Undergraduate students wishing to register for 500 level courses must be registered in their final year of study at their home university (or they should be in an upper year or demonstrate that they meet the pre-requisites requirement. This will have to be determined by the department offering the course).
  • If there are restrictions or pre-requisite errors while registering, you must check this with the department offering the course to obtain permission to register for it.
  • Courses not available for registration:
  • Courses offered at McGill University by some professional faculties that are restricted to degree candidates in their programs
  • Research project courses and thesis courses
  • Special topics courses
  • Courses in the Centre for Continuing Education
  • Exchange students are expected to register for courses offered by the faculty to which they have been accepted. Only under exceptional circumstances may they take one course per term outside of the McGill faculty to which they have been accepted, and only with permission from the admitted faculties and either the department or faculty offering the course.
Additional Notes Estimated Cost of Living
  • You should consider the following expenses when planning to study overseas:
  • Living costs
  • Visa application fee
  • Overseas Student Health Cover
  • Health insurance – approximately $600-1000 CAD per term
  • Personal spending, including travel to and around Canada
  • You can also check websites such as Numbeo for a comparison of living costs between Dublin and Quebec
  • Please refer to McGill Cost guide for more information
Accommodation
  • On-campus housing is available, and priority is given to first-year degree students however places are limited for exchange students.
  • Once you have accepted your offer of admission, you should contact the Housing Office directly at housing.residences@mcgill.ca
  • Semester 1 or full-year students: Indicate “Yes” under “Residence Accommodation” section in the online application.
  • Semester 2 students must verify available space by emailing housing.residences@mcgill.ca
  • Off-campus housing options recommended by McGill can be found here. Please check this website regularly for updates
Meal Plans
  • Mandatory Residential Meal Plan: This 8-month meal plan is mandatory for students living in most McGill Residences. See website for exceptions. This amounts to: $5,475
  • For more information on this mandatory plan, please see the following link: www.mcgill.ca/foodservices/mealplans/residential
  • Voluntary Meal Plan: This is an optional plan for students living off campus and costs $2,600
  • For more information on this optional plan, please see the following link: www.mcgill.ca/foodservices/mealplans/voluntary
Insurance
  • The McGill International Health Insurance Plan is mandatory for all international students.
  • You can find out about the International Health Insurance plan on the International Students Services website at the following link: mcgill.ca/internationalstudents/health
  • Students are charged for the health insurance once they register for courses, however they are charged for the full year amount. In order to adjust the fee to the actual duration of the exchange, students must confirm their coverage in Minerva, starting August 1st (Semester 1) or December 1st (Semester 2).
  • Students who meet certain criteria may be eligible for an exemption. The list of exemption categories can be found under Eligibility for Exemption on the site indicated above. Please note that, students covered by private health insurance are not exempt from the McGill plan.

University of Toronto

Website(s)

Semester Dates
  • Semester 1
  • Teaching Period: September – December
  • Reading Week: November
  • Examinations: December
  • Semester 2:
  • Teaching Period: January – April
  • Reading Week: February
  • Examinations: April
  • Please note that exact dates may vary based on the Faculty you are enrolled in at UoT, especially in terms of exam start and end dates.
  • Please note that semester dates in Australia are flipped compared to Trinity, however this will not affect your exchange. You will finish in Trinity in April/May and then have a shorter summer break before you begin your exchange. However, you will have a very long break over the Christmas (usually until February) which, circumstances permitting, allows you time to travel.
Academic Requirements Course Load
  • The maximum permitted course load is 2.5 credits, or 5 courses per semester. The minimum course load to be considered a full-time student is 1.5 credits, or 3 courses. The number of credits you take will depend on what your school/department advise here in Trinity.
Course Availability
  • For information on the courses and subjects that you can study at UoT please go on the UoT inbound exchange courses website which you can find at the following link: inboundvisiting.utoronto.ca/schools/trinity-college-dublin-university-of-dublin-tcd/
  • Please make sure to read through this carefully - the courses available as well as restrictions are broken down by Faculty, so select the faculty most applicable to you.
  • The UoT website is broken down into 4 steps - the above information can be found in 'Step 2'. In order to move on to step two, you will have to select the country that you're in (Ireland obviously!) and then the institution that you're studying in - again, I'm sure you'll know which to select. Once you do that, the website will bring you on to step 2. This way, the courses and/or restrictions are tailored specifically to Trinity in most cases.
Restrictions to Study
  • Restrictions as Faculty-specific so please make sure to read through the relevant section in detail - you can find all these restrictions here, broken down by Faculty: inboundvisiting.utoronto.ca/schools/trinity-college-dublin-university-of-dublin-tcd/
  • If you're not sure which faculty you would belong to, have a look through all the sections and see which is most relevant to your discipline or has the course that you require.
Additional Notes Estimated Cost of Living
  • You should consider the following expenses when planning to study overseas:
  • Living costs
  • Visa application fee
  • Health insurance
  • Personal spending, including travel to and around Canada
  • You can also check websites such as Numbeo for a comparison between life in Toronto and Dublin.
Accommodation
  • On-campus housing for exchange students is only guaranteed at UoT's Scarborough (UTSC) campus, provided the application and deposit are submitted on time.
  • While you are welcome to complete the on-campus residence application https://starportal.utoronto.ca/StarRezPortalX/923B5FD6/1/1/Home-StarRez___University for UoT's Mississauga (UTM) and St. George (Downtown) campuses, most exchange students will live off-campus during their exchange as on-campus housing is in high demand.
  • UoT Housing https://studentlife.utoronto.ca/department/housing/ offers assistance and advice to all students on housing-related matters after you are admitted as an exchange student.
  • If coming in the fall or winter terms, UoT recommends that you begin your search for off-campus housing as soon as possible, as it can take some time to get used to the competitive Toronto housing market. The Off-Campus Housing webpage https://offcampushousing.utoronto.ca/is a great place to begin your search.
Meal Plans
  • Some student residences have mandatory meal plans, please check the website for more information.
Insurance
  • If you do not have active Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) coverage (or coverage from another Canadian province), you are required to purchase the University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) while studying at U of T.
  • UHIP is mandatory. UHIP is a health insurance plan for all exchange and international students enrolled in an Ontario university. It helps to cover the cost of medical services, such as hospital and doctor visits, should you become ill while on exchange. Please familiarize yourself with your UHIP plan coverage https://uhip.ca/Enrollment/PlanDetails as most dental care, prescription drugs, eye care, and various kinds of therapies are not covered by UHIP.
  • Exchange students are NOT eligible for U of T supplementary insurance plans. https://studentlife.utoronto.ca/task/get-your-uhip-card-for-international-students/#node-590 For additional coverage, we recommend that you purchase travel health insurance before you arrive.
  • In 2019/2020, the cost of the UHIP was $53 per month. This rate is subject to change for upcoming years. For example: If you are on exchange for the fall term only, your UHIP fee will be $212 ($53 x 4 months).
  • When you first login to ACORN https://www.acorn.utoronto.ca/ to view your fees, you may notice that you have been charged for 12 months coverage. This is because fees are automatically calculated for the full calendar year. These fees will be adjusted to match the amount of time you will be studying at U of T. Do not pay the fee until it has been adjusted.
  • You will need to show your UHIP card and fill out a claim form every time you use health care services, so be sure to register online, https://studentlife.utoronto.ca/task/get-your-uhip-card-for-international-students/ print your card and carry it with you at all times. (Claim forms are not required at the U of T Health and Wellness Centre).
  • Payment is due by the end of the first month that you are at U of T. There are three options for paying UHIP and fees and you can find more information on this as well as all the information above at the following link: inboundvisiting.utoronto.ca/inbound-exchange/arrival-guide/ under the 'Get your Health Insurance (UHIP)' section.

University of British Columbia

Website(s)

Semester Dates
  • Semester 1:
  • Teaching period: September - December
  • Examinations period: December
  • Semester 2:
  • Teaching period: January- April
  • Examinations period: April
  • You can find the exact term dates at the following link: senate.ubc.ca/vancouver/termdates as they are yet to be confirmed for the year ahead.
Academic Requirements Course Load
  • Undergraduate exchange students typically take between 9 and 15 credits per semester at UBC, depending on degree requirements at their home university. Your School or Department in Trinity will advise you on the minimum course load required during your exchange for your course.
  • Students must maintain registration of a minimum of 9 credits per term to be considered as a full-time student at UBC.
  • If you are living in one of the student residences or considering working with a valid Study Permit, you must maintain your full-time student status.
  • There is a credit limit for both full year (30 credits/year) and single-term students (18 credits/term).
Course Availability Restrictions to Study
  • If a course offered by the Faculty of Arts or the Faculty of Science is full or restricted, students can submit a request to Go Global after arriving by completing the Change of Registration Form.
  • For undergraduate courses offered by other Faculties that are full or restricted, please visit the Faculty advising office after arriving to seek approval to join the course. More information will be provided in the Go Global orientation session.
  • Faculties or Schools Not Open to Exchange Students
  • School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
  • School of Journalism
  • Faculty of Medicine
  • School of Nursing
  • Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • School of Rehabilitation Sciences
  • UBC Vantage College
  • Peter A. Allard School of Law
  • There are also certain faculty-level restrictions, and you can find the list of them at the following link at the bottom of the page: students.ubc.ca/about-student-services/go-global/coming-ubc-study-abroad/coming-ubc-exchange/register-courses-ubc-exchange
Additional Notes
  • As of October 20, 2020, the Government of Canada updated the travel restriction requirements so that international students, including exchange students, can only enter Canada if they meet the below two requirements:
  • 1. You must have a valid study permit https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/study-canada/study-permit.html or a letter of introduction that shows you were approved for a study permit.
  • 2. You must be attending a designated learning institution (DLI) with a COVID-19 readiness plan approved by its province or territory.
  • A Valid Study Permit https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/study-canada/study-permit.html is required during COVID-19 travel restrictions to study for any length of time in Canada.
  • You'll also need either a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) https://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visas.asp or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to enter Canada depending on your country of citizenship.
  • For detailed information on immigration issues, please see the International Student Guide.
  • If you have any questions related to your immigration documents (study permit, eTAs and/or visas), please contact International Student Advising by emailing isa@students.ubc.ca.
  • You can work in Canada for up to 20 hours per week as long as you are enrolled as a full time exchange student at UBC. You can find more information here.
Estimated Cost of Living Accommodation
  • Estimated on-campus housing is approximately $3,000 – 3,500* CAD per term
  • *The cost of housing depends on the location, size and type. There are apartment, townhouse style accommodations available (eg. Walter Gage, Fairview Crescent, Ritsumeikan-UBC House, Marine Drive).
  • For detailed costs for each residence, please check the UBC Vancouver Housing website: vancouver.housing.ubc.ca/residences-rooms/residences/
  • Estimated off-campus housing options:
  • Shared housing: $2,800+/term
  • Private housing: $4,000+/term
Meal Plans Insurance

University of Waterloo

Website(s)

Semester Dates
  • At the University of Waterloo two terms of study are equivalent to a full academic year however Waterloo operate on a trimester system: Fall: September- December, Winter: January- April, Spring: May-August
  • Fall Semester:
  • Teaching period: September - December
  • Winter Semester:
  • Teaching period:
  • January - April
  • Spring Semester:
  • Teaching period:
  • May – August
  • Please check this website for updated information: https://uwaterloo.ca/important-dates/important-dates/list
Academic Requirements Course Load
  • The full-time course load is 5 courses per term (equivalent to 2.5 credits) with a minimum of 3 courses per term (equivalent to 1.5 credits). Most of the UWaterloo courses are assessed as a credit of 0.5 and are approximately 39 teaching hours per term. One undergraduate course at 0.5 credits is equivalent to 6 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS).
  • Details of specific credit weights and teaching hours per course are available via UWaterloo's undergraduate schedule of classes. https://classes.uwaterloo.ca/under.html
Course Availability
    If you are coming to Waterloo on exchange, you will be required to complete course selection for your first term of study as part of your application. Prior to filling out the application, ensure that you follow these three steps:
  • View course descriptions through the undergraduate calendar http://ugradcalendar.uwaterloo.ca/page/Course-Descriptions-Index and have courses pre-approved for credit transfers at Trinity prior to applying for the exchange. Pay close attention to the pre-requisite requirements for each course to ensure you have the required background for the courses you are requesting. The Glossary of Terms can help if you’re not sure what something in the undergraduate calendar means.
  • Review the undergraduate schedule of classes https://classes.uwaterloo.ca/under.html (paying close attention to the search code applicable for each term). You can look at course offerings for the same term in the previous year if the schedule for the term you are applying for is not yet available. Please note that some courses may include supplementary tutorials (TUT) or labs (LAB) in addition to the lectures (LEC). When reviewing the schedule of classes and evaluating time conflicts, you should consider these items as well (if applicable).
  • On your application, list up to ten courses in order of priority, allowing for a couple of “back-up” courses in the event that restrictions or scheduling conflicts arise. Additional courses will not be reviewed until after you are admitted.
Restrictions to Study Additional Notes
    As of October 20, 2020, the Government of Canada updated the travel restriction requirements so that international students, including exchange students, can only enter Canada if they meet the below two requirements:
    1. You must have a valid study permit or a letter of introduction that shows you were approved for a study permit.
    2. You must be attending a designated learning institution (DLI) with a COVID-19 readiness plan approved by its province or territory.
  • A valid study permit is required during COVID-19 travel restrictions to study for any length of time in Canada.
  • You'll also need either a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) https://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visas.asp or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) https://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visas.asp to enter Canada depending on your country of citizenship.
  • As an exchange student, you can work on campus (no limitations on hours per week) or up to 20 hours per week off campus if you have a post-secondary study permit with work eligibility stated on it and you’re registered in a full-time course load. If you're going to study at Waterloo for only one term, you still need to apply for a study permit. In your study permit application, it's important that you include a letter of explanation to clarify why you are applying for a study permit for one term of study. If you receive approval for a study permit, and wish to work on and/or off campus during your studies, we strongly encourage you to verify that the study permit states eligibility to work on and off campus when it is issued to you at the airport.
  • For more information see: https://uwaterloo.ca/international-student-guide/resources/prepare/admitted-exchange-student-resources
  • For information on the study permit see: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/study-canada/study-permit.html
  • You can also contact Waterloo’s Global Learning Coordinator Tara Dosman on tdosman@uwaterloo.ca.
Estimated Cost of Living
  • You should consider the following expenses when planning to study overseas:
  • Living costs
  • Visa application fee
  • Health insurance
  • Personal spending, including travel to and around Canada
  • University of Waterloo estimates the cost of term per student to be: $5300 - $9700
  • You can also check websites such as Numbeo to compare the cost of living between Dublin and Waterloo.
Accommodation
  • Living on campus gives you the convenience of being minutes away from class in a safe and secure environment. It is a great way to meet new people and it is all-inclusive so your furniture, utilities, high-speed internet and a weekly a grocery shuttle will be provided. Application dates can be found here. Fall term and fall/winter term exchange students are placed on a first-come, first-served basis, and spots are limited.
  • All the information on campus housing and price plans and options can be found at the following link: uwaterloo.ca/housing/exchange
  • You also have the option to live off-campus with either Waterloo Co-operative Residence Inc. (WCRI) or Off-Campus Housing.
Meal Plans Insurance
  • As an international student at the University of Waterloo, you have two health plans that cover different health related issues. You'll need to print out two health cards.
  • The first one is the University Health Insurance Plan and the second one is the supplementary Health and Dental Plan.
  • More Information on health insurance for exchange students can be found here. https://uwaterloo.ca/international-student-guide/resources/after-you-arrive/health-insurance

China

Beihang University

Website(s)

Semester Dates
  • Autumn semester
  • Teaching period:
  • September – January
  • Spring semester
  • Teaching period: February - July
Academic Requirements
  • Exchange students should have sufficient English language skills to follow classes (at least level B1).
  • Students should pass the Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) with a minimum score of 5 if they would like to follow Chinese-taught courses.
Course Load
  • One credit at Beihang generally equals to 16 hours of lecture time, around 2-2.5 ECTS credits.
  • In parallel with your regular studies, you can take Chinese language courses for 4 to 20 hours a week, depending on your proficiency level. Application for such courses takes place on arrival.
Course Availability
  • Beihang is one of the first Chinese universities to offer postgraduate programmes in English for international students. Currently, over 250 of their courses can be taught in English. At the undergraduate level, seven subject areas offer English-taught courses. More choices are available at the postgraduate level. http://id.buaa.edu.cn/Beihang_Master_Programs_taught_in_English.pdf
  • Please note that course offerings at UG level are limited to the following schools: School of Electronic and Information Engineering, School of Automation Science and Electrical Engineering, School of Aeronautic Science and Engineering, School of Mechanical Engineering and Automation, School of Transportation Science and Engineering, School of General Engineering, International Model School, School of Economics and Management.
  • Note that incoming exchange students can select courses across a range of subject areas and are not restricted to courses only in their major. It is also possible for undergraduate exchange students to choose courses from postgraduate programs, and vice versa. However, courses are taught only once a year, either in the spring semester or in the autumn semester.
Restrictions to Study
  • There is a very limited number of modules delivered through English at Beihang University. Please see the above section for a list of courses that you can study.
  • Please also be advised that students who hold a Chinese passport cannot be admitted as exchange students in China.
Additional Notes
  • Please see the website of The People’s Republic of China Embassy in Ireland for information on visa applications: http://ie.china-embassy.org/eng/whjy/studyinchina/
  • Students admitted to PKU must apply for a visa at the Chinese Embassy/Consulate in their country together with Notification of Admission and JW202 form. International students who study in China for over 6 months are required to obtain ‘X1’ Visa, which is only valid for 30 days after the arrival in China. You must come to the International Students Division at PKU and apply for a Residence Permit within 30 days in order to obtain a legal status in China. Students who study at PKU for less than 6 months should apply for ‘X2’ visa.
  • Foreign nationals moving to China are required to register with a nearby police station after they arrive.
  • Take your passport and the paper given to you when you checked into your accommodation. If your first night in China was in a hotel, you need to ask the hotel to register you in their system connected with the police station’s accommodation registration system. If they cannot do that for you, please ask them for instructions on how to register with the police. After police registration, foreign students will receive an Accommodation Registration Form (临时住宿登记表), which will be used for their residence permit application in the Exit and Entry Bureau and for archive purposes with the accommodation provider (a photocopy). If you don’t register with the police, then you may end up with a fine of 200RMB/day and / or difficulty in getting a residence permit.
  • International students who stay in China for more than 6 months have to apply for a residence permit within 30 days of their arrival in China. The 30 days are counted from the entry date which is shown on the Chinese entry stamp in your passport.
Estimated Cost of Living
  • You should consider the following expenses when planning to study at Peking University:
  • Living costs
  • Visa application fee
  • Health Insurance
  • Personal spending, including travel to and around China
  • You can also check websites such as Numbeo for a comparison of living costs between Beijing and Dublin.
Accommodation Insurance
  • The Ministry of Education of China requires that all international students must purchase the medical insurance designated by Chinese universities and be medically insured throughout their entire planned period of study. Students who do not have valid medical insurance will not be allowed to register. The insurance fee is usually approximately 300 Chinese Yuan for one semester and 600 Chinese Yuan for one academic year.

Beijing Foreign Studies University

Website(s)

Semester Dates
  • Autumn semester
  • Teaching period: Early September - mid-January
  • Spring semester
  • Teaching period: Late February - mid-July.
  • More information can be found here.
Academic Requirements
  • Exchange eligibility criteria are:
  • Applicants must be full time registered students at Trinity College Dublin and nominated for exchange at BFSU.
  • In consideration of cultural exchange and mutual learning with other countries, applicants should in principle be foreign students without Chinese nationality.
  • In addition, applicants should also meet the general application requirements and the admission requirements of the applied major. For more information, please refer to our website.
Course Load
  • Trinity requires that students take a minimum of 22.5 ECTS per semester or a minimum of 45 ECTS for the academic year. However, different departments have different requirements so make sure to discuss this with your academic coordinators
Course Availability
  • Schools that provide courses taught in English:
  • International Business School
  • School of English and International Studies
  • School of International Relations and Diplomacy
  • School of International Journalism and Communication
  • School of Law
    Please visit this website for more information on courses for international students: https://osao.bfsu.edu.cn/Admission/Programs.htm
Restrictions to Study
  • Make sure to check that you will have a sufficient number of English language modules.
  • Make sure to also check if the course you wish to take has any prerequisites and that you fulfil them.
  • Exchange is open to non-Chinese nationals only.
Additional Notes
  • Upon registration, you will receive a campus card. It can be used to purchase food at the canteen and from on-campus stores. You can recharge it at one of the many card machines on campus.
  • Please see the website of The People’s Republic of China Embassy in Ireland for information on visa applications: http://ie.china-embassy.org/eng/whjy/studyinchina/
  • Foreign nationals moving to China are required to register with a nearby police station after they arrive.
  • Take your passport and the paper given to you when you checked into your accommodation. If your first night in China was in a hotel, you need to ask the hotel to register you in their system connected with the police station’s accommodation registration system. If they cannot do that for you, please ask them for instructions on how to register with the police. After police registration, foreign students will receive an Accommodation Registration Form (临时住宿登记表), which will be used for their residence permit application in the Exit and Entry Bureau and for archive purposes with the accommodation provider (a photocopy). If you don’t register with the police, then you may end up with a fine of 200RMB/day and/or difficulty in getting a residence permit.
  • International students who stay in China for more than 6 months have to apply for a residence permit within 30 days of their arrival in China. The 30 days are counted from the entry date which is shown on the Chinese entry stamp in your passport.
Estimated Cost of Living
  • You should consider the following expenses when planning to study at Beijing Foreign Studies University:
  • Living costs
  • Visa application fee
  • Health Insurance
  • Personal spending, including travel to and around China
  • Accommodation: On average, a single room student dormitory accommodation will cost about RMB 1500 per month, or about RMB 18,000 per year, including utilities.
  • Food: A meal at the university canteen/restaurant or in a fast-food restaurant outside would cost about RMB 7 to RMB 30. The average monthly bill for students that will study in Beijing, China may be between the range of RMB 630 to RMB 1800.
  • Transportation: A one-way local transport ticket in Beijing costs about RMB 4. The taxi start rate costs about RMB 13, plus the additional taxi rate per kilometre of about RMB 2.30. A monthly transport pass for university students in Beijing would cost around RMB 200.
  • Extra costs: Some extra costs for university students who will study in Beijing, China are books and study materials around RMB 210 to RMB 350 per month (increased costs for those studying Sciences, Medicine, or Art), and medical insurance of about RMB 400 per six months.
  • You can also check websites such as Numbeo for a comparison of living costs between Beijing and Dublin.
Accommodation
  • BFSU has 4 different accommodation sites located in both east and west campus. Guojiao Building, Bailou, Building NO1 (Yihaolou) and Building NO.6 (Luihaolou).
  • BFSU will assist you with finding a room. The room type is not selectable and will be arranged by the university.
  • Due to limited numbers of beds, students cannot book rooms online for the first semester. Students can reserve rooms online for the second semester.
Insurance
  • The Ministry of Education of China requires that all international students must purchase the medical insurance designated by Chinese universities and be medically insured throughout their entire planned period of study. Students who do not have valid medical insurance will not be allowed to register. The insurance fee is usually approximately 300 Chinese Yuan for one semester and 600 Chinese Yuan for one academic year.

Peking University

Website(s)

Semester Dates Academic Requirements
  • Proficiency in Chinese is generally required.
  • Students who are proficient in Chinese can apply to be enrolled in the relevant school/department either by providing the HSK certificate or by passing the Chinese language test upon registration. HSK requirements - new HSK test: Level 6, old HSK test: Level 7.
  • Students who are not proficient in Chinese can only be enrolled in School of Chinese as a Second Language. As the courses in the School of Chinese as a Second Language are generally all in the areas of Chinese language and culture, these courses would be unsuitable for most Trinity students. While studying in this school, students can also choose 1-2 English courses per semester at other schools/departments if the courses and quotas are available, however this is generally not enough to make up a full course load. The limited number of English modules at undergraduate level are mainly in the School of Economics, Guanghua School of Management and the School of Law.
  • Senior Visiting Students and Research Scholars are not required to take the Chinese language proficiency exam, on the premise that the candidate experiences no obstacles in communicating with their supervisor.
Course Load
  • Students who are proficient in Chinese can apply to be enrolled in the relevant school/department either by providing the HSK certificate or by passing the Chinese language test upon registration. HSK requirements - new HSK test: Level 6, old HSK test: Level 7.
  • Students who are not proficient in Chinese can only be enrolled in School of Chinese as a Second Language. As the courses in the School of Chinese as a Second Language are generally all in the areas of Chinese language and culture, these courses would be unsuitable for most Trinity students. While studying in this school, students can also choose 1-2 English courses per semester at other schools/departments if the courses and quotas are available, however this is generally not enough to make up a full course load. The limited number of English modules at undergraduate level are mainly in the School of Economics, Guanghua School of Management and the School of Law.
  • Senior Visiting Students and Research Scholars are not required to take the Chinese language proficiency exam, on the premise that the candidate experiences no obstacles in communicating with their supervisor.
Course Availability Restrictions to Study
  • Courses from the following faculties/programmes are not open to exchange students: Health Science Centre, School of Software and Microelectronics, Faculty with special pre-requisites, Tailor-made programmes, Double-degree courses, Shenzhen Graduate School, English-taught graduate courses of special Master programs (MBA, Master in International Relations, Master in Public Policy, LLM in Chinese Law, Yenching Academy, Chinese-taught Master-level courses are only available with the faculty’s permit etc.)
  • Each school/department reserves the right to enrol a student to a certain course.
  • Exchange is open to non-Chinese nationals only.
Additional Notes
  • Please see the website of The People’s Republic of China Embassy in Ireland for information on visa applications: http://ie.china-embassy.org/eng/whjy/studyinchina/
  • Students admitted to PKU must apply for a visa at the Chinese Embassy/Consulate in their country together with Notification of Admission and JW202 form. International students who study in China for over 6 months are required to obtain ‘X1’ Visa, which is only valid for 30 days after the arrival in China. You must come to the International Students Division at PKU and apply for a Residence Permit within 30 days in order to obtain a legal status in China. Students who study at PKU for less than 6 months should apply for ‘X2’ visa.
  • More information can be found here: https://www.isd.pku.edu.cn/info/1473/2607.htm
  • Foreign nationals moving to China are required to register with a nearby police station after they arrive.
  • Take your passport and the paper given to you when you checked into your accommodation. If your first night in China was in a hotel, you need to ask the hotel to register you in their system connected with the police station’s accommodation registration system. If they cannot do that for you, please ask them for instructions on how to register with the police. After police registration, foreign students will receive an Accommodation Registration Form (临时住宿登记表), which will be used for their residence permit application in the Exit and Entry Bureau and for archive purposes with the accommodation provider (a photocopy). If you don’t register with the police, then you may end up with a fine of 200RMB/day and / or difficulty in getting a residence permit.
  • International students who stay in China for more than 6 months have to apply for a residence permit within 30 days of their arrival in China. The 30 days are counted from the entry date which is shown on the Chinese entry stamp in your passport
Estimated Cost of Living
  • You should consider the following expenses when planning to study at Peking University:
  • Living costs
  • Visa application fee
  • Health Insurance
  • Personal spending, including travel to and around China
  • Below please find some information specific to living costs while at Peking University
  • Accommodation: approximately 35,000 RMB/year Board (meals): approximately 15,000 RMB/year Transportation and other miscellaneous costs: approximately 5,000 RMB/year
  • You can also check websites such as Numbeo for a comparison of living costs between Beijing and Dublin.
Accommodation
  • International Students may live on campus at the Shao Yuan Student Dormitory or Zhongguanyuan Global Village. Students who live on campus must abide by the rules and regulations of their residence. International Students who extended their duration of study will not be provided with on-campus housing arrangements.
  • Students may also choose to live off campus under the condition that they must register themselves at the police station of their residential area and obtain Accommodation Certificate from the local police station. If you are living off campus, do ensure that your rental contract with you landlord is legitimate and reliable. The Division of International Students’ Office also provides students with information regarding off-campus housing. Please consult the staff at the office if you wish for such assistance.
Insurance
  • The Ministry of Education of China requires that all international students must purchase the medical insurance designated by Chinese universities and be medically insured throughout their entire planned period of study. Students who do not have valid medical insurance will not be allowed to register. The insurance fee is usually approximately 300 Chinese Yuan for one semester and 600 Chinese Yuan for one academic year.
  • Peking University international students are required to purchase the Comprehensive Insurance Plan for Foreign Students, which is offered by the Ping An Annuity Insurance Company of China, on the day of registration. Recipients of the Chinese Government Scholarship will have their health plan prepared/purchased by the government. Please note that students without valid medical insurance are not allowed to register.
  • Ping An Insurance Company:
  • Tel: 4008105119-1
  • Web:www.lxbx.net

Southeast University

Website(s)

Semester Dates Academic Requirements Course Load
  • The course load is usually indicated on all the partner websites, and it will outline how many credits students will need to take as a minimum per semester/year. There are different terms for this globally – they may be referred to as credits/units etc. They are our equivalent of ECTS.
Course Availability Restrictions to Study Additional Notes
  • Please see the website of The People’s Republic of China Embassy in Ireland for information on visa applications: http://ie.china-embassy.org/eng/whjy/studyinchina/
  • Students admitted to PKU must apply for a visa at the Chinese Embassy/Consulate in their country together with Notification of Admission and JW202 form. International students who study in China for over 6 months are required to obtain ‘X1’ Visa, which is only valid for 30 days after the arrival in China. You must come to the International Students Division at PKU and apply for a Residence Permit within 30 days in order to obtain a legal status in China. Students who study at PKU for less than 6 months should apply for ‘X2’ visa.
  • More information can be found here: https://www.isd.pku.edu.cn/info/1473/2607.htm
  • Foreign nationals moving to China are required to register with a nearby police station after they arrive.
  • Take your passport and the paper given to you when you checked into your accommodation. If your first night in China was in a hotel, you need to ask the hotel to register you in their system connected with the police station’s accommodation registration system. If they cannot do that for you, please ask them for instructions on how to register with the police. After police registration, foreign students will receive an Accommodation Registration Form (临时住宿登记表), which will be used for their residence permit application in the Exit and Entry Bureau and for archive purposes with the accommodation provider (a photocopy). If you don’t register with the police, then you may end up with a fine of 200RMB/day and / or difficulty in getting a residence permit.
  • International students who stay in China for more than 6 months have to apply for a residence permit within 30 days of their arrival in China. The 30 days are counted from the entry date which is shown on the Chinese entry stamp in your passport
Estimated Cost of Living
  • You should consider the following expenses when planning to study at Southwest University
  • Living costs
  • Visa application fee
  • Health Insurance
  • Personal spending, including travel to and around China
  • You can also check websites such as Numbeo to compare living costs between Nanjing and Dublin.
Accommodation Insurance
  • The Ministry of Education of China requires that all international students must purchase the medical insurance designated by Chinese universities and be medically insured throughout their entire planned period of study. Students who do not have valid medical insurance will not be allowed to register. The insurance fee is usually approximately 300 Chinese Yuan for one semester and 600 Chinese Yuan for one academic year.

Tsinghua University

Website(s)

Semester Dates Academic Requirements
  • Incoming exchange students are admitted depend on Tsinghua’s partner’s official nomination. There is no further selection process. Candidates for incoming exchange programs have to finish the online application procedure required by Tsinghua University in due time. The application instruction will be sent out to students via email before the official application of Tsinghua University starts
Course Load
  • Incoming exchange students can take no more than 20 Tsinghua credits per semester at Tsinghua University including no more than 8 Tsinghua credits from schools or faculties other than SEM. Please consult with your home university about the minimum credit requirement. Tsinghua University will need to be informed of any special academic requirements from Trinity.
Course Availability Restrictions to Study Additional Notes
  • Please see the website of The People’s Republic of China Embassy in Ireland for information on visa applications: http://ie.china-embassy.org/eng/whjy/studyinchina/
  • Students admitted to PKU must apply for a visa at the Chinese Embassy/Consulate in their country together with Notification of Admission and JW202 form. International students who study in China for over 6 months are required to obtain ‘X1’ Visa, which is only valid for 30 days after the arrival in China. You must come to the International Students Division at PKU and apply for a Residence Permit within 30 days in order to obtain a legal status in China. Students who study at PKU for less than 6 months should apply for ‘X2’ visa.
  • Foreign nationals moving to China are required to register with a nearby police station after they arrive.
  • Take your passport and the paper given to you when you checked into your accommodation. If your first night in China was in a hotel, you need to ask the hotel to register you in their system connected with the police station’s accommodation registration system. If they cannot do that for you, please ask them for instructions on how to register with the police. After police registration, foreign students will receive an Accommodation Registration Form (临时住宿登记表), which will be used for their residence permit application in the Exit and Entry Bureau and for archive purposes with the accommodation provider (a photocopy). If you don’t register with the police, then you may end up with a fine of 200RMB/day and / or difficulty in getting a residence permit.
  • International students who stay in China for more than 6 months have to apply for a residence permit within 30 days of their arrival in China. The 30 days are counted from the entry date which is shown on the Chinese entry stamp in your passport
Estimated Cost of Living
  • You should consider the following expenses when planning to study at Tsinghua University
  • Living costs
  • Visa application fee
  • Health Insurance
  • Personal spending, including travel to and around China
  • You can also check websites such as Numbeo to compare living costs between Beijing and Dublin.
Accommodation
  • The number of on-campus apartment rooms are limited. New students need to book rooms in advance within the time specified.
  • On Campus Accommodation:
  • The Zijing International Student Apartments of Tsinghua University provide three types of dormitory rooms to the international students: single room (private bedroom and bathroom), RMB 80/day; AB room (private bedroom, shared bathroom), RMB 80/day/person; double room (two beds in one room, shared bathroom on each floor), RMB 40/day/person. Included in each room are bedclothes, air-conditioner , Internet access and furniture.
  • If your dormitory application is successful, you have to complete the check-in procedure within the designated time.
  • Bring your admission notice, passport, and accommodation payment to the general reception desk of the Zijing International Student Apartments to get the Registration Form of Temporary Residence.
  • Off-Campus Accommodation:
  • Each international student who lives off-campus needs to accompany the landlord to the local police station to register within 24 hours after moving into the apartment in order to acquire a Registration Form of Temporary Residence.
  • If you have to renew or extend your visa and/or re-enter China, you can re-register with the police without the landlord present. Simply bring your passport and Registration Form of Temporary Residence to the local police station to complete the procedure.
  • For more information on accommodation options please see: https://www.tsinghua.edu.cn/en/Campus/Student_Life/Housing___Dining.htm
Insurance
  • The Ministry of Education of China requires that all international students must purchase the medical insurance designated by Chinese universities and be medically insured throughout their entire planned period of study. Students who do not have valid medical insurance will not be allowed to register.
  • The fee is usually approximately 300 Chinese Yuan for one semester and 600 Chinese Yuan for one academic year.
  • Students staying for six months or longer, must apply for the insurance at their own expense upon registration. The students not joining health insurance are not allowed to register.
  • For self-financing international students: Self-financing students can seek medical care at the University Hospital or other hospitals at their own expenses. Those who have joined medical insurance will be reimbursed based upon the insurance policies.
  • More information can be found here: https://is.tsinghua.edu.cn/dfadfgasq/eaWellbeingq/HealthInsurance.htm

University Nottingham Ningbo China

Website(s)

Semester Dates
  • Autumn Semester: September - January
  • Spring Semester: February - June
  • Full Academic Year: September - June
  • You can find specific dates, as well as the provisional dates for 2021-22 in the UNNC Academic Calendar
Academic Requirements
  • You must be nominated by your home university in order to participate the Exchange programme. You are advised to contact your Trinity exchange co-ordinator who will be able to advise you on the application and selection process, as well as any internal deadlines. Trinity will then nominate you to the UNNC Global Engagement Office by email.
Course Load
  • Exchange students are required to undertake a full time course of study for one or two semesters. Modules are normally worth 10-20 credits each. The average full time workload is 60 Nottingham credits (30 ECTS credits) in one semester and 120 credits (60 ECTS credits) over two semesters in one year; 50 credits is the minimum full-time workload in one semester.
  • UNNC offers a wide range of subjects for your period of study abroad, including Business, International Communications, International Studies, Economics, Science and Engineering, and English at different levels including UG and PG.
  • For more information check out the 2021 International Student Guide.
Course Availability
  • Students should choose modules at the appropriate Level (Year) for their own degree program. It is acceptable to choose module cross different schools if this approved by your home university.
    Click here for UNNC module catalogue.
  • (The third character of the module code indicates the module level)
  • Level 0: For UNNC Undergraduate Year 1 students
    Example: H10FM1 Foundation Mechanics
  • Level 1: For UNNC Undergraduate Year 2 students (UK Year 1 students)
    Example: CS1811 Japanese 1A
  • Level 2: For UNNC Undergraduate Year 3 (UK Year 2 students)
    Example: P12406 Quantitative Methods 2A
  • Level 3: For UNNC Undergraduate Year 4 students (UK Year 3 students)
    Example: AS3001 China and the World
  • Level 4: For UNNC Postgraduate students
    Example: ES4141 World English: East and South-East Asia
Restrictions to Study
  • The exchange with UNNC will not be suitable to all students, especially in the Arts given that they have fewer disciplines than in Trinity. This exchange is suitable for Business, Engineering, Language, International Studies and Science students predominantly but carry out your own due diligence and see what courses are available to you.
Additional Notes
  • Please see the website of The People’s Republic of China Embassy in Ireland for information on visa applications: http://ie.china-embassy.org/eng/whjy/studyinchina/
  • Students admitted to PKU must apply for a visa at the Chinese Embassy/Consulate in their country together with Notification of Admission and JW202 form. International students who study in China for over 6 months are required to obtain ‘X1’ Visa, which is only valid for 30 days after the arrival in China. You must come to the International Students Division at PKU and apply for a Residence Permit within 30 days in order to obtain a legal status in China. Students who study at PKU for less than 6 months should apply for ‘X2’ visa.
  • Foreign nationals moving to China are required to register with a nearby police station after they arrive.
  • Take your passport and the paper given to you when you checked into your accommodation. If your first night in China was in a hotel, you need to ask the hotel to register you in their system connected with the police station’s accommodation registration system. If they cannot do that for you, please ask them for instructions on how to register with the police. After police registration, foreign students will receive an Accommodation Registration Form (临时住宿登记表), which will be used for their residence permit application in the Exit and Entry Bureau and for archive purposes with the accommodation provider (a photocopy). If you don’t register with the police, then you may end up with a fine of 200RMB/day and / or difficulty in getting a residence permit.
  • International students who stay in China for more than 6 months have to apply for a residence permit within 30 days of their arrival in China. The 30 days are counted from the entry date which is shown on the Chinese entry stamp in your passport.

  • University of Nottingham Ningbo China offers scholarships for exchange students
  • University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) Mobility Scholarships
  • Up to RMB 650,000 (USD 100,000) scholarships available to 50% incoming students.
  • Eligibility: Candidates must be from outside Mainland China (incl. Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan). Candidates should be nominated by home institution.
  • Ningbo International Student Government Scholarships for Exchange Students
  • RMB 6,000 (USD 900) each per academic year available to 5% incoming students.
  • Eligibility: Candidates must be a foreign citizen (except Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan). Candidates should demonstrate high levels of academic performance; candidates should apply from the Global Engagement Office at UNNC.
  • More information can be found here: https://www.nottingham.edu.cn/en/global/scholarship/entry-scholarship.aspx
Estimated Cost of Living
  • You should consider the following expenses when planning to study at Nottingham Ningbo University
  • Living costs
  • Visa application fee
  • Health Insurance
  • Personal spending, including travel to and around China
  • The student brochure states that you can expect you spend approximately 300-500 euro per month on all expenses.
  • Please read the Student Guide for more information here: https://www.nottingham.edu.cn/en/global/documents/mobile-2021entryintlguide.914.pdf
  • You can also check websites such as Numbeo to compare living costs between Ningbo and Dublin.
Accommodation Insurance
  • The Ministry of Education of China requires that all international students must purchase the medical insurance designated by Chinese universities and be medically insured throughout their entire planned period of study. Students who do not have valid medical insurance will not be allowed to register.
  • All international students must be covered by 'Comprehensive International Student Insurance of Pacific Insurance (Group) Co., Ltd. (CPIC) for his/her whole study period. CPIC shall undertake the following insurance liabilities during the period of insurance: death insurance, accidental disability insurance, medical insurance for accidental injury, outpatient, emergency and hospitalization. This insurance costs 800 RMB for a year or 400 RMB for six months.

Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University

Website(s)

Semester Dates
  • Semester 1
  • Teaching period: September
  • Examinations: January
  • Semester 2
  • Teaching period: March
  • Examinations: June
  • Re-sit examinations: August
Academic Requirements Course Load
  • Students normally study 20 credits per semester
  • Choose your modules in order of preference when you submit your selections to XJTLU
  • You should apply for more modules than you need (XJTLU strongly recommend 40 credits per semester), in case you do not get your first choice because of timetable clashes and/or module changes
Course Availability
  • For a list of all courses, please see the following link: https://www.xjtlu.edu.cn/en/study/undergraduate/
  • This will bring you to a list of all the courses - note, these are clickable and will then bring you to all the modules within that course.
  • The first number in the module code refers to the undergraduate level at XJTLU (0, 1, 2, and 3). Undergraduate degree courses at XJTLU are four years with general education covered in level zero. Degree-specific content is taught at levels one, two and three according to the typical three-year model in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and Ireland.
Restrictions to Study
  • An exchange student can study a maximum of one Chinese Language module (CLT module) per semester.
  • China Studies (CCS) and Physical Education (PHE) modules are not available for exchange students
Additional Notes
  • Foreign nationals moving to China are required to register with a nearby police station after they arrive.
  • Take your passport and the paper given to you when you checked into your accommodation. If your first night in China was in a hotel, you need to ask the hotel to register you in their system connected with the police station’s accommodation registration system. If they cannot do that for you, please ask them for instructions on how to register with the police. After police registration, foreign students will receive an Accommodation Registration Form (临时住宿登记表), which will be used for their residence permit application in the Exit and Entry Bureau and for archive purposes with the accommodation provider (a photocopy). If you don’t register with the police, then you may end up with a fine of 200RMB/day and / or difficulty in getting a residence permit.
  • International students who stay in China for more than 6 months have to apply for a residence permit within 30 days of their arrival in China. The 30 days are counted from the entry date which is shown on the Chinese entry stamp in your passport.
  • XLTLU staff will provide you with information on how to apply for the residence permit. https://www.xjtlu.edu.cn/assets/files/information_disclosure/XJTLU%20International%20Student%20Visa%20Policy.pdf
Estimated Cost of Living Accommodation Insurance
  • From the point of registration with the university, all students are insured by a basic insurance package, which covers, for example, accidental injuries, hospitalisation, death, and disability caused by accidents.
  • Due to the government’s processing system, it takes around 6 months to receive your insurance card. In this case, after occurrence of any medical expenses in the hospital, you need to keep the receipts and then go through a manual reimbursement procedure. You should be aware that the basic insurance package is not direct billing, so you will need to pay cash and then claim back the treatment or medication expenses afterwards.
  • It is important to budget for potential medical costs and we advise you to keep at least 10,000 RMB in your Chinese bank account in case of medical emergencies.
  • Should you wish to you can choose to upgrade this insurance to include other services such as dental and private clinics; however, it may be more financially viable to consider purchasing insurance from your home country if you want more comprehensive coverage.
  • If you already have purchased a medical insurance in your home country, you may want to check whether you can extend it to cover your stay in China.
  • It is strongly recommended that you buy travel insurance before you leave your home country. You will need to be careful to ensure that long stay is covered by the company. A good travel insurance should cover basic medical, possessions, delay and cancellation, in addition to repatriation and legal expenses.

Wuhan University

Website(s)

Semester Dates Academic Requirements Course Load
  • Maximum 30 credits per semester, while the minimum credit limit is up to the regulations of your home university.
Course Availability Restrictions to Study Additional Notes
  • Please send an e-mail to Ms. Feng:enrollment@whu.edu.cn at least one week before your arrival for airport pick-up service. It is only available during registration week.
  • Foreign nationals moving to China are required to register with a nearby police station after they arrive.
  • Take your passport and the paper given to you when you checked into your accommodation. If your first night in China was in a hotel, you need to ask the hotel to register you in their system connected with the police station’s accommodation registration system. If they cannot do that for you, please ask them for instructions on how to register with the police. After police registration, foreign students will receive an Accommodation Registration Form (临时住宿登记表), which will be used for their residence permit application in the Exit and Entry Bureau and for archive purposes with the accommodation provider (a photocopy). If you don’t register with the police, then you may end up with a fine of 200RMB/day and / or difficulty in getting a residence permit.
  • International students who stay in China for more than 6 months have to apply for a residence permit within 30 days of their arrival in China. The 30 days are counted from the entry date which is shown on the Chinese entry stamp in your passport.
Estimated Cost of Living
  • You should consider the following expenses when planning to study at Wuhan University
  • Living costs
  • Visa application fee
  • Health Insurance
  • Personal spending, including travel to and around China
  • You can also check websites such as Numbeo to compare the cost of living between Dublin and Wuhan.
Accommodation
  • Accommodation is not guaranteed for exchange students and is assigned on a first come first serve basis.
  • There is on-campus accommodation with twin rooms or single room occupancy for 1500-1800 RMB per month.
  • If you prefer to live off campus you must inform the School of International Education in advance.
Insurance
  • After arrival, you will be required to register for Comprehensive Insurance & Protection Scheme for Foreigners Staying in China. The cost is 300 RMB per semester, 600 RMB per year:
  • You can buy the insurance when registering.

Hong Kong

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Website(s)

  • Check out the Office of Academic Links website for more information on studying abroad at CUHK as an exchange students: www.oal.cuhk.edu.hk/getting_started/
  • Make sure to use the menu on the left side to navigate through all relevant sections, such as campus life, application and other important things to note when embarking on exchange!
  • You should also refer to the Chinese University of Hong Kong International Student Guide.
Semester Dates
  • Semester 1: September – End of November
  • Semester 2: January – April
  • You can find more specific dates, such as orientation and exams at this link: www.oal.cuhk.edu.hk/getting_started/
  • Students may enquire their individual examination timetable on CUSIS under "Exam Timetable for UG Courses". Examination dates sorted by department or course can also be found here: http://timetable4.cuhk.edu.hk/ExamReportsRES/
  • Make sure to check the last day of your examinations before making travel plans or booking return flights!
Academic Requirements
  • Undergraduate students should have completed at least two terms of university studies with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or a B average or above. More information at https://www.oal.cuhk.edu.hk/application/.
Course Load
  • At CUHK, one unit or credit is roughly equivalent to one hour of instruction per week. Most three-unit courses feature either three hours of lectures or two hours of lectures and one hour of tutorials per week. Students receive credits for all courses successfully completed, according to the academic standards of the department.
  • Undergraduate Students
    All undergraduate exchange and study-abroad students should take a full load of courses, i.e. between 9 and 18 units per term.
  • Postgraduate Students
    Postgraduate exchange and study-abroad students, except those from programmes with a specific course-load requirement, can either take a full load of 9 to 18 units of courses, or conduct research by taking a minimum of three units per term.
Course Availability
  • CUHK offers undergraduate and postgraduate level courses under the faculties of Arts, Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Science, and Social Science. Many of these courses are open to exchange and study-abroad students.
  • Cantonese is the main spoken language in Hong Kong, but CUHK is a multilingual university, with English and Putonghua (Mandarin) used as the languages of instruction for many courses.
  • Once admitted into CUHK, all exchange students are provided with a list of courses for pre-selection before the term starts. This will allow you consider the courses with your home university for credit transfer back home. To start your course pre-selection, please Click here for instructions.
  • You can check your timetable and course descriptions here: https://www.oal.cuhk.edu.hk/files/incoming/Timetable_Course_Desc.pdf
Restrictions to Study
  • Click here for the list of courses not available for exchange or study-abroad students, and additional information for Law courses, undergraduate Business Administration courses, and students affiliated with S. H. Ho College.
Additional Notes
  • While you are in Hong Kong, you should:
  • Abide by the Hong Kong laws
  • Enrol as a student in the International Asian Studies Programme or the International Summer School at the Chinese University of Hong Kong ONLY
  • It is required by the laws of Hong Kong that any person wishing to come to Hong Kong to study, but who does not have the right of abode or right to land in Hong Kong, must first obtain a student visa or entry permit for study from the Immigration Department. Dependent visa holders and people with Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates (IANG) DO NOT need to apply for a separate student visa to study in Hong Kong.
  • More detailed information on the student visa application process can be found here: https://www.oal.cuhk.edu.hk/beforeyourexchange/
Estimated Cost of Living
  • You should consider the following expenses when planning to study at Chinese University of Hong Kong.
  • Living costs
  • Visa application fee
  • Health Insurance
  • Personal spending, including travel to and around Hong Kong
  • Some costs are estimated here:
  • Medical Insurance: 320 RMB (est USD $50) per academic year.
  • Textbooks: dependent on courses in addition to your study preferences, approximately 1,200 RMB (est USD $190).
  • Monthly expenses: dependent on lifestyle and preferences, approximately 2,000 RMB (est USD $315) should cover meals, power, water and entertainment.
  • You can also check websites such as to compare costs of living in Hong Kong and Dublin.
Accommodation
  • At Chinese University of Hong Kong, you will share a room with one or two CUHK students who have expressed an interest in a non-CUHK roommate. Single rooms are not available for undergraduate exchange and study-abroad students.
  • Prospective undergraduate exchange and study abroad students should indicate accommodation preference by completing section 10 in the online application form. If you do not complete this section, you are considered as having no accommodation preference. Assignment of undergraduate hostels will be made randomly.
  • For more information, please visit the following link: www.oal.cuhk.edu.hk/usap/
  • Living with local students will help students with the transition to a new environment and immerse into the Chinese culture.
  • On-campus housing is automatically assigned to admitted students, additional application is not required.
  • More information about accommodation at CUHK can be found here: https://www.oal.cuhk.edu.hk/campuslife/
  • You can find the accommodation costs here: www.oal.cuhk.edu.hk/files/incoming/feetable.pdf
Meal Plans Insurance
  • You should arrange accident and sickness insurance that includes emergency-evacuation and repatriation expenses for the duration of your stay in Hong Kong at your own cost. If you plan to travel outside Hong Kong, make sure your insurance policy covers the place you are visiting. Before you arrange your own insurance, check with your parents first if you are covered by any health insurance policies they have. Bring a copy of any insurance policies you have to Hong Kong; when you first report to the Office of Academic Links you will be asked for copies in case of an emergency.
  • Students staying in Hong Kong for more than 180 days, are eligible to apply for a Hong Kong Identity Card which gives access to subsidised public healthcare services provided by the HKSAR Government. The level of care however is basic and in high demand therefore it is highly recommended that all international students obtain their own medical and hospitalisation insurance

The University of Hong Kong

Website(s)

Semester Dates
  • Semester 1
  • Teaching Period: September- November
  • Semester 2
  • Teaching Period: January – April
  • More specific dates (including Orientation) can be found in the HKU Academic Calendar
Academic Requirements Course Load
  • Students are required to take 24 -30 credits (6 credits per course in general) for each semester.
  • 50% of the course load must be chosen from one Faculty (your intended host faculty). It is optional for students to take the remaining credits from other faculties.
  • Common Core courses will not count as part of the fulfilment of the 50% requirement of course enrolment for exchange students.
  • Except for the Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE), the minimum and maximum course load per semester are 6 and 30 credits respectively. It is optional for students to take the remaining credits from other faculties. However, please ensure that at least 50% belongs to FBE.
  • Students admitted to Faculty of Law can choose no more than 6 credits of non-law course (i.e. 1 course) in each semester. For more information, please refer to their website. https://www.law.hku.hk/
Course Availability
  • All courses are taught in English, except courses offered by the School of Chinese.
  • The HKU credit system is based on the ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) model. A semester of study in HKU and in an ECTS-compliant institution will be considered as equal in credit value under normal circumstances.
  • It is recommended that you check the course pre-requisites before selecting courses.
  • Taught master-level programmes are generally not offered to exchange students.
  • The approval of courses is on a case-by-case basis and subject to the Faculty's approval. Actual enrolment is subject to class availability, courses offered in the first semester, quota and class schedule. [The information is subject to change without prior notice]
  • Please see the Available Courses by Faculty section of the HKU website for further information on the courses available to you at HKU: https://intlaffairs.hku.hk/avail_program.php?pid=5&type=incoming
  • Each faculty has a PDF course list with further information on modules available
Restrictions to Study
  • The following programmes / courses are NOT opened to exchange students:
  • Faculty of Dentistry
  • Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine
  • BSc (Exercise and Health) Programme
  • Most final year project courses provided by all faculties
  • Faculty of Business & Economics:
  • Courses offered by the Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) are highly competitive. Students who are in their final year in particular, should note that course enrolment is NOT guaranteed.
  • Students who apply to FBE should have a grade level of B average / CGPA 3.0 / Satisfactory level.
  • Students should have already completed the course prerequisites before requesting to enrol in courses with pre-requirements - for example taking Microeconomics I and II together in a semester is not allowed.
  • Economics and Finances courses highly emphasize mathematics.
  • Make sure to also read through the Available Courses by Faculty section of the HKU website and see the restrictions listed beside each faculty (if any): https://intlaffairs.hku.hk/avail_program.php?pid=5&type=incoming
Additional Notes
  • Once nominated for exchange by Trinity, students will be invited to complete an online exchange application https://goglobal.hku.hk/incoming/application/auth/login by email (Login credentials & application instructions will be included).
  • Students are advised to complete online application no later than the application deadline. Late submission will not be considered.
  • Students may refer to the step-by-step application procedures https://intlaffairs.hku.hk/avail_program.php?pid=5&type=incoming
  • A proposed Study Plan at HKU is required in the online application. This is only a preliminary course plan for faculty’s review on students’ application, you will NOT be enrolled to these courses. See the 'Course Availability' section below for more info on courses available.

  • While you are in Hong Kong, you should:
  • Abide by the Hong Kong laws
  • It is required by the laws of Hong Kong that any person wishing to come to Hong Kong to study, but who does not have the right of abode or right to land in Hong Kong, must first obtain a student visa or entry permit for study from the Immigration Department. Dependent visa holders and people with Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates (IANG) DO NOT need to apply for a separate student visa to study in Hong Kong.
  • Information on the student visa application can be found on page 34 of the Glimpse of Student Life @HKU brochure https://www.cedars.hku.hk/nonlocal/publication/glimpse2122.pdf
  • Please also check the University of Hong Kong Student Visa website: https://www.studentvisa.hku.hk/
Estimated Cost of Living
  • You should consider the following expenses when planning to study at the University of Hong Kong:
  • Living costs
  • Visa application fee
  • Health Insurance
  • Personal spending, including travel to and around Hong Kong
  • You can also check websites such as Numbeo to compare costs of living in Hong Kong and Dublin.
  • See page 7 of the Glimpse of Student Life @HKU brochure for more info!
Accommodation Meal Plans Insurance
  • The University Health Service http://www.uhs.hku.hk/index.php (clinic) provides free primary health care to full-time registered students. Certain medications, preventive services and other items are charged at cost. Dental service is also available at a notional charge. Students may refer to the medical benefits for incoming students http://www.uhs.hku.hk/mbs/so.php from overseas for details.
  • You should arrange, at your own cost, accident and sickness insurance for the duration of your studies in Hong Kong. The coverage should include provisions for emergency evacuation/rescuer's expenses and repatriation.
  • If you plan to travel outside Hong Kong, you should make sure that your insurance policy covers those destinations as well.
  • Registered students are entitled to HKU Group Travel Insurance https://hkuportal.hku.hk/cas/servlet/edu.yale.its.tp.cas.servlet.Login?service=https://intraweb.hku.hk/reserved_2/finance/student/insurance.html?v|||1501938664460 (Portal login required to read the details) for travelling overseas on activities which are officially arranged by the University.
  • Students staying in Hong Kong for more than 180 days, are eligible to apply for a Hong Kong Identity Card which gives access to subsidised public healthcare services provided by the HKSAR Government. The level of care however is basic and in high demand therefore it is highly recommended that all international students obtain their own medical and hospitalisation insurance.

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology

Website(s)

Semester Dates
  • Semester 1
    Teaching Period: September to December
  • Semester 2
    Teaching Period: February to May
Academic Requirements
  • In order to be eligible to study at HKUST, you must be nominated by your Trinity exchange co-ordinator.
Course Load
  • Most courses at HKUST are 3 credits, with three hours of lectures per week, totalling 39 lecture hours per term. The normal credit load is 15 credits (five courses) each term. The minimum credit load is 12 credits (four courses) and the maximum is 17–18 credits (six courses).
Course Availability
  • You can enrol in any undergraduate course as long as there are places available and you fulfil the course prerequisites and any other enrolment conditions prescribed for the course. Postgraduate level courses are usually not open for enrolment to undergraduate exchange students. A few areas have courses that have limited entry. More information will be provided closer to the time of course selection.
  • Before leaving home, it is good practice to check the Trinity policy regarding the transfer of credits and grades for the courses you plan to take at HKUST.
Restrictions to Study Additional Notes
  • While you are in Hong Kong, you should:
  • Abide by the Hong Kong laws
  • It is required by the laws of Hong Kong that any person wishing to come to Hong Kong to study, but who does not have the right of abode or right to land in Hong Kong, must first obtain a student visa or entry permit for study from the Immigration Department. Dependent visa holders and people with Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates (IANG) DO NOT need to apply for a separate student visa to study in Hong Kong.
  • Information on how to obtain a student visa can be found here: https://pg.ust.hk/prospective-students/after-getting-an-offer/applying-for-student-visa
Estimated Cost of Living
  • You should consider the following expenses when planning to study at Chinese University of Hong Kong.
  • Living costs
  • Visa application fee
  • Health Insurance
  • Personal spending, including travel to and around Hong Kong
  • You can also check websites such as Numbeo to compare costs of living in Hong Kong and Dublin.
  • Some costs per semester are estimated here: https://studyabroad.ust.hk/inbound/programs/regular-exchange
Accommodation
  • Undergraduate exchange students are guaranteed accommodation in university-provided housing, subject to your submission of the housing application. You will be assigned to a double (or a triple room with double occupation) in a student hall for the program duration. Please click here https://studyabroad.ust.hk/inbound/arrival/pre-arrival/living#housing for more information.
Insurance
  • The University stipulates that all non-local students must have insurance coverage during their study at HKUST. Students in Exchange/ Visiting studies, Visiting Internships or other Short Term Programs are required to subscribe to the HKUST Compulsory Travel Insurance Plan.
  • More information can be found here: https://sfao.hkust.edu.hk/individual.php?l=17

City University Hong Kong

Website(s)

Semester Dates
  • The academic calendar can be accessed here: https://www.cityu.edu.hk/arro/ac_calendar.asp
  • Semester 1
    Teaching period: August – November
    Examinations: December
  • Semester 2
    Teaching period: January – April
    Examinations: April – May
Academic Requirements
  • Students must have already completed their first year of study at the home university in order to attend exchange programme at CityU. Students are expected to be in good academic standing at their home institution. Minimum language requirement: TOEFL 79 (internet-based test), IELTS 6.5 or Chinese Mainland’s College English Test Band 6 (total score ≥ 450), if English is not the medium of instruction at your institution. *For students applying for law courses, they must meet School of Law’s minimum CGPA requirement 3.0 out of 4.3 scale; and minimum English requirement of TOEFL 100 (internet-based test) / IELTS 7. The TOEFL and IELTS scores should be valid for 3 years from the test date.
Course Load
  • Exchange students are required to take a minimum of 12 credit units of CityU courses for Semester A or B, or a minimum of 6-7 credit units for the Summer Term, and enrol as a full-time student, to meet the requirement of the Hong Kong Immigration Department https://www.immd.gov.hk/eng/services/visas/study.html for visa issuance.
Course Availability
  • Course codes starting with 1, 2, 3 or 4 (e.g., GE 1111, CS2114, AIS2012, MA4152) are undergraduate courses.
  • Please click here for the class schedule for courses offered in the 2020/21 academic year.
Restrictions to Study
  • Please see above the available courses for exchange students and pay attention to any pre-requisites.
  • For courses with pre-requisites, you are strongly advised to upload a list of courses you are taking at Trinity together with the relevant course syllabuses for consideration to City University Hong Kong.
Additional Notes
  • While you are in Hong Kong, you should:
  • Abide by the Hong Kong laws
  • All exchange students are required to obtain a student visa in order to study in Hong Kong
  • It is required by the laws of Hong Kong that any person wishing to come to Hong Kong to study, but who does not have the right of abode or right to land in Hong Kong, must first obtain a student visa or entry permit for study from the Immigration Department. Dependent visa holders and people with Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates (IANG) DO NOT need to apply for a separate student visa to study in Hong Kong.
  • Information on how to obtain a student visa can be found here: http://www.cityu.edu.hk/geo/ies_stdvisa.htm
Estimated Cost of Living
  • You should consider the following expenses when planning to study at Chinese University of Hong Kong.
  • Living costs
  • Visa application fee
  • Health Insurance
  • Personal spending, including travel to and around Hong Kong
  • You can also check websites such as Numbeo to compare costs of living in Hong Kong and Dublin.
  • Estimated costs for studying at City University Hong Kong are also outlined here: http://www.cityu.edu.hk/geo/ies_costlivenfin.htm
Accommodation Insurance
  • There is a health centre on campus that provides primary medical care to staff and students. As an exchange student, you are eligible to use the Centre's services at a charge. However, as medical expenses can be quite high in Hong Kong, exchange students are required by CityU's policies to have medical and travel insurance coverage during their stay at the University. Please visit http://www.cityu.edu.hk/geo/ies_healthninsur.htm for more information about insurance for exchange students.

India

Ashoka University

Website(s)

Semester Dates
  • Autumn (Monsoon) Semester:
  • Teaching Period: Mid-August to mid-December
  • Spring Semester:
  • Teaching Period: Mid-January to early May
  • More dates can be found in the Academic Calendar
Academic Requirements
  • The Visiting Student Programme is designed for undergraduate students currently enrolled full-time at a partner institution of Ashoka University or any other institution abroad.
  • Visiting students from partner institutions should check with their International Office for their nomination process to apply to Ashoka as a part of the exchange agreement between the two institutions.
Course Availability
  • To find out more about available modules for visiting students please get in touch with the study abroad office at studyabroad@ashoka.edu.in
  • You can peruse the course catalogue to see what modules are available
Restrictions to Study Additional Notes
  • Students interested in attending Ashoka University for an exchange will have to get in touch with the University at studyabroad@ashoka.edu.in and request further up to date information.
  • Ashoka University offers liberal arts style courses and programmes
  • Ashoka University is India´s largest collective philanthropic initiative and is located in the Rajiv Ghandi Education City
Estimated Cost of Living
  • You should consider the following expenses when planning to study at Ashoka University
  • Living costs
  • Visa application fee
  • Health Insurance
  • Personal spending, including travel to and around India
  • You can also check websites such as Numbeo to compare costs of living in Sonipat and Dublin
Accommodation
  • It is mandatory for all students to say in Ashoka University accommodation.
  • Please contact studyabroad@ashoka.edu.in and request further up to date information.
Insurance
  • Students on all exchanges need to make sure they have adequate health and travel insurance. Check your exchange university website for their requirements. This is particularly important for students going on International Exchange and can form part of the visa application process for some countries.

O.P. Jindal Global University

Website(s)

Semester Dates
  • Autumn Semester:
  • Teaching Period: Early August to early December
  • Spring Semester:
  • Teaching Period: Early February to early June
  • Refer to the Academic Calendar for further info on dates.
Course Load Course Availability Estimated Cost of Living
  • You should consider the following expenses when planning to study at O.P. Jindal Global University
  • Living costs
  • Visa application fee
  • Health Insurance
  • Personal spending, including travel to and around India
  • You can also check websites such as Numbeo to compare costs of living in Sonipat and Dublin.
Accommodation Insurance
  • Students on all exchanges need to make sure they have adequate health and travel insurance. Check your exchange university website for their requirements. This is particularly important for students going on International Exchange and can form part of the visa application process for some countries.

Japan

University of Tokyo

Website(s)

Semester Dates
  • Spring Semester
  • Teaching period: April – August
  • Autumn Semester
  • Teaching period: September – March
  • Refer to the Academic Calendar for the full dates: https://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/current-students/university_calendar.html
  • Nominations for Spring 2022 will open in August 2021.
  • *Please note the actual enrolment periods for Type G students depends on each graduate school.
Academic Requirements Course Load
  • Students at UTokyo are legally required to register for a minimum of 10 hours-worth of classes per week which is equivalent to 12 credits per semester.
Course Availability
  • The language of instruction in "Japanese/English" indicates that the course is taught in both languages. Therefore, proficiency in both languages is required. If you do not fulfil the Japanese language requirements, please look for exclusively English language courses.
  • Refer to the undergraduate (u) course catalogue for details on course availability.
  • Undergraduate exchange students are eligible to register for Japanese Language Education courses.
    Further information about the courses are available on the following websites:
    Hongo Campus JLCSE
    Komaba Campus Global Komaba
Restrictions to Study
  • Students interested in taking seminars offered in “Japanese” and “Japanese and English” at the Faculty of Law are allowed to apply for only one seminar course per semester. Further information will be provided to those who have been successfully accepted to study at UTokyo. There is no restriction as to the number of courses you can take for seminars if you wish to apply for seminars that are noted as instructed in “English.”
  • In principle, Type U students are not allowed to participate in practical work (e.g. laboratory work, design studio work etc.)
Additional Notes
  • As an international exchange student you will need to apply for a student visa in order to study at UTokyo.
  • The University of Tokyo provides visa consulting services for international students and foreign researchers throughout the University in order to respond promptly to questions about visa status and to reduce the burden on UTokyo faculty members and administrative staff hosting international students and foreign researchers.
    For details, please see https://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/adm/inbound/en/life-visa-vc.html
Estimated Cost of Living
  • You should consider the following expenses when planning to study at Tokyo University:
  • Living costs
  • Visa application fee
  • Health Insurance
  • Personal spending, including travel to and around India
  • You can also check websites such as Numbeo to compare costs of living in Tokyo and Dublin.
  • Estimated living expenses can be consulted here: www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/adm/inbound/en/finance-living.html
Accommodation
  • As an exchange student, you may apply for university housing. However, because of the limited number of facilities, housing cannot be guaranteed. The International Exchange Group at UTokyo will contact students with details about housing applications after their admission is granted. For further information, please visit the Housing Office website https://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/adm/housing-office/en/index.html
Insurance
  • Japanese law stipulates that all students studying at Japanese universities for more than three months must enrol in the country's National Health Insurance (NHI) program, which costs around 2,000 yen per month. This reduces the cost of many medical procedures however it is important that you have your own private insurance in order to ensure adequate coverage.
  • Please refer to page six of the Exchange Handbook https://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/content/400120597.pdf for further details.

University of Kyoto

Website(s)

Semester Dates
  • Fall Semester:
  • Teaching Period: Early October to Late March
  • Spring Semester:
  • Teaching Period: Early April to Late September
  • Full Academic dates can be consulted in the Kyoto Academic Calendar
Academic Requirements
  • Exchange students must comply with the following regulations:
  • Agree to remain enrolled at the home institution — one based outside Japan, that has a university-level student-exchange agreement with Kyoto University — until completion of the General Exchange Program
  • Agree to leave Kyoto University and return to the home institution upon completion of the General Exchange Program
  • Be in good academic and disciplinary standing
  • Demonstrate the level of language proficiency required for the exchange program
  • Have a concrete purpose for studying at Kyoto University
Course Load
  • Students are required to register for at least seven courses per semester (without counting the Japanese language classes mentioned below), mostly from the Institute for Liberal Arts and Sciences (ILAS). Of the required six, up to two may be taken from other Faculties, including those taught in Japanese, subject to approval from the lecturers in charge.
  • Each course usually comprises two hours of lecture time per week and carries two credits.
Course Availability
  • Most of the Faculty and Graduate School courses are conducted in Japanese, requiring a certain level of language proficiency. Student’s that do not have Japanese language proficiency should refer to ILAS courses taught through English.
  • You can find the courses taught through ILAS in English here. Note that this is updated every semester and is subject to change.
  • ILAS has an ample course catalogue taught through English, particularly in the areas of environmental studies, physics, economics, politics, and social studies. Some of the subjects covered offer a fresh perspective on Japan, while others address topical global problems
  • In order to enrol in regular, Japanese-taught courses, a Japanese proficiency level equivalent to N1 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) is desirable.
  • ILAS offers Japanese-language learning courses on three levels (elementary, intermediate, and advanced). Placement is made based on an online test to be taken before enrolment. Some of these courses are credited, while others are not. It is highly recommended students enrol in a Japanese-language course even if all their courses are taught through English.
Restrictions to Study
  • Exchange students cannot enrol to courses in the School of Medicine
Additional Notes
  • Kyoto University has two types of exchange programs: (1) the Kyoto University International Education Program (KUINEP) and (2) the Kyoto University General Exchange Program. The KUINEP(1) provides undergraduate-level lectures in English to mixed classes composed of exchange students from partner universities and domestic Kyoto University students. The General Exchange Program(2) is the program in which students take ordinary courses which are taught in Japanese in undergraduate faculties or in graduate schools each student is affiliated.
  • You can find more information here: www.kyoto-u.ac.jp/en/education-campus/education_and_admissions/non-degree-programs/exchange-students>/li>
  • Some Exchange students might be eligible to apply for the JASSO Scholarship, a highly competitive scholarship that supports international students, further information can be found here: www.kyoto-u.ac.jp/en/education-campus/procedures/scholarships
    Note that the selection processes are highly competitive, however, and in most cases applications are accepted only after matriculation. It is therefore advisable that students secure sufficient financial resources.
  • As an international exchange student, you will need to apply for a student visa in order to study at Kyoto University. More information about this can be found here: https://www.kyoto-u.ac.jp/en/education-campus/procedures/visa
Estimated Cost of Living Accommodation
  • Exchange students can obtain apply for residence in one of the five Kyoto University International Houses (or other dormitories in cooperation with the University). Please check Kyoto's Housing website https://kuiso.oc.kyoto-u.ac.jp/housing/kuih/en for information on the international houses.
Insurance
  • Japanese law stipulates that all students studying at Japanese universities for more than three months must enrol in the country's National Health Insurance (NHI) program, which costs around 2,000 yen per month.
  • When entering Kyoto University, students must also join the University CO-OP Personal Liability Insurance for Students (Gakubai), which requires an annual payment of around 2,000 yen. To enrol in Gakubai, students must first join the CO-OP by paying a 4,000-yen membership fee, which is fully refundable upon deregistration.
  • It is recommended that international students purchase travel insurance in their home countries, in addition to enrolling in all of the above, in order to ensure adequate coverage.

Waseda University

Website(s)

Semester Dates
  • Spring Semester: Late March to early August
  • Fall Semester: Early September to early February
  • Please note that each semester at Waseda is further divided into two terms:
  • Please also note that there is also a two month holiday from early February to the end of March.
  • For a list of all public, national and academic holidays (and Orientation dates) please refer to the Waseda Academic Calendar and Timetable
Academic Requirements
  • Applicants must be enrolled at Waseda’s partner university at the time of application, and continuously enrolled until the end of the exchange study period at Waseda University.
  • Applicants must meet the GPA requirement on a 4.0 scale. In case your university does not adopt a GPA 4.0 scale, the applicant’s transcript(s) and grading system chart will be taken into consideration upon re-calculating the GPA on a 4.0 scale, and meeting the required GPA of the desired school(major) of Waseda. On a 100-point scale, applicants roughly need to score 75 to satisfy the GPA 3.0.
  • Once enrolled in Waseda University, you will be expected to complete the given exchange period. Extension or shortening of period is not permitted.
  • Undergraduate applicants, except those who apply to SILS, must have completed at least 12 years of school education or equivalent in a country other than Japan. SILS applicant must have completed most of the secondary education (6 years) in a non-Japanese educational system.
  • Graduate applicants must have completed 16 years of school education or equivalent in a country other than Japan.
  • At the time of application, applicants must have completed at least one semester at home university
Course Load
  • Course registration process begins after the program starts.
  • You will be expected to take courses from the school (major) you are enrolled in. Taking courses outside of the school or University-wide courses remain optional.
  • Students are encouraged to take approx. 7 courses (10 hours) per week unless otherwise specified.
Course Availability
  • For a list of subjects that can be studied at Waseda please refer to the following link: www.waseda.jp/inst/cie/en/exchange/application and scroll down to 'Undergraduate (English-Based Program)'. You will be able to see all your study options listed by Faculty.
  • Please note that the modules listed can be changed for next AY so find some alternative options that would suit your TCD requirements. Some courses may be allocated to students through a lottery procedure when the number of applicants exceeds capacity.
  • Most programs allow students to take University-wide open courses, but restrictions may apply.
    For further information refer to the University-wide open courses section here: www.waseda.jp/inst/cie/en/exchange/application
Restrictions to Study
  • Some compulsory courses for degree students (usually seminars) are not available for exchange students
  • Students who do not have Japanese-language proficiency can only enrol to the departments listed in the course availability and enrolment options, therefore if there is no suitable equivalent to your course that both your TCD academic coordinator agrees with and you fulfil all pre-requisites you are not eligible to apply.
Additional Notes
  • As an International student, you will need to apply for a student visa in order to study at Waseda University.
  • More information about this can be found here: https://www.waseda.jp/inst/admission/en/other/tuition/
  • JASSO Scholarship: Waseda exchange students are eligible to apply for the JASSO (Japanese Government Overseas Scholarship Organisation) Student Exchange Support Programme Scholarship. Scholarships are valued at 80,000 yen per month.
  • MEXT Scholarship: Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) is accepting applications for government sponsored scholarships for foreign students studying Japanese language and culture in Japanese universities. Students planning to enter Waseda’s Japanese Language Program (JLP) are eligible applicants for this grant, but the recommendation of their home university is required. The scholarship has a duration of eleven months, valued at 117,000 yen per month (tentative) and includes travel expenses one round trip.
  • For more information on both scholarships, please see the following link: www.waseda.jp/inst/cie/en/exchange/practical#anc_2
Estimated Cost of Living
  • You should consider the following expenses when planning to study at Waseda University:
  • Living costs
  • Visa application fee
  • Health Insurance
  • Personal spending, including travel to and around Japan
  • You can also check websites such as Numbeo to compare costs of living in Tokyo and Dublin.
Accommodation Insurance
  • Japanese law stipulates that all students studying at Japanese universities for more than three months must enrol in the country's National Health Insurance (NHI) program, which costs around 2,000 yen per month.
  • It is recommended that international students also purchase travel insurance in their home countries, in addition to enrolling in all of the above, in order to ensure adequate coverage.

New Zealand

University of Auckland

Website(s)

Semester Dates Academic Requirements Course Load
  • You can study 3 or 4 courses per semester. Before you enrol in your chosen courses, you should select a few additional courses you are interested in and have these approved by your academic coordinator in Trinity, in case there is any difficulty enrolling in your preferred courses. This could be because of timetable clashes, lack of relevant prior study (for courses with prerequisites), or limited places available.
Course Availability
  • Consult the Study Abroad Course Options Brochure but please note that study abroad students are not limited to the courses listed here. To browse the full course catalogue, visit student.guest.auckland.ac.nz/psc/ps
  • You can enrol in courses after you gain admission to a programme of study and accept your offer of place online.
  • Enrol early to get into the courses and class times you want. You can change your mind after you have enrolled as long as you swap or drop your course before the enrolment closing date.
Restrictions to Study
  • Courses not available to Study Abroad and Exchange students:
  • Courses offered in Medicine, Surgery, Pharmacy and Optometry.
  • Courses running for the whole academic year - e.g. PSYCH 308A and 308B (except students enrolled for the whole University of Auckland academic year – February to November).
  • 100 level courses in Fine Arts, Architecture and Planning (unless the student is majoring in the subject at their home university)
  • BUSINESS 101 and BUSINESS 102.
  • Graduate School of Management courses running on a quarterly basis – e.g. BUSACT, BUSADMIN etc.
  • Courses ending with the letters F or H - e.g. HISTORY 91F or MAORIHTH 14H. These are foundation year courses and not appropriate for Exchange students.
  • Stage I Engineering courses (ENGGEN 115, ENGGEN 121, ENGGEN 131, ENGGEN 140, ENGGEN 150, ENGSCI 111, ELECTENG 101, CHEMMAT 121) except for those ending in G.

  • Courses with very limited enrolment availability:
  • Courses ending with the letter G, eg PHYSICS 107G
  • 700 level Finance and Accounting courses
  • Nursing is only available to undergraduate students coming through special arrangements with our School of Nursing
  • Law courses are only available to students coming from our exchange partners with specific Law agreements (Trinity does not have a law-specific agreement).
  • We recommend that students have a second choice option for each course with limited enrolment availability. Students from these areas must apply early, in particular for Semester Two.

  • You can find all the above the information at the following link: https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/study/international-students/study-options-for-international-students/study-abroad-and-exchange.html
Additional Notes Estimated Cost of Living Accommodation Meal Plan Insurance
  • All international students are required to have appropriate health and travel insurance while studying in New Zealand.
  • The University of Auckland has selected the Studentsafe-University policy as the preferred insurance policy for international students. This will be applied to a student’s account by default upon enrolment.
  • For detailed information and costs, see the Health and travel insurance page: www.auckland.ac.nz/en/on-campus/student-support/personal-support/international-student-support/health-and-travel-insurance.html
  • Please note that you can apply for a waiver to the above insurance if you can prove that your current insurance plan has a similar or higher coverage than the one required.

Singapore

National University of Singapore

Website(s)

Semester Dates
  • Semester 1
  • Teaching period: Early August to early December
  • Semester 2
  • Teaching period: Early January to early May
  • Check the Academic calendar: https://www.nus.edu.sg/registrar/calendar for specific dates.
Academic Requirements
  • You must be a current student registered at a University and have completed at least two semesters (one full year) at the college/university level.
  • You must continue to assume this status throughout your intended duration of study at NUS under the non-graduating programme.
  • To qualify as an exchange student, you have to be nominated for exchange for NUS by Trinity
Course Load
  • The average semester workload for undergraduate studies at NUS is 20 modular credits (MCs) – approximately 5 modules of 4 MCs each. A workload of 20 MCs would typically require a student to spend an average of 50 hours of study per week.
  • Exchange students will be enrolled as Non-Graduating students during their exchange in NUS. The minimum study workload is 12 MCs (approximately 3 modules), not more than 20 MCs or pursue full-time research during the regular semester. This minimum workload is also a requirement to qualify for a student visa. Note that although this is the minimum for NUS, your school/department might have a different minimum requirement.
Course Availability
  • Exchange students are also called Non-Graduating students in NUS
  • Please refer to the List of Modules for Non-Graduating students
  • Each module is labelled with a 2 or 3 letter prefix that denotes the discipline and 4 digits, the first of which indicates the level of the module (e.g. 1000 to 4000 indicate Level 1 to Level 4 modules in NUS undergraduate degree.
  • Refer to the NUS bulletin for the module description. It is important to check that you have met the prerequisites for the modules you apply and check the timetable builder to ensure there are no timetable clashes.
  • NUS can accept full-year or part-year students and they encourage part-year study as there are more modules and on-campus accommodation available in semester 2 (spring semester) in NUS. Some TCD departments do not allow part-year exchanges so this will only be an option for some students.
Restrictions to Study Additional Notes
  • International students studying in Singapore are required to have their “Student's Pass” approved by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) of Singapore. Your offer of admission to NUS is conditional upon your successful application for your Student's Pass.
  • All incoming international students who are applying for a Student’s Pass for 6 months and above are required to do a medical examination (details will be provided in the letter of offer).
  • All international students are also required to make an e-appointment with ICA for the Completion of Formality (COF). Once you have confirmed your travel dates, please log on to SOLAR on the ICA website https://www.ica.gov.sg/ to arrange an e-appointment date as there are limited slots.
  • More information can be found here https://www.nus.edu.sg/gro/global-programmes/student-exchange/incoming-exchangers under Step 4: Student’s Pass Application
Estimated Cost of Living
  • You should consider the following expenses when planning to study in Singapore
  • Living costs
  • Visa application fee
  • Health Insurance
  • Personal spending, including travel to and around Singapore
  • You can also check websites such as Numbeo to compare costs of living in Singapore and Dublin.
Accommodation
  • Please note that exchange students are not guaranteed on-campus accommodation. Students will only be invited to apply for on-campus housing if they have indicated that they would like housing in their application form to NUS.
  • Student accommodation on campus offers an opportunity to live amongst peers from different countries, social and cultural backgrounds, and academic disciplines. If you prefer a community living environment with rich co-curricular and social activities, the Residential Colleges and Halls of Residences will cater to your needs. Otherwise, a taste of independent living is available at the student residences.
  • For more information, refer to the accommodation section on page four of the information sheet
Insurance
  • All international students must enrol in a compulsory NUS Health and Insurance Scheme, which is included in the Miscellaneous Student Fees. Refer to page 4 of the information sheet for more detail.
  • Please make sure you also have private health insurance which will cover hospitalisation abroad as well as repatriation.

Singapore Management University

Website(s)

Semester Dates Academic Requirements
  • Applicants must have completed at least two terms of undergraduate studies.
  • Applicants must continue to be a registered as an undergraduate student in their home university throughout the period of study at SMU.
  • Applicants must fulfil the English language proficiency requirement by SMU.
Course Load
  • Exchange students are strongly encouraged to enrol for a maximum course load of 4 SMU credits per semester. The minimum course load of 2 SMU credits per semester remains unchanged. The maximum (non-negotiable) workload per semester is 5 SMU credits. Each full-credit course at SMU carries a weightage of 1 credit. It consists of 3 contact hours per week over a period of 13 teaching weeks (i.e. 39 contact hours). A half-credit course has a total of 21 contact hours per term.
Course Availability
  • A list of courses open to exchange students will be sent via email six to eight weeks before the start of the semester. For information on the available areas of concentration, refer to this link. https://inet.smu.edu.sg/sites/courses/Pages/Student-Academic-Handbook.aspx
  • To view the course catalogue and course descriptions for a specific semester, please visit: Undergraduate Student Information https://inet.smu.edu.sg/sites/courses – click on the drop down menu on the left hand side -> Course Catalogue -> select the corresponding letter of the course name -> change term if needed -> click on the course title and read course description.
  • If you see "0" next to a course, it means that it will not be held during that term. If you see "1" next to a course, it means that 1 session (class) will be held during the term. If you see "7" next to a course, it means that 7 sessions (classes) will be open during the term. When you make your course selection, you have to indicate which session you'd like to attend. Different sessions have different time-slots and/or instructors.
Restrictions to Study
  • Postgraduate courses are not open to exchange students and graduate students may only take undergraduate courses
  • Some courses require students to fulfil pre-requisites before reading. The pre-requisites are listed in the online course catalogue. If you have done similar pre-requisites in Trinity, you should check with the SMU course instructors if they will accept these pre-requisites. Pre-requisites may be checked by the SMU course instructors during the first week of the term. You should prepare a course outline (in English) of the courses you have taken that meet the pre-requisite for the SMU course instructor's review. You may view the list of prerequisites for each course in Undergraduate Student Information https://inet.smu.edu.sg/sites/courses
  • The School of Accountancy and School of Social Sciences offer very limited courses to exchange students. If you are an Accountancy or Psychology major, you must contact the academic advisors to check if there are sufficient accountancy or psychology courses for registration.
Additional Notes
  • SMU will advise you by email on the student's pass (student visa) application procedures. After receiving the email, please log on to the SOLAR system on the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) website, with your assigned SOLAR application number and your personal particulars. Once you have logged on to the system, you may proceed to complete the student's pass application form (Form 16) and submit the application online to ICA for processing.
  • Please ensure that you read through the FAQs before you proceed to apply online. The FAQs are available at the ICA website. https://www.ica.gov.sg/
  • SMU will keep in touch with you via email throughout the student's pass application process until you arrive safely in Singapore. Hence, please ensure that you check and clear your mailbox regularly.
  • All international students are also required to make an e-appointment with ICA for the Completion of Formality (COF). Once you have confirmed your travel dates, please log on to SOLAR or the ICA website to arrange an e-appointment date as there are limited slots. Please note that:
  • For undergraduates, you must book a date before the ID verification period as you will need to submit your student's pass for verification
  • For postgraduates, you must book a date before your respective graduate offices' stipulated student card collection date
  • You are only allowed to cancel your appointment online once
Estimated Cost of Living
  • You should consider the following expenses when planning to study in Singapore:
  • Living costs
  • Visa application fee
  • Health Insurance
  • Personal spending, including travel to and around Singapore
  • You can also check websites such as Numbeo to compare costs of living in Singapore and Dublin.
Accommodation Insurance

Nanyang Technological University

Website(s)

Semester Dates
  • Semester 1
  • Teaching period: August – December
  • Semester 2
  • Teaching period: January – May
  • Please refer to the academic calendar for the exact dates. Please note that the trimester calendar is not applicable to incoming exchange students.
  • Students are encouraged to arrive at least three (3) days prior the start of the teaching week. There will be a mandatory half-day orientation for exchange students.
  • Application Period for Semester 1 (Fall): 01 to 30 March
  • Application Period for Semester 2 (Spring): 01 to 30 September
Academic Requirements
  • Nominated students coming to NTU on exchange must be a full-time, matriculated student in one of NTU’s exchange partner institutions; and have completed at least two semesters of study at their home university prior to the exchange semester, with proof of results.
  • Nominated students must have an average B grade or equivalent.
Course Load
  • All UG students usually take 3 to 5 courses per semester based on 3 or 4 AU (academic units) per course (subject to home university’s and NTU’s approval). There is no minimum workload, however, the maximum workload allowed is 6 courses or 20 AUs per semester.
  • All PG students are allowed to only read postgraduate courses. To be enrolled in NTU, you must take a minimum of one postgraduate course and up to a maximum of five postgraduate courses. Please visit the Course Selection page for the list of available PG courses.
Course Availability
  • You may access the list of UG courses that was offered in the past Academic year by clicking here: https://wis.ntu.edu.sg/webexe/owa/aus_subj_cont.main
  • Updated course information for Semester 1 and 2 shall only be available towards May and November respectively.
Restrictions to Study
  • Exchange students are not allowed to take restricted programmes and courses - there will be strictly no appeal for these courses.
  • Please see this very comprehensive list of restrictions: https://www.ntu.edu.sg/docs/default-source/academic-services/courses-restriction-ay2021.pdf?sfvrsn=3598706f_2
  • The following programmes below are also not available to exchange students:
  • Nanyang MBA and Graduate Business Programmes
  • School of Computer Engineering Graduate Programmes
  • Masters of Science in Aerospace Engineering
  • Graduate Diploma in Translation and Interpretation (HT5xxx)
  • Masters of Science in Project Management (MA6xxx)
  • Entrepreneurship courses offered by the Nanyang Technopreneurship Center
  • All courses from our five autonomous institutions – the National Institute of Education (NIE)*, the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering and Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (opening in 2013).
    * Only NIE General Electives are available to exchange students
  • Inter-semestral session (Special Terms)
Additional Notes
  • International students studying in Singapore are required to have their “Student's Pass” approved by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) of Singapore. Your offer of admission is conditional upon your successful application for your Student's Pass.
  • All incoming international students who are applying for a Student’s Pass for 6 months and above are required to do a medical examination (details will be provided in the letter of offer).
  • All international students are also required to make an e-appointment with ICA for the Completion of Formality (COF). Once you have confirmed your travel dates, please log on to SOLAR on the ICA website to arrange an e-appointment date as there are limited slots.
  • More information can be found here: https://www.ntu.edu.sg/life-at-ntu/student-life/onestop/student's-pass
Estimated Cost of Living
  • You should consider the following expenses when planning to study in Singapore:
  • Living costs
  • Visa application fee
  • Health Insurance
  • Personal spending, including travel to and around Singapore
  • You can also check websites such as Numbeo to compare costs of living in Singapore and Dublin.
Accommodation
  • All incoming Study exchange students are guaranteed on-campus housing.
  • Upon acceptance as an exchange student, you may apply online for on-campus housing through the GEM Trailblazer Exchange/Study Abroad Portal before the stipulated closing date.
  • Students who do not submit the housing application online before the stipulated closing date, will be deemed as having opted out from on-campus housing.
  • Students are allocated randomly, and requests for specific types of rooms will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Students with medical condition(s) and/or have specific requests will have to submit a doctor’s letter certifying their condition, which shall subsequently be verified by NTU’s Medical Centre.
  • Students are required to declare medical conditions and requests when submitting their application for GEM Trailblazer.
  • Request for specific room-mates or preferred Halls is not allowed.
  • Full-year exchange students, who successfully secured on-campus housing for their first semester must re-apply for housing in their second semester.
  • Period of stay in the Hall is determined by the approved period of exchange as stipulated on the NTU Letter of Enrolment.
  • Please see the housing options website and the undergraduate accommodations website for more information
  • The earliest that exchange students may move into their allocated room in the Hall of Residence is usually three days before the commencement of the Teaching Week.
  • The Office of Housing & Auxiliary Services (HAS) shall notify the exchange students on the exact check-in date and timings via the GEM Trailblazer Exchange/Study Abroad Portal.
  • Exchange students who intend to arrive earlier than the check-in date and/or arrive after office hours will have to source for temporary off-campus housing. A list of temporary off-campus housing can be found at this link.
  • Students seeking off-campus housing should begin their search well in advance of their arrival in Singapore. Students are recommended to search in Estates near NTU such as: Boon Lay, Jurong West and Jurong East.
Insurance
  • It is compulsory for all exchange students to be covered under the NTU student insurance schemes, namely Group Personal Accident Insurance (GPAI), Group Hospitalisation & Surgical Insurance (GHSI) and Medical scheme, even if students have already bought similar insurance in their home country. The cost of these student insurance schemes is included in the compulsory NTU Miscellaneous fees.
  • Falling ill and being hospitalised in Singapore can be a financial drain on international students, who are not entitled to the medical subsidies that Singapore citizens enjoy. Besides the coverage it provides, the GHSI (subject to its terms and conditions) allows you to request a Letter of Guarantee from the underwriter and present it in lieu of the requisite deposit upon admission to government/ restructured hospitals in Singapore.
  • More information can be found here: https://www.ntu.edu.sg/life-at-ntu/student-life/onestop/insurance-coverage

South Africa

Stellenbosch University

Website(s)

Semester Dates Academic Requirements Course Load
  • Exchange students are limited to 60 RSA credits per semester (the equivalent of a full time degree-seeking student’s semester). 60 RSA credits are the equivalent of 30 ECTS.
  • You are allowed to apply for any number of courses which exceed the credit limit, but you may ultimately only register for courses to the limit of 60 credits or below.
  • Please ensure that you complete the learning agreement in your application form. While you can list more courses than you need credits for, be sure to indicate how many credits you need, and also which courses you have to take. You can take fewer courses than those you have been pre-approved for, but not a course for which you have not been pre-approved. Once Stellenbosch receive feedback from their departments on your course selection, they will return your learning agreement for countersignature from your academic coordinator in Trinity.
Course Availability
  • For general instructions on finding courses, please click here. For course selection information by department, click here.
  • Useful links in your search for courses are supplied in the above two documents, and will lead you to the following:
  • List of Courses that international students have taken in the past
  • The Online Yearbook (Overview of Degree Programmes and Course Lists per Faculty)
  • The Faculty Websites (which will lead you to the Departments’ websites)
  • The Departments’ websites can also be found under the university’s A – Z links For information about courses at Stellenbosch University, please visit the Course Information section on the Stellenbosch website.
  • Please also note that Stellenbosch University has two course offerings available to international students: Global Education Programmes (GEP) or Mainstream courses
  • International students can choose either GEP or Mainstream courses or a combination of the two.
  • A list of Global Education Programmes can be found here.
Restrictions to Study
  • Please make sure to review the course catalogue carefully and ensure you have all the required pre-requisites.
Additional Notes
  • International students are required to have a valid study visa to study at Stellenbosch University (SU).
  • SU is not permitted to register a student without a valid temporary residence visa.
  • As part of your visa application, you will be required to submit a medical certificate and radiological report in addition to any other documents which may be required (consult with the South African mission closest to you). You will also have to provide proof of medical cover recognised in South Africa from a provider that is registered with the South African Council for Medical Schemes in terms of the Medical Schemes Act, 1998, as per the following link South African Council for Medical Schemes.
  • Please contact the nearest South African High Commission to confirm the application process and supporting documents required for the visa application.
  • More information can be found here: http://www.sun.ac.za/english/SUInternational/international-students/visa-information
Estimated Cost of Living
  • You should consider the following expenses when planning to study in South Africa:
  • Living costs
  • Visa application fee
  • Health Insurance
  • Personal spending, including travel to and around South Africa
  • You can also check websites such as Numbeo to compare costs of living in Stellenbosch and Dublin.
  • For a breakdown of living costs, please see page 7 of the Stellenbosch Fact Sheet which provides further information.
Accommodation
  • You have a number of options in terms of accommodation during your studies. You may stay in a university residence, http://www.sun.ac.za/english/maties/accommodation in rooms or apartments administered by Stellenbosch University International (SU International), or in private housing. SU International tries to mediate on students' behalf and will help you obtain acceptable housing as far as possible.
  • Remember, admission to an academic programme does not automatically mean that you have secured a place to stay. Like all other SU students, you will need to apply separately for accommodation.
  • You can find accommodation information and contact details here: http://www.sun.ac.za/english/SUInternational/international-students/accomodation
Insurance
  • Please note that all students will be required to have proof of South African medical insurance for the purposes of the visa application and registration at Stellenbosch University. Students will only be able to procure this after a letter of admission has been issued. As soon as the letter has been issued, contact and apply for South African Medical Insurance. This is a requirement from the Department of Home Affairs.
  • List of Medical Scheme Options on our website: List of Medical Scheme Options on our Website
  • List of registered Medical Schemes: List of Registered Medical Schemes in South Africa
  • More information can be found here: http://www.sun.ac.za/english/SUInternational/international-students/medical-aid

South Korea

Korea University

Website(s)

Semester Dates
  • The academic year runs from March to December and is made up of 2 terms at KU. The terms are approximately 14 weeks long.
  • International students have a choice of 3 study periods:
  • Full academic year: March ~ December / September ~ June
  • Spring semester: March ~ June
  • Fall Semester: September ~ December
Academic Requirements
  • To apply for SEP at KU, you must meet the following requirements:
  • Accurately complete the online application form with essential supporting documents
  • A minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (GPA by US standard)
  • Must be a currently enrolled student
  • Must have studied for a minimum of 2 full semesters at home institution before the application period starts. Students are required to upload the transcript that shows they have completed at least 2 semesters with the grades they achieved.
  • For the transfer students, you should have completed at least 1 semester at your current home institution before the application starts.
Course Load
  • Exchange/visiting students can take max 19 credits per semester.
Course Availability
  • KU offers many courses in English in various disciplines at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and the number is increasing every year. Please note that it is not guaranteed that the same courses are offered every year but normally there are only minor changes. It is important that you ensure that your intended courses will be offered in your registered semester. The list of courses offered in English will is updated and available for you to check online in January for spring semester and in July for fall semester on (sugang.korea.ac.kr > English > Major Subject (or General Sub>
  • Courses conducted in English will be indicated in Course Name (i.e., Marketing Management (English))
  • Courses marked under X are open to exchange students
  • Course List for the upcoming semester will be released in mid-July and mid-January.
  • Students may refer to the course list from the corresponding semester of the previous year as it will remain similar.
  • Course Registration: Students will be emailed instructions for course registration in mid-July (for fall intake) and mid-January (for spring intake).
Restrictions to Study
  • Please see the course catalogue for any pre-requisites.
Additional Notes
  • A student visa (D-2) is required for every non-Korean student who will be studying in Korea, and it must be acquired before entering Korea. In most cases, exchange/visiting students can acquire their D-2 visa easily when they present the Certificate of Admission (CoA), issued by KU, to the relevant officials in home country. For detailed information on the visa application process, students must contact the nearest Korean embassy/consulate or refer to http://www.hikorea.go.kr
  • Alien Registration After arrival in Korea, all international students who stay for more than 90 days are required to apply for alien registration through Korean immigration office. More detailed information will be provided before arrival.
  • More information on the student visa application process can be found here: https://gsc.korea.ac.kr/usr/international/student_visa.do
Estimated Cost of Living
  • You should consider the following expenses when planning to study in South Korea:
  • Living costs
  • Visa application fee
  • Health Insurance
  • Personal spending, including travel to and around South Korea
  • You can also check websites such as Numbeo to compare costs of living in Seoul and Dublin.
Accommodation
  • KU has 2 excellent dormitories for international students: CJ International House and Anam Global House.These facilities are for limited numbers of international students.
  • More information can be found here: http://oia.korea.ac.kr/listener.do?layout=cps_3_1
Insurance
  • It is now required by the Korean Ministry of Education that ALL incoming international students are covered by private health/medical insurance during their stay in Korea. Those who do not submit a copy will NOT be allowed to register for courses at KU and we will not be responsible for the consequences.
  • More information can be found here: https://gsc.korea.ac.kr/usr/exchange/insurance.do

Sungkyunkwan University

Website(s)

Semester Dates Academic Requirements
  • Official nomination/recommendation of home/sending institution
  • Completion of at least one year of study and currently in the process of pursuing a degree at home institution
Course Load
  • Undergraduate exchange students are allowed to take up to 18 credits per semester
  • Postgraduate exchange students are allowed to take 9 credits (15 credits for MBA students) per semester
Course Availability Restrictions to Study
  • Not all courses are open to exchange students as they require special application eligibility or completion of prerequisite courses. The following are fields of study that are exclusively offered to major students:
  • Undergraduate School: School of Medicine, School of Pharmacy, Global Business Administration*, Global Economics*
  • Graduate School: Special Graduate School, Specialty Graduate School (Except for ASIA MBA program).
  • Majors with an asterisk may be available for a few select major students among all of the accepted applicants who have shown excellent academic performance in their respective fields of study
Additional Notes
  • A student visa (D-2) is required for every non-Korean student who will be studying in Korea, and it must be acquired before entering Korea. In most cases, exchange/visiting students can acquire their D-2 visa easily when they present the Certificate of Admission issued by SKKU, to the relevant officials in home country. For detailed information on the visa application process, students must contact the nearest Korean embassy/consulate or refer to http://www.hikorea.go.kr
  • Alien Registration After arrival in Korea, all international students who stay for more than 90 days are required to apply for alien registration through Korean immigration office. More detailed information will be provided before arrival.
  • More information about the student visa application process can be found here: https://oiss.skku.edu/oiss/life/visa.do
Estimated Cost of Living
  • You should consider the following expenses when planning to study in South Korea:
  • Living costs
  • Visa application fee
  • Health Insurance
  • Personal spending, including travel to and around South Korea
  • You can also check websites such as Numbeo to compare costs of living in Seoul and Dublin.
  • Please see the final page of the SKKU fact sheet for Spring 2020 which also has some information on cost of living while at SKKU
Accommodation
  • Please note that SKKU may NOT be able to provide accommodation for all exchange/visiting students due to the lack of availability of university space.
  • Dormitory application information will be provided to accepted students.
  • Please see here for information about SKKU accommodation: https://www.skku.edu/eng/CampusLife/support/dormitory02.do
  • Housing costs between €1100-1500 for four months. Please note that this is subject to change
Insurance
  • It is now required by the Korean Ministry of Education that ALL incoming international students are covered by private health/medical insurance during their stay in Korea.
  • Please make sure your insurance covers your stay in Korea and submit a copy of your insurance policy with your application.

Seoul National University

Website(s)

Semester Dates
  • First (Fall) Semester
  • Teaching period: September - December
  • Second (Spring) Semester
  • Teaching period: March - June
  • A detailed academic calendar can be accessed here: https://en.snu.ac.kr/academics/resources/calendar
Academic Requirements
  • Applicants must currently be enrolled in at least second semester of the home university program (= have completed at least one semester before they apply)
    * Seoul National University cannot thus accept graduate students who are enrolled in the first semester of the Master’s program at their application stage.
  • Applicants must fulfill the following GPA requirement. (from Fall 2020’s admission)
  • Undergraduate students: GPA 2.5/4.0 (equivalent to 2.7/4.3) or percentile rank 83
  • Graduate students: GPA 3.0/4.0 (equivalent to 3.3/4.3) or percentile rank 89
Course Load
  • Undergraduate students can take courses up to 18 credits.
Course Availability
  • All applicants for exchange/visiting program must choose one college and department as their affiliation and in general, applicants choose one that most suits their academic background or study abroad purpose. Students can, however, take other unrestricted courses from different colleges and departments.
  • Applicants from Trinity can in principle apply for any academic program. Please, however, note that you must read the restrictions below thoroughly and you may be required to change your choice if SNU finds it difficult to accommodate it.
Restrictions to Study
  • Applicants who wish to study in the discipline of Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Nursing, Music, Fine Arts, and MBA must, in advance, be advised of the program availability by SNU exchange program coordinators.
  • College of Business Administration is restricted to students who are currently majoring in business or economics at home university.
  • Undergraduate applicants for Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering must have earned at least 15 credits in CSE-related courses (one credit corresponds to 15 lecture hours or 30 lab hours). This must be explicitly shown on the official transcript; if not, additional proof must be presented by the student.
  • Dept. of Korean History/Psychology/Statistics/Pharmacy requires applicants to provide a proof of Korean language proficiency. A satisfactory level of Korean language ability should be Level 5 or above of the official Korean Language Proficiency Test, TOPIK.
  • College of Law is NOT available to undergraduate level students from Spring 2018.
  • * School of Law, a specialized law school for graduate level students, instead, will be open to undergraduate students from Fall 2018. Please note that these undergraduate students will be enrolled as graduate (Master’s) students in SNU law school during their study.
  • Dept. of Vocal Music is restricted to students who are currently studying vocal music at home university.
  • College of Medicine is NO longer available to exchange students.
  • School of Dentistry is open only to graduate students currently enrolled in a Master’s program at School of Dentistry or the equivalent at home university.
  • Graduate School of Business (MBA program) is restricted to current full-time MBA applicants at home university. Applicants must be aware that the academic system of MBA program differs from that of other programs (Details to be individually announced from the MBA coordinator). For further information about MBA courses, please visit SNU GSB website at gsb.snu.ac.kr or contact MBA Office at mba@snu.ac.kr
Additional Notes
  • A student visa (D-2) is required for every non-Korean student who will be studying in Korea, and it must be acquired before entering Korea. In most cases, exchange/visiting students can acquire their D-2 visa easily when they present the Certificate of Admission (CoA), issued by SNU, to the relevant officials in home country. For detailed information on the visa application process, students must contact the nearest Korean embassy/consulate or refer to http://www.hikorea.go.kr
  • Alien Registration After arrival in Korea, all international students who stay for more than 90 days are required to apply for alien registration through Korean immigration office. More detailed information will be provided before arrival.
Estimated Cost of Living
  • You should consider the following expenses when planning to study in South Korea:
  • Living costs
  • Visa application fee
  • Health Insurance
  • Personal spending, including travel to and around South Korea
  • You can also check websites such as Numbeo to compare costs of living in Seoul and Dublin.
Accommodation
  • On-Campus Accommodation
  • Exchange students can apply for on-campus housing, and there are two types of residence halls available on the main campus.
  • More information can be found at: https://en.snu.ac.kr/academics/students/housing
  • Off-Campus Accommodation
  • Off-campus housing is available around the campus. It is students’ own responsibility to find accommodation outside the campus.
  • More information can be found at: oia.snu.ac.kr/page/c_housing_off.php
Insurance
  • It is mandatory for every exchange/visiting student to obtain travel/study abroad medical insurance that covers the entire period of their stay in Korea, which should cover potential medical expenses incurred by sickness and accident during the stay in Korea. No additional financial assistance can be provided by SNU.
  • From March 2021, all non-Korean international students will be mandatorily and automatically subscribed to Korea’s National Health Insurance. We will send out detailed information on the impact of this new policy and changes made to our student exchange program on a separate note.
  • SNU On-campus Health Service Center (SNUHSC) is conveniently located in the center of the campus, SNUHSC runs a comprehensive primary care clinic and various specialty clinics in cooperation with SNU Hospital (SNUHC) and SNU Dental Hospital (SNUDH). It also provides a range of health check-up, immunizations, and medical tests, including Family Medicine, Psychiatry, Ear/Nose/Throat, Dermatology, Ophthalmology, Gynecology, Orthopedics, Smoking Cessation Clinic, and Dentistry. More information can be found at: health4u.snu.ac.kr/en/home.do

Yonsei University

Website(s)

Semester Dates
  • First (Fall) Semester:
  • Teaching period: September - December
  • Second (Spring) Semester:
  • Teaching period: March - June
  • More specific dates can be found in the Yonsei Program Calendar.
Academic Requirements
  • Minimum GPA for Application:
  • 1)CGPA must be over CGPA 2.7 on a 4.3(CGPA 2.5 on a 4.0 )
  • 2)ECTS (C or above)
  • Applicants must have completed two (2) semesters (or the equivalent) before the nomination / application period.
Course Load
  • The course load for undergraduates is between 9 – 18 credits.
Course Availability
  • To see available courses at Yonsei University go to the Yonsei Portal Service (portal.yonsei.ac.kr)
  • Click on “Course Catalogue & Syllabus”*
  • Browse the course list by choosing specific subject area and semester or search for course title/course code
  • Available subject areas include:
  • Liberal Arts
  • Business
  • Life System
  • Human Ecology
  • International Studies
  • Theology
  • Commerce and Economics
  • Science & Engineering
  • Social Sciences
  • Sciences in Education
  • Korean Language
  • Intensive Korean Language Course (optional)
  • From Monday to Friday, 2 hours of class everyday
  • 6 credits/total of 160 hours of intensive Korean language course
  • Provided in 6 levels (placement test on the first day of class)

  • *Course catalogue available in July for fall semester, January for spring semester *Courses with ② in the reference column are taught in English *Availability to Exchange/Visiting students are marked by “O/X” on exchange column
Restrictions to Study
  • The below courses are not open to exchange students:
  • Medicine/Dentistry/Nursing
  • MBA
  • Music
  • Pharmacy
  • Law
  • Business courses (course code BIZ-****) are only open to Business majors
  • Business major students can take up to 4 BIZ courses
  • Courses open in Songdo International Campus are restricted to exchange students
Additional Notes
  • A student visa (D-2) is required for every non-Korean student who will be studying in Korea, and it must be acquired before entering Korea. In most cases, exchange/visiting students can acquire their D-2 visa easily when they present the Certificate of Admission (CoA), issued by Yonsei University, to the relevant officials in home country. For detailed information on the visa application process, students must contact the nearest Korean embassy/consulate or refer to http://www.hikorea.go.kr
  • Alien Registration After arrival in Korea, all international students who stay for more than 90 days are required to apply for alien registration through Korean immigration office. More detailed information will be provided before arrival.
Estimated Cost of Living
  • You should consider the following expenses when planning to study in South Korea:
  • Living costs
  • Visa application fee
  • Health Insurance
  • Personal spending, including travel to and around South Korea
  • You can also check websites such as Numbeo to compare costs of living in Seoul and Dublin.
  • Please see the final page of the SKKU fact sheet for Spring 2020 which also has some information on cost of living while at SKKU.
  • Estimated costs of living are also available on page 4 of the Study Abroad Guide.
Accommodation
  • On-Campus Housing: SK Global House & I House
  • SK Global House & International House can accommodate up to 880 students in double rooms with a mixture of Yonsei and international students. SK Global House accommodates up to 581 students and offers both single and double rooms while International House accommodates up to 232 students and offers double rooms. The international students' dormitories (Gukje Haksa) house students from all over the world in a multicultural atmosphere. The primary language used in both dormitories is English. It is conveniently located toward the East Gate, right in front of New Millennium Hall.
  • For more information, see the accommodation page: oia.yonsei.ac.kr/campus/preHousing.asp
  • For accommodation costs in both housing complexes, please see the Yonsei Study Abroad Guide
  • Off-Campus Housing: Boarding Houses (Hasukjip)
  • Generally, Hasukjips are shared houses with several rooms on each floor. Occupants rent a room in the house and share a living room, kitchen, and a bathroom with the other tenants. The cost of rent ranges between 350,000 KRW to 550,000 KRW per month depending on the size of the bedrooms, the quality of the facilities, and whether the room is shared or not. Breakfast and dinner are often included in the monthly rent.
  • Please see the off-campus section of the website: oia.yonsei.ac.kr/campus/preHousing4.asp and make sure to have a look at the recommended check list of questions you should ask before signing a lease.
Insurance
  • All incoming exchange students are required to obtain personal health insurance. Please enrol in a health insurance plan of your choice, as there is no designated insurance service provider, but it is recommended that you choose a study abroad plan which will cover medical expenses that may be incurred during your exchange in Korea.
  • You will need to present a copy of your insurance policy in order to be registered as an exchange student at Yonsei University.

Thailand

Mahidol University

Website(s)

Semester Dates
  • Semester 1:
  • Teaching period: August - December
  • Semester 2:
  • Teaching period: January - May
  • Orientation typically takes place a week before the semester starts.
Academic Requirements
  • Nomination letter from the home university
  • Reference letter from the home university
  • An official transcript
  • A copy of passport
  • Proof of International Health Insurance
  • Students are required to send SCANNED/SOFT COPIES only. All documents must be stamped with the university seal and verified as true copies by the home university and submitted within the deadline
  • More information can be found here: https://muic.mahidol.ac.th/eng/study-abroad/incoming-students/application-admission/
Course Load
  • As an exchange student, you must enrol a minimum of 12 credits and a maximum of 16 credits per trimester.
Course Availability
  • Exchange students at Mahidol have a choice of approximately 400 courses each trimester in the Arts, Sciences and Management. Moreover, exchange students are encouraged to take the Thai Language and Culture course to broaden their understanding of Thailand and its people.
  • You may find more information about Mahidol's programs, a list of courses, and course descriptions on this page: muic.mahidol.ac.th/eng/programs
Restrictions to Study
  • Make sure to read the course descriptions to ensure that you meet any prerequisites for your chosen modules.
  • You must choose additional 2 or 3 alternative classes in case the classes you want to take are not available this trimester or in case there is a scheduling conflict with other courses or with final examinations.
Additional Notes
  • Please note that in Thailand it is compulsory to wear a uniform in university.
  • The student uniform can be purchased upon your arrival on the campus. There are uniform shops just opposite campus.
  • After receiving the official acceptance and visa letter from the Student Exchange Unit, you should apply for Non-Immigrant Visa “ED” (Education or student visa) at the nearest Royal Thai Embassy or consulate in your country of origin.
Estimated Cost of Living
  • You should consider the following expenses when planning to study in Thailand:
  • Living costs
  • Visa application fee
  • Health Insurance
  • Personal spending, including travel to and around Thailand
  • You can also check websites such as Numbeo to compare costs of living in Nakhon Pathom and Dublin.
  • Mahidol University estimates that the average cost of living per month varies from 15,000 THB (387 euro) – 20,000 THB (516 euro) (covering accommodation / transportation fees/ living allowance/food/ etc.)
Accommodation
  • All exchange students at Mahidol are strongly advised to live in off-campus accommodations. There are many private apartments close to campus, and most private apartments provide a shuttle van service to the campus, free of charge. You should arrange for your accommodation before leaving your home country.
  • The Student Exchange Unit maintains a list of private apartments in the Salaya area where most of our incoming students stay during their studies at MUIC: muic.mahidol.ac.th/eng/study-abroad/incoming-students/housing-list/
  • If you have difficulty securing housing, please contact the Student Exchange Unit directly via icia@mahidol.ac.th
Insurance
  • All exchange and visiting students must have international insurance while studying at MUIC.
  • The insurance that you purchase should show that you are covered for the duration of the time you are studying here at MUIC. The coverage should include emergencies, accidents, and medications as well as general medical coverage for outpatient and inpatient services.
  • A proof of international health insurance policy (in English) must cover outpatient treatment, inpatient treatment, and accidents with a minimum coverage of USD 100,000 covering treatment and medical expenses related to COVID-19 during your stay in Thailand

United States of America

Barnard College

Website(s)

  • To find more information about the Visiting International Students Programme (exchange) you can refer to this link: barnard.edu/visiting-international-students-programs
  • Read the FAQs of the VISP programme to learn more about application, academics and life in Barnard- it's a great resource!
  • To read more about the neighbourhood where Barnard is located and about the lifestyle students have, refer to: barnard.edu/neighborhood
Semester Dates
  • Students going to Barnard College may only go for the Spring semester ie. Hilary Term. Barnard will not admit exchange students for a full academic year. Some departments in Trinity will not allow students to do a semester-long exchange so please check this with your department.
  • Spring term: Mid-January to mid-May
Academic Requirements
  • Students must have sufficient academic preparation for the courses they wish to pursue at Barnard.
  • Students must have completed at least one year of higher education at their home institution.
Course Load
  • Your visa requires you to be enrolled as a full student in Barnard College which translates to a minimum of 12 points.
  • You are allowed to take more than 12 points but this is not recommended by Barnard College. If you plan on doing so, we advise you talk to your academic coordinator in Trinity and to the staff in Barnard.
Course Availability
  • VISP students are free to enroll in classes on both the Barnard and Columbia campuses.
  • Students may choose courses from the liberal arts departments Barnard offers.
  • VISP students are eligible to take the following courses during the spring semester:
  1. Courses designated BC, C, V and W
  2. Courses numbered from 1000 through 4999
Restrictions to Study
  • Business
  • While exchange students studying in Barnard may take classes in many disciplines at Columbia University, they may not take classes at Columbia's Business School (and Barnard College does not have a Business School).
  • Engineering
  • VISP students cannot enrol in Columbia Engineering courses and Barnard does not offer engineering courses.
  • General
  • VISP students are not eligible to take any course designated G, K, I, J U or any other letter, or any course number beginning with 6000 or higher.
  • Exchange students may not take classes at the graduate or professional schools.
Additional Notes
  • Barnard is an all-women's college.
  • There is a partnership between Barnard College and Columbia University which is situated beside it. Exchange students may take some classes at Columbia and may use Columbia facilities such as the library, gym, restaurants, clubs and may live in Columbia residence halls. Read more about the Barnard-Columbia historical relation here: barnard.edu/columbia-connection
  • After Trinity nominates you for exchange, students will have to apply directly to Barnard. Please refer to the 'Apply to VISP' section on the following website: barnard.edu/visiting-international-students-programs
  • All exchange students in the US must apply for a J-1 student visa.
  • You will first need to fill in the Form DS-2019 which will be provided by your host university in the US.
  • This will allow you to apply for a J-1 student visa at a U.S. consulate. The DS-2019 is issued for the duration of your academic study period, usually one or two semesters.
  • More information can be found here: https://ie.usembassy.gov/visas/nonimmigrant-visas/study-exchange/
Estimated Cost of Living
  • You should consider the following expenses when planning to study in the United States:
  • Living costs
  • Visa application fee
  • Health Insurance
  • Personal spending, including travel to and around the United States.
  • You can also refer to websites such as Numbeo to compare the costs of living between New York and Dublin.
  • Please refer to the Tuition and Fees website to review the cost of different items (accommodation, meal plans, insurance, etc.)
  • Please note that not all fees apply to exchange students (e.g. tuition is waived). Use the above website as a reference to understand the cost of living.
  • Application Funding Requirement: The U.S. government requires J-1 students to prove sufficient funds for the duration of their program. To meet this requirement, students must show they have a minimum USD $1500 per month of the program.
Accommodation Meal Plans
  • All VISP students are required to purchase a Meal Plan. To find more information on the options, please refer to the following link: barnard.edu/bursar/tuition-and-fees#Mealplans
  • Please note that there are processes and timelines in place to change from one meal plan to another. You are automatically are registered into a general one and will have to liaise directly with Barnard if you wish to change this.
Insurance
  • All exchange students are required to purchase medical insurance in accordance with Barnard policy and visa regulations. This comprehensive insurance will be billed automatically to each student.
  • You will receive information on insurance as part of your Acceptance Packet.

Boston College

Website(s)

Semester Dates
  • First (Autumn) Semester:
  • Teaching period: Late August to mid-December
  • Second (Spring) Semester:
  • Teaching period: Mid-January to mid-May
  • All exchange students are legally required to go through an orientation, which covers important aspects of BC and the US university system.
  • Further details about dates will be given to students in due time. However, it is important that you plan your travel accordingly.
  • Specific dates can be consulted in the Academic Calendar
Academic Requirements Course Load
  • Full-time undergraduate exchange students must take 4 or 5 classes per semester, for a total of 12 to 15 BC credits per semester, depending on the requirements of your school or department. As always, please talk to your academic coordinator to make sure you fulfil Trinity requirements!
  • Failure to maintain full-time status will affect your legal status in the United States, so it is very important to be enrolled in the appropriate number of credits.
Course Availability
  • Accepted exchange students take classes alongside their Boston College counterparts and choose courses from the regular BC offerings, mostly in the arts and sciences. With permission, a few highly qualified students may be allowed to take classes at one of the BC graduate schools.
  • While every effort is made to enrol exchange students in the courses requested on their applications, no guarantees can be made.
  • Courses can be reviewed here: https://services.bc.edu/PublicCourseInfoSched/courseinfoschedHome!displayInput.action
Restrictions to Study
  • Economics and Finance
  • Due to high demand, the Economics and Finance Department will enroll students in only one class.
  • General
  • There is a limited range of classes in the following departments:
    → Communications
    → International Studies
    → Marketing
  • Students may not enroll in classes for which they have not completed the necessary prerequisites or in classes that are closed or restricted.
  • Exchange students should not expect to take all of their classes in one subject because Boston College will not be able to accommodate such requests. The need to take classes in a variety of subjects makes Boston College more suitable for students from a multidisciplinary course. However, in some cases it can be possible for Single Honour students to take part in this exchange but it requires creativity in terms of module selection. Eg. a Single Honour English student may find literature-related courses to complement their English degree in departments other than the English Department.
Additional Notes Estimated Cost of Living
  • You should consider the following expenses when planning to study in the United States:
  • Living costs
  • Visa application fee
  • Health Insurance
  • Personal spending, including travel to and around the United States.
  • You can also refer to websites such as Numbeo to compare the costs of living between Boston and Dublin.
  • Check the Cost Section on page 2 of the Exchange factsheet for an idea of associated costs.
  • Note that the accommodation cost listed is for on-campus housing which is not guaranteed.
  • Application Funding Requirement: The U.S. government requires J-1 students to prove sufficient funds for the duration of their program. To meet this requirement, students must show they have a minimum USD $1500 per month of the program.
Accommodation
  • Due to the limited space, on-campus housing is not guaranteed. Most exchange students reside in off-campus accommodations such as shared houses or apartments with other BC and international students.
  • An exchange student housing lottery is held for the available on-campus rooms in May for fall and full year students and in October for spring students. Off-Campus Housing Services assists exchange students in finding suitable accommodation. Check out their amazing website for further information: https://www.bc.edu/content/bc-web/offices/student-affairs/sites/residential-life/off-campus-housing.html
Insurance
  • Upon admission to Boston College, exchange students are automatically enrolled in the BC student medical insurance plan. Massachusetts law requires international students to have medical insurance underwritten by a U.S.-based insurance carrier.
  • All exchange students are required to be insured through the BC medical plan. Enrolment in the Boston College Medical Plan is mandatory and may not be waived. Exchange students will be billed for the BC Medical Plan.
  • For more information please see the following link: https://www.bc.edu/content/bc-web.html
  • All incoming exchange students are required to have the following immunizations before arrival: three Hepatitis B; 2 MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella); a Tdap within the past ten years and a completed TB questionnaire found in the acceptance materials that from the Office of International Programs which are sent after admission. In addition, students who are living in on-campus housing must have had the meningitis vaccine.

Drexel University

Website(s)

Semester Dates
  • Drexel University's undergraduate courses follow a quarter calendar with four 10 week terms - Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer - each year. Details concerning the beginning and end of each term can be found using the following link: http://www.drexel.edu/provost/calendars/. Make sure to view the link under Quarter Programs.
Academic Requirements Course Load
  • Exchange students at Drexel University are required to take a minimum of 12 credits per term and may take no more than 20 credits per term.
Course Availability
  • Please note, that for this exchange, 1 full exchange place is reserved for Business students only.
  • Undergraduate students must take 12-20 course credits per quarter
  • Undergraduate students are required to take at least 50% of their courses each term from within their assigned Drexel major
  • Each student is assigned a Drexel academic advisor who registers students for classes
  • Class selection is subject to course availability and fulfilment of pre-requisites
  • Drexel's Term Master Schedule can be found by clicking this link: termmasterschedule.drexel.edu/webtms_du/app
Restrictions to Study
  • The Study Abroad Office suggests that exchange students select 10 courses that they would like to take for each term they are at Drexel. In this case, if classes are full or cancelled, you will not be disappointed.
  • Make sure to familiarise yourself with any prerequisites you may need for your chosen modules.
  • Please note: The schedule of classes is normally posted one term in advance however this is subject to change. Sometimes class meeting times change and sometimes classes are cancelled. You will need to check your class schedule several times before the term begins.
  • Please note that the following programs in the following colleges may not be available to exchange students:
  • College of Nursing and Health Professions
  • School of Medicine
  • Kline School of Law
  • Dornslife School of Public Health
  • Students may have to submit a portfolio to be considered if applying to Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Additional Notes
  • All exchange students in the US must apply for a J-1 student visa.
  • You will first need to fill in the Form DS-2019 which will be provided by your host university in the US.
  • This will allow you to apply for a J-1 student visa at a U.S. consulate. The DS-2019 is issued for the duration of your academic study period, usually one or two semesters.
  • More information can be found here: https://ie.usembassy.gov/visas/nonimmigrant-visas/study-exchange/
Estimated Cost of Living
  • You should consider the following expenses when planning to study in the United States:
  • Living costs
  • Visa application fee
  • Health Insurance
  • Personal spending, including travel to and around the United States.
  • Drexel propose the following estimated budget:
  • Housing $2,000-$4,000/quarter
  • Meals $1,000-$1,895/quarter
  • Books $500/quarter
  • Health Insurance $600-$900/quarter
  • immunisations $35 (one-time fee)
  • Personal Expenses vary
  • SEVIS & Visa Fees $450 (one-time fee)
  • You can also refer to websites such as Numbeo to compare the costs of living between Philadelphia and Dublin.
  • Application Funding Requirement: The U.S. government requires J-1 students to prove sufficient funds for the duration of their program. To meet this requirement, students must show they have a minimum USD $1500 per month of the program.
Accommodation
  • On-campus housing is available to exchange students, though not guaranteed.
  • Suite style and double-occupancy rooms are available.
  • More info on on-campus living is available at drexel.edu/campusservices/universityHousing/overview
  • Off-campus housing is also available. Students must arrange off-campus accommodations independently.
  • The Drexel Dragons Abroad Facebook page is a great resource for finding sublets
  • Drexel encourage students to avoid signing leases for a period longer then their intended stay at Drexel.
Meal Plans
  • Exchange students may participate in university dining plans, but they are not required to do so
  • Students living in on-campus residence halls will have shared access to kitchen facilities
  • There are a variety of restaurants and grocery stores near the university.
Insurance

Georgetown University

Website(s)

Semester Dates
  • First (Fall) Semester
  • Teaching period: Late August – December
  • Second (Spring) Semester
  • Teaching period: January – May
  • More details here: georgetown.app.box.com/s/8vr7vaxhd1lw6bzazwwi1ci707ljcmge
  • All exchange students are legally required to attend Georgetown University Orientation which usually takes place before classes start so you will have to plan your travel accordingly.
  • When accepted to Georgetown University, students are automatically registered for orientation and will incur a 50 USD international orientation fee.
Academic Requirements
  • Prospective exchange students at Georgetown University must:
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Have a TOEFL iBT score of 88, with a minimum score of 20 in each section or 570 on the TOEFL pBT
  • Be enrolled at Trinity as a candidate for a university level degree
  • Have completed at least one year of study at Trinity
Course Load
  • Students must take between 12-15 credits per semester, and may take courses in a variety of disciplines across the university. All courses must be taken for credit, and students are not eligible for research tutorials or independent studies.
  • Due to the intensive nature of classes, Georgetown University recommends students to take 12 credits unless your TCD department requires you to take 15.
  • Course numbers at Georgetown reflect the type of course and not what year they are normally taken; a first year student may take a 400 level class and a fourth year student may take a 100 level class. Classes numbered 001 - 99 are introductory classes; 100-299 are lecture classes that may require prerequisite knowledge; 300-499 are small to medium size departmental seminars that require prerequisite knowledge and prior coursework in the subject matter.
  • To fully understand the Georgetown class coding and scheduling model, check out this link: georgetown.app.box.com/s/y8b075yr74dcfj0e5uuiw7t5nyylxfju
Course Availability
  • To get an idea of available modules, peruse the Schedule of Classes
  • If you need help navigating the course catalogue, you can find instructions here: georgetown.app.box.com/s/m3qtfkwr586zsu6w0kdbieaz493qi0vy
  • Note that in early April (fall entry) or early November (Spring entry), the Georgetown Exchange Coordinator will pre-register exchange students for classes for the coming semester. Students may change their course selection at this time, as they are not bound to the courses they submitted in their initial application. Students may also change their schedules during the add/drop period at the beginning of each semester.
Restrictions to Study
  • Business:
  • This exchange is not open to Business students. Economics is considered a very separate discipline from Business and Economics students may apply.
  • General
  • The following departments are autonomous and do NOT accept exchange students: School for Continuing Studies (Liberal Studies), School of Medicine; School of Law; Master's of Business Administration (MBA); Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS); Communication, Culture, & Technology (CCT); Public Policy (PBPO); and National Security Studies (NSST)
Additional Notes
  • All exchange students in the US must apply for a J-1 student visa.
  • You will first need to fill in the Form DS-2019 which will be provided by your host university in the US.
  • This will allow you to apply for a J-1 student visa at a U.S. consulate. The DS-2019 is issued for the duration of your academic study period, usually one or two semesters.
  • More information can be found here: https://ie.usembassy.gov/visas/nonimmigrant-visas/study-exchange/
Estimated Cost of Living
  • You should consider the following expenses when planning to study in the United States:
  • Living costs
  • Visa application fee
  • Health Insurance
  • Personal spending, including travel to and around the United States.
  • Budgeting your Washington experience will be important as D.C. is one of United States most expensive cities. Georgetown University has great resources that will help you plan your budget, you can find them here: internationalservices.georgetown.edu/students/resources/financial-aid/
  • To help plan and budget for your expenses, the Georgetown Office of Financial Services developed a program called Common$ense which aims to help students become more financially conscious and provides great tips and resources, including where to get free food!
  • You can also refer to websites such as Numbeo to compare the costs of living in Washington and Dublin.
  • Application Funding Requirement: The U.S. government requires J-1 students to prove sufficient funds for the duration of their program. To meet this requirement, students must show they have a minimum USD $1500 per month of the program.
Accommodation
  • Georgetown is unable to guarantee housing for all exchange students as spaces are limited. However, they will try to award on campus housing to as many students as possible, and the Office of Global Education will assist students with their housing search if on-campus housing is not available.
  • Full Year exchange students may apply to the Global Living and Learning Community. All full year exchange students will be contacted directly about application procedures. More information on housing can be found here: studentliving.georgetown.edu/communities/upperclass
Meal Plans
  • Students living on campus in a traditional residence hall (Reynolds, McCarthy, Kennedy, etc.) who do not have access to a kitchen must purchase a meal plan. Students living in a suite or student apartment with a shared kitchen (Alumni Square, Village A, Townhouses, etc) do not need to purchase a meal plan as residents have easy access to a kitchen. Students living off campus are not required to purchase a meal plan but may do so if they wish.
  • To find out more about the meal plans, have a look here: www.hoyaeats.com/meal-plans/
Insurance
  • Georgetown mandates that international students accept the University's student health insurance plan.
  • All students must submit the immunisation & Tuberculosis Screening Certificate to the Student Health Centre.
  • Students living in residence halls must show proof of meningitis vaccination.
  • For details on the insurance plan and other health check requirements please see the following link: internationalservices.georgetown.edu/healthresources/

New York University

Website(s)

Semester Dates
  • First semester (Autumn term)
  • Teaching period: Early September to mid-late December
  • Second semester (Spring term) Teaching period: Late January to mid-May
  • More specific dates can be consulted in the NYU Academic Calendar: www.nyu.edu/registrar/calendars/university-academic-calendar.html
  • There is a mandatory Orientation that all exchange students must attend. Further information will be given upon acceptance; however, it is important you take this into consideration when planning your travel.
Academic Requirements Course Load
  • Exchange students are expected to be enrolled as full-time students which means a minimum of 12 credits or maximum of 18 credits of coursework during each semester at NYU.
  • Most courses in the College of Arts and Science are 4 credit courses and meet approximately 3-4 hours per week.
  • The standard credit rating of courses in other schools may vary. Across the university, courses may range from 1-8 credits.
Course Availability
  • The following Colleges/Schools/Departments accept Exchange students:
    → College of Arts and Science
    → Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
    → Silver School of Social Work
    → Tisch School of the Arts (Department of Cinema Studies and Open Arts Curriculum ONLY)
    → Gallatin School of Individualized Study
  • NYU will make every effort to assist exchange students to register for the courses they request in their applications. However, students should understand that not all courses listed in the school bulletins will be offered each semester, and some courses will have limited enrolment.
  • A list of courses currently being offered can be found at the NYU Registrar’s website at www.nyu.edu/registrar/listings
  • Courses that will be offered during the next semester are usually listed on the Registrar’s website by November (for the following Spring semester courses) or March (for the following Fall semester courses.) A list of College of Arts and Science departments and course offerings, including course descriptions, can be found at bulletin.cas.nyu.edu/page/home
  • After a student has been accepted into NYU’s Exchange program, they will be registered for courses by advisors in the school into which they have been accepted. In most cases, course registration is finalized after students have arrived at NYU.
  • Note that due to the large number of NYU students who study off-campus during the Spring term, NYU is better able to accommodate exchange student course requests in the Spring semesters.
Restrictions to Study
  • Medicine & Dentistry
  • The School of Medicine and the School of Dentistry in NYU do not participate in the International Exchange Program.
  • Business
  • NYU’s School of Business does not accept college-wide exchange students.
  • Engineering
  • NYU’s School of Business does not accept college-wide exchange students.
  • Law
  • NYU’s School of Law does not accept college-wide exchange students.
Additional Notes
  • All exchange students in the US must apply for a J-1 student visa.
  • You will first need to fill in the Form DS-2019 which will be provided by your host university in the US.
  • This will allow you to apply for a J-1 student visa at a U.S. consulate. The DS-2019 is issued for the duration of your academic study period, usually one or two semesters.
  • More information can be found here: https://ie.usembassy.gov/visas/nonimmigrant-visas/study-exchange/
Estimated Cost of Living
  • You should consider the following expenses when planning to study in the United States:
  • Living costs
  • Visa application fee
  • Health Insurance
  • Personal spending, including travel to and around the United States.
  • Please refer to the last section on page seven of the Exchange Information Flyer for an overview of the estimated costs associated to an exchange in NYU.
  • Note that students are responsible to pay to NYU charges associated with student health insurance, housing, meal plans, Office of Global Services fee, and unique course fees, this will be charged electronically and notified to the student through their NYU email account.
  • You can also refer to websites such as Numbeo for comparison of costs of living between New York and Dublin.
  • Application Funding Requirement: The U.S. government requires J-1 students to prove sufficient funds for the duration of their program. To meet this requirement, students must show they have a minimum USD $1500 per month of the program.
Accommodation
  • Exchange students have the option to apply for a room in an NYU managed residence hall and live with other NYU students but NYU Housing is not guaranteed. Residence halls offered to exchange students vary from apartment-style with shared kitchen areas to traditional hall style, although most will be placed in apartment-style housing.
  • For more information about on campus housing options, please visit NYU's housing website
  • Exchange students may select if they are interested in living on campus in their exchange program application; they also have another opportunity to indicate interest in housing after acceptance. An online housing application is available to students after they are accepted into the exchange program. Students who enrol at NYU in the spring semester will have their housing assignments e-mailed to their NYU email address in early January and students who enrol in the fall semester will have their assignments e-mailed to their NYU email address in mid-August
  • Note that due to the large number of NYU students who study off-campus during the Spring term, NYU is better able to accommodate exchange student housing requests in the Spring semesters, however, you will have the option to apply also during Autumn semester.
Meal Plans
  • Depending on which hall a student is living in a meal plan might be mandatory as international exchange students can be housed in locations that do not require a meal plan or in housing that does require them to purchase one.
  • Students living in apartment style housing or off-campus can purchase a meal plan if they want to.
  • There are twelve different dining facilities where meal plans can be used, including one kosher café and five traditional buffet dining halls. There are eleven different meal plans available, visit https://www.nyu.edu/students/student-information-and-resources/housing-and-dining/dining/nyu-meal-plan.html NYU Dining for more information.
Insurance
  • A specific NYU health insurance policy is required. Exchange students are automatically enrolled in the NYU Comprehensive Plan. Students can choose to downgrade to the NYU Basic Plan by completing an online form.
  • If a student already has medical insurance that offers equivalent or greater coverage than that required by NYU, the student may request to waive the Comprehensive fee online at nyu.edu/students/health-and-wellness/student-health-insurance.
  • To avoid being obligated to pay for two health insurance plans, please do not purchase another health insurance plan before it is approved. Your waiver will not be processed until Student Health Insurance Services confirms that your insurance plan meets the University’s requirements. Students will be asked to submit a copy of their insurance identification card and insurance policy, translated into English, for evaluation before the waiver can be approved.
  • Students can email health.insurance@nyu.edu to make further enquiries

University of California

Website(s)

Semester Dates
  • Dates vary between each campus - please refer to this link for an overview of the academic calendar: reciprocity.uceap.universityofcalifornia.edu/uc-calendar
  • An academic year at UCB and UCM comprises two terms (semesters - each 15 weeks of instruction):
  • Fall semester (August - December)
  • Spring semester (January - May)
  • All other UC campuses have three terms (quarters - each 10 weeks of instruction):
  • Fall quarter (September - December)
  • Winter quarter (January - March)
  • Spring quarter (April - June)
  • There is a Mandatory Orientation prior to classes. It is important that you consider this when planning your travel. Further information will be given by UC upon acceptance.
Academic Requirements
  • You must be a registered student at Trinity
  • Ask your Trinity co-ordinator about application requirements
Course Load
  • You are required to enrol as a full-time student (12 - 13 units) by UC and immigration services. Most UC students enrol in 14 - 17 units per term, but this must be agreed with your academic coordinator and with UC.
Course Availability
  • You will need to choose a major (your main subject area) at University of California. Your UC major must be agreed with your academic coordinator in Trinity as it will represent the school/department where you can take most of your classes. To see the different majors available, refer to: reciprocity.uceap.universityofcalifornia.edu/plan-your-studies/uc-courses
  • Plan to enrol in two or three courses in your major department each semester, with the remainder of your classes in other academic subject areas.
  • Undergraduate exchange program students should enrol in academic courses numbered 1-199. Courses from 100-199 are courses for more advanced students. You may take graduate courses (numbered 200 and above) only if you receive the UC instructor's permission to enrol. Some campuses and departments do not allow undergraduates to enrol in graduate courses or limit enrolment to one graduate course per term. You must respect any restrictions that apply.
  • Review the course catalogues for each UC campus here: reciprocity.uceap.universityofcalifornia.edu/discover-uc
  • Please check the UC website to find the discipline, major department and campus that best fit your needs: https://reciprocity.uceap.universityofcalifornia.edu/plan-your-studies/uc-courses
Restrictions to Study
  • If you are an applicant to one of the popular majors outlined below, you must be enrolled in a similar field of study at Trinity. If you are specializing in two of these majors at Trinity, you must decide which major will be your priority while at UC.
  • All requirements and restrictions per most popular disciplines are listed here: https://reciprocity.uceap.universityofcalifornia.edu/plan-your-studies/uc-courses/major-preparation
  • Some majors at UC are taught only at the graduate level in what are called professional schools. Examples of these majors are education, medicine, veterinary medicine, law, management, information management, and journalism. Undergraduate Reciprocal Exchange students generally cannot enrol in professional schools.
  • BESS/Business/Economics and Engineering students may participate in this exchange but should be aware that we cannot nominate many students from these disciplines for the UC exchange. As there is extremely high demand for courses in these disciplines at the University of California, they require that participation from BESS, Business, Economics and Engineering students be limited to no more than 15% of any nominated cohort
Additional Notes
  • One application covers all University of California campuses.
  • If you wish to apply for the University of California you should list it as ONE of your preferences on your International Exchange application form and you should not list any particular campus.
  • The students who are ultimately nominated for the University of California exchange will be given the opportunity to apply for a specific campus when they are filling in the University of California’s application form at a later stage. They will be asked to list their top three preferences of campus and the University of California will decide which campus to place them at. Students must be willing to attend any UC campus where coursework in their area of interest is offered. UC would like you to be advised that they reserve the right to direct exchange applications to a campus other than your first choice and that coursework in certain impacted fields may be limited by considerations of capacity.
  • Each UC campus is recognized for different areas and has its unique profile. To learn more about each visit: reciprocity.uceap.universityofcalifornia.edu/discover-uc
  • All exchange students in the US must apply for a J-1 student visa.
  • You will first need to fill in the Form DS-2019 which will be provided by your host university in the US.
  • This will allow you to apply for a J-1 student visa at a U.S. consulate. The DS-2019 is issued for the duration of your academic study period, usually one or two semesters.
  • More information can be found here: https://ie.usembassy.gov/visas/nonimmigrant-visas/study-exchange/
Estimated Cost of Living
  • You should consider the following expenses when planning to study in the United States:
  • Living costs
  • Visa application fee
  • Health Insurance
  • Personal spending, including travel to and around the United States.
  • Please refer to UC’s website for an estimated budget for your exchange: https://reciprocity.uceap.universityofcalifornia.edu/plan-your-studies/budget
  • You can also check websites such as Numbeo for a comparison of living costs between California and Dublin.
  • Application Funding Requirement: The U.S. government requires J-1 students to prove sufficient funds for the duration of their program. To meet this requirement, students must show they have a minimum USD $1500 per month of the program.
Accommodation Meal Plans Insurance
  • All students attending UC are required to have health insurance and are automatically enrolled in their UC campus plan. The cost of insurance is applied to your student billing account. Insurance coverage and costs vary depending on the campus.
  • To be covered under a plan other than the UC campus plan, you must request a waiver (exemption) from the requirement within the announced deadlines
  • For more information on insurance, please refer to: reciprocity.uceap.universityofcalifornia.edu/before-you-arrive/insurance

University of Chicago

Website(s)

Semester Dates
  • Summer Quarter: June – September
  • Autumn Quarter: September – December
  • Winter Quarter: January – March
  • Spring Quarter: March – June
Academic Requirements
  • You must be a registered student at Trinity and nominated for exchange at University of Chicago.
  • Check with your Trinity academic co-ordinator for academic requirements for this exchange.
Course Load
  • The University of Chicago advises that three courses per quarter is considered a full-time load, and is the registration limit but as always, students should check with their Trinity departmental coordinator to find out what their minimum required course load is
Course Availability
Restrictions to Study
  • Business and Engineering
    This exchange is not open to Business students or Engineering students. Business is not an undergraduate subject at the University of Chicago and Engineering is not offered at any level.
  • Economics A word of caution for students interested in studying economics: Economics at Chicago is essentially a branch of mathematics. Virtually all the courses are severely quantitative, and even the introductory sequence of courses requires that students have already completed a rigorous calculus sequence. Upper-level offerings in the economics major often require that students have finished part of the introductory economics sequence, along with a full year of calculus (economics majors are also required to take two additional mathematics courses beyond calculus), before they can take such courses. Students whose transcripts lack a full year of calculus (mathematics is not the equivalent of calculus at Chicago), will need to sit for a demanding calculus placement examination upon arrival in the autumn. Performance on that test will help determine what courses will be available to them. It is certainly possible that students will not be able to enrol in economics courses – except for introductory micro and macro offerings that dispense with the calculus prerequisite – during their stay in Chicago. Students, therefore, should come prepared to take classes in other disciplines besides economics.
Additional Notes
  • All exchange students in the US must apply for a J-1 student visa.
  • You will first need to fill in the Form DS-2019 which will be provided by your host university in the US.
  • This will allow you to apply for a J-1 student visa at a U.S. consulate. The DS-2019 is issued for the duration of your academic study period, usually one or two semesters.
  • Follow the steps outlined here to secure your J-1 student visa: https://internationalaffairs.uchicago.edu/page/non-degree-visiting-students-1#I20
Estimated Cost of Living
  • You should consider the following expenses when planning to study in the United States:
  • Living costs
  • Visa application fee
  • Health Insurance
  • Personal spending, including travel to and around the United States.
  • You can also check websites such as Numbeo to compare costs of living between Chicago and Dublin.
  • For information on estimated expenses please see the following link: https://internationalaffairs.uchicago.edu/page/non-degree-visiting-students-1#Expenses
  • Application Funding Requirement: The U.S. government requires J-1 students to prove sufficient funds for the duration of their program. To meet this requirement, students must show they have a minimum USD $1500 per month of the program.
Accommodation
  • Housing is not guaranteed so interested students are encouraged to apply early.
  • Housing in I-House (located on campus) is an option:http://ihouse.uchicago.edu/
Insurance
  • Non-Degree Visiting Students must meet the health insurance requirements of the University and can either purchase the University Student Health Insurance Plan (USHIP) or another plan that meets the same requirements. For information on those requirements, see the Comparable Coverage Checklist.
  • NDVS in J-1 status must also meet the federally required health insurance. Not carrying this level of health insurance constitutes a violation of J-1 status and could result in the termination of your J-1 status.
  • If you wish to opt out of (waive) the University's Student Health Insurance Plan, you must hold an insurance policy meeting the requirements in the Comparable Coverage Checklist linked above.

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Website(s)

Semester Dates
  • Fall Semester: Early September- Mid December
  • Spring semester: Mid-January- Early May
  • Refer to the UMass Amherst Academic Calendar for important University dates and deadlines. Please note that this calendar does not include the International Student Orientation dates, students will need to take this into account when making their travel plans.
Academic Requirements
  • You must be a registered student at Trinity and nominated to study at UM Amherst.
  • Application information can be found here in the Exchange Factsheet.
Course Load
  • Exchange Students must enrol in a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 15 credits per semester. Course enrolment will begin in April/November.
Course Availability
  • Check out the different courses available here: www.spire.umass.edu If you are still in the application phase and have no log in details, you can browse the catalogues by clicking “Search Classes/Catalog” under the heading “Catalogs & Schedules”.
  • To have a look at all the important information about modules in UMass, please refer to the following link: ww.umass.edu/ipo/content/course-registration
  • Please note that UMass is suited to exchange students who can be flexible in their course selections as students may not get the courses they want/need. UMass would like all prospective exchange students to be aware that acceptance into the exchange program does not guarantee entry into desired courses. In some cases the possibility of enrolment won't be known until late April or later. There are some courses that are not offered each semester, some which will be filled by UMass Majors and others for which they may not meet the eligibility requirements in order to enrol.
  • Before applying for this exchange please check with your departmental coordinator to find out if you will have some flexibility in choosing modules while you are abroad
  • Some students are eligible to enrol in the 5-COLLEGE COURSES. If so, you are eligible to take courses at four nearby private liberal arts colleges: Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith. However, it is not possible to register for 5-College Courses using the Spire system (SPIRE is the University's secure online student information system). Students should wait until they arrive at UMass to register for 5-College courses at the 5-College Interchange Office (613 Goodell). You may register for courses at these colleges during the first 14 days of the semester.
  • To view the catalogue, go to: ualc.umass.edu/five_college_interchange/
Restrictions to Study
  • General
  • Exchange students cannot take courses in Art, Dance, Music, Computer Science and Nursing.
  • Upper level courses in Business, Economics, Engineering and Communications have limited availability, and it can be difficult to get into some classes, especially in certain departments (such as Management, English, Journalism and Psychology).
  • Business
  • Only business majors in your home university are eligible to take classes in The Isenberg School of Management (ISOM).
Additional Notes
  • All exchange students in the US must apply for a J-1 student visa.
  • You will first need to fill in the Form DS-2019 which will be provided by your host university in the US.
  • This will allow you to apply for a J-1 student visa at a U.S. consulate. The DS-2019 is issued for the duration of your academic study period, usually one or two semesters.
  • More information can be found here: https://ie.usembassy.gov/visas/nonimmigrant-visas/study-exchange/
Estimated Cost of Living
  • You should consider the following expenses when planning to study in the United States:
  • Living costs
  • Visa application fee
  • Health Insurance
  • Personal spending, including travel to and around the United States.
  • You can also check websites such as Numbeo to compare the cost of living between Amherst and Dublin.
  • For more information on the cost of living, refer to page number four in the Exchange Factsheet. Please note that this information can be updated before the academic year starts so it is important to consider and up to 10% increase.
  • Application Funding Requirement: The U.S. government requires J-1 students to prove sufficient funds for the duration of their program. To meet this requirement, students must show they have a minimum USD $1500 per month of the program.
Accommodation
  • UMass guarantees accommodation for international exchange students as long as deadlines and instructions are met. To find more information, please visit: www.umass.edu/living/
Insurance
  • The U.S. Federal and Massachusetts State governments require that all J-1 visa holders have health coverage. In compliance with Massachusetts insurance requirements, students are not allowed to use insurance from a non-U.S. insurance company. Students will automatically be enrolled in UMass’ Student Health Plan (SHBP) in order to meet the State’s insurance requirements and are not eligible to waive any part of the SHBP. Read more about the UMASS Amherst Health Insurance and the Student Health Insurance Plan.
  • Massachusetts law requires certain immunisation for college students before arriving at school. Students are also required to provide proof of these immunizations, please refer to the immunisations website for details.

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Website(s)

  • All the information you will need as an exchange student can be found here: studyabroad.wisc.edu/exchange/
  • Use the right-side menu to navigate through all the different sides of the Exchange experience, from academics to accommodation!
  • Check the Life at Madison Website to find out more about what it’s like to live in Madison while studying at UW-Madison: studyabroad.wisc.edu/exchange/life-at-uw-madison/
Semester Dates
  • Fall Semester: Early September- Late December
  • Spring Semester: Mid January- Mid May
  • To find the specific dates, please refer to the following link: secfac.wisc.edu/academic-calendar/
  • Please note that this does not include mandatory Orientation dates.
  • All exchange students are required to attend exchange student orientation. Orientation is held a few days before the start of the semester. This orientation is tailored specifically to exchange and visiting students. It is important that you plan your travel accordingly, dates are usually published on the website.
  • An online orientation is available for exchange students to watch prior to their arrival. Further information, including links, can be found here.
Academic Requirements Course Load
  • While you are at UW-Madison, you must maintain full-time student status - for undergraduate (bachelor's level) this means 12-18 credits.
Course Availability
  • With the exception of the below-mentioned restrictions, exchange students can enrol in any courses or programs at UW-Madison for which they are qualified (have completed the course pre-requisites) and there is space available in the course.
  • Students are advised to register for courses as soon after their registration date and time as possible; the longer students wait to register, the more courses they will find to be "closed" or "full".
  • Exchange students can browse course listings in the Class Search and Course Guide.
  • You will be sent an email from the Office of the Registrar once you are officially accepted on the exchange program, which will contain an invitation to enrol in courses and a date to enrol.
  • Your enrolment date will be several months before the start of the semester. You will be able to enrol in coursework any time after this date and time, up until the "add course deadline", which is a short time after the beginning of the semester.
  • If you plan to take courses with pre-requisites, you will need to receive authorization from the instructor or the department. The easiest way to do this is through email.
  • The number assigned to a course gives an indication of the level of difficulty and indicates for whom the course is intended.
  • Courses numbered under 300 (100-299) are undergraduate-level courses.
  • Courses in the 300-699 range may be taken for credit by both undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Courses in the 300-499 range are generally considered intermediate level.
  • Courses in the 500-699 range are generally considered advanced level.
  • Graduate students taking courses numbered 300-699 are expected to do graduate-level work, though they are enrolled in an undergraduate level course.
  • Courses in the 700-999 range are open only to graduate students.
  • The college is particularly strong in Biological and Social Sciences.
Restrictions to Study
  • Business Courses:
    Students will not receive priority enrolment for courses in the Wisconsin School of Business. They may have to wait until after the regular enrolment period is complete or even until they arrive in Madison to enrol in these courses. Many courses may be full by the time exchange students can enrol. Exchange students should not assume they can enrol in business when making decisions about whether to attend the UW-Madison exchange program.
Additional Notes
  • All exchange students in the US must apply for a J-1 student visa.
  • You will first need to fill in the Form DS-2019 which will be provided by your host university in the US.
  • This will allow you to apply for a J-1 student visa at a U.S. consulate. The DS-2019 is issued for the duration of your academic study period, usually one or two semesters.
  • More information can be found here: https://ie.usembassy.gov/visas/nonimmigrant-visas/study-exchange/
Estimated Cost of Living
  • You should consider the following expenses when planning to study in the United States:
  • Living costs
  • Visa application fee
  • Health Insurance
  • Personal spending, including travel to and around the United States.
  • You can also check websites such as Numbeo for comparisons of living costs between Dublin and Madison.
  • UM-Wisconsin’s Office of Student Financial Aid keeps cost of attendance information up to date. This is the best estimate at the types of costs that your exchange will incur in the course of a year.
  • Note the following:
  • Use the Undergraduate Non-Resident Estimate
  • Tuition & Fees are waived for exchange students
  • Exchange students are not charged the International Student Fee
  • Application Funding Requirement: The U.S. government requires J-1 students to prove sufficient funds for the duration of their program. To meet this requirement, students must show they have a minimum USD $1500 per month of the program.
Accommodation
  • On-campus housing through UW-Madison’s Division of University Housing might be an option for incoming exchange students. On-campus housing is in demand and cannot be guaranteed. Students should be prepared to live off-campus given the limited availability of University Housing accommodations.
  • To find more about off-campus living, check the tips given in the Exchange-Housing website: studyabroad.wisc.edu/exchange/housing/
Meal Plans
  • Students with on-campus living are required to book a dining plan. There is a range of plans that you can choose from, but you will have to be in contact with the relevant office to ensure the correct one has been assigned.
  • Please refer to the Dining for Residents www.housing.wisc.edu/dining/residents/ website for further information
Insurance
  • All international students, including exchange applicants, are required to purchase the UW-Madison Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP). Information and costs of this insurance plan can be found online: www.uhs.wisc.edu/ship/

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Website(s)

Semester Dates
  • Fall Semester: mid-August to early to mid- December
  • Spring Semester: early January to early May
  • For exact dates, have a look at the Academic Calendar.
  • You will be required to attend orientation at the start of the exchange program, take this into consideration when planning your travels.
  • Orientation is a full day session scheduled the day before the first day of class. Attendance is mandatory. Specific dates and times will be provided after acceptance to UNC-Chapel Hill.
Academic Requirements
  • International students can apply to the exchange program if their home university has a partnership agreement with UNC Chapel Hill. The applicant must be nominated by their home university to be considered for admission to the program. As an exchange student all tuition and fees are paid to your home university.
Course Load
  • 12 credit hour minimum for Undergraduates (4 courses)
  • 9 credit hour minimum for Graduate Students (3 courses)
  • Course Numbering System
  • 50-099 First Year Seminars [not available to exchange students]
  • 100-199 Introductory level undergraduate courses [undergraduate students only]
  • 200-399 Undergraduate courses deemed to be above the introductory level [undergraduate students only]
  • 400-699 Courses open to undergraduates and graduate students [undergraduate and graduate students]
  • 700-999 Graduate courses [available only to graduate exchange students, see above]
  • With the exception of the important distinction between introductory and non-introductory courses, students generally should not assume that courses have been arranged in ascending order of difficulty or specialization (i.e., ENGL 420 is not necessarily more difficult than ENGL 340). The logic behind any departmental numbering scheme will be specific to that department.
Course Availability
  • The course listing is available for review in the UNC Catalog: catalog.unc.edu/
  • All the courses listed are not offered every semester. The course offerings for the fall term will be available in early February and the course listing for spring semester course will be available in early October.
Restrictions to Study
  • TCD students may only enrol in undergraduate courses (courses numbered 100-699) in the School of Arts and Sciences.
  • Exchange students are not permitted to take classes at UNC’s professional schools, which include the Business School, the School of Journalism, the School of Law, the School of Nursing, the School of Medicine, the School of Dentistry, the School of Social Work, and the School of Public Health, School of Pharmacy, School of Information and Library Science, School of Education and School of Pharmacy.
  • Students can only be take 2 courses in the Psychology and Economics departments per semester.
  • For further information, please refer to the Academics section on the Exchange Students website.
Additional Notes
  • All exchange students in the US must apply for a J-1 student visa.
  • You will first need to fill in the Form DS-2019 which will be provided by your host university in the US.
  • This will allow you to apply for a J-1 student visa at a U.S. consulate. The DS-2019 is issued for the duration of your academic study period, usually one or two semesters.
  • More information can be found here: https://ie.usembassy.gov/visas/nonimmigrant-visas/study-exchange/
Estimated Cost of Living
  • You should consider the following expenses when planning to study in the United States:
  • Living costs
  • Visa application fee
  • Health Insurance
  • Personal spending, including travel to and around the United States.
  • You can also check websites such as Numbeo for comparisons of living costs between Dublin and Chapel Hill.
  • We recommend you also read the UNC resources site which contains information on cost of living: isss.unc.edu/resources-2/
  • Students must consider a 100 USD Study Abroad Fee.
  • Application Funding Requirement: The U.S. government requires J-1 students to prove sufficient funds for the duration of their program. To meet this requirement, students must show they have a minimum USD $1500 per month of the program
Accommodation
  • UNC-Chapel Hill has 31 campus residence halls, mostly with double occupancy. You can apply for housing as it is offered for exchange students, however, it is not guaranteed that you will get a spot. To find more information on accommodation options, refer to this website: housing.unc.edu/
  • Off-Campus housing is also an alternative, however, students opting for this are expected to make the necessary arrangements themselves.
Meal Plans
  • Meal plans are available for students living on and off campus.
  • Students are not required to purpose a meal plan, but UNC-Chapel Hill strongly recommends it.
  • To find more about the options and detailed descriptions of meal plans, check this link: dining.unc.edu/meal-plans/
Insurance
  • All students attending UNC-Chapel Hill are required to have health insurance coverage. You can opt to enrol in the university insurance program, Student Blue. Alternatively, you can waive out the Student Blue insurance and substitute it for a preferred insurance. All preferred insurance policies must meet the following requirements to be considered and approved:

    → Minimum total benefit/coverage of $100,000 (USD) per accident or illness
    → Plan deductible of no more than $500 (USD)
    → Minimum of $50,000 (USD) for medical evacuation
    → Minimum of $25,000 (USD) for repatriation
    → Policy must be active for the entire duration of the academic semester
  • Students cannot start the process of waiving out of the mandatory insurance until after they are accepted to the exchange program. More details about the specific waiver process will be provided post-acceptance. You can find further information here: studyabroad.unc.edu/incoming-exchange/logistics/#fsliorotij3lkl-657-5403
  • Immunizations: All entering students must meet the immunisation requirements.
  • The TB screening will be administered after arrival. Campus Health will administer any missing immunizations, and will incur a fee per immunization.

University of Notre Dame

Website(s)

Semester Dates
  • Fall Semester:
  • Teaching period: late August to mid-December
  • Spring Semester:
  • Teaching period: mid-January to early May
  • Check out the full academic calendar dates https://registrar.nd.edu/calendar/future.php but please note that it does not include the mandatory orientation dates.
  • All students are required to attend International Student Orientation prior to the beginning of classes.
  • Make sure to keep an eye for Orientation registration and plan your travel accordingly!
Academic Requirements
  • International undergraduate students enrolled in one of Notre Dame’s partner universities outside the U.S.
  • Sophomore or higher standing at home university
  • Outstanding academic transcript (3.0 GPA or higher)
  • High level of English language proficiency (IELTS 7.0 min.; TOEFL 90 min.; a phone interview might be required)
  • Students should possess exceptional motivation, emotional maturity, and a high aptitude for adapting to new environments
Course Load
  • Academic load: Student are required to maintain a full course of study of at least 12 but not to exceed 18 credit hours.
  • Class hours/week equivalent to 1 credit hour: 50 minutes per week per credit
  • Numbers of weeks per semester: 16
Course Availability
  • Areas of study available to exchange students are College of Arts & Letters, College of Science and School of Architecture. To review the full course catalogue, visit the Registrar website.
Restrictions to Study
  • Business:
  • The College of Business is not available for exchange students.
  • Law:
  • College of Law is not available for exchange students.
  • Engineering
  • The College of Engineering is limited (CSE+ ME limited availability)
Additional Notes
  • All exchange students in the US must apply for a J-1 student visa.
  • You will first need to fill in the Form DS-2019 which will be provided by your host university in the US.
  • This will allow you to apply for a J-1 student visa at a U.S. consulate. The DS-2019 is issued for the duration of your academic study period, usually one or two semesters.
  • More information can be found here: https://ie.usembassy.gov/visas/nonimmigrant-visas/study-exchange/
Estimated Cost of Living
  • You should consider the following expenses when planning to study in the United States:
  • Living costs
  • Visa application fee
  • Health Insurance
  • Personal spending, including travel to and around the United States.
  • You can also check websites such as Numbeo for comparisons of living costs between Dublin and South Bend (city close to Notre Dame).
  • Refer to the Semester Programme Cost section in page four of the exchange factsheet for information on cost of living.
  • Application Funding Requirement: The U.S. government requires J-1 students to prove sufficient funds for the duration of their program. To meet this requirement, students must show they have a minimum USD $1500 per month of the program.
Accommodation
  • Exchange students are not guaranteed on-campus housing, but can apply and are entered into an accommodation lottery.
  • Off campus accommodation will have to be secured individually. Please refer to the off-campus housing website for more information on this.
Meal Plans
  • Meal board is included in on-campus accommodation, details can be found here: dining.nd.edu/services/meal-plans/ Students living off-campus are able to sign up for a ND meal plan if desired.
Insurance
  • Students are required to enrol in the University’s health insurance plan.
  • Before registration, students must submit a “Completed History and Physical Form” to the Health Centre. Required Vaccinations by the State of Indiana for college students include those listed under ‘A’ and either ‘B’ OR ‘C’ below:
  • A: Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis: Within the last 10 years Meningococcal Vaccine-Quadrivalent: All incoming students under age 21 and living on campus; 1 dose after age 16
  • B: Rubeola (Hard Measles): Must have had two measles vaccines, one after the first birthday, and one at least 28 days after the first one. Mumps: Two vaccinations AND Rubella (German Measles): One vaccination
  • C: MMR: Must have two doses, the first after age one, and the second at least 28 days after the first. Highly Recommended Immunizations:
  • Hepatitis B
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox)

University of Pennsylvania

Website(s)

Semester Dates
  • Autumn Term
  • Teaching period:
  • Late August to Mid-late December
  • Spring Term
  • Teaching period: Mid-January to Mid-May
  • The full Academic Calendar can be found here: almanac.upenn.edu/penn-academic-calendar
  • All exchange students are required to attend Orientation. Make sure to have a look at the Orientation site for relevant information regarding arrival dates and check-in requirements.
Academic Requirements
  • All participants must provide evidence of a solid undergraduate academic record, typically the equivalent of a 3.0 (B) average in the United States.
Course Load
  • Exchange students are required to maintain full-time enrolment status while studying in the United States. Students must enrol in a minimum of four credit units (usually four courses) per semester to maintain status.
Course Availability
  • Course descriptions can be reviewed in the Penn Course Register search: catalog.upenn.edu/course-search/
  • Course offerings for specific semesters can be found on the Penn Course Roster: www.registrar.upenn.edu/course-roster/index.html
  • Two of the four courses must be in the admitting college/school. The remaining two courses can be within the admitting college/school or in another college/school. If a student takes five courses, three of the five courses need to be within the admitting college/school. Students can only choose from UG course (up to level 499).
Restrictions to Study
  • TCD students may only enrol in undergraduate courses in the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • UPenn can only accept students whose majors at their home institution are equivalent to a major within the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • This exchange does not extend to UPenn’s other undergraduate Schools ie. the School of Engineering and Applied Science, the Wharton School (Business) or the School of Nursing.
  • Exchange students may not take any graduate classes (level 500 and above).
Additional Notes
  • All exchange students in the US must apply for a J-1 student visa.
  • You will first need to fill in the Form DS-2019 which will be provided by your host university in the US.
  • This will allow you to apply for a J-1 student visa at a U.S. consulate. The DS-2019 is issued for the duration of your academic study period, usually one or two semesters.
  • More information can be found here: https://ie.usembassy.gov/visas/nonimmigrant-visas/study-exchange/
Estimated Cost of Living
  • You should consider the following expenses when planning to study in the United States:
  • Living costs
  • Visa application fee
  • Health Insurance
  • Personal spending, including travel to and around the United States.
  • You can also check websites such as Numbeo for comparisons of living costs between Dublin and Philadelphia.
  • Please see the Financial Information https://global.upenn.edu/pennabroad/semesterfinancial page for estimated expenses.
  • Application Funding Requirement: The U.S. government requires J-1 students to prove sufficient funds for the duration of their program. To meet this requirement, students must show they have a minimum USD $1500 per month of the program.
Accommodation Meal Plans Insurance
  • The University of Pennsylvania require students to meet certain health requirements, including carrying adequate health insurance coverage and immunisation against diseases. Insurance and immunisation information can be completed by students using online forms.
  • Insurance Compliance
    All full time, dissertation and exchange students (in classes for one term or longer) are required to have comprehensive health insurance. The Penn Student insurance Plan (PSIP) is available for students who do not have insurance, whose plans do not provide coverage in the Philadelphia area, or whose plans do not meet our criteria for alternative insurance. Please view details here.
  • immunisation Compliance
    Information regarding requirements, access to online forms, compliance policies, vaccine prices, frequently asked questions or anything related to immunisation can be found in this section. Please view details here.

University of Southern California

Website(s)

Semester Dates
  • There will be a mandatory orientation at the beginning of each term. Orientation is usually held a few days before classes commence so please plan your travel accordingly.
  • Fall Semester
  • Teaching period: August – December
  • Spring Semester
  • Teaching period: January – May
Academic Requirements
  • You must be a registered student at Trinity and nominated by your co-ordinator.
  • Please check the course catalogue for course specific requirements
Course Load
  • International students must be registered for a full course of study in classes that meet their degree requirements during fall and spring semesters:
  • Undergraduate students – 12 units
  • Master’s graduate students – 8 units
Course Availability
  • Students may only take ISC courses in the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and the subject areas this covers are:
    American Studies and Ethnicity, Anthropology, Archaeology, Art History, Astronomy, Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Classics, Cognitive Science, Comparative Literature, Creative Writing, Earth Sciences, East Asian Area Studies, East Asian Languages and Cultures, Economics, English, Environmental Studies, French, Gender Studies, Geological Sciences, History, Human Biology, International Relations, Italian, Judaic Studies, Linguistics, Mathematics, Middle East Studies, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, Russian, Sociology, Spanish.
    Students must be prepared to take at least two courses in their major subject. TSM students and other students studying more than one discipline should check with their TCD Departmental Coordinators to ensure this is feasible in their own case.
    To see the schedule of classes please see the following link: http://classes.usc.edu/
Restrictions to Study
  • Subjects that are not open to exchange students include: Business, Cinematic Arts/Film, Engineering, Music, Fine Arts, Dramatic Arts, Architecture, Communications, Journalism.
Additional Notes
  • All exchange students in the US must apply for a J-1 student visa.
  • You will first need to fill in the Form DS-2019 which will be provided by your host university in the US.
  • This will allow you to apply for a J-1 student visa at a U.S. consulate. The DS-2019 is issued for the duration of your academic study period, usually one or two semesters.
  • More information can be found here: https://ie.usembassy.gov/visas/nonimmigrant-visas/study-exchange/
Estimated Cost of Living
  • You should consider the following expenses when planning to study in the United States:
  • Living costs
  • Visa application fee
  • Health Insurance
  • Personal spending, including travel to and around the United States.
  • You can also check websites such as Numbeo for comparisons of living costs between Dublin and Los Angeles.
  • Application Funding Requirement: The U.S. government requires J-1 students to prove sufficient funds for the duration of their program. To meet this requirement, students must show they have a minimum USD $1500 per month of the program.
Accommodation Meal Plans Insurance
  • It is very important for international students to have health insurance during their studies in the US. The government does not provide health insurance and medical services can be extremely expensive without it. Please visit the international student section on the USC Engemann Student Health Centre website for information on the following:
  • USC Student Health Insurance
  • Immunisations & Screenings

University of Florida

Website(s)

Semester Dates Academic Requirements
  • You must be a registered student at Trinity and nominated by your academic co-ordinator.
Course Load
  • Undergraduates are required to take a minimum of 12 credits per semester.
Course Availability
  • Undergraduate students must take a minimum of 12 credits per semester (typically 4 courses worth 3 credits each)
  • Graduate Students must take a minimum of 9 credits per semester (typically 3 courses worth 3 credits each)
  • Students are allowed to enrol in 1 online course per semester
  • Students may not be eligible to participate in restricted enrolment programs
  • The Course Catalogue can be found here: https://catalog.ufl.edu/UGRD/courses/
Restrictions to Study Additional Notes
  • All exchange students in the US must apply for a J-1 student visa.
  • You will first need to fill in the Form DS-2019 which will be provided by your host university in the US.
  • This will allow you to apply for a J-1 student visa at a U.S. consulate. The DS-2019 is issued for the duration of your academic study period, usually one or two semesters.
  • More information can be found here: https://ie.usembassy.gov/visas/nonimmigrant-visas/study-exchange/
Estimated Cost of Living
  • Application Funding Requirement: The U.S. government requires J-1 students to prove sufficient funds for the duration of their program. To meet this requirement, students must show they have a minimum USD $1500 per month of the program.
Accommodation
  • On-Campus Housing is limited and therefore not guaranteed to students.
  • Students can indicate interest in living on-campus via their online application. Upon submission of the complete application, students will be considered on a first come, first serve basis until slots are filled.
  • The on-campus dorm for exchange students is Weaver Hall. Weaver Hall is part of the International Living Learning Community. More information can be found here: https://residents.housing.ufl.edu/academic-initiatives/llc/international-house/
  • UF offers support for off-campus housing through the Off Campus Life office. Ultimately, students are responsible for their own off campus housing.
Meal Plans Insurance
  • All UF students are required to have health insurance that meets Affordable Care Act (ACA) coverage standards. This coverage standard also fulfils international student international student visa requirements. The UF Health Insurance policy is an “opt-out” system. All UF students, including exchange students, will be automatically enrolled in UF’s Health Insurance Plan. Students can either 1. Stay enrolled in the UF Health Plan or 2. Submit a waiver to request approval for an outside policy by deadline (outside policy must be comparable to ACA coverage). Pre-approved health plans are also found on the international center website. For questions, contact: insurance@ufic.ufl.edu