Please note: While the minimum GPA for most majors is 3.3, English and History majors must have a 3.5 or higher to apply to TCD.
Academic Year (approximate)
Founded by Queen Elizabeth I in 1592, Trinity College in the heart of Dublin is Ireland’s oldest university, and is based on the British College System. Trinity's campus extends over 40 acres in a unique site in the heart of the city. Many famous people of Irish letters and history were educated at Trinity— writers such as Swift, Wilde, and Beckett, as well as the former President of Ireland, Mary Robinson.
Trinity, home to the Book of Kells, has hallowed traditions and rituals as befits an institution 400 years old, but it has always looked forward rather than back. From the establishment of the first Chairs in modern languages in Europe to pioneering work in laser physics and biotechnology to the development of a distinguished women’s studies program, innovation has been central to Trinity’s pursuit of excellence.
Students are admitted to study in three or four departments and select from these disciplines. A high proportion of teaching takes place in small groups and professors are normally readily available for advice and consultation. An optional five-week, pre-semester program introduces students to Irish history and culture.
Please consult the acceptance materials that TCD sends you for the dates of orientation. Plan to stay until the last exam date; you must remain for all of your exams. Term dates are available here
BC in Dublin
Since 2000, BC has had a permanent base in Dublin at 42 St. Stephen’s Green, offering a little piece of BC away from home. Located in a beautiful Georgian building in the heart of the city, the Centre’s knowledgeable staff offers support to BC students in Ireland. Facilities available to students include wireless internet access, workspaces, and a television system allowing students to watch BC football, ice hockey and basketball games.
Feel free to contact the Centre staff at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Dr. Leeann Lane
BC Resident Director - BC in Dublin
Study Abroad Manager
Trinity College, East End
International Admissions and Study Abroad
Academics & Support
Please consult the acceptance materials that TCD sends you for the dates of the orientation. Plan to stay until the last exam date; you must remain for all of your exams. The staff of the International Office will provide an orientation
to familiarize you with TCD. Before you arrive you may want to look at TCD's Guide for International Students.
Following the orientation, you will meet with advisors from the departments in which you will be taking classes; they will help you select your courses. Once you arrive Leeann Lane will meet with you and the other BC students in Dublin and help you get to know each other.
All BC students are required to take an Irish Studies course taught by Dr. Leeann Lane at BC Dublin, 42 St. Stephen’s Green. The class will be in lieu of one semester course at Trinity and will carry 3 BC credits. Full year students only are required to take this class fall semester. It will be offered at a time to be announced and scheduled not to conflict with your other classes.
You must take a full credit load of 60 ECTS for the year (30 ECTS per term) in order to receive full credit at BC.
Course selection information can be found here
Late August - Mid-September
Optional five-week, pre-semester program is not included in tuition.*
Late September - Mid-December, Michaelmas Term
Mid January - Early April, Hilary Term
Late April - Late May, Trinity Term
If you choose to take the optional pre-semester program, Boston College does not award any credit for the program; you will still be required to take a full load of 60 ECTS during the academic year.
Although you will be paying BC tuition, you will pay for your own housing. Payment will be made directly to the provider.
Students themselves apply for university housing
, which may be on- or off-campus.
Be sure to let Leeann know well before the start of the semester if you will be looking for off campus accommodations and she will book temporary housing for you at a nearby hostel. If you prefer booking your own temporary housing in a hostel or B&B via the web, you may want to look here
Please do not forget to send your contact information abroad to OIP once you are settled.
Irish universities do not have meal plans but have many on-campus dining facilities
as well as off-campus restaurants. Your accommodations will also have kitchen facilities.
You are responsible for making your own travel arrangements. In the past BC students have often used student travel agencies. These agencies generally offer competitive rates.
To study in Ireland, you must have a passport that is valid for at least six months beyond your estimated return date. You may apply for a passport at any major U.S. post office. Be sure to start this process as soon as possible as it usually takes six to eight weeks to complete.
Plan to fly into Dubin Airport. From the airport the easiest means of travel to your accommodations is a taxi. Alternatively, Aircoach or Dublin Bus will take you from the airport into city center inexpensively and you can take a taxi from there.
Check the website
for local transport information.