Founded in 1591 by Queen Elizabeth I, Trinity College is one of the oldest universities in Europe. It is located in the heart of Dublin, opposite the former parliament buildings and within walking distance of museums, libraries, theaters, cinemas, shops and restaurants. The college buildings are set on 40 acres of gardens and open green spaces, and the oldest buildings date from the 1700's. Despite expansion in recent times and intense competition for admission, Trinity maintains its traditions of a rigorous intellectual atmosphere with close contact between staff and students. The Trinity College library is the largest research and teaching library in Ireland and among the most important in Europe. It has a treasured collection of medieval manuscripts, including the priceless eighth-century Book of Kells.
Exchange vs.Study Abroad at Trinity
All qualified UMass Amherst students may apply for one of the Exchange slots which offers an Exchange Scholarship so that tuition at Trinity is closer to UMass Tuition & Fees. There are 2-4 scholarships available each year. Students interested in full year at Trinity have priority. Trinity does not cap the number of UMass students who may be accepted for Study Abroad. The Exchange should be considered a "scholarship."
Students choosing to study for one semester at Trinity may apply through UMass/IPO. Fees will be based upon the "Study Abroad" costs charged by Trinity for non-EU visiting students (US American study abroad). Ask at IPO for more information on "Exchange" vs. "Study Abroad." The fees listed on IPO's website are the Study Abroad fees and do not reflect the Exchange scholarship.
Dublin, the capital city of the Republic of Ireland, is a warm, welcoming, cosmopolitan place. The most European of the Irish cities, Dublin offers a taste of the Continent as well as of Ireland. The city prizes its active cultural life and beautifully preserved buildings. Nearly one-third of the Irish population lives in Dublin, and half of the country's people aged twenty-six and younger live there. That sense of youth makes Dublin one of the most popular destinations for young people throughout Europe. Dublin is an excellent starting point for travel, with trains and busses to all major Irish cities, ferries to Wales and the Isle of Man, and flights to all points from Dublin International airport.
Students may study at Trinity for the full academic year only on the UMA exchange, however, Trinity does allow direct enrollment for single semesters. You will take all of your courses in the school or departments to which you are admitted, at most to four schools or departments: Arts and Humanities, Social and Human Sciences, Engineering and Systems Science, and Science. You must show background in subjects that you wish to study, and you must take a full load of courses, which usually consists of 4 per term. Work is assessed for final letter grades according to regular departmental standards, which include required final examinations. Trinity does have some "broad curriculum" courses that are available to all students. Applicants must have a 3.5+ gpa and significant background in their areas of study. NOTE: Only one or two students per academic year may take part in the "Exchange" but under Study Abroad. Any qualified student (3.3+ GPA) may apply for study at Trinity and will pay direct enrollment "study abroad" program fees set by Trinity for any incoming, non-EU study abroad student. There is no limit to the number of UMass Amherst students who may be accepted by Trinity under this designation. Trinity has a trimester system with three terms: Michaelmas (Fall), Hilary (Spring), Trinity (Summer). Michaelmas term runs from late September to mid-December. Students who wish to arrive earlier and take an additional 3 US credits, should consider the Semester Start-Up Programme, which starts in late August. There is an additional cost to the Semester Start-Up Program (approximately $2,000). Students studying the spring semester will take classes in both the Hilary and Trinity terms. Explore the Trinity Module Catalog.
Exchange students may find housing either in Trinity College on-campus accommodation, with single bedrooms and shared kitchen and bathroom facilities, or in Trinity Hall, a modern residence with single bedrooms and shared apartment-style facilities. There are also student apartments in the area. There are many places to eat on campus, ranging from coffee shops to full dining halls and restaurants. You may share in the traditional life of the college by dining in the Commons at the semiformal evening meal with accompanying Latin graces, served each day as it has been for 400 years. You will automatically become a member of the student union and have access to the many student societies and sports clubs, which serve a wide range of political, social, academic, athletic, and recreational interests.
Check out resources specific to living, studying, and traveling in Ireland on the "Study in Ireland" website.