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Trinity College Dublin

The academic program at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) is characterized by relatively small classes, easily accessible professors, and independent or self-directed study focused in the major. You will attend the same classes as TCD students, choosing from a slightly restricted range of disciplines. 

The only department at TCD that is not open to you is Health Sciences. Computer Science and Chemistry cannot offer Fall semester exams and are not open to Fall students. Therefore, courses in Computer Science and Chemistry are open to Spring and Year students only. Drama and Theater have limited spaces and will accept Drama and Theater majors only. The Drama Department offers courses in theater history, theory, and dance. Acting courses are not available for this program.

Use the following resources to learn about TCD courses on EAP:
  • Make sure to check the Academic Guide for all Irish Universities to see if Trinity College Dublin offers the subject areas you want to study.
  • Trinity College Dublin online catalogs or course listings.
  • Trinity Electives​ (You may take one course per semester. Place is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.)
  • MyEAP Course Catalog lists courses previously taken by UC students at Trinity College Dublin. Additional courses are available and not all courses may still be offered.


You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad. 21 to 24 quarter/14 to 16 UC units per semester are required. A total of 42 to 48 quarter/28 to 32 semester UC units are required each year.   ​

Research and Independent Study

Research and independent study for academic credit may be possible at Trinity College Dublin. Arrangements are generally made at the EAP Study Center after arrival, and predeparture preparation may be required.​
Trinity College Dublin 
Trinity College is the oldest university in Ireland and dates back to the 16th century. Situated in the city center of Dublin, this university has some 51 acres that hold beautiful historic buildings, like the library that houses the famous Book of Kells, alongside modern facilities that suit the needs of their 17,000 students. The central location of the university ensures that the academic community is an intimate part of the city’s life.
University Facts:
  • Trinity College Dublin is recognised internationally as Ireland's premier university and is ranked in 65th position in the top 100 world universities by the QS World University Rankings 2011.
  • The University of Dublin, Trinity College was founded in 1592
  • In 2009/10, TCD secured €82m in research income
  • Famous alumni include Jonathan Swift (author of Gulliver’s Travels), playwright Samuel Beckett, Nobel Prize for literature, and most famously playwright Oscar Wilde.

Test Drive Your Future

Internships abroad are a great way to enhance your resume for today’s competitive job market. Stand out from your peers, gain hands-on experience, and develop your global professional network.

1. Internships found through the UCEAP Edinburgh Study Center

Become engaged in internships through the Edinburgh Study Center. The Center has information on how to find internships and can guide you in the process.

Setting Up Your Internship: Contact the Edinburgh Study Center and submit a resume and cover letter. The Study Center can assist by writing a letter of recommendation for you, if needed by the internship provider. 

2. Student - initiated Internships

Be creative and design your own internship. Past participants have interned for members of the European Parliament, the Dublin City Council, and with organizations such as the International Education Office, Irish Center for Migration Studies, International Famine Center, and with various campus departments, faculties, and labs. These internships are frequently not for academic credit; however, if your internship is substantial you can request credit by following these three steps.
Setting Up Your Internship: Contact companies and organizations that align with your interest.  Career Development Offices on campus also offer excellent guidance on CV and cover letter writing. For students who wish to start the internship search prior to departure, we encourage you to look at the online career resources Trinity College Dublin has to offer. UCEAP staff is available for advice. 
You will likely need to find your own accommodation in Dublin.

The university offers a limited number of rooms on campus and at Trinity Hall. You must apply online after admission, but TCD usually sends the instructions for applying online very late. Past UCEAP participants note that Trinity Hall is quite a distance from the campus and suggest you look for private accommodation closer to the college. University housing is not guaranteed to UCEAP students.

You are encouraged to contact the university’s Accommodation Advisory Service and/or a real estate agent in Dublin before arrival to obtain assistance with searching for private housing in the community. A new, private complex called Winter Gardens is near the university and students living there report it is reasonable and popular. Do not choose housing in the Rialto area of Dublin; it is a less safe area and UCEAP students report serious safety issues there.

The university has a system of temporary accommodation to provide a base while you look for permanent housing. The temporary accommodation must be reserved well in advance of arrival, will cost approximately €24 per night, and can be used for a maximum of two weeks.


Dublin is one of Europe’s oldest cities that can trace its origins back over 1,000 years. From a small Viking settlement it has now evolved into one of the most vibrant capitals in the world with many cultural charms, that rivals Europe’s elite for hip appeal. Situated at the mouth of the River Liffey, this city is full of architectural treats and parks that have been home to many literary figures including Oscar Wilde and James Joyce.

With a population of over one million people, the city of Dublin offers a particularly congenial atmosphere for students. It has all the resources of a capital city, with a full and varied cultural and intellectual scene. Dublin is the republic’s political capital, the home of past and present writers of international stature, and the center of the island’s phenomenal economic growth. Dublin also affords easy access to the countryside, seashore, and mountains.
Trinity College Dublin is located in the center of the city, just one block from the National Gallery of Ireland. The campus is home to the largest library in Ireland. Sports, club, and society information is posted on the Front Gate at College Green.