About the Location
Ireland is the third largest island in Europe. Dublin, the capital and largest city, is an ancient city and offers a variety of cultural, educational, and social activities. Though Dublin is a large, rapidly growing city, the Old Dublin charm is present everywhere.
Ranked as one of the top 100 universities worldwide, Trinity College Dublin builds on a four-hundred-year-old tradition of scholarship, providing a liberal environment where independence of thought is highly valued. Trinity enrolls more than 16,000 students at it 51 acre campus in central Dublin, home to both historic architecture and state-of-the-art facilities.
The semester program at Trinity is offered in partnership with the Foundation for International Education (FIE). All FIE students take a foundation Irish Life and Cultures course. The course includes visits to museums and historic sites in Dublin, as well as two weekend excursions outside Dublin. Students enroll in 4-5 additional elective courses at Trinity. Admission to Trinity is highly competitive and students are admitted by each individual department in which they plan to take courses. Trinity offers a wide variety of courses across the disciplines, including business, economics, English, communications, history, mathematics, psychology and philosophy.
Students should note that Trinity College Dublin (TCD) uses the ECTS Credit system. The majority of courses at TCD will vary in the number of ECTS credits. The Associate Registrar will determine how many Elon Credits each TCD course is work based on the ECTS Credit Conversion. All students are required to take the FIE Foundation course and 25 ECTS credits at TCD.
- Grades count toward an Elon GPA.
- Study abroad courses may not be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis, regardless of the host institution's policy.
- Additional information about course equivalents for this program is available on the Course Planning Registration for Study Abroad and Study USA page.
General Program Dates
Costs for study abroad vary program to program and will not be exactly the same as on-campus costs of attendance at Elon.
For cost information for this program, please see the budget sheets:
Need-based scholarships are available for Elon semester programs through the GEC. For additional information on scholarships or other funding for study abroad, see the Funding for Study Abroad page.
If you qualify for a travel grant through any of the fellows or scholars programs, see the appropriate program director for more information on how to apply the grant to your study abroad program. Visit the Deadline and Events Calendar for travel grant deadlines.
FIE offers scholarships to students studying abroad on their programs. View the FIE Scholarships page.
Students live in apartments located 15-30 minute walking distance from Trinity. Placements vary each semester. Apartments are furnished, including kitchen utensils and cookware. Wireless internet access is available in each residential facility. Students with live with other FIE students participating in the DBS, UCD, and Trinity programs. Student support in Dublin is provided by the FIE staff, including a resident director and residence life staff.
Students must complete the online Elon University study abroad application by the published deadline. See the Deadline and Events Calendar for the most up-to-date deadline information. Applications are generally accepted one semester in advance.
Initial approval is granted by Elon, and final acceptance is granted by FIE and Trinity. Admission to Trinity is highly competitive. Students applying to Trinity will also be able to apply concurrently to either UCD or DBS.
A successful semester abroad is dependent upon adequate preparation. Students will participate in a series of mandatory orientations during the semester prior to studying abroad. These orientations will address issues of academic, cultural, logistical, financial, and personal preparation, as well as health and safety. Failure to participate in the required orientations will result in dismissal from the program. Any financial losses incurred by this dismissal, including program fees and international airfare, are the student's full responsibility.
View the pre-departure orientation schedule for semester programs.
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