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IES Dublin: Trinity College Dublin

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Fall, Spring, Academic Year


Dublin, Ireland




• Clear interest and commitment

• Demonstrated preparedness/maturity

• Minimum 3.3 GPA

• Good academic and disciplinary standing

• 2nd semester sophomore or junior/senior standing at the time the program begins

• Completed a full year at bachelor’s degree-granting institution

• Approval by UI and IES Abroad

• Attendance at orientations

• 18 years of age

Application Due:

• September 24 for Spring

• Extended to March 15 for Fall and Academic Year

Program Cost:

Check the 'Costs' section under the Application tab.


Through this program, you will enroll directly at Trinity College Dublin. There, you’ll have the joy of befriending the Irish, who are known for their hospitality. You’ll feel more at home knowing that Dublin has a youthful community (more than half of the city's population is under 25).

Dublin rewards the independent spirit with a diverse culture and a wide range of educational opportunities.

Trinity College Dublin offers a wide variety of challenging courses and appeals primarily to those students who are ready for the challenge of adapting to an entirely new academic culture that requires significant independent work.

Dublin will also be your classroom. Take in an Irish play at Abbey Theatre, the country’s national theater. Learn about Dublin’s history by exploring Dublin Castle which was built in 1204. Visit your host college's old library to see the 7th century Book of Kells, a masterful example of an illuminated manuscript that is housed in its own climate-controlled archive. Welcome to study abroad!

You can learn more about the program on the IES Dublin: Trinity College Dublin program website.

Academic Program

As a 400-year-old university, Trinity College Dublin (TCD) has a long history of high academic quality and scholarship. It is Ireland’s oldest and one of its finest higher education institutions. TCD also houses the 7th century Book of Kells, which sits in the old library and is open to the public during the day.

In recent years, the college has increased its enrollment and diversity. The current student population represents 70 countries over six continents and totals more than 16,000 students.


Trinity offers a huge variety of courses from several departments. You will work with IES Abroad directly to select and finalize your course selections after you have been formally accepted to your program.

Course options typically include:

  • Biology*
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry* (Spring or Academic Year only)
  • Computer Science
  • Drama and Film
  • Economics
  • Engineering*
  • English
  • Genetics*
  • History
  • Irish Language
  • Computer Science*
  • Mathematics*
  • Medicine*
  • Physics*
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

*Requires an additional $3000 fee

You can find more information about the academics at Trinity, as well as a list of available courses, course descriptions, syllabi, and more on the IES Abroad program website.

Students typically enroll in 15 - 19 semester hours per semester.

Course availability

You will work directly with IES Abroad and Trinity to select your courses.

Please note that course offerings vary from semester to semester. Exact course availability is determined shortly before the start of each semester. For this reason, it will not be possible for you to officially register until your arrival in Dublin; however, you will need to refer to current course offerings in order to pre-register as part of your application.

Transcripts and Grades

Your courses will be graded using the US letter grade system. IES Abroad will send your grade report to the University of Iowa several weeks after the end of your program. Your grades will then be applied to your cumulative GPA as transfer credit, the same way credit transferred from any US college or university would be.

Students can expect their grades to appear on their UI grade report around two or three months after they return from studying abroad.

Applying credit toward a UI degree

Unless UI Study Abroad has an approval on file for the courses you take abroad to be applied toward a specific major, minor, certificate, or general education requirement, you will receive general elective credit for your course.

If you plan to apply the credit you receive for your program course to a major, minor, certificate, or general education requirement, contact your UI study abroad advisor for details on the process. 

Cultural Activities

Although your adventure begins in Dublin, field trips take you to rural areas and Northern Ireland to provide contrast and context for what you are learning in Dublin. You share a portion of the cost with IES Abroad.

You can find specific dates for upcoming programs on the IES Abroad Field Trips & Events website.

Program Dates

Program dates vary from year to year, but typically follow the University of Iowa’s academic calendar.

This program is not offered during the summer session.

You can find specific dates for upcoming programs on the IES Abroad program website.

For more information

Steps to Studying Abroad

  1. Before initiating an application with IES Abroad, students must complete a Discover Study Abroad session at the University of Iowa.
  2. After completing the Discover Abroad session, students must call the Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353 to be assigned to the appropriate study abroad advisor.
  3. Once assigned, students must meet with their study abroad advisor to receive program application instructions.

Study Abroad
1111 University Capitol Centre
Iowa City, IA 52242

Phone: 319-335-0353

Where You Will Study

As a 400-year-old university, Trinity College Dublin (TCD) has a long history of high academic quality and scholarship. It is Ireland’s oldest and one of its finest higher education institutions. TCD also houses the 7th century Book of Kells, a masterful example of an illuminated manuscript, in its own climate-controlled archive in the university’s old library.

Trinity College Dublin is located in the heart of Dublin near St. Stephen’s Green. The campus’ buildings and open space span across 40 acres.


Dublin is a vibrant, European capital city of historical and cultural importance. From its many theaters to its beautiful parks to its friendly, cozy pubs, Dublin is an excellent place to be educated and entertained.


Ireland is an island in the North Atlantic Ocean. The country of Ireland (properly referred to as the Republic of Ireland) shares the island with Northern Ireland. The Republic of Ireland is an independent country that is a member of the European Union. Northern Ireland is the name of the other country on Ireland, and is a member of the United Kingdom along with Scotland, Wales, and England.

Ireland is a nation of about 4.5 million people. Ireland’s friendly population, gorgeous natural environment, unique culture, and rich history make it a fantastic place to study. Ireland’s contribution to literature written in English and indeed other languages is immense, and so the country is an ideal destination for students who want to make the exploration of literature and language the focus of their time abroad.

US Department of State Country Information

The US Department of State provides safety and security information for every country of the world to help you assess for yourself the risks of travel. Each country information page contains a Travel Advisory, Alerts, and other important details specific to that country that could affect you.

Pay close attention to the entry and exit requirements, local laws and customs, health conditions, and other details to help decide whether traveling to any given country is right for you. Non-US citizen travelers may also wish to seek guidance from the embassy of their country of citizenship. The UI International Travel Policy for Students addresses restrictions on student travel to high-risk locations and engagement in high-risk activities abroad.

Living Arrangements

We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best café—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local students are living. Our goal is that when you leave Dublin, it will feel like home.

Private Student Residence
You will live in a private student residence in Dublin. You will live in a private, fully-furnished single bedroom and bathroom, and will share a kitchen and common area with up to four other flat-mates which may be of mixed gender. However, you will be able to indicate on your IES Abroad Housing Form if you have any accommodation requests in relation to this. The private student residence also has WiFi Internet access along with other amenities. No meals are included.

You can learn more about IES housing options on the IES Daily Life website.


All students need a valid passport to participate in this program. You can find details about applying for a passport on the UI Study Abroad Travel Documentation website.

Travel Arrangements (Flights)

Students will work with their program provider to make travel arrangements to their program site. The cost of travel is not included in the course fee. UI Study Abroad will not arrange a group flight to your study abroad destination.

Do not purchase plane tickets until you have received instructions on how to do so from your program provider.

Local Transportation

Dublin has an excellent public transportation system comprised of buses and a light rail. A transportation pass for each student is included in the program fee. Dublin's modern, international airport provides a hub to all major European capital cities.


This program is open to University of Iowa students who fulfill the following requirements:

  • Clear interest and commitment- Students must demonstrate a clear academic or personal interest in the program’s subject matter, and a commitment to engage responsibly in coursework abroad.
  • Demonstrated preparedness and maturity- Students must demonstrate preparedness to take on the heightened responsibilities associated with international study and travel. Students must demonstrate a commitment to behave responsibly abroad while respecting cultural differences. Students are expected to obey both local laws and program directives conveyed to participants before and during the program. The University of Iowa Code of Student Life applies to all program participants while abroad.
  • Minimum 3.3 GPA: Students must have a minimum 3.3 GPA to participate in this program. Applications from students who have a GPA below 3.3 cannot be considered.
  • Good academic and disciplinary standing- Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing at the University of Iowa. Students placed on either academic or disciplinary probation for any period of time overlapping with the study abroad program dates are ineligible to study abroad on a University of Iowa program. Academic and disciplinary history will also be considered when determining whether a student is prepared to represent the University of Iowa as part of this program. Students who are not in good standing at any point overlapping with the program dates will have their acceptance revoked, and will be responsible for the associated late withdrawal fees.
  • Second semester sophomore, or junior/senior status: Participants must be at least in their second semester of their sophomore year at the start of the session abroad.
  • One year of full-time enrollment at a bachelor’s degree-granting institution: Participants must have studied for at least one year at an institution that grants bachelor’s degrees prior to application.
  • Approval by IES and UI Study Abroad: Applications will be reviewed by UI Study Abroad and IES Abroad, and students will be accepted based on their review of their application materials.
  • Attendance at mandatory orientation programming: Students must attend all in-person and online pre-departure orientation programming presented by UI Study Abroad and IES Abroad.
  • 18 years of age: Participants must be at least 18 years of age.

Additional notes on eligibility

  • Program eligibility requirements may change per IES Abroad policies. Before applying, it is important that you review the eligibility requirements listed on the IES Abroad website for your program to ensure you meet all listed requirements.


Students will be responsible for paying many of their program costs through their University of Iowa U-Bill, while other costs will be out-of-pocket costs paid by the student directly to vendors before and after going abroad. Refer to the cost sheets below for details on the costs associated with this program.

The cost sheets outline the total estimated costs associated with participating in this program and can be used for financial aid purposes. They include fees charged on students’ U-Bill as well as out-of-pocket expenses. Actual out-of-pocket expenses will vary from individual to individual. Quoted estimates are conservatively high, yet realistic.

Costs for future sessions are usually similar to the current session, however students can expect a modest increase in overall costs each session. Final cost sheets for future sessions are typically available early in the semester before the session begins.

Cost Sheets

The cost sheet below applies to the Spring 2020 session.

A cost sheet for the Fall 2021 session will be available by mid-spring 2021.

Calculating Fees

The cost sheets are based on the fees described below:

Cost sheets do not include the following optional costs:

Additional Optional Costs Paid to IES Abroad

  • Optional Tours with IES Abroad
  • Additional fees for Engineering, Mathematics, and Science course enrollment

Optional fees vary by session, and will be available shortly before the upcoming session.

Personal Travel Costs

Costs for personal travel are not included in the cost estimates provided on the cost sheet. If you plan to travel outside of your host city or country during or after your study abroad program, you will need to budget for additional funds to cover the cost of your personal travel.

The cost of personal travel depends entirely on each student’s individual travel plans and spending habits. Estimates for personal travel costs provided by past students on this program vary significantly from $1,500 to as much as $9,000 or more per session.

More Information about Optional Additional Costs

Students should budget additional funds to cover the costs not described on the program cost sheet. Contact IES Abroad for more information about these optional additional costs.

Costs charged to the U-Bill

  • Application Fee (charged at the time of application, before financial aid/scholarships disburse)
  • Course Fees- Includes program tuition, housing, some meals, IES health insurance (charged shortly before departure)
  • Study Abroad Fee (charged shortly before departure)
  • CISI Health Insurance (charged shortly before departure)

Out-of-pocket costs (not charged to the U-Bill)

  • Round trip airfare from Cedar Rapids (paid by student directly to travel agent or airline- approx. 6-8 weeks prior to departure, before financial aid/scholarships disburse)
  • Food (paid by student at their discretion while abroad)
  • Visa fees (paid by student on arrival to Ireland, or shortly before arrival and before financial aid/scholarships are disbursed. See the Immigration/Visa section under the Predeparture tab for more information.)
  • Local transportation (paid at student’s discretion while abroad)
  • Cell phone (paid as needed while abroad)
  • Passport (paid by student prior to departure, before financial aid/scholarships are disbursed)
  • Textbooks (paid as needed while abroad)
  • Medical exam/immunizations (paid by student as needed prior to departure, before financial aid/scholarships disburse)
  • Personal expenses (paid by student at their discretion while abroad)
  • Optional IES tours, additional fees for Engineering, Mathematics, and Science course enrollment, and personal travel expenses (paid as needed while abroad)

Financial Aid & Scholarships

You can find information about options for funding your study abroad experience, including financial aid, scholarships, grants, etc, on UI Study Abroad’s Funding Website.

In addition, take a look at IES Abroad’s Scholarship website for information about scholarships offered directly through your program provider.

How to Apply

  • Meet with the appropriate study abroad advisor to discuss your study abroad plans well ahead of the application deadline. Your application will not be approved until you've completed this step. You can set up an appointment by calling UI Study Abroad at 319-335-0353 or through the Advising Appointment section of your MyUI account.
  • Meet with your academic advisor to review your program and ensure that it is a good match for your academic and personal goals.
  • If you and your academic advisor agree that the program is a good match for you, request the online UI study abroad program application for your chosen program from your UI study abroad advisor. Note that a non-refundable $50 application fee will be charged to your U-Bill as part of this online application.
  • Please note that for study abroad programs through Spring 2022, students will not be charged the $50 application fee until travel is assured. If a student chooses to withdraw prior to the application fee being billed, it will not be charged.
  • Create an account in the IES Portal and complete the online application for your desired program.
  • Complete all of the online sections of the application. Note: The IES online application takes 1-2 business days to activate. Submit your application 1-2 days before the IES application deadline to ensure it is received in time to be considered.
  • Send an official University of Iowa transcript to IES Abroad. You can find information about requesting an official transcript here: Requesting a Transcript
  • Upload any additional documents required for your IES application.
  • Your Study Abroad advisor will complete the Home School Authorization once you have completed the UI application and the IES application.
  • IES Abroad will contact you by email to inform you of your acceptance decision within several weeks.



If you are accepted to your IES program, you will be asked to commit to participating in your program by submitting the University of Iowa Confirmation of Participation form and the IES Abroad Intent to Enroll document.

After you have formally confirmed your plans to participate, you will work with both UI Study Abroad and with IES Abroad. Follow instructions from both. Later in the semester, your UI study abroad advisor will contact you regarding orientation sessions, registration, and other required UI procedures and documentation.

Application Deadline

The application deadline for the Fall and Academic Year sessions has been extended to March 15.

Applications for the Spring session are due on September 24.

Applications for the Summer session are due on March 4.

Confirmation of Participation

Confirmation materials will be posted after the program application deadline.

Health & Safety Planning

All students preparing to study abroad should review the following:

Iowa Regents CISI Health Insurance Information

Students are also encouraged to complete the Health Preparation Guide for International Travelform with their medical practitioner. This document is intended to help you plan for your medical needs abroad. Please DO NOT turn this form in to UI Study Abroad.


All program participants are required to complete immigration requirements to enter and study in your host country. UI Study Abroad and your program provider/host institution abroad will provide you with immigration instructions prior to departure.

Note that permission to enter and study in your host country is provided exclusively by the host country’s government based on that country's immigration requirements. Your host country’s immigration requirements may include considerations related to specific national origin, national heritage, criminal background status, and similar issues that can make it impossible to receive permission to enter the country in some cases. Contact your UI study abroad advisor for more information.

It is essential that you thoroughly review all of your immigration materials before you leave for your host country to ensure that they are absolutely complete and accurate. It is entirely your responsibility to ensure that all of your immigration materials are in order and fully accurate before you leave for your host country. If any of your immigration materials contain inaccurate information of any kind, contact your UI study abroad advisor immediately to discuss your options.

Do not take steps to complete your host country’s immigration requirements until you receive more information from UI Study Abroad.

Review the UI Study Abroad Travel Documentation website for further guidance on the immigration/visa process.


In order to prepare for your time abroad, you are required by the University of Iowa to complete two orientations. These may be in addition to orientations provided by your on-site provider. See below for more information.

Online Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation

You are required to complete the International Programs ICON course "Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation" prior to departure. This orientation is mandatory for all students going abroad under the auspices of the University of Iowa. It covers many practical matters about living overseas, such as health and safety, communication, money, goals, and much more. You will be enrolled in this course by International Programs and an email will be sent to you once enrolled. If you have any questions, you can email

Program-Specific Orientation

This orientation will be facilitated by your study abroad advisor and will cover content specific to your program and host country. It could be conducted in a group setting or one-on-one depending on your type of planned activity abroad. Your study abroad advisor will send you more information about this mandatory in-person session.