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Trinity College Dublin - The University of Dublin


Trinity College Dublin is recognised internationally as Ireland's leading university and as one of the top universities in the world. Cutting-edge research, technology and innovation places the university at the forefront of higher education in Ireland and internationally. 

Founded in 1592, Trinity College Dublin is one of the oldest universities in Europe. Today it has a vibrant community of 17,000 students, representing 122 nationalities, and a wide range of social backgrounds, age-groups and cultures.

Located in the centre of Dublin, Ireland’s capital city with a reputation for friendliness and a vibrant social life, Trinity College Dublin’s 47-acre campus is home to technologically advanced libraries, laboratories and IT facilities that have been seamlessly integrated into the beautiful historic campus. 

Trinity College Dublin's library is one of the largest in Europe with 4.25 million books and electronic access to over 30,000 journals. In addition to collections gathered over four centuries, the library has had 200 years of legal deposit, allowing the university to claim a copy of every book published in Ireland and the UK. It is also home to an extensive collection of maps, music and manuscripts, the most famous being the legendary Book of Kells.


Living in Dublin  

Trinity College Dublin is located in the heart of Dublin, Ireland’s capital city, founded as a Viking settlement in the 10th century, Dublin today is well known for its public gardens and parks, Georgian architecture, art galleries, museums, theatres and impromptu pub sessions of music and dancing. It is an official UNESCO City of Literature and hosts festivals for music, theatre, writing, film and food throughout the year.  Dublin is the youngest populated city in Europe, with a diverse population of 1.5 million. It is great for high street shopping, outdoor markets, restaurants and cinemas.  Everything Dublin has to offer is within walking distance of Trinity’s landmark Front Gate and it is connected by bus and rail to the beautiful Irish coasts and unspoilt countryside.

Student Life at TCD 

Trinity College offers students an unparalleled experience, with 120 societies and 48 sports clubs waiting for you to join them in Front Square during Freshers' Week, course-specific social events for you to get to know your new classmates, not to mention the legendary Trinity Ball. International students make friends through joining student societies which cover everything from the Afro-Caribbean Society to the Zoological Society. The societies meet regularly and provide an excellent opportunity to get together with other students with similar interests. Among the societies are the oldest debating societies in the world – the Philosophical Society (The Phil), dating from 1684, and the Historical Society (The Hist), dating from 1770.

Sports Facilities at TCD

There are 50 sports clubs in Trinity College Dublin for visiting students to enjoy. The extensive facilities and diverse range of sports clubs offer many opportunities for recreational and sporting opportunities. The new Sports Centre, of which all students are automatically members, includes a 25m swimming pool, sauna and steam room, fitness theatre, ancillary hall, climbing wall, fitness studio, and holistic treatment rooms. Also on campus are squash courts, tennis courts, a futsal pitch, rugby, soccer and cricket pitches and a grass athletics track in the summer.

Undergraduate Study at TCD

Trinity College Dublin welcomes international undergraduate students to choose from over 400 full-time four year courses, covering a wide range of disciplines, with the majority of departments offering a four-year degree programme. These include flexible subject combinations in Arts and Humanities, Science and Health Sciences, allowing students to study the areas that interest them most.

Two Subject Moderatorships (TSMs) are double honours degree programmes. You can check if your favourite subjects can be taken together as a Two Subject Moderatorship.

Broad Curriculum

Trinity College Dublin aims to provide the broadest possible education and encourages its students to develop skills in critical thinking by taking a course outside their main discipline. To this end we offer Broad Curriculum courses in the following subjects: literature, film studies, art and society, philosophy, psychology, politics, development economics, globalisation, the Irish landscape, environmental change, environmental law, business studies and history.

Postgraduate Taught and Research at TCD

Trinity College Dublin offers over 200 highly regarded taught postgraduate programmes at Postgraduate Diploma and Masters level, as well as programmes for Masters and PhDs by research. Our world-class interdisciplinary research centres and institutes attract leading researchers and provide a stimulating learning environment.

International Foundation Year at TCD

Students who do not meet the requirements for direct entry to an undergraduate programme at Trinity College Dublin may apply for the International Foundation Year. The modular coursework ensures you achieve the required standard for admission, and allows you to progress into your chosen degree. Foundation years are offered in: Business, Economics and Social Sciences; and Science and Engineering.

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Personal Tutor

Every undergraduate student is assigned a ‘Tutor’ – a lecturer who provides confidential personal and academic advice and support to students throughout their years in the university. Tutors assist students with any difficulties, listen to their concerns and help them to get the most out of their time while studying. Trinity College Dublin is the only university in Ireland to offer this system of student care.


Research Excellence 

Trinity College Dublin is a research-led university, where teaching is delivered by world-class researchers and enriched by their discoveries and advances. The university is committed to changing the world, with a strategy for global impact in the following dynamic research areas: International Integration; Culture and Creative Arts; Materials and Intelligent Systems; Biosciences and Translational Research; and Transport, Energy and Environment.

Support Services at TCD

At the heart of the university’s activities is the commitment to the intellectual and personal development of all of its students. There are many different forms of support provided in Trinity College Dublin:

Accommodation at TCD

A large number of rooms are available for non-EU full degree students at the university residence at Trinity Hall, which is located in Dartry, a quiet safe suburb, 4 kilometres from the city centre and easily accessible from the university by bus and LUAS (tram).  Trinity Hall is a large, friendly complex with its own Junior Common Room that organises many social activities and outings. It accommodates over 1,000 students in shared, single or twin apartments.

Application for all Trinity College Dublin accommodation is made online. In order to apply you must have your Trinity College Student ID number. Once you have been accepted, you will receive an official letter of offer which will include this number. Please note that you may not apply online until you have accepted your place.