Dublin, Ireland (Trinity)

Notre Dame's program in Ireland is located in the city of Dublin, a capital city of 1,000,000 people located on the Irish Sea on the east coast of Ireland. Physically a small city—all the major museums and sites are within walking distance—it has a rich cultural life manifested especially in its established and experimental theater and traditional Irish and classical music. Dublin also boasts several excellent museums including the National Museum, with Celtic objects from the 8th and 9th centuries, and the National Gallery of paintings, which has a large collection of Irish artists. It is a young city, with over 100,000 college-age students in its many educational institutions.

Academic Program

Students will take courses at the Keough-Naughton Notre Dame Study Center in Dublin and at one of the Republic of Ireland's best universities—Trinity College Dublin (TCD). Notre Dame's Keough-Naughton Center is located at O'Connell House on Merrion Square, the most elegant Georgian square in central Dublin. The building was the former home to Daniel O'Connell, the early 19th century Irish Catholic political leader. Notre Dame's Center is directed by Professor Kevin Whelan, an historian and member of the Royal Irish Academy.

Trinity College Dublin celebrated its Quatercentenary in 1992.  Located in the heart of the capital, the campus extends over 40 acres and includes five quadrangles with buildings from the eighteenth through the twentieth centuries.  The Old Library (1712) contains the famous Book of Kells, an illuminated manuscript that dates back to 800 A.D. Trinity is home to about 9,000 students.The Dublin Program is unique in that it can accommodate students from all of Notre Dame's colleges—Arts and Letters, Business, Engineering and Science.  Within those faculties there is a wide range of subjects, and students are advised to have courses approved during the application process with the help of an advisor in their college.

The Trinity Program is offered as a full year academic program or semester program.

Links to current course offerings at Trinity College Dublin.

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Students in the Dublin program are required to take the course "Introduction to Ireland" taught by Prof. Kevin Whelan, which carries 3 credits. This course is cross listed for HIST, SOC, ANTH, and IRST and satisfies the University history or social science requirement at ND. Two weekend trips are included with the course. One trip usually visits a site in the North of Ireland, and the second trip visits a site in the western or southern portion of Ireland.  

All other courses are taken at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) for a total credit hour minimum of 30 hours for the entire academic year or 15 hours for a single semester. 

Current year course offerings at TCD can be found on their module website for visiting students. All courses offered by TCD can potentially transfer back to ND for credit with specific approval of the designated undergraduate advisor and/or dean. For a list of courses taken in the past (2005 to present) at TCD please consult the Study Abroad course database listing these past approvals. Please note that courses approved in the past may not be offered by TCD in any future semester.  

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Special Opportunities

Service Opportunities

The Dublin Program is noted for its organized service opportunities. Students regularly drop in to help coach basketball at St. Louis Primary School, and participate in one service event together as a group during the semester.

The Dublin Program also includes a Community Based Learning component, which is part of the “Introduction to Ireland” required course. This allows a pre-selected group of students of the program to formally commit 2-3 hours a week to a service site in Dublin. The students write weekly journals and the required final research essay for the course involves the service site where they volunteered.

These service site opportunities have included:

Aisling Project

Computer Clubhouse

Fighting Words

Foundation Project

Friends of the Elderly

Life Center


Separated Children’s Educational Services 

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Housing and Meals

Students enrolling in the Dublin program and taking courses at TCD will live in dormitories on the TCD main campus or off campus in Trinity Hall, which is 2.5 miles outside of City Center and close to the residential area of Dartry. Students studying for a semester only will be housed at Trinity Hall. Notre Dame students live in the dorms with other international and Irish students. Students will live in single rooms or doubles with shared kitchen facilities. See the TCD accommodations website. Students will shop for groceries and prepare meals in their kitchens. Cafeterias and restaurants can be found on campus and in Dublin, but tend to be expensive unless a student purchases a meal plan.

Transportation from Trinity Hall to the main campus can be accessed by bus or the LUAS.

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Site Calendar

Students in the Dublin TCD academic year program will arrive in Ireland in early September.  Students will begin their course of study with other ND students attending UCD by joining them at the ND Study Center for the course "Introduction to Ireland." TCD fall semester begins in mid September while spring semester usually begins the second week of January.

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Trinity College Dublin eligibility: Sophomores wishing to pursue the UCD option need to have a 3.3 GPA or higher by the end of the fall semester of their sophomore year. Participation in the program is during the junior year. TCD can accommodate almost all majors, from science, engineering, A&L, and business. Although TCD does not have a "business school", it does have a business studies department and a school of economics. Course availability is not guaranteed by the host institution, TCD. Students must also check with their academic advisors and determine if TCD fits into their academic plan. Students need to have an academic background in the subject(s) they would like to pursue. It is up to the student to put together a curriculum that has the approval of their major department(s) and their college.  Students must be able to adapt to the Irish system of education, as they will be students of Trinity and subject to the same exam system as Irish students enrolled at the University.

Semester only students must:

  • Choose courses that are completed within their paricular semester of study, i.e. not full year academic courses (fall semester = Michaelmas semester at TCD, spring semester = Hillary semester at TCD, exam schedule = Trinity semester)
  • Note that the Trininy calendar allocates reading days and an exam timetable only at the end of the academic year (after spring semester) and not at the end of the fall semester.

TCD accepts engineering students for either a full academic year term or the spring semester, therefore, excluding the fall semester as a possibility.

Participants are chosen by a selection committee for Study Abroad Programs. Application deadline: November 15 of a student's sophomore year.

In addition to completing the ND Study Abroad on line application, TCD applicants must also complete a hard copy Trinity application by Dec. 9th of their sophomore year. Hard copies of the application along with Notre Dame directions for completion are available in the Study Abroad office in 105 Main Building along with the academic reference hard copy form . 

Students wishing to prepare a good application to TCD should thoroughly understand the specifics of the program and clearly state why they think they would be a good fit for the program.They should inform their academic reference writer(s) and rector of the reasons for their interest in the Trinity College Dublin program. They should prepare an excellent essay in order to inform the selection committee why their application stands out among the rest and their specific interest(s) in Ireland.  

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Health and Safety


All program participants are provided with worldwide health insurance from the time of the group departure from the United States until the program departure date. The cost of insurance is included in the program fees with coverage provided by HTH Worldwide. For more detailed information, please visit the HTH website at www.hthstudents.com/.

Participating students are required to submit a health questionnaire that is completed and signed by the student and a health care provider.  The provider can be a member of the University Health Services staff or your family physician. Back to Top


Embassy Registration: The Office of International Studies requires participants to register with the Department of State at https://step.state.gov so that the US Embassy or Consulate abroad can assist or communicate with the student in time of need.

Specific consular information about Ireland is available at http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1145.html.  Staff onsite provide information pertinent to the site during the orientation period and support the health and safety of students throughout their stay. Back to Top

Personal Property Insurance

You may want to consider insurance coverage for your personal belongings. In many instances, homeowner’s insurance may not extend coverage for personal belongings while traveling abroad. There may also be limitations, restrictions, or high deductibles on the amount of coverage provided. One option to insure your belongings is to purchase Student Personal Property Insurance provided by Haylor, Freyer & Coon, Inc. Coverage is provided worldwide on a replacement cost basis for personal property you own or is entrusted to you by a parent or guardian. An HFC Brochure is available through the Risk Management and Safety Department by calling 631-5037. Back to Top


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