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What’s happening within Trinity’s ancient walls?


Keri is one of our US students who is in her fourth year in Trinity.  Here she lets us know about her experience of studying English at Trinity, one of our Top 10 Courses. 

I get the desire to get out and see the world; I also get that it can be scary to consider moving thousands of miles away from your family, so I commend you for coming this far. Honestly, the best thing you can do for yourself at this juncture is read all of the research you can get your eyeballs on. To that end, I’d like to share with you a little bit of insight into the reasons I chose to go to Trinity.




By Sohyun Lim, South Korea [Trinity International Foundation Programme, Pathway A]

I came to Ireland at first in June 2015 to learn English and gain some experience living in another country. I wanted to pick a European country as I have always been interested in European culture and history. Of course the UK was another possible choice but I settled on Ireland because I could see some more practical advantages that Ireland has. Also, Ireland is a country with friendly people who enjoy a “good chat”!



By Anna McAlpine [Visiting Student, Study Abroad Blogger]

The idea of studying abroad on Erasmus conjures up many different images and ideas in people’s minds. When you first apply, if you are anything like me, your mind can instantly be ensnared by the prospects of the new friends you will meet, the experiences you will gain in a new city and the new hobbies you will discover at your host university. This is all relevant of course but it is also worthwhile remembering that you are going to study at this university – not just take a little exciting holiday. It is important to understand the academic environment at Trinity and research it to make sure that it is suitable to your way of learning. Whilst studying abroad I believe that you have to be totally comfortable with adapting to new situations and ways of receiving teaching – flexibility will be crucial to your success.


My Trinity Experience…

By Patrick Byrnes

The summer before I came to Trinity was a terrifying one. I was scared I’d be just the new kid and then after a month yesterday’s news. Trinity College was nothing like that though, the first month was instead of a euphoric happy experience – a period of adjustment. But unsurprisingly – but surprising for me – after that month things were a lot simpler and easier. I grasped the harsh sarcasm of the Irish and actually understood it, I found a place that didn’t judge me on where I’d been or how my accent sounded, but on who I was and how I behaved.

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First Impressions of Trinity…

Viviana Lletget

Visiting Student

Departments at Trinity: English, Political Science, and Sociology  

Home University: University of California Berkeley, Ethnic Studies

First Impressions…
Hi! I’m Viviana, a University of California Berkeley student, and I have come to Trinity College Dublin for a semester in order to remove myself from the norm, and experience new academic settings as well as social surroundings. I absolutely fell in love with my lecture courses right away at Trinity. The instructors are very eloquent and are gifted in how they present material so that students can easily process sometimes complicated topics. I study English, Political Science, and Sociology here at Trinity, and although my major is in Ethnic Studies back home, taking selected courses from these three departments helped me structure an academic plan that serves my major requirements. I have only been here at Trinity for six weeks now, but I already know that it has been one of the best decisions I have made to academically enrich my college experience.

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Your name: Caroline Holland

Your year of study: 2nd Year

Your programme of study / course: Law

What made you decide to study your course at Trinity?

Unlike in the US, to study law in Ireland it is not necessary to undertake an undergraduate degree first. Moreover, once in Trinity I did not need to take general education classes to fulfill credit requirements. From day one I was able to focus on studying law, something I was always interested in. Trinity’s global recognition as well as its prime location and historic campus made it an obvious choice.

What, if anything, was the most challenging thing about moving to Ireland to study?

I had lived in Ireland when I was younger so I wasn’t worried about the move, but I was anxious about how my abilities would measure up against Irish students. Although Law is a course which most incoming 1st year students have not studied in depth before, I was nervous that coming from an American education system might affect me when transitioning into an Irish university amongst mostly Irish students.

How did you overcome the challenge?

I quickly realized that for US and other international students the college experience was as new and exciting as for national students in all aspects. In terms of academics, it was simply a matter of working hard and attending lectures. I also found that AP classes had really prepared me for the critical thinking required in college.

What aspect / module of your course have you enjoyed studying the most so far and why?

I’ve enjoyed the variety offered by the Law School. We study the backbone of Irish Law such as Tort Law and Constitutional Law, yet we also develop a broader understanding of law through modules like Legislation and Regulation and EU law. The lecturers are experts in their fields and engage the whole lecture hall, while the seminars allow for classroom style learning.

If you had one piece of advice to any other students about to start your course in Trinity what would it be?

Get involved! There is no better way to meet new people or to feel like part of the Trinity community. The clubs, societies, and sports teams are fantastic and the events they host are attended by all. In the past few months for example, LawSoc has hosted Sarah Rafferty, Donna in Suits, the Phil has hosted Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, and Snow Sports took a trip to Les Arcs, France. Of course, the highlight of the year is Trinity Ball!

What is your favourite thing about Dublin?

Dublin has the unique ability to operate as a capital city while also maintaining the charm and friendliness of a small town or village. It presents its residents with many opportunities and events, yet there is a real sense of community and closeness when walking around Dublin. Dublin is also a gateway to Europe so it’s easy to travel at weekends!

What three words would you use to describe Trinity to someone who’s never been here?

Beautiful, energetic, welcoming!

If you would like to get to know Trinity College and the city of Dublin better, consider coming along to one of our upcoming US events.


Elli is one of our international students from the US.  She is studying PPES at Trinity.  Here she tells us about 10 things that took her by surprise living in Dublin.

  1. The Weather

When I first came to Ireland from sunny California I knew I would be in for a shock, but I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that there are plenty of sunny days here too. The weather here is actually never uncomfortable. At its hottest it is extremely pleasant and even at its coldest it is rarely freezing and almost never snows enough to stick. The weather is sporadic, but forgiving and certainly hasn’t been a bad surprise.

  1. The International Community

As the only person in my high school to be going abroad I was unsure how many people like me I’d meet, but what I found when I arrived was that I was not alone at all. Trinity is around 20% international, with students from all over the world. I realised making this big decision to move 5,000 miles from home was not so crazy after all. If all the other international students could do it, so could I. I found there is power in numbers, or at least a great support network of other students going through exactly the same things as you and who are always happy to listen.


  1. The Travel

One of the biggest attractions of moving to Ireland for me was its proximity to the rest of Europe. Ireland alone has amazing castles and historical sites, beautiful cities, stunning beaches and of course gorgeous green landscapes, but I was also pleasantly surprised to find that traveling to the rest of Europe is incredibly cheap and easy. I’ve already travelled all across France, Turkey, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, The Czech Republic, Spain, The Netherlands, Portugal, Italy, The UK, Hungary and of course Ireland. Traveling around Europe is so easy and a major plus of living here.


  1. The Food

Generally the UK and Ireland are not really well known for their food. Things like blood sausage just don’t sound that delicious, however I found Dublin to have a vibrant and diverse restaurant scene with plenty of great options, even for sushi or Mexican food. Not to mention all the amazing local Irish foods like salmon, butter, beef and of course potatoes.


  1. The Drinks

I was surprised to find that, despite the reputation for loving the odd pub beverage, there’s another drink that the Irish have a much more intense and addictive relationship with: tea. Before coming to Dublin I never drank tea, but since moving here it’s been difficult getting away with having less than three cups a day. Every social interaction revolves around having a cup of tea whether you’re meeting friends between classes or going to someone’s house there will always be tea involved.


  1. The Language

I came to Ireland with the confidence that everyone woImage9(Language)uld speak English, which is for the most part the case, but I found that many words in Irish English are quite different from American English. Sayings like “what’s the craic?” (which means “what’s up?”), or words like “grand” (which means just ok instead of great) and “press” (aka cabinet) baffled me. Sentences start with ‘sure look’ and end with ‘like’. While these small differences are confusing, most of the time they’re just funny. It feels like a great accomplishment every time I remember to say courgette instead of Zucchini and shop instead of groceries.

  1. The Names

In California I knew a lot of Amandas, Britneys, Matts, and Joshs.  In Ireland I know a lot of Eoins (O-wen) and Aoifes (ee-fa) and Caoimhes (kwee-va or kee-va) and Niamhs (neev or nee-iv). Many people have names that are utterly unpronounceable, unless of course you’re familiar with the Irish language. This was quite difficult at first, but once you hear them enough and learn not to try and sound them out, saying Sadhbh (sive, sigh-v) or Oisín (uh-sheen or o-sheen) becomes second nature!

  1. The Roads

Back in California, I drove basically everywhere and certainly took advantage of the fact that roads generally had two lanes and visible signs. In Ireland things are very different. Roads are narrow and often one-way and a single road may change its name 4 or 5 times within a kilometre. The good news is you never have to drive here. Walking and public transportation is much safer and easier than in the US, so getting around is simple. Dublin has an extensive bus network and a tram called the Luas, which is currently being extended to connect the whole city. Personally, I cycle to college every day and despite it being slightly terrifying at times I never miss driving.

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  1. The Academia

College in Ireland is very different than in the States. You chose your major when applying to the school and only take classes related to it, so no GenEd (General Education Program) requirements like in the US. They also grade with 1st as the highest then 2.1, 2.2, and 3.


  1. The Excitement

I remember getting a tour of Trinity and seeing all the beautiful buildings in front square and feeling the amazement of standing there on the 400 year old cobble stones in this sanctuary in the heart of Dublin. I wondered if I came there every day as a student would I ever get used to how stunning and remarkable it is. So far, I have been happily surprised that every day walking around Trinity I still feel that same awe and excitement I did on that tour three years ago. Every day I’m reminded when I walk through the front gate that I’m in the right place.


If you would like to get to know Trinity College and the city of Dublin better, consider coming along to one of our upcoming US events.