By Fiona Corcoran, Michaelmas 2018 Study Abroad Student from American University
Most of my friends thought I was silly to arrive in Dublin for study abroad almost a full month before classes actually started. To them, the later semester schedule that many European schools keep seemed like an opportunity for a longer, stress-free summer. But for me, it was a chance to get a head start on adjusting to life in a new country. The Semester Start-Up Programme (SSP), a three-week pre-semester course at Trinity designed for international and visiting students, was hugely helpful in this area. By the time most visiting students were just arriving for Freshers’ Week, I had made new friends, gained a stronger understanding of Irish history, and knocked a few must-see locations off my list.
Continue reading Arriving Early in Dublin and Starting the Semester Right
By Josefine Klintberg.
I dreamed about the magic of walking over a courtyard, to gracefully descend down a majestic staircase and head into a room filled with knowledge, to follow the steps of those who came before me and made it into the history books, who made a difference.
Continue reading Trinity College, a school of witchcraft and wizardry
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.
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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”!
Continue reading DREAM OF STUDYING AT TRINITY REALISED THROUGH INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION PROGRAMME
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.
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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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Departments at Trinity: English, Political Science, and Sociology
Home University: University of California Berkeley, Ethnic Studies
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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