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What’s happening within Trinity’s ancient walls?

Trinity College, a school of witchcraft and wizardry

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.

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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.