Humanities & Social Sciences

Trinity College Dublin
Dublin, Ireland
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Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Program Name

    Humanities & Social Sciences

  • Location

    Dublin

  • Host University

    Trinity College Dublin

    Trinity College Dublin (TCD) was founded in 1592 when Queen Elizabeth I issued a charter for Trinity College, thereby making it Ireland's oldest operating university. Its reputation for excellence in teaching and research attracts outstanding professors and students from all over the world. Trinity is located on a small, beautiful campus in the heart of Dublin. State-of-the-art libraries, laboratories and IT facilities stand alongside historic buildings. One of Trinity's most famous and historic buildings is Trinity's Old Library, which is the largest research library in Ireland and is home to the Book of Kells. You will have the opportunity to take a wide range of courses with local and international students.

  • Term

    Fall 1B 2020

  • Program Dates

    Late Aug, 2020 - Mid Dec, 2020

  • Program Length

    Semester

  • Application Deadline

    Apr 01, 2020

  • Credit

    20 - 30 ECTS Credits

  • Eligibility

    3.30 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost

    TBA

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Program Description

The Humanities & Social Sciences program is offered through Trinity College Dublin (TCD). This program offers courses from one of TCD's faculties: the Faculty Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences. Popular subject areas include English, History, and Irish Studies. A highlight of this program is TCD's tutoring program which pairs each international student up with a local Irish student. Courses are taught in English by TCD faculty with local and international students.

*If you choose to enroll in one or more courses from the Faculty of Engineering, Mathematics and Science or the Faculty of Health Sciences, you will be required to pay an additional fee. Please speak with the Ireland Program Manager immediately for more information.

*Eligibility

MINIMUM GPA

Students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.30.

You must have at least junior standing (third year) at your home university at the time of participation. You must have completed a minimum of two semesters at a four-year university at time of application. Some exceptions may apply, please contact the Program Manager for more information.

What's Included

Comprehensive Advising and Support

24-Hour Emergency

Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support

Airport Reception

Visa Support

Tuition at the Host University

Housing

Bridging Cultures Program

Full-Time Resident Staff

On-Site ISA Offices

Internet Access

ISA Discovery Model

Excursions

Cultural Activities

Insurance

Official Transcript from the Host University

Professional Development Toolbox

Scholarship Opportunities

Academics

Credits

ECTS Credits

20 - 30

Recommended U.S. Semester Credits

12 - 18

Recommended U.S. Quarter Units

18 - 27

Academic Information

Course Selection

  • You are required to take 4-6 courses per semester. 
  • The Fall semester is known as the “Michaelmas term” and the Spring semester is known as the “Hilary term.” 
  • First-year courses are known as “Junior Freshman” courses, second-year courses are known as “Senior Freshman” courses, third-year courses are known as “Junior Sophister” courses, and fourth-year courses are known as “Senior Sophister” courses.
  • You may only take Sophister level English courses if English majors. If an English major, you may only take a maximum of 2 Sophister level English courses per semester.
  • You may only take Political Science courses if Political Science majors.
  • If you choose to enroll in 1 or more science courses you will be required to pay an additional fee. Please speak with the Ireland Program Manager immediately for more information.
  • Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change. 
  • Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or prerequisites.
  • Requests for sample syllabi can be made to the Ireland Site Specialist.
  • The courses listed below are only a sampling of what Trinity College Dublin offers. Please see the course catalog, linked below, for additional course options.

Course Credit

  • You are required to take 20-30 ECTS credits per semester.
  • Transfer credits earned will be decided entirely by your home university. It is important to be in touch with your university about course approvals and transfer credit pre-departure. 
  • According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, you must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by your home university.
  • Per Trinity College Dublin, 5 ECTS credits is equivalent to 2.5 or 3 U.S. semester credits / 3.75 or 4.5 quarter units. Credit transfer is ultimately determined by the student’s home university.

Course Level Recommendations

  • ISA offers course level recommendations for the modules listed in the Trinity College Dublin (TCD) module catalogue. Please note that the course level recommendations are based on the host university module codes. The structure of a module code at TCD is made up of a sequence of 6 alphanumeric characters. The module code starts with two letters which denote the departmental prefix. The remainder of the module code is made up of four numbers. The first number in the sequence typically indicates the year the module is delivered: 1 for first year, 2 for second year, 3 for third year and 4 for forth year. Based on this information, ISA recommends that modules starting with the numbers 1 and 2 be classified as lower division courses, while modules starting with the numbers 3 and 4 be classified as upper division courses. These ISA recommendations are intended to facilitate the determination of course equivalencies by advisers and credential evaluators at participants' U.S. home institutions.

Transcript Information

  • The transcript from Trinity College Dublin will reflect ECTS credits. Please be in touch with your home university regarding credit transfer for this program.

Courses

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Trinity College Dublin
Additional Course Offerings to the Sample Below
Course Options
Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Business Studies
10 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
10 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
Centre for Language & Communication Studies
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
Classics
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
Economics
5 ECTS Credits
10 ECTS Credits
15 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
10 ECTS Credits
English
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
10 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
Film
10 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
Cult Cinema
FSS011
5 ECTS Credits
Hispanic Studies
Italian
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
Law
10 ECTS Credits
10 ECTS Credits
Criminology
LA3450
10 ECTS Credits
Land Law
LA2020
10 ECTS Credits
10 ECTS Credits
Music
Harmony I (A)
MU1040
10 ECTS Credits
Harmony I (B)
MU1041
5 ECTS Credits
10 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
10 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
10 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
Near & Middle Eastern Studies
Philosophy
5 ECTS Credits
10 ECTS Credits
10 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
Polish Language
10 ECTS Credits
Political Science
10 ECTS Credits
10 ECTS Credits
10 ECTS Credits
10 ECTS Credits
10 ECTS Credits
10 ECTS Credits
Psychology
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
Perception
PS1A07
5 ECTS Credits
Religions & Theology
Russian
10 ECTS Credits
Social Work & Social Policy
15 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
10 ECTS Credits
Sociology
10 ECTS Credits
10 ECTS Credits
10 ECTS Credits
10 ECTS Credits
10 ECTS Credits
10 ECTS Credits
Course Disclaimer
  • Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Support & Funding

U.S. Team

Johanna Alvarado

Program Manager, Ireland

DUBLIN TEAM

Antonio Santana

Resident Director, Ireland

James Goodman

Internships and CP Coordinator, Ireland

Sydne Cook

CP & Students Services Coordinator, Ireland

Funding Your ISA Program

As an ISA participant, you have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and grants that can be applied directly to assist with your study abroad programs. ISA offers over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, please visit the Scholarships and Grants page. 

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Housing

Living in ISA housing will give you the opportunity to experience aspects of the Irish lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor to Dublin. Uncovering the uniqueness of your neighborhood in Dublin and the surrounding areas will help you to feel right at home. You will commute to class as most local students do: by walking or by bus. With an open and adaptable mind, the experience of living in another culture can be highly rewarding.

We strive to match your housing preferences with our available accommodations; however, housing preference requests cannot be guaranteed.

Student Residence

If studying at Trinity College Dublin (TCD), you will be placed in off-campus student residences that are located a 20 minute walk from TCD's campus. Student residences are apartment-style student residences, typically housing three to six students in each apartment. Students are placed in student residences with international students from around the world. Student residences include a shared double bedroom, a shared bathroom, a shared kitchen, and a shared living room. Free, unlimited internet access is available in each bedroom; laundry facilities are available in student residence. A $500 refundable security deposit will be charged if you are living in ISA arranged housing. ISA may retain some, or all, of this deposit in the case of damage to property or if utility usage exceeds the allotted monthly amount.

Independent Housing

You may elect to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you will receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price.

You may elect to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you will receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price.

Excursions

THERE’S MORE TO DISCOVER WITH ISA

Kilkenny

You have the opportunity to partake in a guided tour to explore the intricate history of Kilkenny Castle, enjoying the captivating views of Kilkenny City and its surrounding countryside from the top of St Canice’s Cathedral round tower, as well as enjoying a visit to The National Craft Gallery.

Galway & the Cliffs of Moher

Galway (Gaillimh) lies in the heart of the West of Ireland, clinging to the outer edge of Europe. A walking tour will take play along Salthill;then, you will have the opportunity to have lunch at Galway’s farmers Market, partake in a walking tour of Galway's City and listen to some traditional Irish music.

The Burren, derived from the Gaelic 'Boireann,' meaning ‘Great Rock’, is a vast region comprised of limestone slabs. This region is one of the finest examples of a glacio-karst landscape in the world. Standing 214 meters above the Wild Atlantic Ocean, the Cliffs of Moher are the jewel in the crown of the Burren Region. Step on to the edge of the world and into an awe-inspiring view that dreams are made of!

Glendalough

Glendalough is a glacial valley set in the stunning surroundings of County Wicklow. Wicklow is renowned internationally for its striking natural beauty, earning it the reputation of being the “Garden of Ireland.” A scenic drive will take place through Wicklow Mountains National Park, stopping in Guinness Lake, Sally Gap, and Powerscourt Waterfall. You will walk around the monastic settlement, founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century, as well as enjoy a scenic stroll along Glendalough's stunning lakes.

Howth

Howth is a village and outer suburb of Dublin, Ireland. The district occupies the greater part of the peninsula of Howth Head, forming the northern boundary of Dublin Bay. You will have the opportunity to explore Howth town and part of their Cliffs with a spirited guide. Make sure to bring your hiking boots!

Belfast * Optional

Belfast is the second largest city on the island of Ireland. Belfast is the capital of Northern Ireland; one of the six countries of Ireland that remain part of the United Kingdom. A “Black Taxi Tour” will take place that accumulates a tour around the Protestant and Catholic sections of the city; the tour will also stop at the Peace Wall. You will have lunch at St. George's Market and will visit the city hall. You will, then, have free time to explore.