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Brown/Consortium for Advanced Studies Abroad (CASA) at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

At a Glance

City: Dublin, Ireland
PartnerTrinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin 
Housing: Binary Hub Residence
Calendar: Semester or Academic Year
Eligibility: Good academic standing and minimum 3.3 GPA 



The City

Dublin, Ireland’s capital, is home to 1.5 million people. With a young and cosmopolitan population, Dublin is known for its friendly, open, and welcoming people. A UNESCO City of Literature, the city bustles with energy and a thriving social scene. Nestled between the mountains and the sea, Dublin affords easy access to the rest of Ireland and Europe.

Proud of its cultural heritage, the city is also progressive. Dublin is known for entrepreneurship, and many innovative worldwide companies have headquarters in Dublin city — including Google, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, LinkedIn, and many more.

Trinity College Dublin

Founded in 1592, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin is a world-renowned Irish university. Trinity is recognized for its academic excellence, transformative student experience, world-class research, and its many famous alumni who include Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett, and Mary Robinson.

Trinity is part of the fabric of the city of Dublin. The historic campus is located in the heart of the city center, at the meeting place of the cultural and retail districts. With a tradition of scholarship spanning four centuries, Trinity boasts talented and inquiring minds from all over the world, a liberal education, and world-class research conducted at the frontiers of many disciplines.

Consortium for Advanced Studies Abroad (CASA)

CASA is a consortium of eleven leading world research universities formed for the purpose of organizing and delivering rigorous education abroad programs to highly motivated students in collaboration with distinguished universities around the world. CASA member institutions are Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Northwestern University, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Melbourne, the University of Pennsylvania, and Vanderbilt University. CASA programs are currently offered in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Ireland, and Spain. 

Academic Program: Exploring Ireland Old and New

The  standard semester academic load at Trinity College Dublin is 30 ECTS credits, with most courses counting for either 5 or 10 ECTS credits. 

The CASA Trinity College Dublin academic program, which will begin in Fall 2018, explores the theme of Ireland Old and New. The program begins with a one week orientation program, Understanding Ireland, which offers students the opportunity to meaningfully understand and interpret Ireland’s culture, literature and political history.

The Award-Winning Idea Translation Lab (ITL) (optional course for 5 ECTS credits)

CASA-Trinity students may also take a new, optional course which explores the modern-day intersection of science and art, and develop solutions to real-life problems through the Ideas Translation Lab (ITL), a customized, cutting-edge, cross-disciplinary undergraduate course stimulating the development of entrepreneurial, creative and critical thinking skills through collaborative group projects. Initiated at Trinity’s Science Gallery in collaboration with Harvard in 2011, the ITL course offers students opportunities to generate, develop, and realize breakthrough ideas for social, cultural, educational, and economic impact.  The course aims to equip students with skills beyond their disciplinary boundaries and to develop creative project ideas, applying both design and entrepreneurial skills to produce projects with real world outcomes. These projects may have impact along different axes: social, scientific, cultural and commercial.

Working alongside Trinity College Dublin students, participants in the Ideas Translation Lab hone their ideas from inception to realization, and conduct a final presentation during the last week of the course. This class encourages students to critically reflect on the broader perspectives surrounding the cultural, ethical, and economic role of science in society, including science policy and the commercialization of new ideas.

CASA-Trinity students fill out their remaining credit load from Trinity’s extensive undergraduate course catalogue. Options include Classics, Communications, Drama, Economics, Education, English, European Studies, Film, French, Germanic Studies, Hispanic Studies, History, History of Art, Irish Studies, Italian, Law, Music, Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religion and Theology, Russian and Slavonic Studies, Social Work and Social Policy, Sociology, Biochemistry and Immunology, Biology, Botany, Chemistry, Computer Science and Statistics, Engineering (3 tracks), Environmental Sciences, Genetics, Geography, Geology, Mathematics, Microbiology, Physics (including Astrophysics and Theoretical Physics), Plant Sciences, Zoology and Nursing and Midwifery.

A Unique Opportunity: Graduate Level Access 

CASA-Trinity students also have the optional opportunity to enroll in one graduate Masters-level class, subject to approval.  At present, there are a number of options available in a variety of disciplines, including:

School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures:

School of Religions and Theology:

School of Engineering:

School of Linguistics, Speech and Communications Science:

Carefully programmed academic field trips throughout the semester offer students the opportunity to connect with, and continue to reflect upon, Ireland’s cultural heritage. Potential excursions include tours of both historic and modern sites within Dublin, and a theater or music performance at a local venue. 

Program Calendar

  • Fall: early September – mid-December
  • Spring: Early January - Late May


Housing is allocated by Trinity College Dublin at the Binary Hub residence. Binary Hub is situated close to both the Guinness Brewery and the River Liffey, as well as many colleges and language schools in Dublin. It houses over 450 students, and provides excellent common facilities and an active social events calendar. Rooms are stylish, fully furnished, and have plenty of storage space. Students share a kitchen/living space, and have access to the Binary Hub gym, common room, study space, and laundry.

Eligibility and Requirements

A minimum of a 3.3 GPA. 

Application Instructions

CASA member school students  (see section above for a list of CASA member schools) should check with their home institution's study abroad office about application procedures. Brown and Non-CASA member school students must by the appropriate deadline using Brown's online application system via the "Apply Now"  button on the left side of this web page.  Applications typically require faculty recommendations, so it is important for students to begin the process early.

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