One of Europe's oldest cities, Dublin is the cultural center and heart of Ireland. With its rich literary heritage, ancient buildings and modern architecture, and an energetic music scene and theater life, Dublin offers a vibrant mix of historic charm and cutting-edge culture. The past 20 years have seen Dublin transform itself into a modern, thriving, affluent European capital.
Trinity College Dublin is the oldest university in Ireland and is internationally known as one of the most prestigious research institutions. Located in vibrant downtown Dublin, students will find the location ideal for accessing vast resources and engaging in academic study with the 17,000 students at Trinity. Students have the opportunity to participate in an active student life, with numerous student organizations and clubs available.
The Semester Start Up Programme (or SSP) at Trinity College is a three-week orientation period for the fall semester focused on an interdisciplinary approach to study. Students receive 5 ETCS (or 1/6 of their required credit) for the SSP and are, therefore, able to complete the work of a full semester when combined with the other undergraduate courses from October-December. This program includes lectures, tutorials, and field trips around Dublin and to other parts of Ireland such as the Boyne Valley and Kilkenny, as well as a range of social evenings to cultural venues.
Students who study abroad at Trinity College may select from the wide range of courses offered through the Broad Curriculum, the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Faculty of Engineering, Mathematics and Science. Brown students studying in Ireland must complete 30 credits each semester in order to receive the equivalent of four Brown credits. Students also have the unique advantage of pursuing independent research and taking master's level coursework as part of their course load. Master's level coursework can be later applied toward graduate study at Trinity under the Brown +1 program.
Students on this program may participate in Brown +1, which allows them to take master's level course while at Trinity during their junior year with the option of returning after graduation from Brown to complete the one year master's degree. Students who wish to pursue this option should contact OIP in their sophomore year to discuss how to plan an appropriate course of study for their time abroad.
Approximate dates are provided based on past programs; students should expect them to vary by year.
Academic Year: late August - late May
Fall Semester: late August - third week of December
Spring Semester: early January - late May
Students arrange housing through Trinity College and are usually assigned to on-campus accommodations in Trinity Hall. The typical housing arrangement consists of single or double rooms that are grouped in apartments accommodating six persons, with a kitchen and living room.
Eligibility and Requirements
The Brown in Ireland program is open to Brown undergraduate students.
Students must be juniors in good academic standing (a minimum 3.3 GPA or higher) and have a strong academic background in their fields of study (3-4 courses previously taken in the field).
Apply by the deadline using Brown's online application system via the "apply now" and "return to application" buttons on the right side of this page. Applications typically require faculty recommendations so it is important to begin the process early.