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 include Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Northwestern University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Vanderbilt University.
Trinity College Dublin
Trinity College is the oldest university in Ireland and one of the oldest universities in all of Western Europe. One of Ireland's major tourist attractions, the College is also an intimate part of the city at whose heart it stands, crossed by hundreds of Dubliners who use it as a daily thoroughfare. Trinity is in a leading research position in Ireland, which often takes the form of partnership with major international companies or of inter-institutional cooperation within the framework of programs of the European community. Trinity prides itself also on its tradition of personal contact between staff and students, encouraged by its collegiate atmosphere. Its staff and students form a compact academic community, with several hundred students and a number of staff living on campus.
Dublin, the capital of the Republic of Ireland, enjoys one of the best settings of any European city. Stretching around the wide expanse of Dublin Bay, few parts of the city are far from the sights and smells of the sea, while many center-city streets seem to end in a vista of mountains. The principal city of Ireland for most of its thousand year history, it experienced a period of rapid expansion in the 18th century. Small by present-day international standards, Dublin has nevertheless the resources of a capital city with a full and varied cultural and intellectual life. With one of the youngest populations of Europe's major cities, Dublin offers an unusually congenial atmosphere for students.
Did you know…?
A particular feature of Dublin life is the tradition of live music in every conceivable venue, from street busking to the National Concert Hall -- not forgetting the singing pubs in which traditional music still flourishes.
Trinity College is home to many famous literary figures including Bram Stoker, Samuel Beckett, and Oscar Wilde.
The program at Trinity College Dublin is for College credit only.
Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.3
Language Prerequisite: No previous study required.
Additional Course Pre-requisite(s): Successful completion of at least 3 college-level courses in major by the end of the academic semester (fall or spring) prior to departure.
Other Requirements: Completion of at least two full years of undergraduate study by the end of the academic semester (fall or spring) prior to departure is required.
Language of Instruction
A full course load at Trinity College Dublin consists of 3 courses per semester (which typically equates to 20-30 ECTS credits at Trinity), plus the Ideas Translation Lab (ITL) course run by CASA-Trinity. Penn students must maintain a full course load while abroad and may only enroll in courses at the undergraduate level.
CASA-Trinity students also have the optional opportunity to enroll in one graduate Masters-level class, subject to approval.
Visiting students may select courses from different departments and at different levels to suit their particular needs and interests. A high proportion of teaching takes place in small groups, and lecturers are normally readily available for advice and consultation. Each student is assigned to a tutor who is a member of the teaching staff and looks after the student's academic and personal welfare.
CASA-Trinity students will explore 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.
Students 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.
Semester Start-Up Program
All students attending Trinity College Dublin must participate in the Semester Start-Up Program (SSP). In the fall, the program runs for three weeks from late August and will consist of lectures, tutorials and field trips. The program is an interdisciplinary module in History, Archaeology, Art, Architecture and Literature. On completion of course work and assessment, students will be awarded credit. The SSP is required for all Penn students attending Trinity College.
If you are studying at Trinity for the spring semester, you are required to take a week-long version of the Semester Start-Up Program. This program runs in the week before normal teaching begins in January and does not bear credit.
As on all Penn Abroad programs, grades are recorded on the Penn transcript and are calculated in the cumulative grade point average. The pass/fail option can be exercised according to the Penn on-campus policy of your home school. For more information on Penn Abroad’s academic policies, click here.
Grades are reported to Penn on the Trinity College Dublin scale and then converted to Penn grades according to the following grade equivalencies:
All Penn students are required to attend the orientation activities organized by Trinity College Dublin prior to the start of each semester. More information on Trinity’s orientation activities can be found here.
Trinity students run an optional and free Meet & Greet Service to give international students a warm welcome at the airport.
Participants must be willing to live under local conditions for students.
A very limited number of student rooms will be available to full-year study abroad students at Trinity Hall. Trinity College has 1,000 rooms at Trinity Hall which is an off-campus residence located in Dartry near Rathmines, approximately 2.5 miles from the centre of Dublin. The majority of visiting students -- like most Irish students who do not live at home -- are accommodated in shared houses or small self-catering flats and apartments in the city center and its suburbs. Houses and flats vary in price depending on size, facilities and location.
Most visiting students are housed at the Binary Hub, located in Dublin’s city center. Students admitted to Trinity as Visiting Students will receive more information about accommodation from the Study Abroad team upon acceptance.
Information regarding accommodation can be found here and here.
Cost and Finance
Penn Abroad Financial Policies
Students are charged Penn tuition and academic fees for all Penn Abroad programs. Additional expenses will typically include items such as housing, visas, and airfare. Please see the program budget sheets below for more information. For more on Penn Abroad’s financial policies, click here.
Financial Aid and Study Abroad
In most cases, financial aid applies to Penn-approved programs. Student Financial Services reviews program budget sheets each semester to determine how to appropriately adjust your aid package. For more information on how Financial Aid will work during your semester abroad, click here.