- 18 years of age or above
- Good academic and disciplinary standing at Penn State
- 3.3 cumulative GPA or better at the time of application. Students under 3.3 will not be considered.
- Second semester sophomore standing or above at the start of the program
On this program students enroll directly in Trinity College Dublin and take classes alongside local students pursuing their degree at the university. Students will also be supported by the IES on-site staff who will give logistical support and plan cultural activities and excursions.
Fall: mid-August - mid-December
Spring: early January - early May
Refer to the program website for the specific dates, if available.
This program may have limited space, so we recommend that you identify an appropriate backup program and complete the Education Abroad Backup Questionnaire in your Penn State Application when applying to this program. Should you not be accepted for your first-choice program, you will automatically be reviewed for your backup choice. For help on choosing an appropriate backup, please contact your education abroad adviser.
Dublin is the capitol and largest city in Ireland. With a population of over 1 million, Dublin is a vibrant and modern European capitol with a lively cultural scene, world-class art and music, that is also known for its literature and famous writers, such as George Bernard Shaw, Oscar Wilde, and Samuel Beckett. As the site of a Celtic settlement from the 7th century and later a Viking outpost, the city has a rich history, which students will be able to explore by visiting the city’s well-known landmarks, such as the River Liffey, St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin Castle, and the Garden of Remembrance.
Trinity College Dublin offers a wide variety of challenging courses and appeals primarily to those students who are ready for the challenge of adapting to an entirely new academic culture that requires significant independent work. Students can take in an Irish play at Abbey Theatre, the country’s national theater, learn about Dublin’s history by exploring Dublin Castle which was built in 1204 and visit Trinity College Dublin to see the 7th Century Book of Kells, a masterful example of an illuminated manuscript, that is housed in its own climate controlled archive in the university’s old library.
Education Abroad in Countries with a Penn State Restricted Travel Designation
In order to comply with Penn State’s International Travel Policy, students interested in studying abroad in countries that Penn State has designated as “restricted” for travel, a petition for a waiver must be submitted. Once a petition is complete, and if the student is approved for study on the program in question, the student may be asked to meet with the Director of Education Abroad and the petition will be reviewed by the Penn State International Restricted Travel Committee (IRTC). The necessary petition will be included in the online application process for this program. To see if your program is taking place in a restricted travel country, please visit the Global Programs website.