Dublin, Ireland’s capital, has a young and cosmopolitan population of about 1.5 million people who are known for being friendly, open, and welcoming. 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 and known for entrepreneurship. Many innovative worldwide companies have headquarters in Dublin — including Google, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, LinkedIn, and many more.
The CASA-Dublin program provides undergraduate students a unique opportunity for full immersion into Irish culture, by studying and living alongside Irish students at Trinity College Dublin. A world-renowned Irish university founded in 1592, 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's historic campus is located in the heart of the city center — part of the fabric of Dublin — at the meeting place of the cultural and retail districts.
The CASA Trinity College Dublin academic program 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. After the orientation, students immerse themselves in Trinity College courses beside local students.
Participants of the program have unique opportunities made available to them as part of the CASA-Dublin program. These include the option to partake in the award-winning Idea Translation Lab (ITL). This cutting-edge, cross-disciplinary undergraduate course allows students to explore the modern-day intersection of science and art, and develop solutions to real-life problems, by stimulating the development of entrepreneurial, creative and critical thinking skills through collaborative group projects. In addition, students have the option to take one graduate Masters-level course, subject to approval, as part of their course selection.
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.
The CASA-Dublin Handbook provides more detail on the program for the 2019-20 academic year.