Following the CASA-Dublin orientation program, participants immerse themselves in regularly-offered Trinity modules (classes) alongside full-degree students. Trinity has an extensive undergraduate course catalogue, with a diversity of course options.
Students carry a course load consisting of regularly scheduled lectures, seminars, tutorials, and laboratory modules depending upon the subject.
CASA-Trinity students apply to up to six areas of study at Trinity (Departments), which 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. For a full list, please see the Study Abroad Guide, linked here: https://www.tcd.ie/study/study-abroad/inbound/
Once students arrive, they enrol in modules (classes) from their admitted areas of study. Students enrol in the standard academic load at Trinity College Dublin, which is 30 ECTS. Most modules count for either 5 or 10 ECTS credits. CASA students (as well as Trinity students) are required to earn 30 ECTS credits each semester, except in special approved cases.
More information about modules, credit, the Irish system and grading can be found in the Programme Handbook listed under the Resources section of this website.
The Irish System
Irish students focus exclusively on a chosen area of study at the university level, as they apply to a course of study in a specific area of study (i.e. Biology) and are therefore admitted to that course rather than to the university as a whole as is the case in the US.
In Ireland, university-level study is much more self-directed, as students are given the autonomy to work and research independently. Participants will therefore need to be self-motivated and prepared to study independently in order to succeed in university-level courses in Ireland.