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Welcome to Trinity
Start Your Journey as a Trinity Student

Welcome to Trinity Start Your Journey as a Trinity Student - www.tcd.ie/study
Table of Contents
       2 Welcome to Trinity
         Global Room
         Academic Registry

       3 Visa and Immigration Information
          INIS Registration

       6 Financial Information
       7 Accommodation
       9 Health and Insurance
       10 Arrival
       11 Orientation and Freshers' Week
       12 Academic Life and Support
          Tutor Support
          English Language Support
          Computer and Library Access
          Student Disability Service

       13 Personal Support
          Students' Union
          Clubs and Societies
          Sports Centre

       15 Employment
       16 Living in Dublin

    COVID-19 is still a concern and may affect your plans
    to study overseas. To find out more about Trinity's
    response to the virus and how we are supporting our
    international students please see our website:

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Welcome to Trinity
We are delighted to welcome you to Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin.

As Ireland’s leading university, ranked 101st in the world, we pride ourselves on being a global research-led
university with a diverse and vibrant university community.

This Welcome Guide includes useful information on how Trinity will support you as a new student as well as
guidance on visas, immigration, finance and accommodation.

We hope you find this Welcome Guide useful and look forward to welcoming you on campus.

In the meantime, please join new Trinity students on Facebook at the links below and check out our
Student Ambassador Blog: tcdglobalroom.wordpress.com.

Undergraduate: www.facebook.com/groups/242450867510668

Postgraduate: www.facebook.com/groups/290562655735437

Global Room                                                  Academic Registry
The Global Room is a welcoming student support hub           The Academic Registry is Trinity’s central hub for
and event space on campus for all Trinity students,          student administrative services. It can be found in the
managed by the International Student Liaison Officer.        Watts Building, at the East End of the campus.
The Global Room service is supported by a team of
                                                             Academic Registry provides a variety of important
Global Ambassadors, students trained to help students
                                                             resources for students and can assist with queries
with a wide range of queries ranging from immigration
                                                             on a range of services including: admissions, fees
and accommodation practicalities to the basics of
                                                             & payments, annual student registration, Study
settling into life in Dublin and at Trinity. During the
                                                             Abroad (visiting students & Erasmus) examinations,
academic term, the Global Room is open from 9:30 to
                                                             assessment, and graduation.
21:00 Monday-Friday.
                                                             Academic Registry will provide your student card,
The Global Rooms runs the New2Dublin programme               help visiting students enrol for classes (modules)
on Monday evenings for several weeks at the start of         and provide several of the documents you will need
term to help incoming students adjust to life in Dublin      to register with the immigration bureau, apply for a
city and answer questions large and small, from              Personal Public Services (PPS) number and open a
making friends to where to find the cheapest groceries.      bank account.
Over 300 international-themed events are held in             Once you have completed registration a confirmation
the Global Room during the academic year, such               of this will be sent to your my.tcd.ie portal. From here
as national holiday celebrations, seminars, movie            you can print your official Trinity Proof of Registration
screenings and information initiatives. These events         letter. You can request documents or get help with a
are run by both the Global Room team and Trinity's           query by contacting the Academic Registry Service
wide range of clubs and societies.                           Desk through the my.tcd.ie portal by clicking the ASK
                                                             AR button or emailing academic.registry@tcd.ie.
The Global Room is located beside the Academic
Registry in the Watts Building. If you have any              Service Desk Opening Hours:
questions, please contact tcdglobalroom@tcd.ie               9:00 t0 17:30 Monday to Thursday
                                                             9:00 to 17:00 Friday
                                                             You can also follow the Academic Registry for more
www.twitter.com/tcdglobalroom                                important news and updates, and answers to some
www.instagram.com/tcdglobalroom                              common questions:
www.tcd.ie/study/international/trinity-life/global-room      www.tcd.ie/academicregistry
Please note that certain restrictions may still              Term dates can be found at:
be in place for 2021 entry due to COVID-19.                  www.tcd.ie/calendar/academic-year-structure

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Visa and
    Immigration Information
    Students who hold an EU passport do not require a visa
    to study and work in Ireland. Some, but not all, non-
                                                              Mandatory Documentation
    EU/EEA students require an entry visa for Ireland. For    ▶   It is a mandatory requirement for non-EU students
    example, students coming from the United States or            to have private health insurance and you will be
    Canada do not require a visa to enter Ireland.                required to show evidence. Non-EU students who
    To see if you require a visa for Ireland visit:
                                                                  will be resident in Ireland for a minimum of one
                                                                  academic year may apply to HSE www.hse.ie/eng
    Non-EU students who do not require a visa will still be       to be assessed for entitlements to public hospital for
    required to register with the Irish Naturalisation and        treatment. Non-EU students staying less than a year
    Immigration Service (INIS) after arrival. Please see          do not have any entitlement to free or subsidized
    Immigration information on page 4.                            health services.
                                                                  Proof of sufficient funds to support yourself while
    Applying for a Visa

                                                                  in Ireland (bank account statements for six months
                                                                  previously and/or grant/sponsorship letter).
    Students should submit their visa applications using
    the AVATS facility at www.visas.inis.gov.ie. The          ▶   Your offer letter from Trinity, as well as evidence
    application will only be processed when the online            of a deposit paid to hold your place. Often, the
    form is completed and the required documentation,             deposit amount required to obtain a visa is higher
    passport photograph and appropriate fee are received          than the amount required by the University to
    by the relevant offices as indicated by the online            hold your place. You are advised to pay the deposit
    system. There is a dedicated visa processing office in        amount required to obtain your visa. Your fee
    China, India, Nigeria, Russia, United Arab Emirates           balance will be adjusted accordingly. If you have
    and the United Kingdom. Non-EU students resident              questions, please contact the Academic Registry.
    in these countries, please refer to your local Irish          International students are advised to use the
    Embassy website for details of further documentation          TransferMate option to pay fees. The TransferMate
    which may be required.                                        receipt is accepted by the Department of Justice
                                                                  for visa purposes. For fee information, please see:
    Please refer to the links below for visa guidelines:          www.tcd.ie/academicregistry/fees-and-payments
                                                              ▶   Show evidence of language proficiency.
    Contact details for embassies can be found here:              For INIS language requirement please refer to:
    www.dfa.ie/embassies                                          www.inis.gov.ie/en/inis/pages/study
    Additional information on visas and immigration and       ▶   Any other documents as requested by INIS
    Covid-19 Updates can be found at: www.inis.gov.ie             or the Irish Embassy through which you are
                                                                  applying. The full list of required documentation
                                                                  is available on the visa and immigration website:

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Checking Your Visa Status
▶   You should generally allow 8 weeks for processing time.
▶   You can check online for visa decisions
    using your visa application number at:
▶   When your visa is approved, the Embassy to which
    you sent your documents will affix a visa to your
                                                                  Irish Naturalisation and Immigration
                                                                  Service (INIS)
Immigration                                                       The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS)
At the Airport                                                    is located on Burgh Quay, Dublin 2, approximately a
All non-EU/EEA citizens who do not hold an EU                     5-minute walk from the campus. You must have an
passport, whether visa-required or not, are subject               appointment to visit the INIS Office.
to ordinary immigration controls at the port of entry             To book an appointment visit:
(ordinarily the airport). The Immigration Officer on              burghquayregistrationoffice.inis.gov.ie
duty determines who is actually allowed to enter                  Students should only book appointments via the INIS
Ireland. If your documentation is in order, he/she                website and should never use unauthorised third-party
will stamp your passport for up to three months (90               services.
days). All non-EU students must register with the
Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS)               In order to register with the INIS, students must collect
within the time limit stamped on the passport. At the             the following documents to support their application.
immigration desk, you should be prepared to present               Please allow 5 working days for Irish bank statements
the following documents:                                          and for documents needed from Academic Registry.

▶   Your valid passport                                           Mandatory Supporting Documents
▶   Your Trinity offer letter – proof of in-person                ▶   Proof of Trinity registration (from Academic
    requirement (only while COVID-19 restrictions are in place)       Registry). Note: This document must be issued and
                                                                      dated within 7 days before your INIS appointment
▶   Confirmation of fees paid (at least deposit) or
                                                                  ▶   Bank statement from an Irish bank account showing
    scholarship/grant received
                                                                      at least €3,000 available. Foreign bank statements
▶   Bank statement showing finances to support                        are acceptable for short-term (single-semester)
    your stay                                                         students only
▶   Proof of health insurance                                     ▶   Valid passport
                                                                  ▶   Proof of health insurance
You should keep these documents with you in your
carry-on luggage as immigration border control is                 ▶   €300 fee (credit/debit card or bank draft only; no cash).
before baggage claim. You should also keep all these
documents ready, as you will need them again when                 INIS Registration
you register with the INIS.
                                                                  Details on how to register with the INIS will be
                                                                  provided in September. Students should aim to
                                                                  schedule an appointment to register with INIS once
                                                                  they complete their registration at Trinity.
                                                                  *Students under the age of 18 registering with INIS will have
                                                                  to be accompanied by a legal guardian resident in the ROI.
                                                                  The guardian would have to show proof of residence (an
                                                                  Irish passport or IRP card) and a letter from the student's
                                                                  parent(s) (If they are not acting as guardian) stating that this
                                                                  is the person they have appointed as guardian.
                                                                  **Any additional queries about INIS should be addressed to
                                                                  the Global Room at tcdglobalroom@tcd.ie

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Visa and
    Immigration Information

    INIS Renewals for Non-EU Students                              Documents from Academic Registry
    ▶   INIS card is valid for one year (unless you are a single   Students wishing to request specific documents or
        semester student). It must be renewed each year by         certificates can do so through the Academic Registry
        the expiry date.                                           Service Desk: www.tcd.ie/academicregistry/service-
                                                                   desk/ documents-and-forms.
    ▶   You must pay a renewal fee of €300 every year.
                                                                   The standard registration letter can be self generated
    ▶   You must have private health insurance for each year
                                                                   through your my.tcd.ie portal. Please allow up to 5
        of your stay.
                                                                   days from time of request to collect documents that
    Students who have previously registered with INIS,             are not available through self service.
    and who are progressing to the second or later year
    of a degree course and who are living in Dublin, can
    renew their Irish Residence Permit (IRP) card online
    at: www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/pages/online-renewal-

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Financial Information
Tuition Fees                                                               There are normally no fees charged on student bank
                                                                           accounts. Ireland's most popular banks:
The full listing of tuition fees is available here:                        ▶   AIB www.aib.ie
                                                                           ▶   Bank of Ireland www.bankofireland.com

Fee Payment                                                                ▶   KBC Bank www.kbc.ie

You will receive an invitation to register in August,                      ▶   Ulster Bank www.ulsterbank.ieww
which will include fee payment. You should note that                       After opening an account, you will be able to sign up
completion of fee payment does not complete the                            for online banking and link to a home account. Please
registration process. All tasks up to and including                        allow five working days for bank statement requests,
the Terms and Conditions of registration must be                           whether made online or in a branch. If you will be
completed in full.                                                         under 18 at the time of opening your bank account,
Visiting students should consult with their home                           you will need a guardian to accompany you to open a
institution for more information, as tuition fee                           bank account. For further information, please contact
structures may vary and financial aid deadlines may                        the Global Room at tcdglobalroom@tcd.ie.
differ. Participants in Understanding Ireland: The                         For postgraduates and visiting students securing
Semester Start-Up Programme should also consult with                       private accommodation, most letting agents and
their home institution and Trinity regarding payment                       landlords will accept cash or bank draft (which you
for the programme.                                                         can obtain with a foreign debit card or cash in an Irish
                                                                           bank) for the first month’s rent and security deposit as
                                                                           long as you set up direct debit from an Irish account as
TransferMate Payment Option                                                soon as possible after opening your new bank account.

Trinity partners with TransferMate to allow international                  Bringing Money to Ireland
students to pay from their home country in their local
currency. The service also provides a detailed receipt and                 Please bring only a small amount in Euro for your
helps the Student Finance team better track payments                       arrival. The University does not have any facilities to
to student numbers than using traditional wire transfer                    keep cash safe for you.
payments. There is no international transfer charge for                    You should inquire with your bank at home if you can
using the service. This is the recommended method of                       use your debit or credit card in Ireland, as this could be
payment for international students, with credit card                       a safe way to obtain cash immediately after your arrival.
payments as a second preference. The TransferMate
receipt is accepted by visa offices as proof of payment of                 Once you have opened a bank account in Dublin, money
tuition fees.                                                              can be transferred by electronic / wire transfer into your
                                                                           new account. Before you leave home, talk to your local
                                                                           bank to find out all the details about making transfers
Opening a Bank Account                                                     to your account in Ireland (e.g. maximum amount, how
                                                                           long it takes, how much it costs) so that you can plan
You must open a bank account in person in a bank                           the best system for your circumstances.
branch. You are advised to open an Irish bank account
after you secure accommodation in Ireland.                                 International Visa/ Debit cards often require proof of photo
                                                                           ID. Travellers’ cheques are not widely accepted in Ireland.
They may request to see your Trinity offer letter as proof
of your circumstances.
Mandatory Documents to Open                                                Currency
an Account                                                                 The currency in Ireland is the Euro (€).
▶   Photo ID (Passport or National ID card)
▶   Trinity ID card*
▶   Proof of address: utility bill, Revenue/PPS letter, letter
    from Trinity Academic Registry sent to Irish address
▶   Other documents may be requested depending on the
    bank and their policy on students' country of origin.

*If opening account prior to ID card collection, bank may accept Trinity
offer letter and proof of fees paid as evidence of student status.

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    Trinity Accommodation                                       Accommodation Advisory
    www.tcd.ie/accommodation                                    Service
    Undergraduate                                               www.tcdsuaccommodation.org
    Trinity accommodation is available for first-year, non-     If you do not secure University housing or wish to
    EU, full-degree undergraduates in Trinity Hall primarily,   find your own accommodation, the Students’ Union
    and in Kavanagh Court. All Trinity accommodation is self-   operates an Accommodation Advisory Service
    catering and meal plans are not available. Please note      throughout August and September. It will be located
    that accommodation decisions can take several weeks         on the ground floor in the Students’ Union building
    from the point of application.                              (House 6) on campus. The service will be open Monday
                                                                to Friday from 09:30 to 17:30.
    You should note that after first year, continuing
    international students will be considered equivalent        The Accommodation Advisory Service offers computers
    to their Irish peers in room allocation. No student is      and phones free of charge to assist with your search.
    guaranteed Trinity accommodation beyond the first year.     A full-time staff member will be available for queries
                                                                about accommodation-related issues. The Service
    Postgraduate                                                will provide information on tenant’s rights and health
    Rooms for postgraduate students are available in            and safety information. The Service also provides an
    Kavanagh Court, a short walk from main campus.              excellent opportunity to meet other students looking
    There are limited rooms available on campus for             for housing.
    postgraduate students.                                      While on-campus accommodation is very limited for
    For full details on all Trinity's accommodation options     visiting non-EU students, we encourage students to
    including Trinity Hall and Kavanagh Court, see:             apply as soon as they have an offer from Trinity. Most
    www.tcd.ie/accommodation                                    students who are not housed on campus are offered
                                                                housing in Trinity-approved student accommodation in
                                                                the city centre.
    Applying for Trinity                                        For more information or queries relating to private
    Accommodation                                               rented accommodation you can contact the Welfare
                                                                Officer on welfare@tcdsu.org or on +353 (0)1 646 8437.
    Applications for all Trinity accommodation are made
    online. In order to apply, you must have your Trinity       The Students' Union has also produced a guide on
    ID number. After you have officially accepted your          living in Dublin: www.tcdsuaccommodation.org/
    place, your application number becomes your student         living-in-dublin-guide
    number. If you would like Trinity accommodation, you
    are advised to apply as early as possible.

                                                                                                    Kavanagh Court

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Private (Non-University)
Many visiting and most postgraduate students will
need to find private accommodation. Dublin offers
a range of options from shared houses and flats to
private student residences. If you have not secured
housing in advance of your arrival, we strongly advise
you to arrive as early as possible in order to maximise
your chances of finding suitable and affordable
accommodation, as demand for housing in Dublin is
extremely high.

The Students' Union maintains a list of host families
who have rooms (and in some cases full board)
available to students. Digs are traditionally a little
cheaper than private rented accommodation. Digs
generally cost between €90 - €140 per week and vary in
what they include (many include bills, meals, laundry,
etc.) Make sure to clarify what the cost includes.

Private Rented Accommodation
There are a number of places online that you can
search in order to view properties in all areas of Dublin
and to get an idea as to what prices you should expect:
                                                             Trinity Hall
                                                            Need a Roommate?
To avoid rental scams or disappointment, you are
                                                            You can both search and place an ad on our
strongly recommended to view any property in person
                                                            Accommodation Advisory Service website
before paying a deposit or paying any money online.
                                                            (www.tcdsuaccommodation.org) to help find
                                                            someone to live with. Alternatively, you can search
                                                            on www.daft.ie.

                                                            Temporary Accommodation
                                                            Trinity cannot provide assistance booking private
                                                            accommodation in a hostel or hotel. For more
                                                            information about hotels, hostels and temporary
                                                            rentals in Dublin, please see:
                                      Goldsmith Hall        www.airbnb.ie

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Health and Insurance
    Irish Life                www.irishlifehealth.ie
                                                               Trinity Health Service
    VHI Healthcare            www.vhi.ie/home
    Laya Healthcare           www.layahealthcare.ie
    Study and Protect         www.studyandprotect.com/         +353 (01) 896 1591/1556
                                                               House 47
    Trinity recommends that you have a level of insurance      All full-time registered students are eligible to use the
    to cover your health needs and requirements for the        Trinity Health Service throughout the year. The service
    duration of your studies. For example, if you have         offers on-campus primary health and psychiatric care.
    a pre-existing condition, please check the level of        To arrange an appointment, either drop into reception
    insurance cover in any new policy to ensure that it will   or ring the office. As well as the free general practice
    cover this. Trinity has a specific insurance policy with   (including sports medicine) and nurse-run clinics, there
    Irish Life (Business Plan Hospital) that is designed for   are specialised clinics in physiotherapy, psychiatry,
    international students and which covers pre-existing       travel health, sexual health, eating disorders and minor
    conditions and the normal waiting period for cover is      surgery.
    waived. The cost of the policy varies based on age of
    the applicant. Ensure you mention the Trinity policy       For emergency visits, the Trinity Health Service sees
    is "Business Plan Hospital" and state clearly that         patients on a first-come, first-served basis in the
    you are a Trinity student under the insurance group        mornings beginning at 9:30 and after lunch, beginning
    scheme "Trinity College Dublin Non-EU Students             at 14:00. There are often queues for these emergency
    policy". Please use the code: 20932 - Trinity College      clinics, so students hoping to speak to a physician are
    Dublin Non-EU Students to avail of this policy. Further    advised to arrive early.
    information is available from Irish Life at:               Students can also attend DUBDOC, an out-of-hours
    www.irishlifehealth.ie                                     emergency general practitioner service in St. James’s
                                                               Hospital, James's Street, Dublin 8 between 18:00
    EU Students                                                and 22:00 weekdays and 10:00 to 18:00 weekends
                                                               and bank holidays. There is an attendance fee of €60.
    Students from EU states should apply for a European        Consultations are strictly by appointment; however
    Health Insurance Card (EHIC) in their home country         telephone advice from the triage nurse is free of
    before departure.                                          charge. DUBDOC can be reached on +353 (0)1 454
                                                               5607/453 8006. www.stjames.ie/departments/
    It is very important that you have adequate insurance      departmentsa-z/d/dubdoc/departmentoverview
    before coming to Dublin. Please bring your European
    Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with you. This card is        Outside these hours, please telephone the Contactors
    available through the Health Board in your home            Medical Bureau at +353 (0)1 830 0244. They will send
    country. Please see the EHIC website for information       a doctor on request. Students, with the exception of
    on how to get the card in your country: ec.europa.eu/      medical cardholders or EU students with European
    social/main.jsp?catId=559. If you have not included        health cards, are responsible for any fees incurred for
    your EHIC number on your application form, please          home visits. See also page 12 Student Disability Service.
    email this number to the Erasmus office:
    erasmus@tcd.ie                                                                Additional health and counselling
                                                                                  supports are available to support
    Subsidised Health Services                                                       students affected by COVID-19

    Non-EU students who will be resident in Ireland
    for a minimum of one academic year may apply               If you need to bring prescribed medication until you
    to the Health Service Executive to be assessed for         can find an alternative source in Ireland, please note
    entitlements to public hospital treatment under the        that the maximum amount of imported medication
    same conditions as an Irish citizen. Non-EU students       permitted is a 3-month supply, which must be cleared
    staying less than one academic year do not have any        through Customs by the Irish Medicines Board.
    entitlement to free or subsidised health services.         Customs will only clear medication that is licensed for
                                                               use in Ireland.

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Please see the Immigration section on page 4 regarding     Travelling to Trinity and the
the documents necessary for non-EU passport holders.       City Centre
Customs                                                    Dublin Airport is approximately 10 km (7 miles) from
                                                           the city centre and Trinity’s campus. Transportation
                                                           options include:
After collecting your luggage, you will proceed through
Customs. Usually, there are two channels for arrivals:     ▶   The Aircoach bus service (www.aircoach.ie) runs 24
the green channel if you have nothing to declare and           hours a day and stops near Trinity. The single fare
the red channel if you have goods to declare. Please           is €7 or €6 if you book online in advance, and buses
check before you leave your home country what you              depart from Dublin Airport every 15 minutes, except
are allowed to bring into Ireland. Further information         between the hours of 23:55 and 03:25 when they
can be found here: www.citizensinformation.ie/en/              depart every 30 minutes (23:55, 00:25, 00:55 etc.)
                                                           ▶   The Airlink (www.airlinkexpress.ie) is an express
                                                               bus service operated by Dublin Bus. Airlink Bus 747
                                                               stops on Dame Street, opposite the Trinity College
Airport Meet and 		                                            Dublin entrance. The single fare is €6.
Greet Service                                              ▶   For further directions to Trinity Hall please see:
Trinity runs a Meet and Greet service at Dublin Airport
                                                           ▶   For further directions to Kavanagh Court please see:
for international students. Generally a Trinity student
ambassador will meet you at Dublin Airport at specific
times and dates at the start of a new semester, to
welcome you, provide information and answer any of                         Please note that restrictions may still be
your arrival questions. This has changed due to COVID-19                   in place for 2021 entry due to COVID-19.
restrictions and we have been operating a new Greet and
Transfer Service for international students.
Please check out our dedicated Arrivals Webpage for
updates for September 2021 arrivals:

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Orientation and
     Freshers' Week
     Registration Term Dates                                        Term Dates
     You will receive an invitation to register through your        For detailed information on term dates please visit:
     my.tcd.ie portal in August. You should complete the            www.tcd.ie/calendar/academic-year-structure.
     online registration process prior to arrival. To complete
     the registration process, all tasks up to and including
     the Terms and Conditions of Registration must be
     completed in full. Payments must be made for all new
     entrant students, as per the University fee policy. On
     completion of online registration, your Trinity email
     address, Trinity ID (username) and password will be
     provided via a message in the portal. Your ID card
     will be issued to you during Freshers’ Week as part
     of the Orientation schedule. It is recommended that
     you check your Trinity email account regularly for
     official communications from the University. Lecture
                                                                    Visiting/Erasmus Students:
     timetables will be available via the portal near term          Module Registration
     time. A digital student ID app is also available at:
                                                                    The Academic Registry is responsible for enrolling
     Orientation                                                    visiting students on their chosen modules. You will
                                                                    be contacted through the email address provided
                                                                    at application to outline how you can choose your
     Undergraduate:                                                 modules before arrival at Trinity. For more information
                                                                    on the classes available to you please review our
     www.tcd.ie/students/orientation/undergraduates                 Visiting Student Module Directory.
                                                                    Any queries on specific module requirements, content,
     www.tcd.ie/students/orientation/postgraduates                  and timetable should be directed to the school you are
     Orientation is a mixture of introductions to the               applying to attend.
     University, course-specific meetings, campus
     tours, student mentor meetings and social events.              Visiting/Erasmus Transcripts
     Undergraduate orientation schedules are determined
     by course, and most sessions are mandatory. Detailed           Trinity module results are published online and will
     schedules will be available on www.tcd.ie/students/            be available to view through the my.tcd.ie student
     orientation in August with all the other information you       portal. Two copies of transcripts for Visiting/Erasmus
     need to get started in Trinity. The Global Room is open        students are sent directly to the student’s home
     throughout orientation if you have any questions.              institution. Further information can be found at
     Visiting and Erasmus student orientation is held during
     the week prior to the start of Teaching term.
                                                                    ECTS and Credit Transfer
                                                                    The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation
     Trinity Smart Start Program
                                                                    System (ECTS) is an academic credit system based on
     This week-long program is designed to introduce new
                                                                    the estimated workload of a module. The ECTS credits
     international students to Irish history, literature and
                                                                    for each module will be the same for all students. If
     culture as well as help students adjust to life in Trinity
                                                                    special assessment/examination arrangements are
     and Dublin. The course runs the week prior to Freshers’
                                                                    required, the assessment or examination must be
     Week and details can be found at:
                                                                    deemed equivalent to the assessment of other students
                                                                    completing the module. ECTS for each module will be
                                                                    provided in the Module Directory. Visiting students
     (Note: subject to change in line with COVID-19 restrictions)
                                                                    should confirm with their home university the number
                                                                    of ECTS credits required in order to receive full credit
                                                                    transfer for time at Trinity.
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Trinity Live Mobile App
                                                               The Trinity Live mobile app provides a simple way for

Academic Life                                                  Trinity students to access key Trinity online services such
                                                               as their timetable, digital identification, library checkouts,
                                                               fees and reserves, and more. The app also helps you to find

and Support
                                                               College locations using built-in search, map, and directions
                                                               features, as well as view how busy popular locations on
                                                               campus are. Trinity Live is available on both iOS & Android.
                                                               Download the app at trinitylive.tcd.ie

Support Tutor                                                International Students
www.tcd.ie/seniortutor                                       with Disabilities
Trinity assigns a Tutor to each full-degree                  Students with disabilities or learning difficulties can
undergraduate and visiting student. A Tutor is a             face additional challenges studying away from home
member of the academic staff who is appointed to             and may avail of reasonable accommodations and
look after the general welfare and development of the        supports while studying in Trinity. You should contact the
students in his/her care. Whilst the Tutor may be one of     Disability Service in Trinity in advance with any queries
your lecturers, the role of Tutor is quite separate from     you may have so you can be assisted with your plans and
the teaching role. Tutors are a first point of contact and   offered advice on the type of support available. For more
a source of support, both on arrival and at any time         information please visit the Disability Service webpage:
at Trinity. Their main function is to advise, listen to      www.tcd.ie/disability/prospective/international
concerns, help you deal with issues as far as possible
and refer more serious difficulties to the appropriate       You should register with the Disability Service as soon as
student services. They provide confidential help and         you arrive in Dublin. You will need to bring a copy of your
advice on personal as well as academic issues or on          disability documentation from your home university.
anything that has an impact on your life. They will also,    Please note: a letter listing your exam accommodations is
if necessary, support and defend your point of view in       not sufficient. Reasonable accommodations that apply in
your relations with the University.                          your home country may not be applicable in Trinity.

You should make an appointment to meet with your
Tutor during the first few weeks of the academic year.       Computer and Library Access
See the website above for further information.
                                                             The IT Services department is responsible for the
                                                             provision and support of computer systems, networking,
Erasmus Students                                             and audiovisual and media services in Trinity. Once you
                                                             have completed online registration for Trinity at my.tcd.
Each Erasmus Student is allocated a Department               ie you will receive an intray message with your Trinity
Erasmus Coordinator. The Department Erasmus                  computer account username and an initial password.
Coordinator is a member of the academic staff who may        The intray message will outline the steps for how to set
provide advice on such matters as choosing courses,          your own password, a step which is important for good
assessments and exams. They will be a source of              IT security and which you must do before you can access
guidance throughout your time as an Erasmus Student.         your Trinity email account.
The name of your Department Erasmus Coordinator              Once you have set your own password then you should
will be included in your letter of acceptance. You should    visit the IT Services web pages for new students at: www.
make an appointment to meet your Department Erasmus          tcd.ie/itservices/students/orientation for information
Coordinator as soon as possible after you arrive.            on how to get started with your Trinity email account,
                                                             where to find the computer rooms, how to connect your
Postgraduates                                                device to the Trinity Wi-Fi or wired network in residences,
                                                             and how to use other services such as the printing,
The Postgraduate Advisory Service provides a confidential    scanning and photocopying service. If you have a query
service for academic and personal support. You can also      about the IT services in Trinity or have encountered a
bring academic concerns to your course director.             problem please contact the IT Service Desk as outlined
www.tcd.ie/seniortutor/students/postgraduate                 at: www.tcd.ie/itservices/contact
                                                             Once you have received your student ID card, you will
English Language Support                                     have access to the Library. Trinity's Library is the largest
                                                             library in Ireland. Its collections of manuscripts and
Students for whom English is not their first language        printed books have been built up since the end of the
are eligible to complete courses in English for Academic     sixteenth century and its book stock is now over four
Purposes, run by the University. Details on in-sessional     million volumes. For more information, see here:
and pre-sessional programmes are available here:             www.tcd.ie/library

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Personal Support
     Counselling and 		                                          Students' Union
     Student 2 Student                                           www.tcdsu.org
     www.tcd.ie/student_counselling                              Every registered student at Trinity is automatically a
                                                                 member of the Students’ Union. The Students’ Union
     The Student Counselling Service is a confidential,          is a representative body with five full-time student
     professional service available free of charge to every      sabbatical officers and a number of part-time officers,
     Trinity student. It offers help in coping with any          who look after the educational and welfare needs of
     personal or emotional problems which may impact on          Trinity’s student population, as well as organising
     your studies or progress in the University and offers       entertainment and events. The Students' Union is
     learning support and development aids. Appointments         based in House 6 in Trinity’s Front Square, where
     should be made directly with the Counselling Service.       it runs an office with up-to-date accommodation
     The Counselling Services runs workshops throughout          and employment advice and listings. Within the
     the year. Check the calendar here: www.tcd.ie/              building you will find the Students’ Union offices plus
     student_counselling/counselling/groups-workshops            a newsagent, which stocks sweets, sandwiches, fruit,
                                                                 drinks, basic groceries and the cheapest newspapers in
                                                                 the city. Other services including the Students’ Union
     www.tcd.ie/student_counselling/                             Bookshop Co-op and be found here: services.tcdsu.org.
     student2student                                             Photocopying facilities are available, and the Student
     From the moment you arrive in Trinity right through         Travelcard can be purchased here. There is also a
     to your end of year exams Student 2 Student (S2S)           Students' Union in the Hamilton Building.
     Mentors are here to make sure your first year is not only   For Postgraduate Students, the Graduate Students’
     fun and engaging, but also a great foundation for the       Union (GSU) has offices in the same building. The GSU
     rest of your time in Trinity.                               also provides a social space - the GSU Common Room - in
     You’ll meet your S2S Mentors in Freshers’ Week and          House 7, and helps to manage the 1937 Reading Room.
     they’ll make sure you know other people in your course      More information is available here: www.tcdgsu.ie
     before your classes even begin. They’ll keep in regular     Undergraduates will receive a Students' Union
     touch with you throughout your first year and invite        Diary during Freshers' Week and Postgraduates will
     you to events on and off campus. They’ll also give you      receive a Graduate Students' Union Guide during
     useful information about your course and what to look       their Orientation Week. These are great sources of
     out for.                                                    information about student life and services at Trinity,
                                                                 life in Dublin and so much more.

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Clubs and Societies                                           Sports Centre
www.trinitysocieties.ie                                       www.tcd.ie/sport
www.tcd.ie/sport/student-sport                                Membership to the Sports Centre is included in your
                                                              registration. All registered students with a current
A great way to get to know people is by joining one           Trinity ID card will have full access to the state-of-the-
of Trinity's 120 plus student societies which cover           art Sports Centre. You will need to call to the reception
everything from the Afro-Caribbean Society to the             desk on your first visit to activate your ID card, and
Zoological Society. The societies meet regularly              then you can come and go as you please. You will have
and provide an excellent opportunity to meet other            free access to the Fitness Theatre, which has a full
students with similar interests. Among the societies are      range of cardiovascular and weights stations. The 25m
the Philosophical Society (the "Phil"), dating from 1684      swimming pool has an adjustable floor and disabled
and the Historical Society (the "Hist") dating from 1770.     hoist. Also available are the 11m-high climbing wall,
There are also many course-related societies, such as         aerobics fitness and cycling studios, mind and body
the History and the Engineering Society.                      studio, changing rooms, ancillary hall for martial arts
Additionally, there are 50 sports clubs in Trinity, so no     and main hall for a variety of indoor sports. There is a
matter what your sporting preference you will find a club     nominal fee for some services such as fitness classes.
in Trinity to suit you. Or you may like to try something      Off campus there are extensive playing fields at Santry
new such as rugby, soccer, hockey, swimming, tennis,          and the Trinity Boat Club has its boathouse on the River
Gaelic games, basketball, volleyball, cricket or martial      Liffey at Islandbridge.
arts. You can turn up at any student society meeting and
be sure of a warm welcome. While some societies are
free there is usually a small joining fee, anything from €1
to €10 for the bigger sports clubs. Full details of all the
societies can be found at: www.trinitysocieties.ie and
details of sports clubs can be found at www.tcd.ie/sport/
student-sport. You can meet society reps and sign up in
Front Square during Freshers' Week.

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     Note: EU passport-holders have the same rights to
     work as Irish citizens. Non-EU citizens must register
                                                                 Casual Employment
     with Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service           For Non-EU Students
     (INIS) before commencing employment.
                                                                 ▶   Students who are attending a full-time course of one
                                                                     year's duration are entitled to seek employment on
     How to Find a Part-Time Job                                     a casual basis.
                                                                 ▶   One semester students cannot seek employment.
                                                                 ▶   Casual employment means you can work for
     Register with MyCareer, our online careers portal
                                                                     20 hours per week, except for two standardised
     managed by Trinity Careers Service, to find current
                                                                     periods when it is permissible to work full-time
     jobs available to students and graduates.
                                                                     (up to 40 hours per week). The periods are 15th
     These include part-time jobs and summer work.                   December to 15th January and 1st June to 31st
     You can also sign up to the Students' Union Jobs                September only, corresponding to the traditional
     mailing list by emailing sujobs@tcd.ie                          summer and winter college holidays. These dates
     Other employment websites which are frequently used             are fixed for all non-EEA students, regardless of
     by students are:                                                the actual college teaching calendar for their
                                                                     course. Further information is available at:
     www.jobs.ie                                                     immigration/working-in-ireland
     www.irishjobs.ie                                            ▶   All employees in Ireland must have a PPS number
     www.jobbio.com                                                  for tax purposes.

     To find part-time work in a supermarket, retail shop,       Obtaining a PPS Number
     café, bar or restaurant, it is common practice to visit
     the establishment with your CV and ask about job            A PPS number serves as your tax identification number
     vacancies.                                                  for employers. You can apply for a PPS number with the
                                                                 following documents:
     The international students section of the Trinity Careers
     Service website has more information about working          ▶   Passport
     as an international student: 				                           ▶   Proof of address
                                                                 For more information, please see here:

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Living in Dublin
Cost of Living                                                Shopping
Cost of living will vary widely depending on your             For household items like bed linen and crockery,
circumstances and lifestyle. The following figures            Penneys on Henry Street and Dunnes Stores in the
represent estimated living costs for one academic             St. Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre have excellent
year (September – June). Please note that the figures         inexpensive ranges. In addition, student-favourite IKEA
below do not include travel outside of Dublin or              is located to the north of the city. It is serviced by the
entertainment.                                                140 bus. Small electronics can be found at Argos, also
                                                              in the St. Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre. The shops
                                                              in and around Grafton Street offer a range of clothing
 Type                                 €                       and housewares at a wide array of price points. There
 Rent (shared apartment)              5,530 - 7,250           is another major shopping corridor on the north side of
 Utilities                            1,000                   the River Liffey, in and around Henry Street.
 Meals                                3,000                   Bookstores: Hodges Figgis, 56-58 Dawson Street, have
 Books and Miscellaneous              2,500                   textbooks available on the top floor; Chapters, Ivy
                                                              Exchange, Parnell Street, have a large selection of used
 Commuting                            1,000*
                                                              and discounted books; Easons, 40 Lower O’Connell
 Health Insurance*                    550                     Street, is a large chain bookstore.
 Immigration registration             300                     Stationery: Easons on Nassau Street and Tiger in
 (if applicable):                                             Stephen's Green Shopping Centre stock a wide
 Understanding Ireland                400                     selection of paper goods and stationery.
 Optional 1 week pre-term programme
                                                              Pharmacies: Lombard Pharmacy on Pearse Street
 Total                                14,280 - 16,000         offers a 15% discount for students, Boots and Hickey's
                                                              Pharmacies on Grafton Street, Prices Medical Hall on
*Insurance can range in price from €200 - 1,800               Clare Street and Trinity Pharmacy on Nassau Street.

Mobile Phones
Most international students buy a mobile phone for            Dining
use in Ireland, with the most popular option being the
                                                              There are several eateries on campus for students
“prepay” phone, also known as “top up” or “pay as you
                                                              including the Dining Hall and Buttery Food Court,
go”. Instead of getting a monthly bill, you top up your
                                                              Westland Eats in the Hamilton Building, the Forum
credit as needed.
                                                              Restaurant in the Business School, the Pavilion Bar and
With the pre-pay option, you purchase the phone and           the Science Gallery Café. There is also the Students'
get a certain amount of free credit with it. Once your        Union Café in the Goldsmith Hall. The Students' Union
credit has run out, you can top up your credit a number       Café, which is run by students, serves hot sandwiches
of ways, including through an ATM, buying it in a             for the cheapest prices on campus. In addition, there
newsagent or supermarket, or online.                          are coffee shops in Áras an Phairsaigh (beside IT
There are three major phone service providers:                Services) and in the Arts Building serving sandwiches,
                                                              snacks and hot drinks. Further information can be
▶   Vodafone        www.vodafone.ie                           found here: www.tcd.ie/catering. Please note Trinity
▶   Eir		           www.eir.ie/mobile                         does not operate meal plans.

▶   3		             www.three.ie
All of the major mobile providers have retail locations
on Grafton Street, just south of Trinity’s main gates.        It is best to go to the big supermarkets like Dunnes
Look for mobile phones with Skype capability and              Stores, Tesco, Supervalu, Aldi and Lidl. The closest
other features to allow for inexpensive international         supermarkets to Trinity’s campus are Dunnes Stores in
calls and texts. It is also possible to obtain an Irish SIM   the St. Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre at the top of
card for use in your existing mobile phone, but you           Grafton Street, Marks & Spencer on Grafton Street, Tesco
should check with your current provider for details.          on Upper Baggot Street, Tesco on Fleet Street in Temple
                                                              Bar, Lidl on Moore Street and Aldi on Parnell Square.
If you are phoning a landline in Dublin from your
mobile, you should put 01 (Dublin’s area code) before
the telephone number. If you are phoning a landline
elsewhere in Ireland from your mobile, there will be a
different area code for each county. The international
dialling code for Ireland is +353.
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Living in Dublin
     Student Travelcard                                          DART
                                                                 The DART train runs along the coast from Howth and
     For discounted travel within Ireland, you will need to      Malahide in the north to Greystones in the south. The
     get a Student Travelcard, also known as a Student Leap      main DART stations close to Trinity are Tara Street
     Card, the National Student Travel and Discount Card.        Station and Pearse Station. For timetables please see
     This is the only card accepted by Irish Rail, Dublin Bus,   www.irishrail.ie
     Bus Eireann and LUAS (tram) for student fares. It is also
     a discount card for hundreds of goods and services
     nationwide. The Student Travelcard is accepted as
     authentic proof of student status, allowing you to book     The Luas service has two tramlines between the city
     a student flight to anywhere in the world.                  centre and the suburbs. The Green Line connects
                                                                 Sandyford to St. Stephen’s Green, passing through
     The application form will be available in the Students’
                                                                 Stillorgan, Dundrum, Milltown and Ranelagh. The
     Union in House 6. Once you have your Trinity ID card,
                                                                 Red Line connects Tallaght to The Point and Saggart
     you can get a Student Travelcard for €10. Further
                                                                 to Connolly passing through Rialto, Smithfield and
     information can be found at: www.studentleapcard.ie
                                                                 Abbey Street. The Green Line runs from Broombridge
                                                                 to Brides Glen passing through Trinity and Dawson
                                                                 Street. For details, see www.luas.ie
     Public Transport in Dublin
     Leap Card
                                                                 Dublin has a bike-sharing scheme, allowing you to
     The Leap Card is a reusable plastic smartcard that can      collect a bike from any DublinBikes stand and return
     be used instead of paper tickets to pay for transport       it to any other stand. They offer annual memberships
     in Dublin. A Leap Card offers the flexibility to jump on    at very low cost. More information is available here:
     Dublin Bus, Luas, DART and commuter rail services           www.dublinbikes.ie
     around Dublin when it suits you without having to
     buy a specific ticket in advance. You can top up your
     leap card in most newsagents, and at Dart and Luas
     stations. For further information on the Leap Card and      Nationwide Public Transport
     where to get one please see www.leapcard.ie
                                                                 Iarnrod Eireann (Irish Rail)
     Dublin Bus                                                  Irish Rail operates train services to Irish cities from two
                                                                 train stations in Dublin: Heuston Station and Connolly
     Dublin has an extensive bus route network. Please
                                                                 Station, both of which are located in the city centre.
     note that if you don’t have a leapcard or rambler
                                                                 For timetables please see www.irishrail.ie
     ticket, you must have exact change, as the bus driver
     will not give change back but will give back a receipt.
     You can reclaim your change at a later stage by             Bus Eireann (Irish Bus)
     handing in your receipts to the Dublin Bus Head Office      Bus Eireann has a nationwide network connecting all
     in O’Connell Street. Students can buy ‘rambler’ tickets     major Irish cities and also provides linking services
     from the Students' Union (SU) shop that allows you to       from major cities to smaller towns or villages. Buses
     buy a ticket in advance for a set amount of days. For       leave and arrive in Dublin at Busaras (Central Bus
     further information on routes and timetables please         Station), which is close to Connolly Station. For further
     see www.dublinbus.ie                                        information please see www.buseireann.ie

     Nitelink                                                    Bus Tours
     Dublin Bus operates a night service called Nitelink         The main tourist office in Dublin can provide
     which runs from the city centre to the suburbs. The         information about coach tour providers in Ireland.
     Nitelink fare is €6.50. The Nitelink buses are a cheap      The tourist office is located on Suffolk Street. Or visit:
     and safe alternative to taxis. For further information      www.visitdublin.com
     on routes and timetables please see www.dublinbus.
                                                                               Please note that restrictions may still be
                                                                               in place for 2021 entry due to COVID-19.

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Smoking in Ireland                                         Useful Links
Smoking is banned in all workplaces throughout
Ireland, including offices, pubs, bars, restaurants and    Postal Service: www.anpost.com
public transport.
                                                           Electricity Supply Board www.esb.ie
Electricity Voltage
                                                           Gas Supply Board www.bordgaisenergy.ie
Students who wish to bring electrical appliances with
them should note that the voltage in Ireland is 220v.
You will also need an adaptor, as the sockets in Ireland   Broadband and Cable Suppliers
have three rectangular holes. Irish electric sockets are   www.eir.ie or www.virginmedia.ie
the same as in the United Kingdom.
                                                           Ireland's National Police Service www.garda.ie
Irish Weather                                              You should call 999 or 112 in the case of an emergency
The Irish Climate is temperate and mild. Temperatures      which requires an immediate Garda response.
rarely drop below 0°C or rise higher than 24°C. The        Emergencies include:
rain is most often not torrential, but light to medium     ▶   A danger to life
showers. For clothing, make sure you have a good
waterproof and windproof jacket and warm clothing          ▶   Risk of serious injury
for the winter months. However, there are excellent        ▶   Crime in progress or about to happen
shopping facilities in and around Dublin and all items
can be purchased here as well.                             ▶   Offender still at scene or has just left
                                                           In a non-emergency situation, you should ring your
                                                           nearest Garda station if you need assistance. The
Security                                                   nearest Garda station to Trinity College is on Pearse
                                                           Street. Their phone number is +353 (01) 666 9000.
Trinity’s campus is very safe and the Security Officers
provide a 24-hour service. However, when you leave
the campus it is important to appreciate that Dublin is
a major international city with a population of over 1.2
million people and as such, you should remain vigilant
about your personal belongings at all times.
                                                                                    Global Room Ambassador Blog:
The contact number for 24-hour Security Centre is                                   tcdglobalroom.wordpress.com
+353 (0)1 896 1317.
The emergency number is +353 (0)1 896 1999.

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Contact Details
  If you have any questions about studying at Trinity,                                                Global Relations Office
  please get in touch with us.                                                                        Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin
                                                                                                      Global Relations Office,
  Our Global Relations office is dedicated to helping                                                 East Theatre, College Green,
  you, as a Trinity student, and we would be pleased                                                  Dublin 2,
  to answer your questions.                                                                           Ireland
                                                                                                      Tel: +353 1 896 4507
  E: international@tcd.ie (for non-EU queries)                                                        www.tcd.ie/globalrelations
  E: study@tcd.ie (for EU queries)
  E: tcdglobalroom@tcd.ie (for visa queries)

  If you have further questions about the application                                                 For more information on
  process you can contact the Applications and                                                        studying at Trinity, visit
  Admissions Team in Trinity’s Academic Registry.                                                     our website:
  Academic Registry,
  Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin
  College Green,
  Dublin 2,
  Tel: +353 (0) 1 896 4500

  E: academic.registry@tcd.ie
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