IFSA-Butler: Trinity College

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Academic Program

This is a university-based program with students enrolling in regular university classes with local, as well as other international students.

  • Fields of study: Arts, humanities, social sciences, sciences.
  • Eligibility: 9.9 cumulative GPA at the time of application, a higher GPA may be necessary to be competitive for some departments. In order to qualify for upper division courses, 3-4 courses should be completed in the intended field of study prior to participation.
  • Size of the student body: 12.000

Living Arrangements

All students live in IFSA-Butler-operated housing in self-contained flats in Dublin. The flats change every year, but most flats consist of double rooms with shared kitchen and living areas. Students prepare their own meals with a stipend provided by Scripps, based on an amount recommended by the program.

Term Dates

  • Fall: Mid September to late December
  • Spring: Early January to late May


  • Advising Tips: Most IFSA Butler programs require a faculty reference but not all, depending on the university partner. Contact a program adviser for specific program requirements. The Early Start program is not covered by Scripps. Courses in English are primarily limited to first year courses. A few classes at the second year level may have openings. The credit system at Irish universities varies from the US and students typically take 5-7 courses per semester to equal 15 semester units or 3.75 courses at Scripps. Because most classes carry .5 Scripps credit, students must obtain permission from the corresponding department at Scripps, to combine two courses from the same department in order to fulfill a major or minor requirement.
  • Visa Information: After acceptance, your program will provide you with specifics about the visa required. The embassy site will have information on visa requirements for planning purposes.
  • Budget Planning: Note: Trinity charges a supplemental fee for labs and required field trips when enrolling in certain departments (typically the natural/physical sciences as well psychology). All required components of a class are part of tuition with this supplemental charge covered in the fees paid to the program by Scripps College. The student is responsible for the charges of any optional field trips. For budget planning purposes, click here to view the current cost of living comparison between Dublin and Los Angeles.
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