University of Dublin Trinity College
Students may choose to spend a semester or full year of study at Ireland's first university, the University of Dublin Trinity College. Over four centuries old, Trinity is home to around 15,500 students, and offers a vast range of courses and disciplines to be explored and experienced. Students studying at Trinity may apply for university housing, but should expect to make other arrangements due to limited space for exchange students. Apartment stays around Dublin can be organized with the help of Trinity's accommodating offices. Meals are available from three on-campus restaurants, as well as from several student cafes.Trinity offers its students a variety of support services, including counseling and individual tutoring. A week-long orientation period is also provided at the beginning of the academic year for incoming students. International students are not specifically targeted for cultural events, but many campus-wide social events are offered throughout the academic year. In order to qualify for this program, students must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA.
Further info can be found at:http://www.tcd.ie/international/
Trinity College Dublin approaches the sciences in a way unfamiliar for one from Reed. Irish students spend their first two years focused on three courses in the school of science, then specialize in just one by third year, allowing more specialized courses. Having finished the core third year Physics curriculum at Reed, the third year Physics with Astrophysics course complemented my education thus far. Most lectures discussed new subjects; a few that I had done last year were done this year for Irish students, while a few things things that I knew but the Irish will not till next year. Trinity on-campus housing, at least the brick houses 49 and 50 on Pearse Street, are conveniently located and of good quality. I found grocery shopping a necessity; Trinity does not have a board plan, and on-campus restaurants exhibit middling quality at best. All the same, I was pleased with the Commons dinners that the physics department sponsored for us; provided free for Scholars and Fellows, the dinners showed part of Trinity's history. I would recommend that future Reed physicists considering third year at Trinity already have completed second year at Reed and preferably have taken Classical Mechanics and Electrodynamics. Those courses are respectively taught in second year and split over the third and fourth years at Trinity. Quantum Mechanics is taught in the first term here at a slightly lower level than Reed's third year course. The remainder of the Trinity curriculum covers a broader range than Reed and can probably, with proper effort on the student's part, compare to Reed's selections. Learning how people with the same language, similar climate, and related institutions accrue subtle cultural changes has rewarded me most. From discovering the familiarity of Irish friends to hearing people chat in the pubs, I feel glad to have had the chance to visit a country I had long imagined, even if it was not what I envisioned. The reality is always richer. Much the same feeling came over me during my week-long trips to Italy and to England in spring. Now I feel eager to see Europe and East Asia--Trinity has restored my hopes for being a world citizen!
Definitely to try to join a society or two, the other people in the program in Dublin (from other schools) that really got the chance to get out and meet Irish people were the ones that joined societies in the school. One guy I know joined a climbing group, and traveled all over Ireland on weekends, met a lot of people, had a great time. I would recommend also the women's rugby team and the anarchist society, both had cool people in them. Sometimes it will be easier to meet/make friends with other internationals instead of the Irish. Don't go there expecting to make tons of Irish friends, you'll meet cool people but it can take awhile to make a good connection. Campus is conveniently located, Dublin on a whole is very easy to get around with just by walking, and it has a nice tram system as well.