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sam asked in TravelIrelandOther - Ireland · 5 years ago

Would owning property in Ireland or having an Irish passport affect my application to Trinity College?

Recently I ve been thinking about applying to Trinity College in Dublin. I ve tried doing as much research as possible considering I would be applying as a non-EU student from the US, but despite reading up on the school s website and online forums from current students I m still a little bit confused!

I currently live and attend school in the US. However, my dad is from Ireland, and has Irish citizenship. Also, I m not sure if it helps at all, but I also have an Irish passport.

I m not really sure if any of these things would matter in the application process? Or if this would affect my tuition if I got in?

Also, because my family is considering moving to Dublin when I leave for college anyways, would owning property in Ireland affect my non-EU student status?

Sorry if these seem like stupid questions, the website was just a little hard to understand! Any help from any current students would be especially helpful!

Thanks so much! :)

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  • 5 years ago
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    If you have an Irish passport, you may be able to apply to Trinity as an Irish person and not as non-EU. This means you would pay Irish fees, but you would not be eligible for a grant as your parents have to be living here for 3 of the previous 5 years, before your grant application. Because of your different educational results (you won't have done the Leaving Cert) it might be an idea to suss it out with Trinity first, tell them you are an Irish person presently living in US and completing your education there, but family is intending to return to live in Ireland. Ask if you can apply directly to them and not via the Central Applications Office. Most Irish students have to apply through CAO, and offers are based on Leaving Cert results. Read these links

    Or you could consider taking time here to do a FETAC course first before applying to Trinity

    Some courses are Distance Learning, and you could do them over there. Other courses need attendance here

    Ask Trinity if doing their Foundation Course would help

    Note the difference in fees for Irish/EU students and non EU students

    Your main problem for free fees is the requirement to have been living here for 3 years. Talk to Trinity anyway.

    • sam5 years agoReport

      Thank you so much! This was very helpful! :)

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