Study Abroad

Outbound Student Opportunities

The School of Computer Science and Statistics encourages students to consider studying abroad in one of Trinity’s partner universities. There are two types of opportunities to study abroad.

  1. Erasmus/EU Exchanges
  2. Non-EU Exchanges (also referred to as International Exchanges).

Whether you are embarking on an Erasmus/EU Exchange or a Non-EU Exchange it is important that you fully consider the impact that studying abroad will have on your studies.

Eligibility: The School of Computer Science and Statistics requires that to be eligible to study abroad under either the Erasmus programme* or another international exchange programme, students must achieve an overall II.1 standard in their first attempt at assessment in the year prior to making an application to study abroad. For students intending to study abroad in the Junior Sophister year and who will apply during their Senior Fresh year, this means that an overall II.1 standard must have been achieved at the first attempt at Junior Fresh assessments.

*Students studying Computer Science, Linguistics and a Language are exempt from achieving the College requirement due to the mandatory nature of Erasmus in the Junior Sophister year.

For more details on the School’s eligibility requirements for Study Abroad, please refer to the School of Computer Science and Statistics, Undergraduate Handbook.

  1. Erasmus/EU Exchanges

Erasmus+ is the EU’s programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. Studying abroad, for one semester or a full year, is a central part of Erasmus+.

While on Erasmus students can study at one of Trinity’s 180 European partner universities across 20 countries. Where you can study abroad on Erasmus, however, is dependent on the Subject-specific exchanges which are set up between the School and partner universities.

Please note the following on Erasmus exchanges:

  1. Students studying CSLL are given priority on these exchanges due to the mandatory requirement of Erasmus in their Junior Sophister year.
  2. Most Erasmus placements presume fluency in the host language sufficient to enable participation in lectures, labs, tutorials, and administration through the host language. 
  3. Single semester exchanges are theoretically possible but are not recommended as the risks and demands associated with a single semester exchange are far greater than a full year exchange.
  4. Placement preferences cannot be guaranteed.

Erasmus Guidelines for CSLL students can be found here

Erasmus Guidleines for all other SCSS students (not CSLL) can be found here

More information on the Erasmus / EU exchanges can also be found on Trinity’s Study Abroad website.

2. Non-EU Exchanges (also referred to as International Exchanges).

Non-EU exchanges, or International exchanges, are with universities outside Europe, so if you’re interested in studying in the USA, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Singapore or other such destinations this is the exchange programme for you.

The School holds an information session on Non-EU Exchanges every September.  This session will take place after the International Exchange and Erasmus Information session which is held by the Study Abroad office. Students will need to attend both sessions.

The slides from the 2022 SCSS International Exchange information session can be viewed here.

A recording of this webinar can be seen here. Passcode to view: b6yb08*!

If you are selected for participation in the Study Abroad programme, you will have to consider your module choices very carefully to ensure that they are roughly the same as you would study at Trinity, that they are at an appropriate level and that you satisfy any prerequisites that may be in force for those modules.

Prior to making your Study Abroad application you must gain approval for your university and module choices from the School of Computer Science and Statistics. This will require you to submit the SCSS Study Abroad Module Form with your selected universities and corresponding modules to the Academic Coordinator for review.

SCSS Approval Form for International Exchange:

Students interested in a Non-EU exchange should read through the information available on the Study Abroad website. Here you will find a list of all Trinity’s International Partner Universities as well as as details on How to Apply.


Submit SCSS Approval Form for International Exchange:

  • Mon 17th Oct 2022, 5pm

College Study Abroad Application Deadline:

  • Fri 21 Oct 2022, 5pm

Erasmus Application Deadline:

  • January 2023 (date tbc)


Catherine McDonald, SCSS Global Officer (General Queries)

Prof Anthony Ventresque, International Exchange Academic Coordinator (Academic Queries)

Prof. Carl Vogel, Erasmus Academic Coordinator


SCSS Undergraduate Handbook 2022-2023

Useful Links

Trinity’s Study Abroad website

Erasmus & Study Abroad FAQ

Maken an appointment with TCD Erasmus & International Exchange Hub (Global room)