Trinity College Dublin

Skip to main content.

Top Level TCD Links

Semester Start-Up Programme for Non-EU International Students


The innovative Semester Start Up Programme (or SSP) at Trinity College provides international students with the opportunity to undertake a full semester’s study at Ireland’s leading university. The SSP, which runs for three weeks before the start of term , covers the first one-sixth of a student’s semester work commitment at Trinity (5ECTS), with the remainder being covered by the other undergraduate courses students chose to do during October-December. The three-week SSP is unique in Ireland, combining an interdisciplinary approach to undergraduate study with the highest academic and educational standards. The SSP is therefore a viable option for all undergraduate students, from all disciplines.

Course Director: Dr. Peter Crooks
Course Administrator: Dr. Patricia Stapleton
Enquiries to:


All queries regarding accommodation should be sent directly to the Accommodation Office or

Term Dates

Michaelmas term 2013-14: Hilary Term 2013-14:
SSP welcome reception Sunday 25 August 2013
SSP Lectures commence Monday 26 August - SSP ends Friday 13 September 2013
Fresher’s week – 16-20 September 2013
Term starts: Monday 23 September 2013
Teaching term ends – Friday 13 December 2013
SSP welcome reception Sunday 5 January 2014
SSP commences Monday 6 January – SSP ends Friday 10 January 2014
Term starts : Monday 13th January 2014
Teaching term ends Friday 4th April 2014
Followed by exam period

Last updated 1 August 2013 (Email).