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Trinity College, Dublin as Math transfer?

MetronicsMetronics 1 replies1 threads New Member
Hello all,

I am an American looking to transfer to TCD. It would be economical for my family and I to complete an associate's first then transfer to a university. Most big name universities in the States are bloody expensive for the asking price of tuition and housing, even for my family that is in the upper-income range. For example, UC Berkeley's tuition alone is 41,000$ per year for out-of-state students. TCD is just $24,000 per year for a math degree while my state school costs $16,000. It is also decidedly easier to get into TCD.

Has anyone else transferred into mathematics at Trinity? I don't know if they would even consider me for the second year because it seems that they study advanced material in the first year such as set theory (which at my state school is a graduate level class).
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  • Conformist1688Conformist1688 1230 replies30 threads Senior Member
    I think you've answered your own question. If you haven't covered the first year material you would need to start again in the first year. That might still be cost effective for you.
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  • collegemom3717collegemom3717 7899 replies84 threads Senior Member
    edited June 2019
    It is exceptionally unlikely that you could transfer into TCD as a 2nd year. In Europe the courses are typically much more focused from day 1- there are no gen eds, and usually there are few if any options in the first and even second year. At TCD math you have no choices in year 1; in year 2 you get to choose 2 classes from a choice of 4- and all your classes are math/math related.

    To transfer in you would have to show that you have mastered *all* of the coursework from year 1 (or 2). Transferring is not a thing in Ireland.- even between courses within the university, much less coming in from the outside.

    Also, TCD is 24K €, not $- not a big difference right now ($27K) but that can change. As I think you know, that is tuition only. Current estimates that cost of living for students in Dublin is running around €12.5/school year ($14K). So, figure more like $40K all in (not counting long-haul flights), and in shared accommodation.
    edited June 2019
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  • MetronicsMetronics 1 replies1 threads New Member
    That's what the college registry is telling me too. It's a shame because I found it to be cost-effective at the time. It doesn't make much sense to finish an Associate's first only to find out you would be entering as a freshman.
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  • PurpleTitanPurpleTitan 13628 replies32 threads Senior Member
    CC and then in-state would be cheapest (especially if commuting).

    But after CC, 3 years at an English uni may cost roughly the same as 2 years at a private (assuming no significant scholarships) or OOS public.
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  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 43226 replies471 threads Senior Member
    edited June 2019
    Also, most English (British?) universities assume that 1-2 years of cc = A Levels + good GCSEs.
    Specialization is very high - a bit like grad school light.
    edited June 2019
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