Study Abroad in Maynooth, Ireland

Study Abroad in Maynooth: Cultural Excursions

AIFS will arrange excursions during the semester to give you an opportunity to experience life throughout Ireland. Excursions such as those listed below will be arranged and 3 will be included in the program fee.

Dublin (3 days)

Included in program fee

On arrival in Ireland, AIFS students will enjoy 3 days in Dublin, including a guided walking tour, group welcome meal and visit to the famed Guinness Storehouse. This is an opportunity for students to meet each other and explore Ireland’s famed capital city before transferring to Maynooth.

Includes accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis in a city center hostel, a welcome meal and transportation.

Irish Farm Experience (day trip)

Included in program fee

Travel to the outskirts of Dublin to a working Irish farm for an afternoon of fun-filled events. Make your own Irish soda bread, learn to play the Irish drum, dance a Ceili, take a tractor ride, milk a cow and more! If you’re feeling adventurous, get nice and muddy with a good old jump in the bog.

Includes transportation from Maynooth and light refreshments.

Belfast (overnight)

Included in program fee

Belfast has staged a remarkable transformation since the Troubles. Regeneration continues amidst the Victorian architecture of the city center and around the docklands where the famous Titanic was built and which now enjoys a thriving arts and music scene. As well as a guided tour of the city center, you will visit Giant’s Causeway, a stunning and atmospheric natural rock formation which is the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in Northern Ireland.

Includes transportation from Maynooth, accommodations and entrances.

Optional Excursion to London, England (2 nights)

Included only for students on the AIFS Flight Package

Begin your semester with a 2-night visit to London en-route to Maynooth. This will allow you to relax, recover from jet lag and get to know your fellow classmates while touring England’s capital.

Take a sightseeing tour with a professional guide who will point out some of London’s most famous landmarks including Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament and the Tower of London. Have time to explore the city on your own where you can take in the gorgeous parks and gardens, see a play in the West End or shop for vintage clothes at Camden Market.

Includes accommodations, breakfast, sightseeing tour and local guide.

Optional Excursion to Galway (3 days - $345)

Taking the train from Dublin you will stay overnight in Galway (breakfast is included) and enjoy a Galway city walking tour, visit to the Burren and the Cliffs of Moher and a group meal with traditional music. Galway is a Medieval city with colorful, cozy pubs and artisan shops and has a quirky, arty vibe which its student population strives to maintain. You may even hear the locals speaking Irish Gaelic, a form of Celtic language.

A minimum of 6 students is required for this optional excursion to run.

Fee includes accommodations, breakfast, transportation, sightseeing, local guide and entrances.

Dates and itineraries for all excursions are tentative and subject to change.