Spend a semester or academic year in the lively college town of Maynooth, Ireland, with AIFS! Study a variety of academic program options at Maynooth University, one of the leading new universities in the world. Located just 15 miles west of Dublin and close to Maynooth Castle, the campus is home to over 13,000 students from over 90 countries.
The AIFS inclusive program fee includes all of the great features below in addition to many pre-departure, on-site and upon-return services to help students make the most of their time abroad.Review Our Policies
Up to 18 semester credits depending on program and course selection
Wide variety of courses available; taught in English
On campus student apartments
2-night Dublin experience, an overnight excursion to Cork and Kilkenny and an Irish farm experience
A wide range of AIFS-organized cultural activities and social events to enrich your experience
to help with any questions or advice you may need throughout the program
Round-trip flights from 25 U.S. gateways
Airport transfers to and from campus
Galway (3 days)
Want to study abroad in Ireland? Alexandra, an AIFS Abroad alum from Rowan University recently took over our Instagram story recently to answer questions about what it’s like to study abroad in Maynooth during fall semester. Watch as she highlights her experience!
Students will live in apartments on the Maynooth University North campus. The apartments have 4 or 5 single en-suite bedrooms.
Internet access is included in all AIFS housing in Maynooth.
Students receive a travel pass for use on trains, the LUAS and buses in Dublin which can be used to travel between Maynooth and Dublin. Passes will be loaded with €100 credit on arrival and can be topped up during the semester as and when needed. Students are responsible for costs above the initial €100 contribution.
Maynooth is home to 12,500 residents year-round, which grows to a temporary 25,000 during the academic year when students arrive. It is about 15 miles west of central Dublin, which is easily accessible by train.
Maynooth is known for the Maynooth Castle which is one of County Kildare’s most well-known historic sites. It was founded in the early 13th century, and became the house of the Great Earl of Kildare.
Near to Maynooth you’ll find many places to enjoy the outdoors including Donadea Forest and Abbeyfield Farm.
Hi, my name is Clíodhna and I’ll be looking after you in Maynooth. I have lived close to Maynooth for my whole life. I am a graduate from Maynooth University with a degree in History and Accounting. I love to travel and have been to the U.S. and most of Europe. I have been working with study abroad groups in both Maynooth and Dublin since the beginning of 2018. I will be helping you to settle into the university here and will show you a lot of Ireland and Irish culture. I can’t wait to meet you and welcome you to my home university and to Ireland!
The Resident Director provides academic advice, introduces you to the community and handles communication with the University.
In addition to excursions a program of social and cultural events will be included in your program fee. These activities will include both typical tourist sites and attractions and lesser known visits which take advantage of the expert knowledge of local Maynooth and AIFS staff and give you a more authentic and insightful view of Irish life and culture. Typical activities, tours and visits include:
You may be asked to pay a small supplementary fee for some of the events offered each semester.
A week-long orientation program is included at Maynooth for all students including a campus and library tour, academic subject meetings, introduction to clubs and societies, student support meetings, a scavenger hunt and welcome event.
AIFS students will have access to a wide range of on-campus sports facilities including indoor sports hall, fully-equipped gymnasium, fitness center, weights room, and tennis courts and football pitches.
Guided sightseeing tour. Visit to the Guinness Storehouse. Includes round-trip transportation, accommodations, daily breakfast and a welcome meal.
Make your own Irish soda bread, learn how to milk a cow, take Irish drum and Ceili (dancing) lessons, ride on a tractor and more. Includes round-trip transportation and light refreshments.
Guided sightseeing tour with free time to explore. Includes round-trip transportation and accommodations.
Guided walking tour. Visit the Burren and the Cliffs of Moher. Includes round-trip transportation, accommodations, daily breakfast and a group meal with traditional music.
* Minimum enrollment of 6 students is required for this trip to run.
Program is closed
Students can select an optional transportation package for all AIFS programs. Students who choose to book their own flights should meet up with group at the program location and will need to make their own ground transportation arrangements.
Below are fees by departure city based on average historical costs and subject to change. If you select this option on your application, the total flight package price will be confirmed in your account 6 months prior to departure. (Program fee is guaranteed.)
Social identity & access
One of the best things you can do before departure is enter into the journey knowing that your time abroad will be unique to this experience. The resources, community, and support available to you when abroad will likely be different as well. In order to help you prepare for your experience, we have compiled many resources about social identity and access in specific locations abroad. Your program staff will also provide you with more details pre-departure and during orientation.Learn more