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Study Abroad | Maynooth

Ireland | Maynooth University | Summer 2024
A group of students on a beach in Maynooth, Ireland.
Students in Maynooth, Ireland.


Spend a summer just outside of Dublin in the spectacular city of Maynooth, Ireland with AIFS! Choose from a wide range of course options offered at Maynooth University, Ireland’s fastest growing university with over 13,000 students from over 90 countries. 

What’s Included

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.

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  • Tuition

    Up to 6 semester credits

  • Courses

    Courses offered in anthropology, communications, computer science, digital marketing, English, gender studies, geography, history, literature, management, marketing, music technology, social history

  • Housing

    University apartments on campus. Internet access is included

  • Meals

    Breakfast Monday through Friday in the university cafeteria; lunch is offered Monday through Thursday

  • Excursions & Day Trips

    Dublin excursion with visit to Croke Park and welcome meal, Irish Farm Experience (day trip)

  • Cultural & Social Activities

    Walking tours, traditional Irish music concerts and Dublin events

  • On-Site Program Director

    to help with any questions or advice you may need throughout the program 

  • Health & Safety

    24/7 emergency support and comprehensive insurance
  • Personal/Professional Development

    Access to the renowned Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment and alumni network
  • Green Initiative

Additional Options & Opportunities

  • AIFS Flight Package

    Round-trip flights from 25 U.S. gateways

    Airport transfers to and from campus

  • Optional Excursions

    Maynooth University will also offer some optional excursions during the program. The details and fees will be listed here once confirmed. 

Program Details: Study Abroad | Maynooth Full Curriculum

Program is closed


June 28, 2024July 26, 2024




Maynooth University

Application Deadline

March 1, 2024

Inclusive Fees



Open to Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Minimum of 2.5 GPA

Additional requirements may vary by course selection. See Academic section below.

Visa Requirements

A visa may be required for this program. Please contact your advisor or log into your portal for more information.

Areas of Interest

  • Anthropology
  • Architecture
  • Area Studies
  • Art
  • Business
  • Business Administration
  • Communications
  • Cultural Studies
  • Ecology
  • English
  • Environmental Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Geography
  • History
  • International Business
  • International Relations
  • Literature
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Natural Resources & Conservation
  • Political Science
  • Science
  • Sociology

Global Themes

  • Arts, Culture and Creative Industries
  • Business, Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship
  • Global Peace, International Security and Human Rights
  • Global Sustainability
  • Language, History and Culture
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AIFS Abroad offers a unique global educational experience for students on this program, with the following academic options available:

Maynooth University has been recognized as one of the leading new universities in the world and is Ireland’s fastest growing university with over 13,000 students from over 90 countries. Maynooth is divided between the South campus, an older complex of nineteenth century buildings, and the North campus, a modern complex of teaching, research, accommodation and support facilities. 

  • Anthropology
  • Architecture
  • Area Studies
  • Art
  • Business
  • Business Administration
  • Communications
  • Cultural Studies
  • Ecology
  • English
  • Environmental Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Geography
  • History
  • International Business
  • International Relations
  • Literature
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Natural Resources & Conservation
  • Political Science
  • Science
  • Sociology

Select two courses from a wide range of subjects. Each course carries a recommended 3 credits. Attendance is required to receive full credit. 

ECTS Maynooth University awards ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits. The number of ECTS credits will be shown on the transcript to allow each student’s home institution the ultimate decision in the awarding of U.S. credit. Recommended U.S. semester credits next to each course description are based on 15 classroom hours per semester credit and are not a conversion of ECTS credits. Students should consult with their university advisors prior to participating in the program to have course credit pre-approved and ensure that they are taking the appropriate amount of credits. 

Textbooks Students should budget around €60 for textbooks. 

No AIFS participant is permitted to take a course without receiving a grade. Pass/Fail grade options are not available. Students receive letter grades on this scale: 

66 - 70 A
63 – 65 A-
61 – 62 B+
58 – 60B
55 – 57B-
52 – 54C+
48 – 51C
45 – 47C-
40 – 44D
0-39 F

Transcripts are issued by Maynooth University. An official transcript will be sent directly to the student’s home university on completion of the program. 

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Emma, an AIFS Abroad alum from Carroll College, recently took over our Instagram story recently to answer questions about what it’s like to study abroad in Maynooth for a summer. Watch as she highlights her experience!

Three students in Maynooth, Ireland.

Living Abroad

Student Apartment

You will be staying in 4-5 bedroom apartments on campus.

  • Single room
  • Fully furnished kitchen
  • Shared bathroom and a living room/dining room area


  • Breakfast Monday through Friday in the university cafeteria; lunch is offered Monday through Thursday
  • You can also purchase low-cost meals at the cafeterias on campus
  • A Welcome dinner

Internet access is included in all AIFS housing in Maynooth.


Maynooth is home to 12,500 residents year-round, which grows to a temporary 20,000 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.

AIFS in Maynooth Director, Summer Programs

Clíodhna Dunne headshot.

Clíodhna Dunne

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 Program Director provides academic advice, introduces you to the community and handles communication with the University.

The Maynooth summer program is designed to give students a well-rounded experience and a true taste of Irish life and culture. AIFS students can access a wide variety of extracurricular clubs and societies, events and excursions over the course of the summer including an Irish farm experience and tours around Ireland. Your AIFS Program Director will also be a wealth of information about things to see and do to make the most of your study abroad experience.

It is less than a 10-minute walk from the housing to all classrooms, libraries, shops and public transport links. Frequent commuter trains to central Dublin take 40 minutes. 

On-campus facilities for students include an indoor sports hall and fully-equipped gymnasium, which accommodates a wide variety of indoor sporting activities including badminton, basketball, fencing and karate. The university has a swimming pool as well as numerous playing fields which cater to outdoor sports such as soccer, rugby, hurling and camogie. Maynooth student clubs and societies offer on-campus events during the summer school. 


This program offers a range of day trips and excursions that will take you outside Maynooth and deepen your social, historical and cultural understanding of Ireland. Previous excursions have included:

A bridge in Dublin, Ireland.


Guided sightseeing tour and visit to Croke Park. Includes round-trip transportation and a welcome meal.
  • Ireland
  • Day Trip
  • Included in Program Fee
A cow on a farm in Ireland.

Irish Farm Experience

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. 

  • Ireland
  • Day Trip
  • Included in Program Fee
An Irish farm.

Optional Excursions

In addition to the excursions listed above Maynooth University will offer optional excursions during the summer school which will be available to AIFS students. The destinations and prices will be determined in early 2023 and details will be posted here. 
  • Ireland
  • TBD
  • TBD
A group of happy students at a carnival.
A view of Prague.

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.

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Important Dates & Deadlines

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Dates & Deadlines


  • Early Application Deadline*
  • Application Deadline
    March 1, 2024
  • Deposit Deadline
    March 21, 2024
  • Scholarship Deadline
    March 1, 2024
  • Visa Deadline****
  • Optional Departure Flight from US***
    June 27, 2024
  • Program Begins
    June 28, 2024
  • Program Ends
    July 26, 2024
  • Optional Return Flight to US***
    July 26, 2024
  • *** Included for students on AIFS flight package.
  • **** AIFS Abroad offers visa processing services to applicants who enroll into the program by this date. All other applicants who enroll after this date will be responsible for securing their own visa with guidance from AIFS Abroad.

Optional Flight Package

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.)

Depature City


  • Atlanta
  • Boston
  • Buffalo
  • Charlotte
  • Chicago
  • Cincinnati
  • Columbus
  • Dallas
  • Denver
  • Des Moines
  • Detroit
  • Houston
  • Los Angeles
  • Miami
  • Minneapolis
  • New York
  • Newark
  • Orlando
  • Philadelphia
  • Phoenix
  • Pittsburgh
  • Raleigh/Durham
  • San Francisco
  • Seattle
  • St. Louis
  • Washington/Dulles
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Ready to Study Abroad in Maynooth?

For more dates or questions, contact your program consultant:
(203) 399-5163 or email: