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Study Abroad at Maynooth University

Maynooth University

  • Minimum GPA: 2.75 (4.0 scale)
  • Application deadlines: April 15 for fall or full year
    October 15 for spring
  • Program advisor: Julia Lieberman
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Program Snapshot


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What is this?

Cead Mile Failte! We’re so excited that you’re preparing to study abroad on an IFSA-Butler program and have chosen Maynooth as your destination. Maynooth is a quaint city located just an hour outside of Dublin by train; students enjoy the intimate feel of Maynooth while also being able to take advantage of the big city so close by. We’re sure you’re going to love studying there!

What Maynooth University has to offer

  • An ideal environment for immersing yourself into Irish culture
  • Campus is located in Ireland's only university town, yet close to the capital city
  • World-class teaching facilities and small classes
  • Lovely architecture, beautiful gardens and chapel spires
  • A high faculty-to-student ratio, ensuring personal attention
  • A magnificent library with five-and-a-half miles of bookshelves
  • On-campus medical center, sports hall, indoor and outdoor swimming pool, and student canteen
  • Ranked by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings among the top 200 most international universities
  • A vibrant social scene with over 100 clubs and societies
  • View videos about Maynooth's support and facilities and the university's international office


  • Housing is on campus in modern student complexes with other American, European and Irish students
  • Apartments include private bathroom and shared living room and kitchen
  • Students purchase or prepare their own meals


  • Flexibility in combining subjects from a range of academic departments and faculties
  • There are three faculties: Arts, Celtic Studies & Philosophy; Social Sciences; and Science & Engineering
  • Students may also take theology courses at St. Patrick's College
  • Students take a varied number of courses, depending on course weight

We look forward to working with you! You can learn more about Maynooth by visiting their website here.



Where can I find a list of courses that the university offers?
You can find Maynooth University's online course catalog here. Click on the link of the subject areas you are interested in to see the available modules (courses) offered.

What if I need to take a required course?
Please be aware that IFSA-Butler cannot guarantee that your host university will offer a particular course, or that you will be allowed to take that particular course. However, if you need to take a required course, you may indicate that it is required on your course preference form. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor will communicate your needs to your host university.

What courses am I eligible to take?
As an IFSA-Butler student, you are entitled to enroll in undergraduate courses for which you are qualified and in which space is available. Course descriptions in the online course catalog (see above) include prerequisites you must fulfill in order to enroll in each course.

For each course that you list on your preference form, be sure to check the following: When determining which courses to take, please bear in mind that the Irish academic system is an intensive, three-year program.

  • First-year (100-level) courses are appropriate for departments in which you have little or no prior experience.
  • Second-year (200-level) courses will be equivalent to advanced sophomore or junior-level U.S. courses.
  • Third-year (300-level) courses will be equivalent to senior-level U.S. courses.
  • Fourth-year (400-level) courses and higher are part of a postgraduate degree (Masters or Ph.D.). You are not eligible to take these courses as an undergraduate study abroad student.

Course Restrictions

Are there any course or departmental restrictions?
When considering departments and courses, please note the following:

  • Theology: Only courses in Christian theology are offered. Theology students can only take one to two Theology courses for each semester spent at Maynooth University.
  • Science students: Please note that Maynooth University charges a tuition differential for courses that include laboratory work. Please keep this in mind when you choose your courses, as you will be responsible for paying additional tuition fees.


  • Irish Cultural Heritage: Choose either Introducing Irish Cultural Heritage or Introducing Settlement & Society in Early Ireland, plus three optional modules that examine cultural heritage and Irish language. Field seminars take you to Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth, the Hill of Tara, Clonmacnoise, and Emain Macha.
  • International Business: Students take four international business modules (two from an approved list, two of your choice). This certificate is designed for business majors with one year of coursework prior to participation.    

These certificates are worth 20 Maynooth credits, which translates to 10 Butler University credits. Students will take an additional 10 Maynooth credits in order to be enrolled full time.


How many courses am I able to take, and how do I determine U.S. semester credit hours?
IFSA-Butler requires students to enroll in a full course load at the host institution. The number of courses you take depends on the credit value of the courses you select. At Maynooth University, a full course load consists of 30 ECTS credits per semester or 60 ECTS credits per year, which equals 15 U.S. semester credit hours per semester or 30 U.S. semester credit hours per year.

1 Maynooth University ECTS credit = 0.5 U.S. semester credit hours
30 Maynooth University ECTS credit = 15 U.S. semester credit hours


The course preference form is not a registration form; it is a guideline to let your host university know which courses you are interested in taking abroad. You should discuss your course selections with your academic advisor at your home institution and have several backup choices in mind. Accepted students will receive their provisional schedule shortly after an admissions decision is made. This schedule will be based on the courses listed on the course preference form.

What are the registration conditions?
You must take a full Maynooth University course load as determined by IFSA-Butler. Credit will be awarded on a Butler University transcript based on a typical U.S. full course load. All courses are graded on an A-F scale, and there is no provision for pass/fail or auditing courses unless pass/fail is the only method of assessment for the course. You are not allowed to register for online, distance education or hybrid courses. You should also be aware that you may be charged additional fees by your home institution or host university to take or process additional credits. Taking less than a full course load may jeopardize your student status and result in personal academic repercussions and/or loss of financial aid.


What do I need to know about exams?
Because of the differences in the academic systems, you will not know your exam schedule until after you arrive at your host university. Please refer to your program calendar to review the exam period for your host university. Your host university's policies do not permit you to reschedule any exams, request alternate assessments or arrange to have your exams proctored in the United States. If this occurs, IFSA-Butler cannot assist you in conducting a grade appeal or academic follow-up for the course in which you made this arrangement. You will need to complete and submit all academic work prior to departing the program.


How will my home university know what my classes were and what grades I received?
After you have returned to the U.S., your home university will receive a Butler University transcript with the credit you earned at Maynooth University. The Butler University transcript will report the equivalent U.S. semester credit hours and letter grades. We also will send an official transcript to your permanent address.


Housing Options

What are my housing options?
All IFSA-Butler students live on campus in new university housing. Rooms are arranged into student apartments, with six students in each apartment sharing a kitchen/living room. Each student has a single bedroom with private bathroom and Internet access. A typical apartment consists of one U.S. and one European visiting student and four Irish full-degree students, though this arrangement may vary. There is no meal plan at Maynooth University, so you will have to use your shared kitchen facility to prepare meals. There are also convenience stores, restaurants, and pubs on and around campus. You will not have a telephone in your room or in your flat, which is common for Irish students.

Student apartments are located on the north campus, a few minutes walk from most academic buildings. The center of the town of Maynooth is 10 minutes away, where students will find shops, pubs and restaurants. The train station is about a 15 to 20 minute walk from the student apartments.


There is no meal plan at Maynooth University, so students use their shared kitchen facility to prepare meals. There are also convenience stores, restaurants, and pubs on and around campus.

Housing FAQs

Is my housing included in the program fee?
Yes. Your program fee includes accommodation at the university while classes are in session. You will be responsible for the cost of your meals (whether a meal plan or self-catered) and any commuting costs you may incur. Some university housing requires students to move out during winter and spring breaks. If you wish to remain in residence during the vacation period(s), you must notify the university housing office upon arrival to make necessary arrangements. Staying in residence during university breaks may incur additional costs not covered by the IFSA-Butler program fee.

When will I receive my housing assignment?
You will most likely receive your housing assignment one to two weeks before your departure. However, in some cases you may not receive your housing assignment until you arrive in Ireland for orientation. Your program advisor will notify you of your housing assignment via email when it is released by the university.

Please keep in mind that while IFSA-Butler guarantees housing, we cannot guarantee your preferences.

Can I arrange my own housing?
Yes. IFSA-Butler recognizes that some students require independent housing for their time abroad. If you choose not to take advantage of our guaranteed housing, you may sign up for independent housing on the housing preference form. Once you've made this choice, we will not provide housing for you or bill you for the accommodation fee.

Please be advised that housing costs can be high abroad, and many times students living independently end up spending more money than students living in IFSA-Butler arranged housing. If you are hoping to save money by arranging housing on your own, please research your options early so you can compare costs. You must notify us of your intention to live in independent housing by the program application deadline for your term abroad, listed at the top of this page. We are not able to accommodate independent housing requests after the deadline.

Location Info

Population: 11,000
Location: County Kildare, 15 miles west of Dublin

City features

  • A charming university town
  • Castle dating back to the 13th centure
  • Friendly and welcoming people
  • Easy and inexpensive public transportation to Dublin, just 30 minutes away

Do more!

  • Explore Dublin's culture and nightlife
  • Go to the famous horseracing tracks in and around the area
  • Explore nearby early Christian ruins, including the high Celtic crosses at Moone, Castledermot and Old Kilcullen

Maynooth Tourism
Kildare Community Network
Maynooth Castle
Maynooth Online
Visit Dublin

Dates & Fees

Program Dates

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Students must have a round trip ticket to enter the country. Please use the program end date when initially booking your return. 

Your program end date may change due to circumstances beyond IFSA-Butler's control. Upon arrival at your host university, be sure to verify your exam schedule and program end date. We also strongly recommend that you investigate fees and penalties associated with your airline tickets in case you need to make date or route changes.

Program housing is available only until the program end date.

Exams must be taken where and when scheduled. Under no circumstances may students request that an exam time be changed. In Ireland, exams are taken under formal examination conditions and changes cannot be made for individuals.

Program Fees

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What's included in our Ireland program fees
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Academic Year and Fall Payments Due: July 1
Spring Payment Due:
November 15

Program Fee Bills
IFSA-Butler will send a single bill for tuition, services and housing. Any bills for tuition differentials and/or supplemental housing fees will be sent separately. Students who opt for independent housing will not be charged the housing component of the program fee.

The housing component of our program fee is based on the average cost of local student self-catering accommodation, usually a shared room in a regular dormitory, apartment or house without any extra features.

Personal Cost Estimates

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These figures are designed to assist students with financial planning but are only estimates based on past students’ experiences at the current exchange rate. They do not include any entertainment or vacation travel costs. Meals are estimated based on the cost of a weekly standard grocery shop with one or two meals out.  If you plan to eat out once a day or more, we recommend using a higher estimate.  If you have dietary restrictions or follow a specific diet (gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, organic, etc), you may also wish to budget more due to the higher cost of specialty food items.

The above numbers are general estimates of expenses during a program abroad. We recommend taking into account your current spending habits, the cost of living in your host country and the current exchange rate. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor can be helpful as you attempt to work on a personal budget for your experience abroad.

Personal Miscellaneous: Covers general expenses of college life, including course supplies, photocopying, toiletries, snacks, personal care, etc.

Commuting: Estimates are for transportation between housing and university. Transportation for personal or recreational purposes is not included in the above estimates.

* U.S. citizens do not need to apply for a visa to study in the Republic of Ireland. However, citizens of certain countries may need to do so. If this applies to you, you will be notified by your IFSA-Butler program advisor. All students, regardless of citizenship, will need to register with the Garda (Irish police) upon arrival in the Republic of Ireland. Registration will cost €300 (approximately $400).

All costs are in U.S. dollars.

Meet Your IFSA-Butler Team

IFSA-Butler has a dedicated team of staff who are here to help students prepare for their program in Ireland:

julieProgram Advisor Julia Lieberman assists the student through the application process in addition to answering cultural and logistic questions about the study abroad experience. Julia graduated from Clark University with a Bachelor’s degree in Geography. She studied abroad twice during undergraduate, for a semester in Belize and then for an independent study in Nicaragua. She has traveled extensively studying, working and living abroad, mainly in South America and Europe. These life-changing experiences lead Julia to her interest in study abroad and he desire to help others do so. Currently, Julia advises students traveling to the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland. She can be reached through the email link above or by phone at 800-858-0229 ext. 3638.

altStudent Accounts Coordinator Angelita Shaffer assists with the financial side of study abroad and processes payments and invoices. Angelita can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4221.




donnettaStudent & Parent Services Manager Donnetta Spears is available to both students and parents for travel questions and information. Donnetta has worked with IFSA-Butler since 2000, and she has traveled through parts of Europe, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand. As the mother of 4 college students (including one who studied abroad on an IFSA-Butler program), she has a deep understanding of the ins-and-outs of study abroad from a parent perspective. Donnetta can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4252.

Once abroad, our students are in the capable hands of our on-site office in Dublin. Click here to read more about Resident Director Maria Keane.

abbyAcademic Records Coordinator Abby Miller graduated from Butler University where she worked as a guide for international students from all over the world. From that experience and combined with her own world travels, she knows the amazing experiences that studying abroad can provide. Abby is excited to work with IFSA-Butler students and to help answer any questions about their academic records. Abby can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 4217.

Get Connected

Connect with IFSA-Butler Students

If you really want to know what it's like to study abroad, connect with IFSA-Butler alumni and students who are currently abroad on an IFSA-Butler program. Check out the following:

Institute for Study Abroad, Alliance For Global Education and MORE CULTURE. LESS SHOCK. are registered marks of the Institute for Study Abroad, Inc.