Maynooth University

The Rollins College study abroad and exchange program at Maynooth University offers students the opportunity to directly enroll at a prestigious Irish University for the fall or spring semester, or the full academic year.  Participants in the program are fully integrated at Maynooth—they live in residence halls on campus or homestays, take courses with Irish and other international students, and are able to take advantage of all the activities and services offered through the University. A semester at Maynooth is an excellent fit for students who need to fulfill major or minor requirements since students have access to an incredibly wide range of courses. 

Location: In Maynooth students enjoy the safety, charm, and peace of the local area, with easy and frequent access to Dublin city centre. Maynooth’s location, in County Kildare, is adjacent to the Irish ‘silicone valley’, home to the European headquarters of many multi-national companies, such as Intel, HP, Facebook, Microsoft and Google. Maynooth town traces its historical significance back to the 12th century when the Fitzgerald family established a stronghold, in the form of a castle which can still be seen at the gates of the University. There are many other historical sites of interest in the local area such as Castletown House in Celbridge and Carton House in Maynooth, or Newgrange Stone Age Passage Tomb and Glendalough - the valley of two lakes, slightly further away. Today Maynooth is a charming and busy town with many shops, cafes and public transport options and general services, and home to a vibrant local community that offers students abundant opportunities to enjoy a very enjoyable social life.

Host Institution: Maynooth is the fastest growing university in Ireland, with over 8,400 students from over 50 countries in Europe, North and South America, Africa, and Asia. Situated 15 miles west of Dublin, Maynooth University is located in Ireland’s only university town, Maynooth, which combines the historical legacy of its medieval origins with a location on the fringes of Dublin, Ireland’s vibrant and modern capital city. Rollins students will have access to a wide variety of courses in a broad range of fields from 26 academic departments.


Exchange: The number of exchange places available on this program is limited and depends on how many students Maynooth sends to Rollins.  The number of available exchange places changes year to year and exchange places will be allocated to Rollins students based on the merit of the application.  Exchange places are not guaranteed and interested students should visit IP for advising.

Program Costs:

  • Costs: The program fee is equal to Rollins College tuition and fees, plus room and board, for one semester.  For 2014-2015 this is $28,275.
  • Includes: Tuition and program administration, accommodation, complete medical and emergency insurance, orientation, on-site transportation, group activities, and one weekend excursion.
  • Does not include:
    • Airfare from Orlando: Estimated at $1,000
    • Airport transfers in Dublin: Estimated at $150
    • Visa: Estimated at $400
    • Personal expenses and course materials: Estimated at $800 in the fall and $1200 in the spring
    • Souvenirs, entertainment and independent travel: Costs will vary but are estimated at $1200-$2000
    • Travel/Property insurance (if desired): Costs will vary
  • Discount on Student Account: In December for the spring semester and July for the fall semester, a discount will be applied to the Student Account for meals not included on the program.  The discount should cover normal, basic costs for meals/groceries. Students with significant financial aid may end up with a positive balance on the Student Account which can then be requested as a refund. 
  • Need-Based Scholarships: scholarships based on financial need are available to off-set costs associated with international airfare, and, in exceptional cases, other costs associated with study abroad.  Students apply for scholarships through the normal program application.


Admissions Requirements:

  • Open to Juniors, Seniors and exceptional Sophomores
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Good college standing
  • Good record with Community Standards

Fall 2014 Calendar

  • Arrival/Move-In: Sept 15
  • Orientation: Sept 17-19
  • Classes: Sept 22-Dec 19