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Ireland: Maynooth University

"I really enjoyed my experience in Ireland... I grew so much as a person... Not only did I gain experience that will help me in the job field, I gained experience that will help my everyday life now." - Rollins Study Abroad Alum

Maynooth University is located just outside Dublin and is one of Ireland's fastest growing Universities! As a direct enroll program, it’s an excellent fit for most majors, including the sciences.

Experience Ireland!

Maynooth University is located just outside Dublin and is one of Ireland's fastest growing Universities! As a direct enroll program, it’s an excellent fit for most majors, including the sciences.

  • Exceptional Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors
  • Clean record with the Office of Community Standards and good academic and College standing
  • Professional application: materials are edited and submitted on-time, and are thorough and thoughtful.
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Required advising session (30 minutes). Please visit our home page to schedule an appointment.

Spring 2025

  • TBD: Move-In Date
  • TBD: Maynooth Orientation 
  • Feb 4: First Day of Classes 
  • Mar 17-21: Study Week (no classes) 
  • Apr 14-18: Easter Break
  • May 9: Last Day of Classes 
  • May 16 - 31: Exam Period 

Fall 2024

  • Sept 15: Move-In Date 
  • Sept 16-20: Maynooth Orientation 
  • Sept 23: First Day of Classes 
  • Oct 28 - Nov 1: Study Week (no classes)
  • Dec 20: Last Day of Classes 
  • Fall students will submit alternative assignments in December in lieu of exams.

*All dates are subject to change, with as much advance notice as possible given.



Flight and Orientation

  • Students arrange their own flight to Dublin and travel to their program housing in Maynooth via taxi or train.
  • Orientation is held prior to classes in September or January. This weeklong event welcomes all students to the University and includes talks, campus tours and introductions to the academic departments, student services and clubs and societies.


  •  U.S. citizens are NOT required to have a visa to enter nor study. However, they do need to register with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) within 7 days of Arrival in Ireland
  • Staff at Maynooth will assist with this process.

For general information about the visa process and visas for non-US citizens, see our Passports and Visas Page

Maynooth is situated in a charming and busy town with many shops, cafes and public transport options to Dublin, and home to a vibrant local community that offers students abundant opportunities to enjoy a very enjoyable social life.


  • All students must take one Irish Cultural Heritage course and can select any course listed here from the certificate program.
  • Students select their other courses from the wide range available at the University. For a full list of academic fields and courses available please click here

The Irish Educational System

  • Fewer class hours per week, less contact with professors and less continuous assessment. Most professors have a lecture-based teaching style.
  • Grades are based on only a few major assignments, such as a midterm and final exam.
  • First-year students are already focused in their major or specialization, so introductory courses cover higher level topics. 200-level or second year courses are the equivalent of an upper-level course at Rollins
  • Self-discipline and self-directed study are required for success. Students are expected to keep up with coursework and reading without prompting.

Transfer of credit

  • Students on average take the equivalent of 16 credits during the semester at Maynooth
  • All courses on this program appear on the Rollins transcript as transfer credits and the grades are factored into the Rollins GPA.
  • It can take up to 3 months to receive the official transcript.
  • Students can take major and minor courses abroad (with approval from the academic department) and can also take competencies and rFLA200-level seminars abroad (with approval from the Registrar).

  • Students live in on-campus single room apartments with shared bathrooms, living and kitchen areas for 4-7 students.
  • Students can buy groceries and cook in their shared kitchens.
  • Maynooth’s campus has many cafes, convenience stores, and a cafeteria.
  • There is no meal plan on campus.


Activities & Excursions

  • The Student Union, on North campus, serves food and is a great way to meet students.
  • There are thirty-six active Sports Clubs and different societies.
  • On-campus facilities include an indoor sports hall and gymnasium, which offers indoor sporting activities, weekly aerobics and circuit training sessions, a swimming pool and playing fields.
  • The International Office offers events for international students, such as a Chinese New Year Celebration, Thanksgiving Dinner, movie nights, student nights out, parties, and day and weekend trips. They also run the Student Buddy Network to pair a Maynooth Student with international students.
  • The International Society organizes weekend trips to Galway and Belfast for a reasonable price.

Things to Consider

Students with mobility disabilities may find accessibility and accommodations different from the United States. Check the US Department of State Travelers with Disabilities and specific to the country, Mobility International USA, and the IP Your Identity Abroad page for resources.

Program Fee

Most Rollins financial aid and scholarships will apply to the semester abroad.

  • Tuition: $30,290
  • Housing: $5,115

Also Includes

Orientation, on-site transportation, group activities, one weekend excursion, program administration, and emergency insurance.

Estimated Additional Costs

  • Meals/food: $1,400
  • Transportation: Round-trip airfare from FL $800, onsite $330
  • Airport transfers in Dublin: $150
  • Refundable room deposit: $350
  • US Passport $165
  • Visa fee: $300
  • Books, course materials, supplies: $300
  • Personal expenses: $1,200
  • Federal student loan fees if applicable: $40
  • Professional licensure, certification or credentials costs: $0

Need-Based Scholarships

Scholarships based on financial need are available to off-set costs associated with international airfare and other costs associated with study abroad. Students can apply for scholarships through the Rollins program application.

Living and Working

Having a credit card while abroad is very helpful. Ireland has a high cost of living compared to the United States. Students attending Maynooth University for one semester are not eligible to work part-time--only students who are attending Maynooth University for one full year may work part-time on a student visa.