Irish Studies, International Business & Liberal Arts

Maynooth University
Dublin, Ireland

Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Popular Subject Areas

    Irish Studies, International Business & Liberal Arts

  • Location


  • Host University

    Maynooth University

    Maynooth University is the second oldest university in Ireland; established in 1795 as St. Patrick's College, Maynooth. While Maynooth is one of the oldest universities in Ireland, it is also Ireland's fastest growing university. Located in Ireland's only university town just 40 minutes west of Dublin, Maynooth makes for an ideal setting if you desire an impressive, yet close-knit, university. If you study at Maynooth for a semester or academic-year you'll have the opportunity to take a wide range of courses with local and international students. Of particular note are Maynooth's certificate courses: Certificate in Irish Cultural Heritage, Certificate in Irish Studies, or the Certificate in Peace & Conflict Studies. ISA participants studying at Maynooth for a summer have the opportunity to take a wide range of Irish Studies, International Business and Computer Science courses with international students.

  • Term

    Summer 1 2022

  • Program Dates

    Early Jul, 2022 - Late Jul, 2022

  • Program Length


  • Application Deadline

    Mar 01, 2022

  • Forms and Payment Deadline

    Mar 15, 2022

  • Credit

    10 - 15 ECTS Credits

  • Eligibility

    2.50 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost


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Study Abroad Program Description

The Irish Studies, International Business & Liberal Arts program is offered through Maynooth University (MU). This program offers a comprehensive introduction to Irish Literature, Creative Writing, Politics, History, Anthropology, International Business, and Management through a series of courses, cultural activities, and excursions. A highlight of this program are the field trips included for each of MU's courses. Courses are taught in English by MU faculty with other international students.

Enjoy Flexibility with ISA Flex

We’ve partnered with Arizona State University (ASU) to help you overcome common study abroad challenges by adding an ASU Online course to your ISA program. With more than 2,100 courses to choose from, ISA Flex minimizes academic challenges, like major requirements and limited course options, so you can make the most of your experience abroad. Once you’ve applied, access the Flex form in your ISA Student Portal for more information on how to add this to your program and enroll in the course you need.



Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.50.

You must have at least sophomore standing (second year) at your home university at the time of participation.

What's Included

Comprehensive Advising and Support

24-Hour Emergency

Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support

Airport Reception

Visa Support

Tuition at the Host University


Bridging Cultures Orientation

Full-Time Resident Staff

On-Site ISA Offices

Internet Access

ISA Discovery Model


Cultural Activities


Official Transcript from the Host University

Professional Development Toolbox

Scholarship Opportunities



ECTS Credits

10 - 15

Recommended U.S. Semester Credits

6 - 9

Recommended U.S. Quarter Units

9 - 13.5

Academic Information

Course Selection

  • You are required to take a total of 2 courses for the Summer 1 program. You may not take more than 2 courses.
  • You are required to select 1 course from Track A and 1 course from Track B for a total of 2 courses. 
  • Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change. 
  • Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or prerequisites.   
  • Course availability is based on enrollment numbers. You should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last-minute class cancelations.
  • Requests for sample syllabi can be made to the Ireland Program Manager. 

Course Credit

  • You are required to take 10-15 ECTS credits for the Summer 1 program. Please note that you may only take up to 15 ECTS credits if you select 2 courses worth 7.5 ECTS credits each. 
  • Transfer credits earned will be decided entirely by your home university. It is important to be in touch with your university about course approvals and transfer credit pre-departure. 
  • According to ISA policy, you must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by your home university. 
  • Per Maynooth University, 5 ECTS credits is equivalent to 3 U.S. semester credits / 4.5 quarter units, and 7.5 ECTS credits is equivalent to 4.5 U.S. semester credits / 6.75 quarter units. Credit transfer is ultimately determined by the student’s home university.

Transcript Information

  • The transcript from Maynooth University will reflect ECTS credits. Please be in touch with your home university regarding credit transfer for this program.

To access the most up-to-date course catalog for the host university, click the "Go To Course Search" button below. Once on the desired page, select the "Learning" tab to see a list of course options available to international students.  

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Course Disclaimer
  • Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations

Support & Funding

U.S. Team

Hannah Hamilton

Program Manager, Ireland


Antonio Santana

Resident Director, Ireland

Funding Your ISA Program

Wondering how you’ll fund your program? ISA’s got you covered! If you receive financial aid for your home university, you will likely be able to use those funds for study abroad too.  The first step is usually speaking with your home university. Check out the steps for using financial aid here.

Need to know how much to budget for a term abroad? Take a look at the additional expenses you might expect, depending on your program.

As an ISA participant, you have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and grants that can be applied directly to assist with your study abroad programs. We offer over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, visit the scholarships and grants page.

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Living in ISA housing will give you the opportunity to experience aspects of the Irish lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor to Dublin. Uncovering the uniqueness of your neighborhood in Dublin and the surrounding areas will help you to feel right at home. You will commute to class as most local students do: by walking or by bus. With an open and adaptable mind, the experience of living in another culture can be highly rewarding.

We strive to match your housing preferences with our available accommodations; however, housing preference requests cannot be guaranteed.


If studying at Maynooth University (MU), you will be placed in on-campus dorms that are located about a five minute walk to the center of campus. ISA does not have control over which dorm is assigned to you by the university. Dorms are apartment-style, typically housing five mixed-gender students in each apartment. You will be placed in dorms with international students from around the world as well as local students from Ireland. Dorms include a single-occupancy room, a shared or en-suite bathroom, a shared kitchen, and a shared living room. Free, unlimited internet access is available in each bedroom; laundry facilities are available in dorm. A $500 refundable security deposit will be charged if you are living in ISA arranged housing. ISA may retain some, or all, of this deposit in the case of damage to property or if utility usage exceeds the allotted monthly amount.

Independent Housing

You may elect to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you will receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price.

You may elect to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you will receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price.




Howth is a village and outer suburb of Dublin, Ireland. The district occupies the greater part of the peninsula of Howth Head, forming the northern boundary of Dublin Bay. You will have the opportunity to explore Howth town and part of their Cliffs with a spirited guide. Make sure to bring your hiking boots!


Glendalough is a glacial valley set in the stunning surroundings of County Wicklow. Wicklow is renowned internationally for its striking natural beauty, earning it the reputation of being the “Garden of Ireland.” A scenic drive will take place through Wicklow Mountains National Park, stopping in Guinness Lake, Sally Gap, and Powerscourt Waterfall. You will walk around the monastic settlement, founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century, as well as enjoy a scenic stroll along Glendalough's stunning lakes.

Cultural Activities in Dublin

The ISA on-site team encourages you to explore the city and culture of Dublin. The team facilitates this by offering a robust calendar of events that showcases what makes Dublin special.

These activities vary each term, and previous offerings have included an Irish dance class, night at the theater, Gaelic games experience, story telling night, traditional Irish Music activity, and Dublin city attraction visits.


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