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 2024

  • Program Dates

    Jun 28, 2024 - Jul 26, 2024

  • Program Length


  • Application Deadline

    Feb 25, 2024

  • Forms and Payment Deadline

    Mar 10, 2024

  • Credit

    10 - 15 ECTS Credits

  • Eligibility

    2.50 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost


  • This session is closed and is no longer accepting applications.

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

ISA is here to support you when it comes to navigating identity questions related to traveling abroad, providing resources and information for your accessibility needs, and identifying funding for your program abroad.


Our U.S. staff is available to support you though every stage of your study abroad journey. Please reach out with any questions about ISA programs or life on-site to your country-specific Program Manager.

Our on-site staff are there for you as soon as you arrive in country and will support you throughout your time abroad.

U.S. Team

Hannah Burroughs

Program Manager, Ireland


David Murphy

Resident Director, Ireland

Noemi Moreno

Student Services Coordinator, Ireland

Identity Resources

Accessibility & Accommodations

With our wide portfolio of program types and locations, we’re confident there is a suitable, accessible program for each student.

Securing accommodations abroad can take time, so we ask that those with requests inform ISA early in the advising process. We recommend reaching out to your Program Manager or our Accessibility Team ( to discuss your accessibility needs or accommodations abroad.

Destination Information

Our diversity pages for each ISA destination include information on Indigenous communities, languages, race and ethnicity, religion, LGBTQIA+, and disability access. We hope it will help when reflecting upon and contextualizing intersectionality in your host community.

Identity Blog

ISA offers students the opportunity to blog about their experiences abroad from their own diverse perspectives. These posts can be found on the ISA Student Blog, and interested students should email for more information.


All students should have the opportunity to study abroad. To help make this a reality, ISA offers a variety of scholarships to help cover your study abroad costs. To learn more about our scholarship opportunities, check out our scholarships & grants page!

If you receive financial aid from your home university, you can likely use those funds for study abroad, as well. Speak with your home university’s financial aid office to learn about your options. Check out steps for using financial aid.

Questions about scholarships and funding? Email us at


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 $300 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.



ISA excursions allow you to explore the diverse, distinct, and gorgeous landscape of Ireland that you may not be able to visit on your own. The destinations below are a sample of some of the possibilities, which are finalized in the time leading up to the start of your program.


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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