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  • Locations: Maynooth, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: UD applicants only
  • Costs (Click term to view): Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2018-2019 03/01/2018
Rolling Admission 08/13/2018 06/28/2019
NOTE: Program dates are approximate.
Fall 2018 03/01/2018
Rolling Admission 08/20/2018 12/28/2018
NOTE: Program dates are approximate.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Exchange Language of instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.75 Housing Options: On-campus housing
Class Eligibility: Junior, Senior, Sophomore Non-UD Students: No
Language coursework offered: No Field of study: Business, Computer Science, Education, Engineering, Fine or Applied Arts, Foreign Languages, Health Sciences, Humanities, Math, Physical or Life Sciences, Social Sciences
Program Advisor: Heather Schieman Academic Level: Undergraduate
Max credit hours: 18
Program Description:

Maynooth University Exchange 


About the Program

Take the opportunity to study at Ireland's second-oldest university 
Maynooth University  
Maynooth University offers a comprehensive curriculum, as well as an excellent learning environment that has sparked the interest of UD students semester after semester.  The welcoming community and staff at Maynooth University have consistantly made an imprssion on our students as they spend their semester abroad at one of the fastest growing universities in Ireland.
Maynooth's ideal location, only a short 30 minute drive from the Dublin airport, supplys both small town Ireland feel and Dublin city benefits.  Students who participate in this exchange get the best of both during their time abroad, often ending their semester asking themselves how long they will have to wait until they get the chance
to return!

For more information check out their Facebook Page or our Pinterest Board  to get up to date information on campus events, tours of housing, maps of the city, and images of the campus.

NEW Program Feature – Semester Abroad and Intercultural Leadership (SAIL) Program

Starting Fall 2016, students that attend Maynooth University during the fall semester may take advantage of a unique one-year long program that combines a fall semester abroad with an intercultural leadership program during the subsequent spring semester at UD.  Once students return from Ireland, they will be located in signature housing (GLLC for Freshmen and Sophomores, Special Interest House for Juniors and Seniors) during the spring semester and undergo a leadership training program that will entail learning about the various aspects of intercultural competency, leadership development, “un-packing” your experience abroad, cross-cultural relations, career development as study abroad alumni, and more.  Students that are a part of the SAIL program will live together, as roommates and study abroad alumni, as part of a shared living and learning experience.    
Program Cost
SAIL students will pay UD tuition, room and board during the fall semester and other program inclusions, such as an additional $3,000 scholarship, are detailed here.

The SAIL program is a fall semester only program.  Students that attend Maynooth during the spring semester or a full academic year will pay only UD tuition prior to departure and will not be eligible for the SAIL scholarship, housing or leadership program.


Where is it Located? 
Click the map to learn more about the city of Maynooth


Want to know more about Maynooth University? 
Check out the university logo below to link to a video made by a Maynooth undergraduate student

maynooth University


Areas of Study

Most majors will find courses at the National University of Ireland- Maynooth that will apply towards their degree at UD.  
Please click on the subject offerings below to see a complete and up to date list of the courses offered at NUIM.  
Some things to consider when browsing course offerings:

  1. Please pay attention to the semester each course is offered (Is it a semester 1 or 2 class? or both?) 
  2. European schools have a different credit system than we do.  Please keep in mind that 2 ECTS = 1 US credit.  Therefore you will need to have a minimum of 24 ECTS to be considered full time at UD while you are studying in Ireland.
  3. Business majors - NUIM is not an AACSB accredited school.  Please speak to the Business advising center to be sure you have ample courses left in your four year plan to attend NUIM.
Hamilton Institute
National Centre for Geocomputation, NCG
Mathematics and Statistics
An Foras Feasa Sociology  
Language Centre Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education  
  Adult and Community Education  

If you are in need of Religion credits please follow the links below for course listings at St. Patrick's - a sister university to Maynooth University.  You are allowed to mix these courses with courses taken at Maynooth University.  However, when getting courses approved please indicate the campus you will be attending on your paperwork.
Theology Courses 
Theology and Arts Courses 


Students will have the option to either live on campus or to live with a host family.
* Please click on the photo below to learn more about housing options in Maynooth.



  • Students must be in sophomore standing
  • Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing - both at the time their application is being processed and at time of departure.
  • Students must submit at least one letter of recommendation from an academic reference (professor or academic advisor) at the University of Dayton.

Pre-departure Orientation

Students will be required to participate in a pre-departure orientation in the semester prior to their program participation.
Pre-departure is MANDATORY for all accepted participants and will be held either a Saturday or Sunday afternoon (subject to change).
Dates and times will be announced within your application as they are scheduled. 

Additional Information and Things to Consider
  • If you do not yet have a passport, or if it is/or is about to expire, it is advised that you process a new one as soon as possible.  This is documentation that is needed for the final stages of your application.
  • Irish Visas are obtained on site in Ireland once you arrive for the start of your term. 

Looking to Learn more About the Student Experience? Ask Program Alumni about their Experiences Abroad....

Ethan Steinmetz
Junior, Mechanical Engineering Major with a minor Aerospace Engineering
Email Ethan about his time in Ireland at:

Ethan in Ireland

"I loved my semester abroad. I loved traveling through multiple places in Ireland and Europe during weekends; I loved integrating into the Irish culture by getting involved with on-campus clubs and making local Irish friends; and I loved taking interesting classes that offered viewpoints that I would not have been exposed to if I remained in the states. I gained independence, courage, and perspective through my travels."

Experiences Abroad: 
  • UD Exchange with Maynooth University (Spring 2016)

Mark Rasmussen
Senior, Major in Mechanical Engineering with a Minor in Mathematics
Email Mark about his time in Ireland at:

Mark- Ireland Spring 2015

"I will always be thankful for it being so easy for me to study abroad at NUIM! I didn't think I would find classes for my major, but with some planning in advance and some help from Heather and my adviser, I was able to get it done. It was so easy to get involved on campus in the many club sports Maynooth offers, as well as international society's events and trips. As important as it is to be in a beautiful campus with Irish students, Maynooth is also a bus/train ride away from Dublin and Dublin Airport. From Dublin you can find buses that will take you to almost any city in Ireland, and from the airport you can cheaply fly around Europe. Don't miss out, it is easy and as affordable as it will ever be, it is just about getting over that initial hesitation and taking the chance of a lifetime! I hope Maynooth sees you soon!"

Experiences Abroad:
  • UD Exchange with Maynooth University (Spring 2015)

For more general information please follow the links provided:

Passports and visas >>

Health and safety >>


Program Ratings:
Overall Experience:
1 2 3 4 5
Program Value:
1 2 3 4
Academic Experience:
1 2 3
Cultural Experiences:
1 2 3 4 5
Program Reviews:
Anita Joann Weber, Spring 2015 Participant
If allow it to, this program can change your life. As with all things in life, the program will be what you make of it but I did not meet a single person there who was not excited to make the most of the opportunity in front of them. I would highly recommend the Maynooth program to anyone looking to study abroad as Maynooth was a wonderful initial adjustment to a new life because the university itself feels smaller and close knit, similar to the environment here at Dayton. Additionally, being in Ireland and so close to all the amazing travel opportunities Europe has to offer was an unbelievable life experience that I highly suggest any and all college students take advantage of.

Mollie Colleen McDaniel, Fall 2015 Participant
Two excerpts from my personal blog ( that pretty much sum it up: Excerpt 1 Final Post: "I know it's not a last. I'll be back here to this country. I'll see my friends again. I'll travel Europe. After all, a traveler has no end to the list of places they want to go. I just know I'm sad that it's going to be different...and that I'm going to miss a lot. I'm going to miss the stupid Ryan Air Safety presentation. I'm going to miss the Airport Hopper. I'm going to miss chicken fillet rolls and Guinness that doesn't taste like crap. I'm going to miss Sunday movie nights and Tuesday table quiz. I'm going to miss long talks with Nora and goofing off while I walk next to Emma. I'm going to miss Angela trailing behind us everywhere we walk. I'm going to miss going out with MK and getting on Paul about whatever stupid comment he's just made. I'm going to miss conversations with Cian in random places around Maynooth. I'm going to miss Clare's puns and teasing Fran for looking uncomfortable at everything I say. I'm even going to miss either laughing at whatever comes out of Jack's mouth or just not being able to understand it at all. I'll be sad not to be in a new city in a new country every Thursday to Sunday. But I know it's not a last. I'll be back to see them all again and I know they'll all come see me. I didn't make it to Amsterdam, but I know I'll be back. An Taithí. Irish for "The Experience." It feels like last week we were lost in the streets of Limerick or sprinting to our train in Rimini screaming "It's all part of the experience!" (The scariest, most thrilling and exciting experiences of my life thus far). I could sit here and write out everything I've learned, but I think three months worth of blogging has included enough of that." Excerpt 2 Trip to Budapest: " It's kind of crazy because I've made so many travel mistakes and I've had so many mishaps (many which weren't my own fault), yet I've done nothing but learned. Throwback to Limerick. It really is all part of the experience. I have learned SO much from every single mistake or mishap. I think for a long time I was afraid to make mistakes, but I've been talking myself through these "what's realistically the worst that could happen?" scenarios when I get in those scary moments of confusion. It's never that bad and it's always something that I could look back and laugh about. I totally buzzed into people's apartments at 1am Friday morning thinking I was getting into my friend's building. That's pretty funny–not for those people, but come on. They say there's a difference between a tourist and a traveler. A tourist gets to their destination. A traveler experiences the journey and may or may not get to their destination. That's how I want to experience this three month adventure. Heck, that's how I want to experience my life. I don't want to wait for the fun when I get there. I want to live every moment of my life experiencing everything and figuring it out along the way. It's scary, but honestly, I really have found comfort in discomfort."

Fall 2016 Participant
To future students studying abroad: Be sure to plan ahead and know what you want to see. Research ahead of time and it will be worth it, but also find the flexibility to explore and let the adventure take you somewhere unexpected. Be prepared to adjust and to enjoy. Some of my favorite memories were spontaneous or coincidental. Maynooth, Dublin, Galway, Belfast, Paris, and Amsterdam were a few of the cities that I was able to explore, and each made me feel a little different. My interactions with each city were somehow so utterly distinctly colored. Be sure to be where you are when you are there- talking to passengers on the train, eating dinner at ladies night at the small, family owned restaurant with my roommates, experiencing the theatrical production of Swan Lake in Dublin, biking through Kildare, and horseback riding with the equestrian club- were a few of many fond memories of I have of the past semester in Ireland. Further, exploring Big Houses alongside my History of the Irish Country House class was extraordinarily thrilling. Additionally, I met such extraordinary people who felt and thought in such a different manner than I had ever witnessed. Simple cups of tea and expresso shots were staples in my memories of lovely afternoons spent discussing the world and each other. It was an adventure of a lifetime with many lessons attached and friendships formed.

This program is currently not accepting applications.