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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
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.
Spring 2019 10/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission 01/28/2019 06/08/2019

** 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. 


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:
Spring 2017 Participant
They do not hold your hand. I think one big misconception about me and the other 50 UD kids that came thought we would have more guidance like other groups, but we didn't get that. A lot is one you as a student. You have to find where your classes are. You have to find the online finals schedule.You don't have to go to classes, but you are responsible for the work and turning it in. You have to decide if you want to hang out with the other UD Kids. I found that this program is complicated only on the academic format. I think the program is aware of this and working to eliminate confusion. I recommend everyone to go through this program. If you want to travel you can go to a new country every weekend. If you want to immerse yourself culturally, like i did, you can join clubs and easily and learn so much about how the other half live. The people are friendly and campus has a lot to offer, but you need to get out and find it. The key to success is putting yourself out there. I found that I had the best time by branching out and trying to meet new people. I got to experience Easter at an Irish home. I got to go all over Ireland with my new friend form Seattle. I got to travel to Belgium with some Irish friends, who later threw me a going away party.I met Croatian student who let me stay at her house and meet her Grandma over a break. This experience is what you make of it and you can shape it to be what you want at Maynooth. The campus has a university town vibe, but Dublin is a 45 min bus or train ride away. The possibilities are endless. One down side is a lot of UD kids go and sometimes it is hard to deiced when to break away from the pack, or stay with the group. I kept breaking away after the first month and I am grateful I did. I met so many cool people who are planning to visit me and want me to come back and say with the. There is comfort in knowing so many UD kids, but you can't limit yourself. This experience was perfect for me and I hope other people take the leap away from Dayton and Go to Maynooth and fall in love with the small Irish town.

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.

Spring 2017 Participant
Make sure to allow yourself to fully immerse in the culture! Try to branch out from just hanging out with Americans and discover different cultures.

This experience changed my life. I have grown as a person because I went to Maynooth. I have met the most amazing people, and have been so privileged  to take part in an Irish student's life. 
     — Kasey Mulligan, Spring 2017
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