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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:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2017-2018 03/01/2017
Rolling Admission 09/09/2017 06/03/2018
Fall 2017 03/01/2017
Rolling Admission 09/09/2017 12/22/2017

** 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:
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:
Max credit hours:
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:

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Program Ratings:
Overall Experience:
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Program Value:
1 2 3 4
Academic Experience:
1 2 3
Cultural Experiences:
1 2 3 4 5
Program Reviews:
Spring 2015 Participant
Ireland is an amazing place to study abroad. Campus is beautiful, and having friendly Irish students is another plus. Scenery in Ireland is breath-taking, and traveling to and from Ireland is fairly simple. Overall experience was fantastic, would do it again if I had the chance.

  Ethan Reed Steinmetz, Spring 2016 Participant
This program is great because of the opportunities it presents to meet people from all over Europe, and to learn about their cultures. I highly suggest being open and sociable, being willing to discuss differences in culture and politics, and having an attitude of curiosity. Do not stick with the same people that you come into the program with. Go out on your own to make new friends. I highly suggest getting involved with a society or club. I joined the Ultimate Frisbee team, and through that I gained my best Irish friends and had a team to socialize with. I would suggest taking classes that are not part of a person's intended major; classes that they would not have the opportunity to take again (such as traditional Irish music, or a class on the history of the Irish conflict in Norther Ireland). I also would suggest to travel. Take the initiative to travel to other places within Ireland so that you get to know your host country fully. Also consider taking some trips to mainland Europe or the UK. Open yourself up to travel with people even if you do not know them completely, and even open yourself up to the possibility of doing some traveling on your own. My favorite trip was an independent four day trip to Switzerland. This is a well rewarding program, and I could not recommend it enough. Have an open mind, and make sure you make the most of it.

Fall 2016 Participant
I do recommend it, but it's important to keep an open mind and always be prepared and plan. Try and stick to your plans and budgets but also let yourself stray from the budget a little to do other trips/try new things that you want to do.

This program is currently not accepting applications.