Loyola University Chicago

Study Abroad

Maynooth, Ireland - Maynooth University

Maynooth Lead Photo

Global Exchange Program

Maynooth University is an internationally recognized institution located about 15 miles outside of Dublin, Ireland, and is the nation’s fastest-growing university.  In June of 2017, Maynooth University celebrated its 20th birthday, having been formally established as an autonomous university in 1997. Yet, it traces its origins to the foundation of the Royal College of St. Patrick in 1795, drawing inspiration from a heritage that includes over 200 years of education and scholarship.

In addition to being named in THE’s Top 50 Under 50, Maynooth University is recognized among the top 400 universities in the world, the top 200 European universities, and as one of the top 200 universities for international connections and outlook.

Check out this video about Maynooth University and making Ireland your home.

Maynooth is Ireland's only university town. The gates of the university open onto the vibrant student town, with grocery stores, shops, restaurants and pubs all within walking distance. The Royal Canal is nearby with pedestrian and cycling paths. The university’s kayaking club make regular use of the nearby River Liffey. Maynooth is home to 100+ student clubs and societies including Trampoline ClubGame of Thrones SocietyTraditional Irish Music SocietyCamogieHurling and more.

Irish Rail, Dublin Bus, Bus Éireann and private coach operators all offer transport links to Maynooth, making transportation to Dublin City Centre very easy.

Academic Calendar

Fall Semester: Mid-September to Mid-December

Spring Semester: Late January to Mid-May

Students studying abroad at Maynooth University for the Fall Semester only will take their exams in December. This is to facilitate travel home for the holiday period. Fall Semester exams will be finished by 14th December 2018. Full year students will take their exams in January and May in line with routine exam procedures.

Academics and Curriculum Type

Maynooth University offers a diverse and flexible curriculum - no subject area is off limits! Some of their academic departments include but are not limited to:

  • Anthropology
  • Celtic Studies
  • Geography
  • Music
  • Media Studies
  • Sociology

…and more.

PLEASE NOTE: Students who study abroad on Global Exchange programs should prepare for a highly independent and immersive experience. You will take courses with host university faculty and be held to the same academic policies and standards as local students. Academic support will vary across programs and often differs from the support you receive at Loyola. While the coursework and support may be different than what you are used to in the U.S., the grades you receive abroad will still factor into your LUC GPA.  Check out our policies page for more information on academics.

Single rooms are reserved on campus for Study Abroad students. After the acceptance letter has been issued, the Accommodation Office will email students with details of their room allocation. Students also have the option of living with a host family.

Campus accommodation rates can be found here. A map of the on-campus student accommodation can be found here. Additional details for the on-campus accommodation can be found here.

Loyola students will be expected to pay Maynooth directly for all housing costs. Payment for a full-semester of housing is expected within the first month of being on-campus.

Program Costs

  • Participants in this exchange program will pay Loyola tuition.
  • Accommodation is paid directly to Maynooth early on in your semester, and a deposit is required to reserve your room. Accommodation costs range from of 1,200 to 3,000 EUR per semester depending on room type (single vs. double or shared bathroom vs. en-suite). The total cost of accommodation for an academic year is between 3,000 – 6,100 EUR. Please find more information on accommodation cost here.
  • Loyola (OIP) Fee - $100
  • CISI Insurance - $300 per semester, $600 per year

Financial Aid

Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant, Federal Stafford Loans, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal PLUS Loans, IL Monetary Award Program Grant (MAP), Loyola University Chicago Grants and Scholarships, Alternative Loans can all be applied to your study abroad tuition.

  1. Submit the LUC online application.
  2. Once your LUC application has been submitted and approved, the Office of International Programs will share your information with Maynooth University. You will be expected to complete the Maynooth University application after you have been nominated.

LUC Deadlines:

  • March 15 – Fall semester
  • October 15– Spring semester

    You will take two courses, each worth 3 or 4 U.S. credits, during your summer in Maynooth. Students will be asked to select one course each from 'Stream A' and 'Stream B' in the subjects below: 

    • Stream A:
      • Climate Change
      • Economics of the EU
      • Ireland & the Great Famine
      • International Marketing
      • Anthropology of Ireland
      • Public Speaking
      • Creative Writing
      • Medieval Society
    • Stream B:
      • Irish Cultural Heritage
      • Social Media
      • Structured Programming for Beginners
      • International Business
      • Irish Art & Architecture
      • Women, Gender & Society
      • Pilgrimage, Travel & Tourism
      • Understanding Conflict
      • Modern Irish Literature

    Program Fee: €3,245

    Single room, on-campus accommodation, breakfast Monday through Friday, academic field trips, airport transfers, All-Ireland Heritage Pass and tuition are included in the program fee.

    For more information, please see their website here. You will apply through the Loyola online application as well as the Maynooth online application. Please apply for the summer program before March 15th.