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We invite you to spend your summer in Ireland with API! This program presents the best of both worlds – the opportunity to live and study in Ireland’s only university town, while being only a half-hour away from the hustle and bustle of Dublin. The Maynooth University summer school offers a broad array of courses focused on topics such as international business, economics, history, literature, anthropology, geography, and environmental studies. Courses include unique field trips to places such as the Irish Parliament, the National Library, country estates, and more!

Enroll in classes alongside students from across the world, earn valuable academic credit, experience the warm hospitality of the Irish people, and explore Ireland with API!

What's Included?


Pre Departure Services


APIConnect Platform

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking


On Site Services

Airport Reception

On-Site Orientation


Medical and Life Insurance


Resident Directors

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Volunteer Opportunities

Housing (most meals included)

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation


Alumni Network and API Ambassador Program

View all opportunities and amenities

Application Requirements

  • Minimum 2.75 GPA
  • Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Completed API application
  • University Approval Form
  • Official transcript
  • Entry requirement: valid passport with supporting documents
Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Extended Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Summer 1 Jun 27, 2024 - Jul 26, 2024 $7,900 Mar 27, 2024 No Extension Apr 26, 2024

API students participate in excursions designed to help familiarize them with the culture and surrounding areas of their host city and country. The following is a listing of potential excursions for API Dublin programs. API may need to modify the excursions offered in a given term due to travel restrictions or health and safety concerns.

  • Dublin Bay Hike (Summer MU)

    The beautiful Dublin Bay hike brings students along a coastal walk to Greystones, beginning at the pretty seaside town of Bray. The hike will take about 2-3 hours, and the group will navigate one of the most picturesque coastal hikes to the quaint village of Greystones, packed with yummy eateries to suit all tastes!

    *Maynooth includes a Summer Social Program on campus with optional University led excursions to some of Ireland's major tourist destinations, In the past Students have gotten the chance to visit Kilkenny Medieval City, Galway, the Capital of Culture, And Belfast, the home of the Titanic experience.

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 5-6 semester credits

The Maynooth University summer school offers the largest number of summer course options of any of our Ireland programs in topics such as international business, economics, history, literature, anthropology, geography, and environmental studies. Courses include unique field trips to places such as the Irish Parliament, the National Library, country estates, and more!


API students receive their transcript from Maynooth University (formerly known as the National University of Ireland, Maynooth) upon completion of the program.

  • Kelly Kennedy

    Kelly Kennedy

    Kelly Kennedy will be your Program Coordinator and will help prepare you for your API program!


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    Rachael O'Malley

    Rachael will be your on-site Resident Director and will be a resource for you while you are in Dublin!

  • Emilie Noble

    Emilie Noble

    Emilie Noble will be your Regional Director on-site and will assist you in achieving your educational and professional goals abroad.

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Students in the summer direct enrollment program at Maynooth University will take one course during the first two-weeks of the program (called Stream A), followed by one course during the second two-weeks of the program (called Stream B) for a total of 5-6 semester credits. Students should select one alternate course for each stream.

Please note: the course selection may vary, and no course is guaranteed.


API partner universities in Ireland operate on the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). It is generally accepted that in order to convert from ECTS to U.S. semester credits, one should divide the ECTS total by 2, whereby most courses are worth 3 U.S. semester credits.

Courses at Maynooth University (Summer Irish Studies at Maynooth University in Dublin)

For the most up-to-date course availability on this program, explore our Class Finder. Sort courses by term, area of study, and more!

Courses, Syllabi, and More!

  • Classes taught in English
  • Small-town, authentic Irish immersion experience
  • Ireland’s only “university town”
  • 30 minutes from Dublin
  • Largest number of summer course offerings in Ireland
  • Special summer scholarship opportunities – contact the API office for details!
  • Most meals included!

Maynooth offers accommodation for over 900 students in purpose-built on-campus apartments, a short stroll from classes, the Maynooth town center, and connecting bus and train routes. Students can enjoy the privacy of a single bed ensuite room with shared communal areas for cooking and socializing. Crockery is not included. All utilities are included, with wifi available across the entire campus. There is 24/7 security and support for any issues you may experience. The apartments also offer lift access to upper and on-site laundry facilities, as well as the use of the campus fitness center, restaurants, cafes, and health clinic.

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