A true university town, Maynooth is the only campus of the National University of Ireland that is not located in a major city. Located in rural County Kildare and only 15 miles from Dublin, students will find that Maynooth also offers easy access to the urban center of Dublin, combining both a small town feel and easy access to a city. In addition, the town of Maynooth has developed around its two institutions of higher education (the other being St. Patrick's College), and students will find a warm and welcoming atmosphere among the townspeople.
Located in the charming and historic town of Maynooth and a short distance from Dublin, the university campus is made up of stunning eighteenth-century buildings and state-of-the-art facilities. Tracing its roots to the foundation of St. Patrick's College in 1795, the school was incorporated in the National University of Ireland system in 1997. The university offers classes in a broad range of disciplines, including the humanities, philosophy, media studies, science, math, and social science.
With students from 20 countries on campus and a student body of more than 9,000 students, there is a strong international dimension to all aspects of the university.
BC students are completely integrated into the Irish university system, taking classes alongside Irish counterparts. Students may select subjects from a wide range of academic departments and faculties to suit their interests and needs. Information about course offerings for visiting students at Maynooth is available here
Please consult the acceptance materials that Maynooth University sends you for the dates of the orientation.
Plan to stay until the last exam date; you must remain for all of your exams.
Dr. Leeann Lane
BC Resident Director - BC in Dublin
International Officer - Incoming Study Abroad
Academics & Support
All BC students are required to take an Irish Studies course taught by Dr. Leeann Lane at BC Dublin, 42 St. Stephen’s Green. The class will be in lieu of one course at Maynooth University and will carry three BC credits. It will be offered at a time to be announced and scheduled not to conflict with your other classes.
There will be an orientation and welcome program for new students provided by the International Student Office at Maynooth. The staff recommends that you arrive one week before the start of term, so that you can take care of formalities, and acquaint yourself with the town and university. In addition, once you arrive Dr. Leeann Lane will meet with you and the other BC students to organize a dinner and help you get to know each other.
- Fall Term: Starts in mid-September and ends in mid-December.
- Spring Term: Starts in late January and ends in late May.
You will be paying BC tuition, but you will pay for your own housing. Payment will be made directly to the provider. There is a variety of on-campus accommodations. As soon as you are accepted to Maynooth University you will apply on-line for housing. Accommodations are guaranteed as long as you apply by the deadline, and nominations are made by the International Office at Maynooth. Information on accommodations is here.
Please do not forget to send your contact information abroad to OIP once you are settled.
Irish universities do not have meal plans but Maynooth University has many on-campus dining facilities as well as off-campus restaurants.
Maynooth University has a large number of academic, athletic, social, and artistic clubs and societies ranging from chorale to volleyball. In addition, the BC resident director organizes many cultural activities and several trips to other parts of Ireland. Past activities have included theater outings, visits to the National Gallery and the Library of Ireland, and weekend trips to Northern Ireland.
You are responsible for making your own travel arrangements. In the past BC students have often used student travel agencies. These agencies generally offer competitive rates. To study in Ireland, you must have a passport that is valid for at least six months beyond your estimated return date. You may apply for a passport at any major US post office. Be sure to start this process as soon as possible as it usually takes six to eight weeks to complete.
Plan to fly into Dublin Airport. From the airport the easiest thing to do is to take a taxi to your accommodations. Alternatively, Aircoach or Dublin Bus will take you from the airport into city center inexpensively and you can take a taxi from there. Check the website local information.