As a BCA Dublin summer student, you will study at Maynooth University, which offers a wide variety of summer courses. This page will help you understand course offerings, requirements, academic system, and the course registration process in Dublin.

Course Listing

There are a range of courses available during the summer at Maynooth University. Students choose two courses from the available course offerings. There are two streams for courses and students are asked to select one course from stream A and one course from stream B. Every effort will be made to place you in your first choices, but you will also be asked to indicate a second choice in case, due to class capacities or prerequisites, you are not able to be placed in your first choice. Read course descriptions and see credit values for each course.

Stream A Courses (Choose one):

The Anthropology of Ireland
Economics of the European Union
International Trade
Public Speaking and Communications
Creative Writing
The Cultural Heritage of Medieval Society
Environmental Politics
Ireland and the Great Famine
International Marketing

Stream B Courses (Choose one):

Literary Criticism and Theory
Modern Irish Literature
Introducing the Cultural Heritage of Early Ireland
Women and Gender Studies
Art and Architecture in Ireland 1600-1900
Pilgrimage, Travel & Tourism in Ireland
Understanding Conflict: The Irish Experience
Managing in International Environments


At Maynooth University individual courses are called modules.

Credits/Number of Courses

Maynooth University issues credits using the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), which is common throughout Europe. Each summer course is worth either 5 ECTS credits or 7.5 ECTS credits. Attendance is obligatory. Credits will only be awarded to students with full attendance at the end of the program. It is up to the registrar at your home school how these credits are transferred back to your home institution. Technically, 1 ECTS credit is work .5 U.S. credit, but BCA recommends that 5 ECTS credits come back as 3 U.S. credits and that 7.5 ECTS credits come back as 4 U.S. credits.

Course Registration

When you apply to the program, you will be asked to list courses, which you are hoping to take while in Dublin. This list is for advising purposes only as it helps BCA understand your course needs and make sure that our program is a good fit for you. You will need to identify at least three courses, as not all course pairings are possible based on the course schedule.