Study abroad in BCA’s summer program in Ireland and choose from a wide range of courses in Anthropology, Communication, Economics, History, International Business, Marketing, and more at the Maynooth University International Summer School. Immerse yourself in Irish culture with on-campus activities and weekend excursions built into the program! Just a short train ride from Dublin, Maynooth is the perfect location to study abroad in Ireland and is known as its only “college town” with a friendly atmosphere and social scene.

  • Just beyond the western edge of the city of Dublin is Maynooth, a small, historic town with a population of only 8,500 people.
  • Serving as a university town, Maynooth is a traditional Irish village that remains full of character, culture and education.
  • The Maynooth University campus is known for its sprawling green space and modern amenities, making it a peaceful, top-notch educational facility.
  • With its close proximity to Dublin but the right amount of separation, Maynooth is a peaceful town for students and residents to make their home.
Credits Earned: 6 or 8 Credits
 Language of Instruction: English
GPA Requirement: 3.0 or higher
Housing: University Housing


The BCA Dublin program is based in Maynooth—a thriving market town located just outside the capital city of Dublin. Student accommodations are on-campus apartment–style residences at Maynooth University. Students have a private room within a five bedroom apartment. Each apartment has a fully furnished kitchen and a living room/dining room area. Bathrooms are on a shared basis with two per apartment. Breakfast is provided Monday to Friday, however, other meals are not provided. There are various supermarkets within easy walking distance of the campus and student apartment kitchens are fully equipped, and most students cook many of their meals. WiFi is available throughout each apartment and most of the campus. There is less than a 10 minute walk between all classrooms, libraries, shops and public transport links. Frequent commuter trains to Dublin city take less than 40 minutes and there are buses available with late night options at weekends.


Throughout the program BCA Study Abroad students travel together on educational excursions and cultural visits, which may include the following destinations:



Orientation Trip to Dublin: Visit the Guinness Storehouse and a chance to explore Dublin’s past.



Day trip to Glendalough and Dun Laoghaire: Nestled in the Wicklow mountains, an area of outstanding natural beauty, Glendalough offers a window into Ireland’s past. Enjoy some time in the charming resort and seaside town of Dun Laoghaire.



Day trip to Giants Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede: Travel to Northern Ireland and visit the UNESCO World Heritage, Giants Causeway. Enjoy the beauty of this timeless site and then try the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge.


The University

Located near Dublin, Maynooth University  is internationally recognized for the quality and value of its research and scholarship and dedication to teaching. The University is a place of lively contrasts. It is a modern institution, dynamic, rapidly-growing, research-led and engaged, yet grounded in historic academic strengths and scholarly traditions. Located in the historic town of Maynooth, 25 km from Dublin, Maynooth University combines the peaceful and historic beauty of fine eighteenth-century buildings with the very best of modern research and teaching facilities.


All BCA students will enroll in the MC 102: Understanding Conflict: The Irish Experience course. This class, taught through BCA’s partners in The Kennedy Institute, helps students understand the nature and impact of violent conflict, with special reference to the Irish situation. It incorporates concepts from Psychology, Sociology and Economics to explain origins, logic and motivations for violence. By looking at the Irish conflict, students will explore how it is possible to move from a situation of violent conflict towards a transformative peace.

Students then select one additional course from those listed in Stream A. Read more about choosing courses by clicking the button below.

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“Welcome to Ireland! You are going to have an amazing time here! Your summer programme in Dublin will be full, as there is always something to do, with excursions, classes and all the extra sightseeing you will want to fit in!! Whether you want to explore the Ancient East Coast or visit the Wild Atlantic Way or just hang out and chill in Dublin and surrounding counties there is so much to see and do. I am happy to recommend some activities, or have fun and discover what Ireland has to offer your own way, while knowing that I am around if you need me.  I am excited to meet you and welcome you to our country and the warmth of the Kennedy Institute family. See you soon!”


On-site support staff help you adjust to life in your new community and will be your cultural guide through the program.


What's Included

BCA offers a wide variety of services and activities as part of our comprehensive fee, including:

  • Tuition
  • Accommodation
  • Orientation
  • Cultural Activities
  • Excursions
  • Breakfast Monday- Friday
  • International medical insurance and emergency evacuation services
  • Heritage Pass: an OPW heritage pass that gives you free access to sites all over Ireland
  • Academic transcript
  • Pre-departure orientation and services
  • On-site Resident Director

Other costs not covered by BCA fee (estimates only):

  • Airfare: $800 – 1200
  • Passport: $110
  • Meals: $250
  • Additional personal expenses: $200 – 300
Confirmation Deposit

Upon acceptance into a BCA program, you will be billed a $250 confirmation deposit through the online system for accepted students. This deposit is non-refundable and reserves your place in the program.

BCA Scholarships

BCA awards several $500 scholarships each year for summer students with financial need. See if you are eligible!

Financing Study Abroad

BCA works closely with more than 100 colleges and universities, so we may already know your school’s financial procedure. Please feel free to address financial questions to BCA’s Chief Financial Officer at Finance@BCAStudyAbroad.org or 717-361-6602.

Fees billed to students directly are due prior to departure. If you must defer payment until financial aid disbursement, please contact Finance@BCAStudyAbroad.org. You can pay by personal check, money order or cashier’s check. Please send all payments to:

BCA Study Abroad
50 Alpha Drive
Elizabethtown, PA 17022

BCA charges an administrative fee of $20 for any returned check. We will not release your academic transcripts until all fees (including any additional charges for damages or obligations to the overseas university) are paid in full.

Application Dates

Summer Program March 15

Program Dates

2019 Summer 7/6/2019 – 8/3/2019

Dates are tentative and subject to change. Students should not purchase flights based on these dates; your BCA Program Adviser will provide exact flight instructions.


Prices subject to change without notice.

Summer 2019 Program Fee $6,200.00

All independent travel expenses are incurred by the student and are not included in estimated personal expenses.


BCA strives to make studying abroad transparent and affordable for all students. The following budget sheet outlines program costs, as well as estimated additional expenses associated with your participation.