Just beyond the western edge of the city of Dublin is Maynooth, a traditional Irish village that remains full of character, culture and education. Maynooth campus is known for its sprawling green space and modern amenities, making it a peaceful, top-notch educational facility. As the capital of Ireland, Dublin is one of the most fast-paced, youthful cities in Europe. Whether it’s Irish music, classical literature, lively pubs or famous theaters, Dublin has something for everyone. With its close proximity to Dublin, Maynooth offers the best of both worlds!

  • Maynooth is only 35 minutes away from Dublin’s Connelly station with direct train service.
  • The Maynooth University campus includes architecture from the 18th century, as well as modern research facilities.
  • Maynooth is close to the exciting pub, music, dance, literary and theatre scene in Dublin.
  • Dublin is a UNESCO City of Literature — famous writers and playwrights have left their mark on Dublin, including William Butler Yeats, Seamus Heaney, Oscar Wilde and more.
 Language of Instruction: English
GPA Requirement: 3.0 or higher
Housing: University Housing
Volunteering: Opportunities Available


Students live in modern, university-provided apartments. Each apartment includes a shared kitchen/living area. Single semester students are typically placed in an apartment together, therefore students may share housing with international students or other American students. Students may eat on campus in cafes and restaurants or in town, or they purchase groceries and prepare their own meals.


Designed to enrich your understanding of local life and culture, BCA excursions are unique to each program and offer you exciting learning experiences you couldn’t get on your own. All costs are included in the program fee. Excursion destinations are likely to change from year to year, however, students typically visit a combination of the following: 



Five-day field study in Belfast, Northern Ireland, designed to enhance understanding about “the Troubles” between the north and south as well as the Irish peace process of the Irish Conflict.



Government buildings and the Dail Eireann (Irish Parliament) in Dublin.



Important literary and cultural centers in Dublin, including the Abbey Theatre.



Newgrange, the ancient passage tomb, as well as other megalithic sites in the Boyne River Valley.


Maynooth University is internationally recognized as a leading research institution in fields such as communication, social sciences, humanities, mathematics and human health. This world-renowned university also offers a wide range of challenging courses that will help you meet your U.S. school’s academic requirements.

The University

Located near Dublin, Maynooth University is internationally recognized for the quality and value of its research and scholarship and dedication to teaching. Maynooth 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. 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.

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All BCA Dublin students take the BCA Signature Course – Understanding Conflict: The Irish Experience.  Maynooth offers a wide variety of courses that will fulfill your home institution’s requirements, as well as contribute to an understanding of Irish life and Ireland’s role in global affairs. Review Maynooth University Course Listing.

Fast Facts

  • Live and study alongside Irish students on the beautiful Maynooth University campus.
  • 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.
  • Choose from a wide range of courses in science, education, business and the liberal arts.
  • Join one of Maynooth University’s more than 100 clubs and societies. You will find plenty of things to do and opportunities to make Irish friends.
  • Spend five days in Belfast as part of BCA’s exclusive course on conflict and the peace process in Northern Ireland.


BCA encourages students to take advantage of learning opportunities both in and beyond the classroom. Students can join one of many societies focusing on student engagement and volunteerism. For example, students may volunteer with the student run SVP Conference, which is active in the local community.  The SVP Conference assists the homeless through soup runs, parcel distributions and visitations. The conference is proactive with weekly distributions to those in need.



I hope you decide to take this journey with BCA Study Abroad! Stand ready to have your preconceptions modified, your stereotypes adjusted and your insights enriched by a brimming tapestry of history, politics and society. Ireland and its great wealth of history bespeak of past events and modern challenges and all this awaits your discovery! On our program you will experience this mix of cultures “head on” and quickly become part of its rich cultural traditions. I look forward to making your BCA Study Abroad experience memorable and brim-full with insights which will stay with you in the years ahead.


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

Ask an Advisor

Our program advisors will answer your questions, provide guidance on courses and scholarships and guide you step-by-step through the enrollment process.

Ask a Peer

Want to discuss the program with a fellow student? Meet your peer advisor for a virtual chat, email or phone call. All questions are worth asking!

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Don’t let the finances fool you, study abroad is in reach! Apply for a BCA scholarship and learn about the many ways that students are making their dreams come true!

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What's Included

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

  • Full-time Tuition & Fees
  • University housing
  • Medical and emergency insurance
  • Educational excursions
  • On-site resident director
  • Volunteer and internship opportunities
  • On-site group activities
  • Seminars and guest lectures
  • University services
  • BCA courses taught by host institution’s professors and/or resident directors
  • Cultural and university orientation
  • Intensive language training
  • Academic advising
  • University official transcript
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Airport pickup
  • On-campus internet access
Comprehensive Fees

The comprehensive fees for the academic year are listed below. Please keep in mind that every school has a different financial policy for study abroad. Your university may pay BCA for all fees listed below, they may only pay for tuition while you pay BCA directly for housing, or they may require you to pay BCA directly for tuition and housing. It’s important that you talk to your study abroad advisor and financial aid office to learn your school’s approach to financing BCA’s program and what your financial responsibility will be.

BCA Scholarships

BCA offers a number of scholarships for students with financial need. See if you are eligible!

Application Dates

Fall Semester May 1
Spring Semester October 15

Program Dates

Fall Semester Mid-September to Mid-December
Spring Semester Late January to Early June


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.

Prices subject to change without notice. All independent travel expenses are incurred by the student and are not included in estimated personal expenses.