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This four-week summer program presents the best of both worlds – the opportunity to live and study in Ireland’s only university town in a rural setting while being only a half-hour away from the hustle and bustle of Dublin. 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!

What's Included?


Pre Departure Services


@api Online System

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

Excursions (overnight, day)

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 Global Leadership Academy

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Application Requirements

  • Minimum 2.75 GPA
  • Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Completed API application
  • University Approval Form
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Official transcript
  • Entry requirement: valid passport with supporting documents

API students participate in several excursions per session designed to help familiarize them with areas of their host city, country, and surrounding region. The following is a listing of all excursions for API Dublin programs. All excursions are subject to change.

  • Bray

    The beautiful coastal walk to Greystones, begins from the pretty seaside town of Bray, taking about 2-3 hours, we navigate one of the most picturesque coastal hikes to the quaint village of Greystones, packed with yummy eateries to suit all tastes!

  • Galway

    Galway is a charming coastal city on the west coast of Ireland. County Galway is Ireland’s largest Gaelic-speaking area in the country, and even today the mother tongue of much of the population is the native Irish language. The countryside surrounding Galway seems not to have changed in 150 years. Fields that were abandoned during the potato famine of the mid-1800s still lie untouched, and one sees the low stone walls and rolling hillsides that characterize Ireland. In the midst of the history and tradition of the countryside lies the bustling city of Galway. Students find plenty of diversion in the city labeled the “Cultural Capital of Ireland.” Students may also visit the 13th century Collegiate Church of St. Nicholas, where Christopher Columbus is said to have prayed before undertaking his journey to the New World.

  • Giant's Causeway

    With only a few places in the world to host these amazing Basalt rocks, The Giant’s Causeway, is truly a unique experience said in Irish Mythology to have been created in a feud with a Scottish giant by our legendary giant, Finn Mac Cool. Immerse yourself in Myths and break-taking scenery in one of the top places things to see in Ireland. Push your limits by crossing the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge on the stunning Antrim coast, and for Game of Thrones fans, you can experience the Dark hedges, amazing scenery in the popular show.

  • Glendalough and Dun Laoghaire

    Get a taste of our beautiful Irish coast, mountains, and lakes in this scenic trip. Glendalough is known as the Garden of Eden so get Instagram ready for the stunning greenery, hikes, lakes and our beautiful seaside town of Dun Laoghaire. Students can stroll along the promenade and get the feel of a quintessential port town.

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 5-6 semester credits

Students who want to study abroad in Dublin should consider looking a little outside of the city at the charming Irish town of Maynooth!

This four-week summer program presents the best of both worlds – the opportunity to live and study in Ireland’s only university town in a rural setting while being only a half-hour away from the hustle and bustle of Dublin. 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.

Staff & Coordinators

  • Mariana

    Mariana Delmonte-Gladstone

    Mariana Delmonte-Gladstone will be your Program Coordinator and prepare you to go abroad!

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  • Madden Nikki

    Nikki Madden

    Nikki Madden will be your Resident Director and a resource for you while you are in Ireland!

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    Alice Bolger

    Alice will be your Student Services and Internship Coordinator on-site and will assist you in achieving your educational and professional goals abroad.


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.

Not all courses are offered every semester or every year. 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. credits, one should divide the ECTS total by 2, whereby most courses are worth 3 U.S. credits.

Anthropology - Introduction to the Anthropology of Ireland - STREAM A

In this class, students explore Ireland’s economic, social and cultural challenges and look at how Ireland’s present-day multiplicity intersects with the traditional image of rural, monocultural and Catholicism. The class analyzes manifestations of Irish culture such as dance and language, how they are reproduced, and what meanings they hold.

Language of Instruction: English   

Climate Change - STREAM A

This physical geography class addresses the causes and consequences of climate change. It examines the various techniques that calculate long-term perspectives, and how climatic fluctuations have social, economic, and political consequences. The implications of modeling-based projections are analyzed, as are options to mitigate global warming.

Language of Instruction: English   

Digital Humanities - STREAM A

This class introduces this exciting and dynamic field which is changing the nature of traditional research and practice by using new digital tools and methods, such as 2D and 3D visualization, augmented and virtual reality, games, 3D printing, crowd-sourcing, text encoding, and web archiving to capture, model, analyze, represent, and disseminate the past.

Language of Instruction: English   

Economics of the European Union - STREAM A

This class provides an overview of EU institutions and policies, including a brief history of the EU and insights into current challenges facing the union. Students will learn about the economic theory of preferential trade areas, the EU’skey policies, and their impact on the outside world.

Language of Instruction: English   

Public Speaking - STREAM A

This course will introduce students to the basic elements of communication, providing practical experience in the preparation and presentation of speeches. It will also improve critical learning skills and enable the development of core professional communication skills.

Language of Instruction: English   

Creative Writing - STREAM A

Throughout this course, students will be introduced to writing, both poetry and prose. The workshops will focus on the practicalities of writing, editing and giving and taking criticism of work. Students will be expected to produce writing for discussion and criticism and to work on developing these extracts in the light of that criticism. Students will also look critically at the work of established writers.

Language of Instruction: English   

History - Ireland and the Great Famine - STREAM A

In this class, students are introduced to the causes and consequences of the 1845-1853 great Irish famine. The class examines the economic, social, and political background, as well as public and private reactions, and the changes in Irish society resultant from the famine.

Language of Instruction: English   

International Marketing - STREAM A

["This course focuses on marketing management in global organisations through the international dimension. Over the eight central themes students will consider both tactical and strategic issues in marketing, as experienced by multinational companies (MNCs) and small and medium sized businesses (SMEs). Central themes are: the nature of international marketing strategy","international environment(s)","market analysis and selection","market entry and ownership strategies","international market segmentation","international product management","international pricing","and global communication strategies."]

Language of Instruction: English   

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Medieval Society - STREAM A

This class introduces students to the early cultural history, with an emphasis on the past as a foundation for the present, as well as the dissemination of cultural heritage. Students will assess the manipulation of history in relation to some of the great Irish prehistoric and early medieval locations.

Language of Instruction: English   

Modern Irish Literature - STREAM B

In this class, students will discuss a number of exemplary works from the early decades of the twentieth century, a period of remarkable creativity in Irish writing. Students will explore the complex relationship between literature, culture, and politics in this formative period of Irish history.

Language of Instruction: English   

International Business - STREAM B

This class focuses on international aspects of management theory and literature. Students will discuss approaches to ethics, negotiation, motivation, and management and leadership across countries, considering the importance of understanding and embracing difference across countries.

Language of Instruction: English   

Irish Cultural Heritage - STREAM B

In this class, students develop a broad understanding of early cultural heritage in the areas of archaeology, history, and early Irish literature. Diverse and exciting aspects of Irish cultural history, as well as care, presentation, and future development of important heritage sites, are assessed.

Language of Instruction: English   

Geography - Women, Gender, and Society - STREAM B

This class introduces students to historical, sociological, geographical, and political perspectives on women and gender, and to contemporary debates about gender and society. Students will learn about the main trends in gender inequality on a global scale.

Language of Instruction: English   

Pilgrimage, Travel, and Tourism in Ireland - STREAM B

This class examines a range of key historical themes in pilgrimage, travel, and tourism, sider social, economic and political contexts. Fluctuations in the numbers of people traveling, the significance of travel writing, and the mid-nineteenth century development of railways and their role in facilitating greater mobility.

Language of Instruction: English   

Irish Art and Architecture - STREAM B

This class surveys the main artistic and stylistic movements evident in Ireland in the period of 1600-1900. Students will identify key individuals, structures, designs, visual art, and artifacts defining Ireland’s cultural landscape as it evolved over this 300-year period, within their social contexts.

Language of Instruction: English   

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Social Media - STREAM B

This course addresses the advantages and disadvantages of social media in business strategy. It will provide a high level overview of the theoretical underpinnings of social media and their relationship to business objectives. Students will gain a set of tools to gauge social media practices and performance, such as network analysis and social media analytics, and learn how to develop a social media strategy to enhance the overall business strategy.

Language of Instruction: English   

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Structured Programming for Beginners - STREAM B

This class introduces students to programming fundamentals. This class is designed for students with no previous knowledge of computer science or computer programming. Students learn to understand, evaluate, and create algorithms, write structured programs, select and implement data structures, and object-oriented programming.

Language of Instruction: English   

Kennedy Institute - Understanding Conflict: The Irish Experience - STREAM B

This class 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.

Language of Instruction: English   

  • 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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Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Summer 1 Jul, 2020 - Aug, 2020 $6,380 Apr 1, 2020 Apr 15, 2020
Summer 1 Jul 5, 2019 - Aug 3, 2019 $6,380 Apr 1, 2019 Apr 15, 2019