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Featuring CCIS Programs

Maynooth University, Ireland Summer

Maynooth, Ireland (Europe)

Quick Facts

Summer Archeological Program
Dates: June 16, 2018 - July 1, 2018
Application Deadline:  March 15, 2018
Costs: $3,386 CCIS Member | $3,786 Non-Member

Summer International Program
Dates:  July 6, 2018 - August 5, 2018
Application Deadline:  March 15, 2018
Costs: $4,786 CCIS Member | $5,186 Non-Member

Program Overview

Maynooth University

At Maynooth we understand that students want to build their own adventure as they decide on an exciting summer study abroad experience. We also believe that studying abroad is as much about living and exploring life in a new country as it is about what happens in the classroom. To that end we’ve designed 4 summer schools that offer students the best choice, experiences and support in Ireland. 

Maynooth University is Ireland's second oldest university institution and traces its origins to the foundation of St. Patrick's College in 1795. It is located in Ireland's only university town, which combines the historical legacy of its medieval origins with a present day location just outside Dublin city. Maynooth University has a long standing international reputation for learning and academic excellence in the sciences and humanities. In addition, there are several renowned research centers located on campus.

Why Ireland?

Why Maynooth University?



Contact Program Sponsor and Advisor

Truman State University
Alcidean Arias
Director of the Center for International Education Abroad

Questions? Contact me
Tel:(660) 785-4076

This program is sponsored and administered by Truman State University.

Academics & Program

Course Offerings

Maynooth University offers a suite of selective programs across the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Engineering, Mathematics and the Sciences. Please visit the website for a full list of the exciting options open to study abroad students. Study abroad students can also take bespoke Certificate Programs across a range of topics as diverse as Conflict Resolution, Health Cultures, International Business, Law, European Studies and Irish Cultural Heritage.

Academic Highlights

Each class is taught with 40 contact hours (minimum) by our enthusiastic and experienced instructors. All classes carry either 5 or 7.5 ECTS and are weighted at the undergraduate level (MUISS and Field Anthropology) or the graduate level (MULSS and Conflict Resolution).

Each taught class includes at least one instructor-led field trip to help students visit and meet people and sites relevant to their class material. In 2016 these included such diverse sites as: Newgrange, Guinness Storehouse, Linkedin, the Irish Parliament, the EU Offices, the James Joyce Museum, a local start-up company, the Famine museum, Castletown house and SAP.

Program fees include all tuition and transcripts and we normally suggest that 5 ECTS transfers back as either 2.5 or 3 US credits. The language of instruction is English. 

International Summer School (MUISS)

The Maynooth University International Summer School has been designed as Ireland’s most flexible summer package. Offering students the chance to build-their-own-adventure, the International Summer School offers classes from 9 academic disciplines. 3 day trips are included as well as the chance to join staff members and friends for weekend adventures around Ireland. 

The summer school offers Ireland’s widest choice of academic classes. All classes are fully accredited and carry Maynooth university transcripts. Summer school instructors are experienced and enthusiastic experts in their field and will teach for 40 contact hours over the course of the 4 weeks.

Students are asked to select 2 classes and can choose from the following options:
Economics of the European Union: International Trade: Public Speaking and Communication: Literary Criticism and Theory: Irish Studies 1: Modern Irish Literature: Creative Writing: Introducing the Cultural Heritage of Early Ireland: ‚ÄčThe Cultural Heritage of Medieval Society: Environmental Politics: Women, Gender and Society: Ireland and the Great Famine: Pilgrimage, Travel and Tourism in Ireland: Art and Architecture in Ireland 1600-1900: Understanding Conflict: The Irish Experience: International Marketing: Managing in International Environments

Law Summer School

An incredibly flexible programme, the Maynooth University Law Summer School allows students to choose whether to study for 4, 6 or 8 weeks with 2, 3 or 4 courses. If students take all 4 courses they will gain a certificate entitled ‘The common law in Europe: public and private perspectives’. Students will earn graduate-level credit but this summer school is open to final year undergraduate students as well. At least 2 day trips are included in this program as well as a chance to explore the Irish legal world with course instructors.  

This summer school offers students a chance to learn all about Irish and EU law in a unique setting. All classes are fully accredited and carry Maynooth university transcripts.
Students are asked to select at least 2 classes and can choose from the following options:
Practising The Common Law In Europe: Principles, Rights And Freedoms: A Constitutional Framework: Crime And Justice: Principles And Process: Fortress Europe: Migration, Security And The Law

Students will also be able to enjoy guest lectures from leading judges, policy-makers and academics, visits to international law firms and the Irish High Court, a legal walking tour of Dublin, and participate in in-class mock trials and debates. Learn more here

Field Anthropology Summer School

For this two-week programme students excavate the medieval enclosure of Trim, Ireland’s ‘cultural capital’. Students will work and study alongside Maynooth University students to gain 5 Anthropology ECTS whilst learning invaluable field excavation and post excavation techniques. 

This program offers students the chance to complete AN351 ‘Excavation and Community Archeology: Constructing Pasts, Places and Personhood’ whilst learning hands-on skills and techniques. In a unique setting, students actively participate in archaeological excavations on the medieval enclosure/curtilage of Trim - one of Ireland’s premier and most beautiful medieval towns. Working with IAFS students will be able to help answer questions as to how medieval Trim was laid out and defended, which in itself will contribute to our knowledge of urban life and society in the medieval period. 

Over the two weeks students will complete approximately 80 hours, spread over the following areas: Onsite excavation/practical work; Onsite workshops; Onsite lectures; Field Trips; Self-directed learning. Learn more here

Maynooth University and Bar IIan University - Conflict Resolution 

A unique dual-center programme, with Bar Ilan University, this 6-week programme offers the equivalent of 30 graduate ECTS and centres on Peace and Conflict Resolution. Included are an internship and a 3-night trip to Belfast to meet those involved in the troubles. 

All the courses are graduate level courses and in total students will receive the equivalent of 30 ECTS for the 6-week Summer School. At Bar-Ilan students take 5 separate classes. At Maynooth students take 1 class.

Students will receive (via email) material about Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (e.g., documentary films and academic articles) before the summer, so once they arrive in Israel, they can be acquainted with the local relevant context. In addition, all the reading materials of the courses will be posted online and available before arrival in Israel, thereby enabling students to use their time in Israel more effectively.

Course Credits: Credit hours vary
Language of Instruction: English

Student Life & Housing

Activities and Field Trips

As part of the summer school students can enjoy participating in events on campus and beyond. Events hosted last summer included:Ceili night: Gaelic Football: Archery: Trampolining: Ultimate Frisbee: Pub Trivia nights.

In addition, all our summer schools include day trips such as:

Dublin orientation – includes visits to Dublinia and either Kilmainham Gaol or Dublin Castle, as well as a chance to explore one of Europe’s most vibrant capital cities

Glendalough and Bray – soak up the beauty of one of Ireland’s most popular tourist attractions and its lakes and valleys before enjoying time at the beach!

Kilkenny – a charming medieval town, this day trip includes the chance to tour Kilkenny castle and explore Kilkenny’s winding medieval lanes, crammed with shops and cafes 

Our MUISS and MULSS programs also offer students the chance to truly build-their-own-adventures by selecting whether or not to join additional weekend trips around Ireland. Full information is available on our websites: and

Student Life

Over fifty clubs and societies are active in Maynooth, providing many opportunities for students to get involved in social, cultural, and sporting activities. Student-run clubs form the core of the sports and recreation programmes. The clubs and societies bring the campus to life in the evenings with events to suit everyone. The indoor sports hall and fully-equipped gymnasium accommodate a wide variety of indoor sporting activities including badminton, basketball, fencing, karate and racquet-ball. The sports hall is also the venue for the weekly aerobics and circuit training sessions.

Maynooth has a swimming pool as well as numerous playing fields which cater to outdoor sports such as hurling, soccer, camogie and rugby. The Canoe & Kayak Club make good use of the nearby River Liffey. There are a wide range of societies managed by students such as political parties, art, craft and design, comedy, music, drama, games and history. There is also a very active international student society that arranges social evenings and events for students. 


Summer school students all stay in Maynooth’s on-campus Village apartment-style residence. Students will enjoy a single room with shared washrooms, 2 per 5-room apartment. The apartments come with a shared living-kitchen space, stocked with key appliances and utensils. Bedrooms are supplied with towels and bed linen which is changed weekly. Laundry is available on site for a small charge.

Duration & Costs


Archeological Program: June 16, 2018 - July 1, 2018
International Program: July 6, 2018 - August 5, 2018


Summer Archeological Program
$3,386 CCIS Member | $3,786 Non-Member

Summer International Program
$4,786 CCIS Member | $5,186 Non-Member

Costs Included: Single room, on-campus accommodation, linens and towels, meal plan, two MU academic courses, Maynooth University transcripts, Maynooth University student card, cultural and sightseeing trips to famous locations in Ireland, MU Clubs and Society events, schedule Workshops in Irish music, dance, sports, and culture

All costs, fees, and dates are subject to change without notification. Contact the program sponsor to verify all costs, fees, and dates for this program. 

Please refer to your acceptance materials for information on arrival, orientation, and academic calendar. The refund policy is program specific and non-transferable. Refer to your acceptance materials for the comprehensive refund policy or contact the program sponsor.

Eligibility & Deadlines

Application Deadlines

March 15, 2018

Eligibilty Requirements

Minimum GPA: 
Students must have a 2.5 GPA 
Minimum Standing: Students must have at least sophomore standing for MUISS and Field Anthropology, and senior standing (or ingoing) for MULSS and Conflict Resolution. 

Have you talked with your study abroad advisor about your home institution's application process? Your institution's deadline might be earlier than the CCIS program application deadline. Check now to make sure all of your material is submitted on time!

Supplemental Application Material

Your CCIS application has two parts, 1) you will complete an online application form with general information and 2) each program may have supplemental forms that need to be completed and submitted via email. Please download the supplemental application materials to your computer.

Do not fill forms out in your web browser. Submit the completed supplemental application material directly to your study abroad advisor or to the program sponsor. Make sure to check with your study abroad office to learn how they want applications submitted.

Two academic recommendations
Official transcript
Color passport copy
Passport-sized photograph (1x1") in JPEG format


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