Dublin

 
Quick Facts

QUICK FACTS

 
 
HOST INSTITUTIONSGriffith College Dublin (Semester and Academic Year programs)
Maynooth University (Semester, Summer and Academic Year programs)
LANGUAGEAll classes are taught in English.
ACADEMICSGriffith College (Semester): Accounting, Advertising, Business, Communications, Computer Science, Economics, Hospitality Management, Irish History and Culture, Journalism, Marketing, Media.
Maynooth University (Semester): Accounting, Anthropology, Ancient Classics, Applied Social Studies, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Computer Science, Design Innovation, Economics, Education, Electronic Engineering, English, European Studies, Experimental Physics, Finance, French, Geography, German, History, Irish and Celtic Studies, Law, Mathematics, Mathematical Physics, Media Studies, Music, Philosophy, Politics, Portuguese, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, Theology.
Maynooth University (Summer): Anthropology, Business, Economics, Environmental Politics, Irish Studies, Literature.
HOUSINGSemester Programs: Shared apartments in on-campus residence halls. Internet is included. Meals are not included.
Summer Program: Shared apartments in on-campus residence halls. Internet is included. Breakfast is included Mon-Fri. All other meals are not included.
SAMPLE DAY EXCURSIONSWicklow/Glendalough, Celtic Heritage Tour, Kilkenny & Kilkenny Castle
SAMPLE OVERNIGHT EXCURSIONGalway
PROGRAM CALENDARSClick here!
The City

There are few better cities than Dublin, the capital of Ireland, in which to enjoy your time as a student. Dublin began as a Viking settlement over 1,000 years ago; now, it has a population of 1.5 million people. Today, Dublin strikes the perfect balance between a small town atmosphere with the excitement and amenities of a big city.

You will soon learn that the warm and friendly reputation of Irish people is not without merit! In no time, you’ll know how to ask, “Where’s the craic?” just like the locals do – craic being the Irish word for fun, banter, and good times.

A city of culture, Dublin boasts a wide variety of art galleries, museums, theatres, cinemas, shops, restaurants and cafés, nightclubs, and parks. Dublin is a university town with a proud tradition of learning and scholarship and a large student population. The city attracts young people from all over the world, who come to experience its legendary, lively ambiance. 

Host Institutions

HOST INSTITUTIONS

GRIFFITH COLLEGE DUBLIN

Established in 1974, Griffith College Dublin is one of the top private universities in Ireland and enrolls about 5,000 students. Its seven-acre campus is located within walking distance of St. Stephen’s Green and the heart of Dublin. Griffith College offers small class sizes, lecturers known for their approachability, and classmates from Ireland and 56 other countries.

A great way to make new friends is to join the Students’ Union and take part in student clubs and societies, such as paintball, film society, soccer, cricket, or rugby. The Students’ Union also organizes weekly activities on campus, such as discos and trivia nights, as well as the Griffith Ball in the Spring. The crown jewel of the school year, the Griffith Ball is an extravagant formal occasion with dinner, live music, and dancing. It is never missed by our students attending the Spring semester!

ASA students attending Griffith College will live on campus in the Griffith Halls of Residence. The Griffith Halls of Residence consist of cluster flats, each with 2 double bedrooms, shared kitchen, and Internet access. Meals are not included. Students from all over the world live in the residence hall, making for a diverse and international atmosphere!


MAYNOOTH UNIVERSITY

Maynooth University traces its origins back to 1795. It is one of the top ranked universities in Ireland and was the first institution outside the United States to be ranked in the Princeton Review. MU welcomes over 8,400 students from more than 50 countries. Building on a tradition of scholarship and excellence in all aspects of its teaching and research, over 90% of Maynooth University faculty hold PhDs. Its vibrant and beautiful campus offers a friendly and personal atmosphere, as well as a first-class center of learning and research. At Maynooth University, you can have a true Irish university experience by studying amongst primarily Irish students.

Maynooth is Ireland’s only university town and has a population of about 12,500. Located only a 15-minute train ride from Dublin city – with inexpensive trains and buses running every half hour – Maynooth gives you the best of both worlds. You’ll enjoy a safe, charming, small-town atmosphere plus easy access to Ireland’s modern capital city of 1.5 million. That said, being a university town, Maynooth has plenty of its own student-centered nightlife, and there’s always something going on!

Maynooth University is home to several world renowned research institutes, including: NCG (National Centre for Geocomputation), NIRSA (National Institute for Research and Spatial Analysis), and An Foras Feasa, the Institute for Research in Irish Historical and Cultural Traditions.

Maynooth University guarantees on-campus housing for all international students. The Halls of Residence consist of cluster flats, each with 4-8 single occupancy bedrooms, kitchen, and Internet access.

Maynooth University has over 100 student clubs and societies, catering to all interests. Just a few of the societies you could join include gospel choir, jazz, comedy, gaming, business, and Amnesty International. Joining the Gaelic Football club, in particular, is strongly recommended because you are virtually guaranteed to make Irish friends!  Maynooth University also has excellent sports facilities, including a swimming pool, fitness center, gymnasium, and 4 playing fields. Make new Irish friends by joining one of the university’s over 30 sports clubs, such as rugby, skiing, volleyball, basketball, hockey, kickboxing, equestrian, archery, soccer, or even ladies’ or men’s football. The nearby River Liffey plays host to the canoe and kayak club, and you can walk, golf, or ride horses at Carton Estate.

 
Eligibility

ELIGIBILITY

Griffith College Dublin
- Semester/Academic Year

  • Requirements

    • Minimum GPA 2.5 (Students with GPA below 2.5 will be considered on a case-by-case basis)

    • At least 18 years of age

    • Completed at least 1 semester at a U.S. or Canadian college/university before applying

    • Official Transcript from your college or university

    • ASA Application. To create an account, click here. If you already have an account, click here to sign in.

    • Scan of your valid passport that does not expire sooner than 6 months after the day you plan to return home from abroad. You will need to provide ASA with a scan of your valid passport immediately after being accepted into the program if you did not upload it to your ASA application. Please submit your passport application by expedited service if you do not have a valid passport.

    • For Application Deadlines, please click the Cost & Dates tab.


Maynooth University
-Semester/Academic Year

  • Requirements

    • Minimum GPA 3.0 (Students with GPA between 2.75-2.99 will be considered on a case-by-case basis)

    • At least 18 years of age

    • Completed at least 2 semesters at a U.S. or Canadian college/university before applying

    • Official Transcript from your college or university. If you have attended more than one institution, you must submit an Official Transcript from each institution. Official Transcript from current institution should also show courses currently in progress.

    • ASA Application. To create an account, click here. If you already have an account, click here to sign in.

    • Scan of your valid passport that does not expire sooner than 6 months after the day you plan to return home from abroad. You will need to provide ASA with a scan of your valid passport immediately after being accepted into the program if you did not upload it to your ASA application. Please submit your passport application by expedited service if you do not have a valid passport.

    • For Application Deadlines, please click the Cost & Dates tab.


Maynooth University
-SUMMER

  • Requirements

    • Minimum GPA 2.50 (Students with GPA below 2.50 are not considered)

    • At least 18 years of age

    • Completed at least 2 semesters at a U.S. or Canadian college or university before applying.

    • Official Transcript from your college or university. If you have attended more than one institution, you must submit an Official Transcript from each institution. Official Transcript from current institution should also show courses currently in progress.

    • ASA Application. To create an account, click here. If you already have an account, click here to sign in.

    • Scan of your valid passport that does not expire sooner than 6 months after the day you plan to return home from abroad. You will need to provide ASA with a scan of your valid passport immediately after being accepted into the program if you did not upload it to your ASA application. Please submit your passport application by expedited service if you do not have a valid passport.

    • For Application Deadlines, please click the Cost & Dates tab.

 
Housing

HOUSING

Griffith College: Students live on campus in the Griffith Halls of Residence. Meals are not included. Flats are composed of 2 bedrooms with 2 students per bedroom (4 students per flat). Flats are shared with other ASA students, international students, or degree-seeking students at Griffith College. While the residence hall is coed, flats are single sex. Each double bedroom has its own bathroom “pod.” Each flat has a kitchen and common area shared by the 4 flatmates, as well as Internet.

Maynooth University: Students live on campus in one of the Maynooth University halls of residence. Meals are not included, except during the summer program, which includes breakfast Mon-Fri. Flats are typically composed of 4-8 single occupancy bedrooms and are shared with other ASA students, international students, or degree-seeking students at Maynooth University. Each flat has a kitchen and common area shared by all flatmates, as well as Internet. In some cases, each bedroom has its own bathroom “pod,” and in other cases, bathrooms are shared. Flats are usually coed.

HOUSING FAQ

+ Can I room with a friend?

You may request to live with a friend by emailing ASA at hello@academicstudies.com. Roommate requests must be mutual, so be sure your friend requests you back. At Griffith College, it can usually be arranged for same-sex friends to room together. However, at Maynooth University it can't be guaranteed because the university is responsible for all hall allocations. We will be sure to pass your roommate request to your host university as long as you let us know your preference shortly after being accepted. You will meet your flatmates upon arrival; they could be from the U.S., Ireland, or other countries.

+ When will I find out where I’ll be living?

ASA will notify you of your living arrangements via email approximately 1-2 weeks before the start of your program.

+ Will I have a roommate?

Rooms are single occupancy, but you will share a flat with additional students.

+ What should I bring with me?

A detailed list of what to bring (and what not to bring) will be included in your ASA pre-departure handbook, which will be emailed to you about a month before your program begins.

+ Are meals included?

No, meals are not included, but your flat will have a kitchen, and grocery stores are within walking distance.

+ How far will I live from school?

You will live on campus. Classroom buildings are within a 5-15 minute walk.

+ Is a Damage Deposit required?

No.

 

 
Excursions

excursions

Semester programs include 1 overnight excursion and 2 day excursions. Summer programs include 2 day excursions. Destinations may vary by term. Past terms have included trips to:

  • Galway (overnight excursion) – The ASA Galway trip is jam-packed with Irish culture! You’ll see Connemara and its megalithic tombs, the Cliffs of Moher (the most magnificent vista in all of Ireland), Burren National Park, Limerick, and even traditional sheep shearing demonstrations.

  • Wicklow and Glendalough (day excursion) – See hidden Guinness Lake, breathtaking waterfalls, famous film locations, such as Braveheart and P.S. I Love You, Wicklow National Park, and, finally, Glendalough, dating back to the 6th century.

  • Celtic Heritage Tour (day excursion) – Experience 5,000 years of Ireland’s incredible history, legend, and folklore. We’ll visit prehistoric tombs, Celtic high crosses, ancient abbeys, and the Hill of Tara.

  • Kilkenny and Kilkenny Castle (day excursion) – Kilkenny is a medieval walled city, and there’s no better place to wander, enjoying its ancient cobbled streets and old-world charm. Students will have a guided walking tour of Kilkenny City, including St. Canice’s Cathedral and Jerpoint Abbey. You’ll also tour the amazing Kilkenny Castle, built in 1195.

Course Offerings
Cost & Dates

COST & DATES

Billing Information and Refund Policy

Price Breakdowns / Estimated Costs of Attendance

Dates are subject to change without notice.

Application Deadline — The deadline by which you must complete the application process, including turning in all documentation to ASA (transcript, etc.)

Payment Deadline — The deadline by which you must submit full payment for your program fees or verification of financial aid.  A non-refundable Down Payment may be required in advance of the Payment Deadline to secure your space. Check the “Billing Information and Refund Policy” link above to find out if a Down Payment is required.

griffith college dublin

DATESPRICEAPPLICATION DEADLINEPAYMENT DEADLINEPROGRAM CODE
Fall 2019 Arrive Sept. 9 – Depart Dec. 14
Griffith College Dublin
$13,795May 1, ’19June 1, ’19DIF
Spring 2020 Late Jan. 2020 – Late May 2020 (TBA)
Griffith College Dublin
$13,795Oct. 1, ’19Oct. 30, ’19DIS1
Fall 2020 Mid. Sept. 2020 – Mid. Dec. 2020 (TBA)
Griffith College Dublin
$13,795April 15, ’20May 15, ’20DIF

maynooth university

DATESPRICEAPPLICATION DEADLINEPAYMENT DEADLINEPROGRAM CODE
Fall 2019 Arrive Sept. 15 – Depart Dec 21
Maynooth University
$16,495April 15, '19May 15, '19DIF2
Spring 2020 Arrive Jan. 27 – Depart June 6
Maynooth University
$16,495Oct. 1, '19Oct. 30, '19DIS2
Summer 2020 Early July 2020 – Early Aug. 2020 (TBA)
Maynooth University
$5,995March 1, '20March 15, '20DISU2
Fall 2020 Mid. Sept. 2020 – Mid. Dec 2020 (TBA)
Maynooth University
$16,495April 15, '20May 15, '20DIF2