BCA Study Abroad: Dublin, Ireland

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About

Maynooth University is regularly identified as Ireland’s friendliest campus in national and international polls. The University has more than 100 clubs and societies, including sports, political parties, arts, comedy, music, dance, drama and history. The international student society arranges social evenings and weekends away throughout the year. During the semester you will be close to all the Irish music, classical literature, lively pubs and famous theatres of Dublin.

At the university you’ll be taking courses alongside Irish students and other international peers. The university offers courses in business and law, education, humanities, social sciences and STEM, making it a perfect location to take courses toward your major or general education requirements.

Highlights
  • Break free of the traditional, touristy study abroad locations by living in Maynooth, Ireland, a quaint community known as the only college town in Ireland. Then push yourself to step into Dublin, which is only a short train or bus ride away.
  • Examine how people manage conflict and gain an understanding of how it affects society by examining the Irish conflict known as “The Troubles” in BCA’s required peace and conflict studies course.
  • Dedicate yourself to understanding Ireland from a local’s perspective and sign up for Maynooth University’s buddy program to ensure that you befriend and get the perspective of Irish students!
  • Travel outside of Maynooth with the BCA RD. Excursions vary by semester but typically the program includes a visit to Belfast, Northern Ireland to see the famous murals and speak with locals about the ongoing Irish peace process.
  • Interested students can also explore their roots or simply make the most of their time in Ireland by completing the Irish Cultural Heritage Certificate, which offers an interdisciplinary evaluation of early Irish cultural history.

Questions & Answers

Reviews

93%
based on 4 reviews
  • Academics 8.5
  • Support 9
  • Fun 7.5
  • Housing 9.5
  • Safety 8
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Erika
10/10

A "Grand" Experience of Immersion

"You're obviously foreign, are you American? Where are you from in America? Pennsylvania? Ah, you must be a fan of the Nittany Lions!"
This program not only immerses you in a new culture, but teaches you so much about your own. One simple exchange taught me how attuned many Irish, and indeed Europeans in general, tend to be regarding American lifestyle/politics/sports (I cannot tell you how many times I was asked about how I thought Donald Trump would fare in the primary!), even to the extent of knowing the Penn State mascot. And in turn, I was humbled to realize how much attention another culture pays to my country, which merely teaches small pieces of Irish history (and even then only the portions that directly affected us).
My best advice: don't expect to complete this program unchanged as a person.

How can this program be improved?
If possible, try to place study abroad students in apartments with Irish students. It was difficult to navigate a completely new town (let alone country) at first, and it would have been nice to have some guidance.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Nathan
10/10

Senior Semester Abroad

I was lucky enough to go abroad for my senior spring semester. I had been abroad for shorter time periods, but never for the length of time that I did while I was with the BCA program. I was immediately welcomed by Kieran, the on site coordinator and he very quickly became our groups friend. The housing on campus was excellent and the school is of a high caliber that I think was really a perfect challenge for me. I got involved with both a frisbee club on campus as well as another based on Dublin. With these two clubs I was able to travel across a large swatch of Ireland with people who knew the area very well. This was an amazing experience and I miss it on a daily basis.

How can this program be improved?
I think the program was amazing it was super nice to have the monthly meal stipend I think that is something that makes the program super nice!
Yes, I recommend this program
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Meag
8/10

Ireland!!

The most notable story that could benefit the study abroad department is a story of my first arrival to Ireland. After leaving the airport and by the grace of God finding some small shuttle about a mile from the airport, I came to the town of Maynooth. Home. We were made to drag all of our luggage by ourself about 2miles through the town and through the college to check in. I was dripping sweat and frustrated by the time I arrived to my apartment. The hot water unfortunately was not working and neither did the elevator to take my bags up to my floor. Housing had said they'd provide bedding but nobody received more than a bare pillow and scratchy cheap duvet. A lot was promised that frankly was not there. Therefore my first day was tough.

No, I don't recommend this program
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Shelby
9/10

BCA Learning Opportunities in Northern Ireland

Learning about the Northern Ireland conflict and peace process was a large component of this study abroad program. It opened my eyes to a European conflict I had never even heard about before arriving in Ireland. The BCA program has strong connections in Belfast through the Kennedy Institute at Maynooth. This allowed our group opportunities to learn about the Troubles first-hand from former political prisoners (from both sides) and from those involved in the peace process. We were fortunate enough to hear perspectives that most tourists do not when they visit Northern Ireland. It was an incredible, eye-opening experience that I will never forget.

Yes, I recommend this program

About BCA Study Abroad

Established in 1962, BCA Study Abroad has been committed to helping students understand contemporary issues by offering challenging and rewarding study abroad programs. From its start, BCA has focused its educational mission on engaging students with...