Course Offerings | API Study Abroad
Course Offerings


  • 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!


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

Dates & Fees

SUMMER 1 2018
Jul 6, 2018 - Aug 4, 2018


SUMMER 1 2018
Apr 1, 2018
Apr 15, 2018

Course Offerings

If you require syllabi that are not listed below, please contact your API Program Manager.


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.


Anthropology – Introduction to the Anthropology of Ireland

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.

Climate Change

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.

Digital Humanities

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.

Economics – Economics of the European Union

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.

Prerequisite: introductory course in microeconomics.

English – Public Speaking

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.

English – Creative Writing

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.

History – Ireland and the Great Famine

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.

Management/Business – International Marketing

This class focuses on marketing management in global organizations and introduces students to the nature and complexity of international marketing strategy. Students will identify opportunities and challenges associated with expansion into new geographical markets and formulate strategies for product development and promotion.

Medieval Society

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.


English – Modern Irish Literature

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.

International Business

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.

Irish Cultural Heritage

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.

Geography – Women, Gender, and Society

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.

History – Pilgrimage, Travel, and Tourism in Ireland

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.

History/History of Art – Irish Art and Architecture

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.

Social Media

This class addresses the many issues surrounding the use of social media in business and marketing channels, exploring how individuals and firms navigate social media to gain a competitive edge. It undertakes a practical examination of how to make use of social media for the purposes of customer acquisition, information gathering, the maintenance of business contacts, market design, and decision-making.

Structured Program for Beginners

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.

Kennedy Institute – Understanding Conflict: The Irish Experience

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.